Long time no see! Lots has changed around these parts, and maybe I’ll get around to blogging about it one of these days, but one thing that hasn’t changed is my love for snail mail, and my insistence on attempting things I’ve previously failed at!
So here we are, 2021 is chugging along, and I’m deciding to give InCoWriMo another try.
This card is headed to Bob in Arizona, who’s celebrating his 91st birthday this month. Obviously he isn’t able to celebrate with family due to the pandemic, so one of his relatives requested cards for him. What a sweet idea!
The space in the title is intentional, this letter is heading to a friend who I made at the Arkansas Pen Club, back when I lived in, well, Arkansas. Now I’m a thousand miles away, but we have been keeping in touch via social media, and now via snail mail!
Her letter was the first to arrive after the start of InCoWriMo, and so per the “rules”, I’m replying. Feels good.
I couldn’t resist picking this bicycle card when writing to a Dutch acquaintance of mine. She lives in the US now, but I thought it’d be fun.
Also, I’ve really been digging shimmer inks lately, if that isn’t obvious. This is J Herbin Amethyste d’Oural in my broad Lamy Safari. Shimmer inks don’t play nice in most of my pens, but it’s working well in this one so far. I love it.
Isn’t this washi tape the cutest thing in the world? I’m a total sucker for cute stuff with rainbows and unicorns, so when I saw that the San Francisco Pen Show was having pins and washi made with cute animals holding fountain pens, I knew I neeeeeded it.
Luckily my pen friend Pam offered to grab it for me, since I live about a million miles away from San Francisco, and I just love it.
I’m probably losing my newly minted ‘man card’ because of this blog post, but it’s worth it.
Anyways, today’s letter is off to Pam. It’s long overdue, of course (I’m the worst), but better late than never, right?
How’s everyone doing with InCoWriMo so far? Keeping up? Having fun? I think that the goal of writing a piece of mail every day is super fun, but even just sending more mail than usual is awesome.
Keep writing, friends!
Can we just take a moment to appreciate an ink that both shimmers and sheens? I’ve been absolutely loving this Robert Oster Shimmer Fire and Ice. It’s super fun to write with. I’ve burned through half a sample container in the last few weeks, and I’m afraid I might need to get a bottle once I’m done with the sample. Maybe I’ll be able to stick to my ink buying hiatus for at least a little while longer!
This dapper octopus is heading to a kid named Louie, who’s a young friend of a cousin of mine. I’ve never met Louie, but he’s having a lot of health problems, and it’s not looking good for him, so his parents asked for cards to be sent, to add some joy to his life.
Full disclosure: I sent this card in January, as I didn’t think it was appropriate to try to wait until February to send this card. Since it was such a fun card, I figured I’d count it as part of InCoWriMo, though 🙂
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, there’s one thing that’s very clear – I am the world’s worst penpal.
If you’re new to the blog, welcome! I’m Lucas, and I’m the world’s worst penpal.
My friend/penpal Susan is the most patient human being I know. She’s continued to write me letters despite silence from my end, due to being busy with school, writing letters and forgetting to send them, and just generally being the worst.
Seriously, the bag of ink samples that’s hiding behind her letter? I’ve had them on my desk for probably over a year, just waiting to be sent.
Anyways, they’re in the mail now, and so is this long overdue letter to Susan. Starting InCoWriMo off right!
Wow! I can’t believe it’s been 100 pieces of mail already! The last time I tried this (almost 3 years ago at this point), I fizzled out quite a bit before this point, so I’m pretty proud of myself for keeping this going.
To celebrate, I’m going back to the beginning of my snail mail journey, to one of my very first penpals from 3 years ago. She and I haven’t written in a while due to illness and life getting in the way, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to catch up!
I’m sending her a little fountain pen care package along with the letter. Hopefully it’ll make her smile!
Okay, so the mail itself isn’t all that fancy, but this stationery sure does look classy! It’s nice enough that I’m sending it to a Senator that I’m a fan of, thanking her for her hard work. Maybe she’ll be happy to receive some nice mail 🙂
I can’t believe that the next piece of mail will be my 100th! I’m working on something kinda special, so we’ll see how it goes this weekend!
When do you like to write? I find that I’m most comfortable writing late in the evening, which is when I end up doing most of my writing. I tend to be “wordier” when writing at night, interestingly, despite having to get up relatively early for work.
This letter is off to a pen friend in Oregon who passed though here a few weekends ago while on a road trip. Here’s a rare photo of me (right) with Susan (left).