Monday, June 19, 2017

Typing Assignment #1



In last week's blog article I introduced this new video project that I call Typing Assignments, loosely inspired by Ted Forbes's photo assignments series on his The Art of Photography YouTube channel.

Today I introduce Typing Assignment #1, which is to anthropomorphize your typewriter and have it describe how it "found" you, and how it feels about its relationship with you, the writer.

Remember these ground rules to this project:

1) This is not a contest. Scores are not given, points are not earned. This is your assignment, to help foster creativity using your typewriter.

2)The piece has to be typewritten (electric or manual) as a single page. Single, double, triple spaced - doesn't matter, as long as it's legible.

3)Neatness doesn't count. Typewriters are ideal for first-draft, stream-of-consciousness creativity. Corrections, strike-throughs and revisions are just evidence of the creative process at work.

4)Post a legible image online. Photograph or scan the piece under good light. Tweak it to be easily readable. Post it online as a publicly-viewable image.

5)Post the direct URL to the image as a comment below, along with the name you'd like to be called. Also include something about what typewriter you used, if you wish.

Please have your piece written, posted and linked in a comment below by next Sunday, June 25. I screen my blog comments, so it might take a while for your comment to appear. I'll do my best to capture images of as many as I can and include them in next Monday's video, wherein I will also present Typing Assignment #2.

Have fun, and remember: This is an opportunity to bond with your typewriter as a tool for fostering creativity.

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Blogger Wimark said...

https://www.dropbox.com/s/chgzbzvux6pyvvs/Lettera_032.jpg?dl=0

A lovely assignment. Nice to connect with other typists in this fashion. I wrote my piece on an Olivetta Lettera 32 that I don´t think was ever much used until it came to me.
I go by my given name, Olov. I´m looking forward to the next assignment. Thanks for this initiative, Joe!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Bill M said...

Nice assignment. I may give it a go if I get the time. We just moved and the place is in a big giant uproar. Perhaps I'll get the chance at the type-in.

6:25 PM  
Blogger John M said...

Hi Joe,
Here is my contribution for assignment #1.

https://typingink.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/part-2-the-real-agenda-of-the-typewriter-revolution/

I look forward to this series.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Underwood Model S 1942 S11-5703637 by Andykev
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/andykev/Underwood%20S%20-%20Andykev_zps8njwhxtr.jpg

9:54 PM  
Blogger Ted said...

http://munk.org/typecast/2017/06/19/the-red-ryder-recounts-grumbles/

You know who I is - the machine's The Red Ryder, 1979 Selectric II (:

12:09 AM  
Blogger andrew nicholls said...

Hiya Joe. Hope all is well. Andy Nicholls here using a Brother Deluxe 220.
Here is the link to my Typing assignment number 1:
http://andypoetwriter.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/a-typewriters-journey-one-page.html

10:48 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Joe! Love this assignment - I'm Darrin
Here is my public link https://www.evernote.com/l/AC_i5xhy1M1FtJj2Za0LQHGqXDSWJzR-UEc

I typed this on an early 70's Underwood 378 ( just replaced the ribbon too!)

5:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Here it is: first draft with warts, excessive ellipses, et.al. My 1952 Smith-Corona Sterling is a rough and worn out character. I hope you find it legible, I must try to mitigate the shadow type in the future. Forgive the long link, in absence of a blog, I had to get a shared album set up on google photos. My scanner only went to 300dpi so let me know if I need to take a picture with a camera instead. James Henry "Low-sig-no" is the name and I am looking forward to contributing to these assignments.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/JhE2BBQv2qNG3qJ1_8jgqGPKFPdWc9lqVLSMZV6vUdBUgTMCzoaDzwOMbinRI4A2vXXMo1VM0tTeK2xcrEywJTymdolYnGvrBFJcEv72_VL7K5oQ72iiYCx_zHFx0aDjdxW23_hMPVAlgqc08YED7OAO0pjVk1apAs8Z2vSPPUekuVY7HzXw9gqd9ItaMLzjbjuT7kpCetEy_U-glEL133e8F_BedUmxJv5cYuDTa9cGPW-m8PJqSJ4dkGw6kHyY6dah0E_klpc2zLrGwMlWhhxVFGdNoACW9-6c6InXt2kvoj_wn8DkDW-8gispSaFl0zNWNwUDAN10BajZfyZOc7nqk-EtZbBJjQc_Jtu1u2iaagr0SAFf-0Xe5gYzVUrdp9H3-dWsVmANZk-XKkxoDMJDOqa0O25ZVsG48j_RD9sBM9lB_mD9levpfgOtVaszgnihFJY_V6xahIaUGZKS9qaI11dEWhVb6mzixHbglSxLAv7VGyii7Caxp4pQIG0MxHj0nUtvXD4mTptydn7i0nSdO-mfpg3MK0hw5Wy0e9KVVhB314M6JyvPzg-cfy78AgjLA_RmB0AAsVwCVLt4o1LcRTblIY39JJJIR0vH3NfMQkvVv8DTZVQDLxdKjzuiPhWk8sP_3hWuOae4bfchywCp4t3AhGev3OseEJO8=w707-h913-no

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's mine: https://badengineering.org/

I included a link to a pdf also because the picture in Wordpress doesn't expand. There is a picture of the Typewriter a few posts down.

Thanks Joe for the inspiration!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Michael R pdx said...

Yee haw! That was fun. The "do a draft" element really helped.

https://saunter.us/wanderings/hermes-typewriter-muses/ with link to full resolution:
https://i2.wp.com/saunter.us/wanderings/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/typewriter_story_for_web.jpg?ssl=1

4:04 PM  
Blogger Michael R pdx said...

Err, nice if I'd read the instructions.
MichaelRpdx
Hermes Baby (I think, if someone knows better please speak up) from 1953. More info at
http://typewriterdatabase.com/1953-hermes-baby.8166.typewriter

4:57 PM  
Blogger pdlagasse said...

Thanks for launching this, it's a great idea! Here's my entry:

http://sottovoce.avwrites.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/062017.jpg

The typewriter is a 1923 Remington Portable that I named The War Correspondent, and now you know why. Cheers, Paul

6:16 PM  
Blogger TokyoJAM said...

Thanks for that great post, Joe! After misunderstanding the instructions (the whole point is to do one thing at a time, right?) and writing something completely different, I did this one. http://bit.ly/2tvy4I8 Hope you all like it! :-D The typer(s) in question: http://bit.ly/2sDh6rD

9:40 PM  
Blogger David Randall said...

A fun assignment Joe - my one's here:
http://buildingdesks.blogspot.com/2017/06/ozma-story-of-typewriter.html

7:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Posted mine about the lovely Corona Standard on Google Plus. You can call me D. Timothy English :)

https://plus.google.com/109323762305701092267/posts/Pc4Jq5HxjsZ

8:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Here the story lives in all its glory. Enjoyed the challenge...John Campbell

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1GvXMwunHVramhxZ2JPTVBMMmc/view?usp=sharing

9:42 PM  
Blogger Michael Waterhouse said...

Hi Joe, thanks for the fun assignment. This is my first over attempt at creative writing. Hope the link works! All the best, Michael.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4259/35099927870_a61e53f42d_z.jpg

9:27 AM  
Blogger CanB said...

Hey Joe! Thanks for the encouragement. Here is my assignment:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BVsObYeDCPC/?taken-by=spuud22

Can(John) B

11:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Here's mine..

https://www.flickr.com/photos/152005082@N04/35373927191/in/datetaken-public/

Read as Richard

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe, thanks for the opportunity and motivation. Erika and I enjoyed writing this.

http://wp.me/P1hGi8-9

Dave C.

2:33 PM  
Blogger SBolli said...

Joe, please find my submission for Assignment #1 http://nostalgictype.blogspot.ca/

10:58 AM  
Blogger SBolli said...

P.S. And I typed my assignment on an Olivetti Lettera DL. ;-)

11:00 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Here's mine!

https://emhdz.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/turning-in/

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Kevin K. said...

Here is my submission to Typing Assignment #1.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/156213073@N02/35369890932/in/dateposted-public/

8:11 PM  
Blogger Joe V said...

SB Bohanga, Emily and Kevin K.: I'm going to publish a part 2 video on Monday that will include your three submissions. Thank you for your efforts. My apologies for not including yours in part one.

10:27 PM  
Blogger SBolli said...

Joe, its I who should apologize for leaving it so late. I appreciate the work that this causes you during crunch time on Sunday. Really don't want this to turn into 'work' for you. Thanks for your consideration. I got #2 in first to make up for this one.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are we allowed to use a different machine for assignment #2? I think I'm going to switch it up. And a week is perfect time to do a one page. One week got you 18...more time might bring too many?

1:07 AM  
Blogger Joe V said...

Use whatever machines you want for these assignments. As long as they don't get jealous of each other!

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Kevin K. said...

Thank you for slipping us under the deadline wire.
A note: Scriptophobia was written and typed on two typewriters. Dr. Sigmund's voice was typed on a "late model" (maybe 1980) Smith Corona DeVille 80 electronic typewriter using both 10- and 12-pitch. I bought the DeVille for this typing assignment for 83 cents in Oklahoma City. Sarah's voice was typed on a 1965 Royal Safari with Spencerian script. I moved the paper from one to the other.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Joe don't post this. I deleted my Photobucket account, They went downhill and it's all ads. I did not know they just changed their terms and it's bad. I moved my Assigmnemt #1 to here: https://goo.gl/photos/ex5dQttZLBQ4sFQe9 if you could change the link? Thank you. These assignments are great. Can't wait for #3.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Joe Bailey said...

Joe, I know this is a late entry for assignment #1, but having written it over a week ago, tonight was my first chance to get it uploaded.
http://imgur.com/a/4qKLm

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Joe Bailey said...

My first comment on Assignment #1 may have linked to the album I created on Imgur and not the specific image. Here is the correct link to my late Assignment #1 submission.

http://i.imgur.com/1FvpMKF.jpg

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Joe! A month late to the party. I already have been typecasting and blogging for a while, but I got excited to see this series and get back into the creative swing of things. Take care!
https://kansastypewriters.com/2017/07/27/writing-assignment-1/
Alison (Ari)

1:42 PM  
Blogger Enoch Porch said...

Another late start! i don't expect any attention but just got typing and going through the steps because it's fun!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6fwlfkz5tobuw1h/IMAG0864~2.jpg?dl=0

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