Sunday, May 21, 2017

My Favorite Spot

There is a nice bench, not quite a "normal" overlook as such there are a few accouterments.

This is the view from my favorite spot.  Hiked a typewriter up there the other day... maybe I will bring another in a backpack but I don't think I will ever carry another! 


Yours truly, the view from the bench looking outwards.
I won't tell you where it is; I don't want it becoming a place of heavy foot traffic!  But here is a hint that will narrow it down to a few thousand miles.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Technology Consuming Us

Also check out this awesome Rhett and Link video called "Get Off The Phone Song"

I drew this after watching a guy at a cafe for several minutes.  His posture was striking so I began with the sketch in the center.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Artsy Masculine Letter Writing Ideas

Firstly, there is a lot of cool stuff online if you google ideas for creative looking letters.  However, most of it is pretty feminine.  And that is not me.  You can argue it's the 21st century and my ideas of gender are old fashioned.  Ok.  Call me old fashioned though, and I might have to hit you with my typewriter :)
Seriously there is a lot of cool stuff you can do though... let me show you some things which I do.

Collect paper.  Thrift shops are a good place.   So are old office supply stores.  So is poking through other people's stuff if they let you.  Any paper that looks or feels unique or old or different will make an impression.  Don't go to the stationary store or craft store, most of the stuff is floral and feminine.  You might find a few good things, but get creative about your hunt and you will find much more.
Most antique hunters must be throwing out old stationary or ignoring it, but if you look, sometimes you find it.  How bad ass is this envelope?  I found a bunch of them and have been using them sparingly.  I think they are awesome.  I hope I find more stuff like this.
An old-fashioned letterhead looks way cool.  Design your own, and if it's not good enough maybe you will get lucky like me and a friend will make you an ever better one based off of the old Smith Premier letterhead.



Embossers are way cool, and can be customized and the embossing elements swapped.  Many places sell paper embossers. 
I considered my address, then decided this was way cooler.  "Typed by Mark Petersen /so keep this forever / because you never know" ...totally gonna make it big one day.  Future collector item- any paper with this on it!


Rubber stamps for your return address are cool, and cheaper than an embosser and easier to replace if you move.  A PO box allows you to give your address out to strangers without putting yourself in danger.  And it is fun to get your mail using a key from an antique bronze box. 
Lastly, envelope art is super cool.  You don't have to be great at art, just use lots of color or lots of lines.  Experiment.  I take photos of mundane landscapes and sky which interest me so I can try to draw it later.  It adds a personal touch and makes your mail more exciting for someone else to open.
Lastly, change it up.  I don't do all of these things at once.  I do one or a few each time I send a letter, and I send letters of different sizes in different envelopes to keep it interesting for myself.  And yes, I did blatantly offer my PO box, which is already posted elsewhere on this blog page, so go ahead and write me if you like.  I have enjoyed the letters from those of you who have!
Thanks for reading and happy typing!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Poetry Collection Coming Soon...ish!


My scanner has gone stupid like electronics often do, so look forward to more inconsistently dark slightly distorted photos taken with a camera of the text I post here!!!
Did some work on poems at Pop's Ice Cream and Soda Bar today with a highly under-rated Remington All New.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Favorite Spot

I am still here!  I have been a little busy with work things and fun things.  A lot of the fun things are returning to places I have been afraid to bring my low-to-the-ground-car and exploring new places because I have been graciously offered a second vehicle which has opened all sorts of new doors for me.  I've been wanting to show those of you who follow my blog where I live and why I love it... expect more pics of the following as the weather gets warm!

This is the best road I know, it follows a ridge and in many places you can see stunning vistas to each side.  Lumpy as our mountains are most stunning vistas in most places are off to one side. 
My new adventure-machine.  Just as you don't need a typewriter to write poems, you don't need a truck to have adventures, but both certainly can help!  I'm way excited, this truck and I go back to high school.


Only view up there totally clear of trees is near the power lines, and though not all of it makes amazing photos it's all gorgeous.  Shooting through the trees makes the photos kinda weak but the whole area looks with the eye like this does.  This is maybe 40 minutes from my house, and I've already been up here a lot since getting the truck.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Old Musty Typewriter for just $6.82 (times 22...)

This was a cool opportunity to buy in bulk.  There are some winners.  22 machines, for $150 and I think I did all right...  The cases are all pretty much shot, moldy and torn and rusted, but the machines are not bad.  Sorry for blurry pics, taken late at night in my cellar after moving them all, didn't really try that hard to get them in focus.
Here is what 12 standards in the back of a Scion looks like. 
6 40s-50s Underwoods, a Royal KMM, a Smith Corona, Woodstock, Remington 17, old front strike Remingotn, Royal HH.  Probably no keepers here, but a chance to get some of my money back perhaps.


10 portables in the trunk of a Scion. 
This Corona 4 needs some TLC, but it's not bad.  Has the spool covers.  Might keep it might not.


Remington Travel Riter needs quite a bit of TLC.  Not likely one to keep. 
Smith Corona Clipper with the plane decal, actually pretty much working.  I think these are cool and will likely keep it for myself.


This is a fancy Remington Noiseless.  I think I have a friend in mind for this one. 
Remington Portable #1, case is way junked, machine is decent.  I might have a home in mind for this one too.


Very nice Corona Silent.  I will clean this up and if it suits me as a writer's machine I will keep it. 
Royal Model O, this might clean up and if it doesn't I will make it a cool color or something.


Another less cool Remington Noiseless.  I won't keep this one. 
50s Underwood Leader.  If there is one to toss in a lake it's this one.  Might be the only one here not worth the average price of $6.82.  The platen knobs won't even turn.  It's not like these were ever that nice even when new...


And this is the star of the show, a quite nice Royal De Luxe which has been on my want list.  Seeing this one sort of sealed the deal for me.  Again, like all of them, the case is crap, but this machine has real potential!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Poetry Writing in Northern Virginia

I grew up in Northern Virginia, in Fairfax County.  My parents still live here, and it is quite different from west-central Virginia in the mountains which is home to me now.  These are some poems I wrote while sitting in a Northern Virginia Starbucks during my holiday visit home this year.  I hope you enjoy them!
A somewhat cynically designed building that has been near my childhood home as long as I can remember, described in a poem below. 
Semblance is the correct spelling, oh well.  I liked the word "balance" being part of the word, so we can pretend this is not an accident...


Same building at night as viewed from the Starbucks. 
Google it, the Evoque is certainly a "city truck".


My faithful Consul 221, a great typewriter indeed!  And the orange car in the background may indeed be an Evoque... there are a lot of them up here in Fairfax County.


My car in a crowded parking lot, the subject of the poem below.