Blogging like Austen and Shakespeare

To congratulate me on finishing my first draft, a friend sent me a gift. I have been making good use of it. To plan future books. To record my thoughts. To write this blog post. To dream and to create. Infinite bounty from one small seed, one thoughtful gesture. Thank you.

Like this:


Study buddy




  1. There’s something to be said for handwriting instead of typing, isn’t there? I still do that with my writing journals – gives it a more personalized feel. :)

    Your handwriting is so pretty. It looks like a computer font!

  2. I always handwrite first drafts, and I’m a fountain pen fanatic. I can’t handwrite blog posts, though, because my handwriting sucks. :-)

  3. Is that your handwriting? It’s so, so pretty. I agree with Shari that it looks very much like a computer font.

  4. Is that your real handwriting? It’s so … legible. I have dozens of journals that I hand wrote (back before I ever owned a computer) over the years, but now I type everything-even journal entries. I don’t miss the permanent callous I had on my middle finger from holding a pen so often. But there is something so wonderful and refreshing about reading a handwritten blog post! Thank you!

  5. Angela


  6. Kristan, this post is so neato. You got a fountain-pen present? That’s a seriously chummy chum you’ve got there. A keeper. Your handwriting is pretty stellar. xx

  7. Holy crap, is that your handwriting?

  8. Lol yep, that’s my real handwriting. On good behavior. When I’m in a hurry, it’s not that nice. (And when I’m trying really hard, the r’s don’t look like v’s.)

  9. Really lovely handwriting. I think hand writing in cursive is a lost art. No one seems to care how it looks anymore. I still do though.

  10. BTW, may I borrow the idea?

  11. Oh absolutely! I borrowed it from Honey Rock Dawn:

  12. You have the nicest handwriting in the world! And what a great gift! I handwrite all my drafts first…it keeps me away from the dangerous Internet! :) Congrats again!

  13. You know, I’ve been considering that more and more… I also self-edit a bit less when I write by hand, which would lend itself to the drafting process.

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