So, I got to thinkin’. I really like mail. Like, REALLY like mail. I have a thing for paper, and the site of a pretty envelope in my mailbox fills me with joy. Packages are great, but a real card or letter? The best.
Plus, I love a chance to practice my penmanship. I have horrid handwriting, but I like to try and do better. It’s less part of a noble quest to better myself and more a deep-seated compulsion dating back from when I got an F in Handwriting in 1st grade and it traumatized me. Plus, they made me use those stupid finger molds on my pencils to “correct” the way I held it and just succeeded in creating someone with bad handwriting who holds writing utensils weird and has a giant callus on her ring finger. Thanks, Texas education system….
Anyway. I was thinking about mail the other day, and how fun it is to get a letter, and I decided that I wanna start a little pen pal club on Kind of a Mess. Nothing huge, but just a way for people to sign up if they want to, get mail and find a use for the pretty stationery you keep buying but never use. (That CAN’T be just me.)
Here’s how it’ll work:
- Email me at alyssa dot kindofamess at gmail dot com with your address. (Physical or PO box, doesn’t matter.)
- Once I get a good amount, I’ll randomly pair you up with someone. (Let me know if you aren’t willing to have someone outside your own country.)
- Then, I’ll give a few prompting topics and you’ll mail your letter! (You can send goodies if you want, but it HAS to fit in a regular letter envelope.)
- Then, if it doesn’t suck and everyone likes it, we’ll do it again next month with new people! If you want to keep writing to your penpals, it’s up to you, but there’s no obligation to do so. It’s kind of the point, but not everyone gets excited about stuff like this and wants to keep doing it. And that’s okay!
So, what do you think? Lame? Fun? A little bit of column A, a little bit of column B? Alyssa, you have too much crap going on and this is a BAD idea?
Image from Brainless Tales.