I was inspired by Ruth’s posts both yesterday and today to get writing, and stop all the voices in my head that say things like “no, you need to do the wash” or “the weeds are back again” or “it’s time to plan the grocery shopping”. In the late Saturday post with things from Etsy, two of the pictures featured old typewriters, of which I own two, my grandmother’s Royal and my college typewriter, an Olivetti. My grandmother wrote many things during her life, some stories for me growing up, to which she added music because she was a pianist, too. Later in life she wrote one of those town life columns in the local newspaper that included who visited whom, announcements of births, glowing descriptions of weddings as well as obituaries. She wrote these on the old Royal, sitting in a small office-type room in her old two-story house, papers surrounding her like the nest that Kim of Goldilocks And The Perfect Desk described.
My mother wrote poetry often and one of her happiest moments late in her life was a little book of her poems published, and given as gifts to family and friends on one of her last Christmases. She used journals for her writing, and my brother helped her by putting them into his computer so the poems could be published.
Just now, I sat at my college typewriter and typed a couple of lines. It took much finger strength! I marveled at the hours I’ve spent at that machine, clacking out pages and pages of reports, stories, poems, mostly for professors, but sometimes for me. I have taken the typewriter in to let my students see how they work, to try out a bit of writing on it, and have also told them how lucky they are to have missed out on re-typing pages when grave errors had been made or having to estimate just the place to stop in order to add footnotes. They too noticed their lack of finger strength. However, that machine was certainly a friend, all through my undergrad years, and needed only new ribbons to be renewed.
As for my own current writing life: It seems to ebb and flow like the tide. I have always written in journals and with my students, but lately, have been more active because of this blog, and the inspiration of the Two Writing Teachers and the Tuesday Slice People. I am determined to write every day, and mostly sit at the sofa in the picture, writing on my trusty MacBook Pro, loving every minute. I still make lists in journals, but more and more am using sticky notes on the desktop for idea posting. The tech world is taking me on new paths. Happy Writing!