Trivial musings scrawled in a cramped hand.

Handwritten Journal EntryI spent a few hours by myself and decided I wanted to write a post by hand. Not usual for me at all. I’d forgotten that you need more light when you’re writing than when you’re typing on a screen. And I used an eraser—again, something I’d not thought about in a long time.

This page was a first draft, of course, so I made some minor edits when I typed it out. That’s another thing I missed: the backspace key.

So here is the handwritten entry, and below it, the transcribed version. You may notice a few things if you bother to look at the image: It’s written on the back of a ruled page. That’s normal for me, I’m left handed and the binder rings get in my way. The letters veer all over the place. It was dark, and I was not drunk.


We remember 9/11 here in L.A. This is my first time joining any of the activities (memorial celebrations, no bouncers, water slides, or face painting), though, and it’s not quite what I expected.

I’m sitting here in the dusk at a small café around the corner from the event. Who knows where my friends and family have taken of to.  Me, I’m a little uneasy with the festive air after all the tears and sober reflections.  When I asked for the time to head this entry, I got some flirtatious banter to go along with it. Shocking, and a little bit disgusting.  But then, it’s not really, is it?

I suppose we’re all really celebrating life in our own ways. The divorced guy with his jocular pun on ‘time’; the woman in her eye-drawing, plunging-neckline dress who’s pressing her partner into a torturous arc against the pick up counter.  Me, with my pencil and paper, eschewing any modern contraptions for the tactile pleasure of graphite scratching and scrawling its way across the page.

There’s big band music playing and laughter’ it makes me smile, even thouse I still feel quiet, somber.  I don’t feel uncomfortable now, having drawn my parallels.

I may even flirt a little myself.

4 Comments

  • Your makeover looks beautiful.

    I opted to read the handwritten Sept. 11 post via Flickr. I found it so much more personal. In addition, I find you quite fascinating, so seeing your handwriting was a treat. :) I have next week off and was going to drive to LA, in the hopes we could grab a bite and some drinks. But I am really broke and don't know if I could afford it. Anyways, you should do a vlog at some point. Or maybe not. Mystery is good, too. Although I'm sure you would knock my socks off in a video, and then in real life. *smooch*

  • It's cool to see your handwritten note. As Cassandra says, that's a very personal thing. Your handwriting is much better than mine, although with the hormone shift, I find that my writing is somewhat neater — less hurried — than it used to be. Maybe I can even write script again.

  • Thanks, Cassandra! I like the color change, I think. I really wish you'd have been able to come out this way. Hopefully I'll get some time to hit Vegas soon. Then you can show me the good bits. *s*

    Veronique! I'm glad you liked the note, too. I usually print, and try to do it meticulously, but like I mentioned, it was dark. Even so, I was trying really hard to make it legible. If I'd written naturally, neither of you would've been able to make heads or tails of it. Me, either, probably! And you know, a before-and-after sample set of your handwriting would be a cool adjunct in documenting your treatment. I'd love to see the differences.

  • Thanks, Cassandra! I like the color change, I think. I really wish you'd have been able to come out this way. Hopefully I'll get some time to hit Vegas soon. Then you can show me the good bits. *s*

    Veronique! I'm glad you liked the note, too. I usually print, and try to do it meticulously, but like I mentioned, it was dark. Even so, I was trying really hard to make it legible. If I'd written naturally, neither of you would've been able to make heads or tails of it. Me, either, probably! And you know, a before-and-after sample set of your handwriting would be a cool adjunct in documenting your treatment. I'd love to see the differences.

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