Putting pen to paper

This year I have decided to once again participate in IncoWrimo. This is my 2nd year participating in International Correspondence Writing Month (Incowrimo) and I am also participating in LetterMo which is essentially the same thing. Different hashtags on all the social media platforms, but the basic premise is the same…write a letter to someone every day in February. Easy right?

I have yet to come up with a tracker for the month. What I used last year really was not effective, and essentially I would like something I can use all year. Perhaps a separate notebook. I tend to get so caught up with life that I put my received letters in a pile, which then gets put aside for a few days, then a few days more and before I know it life gets in the way and more time than I care to admit to gets in between the receipt of the letters and my reply.

I don’t have much pretty stationary for the task ahead, and we are on a very tight budget at the moment, but I hope to pick up some pretty notecards that I can use. I had more luck last year for Incowrimo when I sent out short notes of greeting than when I tried to get to in depth.

Have you ever participated in either of these?

Wish me luck!

A letter a day…

Here we are, a few days before the start of InCoWriMo and I am ready to start making a list of people I want to write to during the month of February.  I am excited, and pretty much ready to go, outside of getting some international stamps.

I have decided to pick people off the list from places I have never been and from any gender, because I love to learn about cultures and people.

I have read, from people in a community I am in, on Facebook, that the goal is to receive a letter every day in February…for me that doesn’t compute, because first of all, you cannot control when your mail arrives, but secondly, if the challenge is to start on February 1st, and last the whole month, writing a note/card/letter every day just makes so much more sense.  That’s the way I intend to do things, regardless of whether others are or not.

I can do this.  I know I can.  I just need to allow myself enough time every day to write one letter.  I used to write letters all the time, but I find myself too easily distracted by other things…mainly falling down the rabbit hole of the internet.

As I wrote this, I went through the official InCoWriMo list and picked out 12 names so far.  I will be writing people in Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Netherlands, Ireland, Costa Rica, Poland, Greece, and the United States.  Since I know nothing about these 12 people, other than their names and locations, I’m planning to ask them questions about where they live.  I do hope they write back. I know there are no guarantees, but, one can only hope, right?  With these 12, I have room to write back to anyone who I receive a letter from , and I plan to hit the list again once more around the middle of the month to pick up a few more names.

Is it cheating if I start addressing envelopes now?  I  hope not.

International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo)

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I just signed up for the first time for InCoWriMo, in which, during the month of February, you send a handwritten letter, card or note to someone every day.

I’ve never done anything like this before, and I hope I have not bitten off more than I can chew, but as one of the things I started last year, was writing more letters, I thought, hey, this could be fun.

Have you ever joined in something like this?  How was your experience?  I have this small fear that my letters will seem boring and lackluster.  But, I signed up..and I am committed, so now to start gathering some supplies and preparing for the list of addresses to be released midmonth.