Storytelling Sunday#4: my typewriter

Hello everyone,

I lost my blogging mojo for a long while, but it's slowly coming back to me. Life has thrown a few difficulties at me in the past few months, but I'm slowly resurfacing and here I am today with my contribution to Sian's monthly blog event: Storytelling Sunday! It's the last one for 2012, so I wanted to be a part of it.

I'd like to talk about one of my favorite objects: my typewriter. Curiously, its use reflects the different phases of my life. 

I used to write little detective stories when I was old enough to write full sentences. I was in love with the sound of this machine and all the things I could do with it. But as life would have it, I slowly but surely turned away from it as I retreated inside completely. Creativity died when I was around 9 and it's only been coming back to me these past few months.
I started taking my typewriter back out again a few years ago when I was co-editing a quarterly zine with some friends here in Bordeaux. Our zine was handmande, so typewriting added a vintage touch to it. Back then, my own creativity was still under thick wrap, but I was immersed in such a fun and creative atmosphere that I could feel my own stuff starting to bubble under the surface. But at that time, I still couldn't find my own words to type. Nothing came to me. Nothing. I would want to write, but nothing would come. If you've ever experienced this kind of feeling, it's really sad and hard. It's a tough place to be.
Last summer, I finally managed to take it out again, but this time, for me only and a creative project: writing poetry. I took Liz Lamoreux's "Poem it Out" class and it led me to territories I never thought I would explore. Me, writing poems? Really? Are you kidding me? YEP! It felt so good to finally use that typewriter again 23 years later and to have my own words magically flow out onto the keys. It's such an exhilarating and powerful experience. It's even more powerful to feel able to finally express what's inside. 
Have a nice Sunday you all. Make sure to visit Sian's blog and read other people's contributions. Grab a cup of tea and have fun!

Sabrina S.


  1. How wonderful that you have found the way to release your own creativity - I am sitting here feeling so happy for you! thanks for sharing your story today.

  2. Yes it would seem that creative writing needs nurturing to overcome life's ups and downs - but then life's ups and downs are also food too! Glad that the typewriter is still a large item in your life.

  3. it's an absolute pleasure to have you back with us today! A warm welcome :) Thank you for sharing such a lovely story. You have reminded me about my dad's typewriter which I used to borrow when I was about nine. I used to write family magazines on it and I keep thinking I should go looking for it in my Mum's attic. I love this story.

  4. Oh how nice to have a typewriter for so long, delighted that you've been able to find a way to start being creative again. It is a horrible place to be when you just can't write.

  5. Typewriter's are amazing. It always reminds me of my mum as she was a big letter writer and was constantly tapping away on her machine!

  6. So glad that typewriter is getting some use again! Great story.

  7. I’ve just nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger award! Check it out on my link http://wendypoling.typepad.com/wendypoling/2012/12/my-very-inspiring-blogger-award.html. A well deserved congratulations!