D, D, D...
Automatic writing done in an attempt to rewire my brain, 1988/2/1, by Wayan.
I learned to read early, by age two or three, and wrote by four or five--so young my fine-motor coordination wasn't wired in yet. Self-taught, too, so I made some letters strangely.
I got skipped ahead in school, so my handwriting was terrible for my grade, though actually quite good for my age. But my teachers' complaints made me think I was clumsy until adulthood, when, reading Leta Hollingworth's "Children Above 180 IQ", I found her caustically remarking (this is paraphrased from memory, I don't have a copy):
"Parents of children advanced a grade or more should be skeptical when elementary teachers complain of poor handwriting. They forget that normal children at this age have no handwriting whatsoever."So with my grown-up hands, I tried calligraphy... and found I had no trouble learning new patterns. At last, as an experiment, I decided to rewire the way I wrote lower-case 'd', the hardest of my letters for others to read. How? I made up a new, more standard 'd', and then just handwrote nonsense full of 'd's, slowly, mindfully, deliberately... then faster and faster, until I was ranting in a trance--a trance full of the new 'd'.
As I read it back, I expected to find a frenzy of incoherent words. Not quite! That trance-writing made increasing sense.
bo diddly told me a riddle, didn't he?
adders on ladders and odder fodder
diddle bottles of deadly dreaded agendas.
defiance definitely defines dinosaurs:
I'll do it, daddy-o. Bid
We disco beyond dawn, as do the dead,
Alders doodle designs despite
deficiencies in dexterity--don't we all?
Under dread dim dusk we tread
My apologies to the ghost of Cole Porter:
Birds do it, bees do itAnyway, going berserk worked. Took weeks of mindful Ds to fix the change, but writing this silly trance-poem unstuck my habit for good. And once I'd proven you can rewire even deep childhood's motor skills, I began rewiring... deeper things.
even educated fleas do it
let's do it! Let's fall in love.
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