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May 30, 2003

Writing secrets revealed! Novelist Jo Walton observes the gradual wearing away of the letters on her computer keyboard:
I pretend to be puzzled by this, but secretly I love it. Keyboard letters contain vital nutrients for my metabolism. They are where I get my ideas from, they keep my creativity flowing. They go in and out through my fingers and leave the keyboard burnished and empty.

It’s clearly magic realism, because it ought to work like that. It’s not in the least remarkable. One would only need to remark on it if it didn’t happen.

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Kathryn Cramer ::: (view all by) ::: June 01, 2003, 08:09 AM:

I had never particularly noticed that letters on the keyboard wear off until Peter asked a month or so ago why there were two Us on the keyboard. The answer is because one of them is the O with the top worn off. I considered trying ot use indellible ink to write the portion of the letter back in, but decided that indellible ink was not intended to sustain the kind of wear a keyboard gets.

I'll have to tell him about the vital nutrients.

(By the way, a tree took out the wires on the other side of the block, so anyone trying to reach us may have been having a difficult time. Our power is back, but we still have no phone service. See my weblog for details and updates.)

John Farrell ::: (view all by) ::: June 02, 2003, 12:54 PM:

Hmm. I can't say I've worn any letters off yet. But this does prompt me to get the sponge and clean the keyboard and mouse....

Terry Karney ::: (view all by) ::: June 02, 2003, 03:16 PM:

Try an old fashioned shaving brush. It's amazing how much dust and such one can lift. We use them here (in Iraq) for keyboards, Pro Masks and rifles.