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Handwriting Challenge

Over two months ago, Sara Letourneau tagged me in the Handwriting Challenge. More than fashionably late, but I’m finally able to respond to it.

Handwritting Challenge – Questions

As per rules, I’ve handwritten my answers to the following questions:

  1. Write your name.
  2. Write your blog’s name.
  3. Write your favorite word and its definition.
  4. Write something nice.
  5. Write the name of your favorite song right now.
  6. What are you writing with?
  7. Write a fun fact about yourself.
  8. Write or draw your favorite emoticon.
  9. Write a silly message.
  10. Write who you’re tagging.
My Answers

For security reasons, I decided to type the answers to the two of the questions. My signature isn’t very fancy, so it resembles what I would have written down here. Using capital letters ensures no one will be able to use it in a harmful way.

This is how my handwriting looks like when I’m writing something without trying to make it look nice. When it’s rushed, it gets a bit more messy. And since it’s quite small, I also prepared the transcript below in case you have trouble reading it.

Handwriting Challenge Answers
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Handwriting Challenge – Transcript
  1. Joanna Maciejewska
  2. Joanna “Melfka” Maciejewska
  3. I don’t have a favorite word. I do have words which I tend to overuse, but their name is legion. 😉 They also change: once I catch myself using one too much, I try to avoid it and another one takes its place.
  4. I always appreciate when people take time to read what I wrote, to comment and to offer feedback. Thank you!
  5. Tír na nÓg by Celtic Women, because I’m writing book 2 of my contemporary fantasy set in Ireland.
  6. Zebra gel pen. My favorite pen (Waterman) ran out of cartridges with purple ink.
  7. I don’t like wearing anything blue. I don’t hate the color, but for some reason my brain refuses to even consider wearing blue clothes (yes, blue jeans are out of the question).
  8. This is the one I always use when handwriting: [see image above]
  9. I have no sense of humor, so nothing really silly comes to my mind. How about: Live long and eat bacon! (Sorry, vegetarians! You can eat asparagus.)
  10. I’m tagging:
Handwriting – Fun Facts

As you can see, I prefer squared notebooks to the lined ones. It’s something that had been a pain ever since I moved over to Ireland, and the to the USA, as both countries seem to have more lined notebooks to offer.

Since I’m from Poland, some interesting facts about learning to write there. Children learn the capital printed letters at the age of 5-6, in the so-called “zero” grade (which would be pre-school year, sometimes offered at kindergartens, sometimes at schools). Then, when the school starts at 6-7, we learn cursive right away. It’s usually practiced in double-lined notebooks (for easy practice between small and capital letters), and only then move to the lined ones or squared ones. When I was growing up, most would use lined notebooks for Polish, but squared for any other subject.

Joanna Maciejewska

Joanna Maciejewska is a fantasy and science fiction author who enjoys all things SFF: books, movies, and video games. Her short stories appeared in magazines and anthologies in Polish and in English. Her epic fantasy adventure series, starting with By the Pact, is available in ebook and paperback at all major retailers.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. sjhigbee

    I love your answers. And don’t you have interesting, quirky handwriting? I do like the idea of living long – but could I please eat avocado instead of asparagus? I prefer it… though if I was still eating meat, I’d probably join you in a bacon sandwich:). And I MUST get around to responding to this one, too!

    1. Melfka

      Thank you, Sara. It evolved over the years, and it also depends a bit on my mood and how fast I’m writing.
      And avocado sounds good! You just reminded me I have some in the fridge. 😀
      Looking forward to your responses.

      1. sjhigbee

        Yum! And I haven’t forgotten this one – it’s just a bit mad at the moment…

        1. Melfka

          I hope it’s a good kind of “mad”. 😉

          1. sjhigbee

            It was something of a mixture, to be honest…

  2. saraletourneau

    I like your handwriting! It’s a nice mix of print and cursive; very neat and easy to read. 🙂

    So no blue clothing? Including jeans? Does that extend to sneakers and other footwear, too? (Just curious – don’t mind me asking!) And could I add cheese to that bacon sandwich Sarah was proposing? I’m not a huge fan of bacon (*gasp*), but if I’m going to eat it, I wouldn’t mind eating it that way.

    Thanks for participating in the challenge, btw!

    1. Melfka

      Thank you for inviting me to the challenge – it was fun!
      My handwriting evolved over the years, and it also got influenced by my stay in Ireland. In Poland, we write 1 with the little dash on the side, but to my Irish coworkers it looked too much like 7 (to which Polish would add a dash across), so I adapted.
      Also, when I write fast, it becomes a bit less legible and more cursive-ish, I guess. 🙂
      And no, blue jeans are something I haven’t worn since I was 12. I actually very rarely wear any sort of pants, and prefer the cargo type to jeans.
      And yes, it applies to footwear too – since I don’t own any blue clothes, blue shoes would make no sense. All my footwear is either black or red. I had a green pair in the past, and hoping to get some purple shoes at some point.
      But all in all, when it comes to wearable colors, I’m quite dull: black, gray, dark green, dark purple, red (mostly dark too), dark brown. I do own one orange skirt, but again, it’s dark: more brick/cinnamon than real orange.
      And sure, cheese sounds very good with bacon. 😉

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