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Month of Letters Mailings: Feb. 4

2016-badge, web.jpgFive years ago, fantasy author Mary Robinette Kowal started the Month of Letters Challenge. Here is how it works:

  • In the month of February, mail at least one item through the post every day it runs. Write a postcard, a letter, send a picture, or a cutting from a newspaper, or a fabric swatch.

  • Write back to everyone who writes to you. This can count as one of your mailed items.

All you are committing to is to mail 24 items. Why 24? There are four Sundays and one US holiday (plus Leap Day). In fact, you might send more than 24 items. You might develop a correspondence that extends beyond the month.

Write love letters, thank yous, or simply notes to say that you miss an old friend. Send a fabric swatch from your new dress. A feather you picked up while on a walk. Whatever it is, let yourself step away from the urgency of modern life and think about an audience of one. Think of it as sending 24 little gifts. And, who knows, you might enjoy going to the mail box again.

For Feb. 4, I sent four Postcrossing cards:

  • One sent here in the U.S. to a Civil War buff in South Carolina, with a painting on it of a scene in the Confederate camp before the 2nd Battle of Manassas.

  • In keeping with the Civil War theme, a sepia portrait of U.S. Grant, to a guy in the Netherlands who collects postcards of people in uniform.

  • A photo of the Monacan Indian Village at Natural Bridge, Virginia, to a woman in an Australian town named Manjimup.

  • A photo of George Washington’s estate, Mt Vernon, to Shanghai, China.