Thursday, February 28, 2013

A screech from my 1950s telephone rouses me from deep concentration. Today is a day of beginnings. 

I take a cardboard box from the shelf behind my desk and flip off the lid. Inside is a plethora of antique pens and replicas of instruments used by writers of yesterday - I hesitate. There was a time when I would have wielded one of these, or just opted for a freshly sharpened No 2 pencil to shape my reverie - but today is different. And while my Parker comforts the would-be writer in me, it's this tragic Logitech that will ultimately type out my words. I've had to face it, plastic's just plain faster, not to mention virtually-effective.


I stare out the window as a friend chats with me across the line, picking at the old sticker on my phone:

POLIZEI - FEUERWEHR - SANITAET

The number used to be a six digit one with no prefix, and like my antique friends I must leave it behind for now. I hang up and return to the screen; this is the moment I've waited for. How many articles have I written in my lifetime and saved in some random folder on my computer? A bazillion? But now, when someone is actually waiting for one...

There is no romance in the presence; there is nothing glorious. That comes once the work is done. So I struggle to shed the cloak of reverie from my mind and clear it out like so many busy housekeepers. 

This is the moment of truth. And so I begin.
 

14 comments:

Meg said...

Yes, yes!! I'm so excited! I can't wait! :D

Jeanne said...

Love these pens that you have, and have quite a collection myself.

TexWisGirl said...

write, girlie, write. :)

Pam ;) said...

go forth with pen in hand and write whats in heart and mind Alli
be well n Happy ~:)

Judy said...

You go girl!

Randy said...

I've always wanted to try one of these. I might have to look into it.

Michael Rowland said...

It's great to see these finely made instruments from long ago,,, starting a project often is the hardest part,,,

Petrus van Zyl said...

Great photo.
Love your penmanship
have a productive weekend :-)

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Do you find typing words brings out a differently personality than handwriting? For me handwriting engages a different part of the brain with better free association and memory muscles. Best wishes with whatever project you're starting!

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Lovely Allison.

Have a great week and I hope that March will be a good month for you.

Fiona ♥

MarmePurl said...

I will be waiting to read..

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Kate @ Daffodils said...

Ah! Congrats! I what can not wait to read what you are creating.

Nancy Claeys said...

Hope this is an enjoyable experience and leads to many more like it... :)