pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
[personal profile] pebblerocker
What a trip back in time I've had! After a discussion with [personal profile] spiralsheep and [personal profile] capriuni on handwriting a while ago, I dug out my old diaries to look for data on when I learnt cursive and how long it took me to get good at it. Whether it was developing co-ordination, or mechanical practice, or mental concentration powers, I finally started producing consistently legible cursive at age 14. It could even be that I just didn't feel like using cursive until that point for aesthetic reasons.

I was given one of those little lockable diaries when I was nine, and I've kept writing ever since. I haven't read over them for years, and I'm glad I did, not just for the handwriting, or for the memories; I've been trying to recover a fictional universe I made up back then, and there were some useful lists of character names written in the front of my diary from the year I was twelve.

Reading the record of my thoughts back then makes me want to write letters to my past self; I want to tell 12-year-old me that some of those wishes and hopes will come true, if not in the way I'd expect, and most importantly to write down my stories instead of keeping most of them in my head, and to archive them where they won't get lost if I move house half a dozen times. Of course I can't go back in time with advice for my past self... but I can extrapolate a message from my future self, and make sure to write down all the stories I have going around in my head now.

Date: 2016-10-24 10:50 am (UTC)
jekesta: Scully, scared of frogs. (Scully scared of frogs ys)
From: [personal profile] jekesta
What a brilliant connection to your past. And future. I got rid of all my old diaries a while ago (because they were mostly full of depression and just upset me; it felt very freeing to let go of them) but I did keep lots of different bits of my handwriting from years gone by, and I think looking at it make me connect with my past self/memories much more than photos do.

Date: 2016-10-25 02:02 pm (UTC)
jekesta: Avon.  With a weird fringe HOW I LOVE HIM. (Avon)
From: [personal profile] jekesta
>> it only took HALF MY LIFE to stop being miserable

Half your life so far, but a TINY proportion of your life if we all get the treatments and live to be 500. That's how I'm looking at it :)

(And yes, I have to resist replying to you with scully's umbrella pretty much every time we talk! Also your icon is one of my favourites ever, I don't know if I've ever told you that.)

Date: 2016-10-24 11:36 am (UTC)
spiralsheep: Woman blowing heart-shaped bubbles (Bubble Rainbow)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
Oh, wow. I'm so glad your re-read was a positive experience, and I hope your now-future self heeds the excellent advice on sharing your thoughts (because I always enjoy it when you do - fiction or not).

I'm glad I didn't keep diaries when I was a kid, but I do wish I'd kept a reading list!

Date: 2016-10-24 02:47 pm (UTC)
jekesta: Aeryn Sun, very beautiful. (aeryn)
From: [personal profile] jekesta
>> but I do wish I'd kept a reading list

OH GOD YES, how amazing that would be, just to have even a small chance of tracking down half remembered books.

Date: 2016-10-24 04:05 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep: The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity (ish icons Curiosity Cures Boredom)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
First fandom and then t'interwebz have both been helpful in identifying some titles and authors but a reading list would be so much more useful, and for other things too: e.g. I'd love to know precisely how old I was when I first read Lord of the Rings (I think my memory is is accurate but... who knows?).

Date: 2016-10-25 10:37 am (UTC)
spiralsheep: The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity (ish icons Curiosity Cures Boredom)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
::ENVIES your reading list::

Date: 2016-10-25 08:37 am (UTC)
lenores_raven: (keyboard)
From: [personal profile] lenores_raven
Reading the record of my thoughts back then makes me want to write letters to my past self
I didn't have a diary as a kid, I only started to write when I was already working. But still, I sometimes think I would like to write to my past self.

When I re-read some old diaries of mine, I sometimes can't believe it was me who wrote that. I've had an idea once to delete all the files, but I'm glad I didn't, because it may be the only connection with the past me.

Date: 2016-10-26 08:05 am (UTC)
lenores_raven: (keyboard)
From: [personal profile] lenores_raven
I see...

I did it once via futureme.org. :-) And I was very surprised to receive the email. Then I thought 'you know nothing about me, young lady' and deleted the letter. :-))

Date: 2016-10-24 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vjezkova.livejournal.com
I think this is endearing. I mean not only the writing but mainly the bond with your young SELF.:-)

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