September 2014

19 September 2014

Lifestyle changes


So, I have been writing quite a bit. I was writing a bit of flash fiction every night (which I'll share in my next few upcoming posts), but I've bought a couple of manual typewriters to stay off the computer and focus more. It certainly takes more awareness of the process- the only spell checker is a handy dictionary to my left.

Here's what they look like:



The black one is actually brand new- it's a Royal Epoch Manual I bought off Amazon for $153, it has a meaty feel to the keys and is fairly robust. The characters jump a little bit, but it doesn't have any other real issues other than the tab coming undone after five or six uses.  It didn't do that before, but I now have about 200 pages worth of use out of this thing.



The off-white one is an older Royal Safari III. The key action is very light and delicate. I had to replace the ribbon and I think the scroll bar is off a hair, because the lines of type skew upwards a millimeter as I write a line of text. I found it at a thrift store for $6.


MINIMALISM
I hate clutter. I detest it with every fiber of my being, but yet I live in it. I feel like a hoarder sometimes. In all actuallity, though I may have quite a bit of stuff, the majority are books and art supplies, and some holdovers from my filmmaking days.  I decided that I needed to simplify and have been paring down my possessions so I can focus on writing, my health, my family, and my long forgotten interests in the great outdoors.

While I doubt I'll ever be able to bring down the amount of items I own to 100, I'd be happy with the 300 range. It's silly to count, but right now I need some sort of goal to shoot towards.  The items that I will keep will be high quality and multifunctional.

Other than the fact of cleanliness, why do it? I'm adopting a conservationalist attitude.   I don't want my items to weigh me down, to anchor me in place.  Plus, I want to lead by example, and perhaps one day my children will find that activity and skills will trump recreational shopping any day of the week, and lead to a happier, more fulfilled life.

Yesterday, I gave a number of artbooks to my friend and fellow artist Mark Green, and tomorrow I plan to take some old paperback novels and clothes to Goodwill.


Upward and onward!!