January 17th is National Send a Handwritten Letter Day.
(one of my favorite things in this world)
Why celebrate on January 17th?
Because it’s the birthday of Benjamin Franklin,
the first Postmaster General of the United States.
The idea is to save the dying art of letter writing
and help the ailing Post Office
by sending a letter to someone you care about.
Who will you surprise with a letter?
Saving the world one letter at a time.
“letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.”
-johann wolfgang von goethe
image credit: Anastasy Yarmolovich
that moment when the apple crisp you made
is finally ready to eat
and you learn how to write a new word
because you need to tell people something.
“words are but pictures of our thoughts.”
image credit: glen baxter, new yorker magazine
“writing cannot express all words, words cannot encompass all ideas.”
photo credit: google images
melbourne assigned some of its trees
numbers and email addresses
so that residents could report problems
like low hanging branches.
instead, thousands of people wrote them love letters.
what would you write to them?
“if you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.”
credit: mentalfloss, the atlantic
so it begins
writing a book with two of the grandies
have a story
have no idea
where it will go
the possibilities are endless
that is what makes it so exciting.
“writing is an exploration.
you start from nothing and learn as you go.”
-e. l. doctorow
down the road, i’ll probably have a kid or two or three.
and there will probably be political events or spiritual things
to comment on,
– alanis morissette
image credit: sweet wayfaring – nsw
“i understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.”
― roald dahl – fantastic mr. fox
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot.Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and became one of the world’s best-selling authors. He has been referred to as “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century”. Among his awards for contribution to literature, he received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1983, and Children’s Author of the Year from the British Book Awards in 1990. In 2008 The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.”
“a little magic can take you a long way.”
― roald dahl
credits: roalddahl.com, npr.com, fantastic mr. fox, charlie and the chocolate factory
very recently, i received the note below, and was happy to have been one of a huge group of writers on this first-ever collaborative novel writing project. each writer was assigned a date to write her or his chapter, feeding off of the one before it, having never seen it before, and given 24 hours to complete it. i loved the challenge of this project, as well as the international group effort that went into creating it.
In November 2013, around 300 writers from 27 countries (and 44 U.S. states) worked together to write a group novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). We called the project #GrammoWriMo; and, clocking in at a total of 130,927 unedited words, we are proud to say that your draft was among the 41,940 completed!
Today, it is with great excitement that the Grammarly team announces the publication of this GrammoWriMo e-book on Amazon. (see above) Thank you for your patience with us through the editing process.
Finally, you’ll note that the e-book is listed for $0.99 on Amazon. Given the theme of the novel, we plan to donate all proceeds from the sale of the book to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
“What you don’t wish for will always be beyond your reach.” ― Micheal Ende
Thank you for all of your contributions to our 2013 GrammoWriMo e-book. We’ll look forward to working with you in 2014!
All the best,
The GrammoWriMo Team
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.
- William Faulkner