National Handwriting Day? (1 Viewer)

mjp

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I don't know what National Handwriting Day is, or who the scoundrels are behind it, but I do know that getting a computer font made from your own handwriting is pretty cool.

Even cooler if you don't have to pay for it.

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jordan

lothario speedwagon
side question: do you like your own handwriting? i guess i'm vain, because i like how mine looks. mjp has cool handwriting too. i don't know if i've ever seen bill's handwriting, but he has a cool signature, so he probably has cool handwriting too. justine has pretty handwriting, but not in a generic way. hosho also has cool handwriting, but it looks a little tough to be the handwriting of a poet.
 

bospress.net

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My handwriting looks a bit like Buk's. I usually print everything, although I like writing in cursive when I write with a fountain pen. I would not say that I am happy with my handwriting.
 

Ponder

"So fuck Doubleday Doran"
RIP
Mine is a disaster.
If I'd show it to a graphologist, he'd probably
advise to put me away for a few years.
Story of my left-handed life.
 
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mjp

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Whether you like your handwriting or not, it's always pretty unique, so the font is fun to play with.

Speaking of cursive writing, I was talking to a schoolteacher at a party the other night and she said that now they have to teach kids how to read cursive. Because they found that most of them couldn't parse the cursive their teachers would write on a blackboard.

Cursive is one of those olde tymey things that deserves to be relegated to the history books. I see some old letters, or even more recent obscure, scribbley cursive writing, and I wonder how anyone can read it. I suppose in 10 or 20 years there will only be a handful of specialists left who can decipher some of that stuff.
 

hoochmonkey9

Art should be its own hammer.
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My son can't read cursive and I hear they don't teach it anymore. But that seems odd. I could be wrong.
 

bospress.net

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Same with my kids and my friends kids. Some of my friends kids have graduated High School and have no idea how to read it. Maybe it is a lost style, like the Long-S....

Bill
 

hoochmonkey9

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I read somewhere that some teenagers don't have signatures to sign things because they were never taught cursive. Odd.
 
sometimes, I can't read my OWN cursive handwriting from the night before. (guess we all know that phenomenon.)
So maybe it isn't a curse, that kids are taught to use 'single letters' (don't know the English word. In German it's 'Druckbuchstaben' which means 'printing-letters' as opposed to 'Schreibschrift', which means 'writing-letters' for 'cursive').

If they start now learning to write in that easily readable style (as fast as cursive), in about one or two generations we'll get manuscripts that don't need a cryptographer, like some of former authors do (Trakl, Nietzsche, me). Scholarship will get much easier.

Of course, Hank had to learn writing that way very early - while his typer was in hook.
 

Ponder

"So fuck Doubleday Doran"
RIP
single letters' (don't know the English word. In German it's 'Druckbuchstaben' which means 'printing-letters' as opposed to 'Schreibschrift', which means 'writing-letters' for 'cursive').

block letters or print letters?

And hank solo would call cursive: joined-up writing?
 

hank solo

Just practicin' steps and keepin' outta the fights
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Yeah, I guess so. Or just hand writing. What does Ponder call it?
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
I'm all for hand writing. It's much faster than using block letters and it looks much more "personal" too. If it's written like it was taught in school you should'nt have any problems reading it. The problem is that some people "personalize" their hand writing to a degree where it can be difficult for others to read, but I blame that on them, not on hand writing as such.
 
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hoochmonkey9

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my handwriting got ruined by university. I went before laptops were ubiquitous and we had to hand write our notes as quickly as possible. my writing went to shit. and I had big calluses on my middle finger from the pen and my pinkie from dragging it across the notebook. they're gone now, thanks for asking.
 

bospress.net

www.bospress.net
I have wanted to do this for a while. I even downloaded the template a few years ago, but never did it. Thanks for the kick in the ass. I paid the $9.95, but will do others when they are free...

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Bill
 
When I went to middle school I remember that in the handwriting classes in first year we had to use Nelson, whereas kids that came from a different first school to mine used Cursive as that's what they'd been taught. I was jealous because Cursive looks nicer. I'd forgotten all about that fascinating chapter of my life before this thread.
 

mjp

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I hadn't heard of Nelson, but it's a good-looking way to write. At least in theory, in the printed samples on line. But I suppose cursive is theoretically handsome as well. Until humans start trying to write with it and mangle it with our stubby, awkward fingers until it's unrecognizable.
 

number6horse

okyoutwopixiesoutyougo
To answer Jordan's question, I'm pretty pleased with my own handwriting. But, like anybody else in this day and age, I usually only get to use it by signing checks, credit card receipts, etc.. When J&J asked me to autograph for the signed editions of "I Am The Circus", I actually needed to practice it. Tossing off your signature on a bank statement is different from trying to lay down a legible and (hopefully) decent-looking script.

I prefer printing over cursive, and even when writing in cursive, I always capitalize the beginning of a sentence with the printed form of the letter, then follow through with cursive. If it was good enough for Mrs. Chapman (5th grade teacher with the loveliest handwriting I've ever seen), it's good enough for me.
 

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