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Month of Letters Redux: Day 28

Finally, the last day of the Month of Letters! To some people, it might seem trivial to write a postcard, but this actually takes some time, especially if you’re going to be writing different messages to everyone. Anyways, here we go: the first postcard of this last batch is a postcard from Nashville that’s going to someone in Finland. The purpose of this particular tag is to send older postcards and on top of that, the recipient had requested envelopes that were made from scrap paper. So I made an envelope using leftover Christmas card stock. The second postcard is going to someone within the US who wanted a snow postcard so I chose a photograph from Antarctica. And the final postcard is going to another person in the US–there is no decoration on this one because the point of this postcard tag is to cram in as much writing as you can into the postcard (which you cannot see here because the postcard police frown upon showing backsides of postcards in general). And why did I choose William Blake? Well, the recipient wanted postcards that no one else likes and while I don’t dislike this postcard, I know it would be very difficult to send to most other postcard enthusiasts who only like tourist cards or cat cards.

Month of Letters Redux: Day 24

There’s no decoration on the first card in this batch because it’s going to someone in Bangladesh who is primarily a stamp collector and only wants tourist cards. Santa Monica can be nice, but it’s a world unto itself and I don’t think I could ever live there even if I had the means to do so. The second postcard is going to someone in Germany who likes New York and elephants–I was lucky I had this postcard of an elephant sculpture in New York. And the third postcard is going to someone in China who is a Big Hero 6 fan.

Month of Letters Redux: Day 23

Well, with the way things are going on in the world, I’m not sure if the first postcard will reach its recipient in the Ukraine, but here’s hoping. I chose a bookstore postcard since the recipient said they liked books. The second postcard is a meetup card going to someone in Finland who collects meetup cards. And the third is a Beauty and the Beast background going to a Disney fan in Belarus.

Month of Letters Redux: Day 18

Well, after a long while of getting normal profiles, I finally pulled up someone who was pretending to be a cat. I like cats (and I even live with one), but I’m not sure what the point of this is. I mean, sure, they want to be cute and funny but I guess I’m not in the mood for it right now. So I chose a postcard with a cat on it and wrote it like I was writing to a person although it’s sort of vague so if you want to interpret it as if I wrote it to a cat, I suppose you could. It’s going to Singapore. The second postcard depicts a scene from the development of Big Hero 6 and it’s going to a Disney fan in Germany. And the third is a bit of a tourist card going to someone in India who’s trying to collect a postcard from every country in the world. I always get the sense that phrases like this are code for people who only want to collect rare countries. I’m sure they probably won’t care about this postcard because American postcards are actually quite common.

Month of Letters Redux: Day 17

The recipient of the first postcard seemed pretty adamant on their preferences for getting postcards that were made in the location from where they were sent (which honestly, I feel is a bit too stringent because there are areas in the world where printing and/or making postcards is impossible). I’m pretty lucky in that one of the publishers that put out postcards, Chronicle Books, is headquartered in San Francisco. Anyways, this first postcard is a moody black and white photograph of the famous Roxie Theater in the Mission District. It’s going to Finland. The second and third postcards are from the most recent National Parks postcard box. The one with Grand Teton is going to a motorcycle enthusiast in Luxembourg and the one with Glacier Bay is going to a nature lover in Germany.

Month of Letters Redux: Day 15

The first postcard comes from a postcard book on Lands End, one of my favorite places in San Francisco. It’s going to an elementary school class in Newfoundland doing a postcard project. The second is for a “space and solar system tag” that is going to French Guiana. It’s part of a postcard box called “Earth and Space” which I got a while back when I saw it on sale. (I typically keep my eye on postcard boxes that I do not have and get them when I see them on sale–this is how I’ve accumulated a large and varied stash that makes it easier to match people’s preferences.) And the third is another Harry Potter postcard for someone who is a fan of that series. The postcard seems a little fuzzy because it’s actually holographic and that doesn’t translate well when scanned. It’s going to Germany.

Month of Letters Redux: Day 14

I don’t know why lighthouses is such a popular collection topic. No one ever asks to collect postcards of caves even though caves are pretty cool. Anyways, the first one is to someone in Germany who likes lighthouses. I’ve never been to that lighthouse, let alone Maine–I had obtained the postcard at a rummage sale knowing that I’d be sending it to one of the numerous lighthouse fanatics in the world eventually. The second is to someone in China who likes travel posters, so I chose some poster art of San Francisco. And the third is being sent to someone in Croatia for a “science tag”. This postcard of a French diagram of a flower is part of a collection called “The Art of Instruction” which was probably one of the first postcard boxes I’ve owned but rarely sent out because it’s not a popular topic.

Month of Letters Redux: Day 12

The first item today is a folded birthday card instead of a postcard. It’s going to someone in Minnesota who likes animals, particularly sloths. Unfortunately I don’t have any sloth cards, so hopefully a couple of stickers will do. The second is a Monet postcard for a “boat tag” going to Germany. And the third is an old tourist postcard of Nashville going to someone in Connecticut–I think the point of the exchange was to send postcards that were still useable but not in brand spanking new condition.

Month of Letters Redux: Day 11

The first postcard is a painting by William Merritt Chase called “Morning at Breakwater, Shinnecock” and it’s going to someone in Portugal. It’s for a creative writing tag where you write something based on a prompt that the recipient gives you. For this one, it’s “clouds”, so I wrote about a fictional city in the clouds that’s facing a catastrophe–the magic that’s keeping it afloat is failing. The second postcard is going to a Disney fan in Germany. With all the reimagining of villains, I’m not sure Scar can be redeemed unless there’s a side to Mufasa that we don’t know about. And the third postcard is going to someone in Massachusetts who enjoys mountains and nature. So I figured Yosemite would be the archetype of that.

Month of Letters Redux: Day 5

The first postcard is going to someone in Malaysia who likes nature. I’m kind of impressed by all the unusual geological features in Utah–maybe one day I’ll see them in person (where one day means I actually have some vacation time). The second postcard is going to a person in Germany who requested city views. I guess the U.S. Capitol is technically a city view. I mean, it’s definitely not in the country. And the third postcard is going to a teenager in Russia who likes cats.