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Month of Letters Mailings: Feb. 9

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.

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On Feb. 9, I mailed 6 items, including one that I’ve been meaning to send off for months and am so relieved to have taken care of!

  • My sister Karen's birthday is Valentine's Day. I packed up a birthday card and gift, along with a CD of my son’s latest original music, and sent the package to her in California.

  • I sent a student a medal she won in last year's Reflections arts competition. She wasn’t at the awards ceremony months ago, and I hadn't gotten around to bringing it to her. LetterMo made me think about it and realize I should just stick it in the mail, rather than continue waiting for a convenient time to figure out where she is and arrange a time to bring it to her personally.

  • I wrote a letter to a LetterMo participant in the Pacific Northwest, someone I’d never corresponded with before.

  • I sent a postcard of a pretty stone bridge in the forest to a Postcrosser in Ukraine.

  • I sent a postcard showing the Washington Monument at night to a Postcrosser in France.

  • And I sent a postcard with an aerial view of Homer, Alaska, to a Postcrosser in the Czech Republic, and told him about staying in the hotel visible in the card on the very end of the point of land, with a view of glaciers and sea otters out my window.