Analog only goes so far

Back in the day before I composed on a keyboard, I used to write everything long hand and then type it out, editing and revising as I went. This was on a Smith Corono Selectric, which had a nifty correcting cartridge I could deploy faster than a row of garter stitch.

When I started work at a small newspaper, the long-hand technique became untenable, so I learned to compose on a typewriter.

Fast forward, a year or two (ahem)…

Today, faced with a document of many, many pages many of which need crocheted seaming (transitions) in order to make sense together, it appears as if I’ll need scissors, a computer, a good strong tapestry needle and a lot of smarts to make it all come together.


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July 10. 2007 02:27



Christie |

July 10. 2007 03:42


Ah, yes.  Typewriters.  But when you were at your first newspaper, were they still using hot lead typesetting machines.  (I'm dating myself - I know).  My first paper had manual typewriters and hot type.  Soon to be replaced by those nasty green CRTs!  Good Luck! Smile

Diana |

July 10. 2007 03:51


I got my first computer (KayPro II) JUST to keep having to retype submissions. It was worth it.

I still need to remember to print out and use scissors for revision. Then go back to the computer and use it to type a clean copy.

Deborah Robson |

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