March 25, 2018: Typing Assignment #15.

Yes.  Life got in the way, preventing me from participating in Joe Van Cleave’s Typing Assignments #12, 13, and 14.  Finding myself with some time this Sunday afternoon, I planted my butt in the chair, before my 1926 Royal 10 typewriter, and wrote this in response to Typing Assignment #15: Ten Years Later.

Previous Typing Assignments can be found HERE.



June 27, 2017: vs FC Indiana Lions (NPSL Regular Season)

June 27, 2017
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
NPSL Regular Season Match
Detroit City FC 2, FC Indiana Lions 0
Attendance: 4,354

DCFC Elijah Rice (Roddy Green) 22′
DCFC  Spencer Glass (Elijah Rice) 50′

Indeed we do.  Prior to this speech, while in Fowling Warehouse, I met a young couple from Portland, Oregon.  They were Portland Timbers supporters, and the reason they were in town was that attending a Detroit City FC home match was on their bucket list.

Let that sink in a moment.

Tonight was WDET Appreciation Night, which included an Ira Glass look-a-like contest.

Tonight was also the introduction of our new goalkeeper, Fernando Pina.

In the 22nd minute, Elijah Rice found the back of the net for us, to give City a 1-0 lead.  On an FC Indiana turnover, Kervin Kenton lofted a pass from the center stripe near the Supporters Section to Roddy Green in the center of the Indiana zone.  Green headed it into the path of the open Elijah Rice, who broke in and fired it past Kyle Bugay.

In the 34th minute, Indiana had an opportunity to level the score.  Mehdi Himmich was taken down in the penalty area by Cyrus Saydee, which lead to a penalty kick.  Kevin Amaizo stood at the spot for the visitors, and it was up to Fernando Pina.

In the final minute of the half, Elijah Rice found himself on a break, out pacing the chasing defenders.  Keeper Kyle Bugay came out of the net and tackled Rice outside of the box.  The referee went immediately to his pocket and pulled out a straight red on the Indiana keeper.  The half ended with Detroit City FC up a goal on the scoreboard, and up a man on the field.

At halftime, the Ira Glass look-a-like contest took place.  I thought this guy should’ve won.

To insure the victory, Elijah Rice sent a pass out wide to a cruising Spencer Glass, who one-timed it past Indiana’s Cuauhtemoc Orozco, to insure the victory.

Seventh straight victory.  Fernando Pina records a PK save and a clean sheet in his first ninety minutes in the net.

October 21, 2017: Typing Assignment #11

Joe Van Cleave’s eleventh typing assignment is a one-page Halloween story. “(W)e’ll be writing on the subject of Halloween. It could be from any angle: history, personal accounts, fiction, even anti-Halloween. Whatever.”

Anti-Halloween sounded interesting, but I thought it best not to put a downer on those who enjoy this holiday.  Instead, I looked to last year. A writer’s group I’m in is about to hold its second Halloween party. Each of us are to craft a one-thousand word Halloween short story.  A couple weeks ago, I wrapped up my rough draft for the party, but it is too long to fit on a one-pager.  However, the story I wrote last year would work.

The protagonist of this story – Trevor Aldabra – is a character I have been working and developing for a few years now.  He’s a lawyer who represents those on the other side of life.  He came to me in a short story I submitted to the Michigan Bar Journal Short Story Contest (which earned the position of a finalist). Some day, I’ll have everything in place to develop a novel featuring him.  In the meantime, I’ve been crafting stories, playing with this character. And this is one of them.

This story was typed on my 1951 Royal Quiet De Luxe.  The pumpkin in the photo was painted by an inmate at the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, MI. I was there to visit a client, and in the prison’s lobby a number of prisoner-painted pumpkins were being sold to raise money for local food bank.

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October 15, 2017: Typing Assignment #10

Joe Van Cleave’s blog has set Typing Assignment #10 as a one-page free-form.  “Participants can write a one-pager on whatever they want.”

My initial thought was to kill two birds with one stone and write my Halloween story for the writers group I’m in.  However, the story filled more than a single page.

For this assignment, I decided on a re-run.  I participated in a Made in Michigan Festival in downtown Mount Clemens.  I took a few copies of my novel to sell – I am a writer that was Made in Michigan – and set up at a table as a guest of Paperback Writer Books/Weirdsville Records for a few hours on Friday, May 6, 2016.  Instead of just sitting there, watching the people go by, I decided to try something different.  I had recently read Richard Polt’s The Typewriter Revolution, and there was a section on a poet who typed poems spontaneously for people.  I’m neither poetic nor spontaneous, so I considered a different approach.  I would just type while there, taking in the sights and sounds and banging them out on the keys.

Below is the page I typed that day on my 1951 Royal Quiet De Luxe.

Other Typing Assignments can be found HERE