Sunday, June 25, 2017

Typing Assignment #2



We had a great response to Typing Assignment #1 on my YouTube channel, with 18 participants entering their one-page typewritten pieces. For many of you, this was your first foray into creative writing, which I can only respond by feeling grateful that this project has already born some creative fruit. I hope you continue to be inspired and wear out many more ribbons with your future writings!

These short pieces, though each unique, had many aspects in common, especially the devotion and love reflected between machine and user. There was also a strong sense of melancholy, for these machines having sat so many years and decades in disuse, before being rediscovered. Humor was also in plenteous supply, with one writer having the typewriter revolution being started by the machines themselves, and another writer stating that the machines collect their owners - not the other way around. For anybody like us collectors who've sensed that magnetic attraction to some otherwise anonymous thrift store, only to find some wonderful machine inside, waiting to be taken home, we can certainly relate.

Of course, a single page is entirely inadequate for many of these stories to be fully realized; but that is another reason why these one-page assignments are so worthwhile, in that they require just enough creative effort to whet the juices into further expanding the treatment into a full-blown short story, which I hope many participants will take advantage of.

Typing Assignment #2 is less fictional creativity and more along the lines of analytical thinking: write a one-page essay on what you find unique and/or valuable about using typewriters as writing tools. Unless I hear otherwise, we'll assume the due date will be next Sunday, July 2. Please have your entries written, scanned/photographed, posted to social media and the link posted into the comments section below before then. If you require more than one week for this assignment, please post a comment into the YouTube video itself; I'll consider extending the due-date based on responses. I suspect enough of us are typewriter aficionados that we already have a good idea of why we like to use these machines for creative writing.

Good luck and happy writing.

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64 Comments:

Blogger SBolli said...

Ok, first in this time. No waiting till the end of the week!!

http://nostalgictype.blogspot.ca/2017/06/joes-typewriter-assignment-2.html

So many possibilities to write about.

10:47 PM  
Blogger TokyoJAM said...

Thank you Joe and fellow typerdudes and dudettes.

Here's my second assignment. For this I tried setting up a web page on Google Sites instead of just sharing Google doc links. Hope it works!

https://sites.google.com/site/jamunroe/typerassignment02

6:02 AM  
Blogger andrew nicholls said...

Hi Joe and everyone who are busily typing away out there!
Andy Nicholls again, and here is the link to my second typewriter assignment, typed this time on my Olympia Traveller De Luxe S:

http://andypoetwriter.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/assignment-2-uniqueness-of-typewriter.html

12:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Assignment number 2. Typed on a 130's Portable Underwood 4 bank.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1GvXMwunHVrWHJpSE5ZUmdVUU0/view?usp=sharing

John Campbell

7:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I was more descriptive the first time I commented but Google is no good and asked me to sign into an.... well it doesn't matter.
http://perceptual.ml/typecasts/typecasts/jvc/jvcsub/jvc2.jpg

True story!

-DT

10:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Assignment #2, this time on a '68 Olivetti Lettera 32. I used Google URL Shortener this time! Slowly, he catches on.

https://goo.gl/tzsPvi



7:58 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hello Joe, thanks again for doing this. This was typed on the same Underwood 378 that I used for the first assignment https://www.evernote.com/l/AC8Am0Hx0mJNK5uyoOvrJTqCqxl3LwxUsLw

best,
Darrin

9:45 AM  
Blogger Wimark said...

Well, this was harder. I have lots of thoughts on this subject. One is this: are we really typing?

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/to2qzbhaki6rp6h/AABk_o59no3Zrmy-p1TvFjoKa?dl=0

3:42 PM  
Blogger Wimark said...

Errata: Last word on my paper should be "piece", I guess, but why not keep my mistake: "peace"?

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assignment #2 by Andykev, typed on a Smith-Corona Silent, blue ribbon.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6mt58r0yisz0zjk/Typing%20Assignment%20%232%20web.jpg?dl=0

9:33 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Here's my second post - can't wait for the next one! Second draft typed on my 1957 Silent Super and the first draft typed on my 1936 Corona Standard.

http://vermontvintagetypewriter.blogspot.com/2017/06/think-with-typewriter-joe-van-cleave.html

3:16 PM  
Blogger David Randall said...

Hi Joe, good subject to mull over. Here's my contribution:
http://buildingdesks.blogspot.com/2017/06/typewriters-as-writing-tools.html

8:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Joe,

Great assignment. I enjoyed writing it and was so engrossed I didn't notice the Remington skips in the middle of the page. Another thing to tinker with.
Here is my contribution:
https://brokestuff.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/why-typewriters/

5:16 PM  
Blogger pdlagasse said...

Hi, Joe --

Here's my homework for this week, written on my ca. 1937 L.C. Smith & Corona Standard: http://sottovoce.avwrites.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/20170701.jpg

I'm looking forward to reading everyone else's contributions. I always learn a lot!
Paul

1:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Here's my contribution to this very fun assignment. Written on my 1950 Remington Quiet-riter:

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s478/sh/5e24de4a-9d1e-4994-a72f-7369dbf0f5d7/77f46af7bfe9e43a511c3bbc307b89f4

Thanks for putting these assignments out there Joe. I've enjoyed your blog for quite some time... even your old posts on the F295 group were always so helpful. I think I have read everything you posted there right when I was getting back into photography again.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Joe Bailey said...

Here is my submission for Assignment #2.

http://i.imgur.com/QlDN3ML.jpg

10:05 PM  
Blogger Michael R pdx said...

Need more time!

1:02 PM  
Blogger Michael R pdx said...

Hi Joe,

MichaelRpdx, or Michael Rasmussen, Assignment #2
This week I used my 1958 Optima to explore our subject and settled on:
Typewriting: Music and Memories.

Blog post: https://saunter.us/wanderings/typewriting-vs-other-ways/
Image of piece: https://i2.wp.com/saunter.us/wanderings/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/typewriter_vs_others_fin.jpg?ssl=1

Thanks for hosting our explorations!

2:52 PM  
Blogger Michael R pdx said...

Joe, should it be easier, my image is also tweet embedded.
https://twitter.com/MichaelRpdx/status/881619103944851456

3:05 PM  
Blogger DoHaeng Michael Kitchen said...

Here's my submission for Assignment #2. You should be able to pull it from the page. Thanks!

https://dohaeng.com/2017/07/02/july-2-2017-typing-assignment-2/

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Kevin K. said...

Finished in time this time.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/156213073@N02/35512341022/in/dateposted-public/

6:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Here is my paper from the first assignment that I didn't get to upload in time. I couldn't figure out how to do it. I hope you like it.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2zlqj-_RZsJMnpKWFJmc0dvWE0/view?usp=sharing

11:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Joe. this is my assignment for this week I had to put it in two parts, because I thought it would all fit on one page with two-point line spacing. The first link is for page one and the second link is for the second page. Thanks for doing these assignments.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2zlqj-_RZsJR0NnS0p5QkJfQWM/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2zlqj-_RZsJRkJJRDE2VGxOMWc/view?usp=sharing

11:55 PM  
Blogger Joe V said...

James Locigno: Please repost your full URL, the shortened version doesn't work.

12:42 AM  
Blogger Joe V said...

Samuel Huff;

I'll use both images this time, but it's unfair for other participants that you were permitted two pages and they weren't.

Also, your documents are PDFs. My mobile device sees PDF files as document files, not image files. They can't be imported directly to my video editor as photographs - I had to make screen captures of them, to convert them to photographs, which is unfair to you, as these are now lower in quality than the originals; and unfair to the viewers, as it'll be harder for them to read.

12:47 AM  
Blogger Joe V said...

"Anonymous" and "Unknown": Please give me a name in your comment so I can track your document with a name. Less confusion on my part. I'm easily confused. :)

12:49 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

How do I scan the typed piece as an image file Joe? Do you want me to re-submit it?

1:03 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm trying to post this link for a friend who can't seem to get it so Joe can see her comments to approve. This is a link to Diane Maher's blog and her typing assignments. Hopefully this will work... diane-maher.com

7:37 AM  
Blogger Joe V said...

Samuel, it will work for now, I'll be starting the video edit this morning, would like to get it online sometime today.

If you used a scanner to digitize the piece, you can set it to produce a JPEG instead of PDF file.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Joe V said...

Leigh, I got Diane's piece, thank you, it'll be in the video.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Anonymous said...
Assignment #2 by Andykev, typed on a Smith-Corona Silent, blue ribbon.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6mt58r0yisz0zjk/Typing%20Assignment%20%232%20web.jpg?dl=0

9:33 PM
I put "andykev" in but you may have missed it.

9:32 AM  
Blogger John M said...

Hi Joe,
I apologize for the late entry, I had a very difficult week.

https://typingink.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/jvc-typing-assignment-2-what-makes-typewriters-unique/

10:48 AM  
Blogger Joe V said...

Thanks Andy, I got that!

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Blogger Joe V said...

No problem John, you made it before I started the video edit. Have a better week.

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