I'm Taking the Month of Letters Challenge in February

You know what I miss? Letters. I mean, actual handwritten, sealed in an envelope, and mailed off to someone letters. Before the advent of email and social media, letters were a big deal for me. I’d meet people from all over the country and we’d exchange addresses and become pen pals. Yeah, I know, it sounds hokey, but you know what? The shit was cool.

I kept in touch with a lot of people that way, and being the sentimental fool that I am, I’ve even kept a lot of those letters. Some are stashed away at Mama Fingers’ house, but others are right here with me in Brooklyn. I’m not a hoarder, I’m just supremely nostalgic. Don’t judge me.

Well, in February, author Mary Robinette Kowal will launch The Month of Letters Challenge. The idea is that one should write and mail a letter a day. To wit:

I have a simple challenge for you. 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. In fact, you might send more than 24 items. You might develop a correspondence that extends beyond the month. You might enjoy going to the mail box again.

I’m definitely joining the challenge. Seems like fun. So if any of my Dear Friends wonder why I’m asking for a mailing address, well, now you know.

Are you down to take the Month of Letters Challenge? If so, holler at me in the comments section and keep me abreast of your progress.

[Mary Robinette Kowal]


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