The Month of Letters begins! Would you like a letter from Jane?

Sir David Vincent mailThis is the third year for the Month of Letters Challenge. It’s a simple thing, really, just to encourage you to slow down. The challenge goes like this:

  1. In the month of February, mail at least one item through the post every day it runs. Write a postcard, a letter, send a picture, or a cutting from a newspaper, or a fabric swatch.

  2. Write back to everyone who writes to you. This can count as one of your mailed items.

All you are committing to is to mail 23 items. Why 23? There are four Sundays and one US holiday. In fact, you might send more than 23 items. You might develop a correspondence that extends beyond the month.

Clearly, I’m participating in this but… for those of you who like my books I have an additional twist. If you write to Jane or Vincent, “they” will write back to you from 1817 using an actual quill, wax seal and the whole nine yards.

Jane, Lady Vincent or Sir David Vincent
c/o Mary Robinette Kowal
P.O. Box 221298
Chicago, IL 60622
USA

The letter will be “real time” for  them, which means that it is February 1817 for Jane and Vincent. You’ll be catching them between the events of Without a Summer and before Valour and Vanity has begun. The one thing I request is that you DO NOT MENTION the books. Jane and Vincent don’t know that they exist and would be horrified if someone were writing about them in their universe. Know what I mean?

9 Responses

  1. Serge Broom

    Argh. I wish this had an ‘edit’ button. I meant that I don’t have any wax for the letter I’ll send you on Monday. By the way, my wife and I courted each other in the pre-internet days thru snail mail.

  2. CarrieS

    Question re challenge – does it have to be one letter a day through Feb, or can it average out? My daughter and I are about to embark on the monthly mailing of Valentine’s Day cards – that’s half the month’s count right there, but all over one weekend.