Learn Cursive with Lunatic Engine – Lesson 10 –


by this endless fractal expansion of knowledge
we must patiently submit ourselves (9-2) to the will

I have discovered a shortcoming in the WordPress content editor: there is no easy way to insert a bit of superscript text into a paragraph. You’ll note on the worksheet there is a compound footnote number after the word “ourselves.” I’m sure there’s a way to do it. I just don’t have the patience to dig into it right now.

Oh, yes, there is a footnote in this poem. Actually, there are footnotes in every poem in the first section of the book. This is just the first time one has turned up on a worksheet.

And that’s all I’m going to say about the footnotes. They are a really important part of the book, which you’ll discover when you’ve got a copy in your hands. Until then it will have to remain a mystery.

This pen and ink combo was a gift from my daughter for Christmas 2018. If I was writing this story she would have chosen this gift with a certain self-reflective, impish playfulness. My daughter is too smart to pay much attention, positive or negative, to gender stereotypes. But this pink is just too pretty not to appreciate.

Perhaps when she was younger that is how the story would have gone. However, she’s a pre-teen now and was more than content to send my wife to get this gift. And my wife was more than content to send me in her stead. So there you go, This Faber-Castell grip and Herbin ink was a Christmas gift from me to me.

A quick word about the pen: not suitable for travel.

Unlike more expensive models, the grip uses a friction nib that you can change yourself. The nib, the steel bit, comes away from the feed, the plastic bit with grooves, so you can change things up. The trouble with this system is that it doesn’t provide a really tight seal between the nib and the feed. This means that when you take this pen to use at work, there is a good chance that it will decide to let slip its entire load of ink into the cap leaving you with suddenly pink hands, a mess and smirks from the ballpoint-users around the table during an important meeting.

This ink though! Like my daughter, I am not a terribly pink person, but this ink! How could one resist?

About Learn Cursive with Lunatic Engine. Each week, until my first book of poetry launches in April 2020, I am going to complete a cursive worksheet featuring lines from the poems in the book with notes on which tool I used. I will post the blank sheets as pdf’s below and here on the full explanation page for you to download, print and complete.

A new lesson with new lines will be added to the complete document so that by the time the book comes out, you’ll have not only had a chance to read a couple of lines from each poem, but you’ll have written them yourself.

So there you have it: Learn Cursive, with lines from Lunatic Engine.

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