The Road to Modern Typewriting

Through The Eyes Of Others…

Everywhere I travel, I carry a medium-sized, leather-bound notebook with an attached white ribbon sewed inside the book. It’s a simple book, nothing fancy, very cheap but what’s filled inside is whats most valued. A collection of past events I have attended, short stories that are written sloppy and in haste, sudden strikes of poetry, ideas and small narratives that I have observe through my daily travels. Condensed stories or biographies of interesting people I have met along my journey of Modern-Typewriter.

Personally, I find writing to be the most powerful, rewarding, time-consuming tool a person could ever use. By simply using specific and detail wording, A writer can paint a world of imagery without a single stroke of a paintbrush.

In less than 3 months, Modern-Typewriter will be one year old and since creating Modern-Typewriter, I have had the fortunate pleasure of meeting a variety of  fascinating individuals from musicians that pour their heart and soul into an instrument and ring out sounds of beauty and rhyme for our ears to hear to owners of small businesses that took a leap of faith to provide a service to the community that we share.  I have met kind-hearted individuals who do nothing more than give and deliver without ever asking or taking from others.  I have sat on park benches with strangers and lend my ears and listen to their stories they had to share. I have sat in concerts where bright lights shined and speakers amplified the momentum of energy and brilliance.

I have been driven by members of the community to follow my passion for writing, some of those people are still compelling forces and some have passed and no longer with us but have deeply impacted me for the past year since beginning Modern-Typewriter.

One man comes to mind when I look back on the journey I have experienced during the past year and although I only knew him for a very brief time during the summer of 2017, I will always have a fond memory of the first time I met Mr.Cameron and his willingness and trust that I could write. He gave me a chance to prove something by allowing me to write the 2017 Tall Ship articles and I will always be thankful for his wisdom, corrective ways and the encouragement he showed me.  Thank you Lloyd.

Although I have written a variety of pieces on these amazing people, a lot of stories are yet to be written. Stories that I have been told by people I would have never have met if I didn’t simply engage in that person.

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Personal writing is very engaging and with each story and each new encounter, you have to engage in the most evident way. Everyone has a story to tell and as a writer it’s our job to simply listen and with permission, document that story to share with others.

There are many different techniques of writing from fiction to non-fiction to news journalism, human pieces, etc, etc. But one thing that all writers should live by is the responsibility to uphold the truth. To find a story that will be compelling and worth the time to read. In an age of speed and unlimited sources of news, society is constantly too busy to take a moment, to take a chance on something that isn’t going to captivate themselves.

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My passion for writing is the human side of journalism. To be the narrative of someone else story. To experience life through a set of eyes that are not your own. To experience sights around our area that hasn’t been touched by infrastructure. Grass that waves in the wind instead of being driven over, packed down with asphalt. The chances given to simply listen to the stories that are being told by those who are willing to share, for those who want a voice.

I have been fortunate enough to experience rich moments of life through the last year by living vicariously through the lives of others that I have written about. Often times, I find myself sitting across from the person I am writing about, quietly sipping on coffee, frozen in the captivity of their words as they flow from their lips. Fully engaged in the rich stories and the experiences they have lived.

It’s simply comforting and beautiful to know that even though there are millions of people in this world, we all have stories in our lives that make us individuals, that make us standout in the crowd, makes us unique.

I created Modern-Typewriter in March of 2017 and what an amazing adventure I had! Although I may not be constantly posting articles, you can rest assured I am constantly writing. Constantly looking for the next in-depth piece that will captivate your time.

Modern-Typewriter doesn’t flood its readers with constant gift giveawaysendless & pointless waste of space articles on 5 minutes of fame happenings, gossip, or topics that can be found on any news source.

Modern-Typewriter is real, it’s human. It digs through the surface of something small to uncover the proverbial diamond in the rough. I hope it’s readers finds its words to be artistic and a beautiful outlook on life. A documented proof of something existential.

This writer believes in captivating stories of truth, providing a retrospective inside look on the sensitive side of life. To capture the essence of sorrow, the warming of happiness, the rush of excitement, the staggering wave of anger and the pleasantries of love.  The words that flow through my hands and fall upon the readers eyes should always be captivating, always have a humanistic drive, tangible, relatable, Real. 

I look forward to 2018 and the stories I get to share with you.

Thank you,


The Modern-Typewriter

Lucas Durelle





Never Take That Second Guess 

In my last post, I was on a mission to pursue my career in writing and I decided to put myself out there despite any negative reaction that I may have received, hell you don’t know what you’re gonna get unless you try for it right?, So that’s what I did, I tried.

That day I decided to write down every little thought I could possibly come up with, I’d open up my writing app on my phone and just start typing. Not necessarily knowing where I was going and if I didn’t know the direction I was going with the writing, I would simply read what I wrote and think of a different road to take it down.

So while I was at work, I ran into a friend of mine who was on a committee for a local festival and I decided to take my chance and offer my writing services, I offered to write a mock-up and submit it to the committee and he agreed.

That night I went home and just began writing, I attempted to romanticized the idea of the subject. How I would feel in that situation and used that to fuel my creative juices.

After I was done furiously typing those keys, I was left satisfied with my results and I’m nervously excited for people to actually read something I worked on.

I was about to email the article to the committee head when I was starting to second guess myself. Which is always a terrible feeling and an even more terrible idea to act on it, which I did.

I decided to include a formal written intro and make my piece sound a little more business than romanticized. It had facts and dates and just other formality’s that I felt needed to be included. Once that was completed I emailed it off and waited for the first scheduled meeting the next day.

The meeting was scheduled at a local coffee shop which was nice because if there’s one thing I enjoy in this world, is a damn fine cup of coffee. I walked into the room and we all said hello and shook hands and took a seat. I introduced myself to the head of the marketing team and we began. I was handed the revised and edited version of my article and to my surprised they loved it and only minor changes were asked and again to my surprise, the changes they wanted to exclude was the formality’s that I begrudgingly added during my second guessing period. I ensured them I was correct the changes and email it back upon its completion.

The meeting went well and I left that day with a feeling of accomplishment. It was nice. I immediately called my wife to tell her the good news and that I was hired on to write 10 pieces for the festival.

If you take anything away from this piece it should be that no matter what it is you want to do in this crazy thing we call life, it’s putting yourself out there. Taking that giant leap of faith and hoping you know what you’re getting yourself into. If it’s going to bring a positive change to your life. do it!. what’s the worst that can happen?. Failure is only when you give up on something that you believe is achievable.

The second thing is to never second guess yourself. If your comfortable with what you have done why would you second guess it? that was my mistake and luckily it was minor.

Once again thanks for reading the modern typewriter and have a yourself a damn cup of coffee and go after what you want.

The Modern Typewriter Luke

The Road To Modern Typewriting

As a child, you were often asked the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” the child you once where would say the professions that excited you the most at that time of age, you could have said a police man, a fireman, a doctor, a cowboy or the man on the moon but as you grow older you begin to realize the effects of your surrounds, your education, peers, co-workers, employers and your parents.

As you age, your chance at those dreams begin to shrink and shrink until it’s nothing more than a distant fond memory that you day-dream about to escape the harsh reality of the current path you are on. Very few people are fortunate enough to achieve their life goals and dreams and are proud with their accomplishments.. Unfortunately for the majority of us we have fallen into a comfortable slump, a place where we are neither disappointed or overly excited with our choices and sometimes we sink further into that slump and forget about our past goals and dreams just because we are comfortable.

Making excuses for our life choices is a great game we all play, we tell ourselves each and every day that it could be worse, we could be homeless, unemployed, starving, suffering from a disease  and most of the time we are correct, it could be worse ..but what if we started saying to ourselves each day while we drank our cup of coffee that it could be better. “this coffee could be better”, “this food could be better”, “my job and pay could be better”, “my health could be better”, “my happiness could be better”. “my life could be better” and that’s the key phrase “my life could be better” and why shouldn’t it.Lets stop making excuses and start making promises to ourselves. you could start with a very small promise that is easily fulfilled and achievable or it could be a huge terrifying promise that could shake things up and bring a positive change to your life.

I sat down the other night and decided I’m done with just having the bare minimum, I’m done with making less money then i should be making, providing less for my family then I should be providing. I should be looking forward to my future and being progressive with what i want to do with my life.

I’m not going to lie I am scared and terrified of changing and putting myself out there and being vulnerable and possibly not succeeding of becoming a writer but not as scared as I am with not doing anything with the life I was given, not at least taking this year and devoting it to a passion that might open new roads and a greater well-being.

I will make an effort each and every day to achieve the dream of being a professional writer and update my post often with any progress that I achieve and I encourage all my readers to do the same, go out in that big blue world and leave a footprint that your proud of.

So in short of it all, the big picture here is to jump back into whatever your passionate about, What gets you excited?What do you want to achieve with your life? What do you want to be when you grow up?

Because we never really stop growing up. With each minute that pass, we grow older and older and each day is different from the last.

Remember ,let’s turn around the saying “It could be worse” to “It could be better” because that’s what we should all strive for, some pursuit of happiness…something better.

Thank you


The Modern Typewriter Luke