I'm inspired by all I experience. I believe most of us are like this. We all respond to what is around us in one form or another. In this world of letter writing I'm also inspired by those I correspond with. It can be something they say or do in their letters that can start the wheels in my head turning.
"When this happens I let it stew for
a bit to see what will develop."
In this case I already had Steampunk bubbling on the brain for weeks. (Google "Steampunk" images if you've never heard of it.) My creative imagination paired that with my correspondent. Then it stewed for a few more weeks until I had to put pencil to paper...
Keeping track of what comes In and what goes Out in my letterbox has become a task. I think the elements we keep track of varies greatly from scribbler to scribbler. What I choose to document may not be of concern to someone else, and vise versa. On the whole I’m usually more detailed.
"I created a sort of Letter Log with the specifics that are important to me to remember."
I think any number of scribblers could be looking for a log to document their letter traffic. So I have simplified what I use and have provided it for you here.
Do note that the right and left sides are exactly the same except one thing. One starts with “Received” at the top for those who write to you first. The other stars with “Sent” at the top for those whom you write to first. Enjoy!
A trip to the letterbox that holds a letter or two means there is a "read" up ahead. What is your ritual? Where do you go to read them? If you have PO Box, do the letters survive the trip home?
"My secret place of letter revelry is the library."
Today's library is quite different then from my day. There were no "devices" in our midst. No USB ports to hunt for either. In fact, when you were at the
I'm super excited! While navigating the internet with some like-minded letter friends the subject of "child penpalling" came up. One thing lead to another and I reached out to a neighbor of mine who has children that I thought might be interested.
It turns out they might be. So I put out a call to get them a penpal and to my wonderful delight there are two lovely girls, one it Germany, the other in New Zealand who are up for my young neighbor friends, Clara and Jeanette.
"I couldn't possibly just hand over
an address now could I ?"
No no no...
Thought I'd Share.
A short film about the beauty of letter writing and how it brings people together. Filmed on location in Capitol Reef and Sundance, Utah. A NØRR film production. Starring Brighton Hertford and Patrick Kintz. Music: Nobody Loves Me Like You by Low Roar.
A Month of Letters is upon us. For those of you who haven't heard, A Month of Letters (affectionately "lettermo") has put out an annual February challenge since 2010. Which is to write and send a piece of mail daily (excluding Sundays because the post office is closed) for the entire month.
It has quite a following. Some come back every year. Others join in when they can. Let's face it, some years are harder than others. Hence the challenge. I will be joining for the first time this year. (as if I don't have enough things to do.)
But Letter Writing must go on
and we are to do our part.
"Be the change you want to see.."
and all that.
Writing letters seems to have brought on much tea drinking...
So there you are, all exited about the prospects of returned mail now that you’ve put your digs out there. They start rolling in! It’s Vegas baby! Then reality sets in… you have to actually respond to all of them.
To add more realism to this canvas of postal treasure you’re reading the same introductory questions over and over.
"You’re on your fifth letter
and you feel yourself
in a perpetual state of deja vu."
Well do I have a solution for you!
It's so wonderful to be able to cheer someone in a way unlike any other. There is just nothing quite like a letter. This is going out to someone needing some encouragement. I'm sorry it's not a better shot. I was in a dash to get to the post office after spending quite some time on drawing this by hand in graphite.
In my graphite work I never use a stomp blender or my fingers for shading. Just my opinion, but that's cheating.
"Instead I use a variety
of soft and hard graphite grades."
Including different sharpened points, and varying pressure.
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
However, I did not want to simply add MailArt as a discipline to my website. Thus it became the IQS Blog within my site. And that is why there are TWO navigation menus. *Here’s a Tip: stick with the BLOG Menu in this Column. The main site menu will lead you astray into dark places where you will be screaming for help and no one will hear you.
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