I have many old books in my house, collected from second hand shops, flea markets and church fêtes over the years. Today the Minion discovered this in a dusty old copy of Black Beauty (publication date unknown)…
It seems pretty old. I wonder how it made it all the way across the Atlantic.
Was it a love letter from a soldier to his sweetheart back home?
A letter to a little girl from her pen-pal on the other side of the world?
A secret missive smuggled across the ocean in a children’s book?
Okay, okay. That third one wouldn’t require a stamp. But still. If this stamp could talk, I wonder what tale it would tell.
So, last night the wife and I are watching The Amazing Race while I rearrange my sock drawer, as one does on a Monday night when one has nothing better to do, and I notice my right hand is hurting. It’s, like, really sore.
You know that constant dull pain you sometimes get in your legs when you’re very tired? Like that, but much worse and in my hand. Specifically the fleshy areas under my little finger and thumb.
Then it hits me: I was writing yesterday. With a pen.
Yep. The first letter is making its way across the Atlantic as I sit here typing (I’m not divulging to which of my new pen-pals I wrote – I want it to be a surprise to them). But apparently writing letters is harder work than I remember. It really hurt my hand.
My big problem is that I have minuscule handwriting. When I used to submit assignments for English in high school my teacher often asked me for a magnifying glass. More than once I had the feeling she wasn’t joking.
A side-effect is that I scrunch up my hand very tightly while I write, leading to muscle cramps I have become familiar with during the many exams I’ve written in my life. But this is the first time my hand has still been hurting hours afterwards. Guess I’m out of practice.
Luckily I’m working to fix that 😀
Oh, and I’ve gotten another pen-pal, though she is currently in flux as far as an address is concerned so I can’t write her just yet. But go say hi to Honoria Plum over at Plumtopia, a blog dedicated to the work of P.G. Wodehouse. Don’t know who that is? First, you philistine! Second, he’s probably one of the funniest men who ever put pen to paper. Even Sir Terry can’t make me laugh quite as hard as Wodehouse regularly manages. Honoria is a bit of an expert on Wodehouse, so Plumtopia is well worth the read.
Last week I told you about my New Year’s resolution to start writing letters again and made an invitation for people to become my pen-pals. The response was smaller than I’d hoped for, but that’s probably a good thing, as writing letters can be a bit time-consuming.
I am very thankful for those who did respond, and as a thank you I thought I’d send some traffic their way.
Tiffany Metzger is a graphic designer who lives in the US. She also writes, is a big fan of Jane Austen and the Jonas Brothers. I guess everyone has their faults 😉 Luckily she also likes Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. A regular feature on her blog that you should definitely check out is Friday Fictioneers – a blogging challenge she participates in where she writes flash fiction based on a photo every Friday.
Liese le Roux is a fellow South African who lives in Jordan. We both did an online writing course in 2012 and have been liking each others’ statuses on Facebook since. She recently migrated to WordPress from Blogger and I’m sure she’d welcome more followers. Look forward to humourous travelogues, stories of how she kills her plants and descriptions of meals that will have you wishing she’ll invite you for dinner.
John Howell lives in the US along the Gulf of Mexico. He has just published his debut novel, My GRL. He’ll in fact be stopping by here within the next couple of weeks on his promotional blog-tour for the novel. His blog focuses mostly on writing, but there’s other fun stuff as well, especially the Top Ten No Nos he posts every Monday.
Please go drop by their blogs and say hi.
And if you change your mind about the pen-pal thing, feel free to use the contact page in the menu to e-mail me and I’ll let you know what to do.
…in yesterday’s post I announced my New Year’s resolution, namely to start writing letters again. Along with that I made an open call for pen-pals. Yes, you have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become pen-pals with someone who is hopefully going to be a famous author one day in the distant future.
Thanks to those who have already responded. You can start watching your mailboxes in a couple of weeks. I’ve decided to leave the form up for another day, so there’s still time for you to get in on this wonderful opportunity. Just click here.
In other news, the wife has also started blogging. The day I met her she was busy drawing. I made a remark about wishing that I could draw and she responded with a very snotty retort that anyone can draw if they just try. I’m not going into all of the detail, but suffice to say that I showed her 😉
Anyway, thanks to the rigours of life she had been drawing and painting less and less and her New Year’s resolution is to draw more. In fact, her resolution is two-fold: draw more and be more thankful.
Out of this resolution was born The Gratitude Calendar. The idea is that every day this year she is going to post a simple sketch of something for which she is thankful. She’ll post other stuff as well, but the calendar is her main project for the year. I think it’s a grand idea and you’d do well to go check it out.
On a side-note, you’ll notice her handle is Kokkelien. That has been her mother’s pet name for her since she was very little. We have no idea where the nickname came from, as it bears no relation to any name in either her immediate or extended family.
Maybe my mom-in-law was prescient as her daughter’s surname is now Kok and the wife and I can make a formidable blogging team as Kokkie and Kokkelien. Funny how life works out sometimes, isn’t it?
Tune in tomorrow when I review the best film of 2014…
No, I’m not a little late. If you check the archives you’ll see last year I also did this only a week after New Year’s. No specific reason. My blog, my rules 😉
But about that resolution…I’ve decided to make just one this year. No mucking about with losing weight or saving more or all that nonsense that never work anyway. This year I’ve decided I want to start writing letters again. Continue reading “On my New Year’s resolution”→