No, this won't be a mail update again. I haven't written and gotten enough letters to make a mail post yet. In fact, I should have gotten some pieces of mail but... mailmen in my district have been on strike since the beginning of April so it's a bit messy with mail lately. I should have gotten two penpals letters + a book I've ordred but no, still nothing. I just hope that everything will show up soon and that the strike won't affect on my sent or received letters! I'd hate if me or my penpals have to resend letters and swaps because of this stupid strike! Grrr!!
But well, the aim of that post wasn't to complain about mail people ;) So let's move on to the facts.
As you may (not) know, I'm also the owner of a books blog (you can find it here, but beware, it's all in French!). We're quite a lot of books bloggers in France and we have our little "rituals". One of them is called "Top Ten Tuesday" and, as you can guess it from the title, it's about making a list of 10 items according to a given topic, every Tuesday. This week the topic was: "your top 10 secrets as a reader" and I thought I could also make a "top 10 secrets as a letter writer" too.
1- I always write letters one after another. I know many letters writers have several letters in progress, but I just can't. I would just mix everything and forget many of the things I planned to say to the first person while writing to the second and vice versa. That'd be too confusing.
2- I like it when my letters papers fit the season. I obviously don't always use seasonal papers, but I would feel really weird sending a letter on a paper with flowers pattern in winter or on a paper with snow patterns in summer.
3- I used to always fully re read a letter before starting replying it, but now most of the letters I get are too long to do so, re reading them fully in one sitting is too long. So I just re read paragraph by paragraph as I write the reply.
4- I'm always listening to music while writing a letter. I simply don't like doing it in a completely silent background. I even have a "writing letters" playlist in my MP3 player, which contains my most favourite songs at the moment.
5- It has already happened to me to miss my underground station because I was too busy reading a letter, and didn't noticed I had to get off.
6- I love to write in bed, but hardly ever do so because then I have to use paper which is lined on both sides, otherwise my handwriting goes awfully up and down. And the only papers I have which are lined on both sides are plain white papers that I don't like to use so much because I prefer more colourful papers.
7- I often wonder whether the maillady will miss me or feel relieved when I move. I mean, I don't know whether she likes delivering fancy envelopes in my mailbox or if she's tired of seeing them.
8- I am a list maniac and I keep a list of my sent/received mail on two differents places: a notebook, and my listography account. Which is kind of useless, I don't need to have this recorded twice, but well.
9- I noticed that the smaller the paper I'm using is, the smaller my handwriting gets. That's why I don't like using really small papers, because my letters looks really short then, while they aren't actually.
10- Before starting writing letters, I thought I was uninteresting and had nothing to share with others. Thanks to penpalling, I realized I actually can be a chatterbox. I just haven't found anyone in my day-to-day life whom I feel like sharing all my stories with.
Well, I hope you liked reading my "secrets"! I'd love to read yours too, if you're willing to share!