This (beastly) typewriter from Autumn and Luke has been sitting idle for a long while, so today is the day to give it some time and some attention. It’s lacking tension so it doesn’t advance on its own yet, and the right ribbon reel doesn’t turn, but I was able to place manual pressure on the right side, enough to get a sample. Jake mentioned something about using a shoelace to create tension, but I’m not sure exactly what this means, so I have two shoelaces and some experimentation to do.

Look at those a’s!!!

In other news, I’ve been accepted to three grad programs, waitlisted at another, and I’m still waiting to hear from one more. (Not to toot my own horn, but beep beep!) I’m over the moon about this, and also panicked. Aaiiii, choices! The thought of moving is the part that’s making me panic most. And of top of this large life transitional thing, my longtime love has moved out. It is hard to adjust. It is hard to sit with feelings of failure, guilt, hurt, change. And it is hard to be patient. Fortunately I have a whole bunch of amazing people for support, and a whole bunch of engaging practices, and an extraordinary former longtime love to land softly with(out).

Om namah shivaya!