The thing weighs a tonne, almost broke the table when I finally hefted it onto it.

Got some buttons on it. Give one a tap and it makes a pleasing ‘clack’.

Letters on them. Some sort of coding device?

Nowhere to plug it in, can’t see an on button.

Bit at the top slides side to side, doesn’t seem to do much else.

Scratch my head and stare at it. It stares back, useless.

The metal will probably be worth something. Could barter with it at the market.

Pick up the hammer and smile. I enjoy this part.

Copyright Jeff Arnold

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


I had a fantastic response to my novels being made FREE to download on Amazon last weekend, with over 250 eBooks downloaded. Hopefully they will pass a couple of days for those isolated at home. I hope everyone is safe and well.

Until MIDNIGHT tonight (Wednesday) A JUSTIFIED STATE is still FREE on AMAZON. After the Amazon promotion ends (they can only run for 5 days at a time), both novels will remain FREE as eBOOKS from SMASHWORDS and BARNES AND NOBLE until April 20th.


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Both books are still available to buy in paperback, and the eBooks are still available for only £2.99 / $2.99 when the promotions end. Book Three is progressing well, and will be released around the end of May this year.

92 responses to “SCRAP METAL”

  1. I have several of these around and use them often. It’s an amazingly durable design. At the Writer’s Museum in Chicago they have a table of different machines, and it’s endlessly entertaining to see young people try to figure them out.


  2. I still have a Smith Corona. It’s not electric and my kids do know what it is, but I doubt my grandchildren will have any idea what it is. They don’t use them in school and it’s not something you see with any regularity. I remember those typing classes so well along with the onion paper we used to use. So many changes.


  3. I remember typing out my husband’s degree dissertation on an electronic typewriter – quite a move on from the one in the photograph, but still, it took hours and I had very little margin for error. Retyped several pages more than once. Oh, to have had a laptop and printer back then!
    Not sure my fingers could take going back to those days – the keys on a manual typewriter are really hard on your hands, especially when you’re used to a laptop keyboard. Great story Iain. Really nice to hear so many people are reading your books too 🙂

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    • Thanks Lynn, been quite an astonishing couple of days with so many books downloaded… hopefully the same readers will come back when they have to pay a couple of quid, but so nice to finally see more people finding the books! Thankfully, by the time I reached Uni, computers were commonplace – don’t think I would have started writing novels if we were still on typewriters! Hope you are staying safe 🙂

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  4. Great fun! I love a story where I want to jump in and grab the main character and shout NO! My late brother was an old school two-finger typing journalist, trained in the olden days (the eighties) – god he used to bang his computer keyboard!

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  5. Aw, poor old typewriter! I was in a town down the road this week and noticed a store, old and dark, with the sign “Typewriter Repair” hanging out front. There have to be some good stories inside those walls!

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  6. It is frightening to think how many “things” we know and love would disappear if there was no one to care what they were or what they once did. On the other hand, sometimes watching “Collectors” on TV gives me a headache, especially when the collector has passed away and the family is stuck with the decision — this all meant so much to him but it means nothing but used-up space to us. I love old typewriters, but my grandchildren would hardly know what to do with a carriage-return. Already.

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  7. Noooooooo! But really… those buggers are so hard to use. Great way to force yourself to think before you type, and to become an excellent typo-free typist…

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  8. Noooooooo not the typewriter!
    Well done Iain… I think there are some kids today who would have no idea how to use one. Let alone that there is no backspace to fix errors or ctrl z

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  9. Outrageous destruction of a bygone icon, Iain. Does his ignorance know no bounds? Certain things, however useless, can never be destroyed, they must be put in the loft and never looked at but handed down from generation to generation.

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