follow-up [111/365]

My new fountain pen and I are doing great. I’m practicing every day, and hopefully, there will be more of these “follow-ups” as I go along.

As long as I stick to the yellow notepad paper I mentioned in previous post on this subject, or if I find a similar, good absorbing paper, I’ll be just fine … in spite of being a southpaw. I’ve given up on holding my hand in a different angle — that was just too painful, and produced an entirely different script. I’d rather make sure the paper and ink is alright instead.

As I was browsing around, here in WordPress this morning, I found that handwriting was the Daily Prompt on the 2nd of April, so lots was posted about this. Thanks to that, I also found this helpful link, about improving one’s handwriting. I’m going to check out those various videos and tips in there, and I’ll post it here now, in case someone is interested: IMPROVE HANDWRITING.

Another thing I learned, while reading various blogs, was that cursive script is no longer  taught in school. Isn’t that kind of sad?! Will the kids be able to read old notes and stuff they’ll find as they grow up?! I had no idea about this.

I’m still ‘affected’ by the handwriting I was taught when I was seven, even though of course I’ve added a lot of personality to my letters. I remember how they pointed out the importance of not to make lowercase n look like u, and that my mother did that anyway 🙂 All her lowercase n:s and m:s looked like u.

Although I’m sixty, I think it’s possible to improve my handwriting — I’ve come to believe that now. It’s something I’ve always wanted, I should have started it before the Internet came around, while I still was writing letters … oodles of them, and long ones too.

18 Replies to “follow-up [111/365]”

  1. That’s a real shame about handwriting not being taught at school. I see some atrocious almost unreadable writing. Now I know why. Just because we have computers, we should still be able to write well enough to be understood.

      1. Exactly. The same thing goes for learning how to spell. It’s great to have spellcheckers, but everyone should have at least basic spelling skills if they had the opportunity to go to school.

        1. Sure it’s great to have, for typos, especially when you’re a fast typer BUT I want to be able to pride myself of knowing how to spell … both in English and my native tongue 🙂

        2. I agree with that too. I am known as the walking dictionary here at home. I will say my husband is slowly learning and doesn’t ask me to spell as many words as he used to. I suppose repetition is a good way to learn as well. LOL =)

  2. It’s nice how the WordPress challenge fed exactly into what you’re interested in now 🙂 I found out recently that I can hardly write, for the obvious reason that I hardly write anything besides an occasional shopping list. When I had the time, I was trying to paint extremely bad watercolours solely for the purpose of practising fine motor skills.

    1. Yes, that was a funny coincidence. I could hardly write anything legible either — it was so shot to hell, and each time I tried, my hand hurt so bad … probably due to atrophy 🙂 SO … this new pen is good for me on several levels; I’m forced to slow down, and it’s good practice of fine motor skills too. Recommended =grin=

  3. I think it’s incredibly sad that kids aren’t being taught cursive anymore. How will they sign their name? The thought is that it’s not really necessary anymore thanks to technology and that resources can be better directed elsewhere, but I still think it’s a mistake. It’s such a lost art…

      1. I agree completely – it seems incredibly dangerous. Most of my friends with children in school have opted to teach it at home instead. I suppose the best we can do is hope others do the same.

  4. Make sure you grab some decent paper to improve the experience. Rhodia and clairefontaine are amazing and relatively inexpensive.

    1. Hello, and thank you for stopping by! 🙂
      I will most definitely check out those two … I’ve come to realise what a difference the paper makes.

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