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The Month of Letters

January 31st, 2013 (02:31 am)

It's nearly February, and that means it's time once again for the Month of Letters Challenge. Author Mary Robinette Kowal started this last year to encourage old-fashioned snail-mail correspondence. I took part in 2012, and it was great fun. Now, February 2013 is fast approaching, and I'm gearing up for another Month of Letters.

It's pretty simple. Here are the rules, adapted from Mary's own instructions:

  • In the month of February, mail at least one item through the postal service every day it runs. You can write a postcard or a letter, send a picture, mail a clipping from a newspaper, or whatever.
  • Write back to everyone who writes to you. This can count as one of your mailed items. (But you're exempt from responding to a piece of mail you've received from someone you don't know - as in the case of Postcrossing cards - whose address is not available.)
That's it. All you are committing to do is to mail 23 items. Why 23? Because February has four Sundays and one U.S. holiday. In fact, you might send more than 23 items. I certainly did last year. And you might even develop a correspondence that extends beyond the month.

W
rite love letters, thank yous, or simply notes to say that you miss an old friend. Postcrossing cards count, too. Let yourself step away from the urgency of modern life and write for an audience of one. You might enjoy going to the mail box again.

I can't wait to get started.