Monday, January 28, 2013

This time last year I lived in a pokey wee flat with an understairs cupboard masquerading as a 'computer room' with simply no where to put down a book and tripping over baby guff at every step. Now miraculously I live in a spacious lower 'villa', have my very own desk and a proper typewriter (albeit electronic). Sure the desk is a mess but that's okay with me! I've not had a working printer for over a year which is why I'm so excited about the typewriter. Now I can finally type out my poems and start sending them out to places that only take paper submissions. Which means I'll have to start writing more poems. Just had another two accepted by Envoi and my backlog of available poems is rapidly diminishing!

14 comments:

sunnydunny said...

Just discovered the blog 'Passionate Transitory', which is looking for submissions. Colin

James Owens said...

congratulations on the diminishing store of available poems:-) and on the new space!! living space really makes a tremendous difference -- we've been in a pokey wee apartment for the past six months or so, and it is a basement apartment with very little light, and it is harder to think, certainly harder to write....

i like the typewriter. suddenly i miss the physicality of keys hitting the paper, somehow much more real than words on this screen...

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Marion McCready said...

I'll check it out, Colin, thanks!

Marion McCready said...

oh it makes a huge difference, living-space = thinking-space = creative possibilities, and in general makes life so much easier / less frustrating.
I am loving the typewriter, makes me feel almost like a proper writer! haven't worked out how to use it properly yet but yes it makes my writing feel so much more substantial somehow even when I'm just typing gibberish :)

Marion McCready said...

james, one the poems the mag accepted was the Erinyes one which I dedicated to yourself, I'd like to post you a copy when it comes out, if you want

Dominic Rivron said...

We have a very old mechanical typewriter here which I never use but might if I had a ribbon for it. The other huge drawback is that you can't store files in it.

I'm not sure why but using a typewriter does encourage a certain way of thinking about what one writes, I think. Not having a working machine here I revert to paper and biro when I get the urge to.

Marion McCready said...

I was lucky to get this for free, someone local looking to get rid of it. it's in perfect condition with a brand new ribbon plus an extra ribbon. this one's electronic so it has a memory, the guy kept a few letters and addresses in it so I'd imagine it'll hold a couple of poems anyway. I love the look of type written poems, once I've worked the thing out I'm really going to love this!

Roxana said...

this brings back so many memories, i learned to type on a typewriter, i mean properly, with all fingers in the right positions, i don't know why but we had an optional class of typing in highschool (and of stenography, which was really fun :-)

i love seeing people's desks! :-)

Marion McCready said...

I'm afraid it'll be a two finger job for me :) stenography would be handy for taking notes for poems!

swiss said...

great submission work ethic! i wish it was a quality i shared! lol

sorlil said...

oh swiss, there's no point having poems sitting about unsubmitted, get them out there! ;)

James Owens said...

Yes, of course!! I'd love a copy. Let me know when it comes out, and I'll send you an address :-)

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Caroline Gill said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Congratulations on those acceptances!

Marion McCready said...

Thanks Caroline :)