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Chorlie from Philadelphia, PA is reading The Rules of the Tunnel October 18, 2011 - 6:38pm

Left handed or right handed?

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BenevolentForce from Los Angeles is reading 1Q84 October 18, 2011 - 6:48pm

Both. Originally left, but predominantly right due to being switched at school as a kid. With the left I can still print (poorly), and write cursive backwards.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs October 19, 2011 - 12:14am

Both since I type my fiction, but if I actually have to write something with a pen, I'm a lefty. Although I used to do a lot of sports-related things with my right hand that I don't do anymore, like play tennis (killer backhand since I'm sort of a lefty), play hockey, swing a bat (although I throw with my right hand). So besides a forehand swing in tennis, all my sports-related righty stuff involves using both hands (but my right hand would be below my left when I played hockey and vice-verse for when I was at up at bat). I can't really remember which hand I use to eat as far as which hand I use to hold a fork. How strange. Perhaps I'm an ambidextrous eater and never really pay attention to which hand I'm using.

I remember my kindergarten teacher having a lot of trouble figuring out if I was a lefty or a righty since my handwriting was horrible back then regardless of which hand I used. And either the following year or the year after, I broke my left hand, but I don't remember having any trouble writing while my hand was in a cast. And I think the was in the cast for quite a while. You can't write with a hand when it's broken and in a cast, right?

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Kate Winters from Toronto is reading James Rollins' Sigma Force series October 18, 2011 - 10:59pm

Righty, but I rarely write anything by hand since I type faster than I write.

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club October 18, 2011 - 11:03pm

In grade school I tortured myself trying to write left handed.  I thought it was the coolest, most amazing thing ever.  That being said, I naturally eat with my left hand, but everything else requires my right.

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Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading Mario Kart 8 October 18, 2011 - 11:09pm

Right hander, I hate writing by pen though.
It hurts my wrist and I just end up having to type it up in the end anyways.

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Dr. Gonzo from Manchester, UK is reading Blood Meridian October 18, 2011 - 11:34pm

It's been a while since I used a pen, but I think I'm right handed.

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 19, 2011 - 1:53am

Right handed. My housemate is a leftie. I like to tell him he's disabled.

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simon morris from Originally, Philadelphia, PA; presently Miami Beach, FL is reading This Body of Death, by Elizabeth George October 19, 2011 - 3:45am

I'm ambidextrous and yes, there is definitely a corellation between certain kinds of creativity and handedness but none of it guarantees success which seems to derive more from a willingness to apply the principles of the trade and the mind-set to repeat the elements that brought you succeess to the product than anything that is inborn. The inborn part just gives you the matrix within which you develop a craft.

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 19, 2011 - 4:34am

martial arts (and other physical activies) teach the left and right side of every move. Why don't we teach that with writing?

I write right, and have had a difficult period of adjustment to writing fiction directly into the word processor. Nevertheless, it seems to be sorting itself out.

I studied calligraphy for a while, and my handwriting became very pretty - it has since gone back to a hybrid of doctor/engineer scrawl (I'm neigther, but they are both notorious for illegibility)

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Kate Winters from Toronto is reading James Rollins' Sigma Force series October 19, 2011 - 7:51am

^ I can attest to that lol... Doctors and Engineers have the worst handwriting. Which is exactly the reason why I type everything. I can't read my own handwriting, and my handwriting is too slow for my brain.

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Mike Mckay is reading God's Ashtray October 19, 2011 - 11:04am

I can do everything AND anything with both hands...except write with my right hand. Simply impossible nobody can do it.

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enough from Indiana is reading Warmed and Bound October 19, 2011 - 12:07pm

I am right handed. Always have been. Always will be.

On the Ambidextrous front.....There are one in every one hundred, so are we beating the odds or no? How many members do we have? Seems that or just a high percentage are posting in here.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs October 19, 2011 - 12:25pm

I think I heard a while back that doctors intentionally write sloppily on their prescription pads. Forget specifically why, but it has something do to with the possibility that they'll be stolen and someone used by whoever stole it to write out prescriptions in the doctor's name.

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Chorlie from Philadelphia, PA is reading The Rules of the Tunnel October 19, 2011 - 9:34pm

I am left-handed. Even though I write and eat with my left, I do a lot with my right. I throw a ball and bat with my right. I use knives with my right, and I do this daily as a prep cook. I can doodle with my right. Most sports I play right, except when holding a hockey stick. I guess a lot of lefties have to adapt.

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A. Mason Carpenter from USA is reading The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell October 20, 2011 - 12:04am

I do everything right handed, except shoot pool. I have no idea why...

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Alessio Patanè from sicily is reading Winesburg, Ohio by S. Anderson October 20, 2011 - 3:11am

born left-handed but switched right at school. i play guitar as a left-handed and boxe with both guards

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 20, 2011 - 3:40am

@Chorlie - there are a disproportionate amount of lefties who play hockey - left wing and defense, apparently

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Chorlie from Philadelphia, PA is reading The Rules of the Tunnel October 20, 2011 - 6:56pm

Yes, same with left handed pitching, I suppose.

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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day October 20, 2011 - 7:02pm

like 89% of people on this site, I am right-handed.

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Andrew Moore from Belfast Northern Ireland is reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King October 21, 2011 - 1:38am

Left. Couldn't write with my right if my life depended on it...

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Achillez from Long Island, New York is reading The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway October 21, 2011 - 10:35am

I'm right handed, but for some reason I have considerably more strength in my left arm. Probably because I carry things on my left side so I can use my right if I have to. I could probably throw some nasty pitches with my left arm if not for the fact that I'd have zero command.

I've tried writing left handed but it feels weird not being able to see the words you just wrote. It's also easier to smudge the ink/pencil.

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Chorlie from Philadelphia, PA is reading The Rules of the Tunnel October 23, 2011 - 12:28pm

I like to hook my hand. Then tried calligraphy after because of the awkward hand position.