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Handwritten

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Handwritten.”

When was the last time you wrote something by hand? What was it?

When? This morning. Before dawn. I wrote in my journal on the patio where I was alone and it was quiet.

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I’ve been keeping a handwritten daily journal for the past twenty plus years. It’s my method for staving off overload. I generally start a new journal the first day each month. Why? Because I have a lot of paper that needs to have a purpose, and it is getting in the way. Besides, it makes this entire journaling business as personal as a handcrafted cup for my morning coffee. I own it.

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This paper business began nearly thirty years ago when I started publishing QNC! The CW Journal as a Quarterly Forum, hardcopy.

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It was a place to share ideas, blow our own horns, pound our chests, and learn. A Commodore 64, a dot matrix printer, a membership to a worldwide telephone message relay system called FIDO, a membership to the American Morse Club, and the United States Postal Service made up the physical core of this endeavor. Everything else was words and hand-drawn illustrations reproduced on paper at a nearby Kinko store. Long story short, $7.75 bought a membership to this one-man show that was represented in Africa, Europe, UK, Australia, Canada, and of course, most states in the USA.

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There was no Internet when this project was started, but ten years down the road Yahoo and Yahoo Groups became a reality. But because “!” was reserved, a pro-word in the radio world, I had to drop the explanation point and it became QNC, which created a new problem. QNC in Morse code portion of ham radio is an official Q-Signal used to announce the transmission of a bulletin, meaning All Stations Copy. This new name was frowned upon by the powers that be…so what else is new? But back to cursive writing.

Tractor paper fell out of favor a few years back and I’m still stumbling over nearly ten thousand sheets. Anyone in their right mind would probably cart them off to some recycling center. Me? I decided I should use them in some more creative manner – creating personal journals. Separating fifteen sheets each month, and using my long-John stapler, and a 80 pound sheet for a cover provides me with a fresh, 60-page journal each month.

But it’s like some of the meds I see advertised on television. This isn’t for everyone.

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2 thoughts on “Handwritten

  1. I think that’s awesome you’ve kept a handwritten journal for so long. I have also kept one for the past 15-20 years – I have a box full (or two) of different notebooks, bound journals, etc in my closet). My daily writing has lacked a bit the past few years, but I still find sitting down and writing about whatever is on your mind very relaxing. It really is a way to take a step back, slow down, and gather thoughts. Your monthly consistency of writing inspires me to make an effort to write in my own journal more often like I used to!

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    • Scott says:

      Thanks for your kind words. Words are what keep me going. I’m plugging away on a novel and when I bog down I usually brainstorm, ask and answer questions until I get the flow going again. Sometimes it’s beneficial for me to keep my journals smaller and dated. When questions arise I can sometimes find the journal recording what we were doing and thinking about during a said period.

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