I used to be an avid letter writer in the pre- e-mail days. As I remember it, we had assigned pen pals in other countries during Elementary school. Later, during High School, my friend and I would write back and forth almost every day. We would write stories, and send confetti, and just generally write about the things that were going on in our lives. There were stickers and stamps involved too, and often I wrote with a dip fountain pen, and sealed it with a wax seal (promptly destroyed by the USPS). I had a fantastic collection of stationery, and there was nothing I loved more than finding a letter from my friend in the mail.
Then college happened and I had e-mail! In my dorm room! For free! Life happened. We still wrote, but not as frequently, resorting to e-mails and IMs and so on. After college, letter writing just stopped. I always said to myself “I’m going to start writing letters again”. We get spam in our e-mail, and junk mail and bills in the mail. We tweet, instagram, and post status updates on Facebook, and though all of that is fun, there is a real degree of personalization lost. There is something so exciting about getting a real letter in the mail, don’t you think?
Well! Imagine my surprise when I was scrolling through Instagram earlier this week, and one of the fountain pen people I follow posted a thing about #InCoWriMo, or International Correspondence Writing Month. Now THIS is something I can get behind. The month of February is dedicated to hand-writing a letter to one person a day. I know it seems like a lot, but you know me. Feast or famine.
So here is where you come in, dear reader! If you would like to receive a hand written letter in February, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information, with InCoWriMo in the subject line:
Your name, your mailing address, and whether or not you like confetti (I haven’t quite decided on this part yet)
Your information will not be used for any purpose other than to send a hand-written letter. If you are interested in responding, all the better!
If you are interested in joining, you can check out the website for more information.