Two great posts from John Gruber’s Daring Fireball yesterday.
First, a piece in the New Yorker about the recent auction of Cormac McCarthy’s ancient Olivetti Lettera 32, the typewriter that McCarthy bought in a Knoxville, TN pawnshop for $50 and on whichÂ McCarthy says that he has,
…typed on this typewriter every book I have written including three not published. Including all drafts and correspondence I would put this at about five million words over a period of 50 years.
50 years. Wow. What an amazing run for a single machine and what a tremendous $50 investment. (According to the Inflation Calculator, McCarthy’s initial investment in 1960 is about $360 in 2008 dollars.)
Gruber’s second post of interest was about OmmWriter, which adds a very interesting twist to the idea of “distraction free writing.” (Said idea of which I’m a fan indeed and proven by my constant use of the Hog Bay Software series of apps, WriteRoom, SimpleText.ws, and WriteRoom for iPhone.)
The creators of OmmWriter designed their app as:
…a humble attempt to recapture what technology has snatched away from us today: our capacity to concentrate.
Ommwriter is a simple text processor that firmly believes in making writing a pleasure once again, vindicating the close relationship between writer and paper. The more intimate the relation, the smoother the flow of inspiration.
Writing while using OmmWriter is a bit like playing Zen Bound, and is designed to be immersive, i.e., best suited to sitting with a set of headphones on your head and tip, tap, typing away. The results can be, well… interesting.
OmmWriter is currently in beta and looks like it may be free once it’s released. You can get your own copy to play with by giving the folks at Herraiz Soto & Co, the creators of OmmWriter, your email address.