My first real writing machine - the first rig I paid for with my own hard earned bucks - was a Sharp Intelliwriter 2000. I paid two hundred bucks for it at Monty's Pawn and Loan, down the Valley. I had a small screen about the size of my little finger and 4K of memory. I may have waxed lyrical about it before.
I ditched that sucker as soon as I could afford a 'real' computer, of course; some beige box DOS atrocity with two floopy drives and a green screen. Cost ten times as much as the Sharp.
These days, of course, I work in at the fruit factory. When the next round of book advances start flowing, after I've paid my tax (*whispers* - they read this blog), I'm probably gonna grab one of those sweet ass new retina 5K iMacs.
Which is why I can't believe I'm thinking of backing/buying this clunky monstrosity too.
The Hemingwrite. A digital typewriter.
And that's all it is. Well, sorry, it has some nifty connectivity built in, so as you can back up your heart breaking work of motherfucking genius to the cloud, or something.
But mostly it's about recreating the feel of an old school typerwriter. From the site:
The Hemingwrite provides the distraction free environment people crave while also giving them a familiar keyboard and a robust digital experience. People don’t have to fuss with ribbons, jammed hammers or spilling coffee on their manuscript anymore. The Hemingwrite will help you put words on a page better than any other tool ever made. And with constant backups to the cloud, you never have to worry about losing your work.
I like it because it reminds me of my original writing dream, to live in a small Mexican seaside village, in a fishing shack, with my beautiful but enigmatic Japanese house girl, Miko. My old typewriter would start up in the afternoon like gun fire in a bad neighborhood. I would punch out the words for a few hours before strolling into town where there would be tequila and knife fights and a reasonably priced taco.
I feel somehow that the Hemingwrite might deliver on this promise where life itself did not.
Having settled on my purchase, it took only one tweet from Mister Charles Stross to turn my head towards the even more retro-futurist Qwerkywriter, which he recommends using with Scrivener to reach 'writerly nirvana'.
This! This looks exactly like the typewriter of my imagination, down in the seaside shack with Miko and all the tequila.