Morning Pages

The Moonlander keyboard

Morning Pages

Good morning and happy November. Autumn has felt a little reluctant this year, but the clocks going back finally seems to have encouraged it to make an appearance. I'm working in dimmer light now, and the slow, damp afternoons are the perfect time to write the weird stuff.

And I'm writing the weird stuff weirdly. Yesterday afternoon I got my Moonlander keyboard out of its box for the first time in at least a year.

As you can see from the picture (not mine), it's a strange looking thing. And it takes a hell of a lot of getting used to. My muscle memory for it seems pretty good, even though my typing speed is certainly slower. But the feel of this thing is insane. Apart from being a gorgeous clicky mechanical keyboard (with a ridiculous range of options to customise each and every key), it does amazing things for relaxation and posture. Because the keyboard is split, you can have your arms in a natural position, rather than turned inwards, and have each side of the keyboard exactly where your fingers need them to be. This leads to a far more open, un-hunched, typing position.

The trick, I'm finding this morning, is to forget that I'm using it and to let my fingers find the keys without conscious thought. Which is like Douglas Adam's instruction on how to fly; throw yourself at the ground, and miss.

It's going to take me a few days until I'm back up to speed with this beast, but I've missed it (I didn't realise how much until I hooked it up again) and I'm glad it's back.

Have a good one.