After being gone for more than 3 weeks, I didn’t want to face the pile of mail:
I knew there wouldn’t be anything fun in that stack; there never is. Or is that really the case? Month of Letters to the rescue!
What is Month of Letters, you ask? It’s a fun challenge that requires two things: you write a letter every day in February — every day that there is postal service, that is — and that you reply to everyone who sends you something. That means it’s only 23 things that you need to post; any reply counts as one of your 23. It can be a letter, a postcard, a clipping, a thank you note, a birthday card. You get the idea: just write and post!
So that’s what I’m doing. So far I’ve written a congratulatory letter to someone on his retirement, sent a quick note with a review of a book a friend sent me; sent a photograph and a note to a blogging friend; wrote letters to my congresswoman and both state senators; sent a funny article I found to my cousin after sticking a smartass post-it note on it; wrote a thank you note to my hair stylist; sent a parcel to my son (mostly junk mail that wasn’t forwarded to his new residence); mailed some information a friend requested; and sent my first card to someone I don’t know who agreed to exchange letters with me. Whew! And it is only February 8th!
My challenge to participants is that if they send me a note telling me (or showing me) about something that they observed today that is beautiful, I’ll send them something “artful”. I’m being a bit vague about that, because I don’t want to send the same thing to everybody. I might send a photograph, a postcard or a magnet with a famous piece of art depicted, a sketch, or a quote. It just depends. Hmmmm–maybe even a poem, something with the text of The Red Wheelbarrow.
Want to receive something from me? Contact me on Postable before the end of February and I’ll send you something. It’s a lot more fun than only receiving bills and junk mail 6 days a week.
Since I’ve been having fun with this, I decided that I would also participate in Liberate Your Art 2013 postcard exchange. It isn’t a month-long committment. Send 5 postcards that contain a copy of an original work of art and you will get 6 postcards in return. All artwork must be received before early April. Go here to get all the details and sign up.