About a year ago, I wrote about how to find a penpal and this thing called A Month of Letters. I am still writing back to people, which blows my mind and, occasionally, all of my ability to hold a pen because, whew. Hand cramps.
I even had to take some time off completely over the summer because my head was so full of brain weasels (not literal weasels, figurative weasels) that writing to people just broke me further down. That turned into kind of a nasty spiral, too, because I felt like a mega loser for not writing people back, which just goes to show how depression is an asshole even over little things.
But now it's February once again and that means not only has A Month of Letters begun anew, it's early enough in the month to join in and form a new letter writing habit. Or to renew an old letter writing habit. Or just to write some letters for the joy of it, whatever.
The rules are on the site but here they are so you don't have to click over if you don't want to:
- 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.
I know, I know, those of us who are competitive with ourselves may be moaning about how it's already the 8th and that means there's no way to win. Well, that isn't entirely true because we can totally make up for those days that are already behind us. It's a moral victory that way, right?
The site has achievements to unlock, which is always fun, and the letter writing always continues past this, our shortest month. And if you think you don't have enough people to send something to, you can meet people in the forum and arrange all sorts of postcard swaps and letter trades and zine exchanges. It's good stuff.
I'm going to be playing a little catch-up myself on this. I'll be using Postable.com for some of it because that site is genius. The rest I'll be knocking out the old fashioned way — with my computer and printer because I don't think my hands are up to the old fountain pen right this very moment.
One day I'll find someone to service my ancient typewriter for more letter-writing options, too. And I am dreaming of finding an electric typewriter locally that is in good repair. Especially one with a cursive wheel. Oh, man, I'd be so excited for that — proving that it doesn't take much to amuse me, sure, but I'm probably happier that way.
Some of my letters this month will be apologies for the long gap in reply. (I have such a huge stack of letters in need of reply.) But I'm also going to write to a few dear friends that I talk to online all the time. And I'm going to ship off a care package or three, as well.
How did the letter writing go for you last year if you joined in? Are you still writing? And who's in it with me this year? I challenge you!