Day 34 #100HappyDays: Typewriter

April 15th, 2014, 9am

It was 8°C with clouds and visibility OK. The breeze was light.

Isn’t she a beauty? She’s my new bargain find in Crouch End, whilst out visiting my friend and her lovely 15-month-old daughter.

We had a fun morning dancing around the flat, laughing and giggling with abandon, and finding a fascination with buttons. My friend’s daughter was slightly confused when I told her that the cardigan buttons she was pointing to were called buttons - she kept wanting to lift my top to point at my belly button.

And back to this beauty. I learnt to type on a typewriter, similar to one like this. I wanted to be a journalist and thought that I should know how to type and do shorthand. I’ve long forgotten the shorthand, but I have a sense of peace when I hear the ‘clack, clack’ of typewriter keys. Maybe it will inspire me to get down to starting my novel …

I found this article about typewriters ( and like what Will Self says about how the typewriter helps the writing process. I think I need to take it back to the beginning too!

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So-Shan Au

Londoner, bit of writing, takes photos, book geek, works in publishing, loves maps, typography, papercuts, architecture, trees, art, design, photography, gardening... @soshanau

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