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

  • february is apparently snow month this year

    I REALLY wish we still got snow days--February would've been nearly as much vacation as work, this year. :P


    :cackles maniacally: Just in time, too--our front lawn was starting to show grass again. It's all safely covered up now!

  • let it snow, let it snow (it did actually snow another 2 inches, btw)

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