It’s April! If you happen to dabble in writing, then you might know that April is the month in which both NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) and Camp NaNoWriMo (basically a campy version of the original NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) that takes place every November, occurs. Cole and I decided that we both wanted to take part in some of the festivities, so he decided upon writing one poem a day, and I decided to veer towards the novel writing. However, I am focusing on editing and re-writing a novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo of 2013 instead of dreaming up a new one. In order to get us focused, we decided that at the very least, once a week, we will go to a coffee shop with the typewriter and write. I’ve got seven typewriters total, since collecting them is a little hobby of mine, but with some lacking full capabilities, and others having poor ribbons (that hold the ink), we decided only to take one around. Besides the fact that it’s an adorable little fella, it gives us encouragement, keeps us in a spirited writing mode, and at the very least may facilitate a bit of conversation or interesting looks that will make every burst of frustration and the occasional writer’s block (okay, I’ll admit this happens more than I’d like), well worth it.
For week 1, Cole and I went downtown to Rosella Coffee Company. We stumbled upon it a month or two ago when Cole had to visit the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) for a school project. This coffee shop is in walking distance, no more than 5 minutes from the museum, and it’s lined with beautiful red brick and has both a wood filled upper layer, and outdoor seating within a magical half-open/half-enclosed area. However, it’s the coffee that had me wanting to come back as our first place to start our writing adventure. Now and forever I will order their large, iced, hazelnut latte with almond milk. Although, they are also known for the beer and wine they serve there as well.
As for the big, tangerine-colored typewriter, it only prompted one conversation with a fellow stranger. A guy passing through said “nice typewriter man.” and asked us if we’d heard about this typewriter shop somewhere in Italy that would flood the entire floor, and the store owner/architect made it possible to have the typewriters in there regardless because they didn’t have to run on electricity. I looked all over the internet for something similar to this story but couldn’t quite fit all the pieces together. If you happen to know anything about this, I’d love to hear about it!