I am Gregory Short and I am addicted to typewriters. This blog–not to be confused with this one–is my foray into the typoshere. Here, I chronicle my adventures, and occasional misadventures, in the wonderful world of blogging with a typewriter.

Though I hope to occasionally impart bits of wisdom, most of the posts here will deal with typewriters and the typing experience. Often, I will include details of what I may be watching or listening to in the background. Once in a while, if it’s significant, I may mention the weather. And I have been known to make references to what I am eating or drinking.

Poor Typist?

The name, since you’re curious, has a double meaning:

  1. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on my addiction, and will likely never spend more than $50 on a typewriter. Thus, my status as a collector is poor indeed.
  2. I make no claims to being a good typist. Though my skills are lacking, I am still the fastest chicken-pecker in the West. (Backstory: When everyone else in high school was taking typing class, I was forced to settle for a “business skills” class. To this day, I am one of the few remaining human beings who can make out a check correctly.)


As I said, I am Gregory Short. I am a writer, poet, web designer, photographer, and experimental musician. By day, I am a Library Associate 2 at a public library. (Best. Job. Ever.) By night, I am all of the things I previously mentioned… and more. My wife thinks I’m a comedian. I keep telling her, the older I get, the funnier I get. When I’m 96, I’m going to be hilarious.

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  1. Hi Greg! My name is mike and I hail from Long Island, NY. I am new to the amazing experience of typewriters. I just joined the Austin ink FB group (where I found your blog) and this all began after watching California typewriter, which I am sure you hear a lot of. I am trying to build a collection for school use. I am a US history teacher and I want to obtain an ultra portable for my classroom and to be able to write lectures , notes etc. at home. Any advice on one? I’m in your boat where I can not spend a lot of $. I looks forward to hearing from you.

    Mike .

    1. Sorry for the delay. Any of the Olympia ultra-portables are great. In addition to the Splendid 33, I also love the SF. The SF was used by Ian Fleming! I love the 60’s era Royal Companion, but they can be hit or miss. (Less expensive than the Olympias, though.) On a budget, your best bet is a typewriter from the 70’s or very early 80’s. I’d be interested to hear what you end up with. Stay in touch. And feel free to join us for Typewriter Club LIVE. More details at typepals.com.

  2. Hi Gregory I read that you had or have a Canon Typestar 10-ii ? I have also but mine didn’t come with an instruction /owners manual so was wondering if yours came with one.. if it did come with yours wanted to know if you could possibly scan it n send it by email to me ? I’ve looked on the Internet they got manuals for other typestars but not the 10-ii .. Thank-you and have a nice day ,From Simba

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