I’ve often thought I’d like to learn shorthand. I write stories, and sometimes I like to write in public places where I’d prefer not having nosey people looking over my shoulder (even if they’re not, I’m constantly thinking that they might, and that’s kinda hard on the creative juices). Besides, I think it would be fun to be able to write in chicken scratches that almost nobody else can read even if I lose my notebook, then transcribe them later when I’m home on my computer. It would be sort of like writing in code.
I’ve taken a look at a couple of online courses and books, but it just seems to me like it would be a really hard thing to learn without an actual teacher. Does anyone actually use shorthand these days, or has it gone the way of the dodo in our computer age? I know court reporters still use a kind of shorthand, but that’s created with a little machine, right?
Barring a real teacher which I think will be hard to find as a one-shot community college type class, can anyone recommend a particularly user-friendly online course or book? Maybe even something modern?