Friday, January 22, 2010

Red Letter Day

As some of you probably already know, I fancy myself as something of a writer. In fact I have an entire blog dedicated to me as a writer. Sad but true.

What you will also have picked up is that I love writing by hand. In the past two years I have written two entire novels by hand, and I do most of my poetry and short stories in a notepad before I even turn on a PC.

I love paper, I love pens, I am a nerd like that.

So one of the things I have been wanting to do for a while is to start writing letters again. You remember letters, right? I even got my bible study group writing short notes to each other one year that would be delivered at the end of the year.

But I just haven’t got around to actually sending the thank-you and thinking of you notes I have been planning for a while.

Then I read Learning as They Grow: A Few Ideas at Kristy K’s blog, and she is talking about a Weekly Letter Writing Challenge. Her plan is to “write one encouraging letter to someone each week in 2010. As a way to hold myself accountable, I'll write a short post each week telling who I wrote the letter to and if I get any letters in return”

So I have decided to try and follow this. It might just give me the impetus to do some letter writing, and use up all the notepaper and envelopes I have horded.

So on Thursday (yesterday) I wrote my first letter. It was just a short one page not to my friend Stanleigh and her husband for letting us have a social at their house on Wednesday to begin our year of bible-study. Since Stanleigh and hubby live just down the road from me, I went and dropped it in their post-box last night. I hope they find it soon. They just got married and moved in less than a month ago, so they might not be checking their post-box yet.

Going around late at night to drop off a letter reminds me a little of a time in my youth when I drove over to a girl’s house on Valentines Day to leave chocolate and flowers on her front step, and then ran in panic when the security light came on, the dogs started barking, and her father came to see what the fuss was all about. But that’s a story for another day I think…


  1. Oh I LOVE this idea. If you don't mind, I'm going to take from you and do the same. I'll be writing my first letter for the year thanks to you!

  2. What boggles my mind is how you manage to hold a pen with your fins. Fish are truly amazing creatures.


    And what a cute V-day memory!

  3. I, too love old fashioned paper and pens...a great journal and a pen and I am in heaven.

    Blessings, andrea

  4. OOOOhhh yeah, I love pens and paper. Pilot vector pens and 30# paper. Or those really smooth paperbacks that feel like butta. That's why I go to bookstores - just to touch the paper.

    I ran across all the letters I wrote my mom when I was in college. So sad I'll never have something like that from my own kids. The hand-written word just seems so much more expressive.

  5. OSG - Feel free to take what I have stolen. As you can see it was Kristy's idea to start with. :-)

    Kristy - If you think that is impressive, you should see me play poker, or "Go-fish."

    I agree that letter writing is sadly out of fashion. Even in my business I spend very little on stamps compared to fax and e-mail charges.

  6. So I heard today that Stanleigh and her husbadn Bob only got their letter today. Apparently they don't use the postbox at their new house.


    Sometimes I hate being right.


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