After a somewhat long hiatus from the typing assignment series, here is my entry for number 13. I really need to post other things, but at the moment, I am more than content to just keep it simple. This was my first attempt with this machine from 1897. I think it needs a small part and I’m not sure whether I can source one. It is on my list of things to do for the future.
This assignment was on the topic of thankfulness. This past week was Thanksgiving, a time when many Americans are celebrating the holiday with their friends and families. I decided on a different facet of thankfulness for this assignment.
Unfortunately, the Smith Premier No. 4 typewriter is out of commission for now. It got a good workout for the 2017 NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) considering it is 116 years old. Yes, you read that correctly, it is one hundred and sixteen years old. It performed admirably. It was nice to see the attention that the SP-4 got when I took it to the write-ins. I had no trouble with typing on it and most people liked to hear the typewriter going as I typed as well as the bell at the end of each line. I will miss using it for the time being.
However, it isn’t the only typewriter that I own. For the remainder of NaNoWriMo, I am going to use my Olympia SG-1. As I haven’t given this machine a workout yet, it is a good time to bring it into the rotation.
The platen assembly for my Smith Premier 4 with the paper guide out of place:
Well, it is that time of year, Halloween. Normally, a fun time, but it seems that this year has been crazy leading up to it and will not be as exciting as it usually is. So, although I typed this assignment this evening, I am a bit late in posting it. Oh well. Maybe Joe will forgive me.
Well, now I’m on the typosphere! I need to come up with more than just these typing assignments. So, that is something that I will be working on. But in the meantime, I still need to post the next typing assignment. This one is called the Un-assignment Assignment. In other words, anything goes. The category is open. Now if I’d just plan my postings better, I wouldn’t always be doing this on the last day.
I have been somewhat lax on posting anything. Seems to be the story of my life. Not enough time. Well, I finally paused this weekend to get some stuff done. It’s about time!!! So, here’s typing assignment #9. A few words about the Smith Premier No. 4 typewriter that I used for this post; it is a blind writer. What this means is that you can’t see what you are typing as you are typing it until you rotate the platen up and towards you. This is an interesting experience. The machine also was manufactured before the invention of the shift key. This typewriter has a double keyboard (see above). Another unique part of the typing experience.
The assignment was to write a hypothetical story in the life of a real life stranger. I don’t know that my response is quite that, but it gave me an excuse to use the Smith Premier No. 4 to see if all the bugs were worked out of it. Clearly, the lowercase w needs some adjustment and the spacing may also, but I was able to sit down and do a draft and then produce this version.
This post is in response to Joe Van Cleave’s typing assignment #8. The assignment was to write something using the style of your favorite author. The author I chose is Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. At the start of her chapters, she usually puts a letter and this was something I could do in the one page limit.