My Cold Hard Type Story: From Analog to Digital.

Well, I’m happy and sad to say that my typescript has been scanned. Part of the story incorporates collage (by my girlfriend), notations (by a character), and poetry (hers and his). I slipped a lot of forensic elements into the story, too. For example, this shift key on the typewriter does not work when she initially uses the SG1. This changed the way I typed her parts. Eliezane wrote the poetry for the female character. Stylistic differences will be evident. Finally, my last creative flourish was to rip the edges of the male character’s poems and to smudge them with an ink pad. I hope the reason will be clear. Others have better expressed the experience of writing for Cold Hard Type. It was an experience of organic craftsmanship, capturing the intent of the book. Sure, the story has to be scanned in the end, but that’s making the best of all tech. I think Joe Van Cleave said something about the physics of the process–moving from biological and mechanical effort to digital product. The whole thing represents a stratified yet unified transformation.

Now, alas, it is time to get back to grading.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Bill M says:

    It’s amazing how we Typosphereians enjoy the mechanical technology of the past yet need to use electronic digital technology of the 21st Century. Needless to say that if ribbons are still available in the 22nd Century our old mechanical typewriters will still be working while the latest and greatest digital device of 2019 will long be dead and on the scrap heap.

    I can’t wait to get the book and read every one’s work

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  2. joevc says:

    The art looks great, I too am looking forward to reading the stories. The more I see these inklings of other’s work, the more I’m grateful to Richard Polt for originating this idea.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      Agreed! He recognized that the typosphere was bursting with creative potential.


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