The AlphaSmart 3000 Gambit

I’ll admit it- I do find computers exceedingly distracting, one of the many reasons I enjoy typing on a typewriter.  After attempting to write longer stories on the typewriter, then scanning them – well, it was just not working out for me.  Hence I have taken the dive into older digital technology- namely the AlphaSmart 3000.


Someone labeled this one SUPER!

I enjoyed researching the backstory of this critter.  Since you can still get them cheap on Ebay, I took the plunge.  This one even has a ‘Super’ sticker on it, from its time as a classroom unit.

I have used it for about two weeks now for poetry and for short story writing.  It’s definitely distraction free.  If you want to know more about this “sort of” typewriter, follow some of the links.

Any other writers or typists out there still using one?  Let me know!  ~TH~

If Your Art Doesn’t Sit Well, Good!

How to Neutralize Haters: E.E. Cummings, Creative Courage, and the Importance of Protecting the Artist’s Right to Challenge the Status Quo

Greetings fellow writers, poets, artists —

Here’s a fine article from a blog I follow (and you should follow it too!) – enjoy the read, then go create something kooky or subversive.



Orbs Have Taken To The Skies

A truncated, self replicating poem that I created, based on a cocktail napkin that inspired a little bit of art.  You yourself should try a little bit of art.

orbs have taken to the skies

… orbs have taken to the skies and time has predicted itself to fly and …

Smith-Corona Extras

Today my wife, our son and I (and some very good friends) all chipped in to clean out my mother-in-law’s attic.  It was a dusty, sneezy affair.  Most of the crumbling cardboard and contents were thrown out, but due diligence unearthed a few gems.  Herein I give you the SMITH-CORONA TEN DAY TOUCH TYPING COURSE.

I really like the wistful, faraway smile that either says, “Gosh, I hope to land a dead-end job soon, typing for some misogynistic boss”, or the more likely, “Gosh, I hope Brad gets here soon in his father’s Corvette so we can make out at the Drive-In and drink a six pack.”

In December of 2015 I posted information on a typewriter found at my M-I-L’s house, the  Smith-Corona Super 12 Electric.  Along with the dated receipt (of 1981) was a card promising the swell deal of a 5 record typing course for just $7.95 + sales tax.  I was seriously considering mailing the card out, but I’m so happy I didn’t!  Apparently, the good folks at Dahlkemper’s Department Store just threw in the box set – for free!

Here I have discovered the later cover for the very same 5 record set.  In the sixties they sprung for color printing, but by the time we get to the mid seventies, A simple walnut veneer on the record player, a typewriter update and a fashion change would suffice.

S-C_ touch type image 2

Obviously she’s typing changes for a theater production just about to go up.

S-C_ touch type image 1

In the seventies it’s down to business.


In the sixties, Janet is still thinking about Brad.

The 5 Columbia records in my possession are in mint condition.  It appears that many before us decided that since we have two index fingers, why subject all of our digits to such torture?          ~TH~

The (almost) $1 Olympia Traveller

I met up with a good friend today for lunch.  He is always kind enough to keep me in mind when he’s out at yard sales and such, knowing that I collect typewriters.  He recently sent me a text message asking if he should buy this Olympia Traveller DeLuxe for one dollar.  I said HECK YEAH!

Olympia Traveller Deluxe photo

The 1977 Olympia Traveller DeLuxe SN 5-3260264

Brought it home after lunch.  Re-threaded the ribbon correctly (folks notoriously thread the ribbon into the vibrator incorrectly).  Rolled in some paper – perfect!  A small amount of cleaning and she’ll be ready for the party!

It did cost me slightly more than a dollar, I picked up the tab for lunch.  HA!  Still a screaming deal!  Thanks Bryan.   ~TH~

Physical Therapy for the SM9

My three dollar honey has arthritis!

After some investigation as to why the keys and typebars were frozen in place, I discovered that there was a great deal of sticky, oozy goo all over the typebar rest.  I’m guessing it is adhesive for the typebar rest that became very warm in storage and began to drip.  Downward.  Onto that segment area wherein the keys are supposed to enact the typebars. Apologies if I’m using the incorrect nomenclature for some of the parts – fellow insurgents, feel free to correct me!

I now find myself administering some gentle physical therapy to my poor 52 year old SM9’s typebars. “A little degreaser, now lift, now drop, now lift…”.

Aside from that, all other aspects of the machine are sound.  Looking forward to a full recovery for this contemporary of mine!  ~TH~

SM9 physical therapy

The 1964 SM9 in physical therapy.