Tuesday, 26 April 2011
No More Typewriters
The first story I have ever written was on a typewriter. I was about 10 years old when I wrote it. I can't remember the general plot of the story, but there are some detail I can still recall. It was a science fiction story. The hero had wavy blond hair. He was on a spaceship. The story began with someone calling his name. The were feline-like aliens. (I was probably watching Thunder Cats at the time.)
I can still remember the clacking of the keys; how one would insert the paper and turn the knob on the side to roll the page into place; how one would pull the lever on the right to move the whole drum to the left -- today's equivalent of the "Enter" / "Return" key; one ones fingers would get dirty when one when you have to replace the ink lint (is that what it is called, an ink lint?).
I'm suddenly nostalgic for typewriters.