I have been trying to teach myself calligraphy. It is not going well. Everything I write looks like a glob of paint someone tried to mush around to vaguely resemble a squiggle. The letters look like a left handed alien wrote them while blindfolded.
I have tried books and You Tube videos, but I seem to require more remediation than they can provide. Lest you be concerned I might give up, fear not for I am stubborn as hell. I am going to poke away until I can write something legible, I promise.
Throughout the process it has occurred to me that our forefathers must have been patient beyond belief! It really slows down your train of thought when you have to re-dip your pen every few letters. Not to mention that the first letter often turns into a blob of ink (even if your use a blotting pad) and the last letters with that dip are so faint you rely on paper indentations to read them. I cannot imagine trying to write a play, novel, or even the freaking constitution this way. You would get a great idea for a sentence and forget it half way through because you had already had to dip and blot your pen twelve times before completing the first five words.
People must have thought slower back then. Half the time my fingers can’t even type as fast as my brain works and I forget the thought before I can get it onto the computer screen. If I had to use a freaking quill to try to record my ideas I would be in deep shit. Or perhaps that is my problem. Maybe I should slow down a little. Take my time and process each word before writing it down. Ehh, who has the patience.
I live a kamikaze lifestyle as it is, no point in changing it now. I’ll just be grateful for computers and the delete key, but I have much more respect for Shakespeare and Jane Austen.