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Writing physical letters

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When was the last time you wrote a physical letter, with handwriting? I cannot accurately answer this question for myself. Part of me wants to believe that I have written a letter by hand and sent it to someone. However, I cannot think of a single occasion where this is true. Perhaps when I used to enter into magazine competitions when I was a kid, although that was not a full letter so much as filling out a form to enter a competition.

Anyway, today I wrote my first hand-written letter in as long as I can remember. This is something that has been in the back of my mind for a few weeks as I promised I would send a printed h-card to one member of the London / Europe Homebrew Website Club in exchange for some stickers I received. I put the idea in the back of my mind but as I have been preparing for releasing my first zine I realised that I have all I need to send a letter. I just needed to actually write the letter.

My handwriting definitely needs work, a fact of which I have been aware for the last few years, but I enjoyed the challenge. I think my writing comes across as legible when I focus, which is good considering I seldom write on a day to day basis as most of my notes are recorded on electronic devices. Oh! how much I depend on computers to keep track of things.

Anyway, I wanted to open up a discussion about physical letters. When did you last write a physical letter? Why? Do you have a pen pal? Have you ever had a pen pal? If you know me and would like to set up some written correspondence, send me an email at and we might be able to arrange something. While letters are slow, they are definitely more personal (and they give me an excuse to practice my handwriting skills) and I enjoy the medium. I find myself increasingly fascinated with print but most of my artefacts so far have been digital creations made into print.

I’m already excited to see what comes of this.

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