Curvy drills, singular and short words.
Observations (accidentally turning into ruminations):
Well, for once, these don’t look as ugly as they felt. The bobble bugged me a bit, so I slowed down and tried to keep my hand loose. In addition, making a point to end each mark on an upstroke helps with the overall rhythm of the drilling. Rhythm, in turn, helps with physical and mental relaxation. My mind doesn’t get tripped up with frustration, and my hand doesn’t get tense, and thus extra clumsy.
Filling up a page with singles works well for the drilling bit, but the marks themselves are much easier to make—and keep uniform—when put in the context of a word. Cursive always does feel a bit awkward for single-letter things, as its method of linking lends itself to bodies of writing. For me, making each word a single mark, however excessively loopy, lets me go on without committing too much attention to the act of assembling the word.
Cursive acronyms, however, look and feel silly. Capitals, which I will not start for a bit, are created as openers. Many start near the top of the line, descending down to the baseline. This is like a song opening with a ridiculous flourish; grabbing your attention and leading you into the more repetitive melody. Some of these letters don’t even bother to connect to the rest of the word. So, when you put a bunch of next to one another, they resemble an unlikely, and ultimately ineffectual, combination of characters creating the
fodder cast of a horror movie. None of them get along, most of them bicker, and they’re only seen together because, in the face of a chainsaw, they really don’t have a choice.
Cursive thrives on flow and consistency. Acronyms are the slasher film accidentally inserted into a romantic comedy marathon. For this reason, numerals also bug me. Those don’t even get the flowery music justification. I suppose they don’t feature heavily enough in letter writing to have needed a secondary link-friendly development. (Hrum, research needed here)
This rant brought to you by fleeting memories of note taking in science and mathematics.