Why I Switched From Microsoft Word to a Typewriter

Dá fhada an lá  tagann an tráthnóna

That being an Irish saying (seanfhocail) meaning however long the day, the evening will come.

It means that things change. No matter what joys or sorrows you’re going through, the time to rest will come. It means that no matter how much I love Word 2010, the computer just has too many features and distractions and THE INTERNET and social media that…I just don’t have the discipline needed to stick only to the word processor. And so, ladies and gents, I’ve downcycled (is that a word?) to a typewriter. It’s a machine that’s built to do one thing and one thing only: write.

With this in mind, here’s all the info on the amount of projects I’ve been working on of late: 

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In case you can’t tell, it involves novel editing re-writes (since 2009, baby!) and an ear infection in both ears (which is most of the reason right there in itself).

And, finally (not in any way least-wise) layout designs and InDesign-slaving are underway for Photo_ESC: Abroad 2013. Also there’s going to be an exhibition. I’m not doing very much with this apart from online website-updates and social media maintenance, but there’s been a lot of emails and Skype calls.

Back to the typewriter

About the Remington Quiet Riter… it was made in 1952, and is older than my parents. I love that. It weighs 16 and a half pounds (just under 10k, which was great because it meant I could take it on a Ryanair flight with me!).

A friend bought it for me for €7 at a market, and the case was still full of the previous owner’s papers and draft letters. I completely agree that it’s ‘built like a tank,’ as according to this blog here. I called the typewriter Laurence, after Laurence Olivier, because its quiet dignity and nobility reminded me of him.

The best thing about the typewriter is that there’s no internet on it, which means I actually get some writing done (shock!). Thank God for things that are made to last.

I have no idea what I’m going to do when the ribbons run out.

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