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:
- Write your name.
- Write your blog’s name.
- Write your favorite word and its definition.
- Write something nice.
- Write the name of your favorite song right now.
- What are you writing with?
- Write a fun fact about yourself.
- Write or draw your favorite emoticon.
- Write a silly message.
- Write who you’re tagging.
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 – Transcript
- Joanna Maciejewska
- Joanna “Melfka” Maciejewska
- 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.
- I always appreciate when people take time to read what I wrote, to comment and to offer feedback. Thank you!
- Tír na nÓg by Celtic Women, because I’m writing book 2 of my contemporary fantasy set in Ireland.
- Zebra gel pen. My favorite pen (Waterman) ran out of cartridges with purple ink.
- 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).
- This is the one I always use when handwriting: [see image above]
- 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.)
- 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 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.