Daily (15 minute-ish) typographic trials in handwritten lettering since January 2013. Experimenting, playing, manipulating and general whatnot.
I would suggest still educating yourself about type and typographical anatomy (to help you understand lettering proportions), possibly with books such as Thinking with Type, Just My Type, The Geometry of Type, or The Anatomy of Type….but also look at inspirational books such as Typography Sketch Books or Scripts (most of the collections by Steven Heller and his wife Louise Fili work well). A lot of the books you can find online (good used copies) for much cheaper than buying in stores.
And then most important: make work!
Start sketching, inking, painting, letters, letterforms, phrases, random words. Anything where each sketch allows you to get more comfortable. Explore, explore, explore. You might even look at others work and try to recreate it thereby learning new movements—look carefully at those works to really see what the lettering is doing. And also allow your own imagination to take over and create things. It’s like any muscle, the more you “exercise” it and “play with type” the greater your progression! Hope that helps!
Glad to hear of being missed! Things are always changing aren’t they? The posting of random phrases could be cool, not sure if it would work well here on Tumblr, but I bet there is an interactive way to handle it! Maybe as part of an online tutorial/exercise like a skillshare course…wonder if I could make one of those? Hmmm….