And thank you!
Thanks to those of you who filled out my address form. I got a much bigger response than expected! And I wrote to every single one of you, except the very small handful whose addresses were incomplete. (I sent you all an email, but didn't hear back from anyone, unless I missed it somehow, so if you send me your whole address, I will still write to you of course!)
I concentrated on that list this time around and didn't really send anything to family or long lost friends (except a couple) but with that, I ended up mailing 31 one letters/cards during the month... and couple of packages too, all across the USA and a couple overseas and to Canada.
I find the hardest thing about writing a letter a day is not the writing itself, but the mailing. If I miss the mailman, then I have to make a trip to a mailbox somewhere. Not a big deal, but it ends up being one! I hated that!
Last year I vowed to keep up the letter writing once the month was over, and I did okay during March, but then of course it petered out. This year, I'll try again and I have thoughts that maybe once a week I'll have a letter writing hour, or something, and at least keep writing to those that have replied to me. I have a stack here already! THANKS to everyone who wrote me back! You are awesome!
I don't know what it is, but I find the whole practice of "old fashioned" letter writing to be soothing and comforting. I've had a blast participating yet again and look forward to another great experience next year! Thanks to Mary Robinette Kowal (whose books I STILL need to read!) for thinking up this project.
Questions: Did you participate this year? How'd it go? And if not, have I convinced you to give it a try yet? Do you feel letter writing is dumb now that we have ways to instantly communicate? Or do you think we should try to keep the art alive? I'd love to know what you think!
And, did you not get a letter but wanted one? Let me know!!