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A Month of Letters: Day One

February 1st, 2012 (11:34 pm)

“Never think, because you cannot easily write a letter,
that it is better not to write at all.
The most awkward note that can be imagined
is better than none…”
—Emily Post, 1922

Have you heard of this challenge? A Month of Letters is the vision of author Mary Robinette Kowal, whom I know from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. The idea is to write a piece of mail each day (a letter, a post card, a note on a newspaper clipping, etc) for the month of February, and to write back to everyone who sends one to you.

What a nice idea! I used to write real letters all the time -- long, newsy letters to friends in other cities who would respond with long, newsy letters of their own. This was in the days before we had e-mail, Facebook accounts, and children. I miss those kinds of letters, both sending them and receiving them. Through the wonders of Postcrossing, I love writing and reading postcards nowadays to and from people all around the globe. It feels so much more personal than swapping e-mails. But I miss those long-term exchanges of real letters that involved a real, ongoing, in-depth conversation.

I only just found out about A Month of Letters today, which is the first day of the challenge. But t did mail postcards today to these three places:

* Clearwater, Florida
* Carvoeira, Portugal
* Istanbul, Turkey

Tomorrow I guess I'll start on some correspondence I've been meaning to get to....

Mary Robinette Kowal, in addition to being a fashion icon extraordinaire, is the author of the regency fantasy novel, Shades of Milk and Honey, which has been described as what Jane Austen would have written if Jane Austen had lived in a world where magic worked.