On the Look and Feel of My Handwriting

I’m told that my handwriting looks like a girl’s handwriting.

I can’t write in cursive. I forgot how to do so many, many years ago. Instead, my printing, which in high school had been crabby, jangly, and even a little jerky, began to transform into something a little more fluid, a little more open, a little more airy, a little bit larger.

My printing became happy.

And some people have said that it looks like girl’s handwriting.

Does it? I’m not sure. (This example of my handwriting, by the way, is my handwritten draft of “Ouch!,” a really short Doctor Who-meets-The-Rutles story I wrote one commute on a lark.)

Handwriting evolves over time.

In the past three years, my handwriting has evolved more, because I write on the train, and keeping a pen steady on a moving vehicle while sitting in a cramped seat requires a rock-steady hand.

Recently, I’ve noticed that my handwriting looks a bit like a left-hander’s handwriting, with the tell-tale bent-backward look. I’ve also noticed that, at times, I write some letters backward, starting where I would normally end and ending where I would ordinarily start.

I blame the train.

I’ve sometimes thought about turning my handwriting into a font; there are services that will do that for you. I like my handwriting that much, after all. 🙂

But, a few years ago, I found a handwriting font that’s close enough for me.

“Augie,” from Emerald City Fontwerks.

I call myself a “font whore.” I don’t have an addiction to fonts, I can quit them at any time!

But I do like to collect fonts, because fonts are cool.

I’ve used Augie for “handwritten” notes. I used to use it quite a bit when I worked for EB Games; I’d type up a list of things for my staff to do, and print it out in Augie and, to be honest, my staff thought it really was my own handwriting.

I like my handwriting. It’s legible, and it looks nice on the page.

Even though many people think it’s a girl’s handwriting. 🙂

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A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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