November is National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). And, even though I won’t be working on my novel, I want to push myself to create some new writing habits. At first I thought I’d try my hand at short stories. But then I remembered my Box...

I have a confession: there’s a huge box in my closet FULL of stationery. (Yes, still. Even though I did this same thing last year, there have been new purchases!)

All kinds. Postcards. Birthday cards. Thank you cards. Handmade cards…I could go on, but you get the idea.

Suffice it to say I’ve been collecting these lovelies for um…years. And while I will — on occasion — dip into the treasure chest and send out a choice thank you card, more often than not, I end up adding something new.

The Great Stationery Collection (as it shall be known) only continues to biggify.

Not a bad thing, necessarily — but I feel just awful about all the lovelies languishing in a dark closet. About all the missed opportunities for real connection with other humans.

In fact, the last three times I moved (one of them just a few weeks ago), I promised myself that I would make a real plan to put all of this beauty to work. That I would write the letters I’d been meaning to write — to friends, family and yes…to my readers and clients. And that I’d follow through on my years of good intentions.

I’m a Huge Believer in the Power of the Handwritten Note

Have been since I wrote my first thank you card to grandma for that $20 bill she gave me on my 8th birthday. (It was all she could talk about for weeks!) I used to write letters all the time. Before the internet came along, that is. And then email and Facebook and…well, you get the idea.Life just happened.

The Great Stationery Collection Beckons Me

Which is where YOU come in. In exchange for your mailing address and a few choice details about yourself, I’d like to hand-write and send you a one-of-a-kind letter. It might be a postcard, a love note or a thank you card. It might say Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary or my condolences. Maybe I’ll share a dream or a fear or the cool thing that happened to me that day. It all depends on what you’re willing to share.

AND (totally optional), if you write back — well, then! We might just get to know each other better. And really — isn’t that what this ride around the sun is all about?

So, if you’re game for a little snail mail surprise from yours truly, use this form to add yourself to the list. I’ll send out one missive each day — in the order I receive your info.

And we’ll do this each November.

Ready? Go!