Dear February…

We’re already eleven days into February. How are you doing on your Month of Letters? I’ve fallen a little behind myself.


You haven’t heard of “lettermo” until now? Before last year, I hadn’t heard of it either.

The challenge boils down to two simple ideas:

  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.

I tried it in 2012. Stamps were bought. Fountain pens were cleaned and filled. Addresses were gathered. My overflowing stash of postcards, notecards and stationery was dusted off. And, I started writing.

For twenty-nine days, I eagerly awaited what the postal carrier might bring. I noticed blue mailboxes everywhere I went. I found moments to scribble out a note to a friend from high school or newly-made friends from Twitter. I sent and received more personal mail that month than during the past two years’ deluge of holiday cards combined. It was pretty sweet.

When this year’s February 1 rolled around, I was ready with my first letter to the pen pal I wrote to (almost) daily last time around.

Sadly, since then, I haven’t written a lick. This means I’m eight pieces of mail behind, not counting today. It’s not that sad, I guess. I’ll simply have to write a few extra over the next few days to get all caught up. I can do that.

The joy of connecting with friends though physical, tangible objects (not pixels on a screen, text messages or electrically reproduced audio impulses) is special. It may take me more time to write by hand, but it’s a welcome break to my routine. Creating a little space to get into my head, think about the person to whom I’m writing and sharing with them in this old-fashioned, but intimate way brightens my day. Hopefully it will brighten theirs when the missive makes it to its destination.

One of my favorite things about working for Chronicle Books is being surrounded by pretty postal paper products. There’s a plethora of non-book items that enable the act of writing and connecting with others. We’d love to share ’em with you, so, during February, take 25% off and free ground shipping on all postcards, card sets and stationery. Enter promo code LETTERMO at checkout. (Personalized MyChronicleBooks gifts are not included.)

Just because February has started, doesn’t mean you should wait until next year. Want to join in A Month of Letters? Pick up a pen, pencil, crayon or quill and start a-writing today!

Stephen Houghton
Director of Ecommerce

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