I’ve always been a letter writer. When I was 8, I started scribing letters about which boy I liked, and I sent them to my cousin who lived 800 miles away. Over the decade my cousin and I wrote to each other, the boys changed, but the rest of the letters stayed pretty much the same.
When I left home to attend Queen’s University, 2300 miles away, my parents bought me a roll of 100 stamps. They were gone by Christmas. Because I wrote.
And now, years later, I write. Not letters, but words.
This holiday season, I want to write to you as a thank you: for reading, for encouraging me, for putting up with my sass. Even if this is your first time here (or your first time commenting), I’d love to mail you something.
In particular, I’d like to write you a postcard. You know, one of those things that arrives in your mailbox but is not a bill? One of those things that is written by hand?
And I’m going to make this a little fun. I’d like you to give me a word you’d like me to include in my postcard to you. It could be a new word, a difficult word, a bizarre word, a whatever word. I will somehow weave your chosen word into the tale I write to you.
So if you would like a postcard from me and you live on planet Earth, this is what you need to do:
- Tell me “yes” in your comment below and leave the word you want me to include.
- Email me (or DM or FB message) me your mailing address: IronicMom(at)gmail(dot)com. If you remember, put POSTCARD as the subject line (I lose my emails faster than brain cells).
That is all.
Around the web:
If you’re interested in reading some of the writing I’ve been doing around the web this week, feel free to check out the following:
- An Obituary for Sex (at NickMom, Nickelodeon’s new edgy humor site)
- Go Ahead: Surprise a Reader with a Note (at Wordbitches, the writing blog I co-author with Elena and Trish)
And please go check out what Thing 1 and Thing 2 have been up to in Saint Paul. Mike is keeping them entertained. The photos are priceless: One Thing Leads to Another.
I love getting real mail. Yes. Please use the word delicious.
Yes! And the word is “cumberground”.
That’s great Wendy!
This is awesome. YOU are awesome! Please use “triumvirate.”
Jennifer England says
Yes, please! The word is “unique”.
I LOVE getting mail! Since I’m married to a minister and that takes being a little bizarre (or a lot) I have chosen a bizarre word for you. 🙂 Please use Paralipomenon.
Can’t wait!! Going to check the mailbox real soon!!
Yes please! And the word is “gnude”. It’s a word I’m trying to create, promote, and eventually make part of mainstream conversation. You are the perfect person to help in my quest!
Okay, so just when I have a moment of inspiration at J Butt’s you gotta go and upstage me. This is great. Letter carriers all over the world are going to be baffled. And I would like my word to be “pickleshoes”. And if you want to throw a “hornswoggled” in there then knock yourself out.
Jill Anderson (@jillian6475) says
Yes. And “perspicacious,” because it’s fun to say.
julie gardner says
I can’t believe you want to take on One. More. Thing.
But since you do, I’m saying yes.
And my word is panache. Because I’m a fan of things that aren’t spelled like they sound. Oh wait no. I hate them. Still, I like the word panache.
I just made a pirate tree for a charity fundraiser. So the first word that came to mind is “Blackbeard.” It can be a proper noun, right?
Paige Roper Norman says
Yes Please! And I’d like you to use the word “Spurfle”. Or Grungly. I’ll see if you get the appropriate Norman-ese definitions correct in your postcard.
Kim Wilson says
Ooh, mail from Canada! Yes, please! 🙂 Hmm, I’d like to read “pizzazz” because how many words can really be so cool as to have 4 z’s in them? And, if you want to drop some extra u’s, I’ll know it’s from you. I’ll even return the favor and send some mail from the U-S-of-A. Who knows where I’ll be when I send it… I’ve got a multi-state tour over the next month.
Yes please. My word is sa-wùt dee kâ.
Yes Sternocleidomastoid longest muscle name in the human body
I am on the computer right now avoiding the task of making my hand made Christmas cards…I’ll trade you!
My word is “chocobabble”
Renee Schuls-Jacobson says
The postage is going to clobber you on this one, Shirtsleeves! But I so want in.
Please be sure to include “shizzle” and if possible make it be a wee bit naughty, #iykwim.
Liz McLennan says
Word: Baileys. That was hard, eh? Love this idea – it’s very ambitious!
Yes please! Oooh I love it! Great idea. My favorite word is “heinous.” I am sending you an email right now! 🙂
Yes! I love this idea.
My word is effervescent.
Emailing you now.
mj monaghan says
I say “yes.” Emphatically.
Bless you Leanne!
K.B. Owen says
This is fabulous, Leanne! Yes, please, send me a postcard to brighten my week. I think I’ve been guided lately by “serendipity” – but we shall see!
Have a wonderful holiday!
Larry Hehn says
The word of the day is…”constipated”.
Amber West says
Hooray! I’ll return the favor if you like. 🙂
Let’s go with “pulchritude”.
(PS – I don’t observe the Christmas holiday, but I wish you a fabulous end of 2011. 🙂 )
Tyra (@MsNeonTyra) says
This is an amazing offer – sounds like so much fun! Absolutely I want to join in!
My word is enigmatic :c)
Glad I found your blog thanks to a post regarding search bombing.
If I could, I would love to say Yes.
Pleas use the word..Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious since my husband constantly reminds me I am the only person who uses this word on a regular basis.
Never heard of this idea before – you are special.
My answer is Yes, because I love to get real mail.
Any fun words will do, but a favorite around our household is “henway”
As in when leaving on a trip I say to my husband, did we (I) remember to bring everything we need for this trip. And my DH always says Did you remember the henway? And I say, “What is a henway?” and he says A hen weighs about 2 pounds! Translation: if we don’t got it we don’t need it and if we do need it we will deal with it then.
The Hook says
Cool, “old school” concept! Not that YOU’RE old, but you have a funky retro vibe going on that rocks!
Great idea. I love real mail. I feel bad adding to your workload, but…yes, please send me a postcard.
Please use ‘claymation’ in my note. Yay!
Greta @gfunkified says
YES! I miss snail mail! 🙁 I use to have tons of pen pals before.
The word is: Verklempt 🙂
Will email you my deets. Yay, can’t wait!
This is wonderful. What a fabulous idea! I love mail and never seem to get it anymore, although I definitely get my share of catalogs! So my word is “cumquat.” Thanks for the fun!
Yes. My word is lovingkindness. Can’t wait to have something other than junk mail!
What an innovative idea! I hope lots of us do n’t even remember when the last someone has sent a handwritten postcard. it’s sounding really interesting.
new reader here!
yes, the word is “awkward” lol.
im enjoying your blog btw. nice to meet you! lol
A Novel Woman says
YES! I love snail mail. It’s like finding little gifts in the mailbox that aren’t spiders or earwigs. Will email address.
The word I want is “haboobs” which, when it’s on a postcard, will definitely discombobulate my mailman.
Yes, please! My postcard word must be: flustrated. Because I like malapropisms the most at Christmastime.
Meet the Buttrams says
I’m late, but yes! I would love to have a postcard from you!
And the word would be “commode”. Because it just makes me laugh.
You know I want it. And my word is “consensual.” Because I know you want to give it to me. 😉
Yes! the word is palindrome. Thanks!
Leanne Shirtliffe says
Y’all are sending me to the dictionary…
I can’t wait until my hand starts to cramp from this project. It’s not too late to add your name if you’d like a postcard. Warning: some of these I might not write until Christmas holidays.
Joy @ Joy In This Journey says
Yes! Flatulent, an epidemic in our neighborhood. 😀 (fantastic idea, Leanne)
Yes! please include the word ‘ransom’. I haven’t received a postcard in years; what a great idea 🙂
Love the idea!
Definitely love getting mail, I have blogged before about how no one gets any letters anymore.. At least, I remember writing something about it, I just don’t know if I can really find it since I have had a number of blogs that I actually combined to my one on here…
Anyway, my word should be “S’Winter”
Do you know the reference?
Have a wonderful holiday!
The 1st Draft says
Yes please! My word is serendipitous.
Wendy Lawrence says
Love this idea! And my word is “Eeyore.” Unless this is like scrabble and it can’t be a proper noun?
Bernie Pseudonymous says
Yes. Please and Thank you! My word is Poop.
Dawn in NL says
Oh count me in too, please. Phenomenon.
Love this idea Leanne…no rush though. I get the whole holiday thing with kids.
Yes, I would love to get a postcard from you and the word is “weather or whether”…thinking of Dr. Suess…the Grinch and the magic of Christmas. I get called that from time to time during this festive season…heehee…and besides, Thing 1 and Thing 2…thought you might appreciate that.
Hope you and yours have a good holiday!
Diana Trautwein says
Oh my, yes! Word? How’s about “outrageous?”
Yes! Please. How does anaphylaxtic sound?
Been a reader all along and would love to join in 🙂 I am from Singapore and the word I would like to see in the postcard is ‘shiok’
A truly Singaporean word
Am I too late? I am just catching up on posts and saw this. I actually sent out xmas cards to all who requested this year on my blog as well, so I love this idea.
Hmm, if you can still do it, I had originally wanted Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, but someone already wanted that one and I don’t wanna be all copy cat and whatnot. How about “discomboobulated.” Intentional mispelling included. 😉