InCoWriMo Award Certificates are Here!

It’s February 28th and requests for InCoWriMo Award Certificates are being received. Congratulations to each and every InCoWriMo participant. Whether you will request a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Participation, you are very much a WINNER! I’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to Michael Ward for having designed the InCoWriMo Award Certificates. He literally spent countless hours designing the certificates and making what – at times – seemed an endless list of changes based on my whims. Mr. Ward, I thank you for your patience and I thank you for your outstanding work. But what do the certificates look like? I’m glad you asked! Here is a Certificate of Achievement: Certificates of Participation will be nearly identical, except they will say Certificate of Participation and the verbiage will be ever so slightly changed. Now – getting back to Michael Ward for a moment – during the certificate design process, one of the many requests I made of him was to print a certificate without the name and date – and then to place my name and the March 1st date on the certificate by hand in his gorgeous Spencerian script. Here is the result: I was so pleased with the certificate that I immediately made Michael promise to sell it to me. He hesitated, thinking he was just doing me (yet another) favor. We haggled, we calculated, we argued, we finally agreed. For ten dollars he printed my certificate, added my name and the date by hand, and has mailed it to me. Michael doesn’t know I’m about to do this, but I’m offering his...

Letters du Jour – 28 February 2013

February 28, the last day of InCoWriMo 2013. Now that I’ve enjoyed four full weeks of InCoWriMo on my mind, in my mailbox, and on my writing desk, I’m afraid I’ll miss the daily routine. Mind you, I won’t be giving up writing letters. In fact, I’m sure I’ll continue writing at least one each day. But I am already looking forward to InCoWriMo 2014 because writing as part of a pledge and in a group just adds to the enjoyment! Tim “Bad Cartoon” Hofmann shares a photo of his received correspondence, his InCoWriMo Calendar (which he refers to as his “In car I’m ok Allender”) and a small stack of goodies that he’s sending out with his replies: And Ira Stone shares a photo of his writing desk where, I assume, many of the 75 InCoWriMo letters he wrote were penned: I plan another Letters du Jour post for tomorrow, March 1st. If you have a photo of your received mail or a photo of some outgoing mail, please consider sharing. Photos can be sent to eric at...

CEO of Montblanc North America Responds to an InCoWriMo Letter!

When InCoWriMo participant James Kristufek found Jan-Patrick Schmitz’s name among our list of 29 People Who Would Love to Receive Your InCoWriMo Correspondence, he knew he had to write to the CEO of Montblanc North America. It was an easy decision because James is a fan of Montblanc. What James never dreamed was that he would receive a response from Mr. Schmitz, replete with a gift of ink! Good job, James. And thank you Mr. Schmitz. I am personally already a fan of Montblanc. Knowing that you took the time to respond to a personal letter simply adds to my Montblanc enthusiasm. I trust that if any InCoWriMo participant receives a response from Queen Elizabeth, I hear about, yes? Photos for sharing can be sent to eric at...

Letters du Jour – 26 February 2013

InCoWriMo Day 26! The end is near… and I’m going to miss this adventure. First up today is letter from Liv in Paris to Stephen Brown in Holland by way of FPGeeks in California. Before forwarding the letter I had to snap a photo of the stamp. The world needs more stamps like this. Liv and France, merci beaucoup! Azizah sent me an InCoWriMo letter and included an amazing treat – made with each of the known iroshizuku ink colors: Omar shares a photo of incoming and outgoing mail, and adds that he’s converted three people to fountain pens. Go Omar! Bohemond shares a picture of incoming mail on the left and outgoing on the right: And PostMuse shows us not only the Harry Potter stationery that she enlisted for some InCoWriMo letters, but also the dip pen responsible for her permanently stained fingers. Ah, dip pens! Having had the privilege of sharing so many InCoWriMo photos this month, a question has popped into my head: How much postage was used by InCoWriMo as a whole? An exact answer would be elusive, but I’m sure that postal services the world over are appreciative. Photos for sharing can be sent to eric @...

Letters du Jour – 25 February 2013

InCoWriMo Day 25! I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m going to be busy through the month of March responding to InCoWriMo letters received. It’s not the end of the month yet, but I’m already calling InCoWriMo 2013 a Complete Success! Michael Ward shows us a photo of a letter he wrote using his now famous Hotel Commodore mini-eyedropper pendant fountain pen: He also shows us how he holds such a tiny pen while writing. It’s posted and the neck-chain is wrapped around his wrist: And PostMuse shares a photo of outgoing mail. Look at all the Vintage Postage! It’s gorgeous! It’s the InCoWriMo Home Stretch! We have three or four days left, depending on where you live and how you count. Write today! Photos for sharing can be sent to eric at...