COUNTING DOWN THE STORM (Temporarily Unavailable) A Novella by D. Ryan Leask
For two days the storm has taken over the city, and two people's lives. A man convinces himself that his life is worthless when his lover leaves him for another man. Alone and depressed, he allows his life to sink into the bowels of civilization. When a wife and mother discovers that her husband is having an affair she abandons logic and gives in to the perilous abyss of jealousy and revenge.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

RIP Typewriters - What's your dream writing tool? What do you use now?

A trending topic on Twitter today is RIP Typewriters (See top story here).  Apparently the last manufacturer outside of China to make Typewriters has closed it's doors.  I am 35 years old so I came in on the cusp of the takeover of typewriters by word processors.  I went to high school in a very small town so we only had a handful of computers (Apple IIe, remember those?) and most of our typing classes still took place on a typewriter.  I actually owned a typewriter at one time, a hybrid kind of thing where it stored one line of text before it printed it so you could correct your errors.  It also had a correction ribbon so you could go back and fix mistakes.  Of course this thing went the way of the Dodo once I got my first computer.

There is something to be said for typewriters though.  The back lit screen of a computer monitor gives me a headache after a while and editing on a hard copy is so much easier than on screen (and never mind the mess that white out makes on your monitor ).  It doesn't matter how many times I read something digitally I tend to find myself skimming through it.  When I print it out I am able to focus on what I'm reading.  The problem is I never have ink for my printer so I never get to print and a part of me thinks it's such a waste of paper.  The other issue is that edits done on hard copy still have to be changed to digital.

So will I miss typewriters HELL NO but there has to be something better out there for writing than a computer for word processing, if there is please tell me what it is!

Some of my loyal followers know that I am not a gadget tech guy, I use what works and is cheap and effective.  I do not own a single Apple product, I text tweet from my DumbPhone™, my Internet computer is a small Netbook that was free with coupons my wife got, my other computer, which I affectionately call my Dinosaur, is twelve years old and will no longer function on-line.  I have a Kobo E-Reader which I love but is also the least techie of all of them.  While I'm at it, I only own a Wii, my biggest TV is a 32" LCD I have no HD Channels on my cable, our other TV is an old fashioned CRT type.  We don't have a blue-ray player or a PVR.  I can't think of any other techie things that other people "can't live without" that we don't have.  We just don't need them.  So what do I like?  I like things that are simple and do the job and not a whole lot more.

So where am I going with this?  I would like to describe my perfect word processor:

No Back lit Screen -The best reading screen I have seen is the Kobo
Full ergonomic Keyboard including number pad -Love that number pad
Ability to Use the Screen like a tablet -with a stylis to make hand written corrections and notes
Wireless connectivity to a Network, but only for transferring documents or printing, no Internet to distract you.
Best Friggin' Dictionary, Thesaurus available to man!

Does this thing exist?  If so let me know and I will buy one!


What do you use and why?
What platform do you use and why?
What would your perfect platform/program look like?

You can answer these questions in the comments and if you wish or take the poll.

Thanks for Reading

D. Ryan Leask


  1. I love going back and looking at my old stories from 6th grade that I did on a typewriter. It was so tedious, probably because I made lots of mistakes and also because I didn't know how to type. But now, looking at the whiteout and the text, it makes me smile to remember "back in the day..."


  2. I have fond memories of typewriters and have owned several over the years. Alas, they've been replaced. I last used one to type a mailing label; now we have label printer.