Wanting to see what would happen to my writing without auto-correct and spellcheck, I asked around to see if anybody could give me any recommendations on good places to pet old typewriters. A few days later my friend Laura brought me two machines that her dad didn't want anymore.
I have spent the last week attempting to get used to using them and figuring out some of hidden tricks buried in the old metallic casings. The sound of these hammers connecting with the paper is very soothing and quite meditative. Much like playing rudiments on a snare drum. While I'm certain that time will reveal more and mere to love about writing this way, I am already quite fond.
This morning I spent an hour or so writing on this ROYAL TAB-O-MATIC. I put down two pages on my current WIP and then turned around to go on my computer. Yes. The digital world does indeed offer some convenience. It is much easier to correct mistakes and connect with friends all over the world through Facebook and email. But the FEEL of my wireless keyboard is flimsy, plastic and lifeless. There is no energy in the words appearing on the screen.
My mind might change about this, but right now I much prefer "analog" typing over "digital". Not only does it sound better, my fingers appreciate the tactile sensation of depressing the keys, throwing the hammers and seeing the result of the effort pressed into the page without hesitation or remorse.
Geeking out, as I am known to do, I found several interesting spots on the WWW with other dorks like me interested in these machines. One place in particular out geeks me far beyond my expectations. UUSBTypewriters.com makes conversion kits to allow your analog machine to control your digital. With little effort (according to their website) you can modify your typewriter to connect to your computer through USB and become they keyboard for your software. Let me see if I'm interested... Umm .. .
I read through the page giving a list of all machines compatible with the modification set. Since I couldn’t find mine on there, I sent an email asking if it will work. Cross your fingers gang' If it works, I’m gonna dive in.
I'll keep you posted.
In the mean time, have a great holiday!!!
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