Blogger Tech: The Hemingwrite

The Hemingwrite is a distraction-free writing tool. It combines the simplicity of a typewriter with all of the modern conveniences of living in 2014: cloud documents, e-paper display, and full-size mechanical keyboard.

The Hemingwrite is the Kindle of writing composition.
The Hemingwrite is the Kindle of writing composition.


Laptops and iPads are multi-purpose devices loaded with games, social media, work email, funny cat videos, and those birthday photos you still need to edit. Like many of you, when we tried to get down to writing, we quickly found ourselves down a YouTube rabbit hole which we rationalized to ourselves as research. Sound familiar? Don’t worry, you are not alone!
As our computers and phones get more powerful, we become less productive.
This is why we built the Hemingwrite, a single-function alternative.

The Hemingwrite combines the best features of all previous writing tools with the addition of modern technology. It is dedicated like a typewriter, has a better keyboard and battery life than your computer and is distraction free like a word processor. Finally, we sync your documents to the cloud in real-time so you never have to worry about saving, syncing or backing up your work.
Turn off your phone and laptop, grab your Hemingwrite, and find your typing space.

Professional quality hardware

We think a dedicated tool should be as durable as it can be! For this reason, we chose to use only the best components for our first product. The Hemingwrite is rugged enough to join you wherever you find your muse -- on the road, at the cabin, or at the pub. 

It features a daylight readable, high contrast electronic paper screen for writing indoors, outdoors, in the daytime or at night. (Good luck trying to write on the beach with a high-gloss LCD!)
The Hemingwrite features a 4+ week battery life with typical usage. Can your laptop do that?
We have included the highest quality mechanical keyboard switches for the happiest fingers – remember those old keyboards with great tactile feedback? This is like that but better.

It is all wrapped in a beautiful, lightweight aluminum housing with built-in handle.
All of the above text and media is from the Hemingwrite Kickstarter page. Check it out and pledge your support! (I am not affiliated with Hemingwrite in anyway. I just really, really want one. Preferably in turquoise:)

Great literary husbands: The men who supported genius by Laura Miller

Virginia Woolf, Edna St. Vincent Millay (Credit: AP)
“We should be doing a kindness,” wrote the London Saturday Review in 1882, “if we advise literary men contemplating matrimony to select for their wives judicious and patient nurses rather than charming and brilliant women.” There is much to be said for this policy; one genius per household is usually more than enough, and even when the creative talents in play can’t be rightly called geniuses, two is often more than domestic tranquility can withstand. But the London Saturday Review leaves one important matter unaddressed in “Of Literary Husbands,” although it does allude to this problem in the commentary’s final line: “There are also such persons as literary wives, but they are a subject on which we should tremble to enter.”


Clariel is the daughter of the one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most importantly, to the King. When her family moves to the city of Belisaere, there are rumors that her mother is next in line for the throne. However, Clariel wants no part of it—a natural hunter, all she ever thinks about is escaping the city’s confining walls and journeying back to the quiet, green world of the Great Forest.

But many forces conspire against Clariel’s dream. A dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she discovers hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?
Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen goes on sale October 14, 2014 in the US! 

Maybe This Time

"It's all now you see. Yesterday won't be over until tomorrow and tomorrow began ten thousand years ago. For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it's still not yet two o'clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it's all in the balance, it hasn't happened yet, it hasn't even begun yet, it not only hasn't begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armistead and Wilcox look grave yet it's going to begin, we all know that, we have come too far with too much at stake and that moment doesn't need even a fourteen-year-old boy to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose and all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago; or to anyone who ever sailed a skiff under a quilt sail, the moment in 1492 when somebody thought This is it: the absolute edge of no return, to turn back now and make home or sail irrevocably on and either find land or plunge over the world's roaring rim."

WiIlliam Faulkner, writing about time, with references to Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg, and the discovery of America, in Intruder in the Dust (1948).
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