Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Olivetti Graphika typeface by Imre Reiner

Peter Brill, of Kingsley, Western Australia, found my entry on the Graphika and contributed this typing sample from his own Graphika. Evidently it has the one other typeface available on the machine, which according to Jörg Thien was designed by Imre Reiner. Click to enlarge.

Typewriter hospital

Monday, December 13, 2010

Selten De Luxe

A very free interpretation, sketched in an idle moment.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Free Cassandre Graphika font

PS: I used a carbon ribbon, advancing it by hand, to get the crispest possible impressions of the characters.

Visit my website to get Cassandre Classic — a new font designed by Ian Davies — and Reiner Graphika.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Appointment with the Inferno

Winner by a nose: 50,237 words.

Here's the complete text of Appointment with the Inferno (16MB).

My Royal KMM's platen is off to Ames for a well-deserved recovering -- and I need a recovery too!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Finale on Monday

I wrote a lot today and am sure I'll be posting the conclusion to the story on Monday. Overall, this has been a most satisfying experience. Thank you, NaNoWriMo!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Installment 12

Word count: 45,369.

I made great progress over Thanksgiving. The climax is just around the corner!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Installment 11

Word count: 35,148.

I'm slipping behind, due to a mountain of work and a faltering plot. Wish me luck as I enter the final week!

Happy Thanksgiving to all WriMos, typecasters, and other misfits.

Installment 11

Monday, November 22, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Installment 8

27,069 words. I'm really overworked at the moment -- November is a bad month for me -- but I'm squeezing this in. For this morning's writing session I used the Olympia SG1, just for variety.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Installment 7

24,493 words. Nearly halfway there!

I needed to pick up some speed this weekend, so I turned to the Royal KMM. It's machine-gun fast when you need it to be. I like this typewriter more every time I use it. I also got satisfaction from checking an old repair manual and finding out how to fix a tabulator problem it was having. Now its only flaw is a hard, slick platen. Maybe next month I'll get it recovered by Ames.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Installment 6

Word count: 18,906. I'm about 1100 words behind schedule.

Fiction writing really does work the way they say: your characters do things you didn't expect, and people walk into your story from real life. (My "Lauren Ayres" is directly based on a woman I saw at the supermarket.)

The typewriters are also working just the way they're supposed to: keeping me moving along by making it too hard to "x" out all the dreck I just wrote. Inner Critic, abandon all hope!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Installment 5

15,755 words.

Some of them (pp. 24-26) were written with a new NaNoWriMa, an Olivetti Studio 44 that I bought in West Virginia. It's a strange, long, luggable typewriter with a weird shape and color, and a peculiar charm.

I'm happy to have shot beyond the length I reached for NaNoWriMo 2008. This is now the longest piece of fiction I've ever written.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Installment 4

I'm enjoying the writing even though I'm a bit behind. A trip to West Virginia for a typewriter collectors' meeting provided some inspiration. The towns of Washington, PA, Wheeling, WV, and Zanesville, OH helped me to imagine my fictional New Lisbon.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Installment 3

Unexpected tools of the trade this time around: I found myself with time and inspiration while waiting in the lobby of my daughter's dance school, so in the absence of a typewriter I used my fountain pen (a Pilot Namiki vanishing point pen, if you're curious). And at the office today, I used my gold Olympia, which I have to say felt great. I continue to write on Eaton's Berkshire Typewriter Paper.

Current word count: 6,809.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Installment 2

I won't be going to Montreal -- a boring/frustrating story that I'll spare you -- but I will be going to the typewriter collectors' meeting in West Virginia this weekend. Between now and then, there are plenty of opportunities to write. So far I'm on track, with 4967 words.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Installment 1

At 6 am this morning I decided I wouldn't be sleeping anymore. Why not get started on the novel! Down in the basement, the Noiseless was waiting. I rolled in the first sheet. Writing the first sentence, the first page, was tough. Then at the office this morning, two more pages came out, a little more easily. Total: 1904 words in 1.5 hours. (I made a PDF using our copy machine and OCR'ed it at so I could do an automatic word count.) Three typewritten single-spaced pages seem to yield my daily quota.

I think I'm off to a decent start. Now we'll see if I can keep it up. This month I don't expect to have much time for typecasting, trolling eBay, or other pursuits. The novel is it. I plan to post updates here every once in a while, and I'd be interested in seeing other people's typescripts if they're willing to share. But let's make a promise: no specific comments about the content of our stories, positive or negative, until the end of November. We don't want to make each other too self-conscious!

[Later note: I have deleted the separate installments of the novel, but you can find the whole text in the last post for this month.]

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Technical bulletin no. 1

PS (2018): A reader writes, "I have now had two SG1s, and neither of them have had the second protrusion described in your post." So this will not work on all SG1s!