• Word count for the arithmetically-challenged Luddite.
  • Daily breakdown of the story, so I can stay on track this year.
  • Gomez sporting new rubber bushings, now his return lever doesn't drag.
  • Rollabind to keep the draft pages together. Blank pages in the back for hand-writing.
  • Clipboard/document case to contain the manuscript, notes, pens, caffeine gum, and angst.
  • Home-made felt typing pad for quiet late-night typing.

NaNoWriMo: the home front

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The setup for NaNoWriMo at home, if I need to be portable. Long exposure lit by sweeping an LED flashlight over the scene.


tomandmarsbell, littleflowerpetals, and 24 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. studentofrhythm 67 months ago | reply

    Interesting lighting and nice composition! I'm curious: did you type the card in front just for the shot?

  2. mpclemens 67 months ago | reply

    Heh. Nope, the story is going to open with and feature a large typewriter in a cave, although I could have put a less typo-laden card up front. Gahh.

  3. littleflowerpetals 67 months ago | reply

    Gomez, being from the same general Olympia generation as Sebastian, is a very handsome fella. I might be slightly biased, of course.

    I like those red Rollabind discs! Are those one inch ones? Or the 3/4" ?

    I think I'm going to go whole-hog on the Circa/Rollabind thing in the near future. It just works, particularly for those of us who like every ink and paper method we can get our hands on.... And it looks like there are good inexpensive sources for the discs on eBay. I'd probably find some DIY method for covers, though. Boughten covers all seem to be awful pricey.

  4. mpclemens 67 months ago | reply

    Bias is totally understandable. I love the chrome detailing on these machines, very mid-century bling.

    Those are the 3/4" Rollabind discs. The 1" were just a little too tall to fit inside the clipboard/document holder thing. This should hold about half the number of pages I'm estimating that I'll be typing this year. I've got plenty of discs in reserve to make a second book as required.

  5. DIY Sara 67 months ago | reply

    love this shot! i'm also doing NaNoWriMo this year... 'cept I'm braving it for the first time with a notebook... I haven't found a beautiful typewriter like this to inspire me yet :) much luck and may the words flow freely :D

  6. mpclemens 67 months ago | reply

    Thanks Sara. I find typewriters too often... it comes from looking and once you find one, more seem to follow. Kind of like cats, except typewriters are automatically box-trained on arrival.

    Good luck with the hand-writing!

  7. AliAgogO 66 months ago | reply

    those rollabind discs are very art deco, aren*t they?... a nice touch of color for the desk.

    ok, that asterisk was a typo, but I'm leaving it. The apostrophe is over the 8 on my machine, not the laptop!! Now if I can learn to stop Ctrl+S every time I take a breather, I'd have less capital S's on the page.

  8. mpclemens 66 months ago | reply

    I can*t tell you how many times I*ve forgotten what machine I*m typing on, with the punctuation all different and having to remember that one is really l and not 2 and that you can't leave the shift-lock on and type phone numbers because then you get %%%_@$$&

  9. AliAgogO 66 months ago | reply

    haha, darn that non-intuitive shift lock!

    and I love that your fake number starts with 555...

  10. TheWritersExpt 22 months ago | reply

    Hi mpclemens!

    I thought this was a great picture so I used it in one of my blog posts via Creative Commons. It's located here: thewritersexperiment.blogspot.com/2012/06/call-and-5000-w...

    Credit is given in the caption and links back to this page so other people can enjoy your work.


    Sarah @ The Writer's Experiment

  11. mpclemens 22 months ago | reply

    Hi Sarah -- thanks for letting me know and for the link back. And good luck on the job search!

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