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Pen, ink and paper... a type of media in danger of becoming lost to computers and word processors and digital files.

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I like writing down quotes and random thoughts in the old-fashioned way, in a journal.

("V.M" being "Viggo Mortensen". It's a quote from the Introduction he wrote for Best American Nonrequired Reading 2004.)


This was a nice take on the prompt. It is a pity that handwriting is disappearing. It has a romance to it that print lacks.
Handwriting is also such a highly personalized thing... I think of old letters written by now lost loved ones--seeing the handwriting makes me instantly see them again. I hate that future generations might not have that experience.
I agree with you on that. I am hanging on to letters that I treasure for that reason.
Media in danger of being lost, indeed! I have no idea if my nieces can either write or read cursive.

When I was a child I treasured my grandfather's fountain pen, which I enjoyed using a great deal.
My daughter learned cursive, but I wonder how soon it will be before her school system ditches teaching it.

I had a fountain pen waaaay back in high school, because the stenography teacher recommended it for taking shorthand, but I soon switched to an ordinary ball point pen. I like the idea of fountain pens, but I'm a little too impatient to use them. LOL
I think the reason I've never kept a paper journal is I can't stand my own handwriting. Yours is very nice!


Thank you! My handwriting usually is much messier than this... but when I'm writing down favorite quotes, I go slowly and carefully so I can actually read it twenty years from now. LOL
"words were everywhere i looked..." reminds me of a woman who talked of a sadness around her daughter learning to read. her daughter learned "late" (compared to a percentage of other children)and the mom became acutely aware of how reading changed how her daughter saw the world around her. like being in a foreign country that uses a different script than one's own, not being able to read gives the landscape a different feel. once one puts meaning to the symbols, one is drawn to the symbols. where one's eye falls as one walks down a street changes. (of course the mom was happy that her daughter could read, but i was fascinated by this idea as i hadn't thought about it before.)

thanks for prompting me to remember that.

and oh, i love a handwritten letter.
like being in a foreign country that uses a different script than one's own, not being able to read gives the landscape a different feel.

That is so true. I've traveled in China and though we had a guide, it was always a little unsettling to be in areas where the street signs didn't have English "subtitles" (most of the main roads did, but secondary roads often didn't). I always worried I would get separated from our guide and be lost forever. Seeing words in my own language brought such a sense of home.
I can't agree more! Writing doubtlessly is a skill that is becoming less and less important and, in consequence, lost, down to the ability of writing without mistakes or spell-correcting. I find it interesting, for example, that my niece learnt print letters first at school and is only starting now, at second form, with cursive writing - for us it was still the other way round. It has the advantage that they are learning faster to read - I remember some of my classmates had problems with reading non-cursive script and were bad at reading aloud due to that.
I rarely write by hand myself, as I'm a left-hander and have always had a bad scrawl. I have to take my time and write carefully, or I can't read it myself some time later! Also, due to how left-handers usually hold their pen, I get cramped after long writing and was so glad when I was allowed to learn how to type, also because when typing, my hands are much more able to follow my thoughts - I never managed that by hand-writing, which always made me frustrated. But I do write by hand occasionally, and if I do, I use a nice pen and proper ink, or a pencil, or a special pen ;o) - only very rarely a ball-pen.
I have started to write some of my shorter fanfics in some of my beautiful notebooks, but haven't finished a single one yet. It's fascinating (and frustrating) how long it takes to write even the short ones in careful cursive by hand! *g*
Writing by hand really does take a long time! I could never have started writing fiction if I'd had to do it in a notebook--I've tried, but my thoughts skittered along so fast my hand couldn't keep up and I'd end up so frustrated I couldn't continue. Schoolwork back in the day I didn't have that same frustration, probably because thinking about hard facts and sums and all that doesn't send my mind rocketing around like thinking up imaginary stories does.

I learned printing first, then cursive in, I think the 3rd grade, which would have been when I was 8 years old--I wanted to learn it sooner because I always felt like people (read: my mom!) writing in cursive were hiding something from me! LOL What age are the children in "second form"?

I prefer plain old inexpensive ball-point pens to fancier ones, usually because fancy pens are bigger around and heavy, and, at least for my hand, more tiring to hold. I like the thinner, lighter barrels of disposable ball-point.
Usually, we start school at age six (first form), and at second form you're usually seven. Niece K. is younger since she is born on the end of September,a date which is called "could-be-date" and the kids can be sent already to school, or kept a year longer at home. She got her school recommendation unusually early, though, started at age five and is seven now, halfway through second form.
I was born 1969 and starting with cursive was the norm.

You should see my pen; it is slimmer even than most ball-pens and just a bit thicker than the cartridges. Ball pens are bad if you have a bad handwriting and/or a left-hander, because the nature of the pen impediments the flow of the script, or so I've been told. I can write better and more legible with ink, though the downside is that keeping my arm in the necessary way makes the ink smear. I also needed to find a nib that works for left-handed. script, too, which makes all the difference, too.
Mine is simlar to the fifth on this page, "lamy cp1". An older model (and coloured), but with the same dimensions, or even less.

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I love the quotation and the handwriting. My handwriting is so choppy and uneven. Unfortunately, penmanship was a graded class when I was a child. I was an obedient child in most things--very compliant--but I refused to do things I felt were incorrect. Miss Kettle's penmanship always looked wrong to me, so I refused to make my letters the prescribed way. Hence the poor grades and perhaps my poor adult penmanship!
Miss Kettle's penmanship always looked wrong to me, so I refused to make my letters the prescribed way.

I made myself learn it the 'proper' way, which was to copy the letters from that long strip of alphabet that was always tacked above the blackboards, but once I was no longer being graded, I started individualizing it... I don't connect letters sometimes and I hated the cursive "Q"! So I was rebellious but only after I got my "A". LOL
Oh, my goodness! I refused that "Q" that looked like an ugly mutant "2" to me. I insisted on a full, round circle with an elegant tail. I'm sure my teacher thought I was incredibly stupid, but I was simply stubborn. I knew what she wanted, but I couldn't bring myself to comply. Actually, I was graded more kindly in cursive than printing, because I insisted on making my "t" with a little tail when I printed. And my small "a" looked like the typical Times New Roman curl with a tail--nothing like what was taught! But I had been an early reader, and I was certain the printed way I found in books was the correct way. How obtuse of the schools to hire teachers who didn't know the correct way of teaching things! I've given up the curly "a" but I still have a tail on my "t" and my cursive capital "Q" remains a fat moon with a tail. So there, Miss Kettle!
YES! An ugly mutant "2" is exactly what it looks like! Ridiculous.

We should probably start a Rebel Q Society or something. :D
I like that name!