You may or may not have noticed a new widget on my page, down over to the left. It’s for A Month of Letters. Mary Robinette Kowal set up a project for February. The task is simple…you send one letter per day via snail mail. It can be a letter, a postcard, a drawing, anything. It’s an exercise to reinvigorate the disappearing art of the hand-crafted correspondence.
I am not good about writing letters. I never have been. I have always had some sort of hang up about putting something down and sending it away, out of my control.
Blogging has certainly helped me to overcome the fear of sharing. Now, many more people read things that I’ve posted here, through the social networks and over on my Derbygirl Wannabe blog. I’ve had to learn to expect unexpected comments from people that I would least expect to respond.
When I first saw the hashtag, #lettermo, on Twitter and saw that some of my friends were participating, I thought long and hard about how I would realistically handle the project. Like many other things that I’ve tried and abandoned mid-stream, this particular task seemed like one that would be particularly challenging.
So far, I’ve written three letters…it is only February 3rd, after all. With each one, I’ve tried to find something specific that each person would identify with and draw a little doodle on the back of the note. Each of the three are people that I have come to know only online. I hope to meet these people in person some day, as I don’t know if they realize just how much I value our friendships.
Going forward, I think that I’ll take the opportunity to reach out to friends far & wide, write a couple of long overdue thank you notes, and maybe even mail something to each of the people in my own household. Everyone likes to get mail, don’t they?
If you’d like to participate, it’s not too late! You can go to Mary’s blog, or you can do this on your own. I am really enjoying the feeling of knowing that each of my letters could put a smile on someone’s face.
If you’d like a letter…send me a message on Twitter (@brandeewineb) or email me.