Without further ado, here is Aine Greaney...
A few weeks ago, someone wrote into the “Careers” section of our local metro newspaper to ask for job-search tips. In response, the career expert issued savvy advice on job-searching, interviewing and follow up. And then … right there in the middle of her column .. a real blooper.
“After the interview, it’s preferable to send an email thank-you,” wrote Ms. Careers Expert (I’m paraphrasing). “A hand-written, mailed thank-you card will make you seem old fashioned and infer that your workplace skills are outdated.”
You know, I had heard a rumor that some schools in America might be stopping teaching cursive writing. Why? Because, presumably, teaching children how to put pen to paper is an obsolete skill that our children will never use in their bright and digital futures. It’s like teaching darning or embroidery (by the way, my school taught both of these).
So next time I’m sitting scribbling in my local coffee shop, my table neighbors will nudge and point at this technical luddite who refuses to get hip and get modern? Or will some eager middle-schooler approach my writing table and (in her oh-what-a-sweet-old-granny voice) ask to take a iPhone photo of me? Not because I’m inspiring or writing--but because her class project is on local history and what those old folk used to do in those good ole’ days?
God help us all. If any of this is true, then I’m heading out right now to buy up five decades’ worth of spiral notebooks and ballpoints to see me and my writing career through until death do us part. Because one thing’s for sure: Even if the techno troupe develop a gizmo that uploads your entire novel from brain to page while you’re waiting for a load of laundry, I’m not abandoning cursive writing. You won’t find this author hacking out first drafts or morning journal entries in any other way.
Why? Because a first draft is as up close and personal as flossing your teeth. A first draft of writing is a physical act. You need to get right in there, wiggle things around, bleed a little around the edges and see what comes out.
So if you work for a historical commission or one of those Olde Tyme Portraits photo get-ups, me and my writing journal are taking commissions.
Thank you, Aine, for posting on my blog. If you would like to find out more about Aine Greaney, check out her website www.ainegreaney.com.