8 Photos, B & W What I Found


I made a tour  to find interesting forms.

I share with you some of what I found.

The challenge was to make black and white pictures without pets or people for a week.



A wasp pot never boils BW 11-29-17

A Wasp Pot Never Boils



Nest bird BW 12-03-17 2

The homely nest awaits




Iron Coy BW 11-29-17 2

Coy garden koi



Chair waste BW 11-29-17 2

Becoming renewal



Garden evergreens and stones after a frost BW 11-29-17

Bearing the ice and cold



Barn and Water b&w

More than a castle



Skull deer BW 12-01-17 2

Forest guardian



Smith Corona Silent 1951 typing sample 2.2

Now is the time

It was a good week practicing seeing with the inner eye.








Vintage Manual Typewriters, Captivating


    Typewriter Olympia SM9 frontal pic1

For writing I chose a portable manual typewriter.  The venerable writing machines are captivating old technology that still convey messages and data to others. Typewriters of this ilk are productive with only human power. The use of these machines has given me new insights into my writing process.

I do not reject the “instant”, the digital, nor the have-it-your-way-now world. I watch as words develop instantly on the monitor. I enjoy digital spell checker. I add new words to the computer’s dictionary my way. I still produce documents with typos.

That is my feint in making comparisons. From my view there are no comparisons I find compelling, digital versus manual. In short, I am a different writer when I use a typewriter.

There it is, the human aspect of humane letters or writing the latest RSVP. I could text my response to an invitation. “Write and sent. Done and done,” next task please, “and done”, very efficient, slightly cold and clammy.

I chose to type or hand write a reply since the sender used an envelope and a stamp to get my attention. I responded in kind. Also, I am engaged in a different way.

I might ride a motorcycle or I might ride a horse. I love them both. I go from point A to point “” however I can. I am a different rider on a large sentient animal than one astride a large engine connected by two wheels.

The differences make me different, that is captivating.

Typewriter Joy, Typical


SC 1951 5S Silent Rep Clean 2-16-18 1B

I wrestled the typewriter from of its crate.  I was pleased it had been so well protected, not the typical experience. The extra armor helped the venerable Smith-Corona Silent to resist a thousand dings as it bounced to my front porch.

The only ding I wanted was the brassy bell at the end of a typed line. Ding, is crisp authority as, “go to the next line”, then the metallic echo fades and the typist pauses. There it is;  the meditation of typing with a manual typewriter, cacophony, followed by silence.

As well as I can tell this typewriter was created in 1951. Typical of a machine of its age it had accumulated grime, dirty typefaces (the letters), and had parts hidden in “gunk”. All of this required gentle cleaning and downright scrubbing. It was a usual day at the work bench.

After my ministrations I added a new ribbon and closed the cover with a snap. I cranked the platen knobs and the mechanism rolled a sheet of paper up into proper position. The Smith-Corona Silent was true to its name. It waited. It also inspired me. It propelled me into the realm of writing, and as transported on a new journey, I pressed the keys.

It was a day of joy when I typed a line about a jaunty fox over-leaping a drowsy canine. *

Such a delight. I could get used to it.


*”The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”

Jack Frost, a Nano Story 2017

When I sit still I can get an idea for a story or for a drawing. It seems when I am busy or driving down the highway I get more ideas. Used to be in the shower. Now it’s commuting or chopping weeds.

11.06.17 Jack Frost p

The idea of seasons has the connotation of change or exclusivity as in “seasonal produce”. We must be ever mindful of how we alter our world.




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Writing, Making Adjustments

I write stories and some of them are very short or as I call them, Nano Stories. These are  “imaginary books and their stories” with the entire bibliographical citation  “made-up”.  I write all through the year and I really concentrate on my Nano Stories in November as the time changes, evenings darken more quickly and the mornings are misty and bleak.

11.01.17 Vegan p

Typed words of another era.

I use vintage typewriters, index cards, or small sheets of paper to compose my Nano Stories and most times make the final story for a type-cast that I post online. The clicktey-clack of typing slugs (the letters) striking the paper show up on social media, like in this blog, or on someone’s feed, or on tee-shirts as typed words of another era.

I was approached to make one such Nano Story that was less than a hundred words a bit longer. “You know, fill out the details, involve other characters, and stretch it some, plot twists are always good.”

I reckoned the story was compact and gave all it could in less than one hundred words. I offered to write a different story more likely to fit their need.

“Nope,” this story in question was just the ticket for some ‘filler stories’ in an anthology. I offered several more of my Nano Stories to help fill the ‘holes’ in the up-coming story collection book.

“Nope, fix this one, please.” I liked the polite tone so I set to work fixing my story that I didn’t know needed repaired.

I worked on it for three days on and off. The story would not budge.

When I was next contacted, “How’s that re-write going. Did you get it stretched out some?”


“Well, that’s too bad.”

“Yep, sometimes if you stretch a story out beyond its intended boundaries the reader will see through it then everyone is embarrassed.”

My story didn’t make the book.


As a side note, vintage typewriters have made a counter-cultural come-back of sorts. Will the old machines become mainstream? Let’s wait to see. The Revolution will be typewritten!

11.03.17 Coal Hogs Love Robots wm

Type-cast version of a Nano Story. The stories involve the use of “vintage” typewriters.