Who stole my space?

Ham Radio

Last weekend, I finally went and took the test to upgrade my amateur radio license from Technician to General. That means I can now broadcast on a new range of frequencies that allow for longer-distance communication.


I’ve been more aware lately that the current trend is to leave a single space after a period. This feels completely unnatural to me. I’m not that old, but I did learn to type on a typewriter where two spaces following a period was the status quo. Some even pointed out that web browsers only render a single space unless specifically told to do otherwise. It’s going to take me some getting used to this concept.


The current WIP is complete, coming in a few hundred words over where I wanted to be. Doing some chopping and revising before the workshop. I have another story in my head that I want to get started on, so the sooner I finish the current WIP the better.

CSSF SF Writers Workshop

Two weeks from today I’ll be loading the truck and driving down to Kansas for the workshop. I’m frantically finishing edits for the remaining two stories that I need to submit. Need to finish all the clerical details, plan my route, etc. I do plan on blogging regularly from the workshop. I don’t know if any of my classmates will be blogging but I will post links if I have them. So far I have only talked to one other attendee, who I will be sharing a room with.

4 thoughts on “Who stole my space?

  1. I didn’t learn on a typewriter, but I did learn back in the dark ages before the Internet was popular and I do the same thing — two spaces after the period. I’ve tried retraining my fingers to only use a single space and it definitely takes some getting used to. I hate having to think about my typing…

  2. Congrats on getting your General! Do you have some HF gear so you can use it? I need to get off my bum and upgrade, then we can try and talk on the air.

    Oh, and I learned to type on an IBM Selectric so yea, I use two spaces too. Not sure I’m willing to change this late in life.

    I finished my mystery novel first draft and after attending Murder in the Grove here in Boise, I’m already working on the next draft.

  3. Hey Ken,

    I have a Kenwood TS-850S that I got from my uncle-in-law a year or so ago. He let his license lapse and I picked up his rig for a good price.

    Great work on the novel! I haven’t gone far down that road yet but I’m starting to plan for it.

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