Day 8 — Birthdays Wishes achievement

So… I’m going to confess something. When I started the Month of Letters, I had several reasons for picking February. It’s the shortest month. It’s often a little dreary. It has Valentine’s day in it.

And my birthday.

birthdayThat’s today. When I issued the first challenge, I thought that maybe 75 people would participate but it was over 700. I looked at Rule 2, “You must reply to everything you receive” and had a little panic. So I pulled all mention of my birthday and pretended that it didn’t exist. Today we have over 1800 participants, so that panic is still a little present as I fess up but…

But, on my author website I’m giving away a novelette as a party favor. I wanted to share it with you as well and there’s really no way to do that without telling you that I’m having a birthday. So… hop over to my website, if you want to read “The Lady Astronaut of Mars.

Of course, I also have a present specific to you and that’s the Birthday Wishes! achievement. Send a card to someone, report in, and you can unlock the Birthday badge. It features my Grandma, who turned 108 on February 5th. I’m home to celebrate with her and with my mother whose birthday is the 11th. If you know someone else who is having a birthday, send them a card. If you have already sent birthday greetings to someone, just report it the next time you fill in your daily “What have you sent” report.

21 Replies to “Day 8 — Birthdays Wishes achievement”

  1. I had exactly the same panic about replies with my February birthday — but with much less cause, since you get letters from all these fine Challenge folks!

    Happy birthday to you and your continuingly amazing grandmother 🙂

    (P.S. I just got the address in Mongolia of a letter-loving friend of mine with a birthday just after mine. I think I’ll count it as birthday wishes even if it’s a light little airmail envelope instead of a card!)

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  2. Happy Birthday to you, Mary, and to your mom and 108-year-old grandmother! Wow!

    My aunt celebrated her 90th birthday today, and my mom, her 84th, two days ago.
    I sent two other birthday cards, both to artist friends, one born on the 12th, and the other, on Valentine’s Day.

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  3. Good morning!

    Happy birthday to you and your Granny and Mum! How great you can still celebrate together (I lost my beloved Granny two years ago in February with 99 years – and I still miss her!). So celebrate together and enjoy it!

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  4. Until now, I didn’t have anyone to whom I could send a birthday card in February. Slightly tardy best birthday wishes to you and your grandmother!

    Will belated birthday cards and letters rate an achievement badge?

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  5. Happy birthday! Thank you for the free download, I’m looking forward to reading it. And wow, your grandma is only 108? 😉 Hee hee. My brother’s birthday is tomorrow so I am excited to get the awesome badge.

  6. When my grandmother turned 90, I asked on my blog for people to send her cards hoping I’d get to 90. I got 106! (I numbered them all with stickers so she could know.) She loves opening cards, so she was very excited. Imagine the number you could get for your grandmother! I also wrote to the president, governor, and mayor and got cards from everyone; the mayor even had the card hand delivered!

  7. I’m glad you picked February too. I have bunches of birthdays in the month (mine is later this month) and of course there are Valentines to send too. Still a little stressfull when it is 2:00 and the nearest mail box, which is a couple of blocks away, has a 2:30 pick up and I’m not ready yet. I’m mailing a birthday card early today since I’ll be gone part of the morning.

    Happy Birthday to you!

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