Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Snail Mail Rules

I sent off a short story submission today. Nothing unusual in that, Stevie boy, I hear you say. But this was a real, paper submission, in an envelope and with stamps on and everything.

I can't remember the last time I did that. Everything's electronic these days—push-of-a-button-easy—or so I thought.

But, I liked it. It felt like a real submission; like the old days of International Reply Coupons and Air-mail stickers. Mind you, the post office had closed down, and the other post office has double yellow lines and a permanently grumpy Traffic Warden who patrols troll-like up and down outside. And there was a large queue of old ladies out for a bit of a chat and a stamp or two, so that rather slowed things down.

Still, it's oddly satisfying to hand over a real letter, particularly if it's headed to some foreign land. It feels more of a journey, more of an adventure.

4 comments:

Cate Gardner said...

I visit nostalgia land about once every six months, but mostly my laziness inists I only sub to markets taht accept emails.

Steven Pirie said...

I wonder if chances are improved with snail mail markets now if everyone wants the easy life?

Lee Thompson said...

I recently subbed to Black Static, and Realms of Fantasy. They were my first time via Post. It was neat.

Steven Pirie said...

Good luck with the subs... Black Static is oneof my favourite reads...