Happy Halloween, everyone!
Your treat for today is more pictures, this time from a participant named Dana. Thanks for sharing, Dana!
These were taken during our very first event back in September in Gasworks Park. My, is it startling to see those sunny, blue skies again. I’m looking out my window right now at a maple tree showing off ALL the colors in its repertoire. Funny to think that the seasons have changed since we started this whole adventure, huh?
I did some pumpkin carving over the weekend and a friend suggested I try for a typewriter silhouette on my pumpkin… but, honestly, I couldn’t hack it. These wrists are made for typing, not sculpting. I considered, briefly, just writing on mine, because, you know, that’s what I do. In the end, I just decided to riff on the jagged lines of the teeth being carved and sliced a Pac-man, a ghost, and some pellets into mine. (And yes, Wikipedia confirms that “pellets” is the correct nomenclature for those things).
If you were standing on my doorstep right now, holding your bag open for me, your face lit up with expectation, I would drop in a fresh typewriter ribbon and smile benevolently at you. You would walk away thinking: Well, at least it wasn’t a stack of pennies wrapped in tin foil.
Enjoy the holiday, everyone.
We spent last night reading and scanning your submissions, and this morning, I am taking all those precious gems over to my local post office to be mailed. It was a delight all over again to experience your wonder and joy and sometimes-confusion about typewriters being in a park on a sunny day. Some of you really poured your hearts out. Some of you gave us tiny glimpses into your lives and it made us feel alive and connected. Some of you gave us pearls of wisdom. We appreciate ALL you contributed.
And while we’re appreciating… Aren’t volunteers awesome? Like, just really, really great? People donating their time and effort to take something good and make it into something great… It’s amazing, isn’t it? All things improve exponentially in direct correlation to how many thoughtful and caring souls handle them. Thank you, volunteers. YOU make the Carriage Return.
On December 1st, we’ll be featuring a few stories a week here on the website. Until then, hold on to your little story. Share it with others. Treasure the fact that you and about a hundred others were brave enough to release your writing into the world for another to see.
More stories and pictures soon.
“Well, the weather outside is stormy…. “
Actually, it’s just really cloudy right now. And as we all know, there’s a saying here in Seattle: “Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes”.
So, while we wait for this foggy layer to burn off, let’s talk about our plans for this evening, when the sun will make an appearance.
Join us tonight, from 4 pm till sunset at Ballard Commons (in Ballard, across from the Ballard Library). We’ll have typewriters and paper. Ballard will have lots of warm beverages to wrap your hands around. So grab a coffee and head on over, won’t ya?
This will be our LAST Carriage Return for a while, so if you’ve been curious about us and haven’t tried your hand at writing on a typewriter, tonight’s your night. We’ll gearing up for an indoor event (date and location to be announced) AND preparing for a busy holiday season, so we’ll be taking a short hiatus after tonight to figure out what’s next for us.
To those of you who have submitted your stories: your mail will be on its way in a week or so. We’ve received about one hundred submissions so far, and we’re looking forward to the Great Shuffle and Mailing Operation. Stories coming to your mailbox SOON!
It’s been a bit of a mixed week here at the Carriage Return. I wrenched my back lifting the Underwood last week (Rookie mistake! Lift from the legs!) and we just now figured out that two of our loveliest machines went missing on the very first night of our event. It was our fault- we didn’t remember the station that was set up under the concrete arches at Gasworks, and it was pitch black by the time we left (though the moon was superb that night). I’m mourning their loss. The table they sat on, too! I’m posting a picture here in case anyone has any information about the machines (do you remember seeing them? do you HAVE them?) Please, please contact us if you have any information. You will have our undying devotion if you can somehow return these machines to us.
In other news, a representative from the Seattle Public Libraries has approached us and asked us to consider a partnership involving typewriters, poetry, and youth. I couldn’t be more excited! Poetry is a passion of mine. My very first poems (written at age 12 or so) were transcribed using an old manual typewriter my grandfather fished out of the trash and fixed up. I can still see its boxy tweed case in my mind’s eye. Sigh… It was tossed in the melee of a move when I was teenager. Boy, I loved that thing.
Anyway, more on the partnership between us and the Library as it develops!
Though my back is relieved, it pains me to say we won’t be putting on an event tonight. We’ll miss you! We’ll be back next week with another fabulous location. Stan tuned…
Tiffany Tong recently contacted us to tell us she’d taken some photos of the our event at Gasworks. She asked if would we like to feature them on the site. Hoo, boy, would we ever! I am so excited she is letting us feature them here because are just gorgeous. You can find more of Tiffany’s work here. Thanks so much for sharing, Tiffany!
To contact Tiffany, or to see more of her work, visit her website.
See you at the next Carriage Return!