Did you mail something yesterday? It was strangely exciting, wasn’t it. I think it is the anticipation of knowing that the letter is in transit. Because I’m a fantasy writer, I think of it almost as the potentiality that starts when a magician casts a spell.
In another day or so, someone else will open their mail box and get a thrill of delight, which you caused. How is that not like magic?
Yes, yes, yes… we understand the mechanics of how the letter gets from Point A to Point B but that’s not the magic bit. What’s magic is that a simple act begun in one part of the world can create happiness at another time and another place.
Let me give a concrete example: I’m in Seattle right now, on a trip, and I’m sending a postcard to my husband even though I will beat it home today. It won’t say anything that I can’t say to him when I get there, but it will mark a point in time where I thought of him with a tangible marker.
That’s part of the magic.
When you write today, think about recording a moment in time. Cast a spell.