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

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August 11, 2017: Typing Assignment #6

Before I get into this assignment, I want to point out that Mr. Van Cleave has a YouTube channel in which he goes over all the submissions by presenting a slideshow of them (which allows you to read each one), then discusses each of them individually.

The sixth Typing Assignment from Joe Van Cleave’s blog is the following:

We all have someone in our lives who represents a story waiting to be told. That story could be uplifting, or not. But that’s the way true-to-life stories are; not all fairy tales and happily-ever-after and Prince (or Princess) Charming. But a story, waiting to be told, as a typed, one-page composition. It’s your story, to share with others.

For this assignment, I took my healed wrist to the 1951 Royal Quiet De Luxe, and tried to fit a single page in about Erma Henderson.  Though there is a lot to her story, and a lot of it has been shared, I chose to revisit her for this assignment because August 20, 2017 would have been her 100th birthday.

One of the take-aways from this assignment is that I need to allow myself a little more time to either hand-write or rough draft it on the typewriter and re-type.  One of the aesthetics of using a typewriter is the human error component of mistypes, misspellings, and rawness of thought.  If I’m going to continue this and publish them here, I need to consider providing cleaner copy.

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September 15, 2016: SeptNoWriMo – The Halfway Point

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.  Today marks the halfway point.  And here’s where I’m at.

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