For 2019 I'm running a year-long series on my blog in which I share my responses to the writing assignment prompts found in THE BUTTERLY HOURS by Patty Dann.
For links to the prompts I've written on so far this year, please click on The Butterfly Hours tab above.
I welcome you to join me, if you like! I've divided the prompts by month, and the plan is to respond to 3 (or so) a week. For some of these I may write poems, for others prose. The important thing is to mine my memory. Who knows where this exploration will lead?
This (final!) month's prompts are train, trophy, typewriter, umbrella, Vietnam, war, washing machine, widow, window.
|a favorite children's book |
that includes a typewriter
My experience with a typewriter is
limited to my high school typing class. If there was a typewriter in
my house growing up, I don't recall it. So I don't have any
romanticized memories about typewriters.
The high school typing class was one of
those offering deemed “practical,” so I took it. (Pre-internet,
of course!) And you know, I've never been sorry. I got my job at Walt
Disney World (Travel Company) because of my typing
|my favorite movie|
skills. With the
onset of word processing programs, others of my generation had to
acquire typing skills... but I already had them! I've always been
grateful for my typing speed when I'm working on a story, and my
brain moves so so fast – far faster than my hand can do and still
be legible... but even with errors, I can generally interpret my
typing, even when that typing has been achieved with my eyes closed
(which is often the way I type when I am drafting!).
Typing is the most useful thing I ever learned to do. My high school wanted me to take something more academic that period, but I've never regretted picking typing!ReplyDelete
Typing with my eyes closed. Could be a title of something or other. LOVE it. I took typing senior year in college when teaching jobs were hard to come by. So I figured I could be a secretary at the univ or college my husband would work at. Luckily for me I got two teaching jobs. BUT I never forgot my typing and am so grateful I can type so fast. It serves me well on many occasions. However, sometimes I am a bit verbose due to the speed that I type!!! I never took a class on editing. LOL. But I do try. We did not have a typewriter at home that I can recall. At college electric typewriters were in and I think I had one. I was a horrible and slow typist and we had such a hard time with making corrections. We are so lucky now, but I often prefer composing by hand. Something about the fluidity of motion by hand.....purple ink is also a favorite on white legal pads!!! Did you ever type on a selectric type writer that had a round ball that move? Those were a big improvement, but one's fingers back in the day got a great work out on the older typewriters. That is for sure.ReplyDelete