Category Archives: On Writing

How to Find a Pen Pal

I’m writing this post on places you can find a pen pal because…

InCoWriMo is coming up!

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International Correspondence Writing Month is February, where letter writers unite from their individual locations, and write one letter a day for the entire month. It’s a good month because we’re just starting to become a bit batty from all the snow and winter, and it’s also a short month šŸ˜‰

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Journaling Tips #1: Using An Instant Film Camera

Some of you may have new year’s resolutions to write a bit more in your journal, maybe even – gasp! – every day. I resolve to write more in my journal all the time! So, in some ways, you may consider me an expert in resolving to write more. My next goal is to become an expert in writing more. And then after that, writing well…

Here’s one idea to consider for your new year of journal writing, or wherever you are in your journalling journey.

Journaling Tip #1: GetĀ an “Instant” or polaroid-style cameraĀ like this. Bring it with you wherever you go, andĀ take a shot some time during your day of something memorable. Whenever your journal writing time is, pull out your snap, and off you go.Ā 

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Letters from Strangers & Letter Writing Club This Sunday!

There are a few really great things about working in a stationery shop, most of which are fairly straightforward: I get to play around with new pens and inks as soon as they arrive, I get to roam the shop at night in the dark, running my fingers over notebooks, I get to talk about pens all day and call it work.

But one of the things I didn’t really expect is the mail! Every once in a while, we get some pretty great mail from our customers – the occasional thank you note, or a letter with a story – or sometimes I even get letters fromĀ people who have stumbled across the blog, which of course totally makes my day.

Incredibly, Caleb has already received a few letters of his own, which I think is just amazing. What better way for a kid to learn to read and write, and also to appreciate something slow and analogue and meaningful – you can write something on a piece of paper, put it in an envelope with a stamp, and send it anywhere in the world! A miracle!

This is a special favourite, Caleb-sized mail, from Silvie in Montreal. Jon grumbles when Caleb gets more mail than he does, but Jon secretly can’t wait to see what’s inside, too.

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