Young typist at work.

Young typist at work.

The Lettera is on loan to a burgeoning young typist, the daughter of a friend who I mentioned has been asking her parents for a typewriter.  Shelly was kind enough to send me pictures of her with the typewriter.  She looks like a pro, doesn’t she?  

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2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge

I read about Popsugar’s 2015 Reading Challenge from Framed Frosting this week. I’ve resolved to read more this year and this seems like a great way to do that! Re-posting the list here for anyone who wants to try: Diversify your reading by ticking off the 50 books below: (I will link as I finish these books!) a book with more than 500 pages a classic romance  – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte a book that became a movie – Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen a book published this year a book with a number in the title a book written by someone under 30 a book with nonhuman characters – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley a funny book – Emma by Jane Austen a book by a female author The Real Jane Austen: a Life In Small Things by Paula Byrne a...

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Typing among friends

Typing among friends

Nothing beats the tactile tap-tap-tap of typewriter keys as it blends in with the white noise of a coffee shop. Today my local writing group met for our bi-monthly meeting at the Surfers Coffee Bar in Wahiawa, HI.  We take turns leading the meetings, and since it’s my turn I decided I would bring some typewriters and have everyone type up a list of their ideas/works in progress. We got plenty of curious glances.  Several coffee shop patrons came up to us to inquire about the typewriters.  “Where did you get that?” many asked.  The waitress stopped to chat with me about her longing for the typewriter she left back home and told me, “I’m glad you guys came in!”   In attendance were: The black Olympia SF The cursive Olympia...

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Typecast: ramblings about writing, part xxx

Typecast: ramblings about writing, part xxx

   

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Typecast: On Adventure

Typecast: On Adventure

TRANSCRIBED This week’s write or die prompt is “Adventure”–and term that has unexpectedly become synonymous to the life that I currently live. I never dreamed, graduating high school in the expectation of becoming a professional businesswoman that the word ‘adventure’ would figure very significantly in my life. It’s always nice to have your preconceptions refuted. I’ve never done anything particularly adventurous in the common sense of the word: never sky-dived, or hiked up any treacherous heights, never jumped off the rocks into the water at Waimea beach, never traveled anywhere on my own without a guide.  Yet in the midst of all these nevers I still managed to inject some of that adventure into my life, after all;...

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The magic of books – Just call me Jack

The magic of books – Just call me Jack

  It’s difficult to convey in words what books mean to me, but since it’s Write or Die Wednesday I suppose I’ll have to try. My earliest memory of books is reading Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs & Ham, over and over and over again, until I knew the words by heart and could recite them, line by rhyming line, like a prayer.  In some ways, it kind of was a prayer.  It was the first book of (relatively) significant length that I had ever read, and the fact that I, an ESL kid who up until recently could hardly even speak or comprehend English properly, could read this book and understand everything, was a personal miracle.  I remember relishing in that little triumph, borrowing that book from the library and keeping it beside me even as I...

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Writing in the company of others

Writing in the company of others

This past weekend on the 21st of February I was fortunate enough to attend the New Oceania Creative Writing Conference, which is sponsored by the  University of Hawaii’s Creative Writing department. It was nice to be able to mull around a university campus on a Saturday morning, chatting with writers of all ages and backgrounds as I waited for the first session of the day to start.  Writing is such a lonely activity that going to such an event, being able to bask in that sense of writerly community, brought immense satisfaction. My first session, “The Nuts and Bolts of Novel Writing” with Hawaii Pacific University professor and novelist Tyler McMahon was so full of useful tidbits that I ended up filling five whole pages of note paper, and even...

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