Transcript – Bridging the Past

This is for the weekly Discover Challenge. This week the subject is Transcript.

I am one of those who has the knowledge of before and after the digital age. I can remember when everything was either written or in print. I still remember the fascination of bring able to create something before I sent it off to a printer to have it in physical form. It is quite a difference from the reality of today. That is why this particular Discover Challenge is coming our way this week.

When I first started writing I was in my teens. At that time I did not have a personal computer because they were hardly personal. Beyond that the price was in the thousands of dollars for basically a souped-up typewriter that could save files. My first hand written novel pages were on loose leaf paper written in pencil with a mechanical pencil.


This is some of the hand written pages of my first novel series.


Eventually I began to assemble them in binders for better access.

Shortly after this I finally got the new technology of a personal computer that significantly improved my ability to get my writing in a form more presentable to show another. During that time I was able to print my manuscripts and enter three of them in a local writing contest. Unfortunately these particular manuscripts are now only available on paper because the word processing program I used at that time became obsolete about as quick as computer operating systems improved.

So now I have the unenviable task of transcribing these manuscripts into a current word processing program. I am thankful that I now am familiar with the Microsoft suite of programs that will not likely become obsolete any time soon. I wonder how many others have experienced a similar situation in their writing adventures.

About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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