Nostalgia and Memory, Mostly.

 Updike never switched over to using a computer for his stories; some poets have never abandoned their manual typewriters.  My dad had a manual sea green one. I started with an electric Smith-Corona, blue like a robin’s egg, I think.  At some point, I traded the blue for my father’s brown one.  Then I upgraded to a Panasonic Electronic, a smooth humming baby that I loved.  I wrote long-hand on legal pads, then when I was ready to transfer to type, I used yellow second sheets first to draft, and white for the final.  I had a sheet that I used as a margin guide that I placed behind the white to guide my words.  

I would put an album on, and type one page per one side for the final white, which was how long it took not knowing how to type.

NowI have a manuscript that is 310 pages long. I am reluctant to print it out because that means I can no longer tinker, adjust. Once I print, I have to read, and decide if I want to retype. The work in abstract so much more attractive because it is still forming.

All nostalgia and memory.


“The work in abstract so much more attractive because it is still forming.” This is so true, and so alluring! I have a hard time starting anything on my computer. So I write in composition notebooks till I recall how tedious it is to type up what I have penned in a friendly, receptive piece of paper. Ah, the typing. Typewriters may be the best place to write – the noise proves your productivity. Looking forward to your release of the 310 pages!

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Hi Indira,
I really enjoyed reading this! I look forward to seeing you sometime soon! Jenn

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