Samara O'Shea

Archive for April, 2011

Two Meaningful Messages

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

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.

I Stand Corrected

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

That thing I said about typewriters no longer being manufactured anywhere on plant earth is wrong. Apparently, there still are typewriter factories in the world. Admittedly, I trusted The Atlantic. Ho hum. The good news is this doesn’t make a big difference in anyone’s day. Everything else I said about typewriters is 100% true.

The Last Typewriter Factory

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

I love the idea of typewriters. The sound of twenty of them going at once in an old-fashioned newsroom, which I’ve only seen in movies, puts me at ease. It’s the steady sound of hard work.

The reality of typewriters is a little harder to take. It means making a mistake and not being able to hit backspace. I can’t believe novels, Gone With the Wind comes to mind, were once written in their entirety on typewriters. I suppose if I grew up writing exclusively by hand, then a typewriter would seem advanced—a big step into the future.

As it is, the age of the typewriter has come and gone. The Atlantic reported on Monday that the Last Typewriter Factory in the World Shuts Its Doors. Honestly, I’m surprised that there were any typewriter factories still in existence, but I’m glad to know they are officially gone. I can mourn accordingly and start thinking about my antique typewriter collection. The article has some fantastic photos of typewriters, including this one:

Almost Back to Business

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

I hereby solemnly swear that it will not be Modern Love Rejects all the time here on LetterLover, but I ask that you bear with me these first few days. I’m excited and we’re getting a great initial response. Just two more notes on MLR, and then it’s back to letters and the royal wedding (three days to go!) I promise.

1. My co-founder Kiri wrote about us for her blog at Forbes. Check it out: Turning Rejection Into A Business Of Love


2. Please stop by MLR tomorrow because there will be a great essay by Author Alisa Bowman called “I’m Leading This Marriage Dance.”

Okay, that’s all.

Today’s the Day

Monday, April 25th, 2011 is officially up and running. The first essay has been posted (written by yours truly), and we have an exciting line-up for the rest of the week. Please visit and leave a comment if you are so inclined.

I hope everyone had a splendid Easter weekend. Yesterday was the most gorgeous Easter day—weather wise—we’ve had in years.

Ordinary Men Hate Solitude

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

There won’t be much from me today. Our first five essays will start being posted on Modern Love Rejects on Monday, and I’m getting everything in order. I won’t write tomorrow, so I hope everyone has a great weekend and a joyous Easter. I’ll be back in full force on Monday!

I leave you with a quote on solitude:

“Ordinary men hate solitude.
But the Master makes use of it,
embracing his aloneness,
realizing he is one with the whole universe.”
~ Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching

I googled the first line to find out who said it, and that led me here, which made me laugh.

Spring in All Her Lack of Glory

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

This year, spring in the northeast has been dreary, damp, sunny but chilly, and warm but rainy. I’m trying to appreciate it regardless, because it’s an actual spring. Spring is rarely the warm, wonderful weather we want it to be. A genuine spring bounces between sporadic sun and drastic downpours. It’s a season trying to find itself. It wants to be free from the severity of winter but doesn’t want to surrender to summer heat too quickly.

Spring 2011 is as normal a spring as they come. This past Sunday was splendidly sunny, but still too nippy to spend entire afternoon in the park. I took a photo of the Japanese maple tree in my front yard, which is starting to yield her lovely red leaves.


Let’s compare it to the winter photo shall we? Just to see how far we’ve come.

On Monday, I received spring on a note card as reader Mike sent his wife Lynn’s latest masterpiece. I sent two of these cards out yesterday because I had to share. Stunning!

Over in the northwest, they’re having an equally grey time of it. But apparently, a Poor Season for Sunshine Is Great One for Spores. Who knew?