(Shh, I’m writing here…And taking no longer than five minutes to post, or I’ll be choking on the dust of my NaNoWriMo writing buddies. So, please, for the love of Chekhov, don’t tell them I was here…)
In my book, my main character is a calligrapher. But though I’ve always been fascinated by calligraphy, I’ve never been able to get the hang of it, even with the help of special pens and straight lines to guide me.
I have a sample of my maternal grandmother’s handwriting – my mother gave it to me a few years ago – and when I look at it, I marvel that she possessed such a delicate talent when my memories and limited knowledge of her don’t fit snugly with what I see here. Two sides of a coin, this one shinier than the other. (I wish I could hear stories from other relatives who knew her. Whether the coin appears shiny or tarnished may have something to do with who’s doing the polishing.)
That aside, here’s her signature, from before she married my grandfather (I assume, since she wrote her maiden name). Click to enlarge:
During a writing break, I did a Google search for calligraphy and found this short video (just over a minute long). It took me about two letters to realize what he was doing (guess I’m slow).