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First Typecast


This is my first typecast, so I’ll keep everything left-aligned to make it easier for me.

So already there is a typo, and the anal part of me is itching to retype the whole thing to fix it up, but that’s not the point of this exercise, is it?
I find, when typing on a typewriter – san first draft – that I have trouble thinking of something to write. More accurately, I am wary of typing anything until I have it semi-formulated in my head.
This, of course, makes sense, as you cannot delete off a typewritten page.
But at the same time I find that my mind is not used to fully forming sentences before committing them to paper; my mind is used to being allowed to see the formless ideas spewed onto the screen before going back to edit them before clicking “send” or “submit”.

I think this exercise might help my writing in some ways. Although in some ways it would force me to write slower, it may force me to think and formulate my ideas more quickly.

Reading the above entry, I could already see some sentence structure that needs improving.
And some spelling.

From my only typewriter,[1]It seems a lot of typecasts sign off with the model of the typewriter they used to type with, but I only have one the Imperial Good Companion 1943

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1. It seems a lot of typecasts sign off with the model of the typewriter they used to type with, but I only have one

The Imperial Good Companion Typewriter

For a very long time, I’ve thought about getting a typewriter. Not the electric one, nor the plastic ones from the 60’s or 70’s, but the honest-to-god-all-made-of-metal-could-kill-someone-if-you-threw-it typewriters.

A recent correspondence between my latest IGGPPC-assigned pen-friend and I got me scouring eBay and Googling for any possible candidates in my area.

My criteria were as follows (in no particular order):

  1. Portable [1]it’s all relative, of course not desktop version
  2. Either has local pick-up or real cheap shipping
  3. Is not plastic
  4. Looks pretty (not too banged up)
  5. Not going to burn a hole in my pocket
  6. IN WORKING ORDER (I don’t know enough about typewriters to be able to fix one up)

Of course some of my criteria conflicted with each other:

  1. Pretty ones were not cheap
  2. Cheap ones that look pretty may not work – and getting them fixed was probably going to cost a pretty penny
  3. Pretty and cheap ones were all overseas – and the shipping would make them UN-cheap
  4. My definition of pretty is pretty subjective, and expensive. Apparently I really like the look of the Underwoods – especially their Noiseless 77, but again, not cheap

After a week of eBay deep-diving – which included a lot of frustration-born hair-pulling – as all the pretty machines were selling at ridiculous prices overseas, whereas all the Australia-based sellers were posting falling apart machines for 10x the price – I managed to snap this little beauty for $80AUD.

Imperial Good CompanionIt’s an Imperial The Good Companion typewriter and accordingly to the internet, it’s a 1943 model. I’ve still to find where the serial number is on this thing, so if any of you out there know where I should look, please leave a comment.
Imperial Good Companion - Close upI am hoping to type my future correspondences with my pen-friend on this typewriter. And may, I would even try a hand at typecasting!


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1. it’s all relative, of course

Practicing my handwriting with French ruled (Séyès) paper


After watching Brian Goulet’s video on séyès (French-ruled) paper, I got really excited to try it out.

From far away it does look like my script is neater than before; it’s certainly straighter!

I’ll need to practice more though; the lines make me write much larger than I’m used to.

If you want to give the French-ruled style a go you can download your own séyès paper and print as many as you need.

receiving my first postcard

I wrote about this in my last entry, but I’ve signed up for Sian’s Pile of Postcards Exchange last month, and today I received my first postcard!

It’s a picture of a public sculpture in Middlesbrough by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen though the postcard itself was sent from Lincoln, UK.

Now, I admit to being one of those people who would send themselves postcards whilst on holiday (what better souvenir or scrapbook ephemera than a postcard sent from the country you visited?), so this is not the first postcard I’ve ever received, but it is the first one I’ve received from somebody else.

That reminds me, I have a small pile of blank postcards that I need to fill out and send for postcard exchange…

lets get writing!

Recently – and by this I mean yesterday – I found two snail mail related links and I thought I’d share them with you.

The first one is the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club.

Once a month on the 15th, they open a new round of sign ups for people interested in getting pen pals. You tell them a little bit about you, including your top 5 geek loves and at the end of the month would pair you up with someone who shares a similar interest.

But they aren’t just a pen pal group. They are a blog, a book club, a photography group plus much more, with one over-arching theme – geek love.

I am still exploring their site and forum – there is quite a lot to read – but I knew I just had to tell people about them. Their current round of sign ups are about to end (finishes at the end of the month) so if you’re a geek with a saved up pile of stationery, why not sign up and give it a go?

Now, if you’re not sure you can commit to a possibly-long-term pen pal relationship, how about writing a postcard?

This second link is an event run by Sian from the blog From High in the Sky.

She’s hosting a postcard exchange and she’s accepting sign ups from now till June 30th (I know, I know, there’s only a few days left, but I only just found out about it yesterday).

pileofpostcards2This is a one-off event; you sign up with your snail mail address and at the start of July you would receive 6 names and addresses in return.

This event was started because, for people in the Northern Hemisphere at least, it’s Summer and a lot of people are going away on holidays.

So if you want to receive some cool postcards from around the globe, email Sian or visit her blog post to read more about the event.


I’ve signed up for both events; since I found the two links completely at random and from two completely different sources, something in the cosmos must be telling me to do some letter writing!

forgot to mention the RSS feed address

Thanks Steve for pointing this out to me, but I forgot to mention what my RSS feed address is.

For those using Feedly or Bloglovin, I believe you only need to enter in the URL and the reader would automatically extract the RSS feed address.

For those more tech-savy, my RSS feed address is:

welcome to the new site

Happy New Year Everyone!

Most, if not all, of you would have come here from my old blogger blog

As I have mentioned in my old blog, with the new year, I am revamping the site and moving it here.

I hope the new domain name would be easier to remember (and type).

A little housekeeping

The old blog would remain, but new blog posts would not show up there. So if you are using any type of RSS feeder, please add the new URL to get the latest update. (If you don’t know what a RSS feeder is or what it does, you might want to read this article. I personally like Feedly.)

Also I’ve extracted all the old blog posts to the new site, but I think some of the links may have been broken in the process. I am currently going through each post and checking the links, but if you find something that is not working, please let me know by commenting, and I would get on it asap.

Moving Forward

I’m still fiddling with the layout and design of the new blog, so if you have any feedback or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

last words… nanowrimo

I’m barely back from my holidays and nanowrimo has started. So turning away from the piles of unopen kit club kits, I put my head down to begin my 50,000 word journey.

I do not expect to be back for the next month, if I am, you could all berate me for not writing my 1667 words for the day.

I hope to survive the month and see you all at the other end as a proud winner (emphasis on the hopefully).