2015 Women Writers Reading Challenge-Book #10: The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace


This book should have been really depressing as it’s about a young, vibrant woman who goes blind. But it doesn’t feel that way, it feels more like a fairy tale (but it’s really based on the true story of the woman who inspired the first typewriter).

It caught my eye in the library because it was so much smaller than the other hardcover books on the shelf. Then I read the flap and I was hooked.

really recommend this fast read. It’s the perfect vacation book because it’s a light read, but with enough substance to keep your attention.

Recent Project: Typed Letter for Nephew’s First Birthday


Happy Monday. This is just a short post today, so that everyone can recover from the length and craziness that was Friday’s post.

My most recent commission on Etsy was this typed letter. My client’s nephew is having his first birthday, and they had written him a letter of wishes for his character. I think something like this always makes a great gift, but I was particularly touched by the wording they used and thought it was worth sharing.

The letter reads:

Dear Noah,

May you grow up to be true

May you always know the truth

And see the lights surrounding you

May you always be courageous

Stand upright and be strong.

May your hands always be busy

May your feet always be swift

May you have  a strong foundation

When the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful

May your song always be sung

May you stay forever young.

Isn’t that a beautiful sentiment?


I couldn’t decide whether it would look better double-spaced or single-spaced, so I did it both ways on two different colors of card stock so she could frame it the way she wanted it.

It can be just as difficult to write something out on the typewriter (I type quickly, but not especially accurately) as to do it in calligraphy, but I think it turned out very well. I only had to start again three times, so all in all, that’s not terrible.

There’s something about a typewriter that makes words feel more special. Every stroke of the key is a little different, and it feels like it took more time and effort.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten from relatives?