When is a better time to talk about handwriting than National Handwriting Day? It is obvious that I am a day late, but we can always stretch the day into a year long practice.
This is a post I have wanted to write for awhile, but because of numerous moves I have lost all sort of paper that I intended to retain over the course of the years. While doing my end-of-the-year house cleaning, I discovered in surprised that some of the paper survived all these cross-continental moves. I guess my case substantiates the importance of annual cleaning, right?
Looking at my own handwriting from years before is as strange as meeting someone with whom I have lost touch. There is a degree of familiarity embodied a sense of nostalgia and astonishment. It is rather weird that I can recount almost all the pens I have used in the following writing samples and changes in writing instrument and paper choices can be perceived. Can I stay that the handwriting is becoming better or worse? It is a bit of both. While the form might be more mature, the level of neatness has suffered. Another observation is the handwriting varied with the change of writing instrument.
Here is a gallery of my handwriting from 1999 to now:
(circa 2000, using a Sensa ballpoint pen. My roommate was more worried about the callous on my middle finger than me, so she purchased this pen thinking it would relieve and help with my deadly grip. Well, poor Sensa pen, the silicone grip literally conformed to my grip, permanently. I still cannot believe how neat my print used to be!)
(circa 2002, this writing sample is taken from class notes. Definitely messy, with a lot of shorthands. Not sure why the f’s are written with such a flare… beats me. Written with a Uniball Deluxe Micro.)
(2007, another set of class notes that combines cursive and print. Used Waterman Allure with a unknown blue cartridge)
(2012, part of the thesis revision. Hi-Tec-C Coleto light blue. Probably the neatest I can do nowadays)