February 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
Well, it’s day 13 in A Month of Letters and I am thoroughly enjoying it. (If you’ve been thinking about playing along, but haven’t gotten around to starting, don’t despair! Read Mary’s post about starting late.) Before the month began, I printed the official calendar and scheduled my first week of letters, which made it so much easier for me to make sure the letters got written, even on days when I felt sluggish.
So far, I have written and sent out: a birthday card, a few bookmarks to a bookmark collector, a quick note to a friend who I’ve not seen in a while, a congratulatory note to a friend who just had her first child, a note to my grandmother, a letter to someone I met virtually during 30DC, a reply to Leah at European Paper Company who wrote to me as part of EPC’s celebration of National Letter Writing Week, another installment in my epistolary story collaboration, a letter accompanied by part of another story that I’m writing for a young friend, and a handful of Valentines.
Five of the letters I sent were letters I’d been intending to send for quite a while, but hadn’t gotten around to actually writing. In one rather embarrassing instance, I’d been intending to write since October. And now I finally have–success!
This week’s line up will include several more birthday cards, a note to another Month of Letters participant, and a couple letters to people I just haven’t written in a while. And I must get the rest of my letter-writing schedule plotted out for the month. I’m having such fun with this! Have you written any letters that have made you happy lately?
January 28, 2012 § 4 Comments
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
I found this quote on A Month of Letters and it struck a chord. I sometimes delay writing letters because I feel the need to create The Perfect Letter. What is The Perfect Letter? Who knows?! Despite aspiring to it, I can’t even define what it is I have this notion I “ought” to be creating. This is why the the idea of an awkward letter being an appreciated gesture appeals to me. And to take Emily’s thought a step farther, I’d say that the perfection of a letter is likely best determined by the recipient rather than the sender. Therefore, any letter has the potential to be perfect…except for the one that is never sent.
To encourage myself not to put writing on hold until the days I feel capable of perfection (they are so few and far between), I’ve signed up for A Month of Letters, which invites participants to write a letter a day for the month of February. Having done–and loved–a 30 Day Challenge last October (the end result of which was the beginning of this very blog you are reading), I’m looking forward to success and enjoyment with this month-long letter writing challenge. Intrigued? Take a look at the details and join the fun if it appeals to you!
October 15, 2011 § 6 Comments
It is because of my sister that I am a letter-writer. I was in third grade when she went off to college and I missed her like crazy. I started my first letter to her almost as soon as she pulled out of the driveway.
When I came up with the idea of Scribbling Glue as a 30 Day Challenge project, I hauled out a box of letters from long ago and tried to find the first letter I remember receiving. No luck. What I did find from my early days of scribbling were the letters my sister had sent me when she was in college.
Almost every single letter included thanks for recent mail I had sent to her and some variation on the request “Write to me!”
So, I did. And that’s how I became a letter writer.
When I shared my idea about starting Scribbling Glue, my friend and fellow 30DCer Elloa messaged me, “There is an art to letter writing that is fast being lost in today’s emailcentric world, and you are one of the pioneers reinvigorating it!“
This not only made my day, it helped me define my mission: To start a revolution and inspire people to connect with each other through the simple act of scribbling.
I’m very fortunate to have a number of scribbling friends, but there are people out there who have forgotten the thrill of a friendly letter in the mailbox, the delight of a love-filled line or two scrawled on a piece of scrap paper, the excitement of a note folded just so and passed across a classroom. I’m dedicated to bringing back that thrill, delight and excitement. And I’m daring you to join me! That’s right, I want YOU to write letters, too. Does that feel scary? Old-fashioned? Too much like school? Slow? Not your thing? Hang on, hold tight, and stick with me, because we’re going to throw out the rules and make it fun!