SW Handwriting Course Lesson 1 Posted!

K.J. Boal kjoanne403 at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 11 03:25:33 UTC 2007

I agree, Stuart, I have the same problem.  I'm finding I often write a 
finger too close to the handshape (Square or Flat Hand) and have to erase 
and try again.  For this lesson, I wrote everything in pencil so I could 
erase when necessary, and when I was satisfied I went over it with a dark 
pen so it would scan.

Another question is, how do you get used to writing in different 
orientations?  I find, especially with the Flat Hand, that I end up cutting 
off a corner at the knuckle.  (If you think of it as a "house" shape, one 
side of the roof goes all the way to the ground!)  The faster I try to 
write, the worse it gets - and increased speed is the point, is it not?

My final question is, how do you differentiate the arrowheads for right and 
left hands - or do you bother?  You'll see in this lesson that I did fill in 
the arrowheads (I wrote it before I took another look at Val's handwritten 
name sign and saw that the arrow wasn't filled in.  Oops!  Should have 

All in all, though, I enjoyed doing the lesson!  Thanks for the teaching, 

>From: "Stuart Thiessen" <sw at passitonservices.org>
>Reply-To: sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
>To: sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
>Subject: Re: [sw-l] SW Handwriting Course Lesson 1 Posted!
>Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2007 11:24:38 -0600
>I am wondering though if there would be a way to distinguish the floor 
>handshapes without the finger gap (at least where it is individual fingers. 
>In printing, I don't have a problem with the gap because the computer takes 
>care of writing the symbol. But, I think that it is easier to miswrite the 
>finger gap when handwriting. Just thinking about when we are doing quick 
>writing or notes in a class. it seems to me that we would want to have the 
>symbol be distinguishable enough that we don't have to worry about the 
>finger accidentally looking connected or something. Just a thought.
>On Jan 8, 2007, at 22:22, Valerie Sutton wrote:
>>SignWriting List
>>January 8, 2007
>>Stuart Thiessen wrote:
>>>I worked on it as well during my lunch hour today. I did have one 
>>>question on page 5 of the PDF, and the second sign down. For the index 
>>>handshape there, I don't recall seeing that in your list of handwriting 
>>>shapes that you taught in this lesson. I wondered if we should substitute 
>>>a different sign or if you planned to show that one but forgot. (I 
>>>understand how that can happen.)
>>Hello Stuart!
>>Thanks for this feedback. You are right. It should have been there in that 
>>lesson. I didn't really forget, but because it was so late at night, and I 
>>was so tired, I thought maybe it would be obvious that it was the same as 
>>the Printing...so I left it out. Now I see it confused lots of people so 
>>that was the wrong call...
>>So I will be posting this shortly...it is not on the web yet... but here 
>>is an explanation...

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