Writing Right

Nov 30 2005

My apologies for the scattershot nature of this entry, and the lack of an update yesterday, and a late update today. I’ve been working ten- and twelve-hour days to support a computer that can only be used after business hours. This is my last day of it, though, except for one more day next week.

And it’s affected my sleep patterns in very odd ways. I got home last night and went straight to bed. Tonight, though, I’m wired and can’t make myself to go sleep. I don’t know if this is a good or a bad thing; I suspect it’s neither. Or both. It just is.

Meanwhile, my mind’s been percolating with suggestions from Tom Peters’ Brand You 50, in particular his suggestion to catalogue 25 observable aspects of ourselves. That is, if someone were to judge you (not negatively), what are some things they’d use to do that? Things like hairstyle, posture, even handwriting. I’ve only managed to catalogue twenty, but even that has revealed a few things that I’d like to work on.

It made me realize how much I’d like to improve my handwriting. It’s a bit better than the “chicken scratches” that everyone I know describes their handwriting as, but it could be a lot clearer. So I did a bit of Googling and found Dyas A. Lawson’s Tips for improving your handwriting. Briefly: When writing, hold your fingers still, and move your whole arm plus a bit of your wrist. I tried it, and it made my handwriting a lot easier to read. Takes a lot of practice before it becomes natural, but then, doesn’t everything?

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