Yesterday, reader Mike left this comment with regards to typewriters:
“We have a ‘vintage’ portable typewriter with a single sheet of paper in it down in our basement. We type single-line love notes to each other on it.”
That is the cutest typewriter story I have ever heard. It’s reason to get one!
Another reader, who shall remain nameless, wrote me this earlier in the week:
“I randomly found that lovely video of you reading from your book on Youtube. There was a girl I’d basically been besotted with ever since first year, and I finally decided to bite the bullet. I’d been toying with the idea for a while, and when I saw your video I just figured it was now or never. So on Valentine’s Day I sent her a short letter, telling her how much I admired her, how much I loved spending time with her, and would she do me the honour of doing so on a date sometime that week. Well, suffice to say that I was quickly shot down in typical “I only see you as a friend” style. Normally, it would have killed me on the spot right there and then. But when I read her response, to my utter disbelief, I was fine. Sure, it sucked like rejection always does, but I was still standing and wasn’t chronically depressed.”
Naturally, this message warmed my heart. Often times I put stories out into the world on paper or video and wonder if I’ll regret it. I never have, and this is why. If just one person can take the story and use it to his or her own advantage or inspiration, then it was worth it. Thank you for writing me kind reader! (This reader is from England, in case you were wondering about his use of the word “besotted.”) This is the video of which he speaks.