Under this menu you will find all things to do with me and writing. Choose a submenu to find out more about what I’ve published and to read some lessons on writing. Here’s a little more about how I write.
A Love of Mechanical Typewriters, Fountain Pens, and Scrivener Software
I type most manuscripts on a 1940s Smith-Corona Sterling or 1960s Olivetti Lettera 32, or write them with a fountain pen. I do love the Olivetti. So much that I nicknamed our new puppy, Olive, “Olivetti.”
My favorite fountain pens: classic Parker 51s, a Pelikan M140 tortoise shell, a couple of Lamys, a Noodler’s flex tip, and an ornate dragon fountain pen given to me by a dear friend.
I use inks by Parker, Noodler, Private Reserve (made in Indiana!), Pilot’s Izukoshuro line, Herbin (I especially love their 1670 line!), and Pelikan.
But fountain pen and fine ink lovers soon learn that you also need fine papers. My paper of choice: Tomoe River. It doesn’t bleed and the finish makes the ink stand out.
I do use the computer for some manuscripts. I used to use Microsoft Word, but have switched to an amazing software, specifically designed for writers, called Scrivener. It’s well worth the learning curve.
Back in the early 1980s when personal computers were new, I drafted and revised on this Zenith IBM PC Clone, running DOS and WordPerfect on separate 5″ floppy disks. State of the art and no hard drive! Does anyone remember the awesome WordPerfect? Apparently, it’s still made, though not for the iMac OSX operating system I now use.