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    Default Re: 2018 February letter frenzy - InCoWriMo / A handwritten letter every day

    So far, received 12 surprises. Sent out surprises 20 so far.
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges.... 2018: I took part in InCoWriMo-2018.

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    Default Re: 2018 February letter frenzy - InCoWriMo / A handwritten letter every day

    Just jotting along. Only 4 letters from new people this year, must be the Texas address (!)
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    Default Re: 2018 February letter frenzy - InCoWriMo / A handwritten letter every day

    3 more new writers in the box, will just make that one a day mark this year.
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    Default Re: 2018 February letter frenzy - InCoWriMo / A handwritten letter every day

    Final two out today. One to the UK and the other to New Jersey. That brings the total via USPS to 37 + 6 hand delivered for a total of 43.

    No new ones in today's incoming mail.
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    Default Re: 2018 February letter frenzy - InCoWriMo / A handwritten letter every day

    The clock just ticked over to March 1, so INCOWRIMO 2018 is officially over, and I made it—28 letters—14 to the U.S., and 14 to other countries. Receiving responses to some of my letters was a real treat, and I got one letter from someone who picked my name from the address list. In a few cases I can see some ongoing correspondence. It’s been a blast, and the month ended on a bittersweet note: I accomplished my goal of a letter a day, but now it’s all over, and I need to wait eleven months for it to start again.
    Here’s a strange one: I received a postcard from someone not on the Address List. There were three stickers on the postcard. One was my address, the other was the sender’s return address, and the third was a sticker telling me that she liked to send and receive postcards from all over, and would I oblige by sending her a postcard. The strange part is that there wasn’t the merest scrawl on the postcard—just the three stickers. My opinion—this was somewhat impersonal. I wonder if anyone else got such a postcard, and what your reaction to it was.

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    Default Re: 2018 February letter frenzy - InCoWriMo / A handwritten letter every day

    Quote Originally Posted by ravkesef View Post
    now it’s all over, and I need to wait eleven months for it to start again.
    As I see it, the goals of InCoWriMo are/were:
    - Have a reason to use all the pens we enjoy collecting
    - Make new stronger connections with similar yet different people
    - Develop a daily habit/time to sit and write
    If you found that your day was better when you took a few moments to write out a thought or two and send it off, why would you choose to have a less better day just because it isn't February?
    Events like this are designed to give us a little extra reason to do something we wish we would do, yet can't quite justify. The hope is that after a length of time (Month) we would be past the 'should I / shouldn't I' phase and into, this is just something I do.
    My recommendation is to listen to the little voice that says "I miss having a quiet moment with my thoughts and stationery", "I miss walking to the mailbox and putting something fun and creative in it". When you hear/feel this, send something to someone you have connected with already or.... pull a new name and address from the list. I seriously doubt that anyone on that list would be unhappy to receive a surprise introduction letter anytime of the year.
    The pressure may be off, but the pleasure shouldn't be.

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    Default Re: 2018 February letter frenzy - InCoWriMo / A handwritten letter every day

    Letters can be for life, not just for February!
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges.... 2018: I took part in InCoWriMo-2018.

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    Default Re: 2018 February letter frenzy - InCoWriMo / A handwritten letter every day

    Quote Originally Posted by ravkesef View Post
    just the three stickers. My opinion—this was somewhat impersonal. I wonder if anyone else got such a postcard, and what your reaction to it was.
    I have had similar mail. It seems that InCoWriMo has broadened the type of people participating over the years. 5 years ago when I first participated it was an event that almost exclusively belonged to FPGeeks. It was fountain pen and ink usage. Since then InCoWriMo has received much wider awareness and draws people with different interests. It wouldn't surprise me if some participants got a letter from me and wondered what was going on with this old guy talking about himself and his inky pens.

    To each his or her own and receiving any letter or card is way better than advertising junk.

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    Default Re: 2018 February letter frenzy - InCoWriMo / A handwritten letter every day

    Quote Originally Posted by ravkesef View Post
    The clock just ticked over to March 1, so INCOWRIMO 2018 is officially over, and I made it—28 letters—14 to the U.S., and 14 to other countries. Receiving responses to some of my letters was a real treat, and I got one letter from someone who picked my name from the address list. In a few cases I can see some ongoing correspondence. It’s been a blast, and the month ended on a bittersweet note: I accomplished my goal of a letter a day, but now it’s all over, and I need to wait eleven months for it to start again.
    Here’s a strange one: I received a postcard from someone not on the Address List. There were three stickers on the postcard. One was my address, the other was the sender’s return address, and the third was a sticker telling me that she liked to send and receive postcards from all over, and would I oblige by sending her a postcard. The strange part is that there wasn’t the merest scrawl on the postcard—just the three stickers. My opinion—this was somewhat impersonal. I wonder if anyone else got such a postcard, and what your reaction to it was.
    I did. Maybe the same person and I found it odd. I wasn't sure how to cast my reply.
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    Default Re: 2018 February letter frenzy - InCoWriMo / A handwritten letter every day

    I tend to write 10-15 letters per month, most months, some more, sometimes less. InCo is just another month for me.

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    Default Re: 2018 February letter frenzy - InCoWriMo / A handwritten letter every day

    Quote Originally Posted by countrydirt View Post
    InCo is just another month for me.
    For me doing one of the side benefits of InCoWriMo is that it keeps me distracted from how cold, snowy, dreary February is. The worst month of the year now slips past quickly with something far more interesting to do that anxiously await spring.

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    Default Re: 2018 February letter frenzy - InCoWriMo / A handwritten letter every day

    I sent out quite a few despite being very busy with work and I think I had ten various missives in. I'm going to reply to the received ones this month so that my correspondees have a nice surprise this month as well which may be the wrong way round but that's the kind of man I am.
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    I managed February easy enough, but now am inundated with letters I want to reply to. Current pile has 43 letters needing responses.
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges.... 2018: I took part in InCoWriMo-2018.

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    Default Re: 2018 February letter frenzy - InCoWriMo / A handwritten letter every day

    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    I managed February easy enough, but now am inundated with letters I want to reply to. Current pile has 43 letters needing responses.
    Wow!

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    Now whittled down to 23 but that is before the postie calls. Many are replies to my surprise letters, or their replies to my replies of their surprise letters.
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges.... 2018: I took part in InCoWriMo-2018.

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