Letter Writing Month is Back!

img_20170202_190142_755.jpgHello friends! In the past, I was a pretty active participant in Letter Writing Month. What’s that? It’s simple. Here are the “official rules” from the website:

  1. In the month of February, mail at least one item through the post every day it runs (which in the US is every day except Sundays and Washington’s Birthday on Monday February 20th- my notes.) 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 started doing Letter Writing Month in 2012, and kept it up for every year except 2016. (You can read all the reports here.) And I want to do it again this year! Do you want to get a postcard or letter from me? (More than likely it will be a postcard.) It is simple: write me and I’ll write you back. (And it pains me to say this but: You will need to provide a return address so I can mail you back! ) There’s no need to ask me if it’s “OK to write”, just do it! I will also automatically write the first three people who contact me with their mailing address, either via a comment (I will not publish your address) or emailing me at urbanadventureleague@gmail.com Of course, this is not a one way street, so if I do write you, please write me back!

And where can you send that mail?

SHAWN GRANTON

P O BOX 14185

PORTLAND OR 97293-0815

Okay, one last comment from the official website:

“When I write back, I find that I slow down and write differently than I do with an email. Email is all about the now. Letters are different, because whatever I write needs to be something that will be relevant a week later to the person to whom I am writing. In some ways it forces me to think about time more because postal mail is slower. “By the time you get this…” It is relaxing. It is intimate. It is both lasting and ephemeral.”

Okay, get out your pens and typewriters, and start writing!

 

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Letter (and postard!) writing month 2015

Hello all! It’s February, so it’s time for Letter Writing Month. I’ve participated in this “write-a-letter-every-day-in-February-minus-Sundays-and-holiday” challenge for a few years. It’s always a fun thing to do! And I’d love to write you! So how does this work?

Simply write me!

You can write me a letter or a postcard, and I’ll write you back, most likely a postcard. And if you write me you are automatically in the Urban Adventure League Postcard Club for 2015! Woot! And for February, I’ll open up the Postcard Club to my overseas friends, though instead of getting a full year of postcards, you’ll only get the next two since postage is too damn expensive.

A few notes:

  • You need to write something of a little substance to get in on the action. Don’t just say “send me postcards”. Say something!
  • I can’t promise that I’ll write you back by February 28, but by the end of March is no problem.
  • And remember, if you want me to write back, you’ll need to include your address!

So send those letters and postcards to:

SHAWN GRANTON

P. O. BOX 14185

PORTLAND OR 97293-0185

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Letter Writing Month 2014!

You may remember that in 2012 and 2013 I participated in something called Letter Writing Month. The premise is simple: for every day the post runs in February (which is 23 days in the US in February: 28 minus 4 Sundays minus one holiday) a participant is supposed to write someone. I’m not always the best when it comes to this challenge, but it’s still lots of fun nonetheless.

In the past, I said I would write anyone so long as they gave me their postal address. But this year I’m doing it differently. Partially because I already have an extensive mailing list to cull from, partially because I’ve grown weary of sending out mail to folks who don’t reciprocate, I’ve decided that I’ll only write to the folks who write me. So if you want to get in on the action, simply write me something (the address is below) and I’ll write you back! I can’t promise that I’ll write you by February 28, but by the end of March is no problem.

Or, you can get in on the action by joining the Postcard Club. Yes, this is pay-to-play, so if you don’t want to shell over cash, just simply write me and I’ll write you back.LetterMo2014square

Send mail to:

SHAWN GRANTON

P. O. BOX 14185

PORTLAND, OR 97293-0185

Announcing: Postcard Club 2014

Hello folks! Both my love of writing postcards and the impending Letter Writing Month in February has got me thinking about doing something a little different, a little special for 2014. So I got an idea:

Urban Adventure League/Society of Three Speeds Postcard Club 2014!

How does it work? Simple!

  • For a nominal fee, I will write you a unique postcard, sent either from Portland, Oregon, USA, or somewhere on my travels. This fee is $1.00 for a month in the USA, $2.00 for a month anywhere else in the world.
  • Whenever you “order” this postcard, I have until the end of the following month to post it. For example, if you order it on January 15, I have until February 28 to post. If you order on February 1, I have until March 31, and so on.
  • If you want me to hold off until a specific month, or until the next time I travel, you can note that too. Please note that if I get enough requests for say my next bike tour, I may not be able to write and mail all of them from the road.
  • You can also request that I send the postcard to someone else. Or you can do something crazy and spend $2 and have me send one to you and one to someone else. And so on. You just have to note what you want to do!
  • Ordering multiple months at a time is just dandy. Spend $3 in the US, get three months of postcards!
  • And for those who want to “order” a full year’s subscription of Postcard Club, the rate is $10 for USA, $18 rest of world.
  • For those of you who want to complain about the fact that the “anywhere but USA” rate is double/almost double the US rate, well, that’s because postage is expensive. Current postcard rate to any international destination is $1.10, to go up to $1.15 on Jan 26. US postcard rate is only 33 cents (to 34 cents on Jan 26.) If it was cheaper for me, it would be cheaper for you too. I’m not trying to get rich of of this!
  • And you don’t have to purchase anything to get into the club! Simply send me a postcard (or letter) and I’ll send you a postcard back. Same “by end of following month” rule applies (will be determined by when I receive said correspondence, not when you have sent it.) Please make sure you include your address! If you don’t, how am I supposed to send anything back?

If you would like to “buy” into the Postcard Club, simply paypal urbanadventureleague@gmail.com In the notes, please include your address and any special requests. (Please include your address even if you have a preselected paypal shipping address.) Or if you don’t want to do paypal, mail me either cash (US or Canadian currency accepted), personal check (only for a year subscription, please, and only from the US), money order/international money order in US funds, or an International Reply Coupon per each postcard requested.

Send all mail-in orders or postcards/letters to:

SHAWN GRANTON

P. O. BOX 14185

PORTLAND OR 97293-0185

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Letter Writing Month is BACK!

From flickr user (cobrabyte)

Remember last year’s Letter Writing Month? February has been declared a month of old-school penmanship and correspondence by the Month Of Letters website. Since I’m a lover of mail (zinester instinct) I jumped in, and after the month was over I got some cool mail–and made a new pen pal or two in the process.

Anyways, February is just a few short days away, and yep, I’m participating in this again! Do you want to be part of it? Want to communicate in a way that doesn’t use a computer? Do you want to receive cool stuff in the mail again, stuff that isn’t just bills or catalogs? Well, you can participate too!

I fully intend to write and send out a piece of mail most days of the month. I would love to send you something during this month, wherever you are in the world. (Most likely I’ll be sending you a postcard, but postcards are cool.) How do you get in on this action? Well…

  • Email me with your postal address.
  • Leave your postal address in the comments below. (This way you can also receive cool mail too!)

Since we are in the digital age, it pains me to make this painfully clear, but I will: We are talking about physical mail, going through the/a postal service. No e-bullshit. If you want to play, you need to either email me your physical mailing address (the address you get your jury summons, Amazon orders, all that), or leave it in the comments. If you have to make me ask you your physical mailing address, you’ll probably be getting the boring postcards from the bottom of the collection.

Don’t you want to get cool envelopes (or postcards) with cool stamps? Yes you do!
Don’t you want to get your address listed in this cool Moleskine address book? YES YOU DO!

And of course, I encourage you to participate by writing as well! Write friends, write family, write people who leave their addresses below. And write me, especially if I write you (Letter Writing Month is supposed to be reciprocal) or if I sent you something in the last year. (Cough cough.) Here’s my address again so you don’t have to look:*

SHAWN GRANTON
P. O. BOX 14185
PORTLAND OR 97293-0185
USA

Alright, let’s get to it!

**My postal address is at the bottom of every page on this blog, plus in the Contact and Store pages.

The End of Letter Writing Month: A Review, of Sorts

It almost seems like a lifetime ago, but some of you may recall my venting about the woes of the United States Mail at the onset of February. Then, nary a day later, you may also recall me talking about Letter Writing Month. The idea was that I would write at least 24 letters or postcards during the month, one for each day the United States Postal Service delivers mail. I would also respond in kind to anyone who sent me something via post.

Well, it’s leap day, so the end of Letter Writing Month. How did I do?

Not so good.

The bad: I did not write for twenty-four days. Maybe a little over a week’s progress, tops. Yes, I had the ambition to see it through. But then I got distracted by so many art assignments I didn’t get around to writing.

The good: Anyone who has written to me during the month, or gave me their address so I could write them, has received something (or will receive something if they already haven’t.) I made good on my word for that.

And I did receive some interesting stuff in my P. O. Box this month! For example, possibly the most “interesting thing” I got was from Amanda of the Knit Cycle:

Yes, it is a cork from a wine bottle. Dressed up with some yarn. A little cork “man”!
He’s been keeping my Kaito KA1102 AM/FM/Shortwave radio company.

I bought this radio second-hand from these people.* Haven’t been able to work the Shortwave for shit though, which is a shame. Wouldn’t mind listening to some CBC if possible.

I also got some nice zine action from north of the border:

U.S.A. indeed!

More about them soon.

And a letter written on some lourvely Japanese stationery, with this guy on it:

And this mystery postcard. I say “mystery” because although it was signed, there is no return address, so I can’t respond. (Hey Scott, if you want a postal response, let me know what your address is!)

Nice postcard, eh! I like that it was drawn well. I’ve seen way too many badly drawn bikes out there. However, please note the descriptive text on the back:

Now if you can’t figure out what’s peculiar about this text, let’s look at the front again:

Yes, that is a “mountain scene”. But a “mountain bike”? Yes, I realize that a few mountain bikes have drop bars, but I highly doubt that is actually a mountain bike. (Caliper brakes?) Then again, those spokes are pretty beefy.
Though I actually got these before Letter Writing Month, I should also share what I received in January from Dan of DITIBIWEBISHKIGAN Bicycle:

A set of Panaracer Pasela tires! I’ll be putting these on the Long Haul Trucker at some point in the future. Thanks, Dan!
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Even though Letter Writing Month is officially over, it doesn’t mean that letter writing has to be over! Throughout the month of March, if you let me know your mailing address, whether in the comments below or via email at urbanadventureleague@gmail.com, I will write you! (You do have to write back, however.) And into the indefinite future, if you write me by post, I will definitely write you back! If’n you forgot that address, here it is:
SHAWN GRANTON
P O BOX 14185
PORTLAND OR 97293-0185
USA

*Along with our current tent!

Letter Writing Month!

Courtesy flickr user (cobrabyte)

If you read yesterday’s ranty post, you know that I’ve got my pants in a bundle over the atrophying United States Postal Service. As someone who identifies themselves a Retro-Grouch, I love sending mail and also love receiving mail. And I don’t want to see this go away or become prohibitive.

But there is a ray of hope in all of this, and it comes from writer Mary Robinette Kowal. Mary has declared February Letter Writing Month! Through the month of February she encourages you to write 24 letters, which is one a day Monday-Saturday. (Here in the U.S. of “eh”, we have delivery every day of the week except Sunday, and Monday the 20th is Washington’s Birthday President’s Day.* So 29 days minus 4 minus 1 equals 24!)

Here’s the challenge, as written on the website:

  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.
As you can probably guess, this is right up my alley!
Do you want to join in? You can “register” on the website.
Do you want me to send you a postcard during February? (Yes, sending a postcard counts.) Easy! Email me your mailing address to urbanadventureleague  —  (  at  )  —  gmail  — ( dot ) — com   PLEASE NOTE: To make things easier, just email me your mailing address. You don’t have to ask if I’ll send you something. I’m putting myself out there for this! Yes, I will send you something! Even if you are not in the United States! If for some reason I get too many and don’t feel like I can commit to writing everyone, I will let you know. But of course, if I write you something, you have to write me back!
Or if you aren’t shy, put your mailing address in the comments below. That way others can write you as well!
And of course my address, if you weren’t able to find it elsewhere on this site:
SHAWN GRANTON
P O BOX 14185
PORTLAND OR 97293-0185
USA
*Wherefore art thou Lincoln’s anniversary?