Writing on the bus

Has anyone managed to find a way to write Gregg legibly in a moving vehicle? It may seem like a weird question, but I commute by bus to and from class (40-60 minutes one way) so a lot of my notes are done en route. Gregg works fine until we go over a hill, a bump, a rough road… i.e. a lot of the time I have to rewrite outlines over two or three times 😛

Is there some Gregg solution or another system that someone’s found for this? I was eyeing alphabetic systems, but the majority seem to suffer from inconsistencies in logic… maybe there’s some holy grail of shorthand systems that can take inconsistent proportions and still be legible?

Thanks 🙂

(by erik for everyone)

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  1. Erik:

    I read a book–aimed at teachers–that had a chapter comparing the various shorthand systems. They listed all the things that were desired from a shorthand system, and concluded that, at the time of writing, there was no one shorthand system yet invented that was perfect. This was in 1952.

    The book is at the University of Nevada at Reno, if you want to try to borrow it via ILL…

  2. How about a little positive twist on this: Even if you do have to write the notes several times, this will improve your shorthand and probably your speed as you write the outlines over again.  I can't even write on the buss in longhand… the train is easier and smoother.  So I read whenever I have to take the bus.  Debbi

  3. I'm not concerned about improving speed or penmanship. I've been learning Gregg Simplified for about two years and worry about all that when I'm at home 😉

    My situation is this: I spend at least two hours in the bus every day and do a lot of my homework on it, which includes drafting papers and translations. As we all know, longhand's lame for those kinds of things 🙂 So my problem was that trying to write Gregg just doesn't work on in a bumpy vehicle, and I was wondering if someone found a solution to write legible shorthand or if they knew of a different system that could withstand that kind of punishment.

    I requested books on Speedwriting and Personal Shorthand (Briefhand) from the library, which are alphabetic systems, but I haven't been able to test them out yet.

  4. Would a laptop or PDA with keyboard be more efficient the writing?  I doubt if any type of writing would work.  When it's bumpy for me when I've took the bus, it didn't matter what I wrote or if it was longhand or shorthand, of course maybe it was more bumpy on our roads…  I learned speedwriting and it's similar to longhand, for instant copy would be written cpe, office written ofs, and so on… a few symbols are used but not many.  If you can write longhand on the bus when it's bumpy, then Speedwriting may work. Debbi

  5. Has anyone looked into EasyScript (also ComputerScript)? You can get an e-book copy of it through the Internet. It might be an idea, though I don't think it would be any more legible than any of the other character-based shorthand systems out there. Jim  

  6. I got a copy of "Computer Script" and it was a very, very elementary system based on writing 3 to 5 characters of the english word and guessing the rest, with some prefixes and suffixes. The prefixes and suffixes made sense, but the rest of it had no logical consistency. As far as I remember there were some brief forms, but not very many.   Thusly:   I got a cop o Comp Scrip and it was a very, very elem syst based on writg 3 to 5 char of the engl word and guesg (the) rest.   The best alphabetic shorthand I've ever tried is Personal Shorthand (Cardinal Series). It uses only 26 letters of the alphabet and has lots of brief forms. They offer speedbuilding tapes up to 140 wpm(!). Their website:   http://www.eralearning.com/01/ps2.php

  7. You may find it helps to use a small writing pad, which you can hold in one hand, while you write with the other. If both hands are free (rather than, eg, resting the pad against a knee), the amoung of bumping from the vehicle may be reduced somewhat. I used to find this technique helped if I was writing Grafitti on a Palm Pilot.

    If you want a different kind of solution, check out Groote shorthand, a Dutch system that was originally designed to written on horseback!

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