Bang them keys!

Bang them keys!
Must love the writing life...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hermie, Goya and Gala

Excuse the I's.

Thursdays thru Sundays, I continue to pound away on my Hermes' keys, making a nightly ritual out of ten minute writing exercises.  When nothing interrupts this ritual that is.    I just write.  Then I take a huge highlighter and mine the page for possible gold nuggets that could help me write my future short story.  When I am done, I gather my pages, scan them on my Doxie scanner and load them as PDF's onto my Evernote account.  It's so nice to know, that when I die, no one will have the burden of having to burn all my typewritten junk boxed up and crammed under the bed.  Besides, having anything under the bed is bad Feng Shui.

Now, I love my Hermie.  I use it to do all my creative writing at my desk.  I hug it, too.  The metal feels wonderfully cool on my cheek.  I feel up its curves when I sit there and think.  It's comforting. 

But it's not just me and Hermie anymore.  There's a new gal tucked away in this creativity den that once belonged to my Hermes typewriter alone.

On July 27, 2013, I purchased a BEAUTIFUL Remington Streamliner for $150.00.  I'm beside myself.  It came with the case and two keys.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  The case emits a wonderful smell redolent of maintenance from the 1930's???  When you open the case, you are engulfed with a sweet scent that evokes an immediate nostalgic response.  It has to be oil of some sort.  And the ribbon, of course, from a bygone era.  It is in mint condition. 

I don't know what I'm going to call her.  She is definitely grand.  I am so extremely lucky to have this Art Deco baby.  She will be my USB typewriter.  I called Gary, my typewriter repair technician, who said that he can definitely install that USB typewriter kit from  I'm elated.  This is going to be my Christmas present or my Birthday present.  I'll play it by ear.  What the heck does I'll play it by ear mean?  Anywho.

The whole purpose of my purchasing the Remington is to be able to retrofit it with the USB Kit.  Both typewriters serve two purposes:  Hermie will be for play.  I will do creative writing with him.  Oh, lawd.  I have a name for her.  It just came to me.  She will be Goya.  Goya will be for actual writing and editing when playtime's over with Hermie and actual work begins.  She will be my work horse!

I can love both!  (I will post pics of Goya later.  And Hermie.  Together).   Blah.  I don't know why I feel guilty.  But I can tell you this:  These two typewriters will be it for me.  (Knock on wood that they will outlast me).  I can't handle anymore typewriter/technolust.   The marriage of these two in this journey with me makes my attempt at writing golden.  I'm set.  Well, sans USB Kit for now.  But not for long!

Oh!  My life in the Stenography world is going great.  It's basically me and my steno machine from dawn till dusk.  (At school by 7:30 a.m. to leave by 8:30 p.m Monday thru Thursday).  The weekends are meant for steno too, just not so brutal.  I can actually catch up with what's on my DVR.  Oh, joy.  I do get to read a half hour every night, but I pass out 15 minutes into it.  It's so hard to have a life while being 100 percent dedicated to court reporting school.  Attempts at a literary and writing life is futile at the moment.  Hence the 10-minute writing exercises.  I figure it's better than zilch.  One must make due with what little time one has if we are to do what truly matters in this world to us.

I guess that means that stenography matters more than Hermie and Goya right now.  That's okay.

Eventually, Hermie and Goya are going to have to say hello to and get along with Gala:

She is going to be mine June of 2014.  If the cosmos line up and the heavens open up, she will be mine ASAP.  I'm naming her Gala.  She is a Passport Touch sold by Advantage Software.  They have different skins for her, too.  Court Reporting is a very high-tech field.  Yet old school too!  I love it.

I love that I am pursuing a career as a stenographer. Court reporting is an exciting field.  You always learn something new.  So many different ways to use your skills and different career paths.

All I need is one more 190 word per minute four voice Q & A test and I am in qualifiers.  That is the highest speed class.  Once there, I need to pass a 5 minute and then 10 minute 200 word per minute Q & A;   And when I achieve that, I will then be able to take the state exam.  I'm aiming for March 2014.  That failing, June.  But I can't think that way!  March, March, March! 

Okay.  So it sinks in my brain, this is how I will use my tools for my madskills:  Hermie is my baby for creative writing, Goya is my work horse for actual writing and editing, and Gala is my bread and butter.  Sweet.

And now, meet Bobo:


He is my new/old reading lamp.  For literary pursuits.  Sigh.

I swear these are the only four things I own with names on it.

Awe.  My Xiola.  She owns me.

The next time I check in, I will post pics of my Goya, The GORGEOUS Remington Streamliner and her case.  And hopefully, her mouse.   And my first typecast.  A poem, I hope.  -Mo

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Checking in...

It has been an incredible roller coaster ride.  I graduated in May 2012.  That August, I returned to court reporting school to finish what I started.  Yup.  Decided that my doctorate in comparative literature had to wait. And ever since, sparks have been flying off my steno keys.  It is now Spring Semester 2013, and  I am like an athlete in training.  I am seeing some amazing results.  Currently, I write at 180 words per minute.  I need to write at 225.  I can't think of any other career that I would love to pursue.  This is the only career that will allow me to learn something new every single day, that will allow me to feel appreciated for my (highly specialized) skills, and that lets me be my own boss.  And that will allow me the opportunity to live my literary and writing life without starving.  And that is important.  Gawed.  I got a C in creative writing class!  But that is because my professor knows I didn't give it my all.  He offered to do a grade change if I submitted something else on the level that he feels I am capable of.  I took that as a complement and kept my C.  I earned it.  It's MY C.  And now I'm even considering an MFA in creative writing.  Big Dreams here...  They keep me going.

Monday, April 9, 2012

5 weeks left for May 19th 2012 Graduation

Running around doing midterms.  No time to blog.  Been writing for my creative writing class, but coming up with some major doozies!  Not really doing my workshops justice with the work I'm submitting.  I'm supposed to write 2 hours per day, but I write instead 1 hour before the stuff is due.  I'm bad.  Readings for other courses taking up all of my time, especially Don Quijote.  Even so, I'm glad I'm workshopping my junk.  I get to read some neat stuff from my fellow group members.  Soon, I will post my "creations" here, as typecast.  (I love my scanner).  I'm supposed to graduate May 19th and have kept up my GPA so far; but now I'm wondering if I can make the grade in some of my courses.  Blah! I got my graduation regalia for my honor society and I have another honor society asking me to join and buy their regalia.  Blah.  So far, I have 4 honorary chords to let hang from my neck.  And the thought of wearing one more is off putting.  I really just wanted to wait for my B.A. diploma to arrive and pick it up, but my parents insisted they wanted me to walk.  It's 20 years to the date that I was supposed to have gotten my undergrad.  Wow. Anywho, I want a Mexican Tamborzo at my Graduation.  I wonder if CSU Dominguez Hills will allow me to do that at their Home Depot center?  Maybe at the after graduation reception?  If I get a tamborazo, I will post the celebration video here.  Wish me luck on my Midterms...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Blah! I won't be buying a USBTypewriter Kit...

Awe! Jack Zylkin got back to me ASAP and emailed me the following:

"Thanks for your enthusiasm about my invention!  Unfortunately, I don't think the kit will work on a Hermes, because the Hermes has a solid steel frame underneath it -- you can't access any of the mechanisms without taking apart the typewriter.  Sorry!"

(That's okay, Jack. Thanks for letting me know. Thank goodness he let me know about it right away. Guess I better tell Gary. Man!

Only way I can get a USB Typewriter is by cheating on my Hermie. I can't do that! Can I? Is owning two Typewriters over-kill...because I do find underwoods attractive...? Sigh. I may just bid on one on eBay...and get the kit... blah. Why can't stuff be easy. Or am I making it complicated? Too bad OCR doesn't let you edit... I do have my Doxie coming...

I may be buying a USBTypewriter Kit!

Omg! Just got off the phone with my typewriter repair man, Gary. I nearly fell back in my seat when he told me that the USB Typewriter kit is something he could do! He does amazing work as it is, but I know that this is the very first time he has heard of such a thing as a USB typewriter; at least I think so? So I wanted him to see for himself what it entails and referred him to He says he has the tools. I know he can fix anything, so I hope it works out. My heart is beating soooooooooo fast! I seriously can't imagine getting any of the other USB ready typewriters, even the beautiful underwoods Jack Zylkin has in his store right now, because I'm monogamous to my Hermes 3000? Can one be monogamous to a typewriter? Sigh. Does Jack Zylkin really have 57 cats? Gary is awesome! If anyone needs great typewriter repair and service, I recommend Gary's Typewriter Repairs at 833 E. South St. Long Beach, CA. 1 (562) 423-0157.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I got a scanner!

Finally! I purchased a DoxieGo+Wifi scanner and paid extra for an AC adapter as I don't like charging via USB. I'm so excited. I finally get to scan the work I do on my Hermes.  You can find the scanner here: 
This is my last semester of school, and I'm actually taking a creative writing class. I need to develop a thick skin quick before I show myworkshop group a thing! 
Yesterday, Dr. Cauthen split us up into groups so we could find weaknesses in a poem he just happened to find online. The criticism was brutal. All I could come up with was "cheese." I was corrected by a fellow classmate to not use that word as it is insulting and not specific to be constructive. She said to use the word, "vague." I smiled and said, "You are right. That's exactly what I meant when I said 'cheese'."  Sigh.  It's gonna be a LONG 15 weeks.  
Dr. C. had us go purchase a Moleskine. Dear Lord. Seriously? 19.99? Worst part is it looks like this:

Now, I love Star Wars.  But I don't LOVE Star Wars; you know?  I just replaced my R2D2 phone with an iPhone.  But this just stamps NERD on my forehead.  (The poster is cool though).  

When I open it, it says the following:

I don't need to see this when I already have a very bad feeling about what I'm about to show in workshops.  Sigh.  (It was the only hard cover the store had).  And Dr. C. wants a hard cover.  And I'm such a nerd that I just have to do what Dr. C. expects.  Ya.
Anywho.  I'm going to use my Doxie scanner to upload all the garbage that comes out of Freewriting on my Hermes onto the cloud, so that I can highlight any potential gems for future use and upload them to myEvernote account instead of hiding them under my bed.  Because there is some scary stuff that comes up that I don't want anybody else seeing.   And I will use it to upload my work here... which is the real reason I got this scanner ;)
BTW.  Dr. C. told me to forget about Bukowski and aim higher intellectually for the course.  Sigh.  Why do academics look down their noses at Charles Bukowski?  Is it because he has poems called, "The night I fucked my alarm clock," or "I taste the ashes of your death," or "I have shit stains in my underwear too"?  Too gritty?  Too Low-Brow?  Too Realistic?  I think the man is a genius.  Maybe I should do my dissertation on him.  But I cannot use his writing as an example in this course.  So I wrote in my journal about my not understanding why academics won't accept him, and that if I can't use his works, then maybe I can use his advice on writing.  So I wrote a bunch of his quotes down about the writing life to get me through plateaus.  Of course, my Professor will read this.  Sigh.  But ultimately, IT'S MY NERDY JOURNAL!
Can't wait for my scanner to get here...  :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

A USB Kit for My Hermes?

Wow. I must say I am impressed. There is an actual USB kit for my Hermes I can order off of etsy for 74 bux. Struggling with the thought of how to best go about creating a manuscript on my Hermes and dreading having to type it up all over again on a computer, I decided to search the internet for tips on how writers deal with manuscripts on their typewriters ... And I happen to run across this link: ummmmmmmmmm.....AMAZING stuff. I can continue to use paper on my manual and have it backed unto a document on my iPad or computer. It's a mesh of past mechanization with present technology making me a spoiled writer. I emailed asking how much it would be to have someone modify my Hermes and if there is someone in L.A. to do it.

I still need to get my hands on a scanner. I don't want a flatbed. It has to scan unto Evernote. I'm saving my pennies. Tuition hike and books ruined my earlier plans to purchase one.

Spring Semester is my last. I am going to take my last Spanish Lit class, Don Quixote: 100 pages per week and quizzes. I'm scared. I'm also taking my very first creative writing course. I'm really excited about it.

Here is my big plan: Graduate with an English and Spanish Literature B.A. In May 2012, study for the GRE this winter. (I won a Kaplan $499 GRE prep / study kit at a raffle). Take two years off to Finish Court Reporting school and take writing workshops to be able to create a portfolio in the meantime. Submit this portfolio with an application to a Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program or MFA in Creative Writing / Comparative Lit Doctorate full time. In L.A. Or forget about grad school and just freaking write and bang on my typewriter keys like Bukowski suggested.

What kind of stuff have I been creating? Precious junk I love and am storing for future, possible use. And the stack of pages I've created makes me nervous. I neurotically hide it under my bed. Don't want anyone to see it. Sigh.