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  1. I purchased a 'reprint' of The Palmer Method Of Business Writing, since I now know that is the format of penmanship I would like to practice rather than Spencerian. While Spencerian is beautiful, I'm a long way off being able to use a pointed pen properly, can barely hold a straight line at this point! The monoline Palmer method seems to fit my goals better. In any case, the book arrived today, I excitedly opened the package & thumbed the book only to be greeted with this...utter abhorrent insult to the eyes...and the wallet! Be warned, you are better off finding the PDF version online than you are purchasing this particular book. I would moan more but...honestly I'm too annoyed to bother at this stage.
  2. First of all greetings to all I am new at The fountain pen network and in the magnificent world of fountain pens at the moment I only have one lamy logo and within a month I will get a 2000 lamy. I am a young man of 20 years old who since childhood my mother taught me the art of writing. I use the palmer method to write and I love it and more when I use stub nibs because of the effect of line variation.And I've had some curiosity about trying out new calligraphy styles like Spencerian or Copperplate and I really do not know which one to start with first and which one is going to make it easier with Palmer's bases.and with respect to the tools that are used I have never used flexible nibs I have only used round and stub, I do not really know how hard a flex is.So what do you recommend? Is it worth trying or should I continue with palmer?I also leave some samples of my handwritingDocumentos escaneados.pdf
  3. Hi Folks, I am on and off in learning cursive from a palmer book--business writing. The oval and slanted lines drills are pretty hard; but once I feel I got some control in doing them, I lag behind in speed. The drills sometimes ask for up to 200 stroke to the minute or so. I feel it is unrealistic. Any experience or advise? Thanks.
  4. I had an older post on here but things have changed some and I'm getting discouraged. I'm 30 years old and in college to get my Associates Degree in Network Administration in the IT field. So I work on computers all day. I rarely get to write by hand and when I do Its been so long since I wrote in cursive that I just fall back to print for note taking or anything because it takes me too long to write legibly in cursive. The only time I get to write in cursive is when I'm at home studying or writing my new found Pen Pals from these forums. I'm trying to practice Palmer method of cursive using the books online but I am having a really really hard time finding time to devote to them when I am constantly studying, and doing homework, and working, etc. Also the grip that the Palmer method shows really hurts my wrist and is really uncomfortable. Its really hard for me to get my wrist to lay flat like that and off the table, it feels more natural for my wrist to be rotated some. And With my wrist laying so flat I can't see what the heck I'm writing the way I would have to hold the pen.. Is your wrist really supposed to be so flat like in the Palmer book's pictures? Also it seems like you really need to have a specific posture and desk area to write like this.. Which makes me wonder if this is even something that I will ever even be able to use in school with awkward desk areas, etc its just not set up to allow for the space I need to write using the Palmer method.. Am I wasting my time here.... I mean my cursive is legible but I don't just want it to be able to be read, I want it to be enjoyed. Is anyone else having these issues that have or are currently trying to practice using the Palmer books? THIS IS NOT MY VIDEO but I found it and it is asking some of the same questions I am about the Palmer grip.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HUZLLwvOpQ The writing posture really concerns me also because I don't know if its going to be feasible to always get a proper posture out in the real world.. I don't want to only be able to write well when I have the perfect desk setup at home and then when I go to school or somewhere that doesn't have a good desk setup I can't write properly. I really appreciate any advice, Thanks Jeff
  5. Hi, I am interested in refining my handwriting. When I was in grade school, I was taught the cursive handwriting. I believe it was the Zaner-Bloser system or a variant of it. As I grew up, I made a switch to print block letters, and eventually adopted a mixture of print block letters with some cursive. It was okay, practical, and legible, although it wasn't very pretty. Recently, in an attempt to improve my handwriting, I returned to the cursive system. I thought the ZB system that I was taught as a child was a bit too plain and not good looking. I tried the Ornamental and the Spencerian systems from the IAMPETH website, but they are a bit too flowery for every day uses. I am looking for somewhere in between: an elegant-looking cursive system that looks practical, as if the writing is done without any conscious effort by the writer to embellish the letters and yet it looks pretty. If you guys have any recommendation of such system, please share. A sample of handwriting or an alphabet chart would be great. Thanks. Henry

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