Brat Farrar (bratfarrar) wrote,
Brat Farrar

Writing one letter at a time

You interact differently with language when you have to select letters by scrolling through the alphabet. Words stretch like taffy, and sentences become miles long, with periods like signposts or potential exits. Syntax turns odd as you try to compact as much meaning into as few letters as possible while also selecting letters which are close to each other, to reduce the scrolling necessary. Your thumbs start to get sore.

But there's a strange richness to it, as though you're swimming through the words and letters instead of writing them--full immersion in a sea you usually glance along while scarcely noticing. You do nothing but notice, nothing but plan the laborious process.

And there's a certain joy when you're finally able to select "send", as though a long journey has finally ended and you are finally freed.

(No, this wasn't written using my Kindle, but I did send an email using it last night.)
Tags: miscellanea

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