July 16, 2017: Typing Assignment #4

Typing Assignment #4 from Joe Van Cleave’s Blog was difficult this week.  An acute fracture in a bone in my wrist, which occurred at a soccer game on Tuesday, has been making every form of typing a challenge.  Furthermore, the assignment itself required some thought and imagination.  The past seven days busy with work and soccer, left little time for thought on this project.  But with the deadline near, I put this together.

The assignment “is to write about that old pangram: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. You are free to use this phrase as a jumping-off point for wherever the create muse leads. Write from the perspective of the fox, or the dog, or the dog’s owner. Tell us the backstory, or what happens after. Is there animosity between the fox and dog, or are they friends? Why is the dog considered lazy – did he get a false reputation? You get to decide – it’s your story.”

Well, I took this in an entirely different direction.  Sort of like how my week went.  I used my 1961 Smith Corona Coronet Automatic, an electric typewriter which would be easier for my injured left hand, and, well, all I can say is that a quick brown fox did jump over a lazy dog.  The rest I’ll leave for you to decide.

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Typing Assignment #3

 

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July 8, 2017: Typing Assignment #3

Today I completed Typing Assignment #3 for Joe Van Cleave’s blog.  These have been fun, both for content and to develop a habit for using the typewriter more often for writing, not just addressing envelopes.

Typing Assignment #3 is “to write a one-pager about youthful hang-outs. Write about some place you liked to spend time at when young, and perhaps a bit about the people you hung with and maybe even some special circumstance or story that transpired.”

Using my 1951 Royal Quiet De Luxe, (because the typeface is smaller and I can fit more words to the page), here is my submission titled “Leave the Driving to Us.”

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July 2, 2017: Typing Assignment #2

After posting Typing Assignment #1, I watched the video about Assignment #2, and realized that the deadline for it was today.  After watching the video and visiting Joe Van Cleave’s Blog page “Typing Assignment #2,” it was back to work.

The assignment is to “write a one-page essay on what you find unique and/or valuable about using typewriters as writing tools.”  For this, I hammered out a rough draft on the Royal Quiet De Luxe, then polished it on the Olivetti Lettera 22.  Below is my submission.

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July 2, 2017: Typing Assignment #1

A couple weeks ago, I received an email from David Wells, creator of the Vermont Vintage Typewriter website, with his latest article.  In it, he shared his submission to Joe Van Cleave’s “Typing Assignment.”  Last week, another email arrived, with David’s submission to the second assignment.  I kept the emails as new, wanting to refer back to them and consider this Typing Assignment project.

Today was the day.  I didn’t read David’s submissions, not wanting to be influenced by them.  Instead, I went directly to Joe Van Cleave’s blog.  I found the article and video describing the purpose of this project.

Okay.  Sounds good.  Though I’ve never been a writer who has been inspired by writing prompts, I have been looking for a way to give my typewriters more use.  Their function lately has been to address envelopes.

This is Typing Assignment #1

Well, too late to include it on his website, I decided to do this just to get started on this project.  My hope is that I’ll be timely for Assignment #3.

Here’s my response to this first Typing Assignment.

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September 21, 2016 – SeptNoWriMo: One Week To Go

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My original plan was to participate in NaNoWriMo this year.  However, my day-job threw me a new duty and responsibility.  So, I decided to do NaNoWriMo in September.

I got off to a good start, and was productive through to the first-week milepost.  I made progress up to the halfway point.  And here’s where I’m at a week from concluding the month.

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The pages are adding up.

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