Through a series of circumstances not worth relating, I currently find myself without a computer at home. It particularly hurts for my work as a teacher, as I often do mounds of paperwork and plan many lessons whilst ensconced in bed, and I find myself staying in school a lot later than I want. What it also means, however, is that my recent contributions to AAR have been handwritten.
I wasn’t always so reliant on computers. I’ve always written a neat hand and still do, and, while my school notes weren’t copperplate, they were a right sight clearer than most. Being a visual person, when I went to university I found brainstorming by hand most productive, after which I would write the first draft on a computer. But gradually I eliminated the first step, brainstorming as I wrote my first draft, and the keyboard, rather than the pen, became an extension of my thoughts.