Jump to content

The Fountain Pen Network uses (functional) cookies. Read the FPN Privacy Policy for more info.  To remove this message, please click here to accept the use of cookies






Photo

How Many Make Copies Of Letters Written To Keep Track What Was Written?

snail mail pen pal correspondence letter copy history

  • Please log in to reply
30 replies to this topic

#1 AlohaJim

AlohaJim

    Carpe Diem

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 178 posts
  • Location:Hawaii, Northern Arizona.
  • Flag:

Posted 15 February 2019 - 14:04

Due to senior "forgetfulness", memory issues, I was thinking of making copies of letters before I send them out (snail mail correspondence) so that I remember what I've written, and help me write more thoughtfully.

 

How many of you make copies of written letters to keep track of what was sent? Or do you just, "remember".

 

Do you have a system for snail mail writing?

 

Thanks everyone for your help.


Edited by AlohaJim, 15 February 2019 - 15:07.


Sponsored Content

#2 Karmachanic

Karmachanic

    nibulous

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,755 posts
  • Location:Bananastan

Posted 15 February 2019 - 14:21

Do you make audio recordings of your conversations?


"Want little. Need less. Love more."


#3 AlohaJim

AlohaJim

    Carpe Diem

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 178 posts
  • Location:Hawaii, Northern Arizona.
  • Flag:

Posted 15 February 2019 - 14:53

Do you make audio recordings of your conversations?

 

Hope it doesn't come to that ;)

My senior brain is losing track of things and what I do remember gets mixed up. Thus, I need a system to write thoughtful letters.

Good one. Thanks for the funny.  :lticaptd:

Aloha


Edited by AlohaJim, 15 February 2019 - 14:58.


#4 Karmachanic

Karmachanic

    nibulous

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,755 posts
  • Location:Bananastan

Posted 15 February 2019 - 15:52

For me personal correspondence is a conversation, which takes on a life of its own. I simply respond.

If I were to keep track, it would be in a dedicated note book, and would take the form of, date, name of correspondent, and bullet points of what was covered. Simple and concise.


Edited by Karmachanic, 15 February 2019 - 15:55.

"Want little. Need less. Love more."


#5 Lord Epic

Lord Epic

    Just the kid with the fountain pens... no, don't mind me...

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,086 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 15 February 2019 - 16:11

I take photos of my letters so I remember what I wrote to my penpals


Letter Writers Alliance
 
A sincere man am I
From the land where palm trees grow,
And I want before I die
My soul's verses to bestow.
 
All those moments will be lost in time.
Like tears in rain.
Time to die.

 


#6 AlohaJim

AlohaJim

    Carpe Diem

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 178 posts
  • Location:Hawaii, Northern Arizona.
  • Flag:

Posted 15 February 2019 - 16:12

For me personal correspondence is a conversation, which takes on a life of its own. I simply respond.

If I were to keep track, it would be in a dedicated note book, and would take the form of, date, name of correspondent, and bullet points of what was covered. Simple and concise.

 

Super thanks. I think that might work well. Remembering the little things and showing thoughtfulness is important to me. Lately, I've been mixing up my details. I thought of making copies of my responses but I know I wouldn't read the resulting pile. Your idea is better. Birthdays. Things like that. I'll try it. Thanks again. :)



#7 AlohaJim

AlohaJim

    Carpe Diem

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 178 posts
  • Location:Hawaii, Northern Arizona.
  • Flag:

Posted 15 February 2019 - 16:16

I take photos of my letters so I remember what I wrote to my penpals

Thanks for the tip.

I was thinking that it might also help me keep track of how my penmanship is evolving.



#8 Ted A

Ted A

    Collectors Item

  • FPN Supporter - Rhodium

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,396 posts
  • Location:Minnesota - USA
  • Flag:

Posted 16 February 2019 - 16:58

I scan them and save them on my computer. I don’t often look at them again, but have a few times.
To hold a pen is to be at war. - Voltaire

#9 Noihvo

Noihvo

    Collectors Item

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,477 posts
  • Location:Eslöv, Southern Sweden
  • Flag:

Posted 17 February 2019 - 15:30

fpn_1550417403__img_4925.jpg


"We are one."

 

– G'Kar, The Declaration of Principles

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

 

Are you looking for a custom bound book? Check out my Etsy page.


#10 AlohaJim

AlohaJim

    Carpe Diem

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 178 posts
  • Location:Hawaii, Northern Arizona.
  • Flag:

Posted 17 February 2019 - 17:12

fpn_1550417403__img_4925.jpg

 

Thanks so much for the reassurances. I've found myself repeating something that I wrote in the past or asking questions that I've already asked.

We put forth our best efforts in our writing in our own ways as we need to.

thanks again,

aloha

jim



#11 Karmachanic

Karmachanic

    nibulous

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,755 posts
  • Location:Bananastan

Posted 17 February 2019 - 18:43

Just a personal bias. I understand the ease of digital capture, but to me it seems contradictory to hand written letters. I'd prefer to remain analogue in this instance. Feels like maintaining the connection, the inner environment. Personal. Heart to hand, to page, to eye, to heart.


"Want little. Need less. Love more."


#12 phonelady61

phonelady61

    a very confused woman

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 589 posts
  • Location:south carolina now thank God nothing finer than carolina
  • Flag:

Posted 18 February 2019 - 16:41

I also just journal what date it is sent out and to whom . It helps me keep track indeed .


 

Cathy :bunny01: 

 

:happyberet: 


#13 fionafish

fionafish

    Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 192 posts
  • Location:Scotland
  • Flag:

Posted 18 February 2019 - 17:55

Hey, 

 

I have experimented with things on and off for this. And I haven't yet found something that has stuck that I have really liked. 

 

I have done photos of letters sent (though that was often in response to letters being lost (sending to Italy and Turkey went through an unreliable patch) I really do need to go through those files and remove them from using themselves as screensavers on the computer!

 

I have a letter log (date in and out) - so far I am maintaining that quite well - it just is a page in my journal and keeps that to hand. 

 

I have tried a brief summary of the letter posted and received and never managed to be diligent in keeping it up - but was tempted to play around with it in the intensity of Incowrimo as it is so easy to forget what I have said to who. 

 

And, finally, when I am writing or receiving a significant - relationship altering type letter- I tend to transcribe that into my journal so I do not lose the nuance of what has been said. I also put relevant texts or emails quoted in at such times. Needless to say, that is not a regular occurrence. 

 

So I'd say experiment and see what works for you. Don't be worried about sticking to something in it's first format, wiggle it until it works for you. 


Writing and typing with the help of cats

#14 abstract49

abstract49

    Vintage

  • FPN Supporter - Platinum

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 628 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 18 February 2019 - 18:39

I scan each letter I receive and each letter I write.  By displaying my last letter to a correspondent while I am responding to her/his most recent letter to me, I can ensure that I won't be overly redundant.  At the same time, I can pull up the image (pdf) of her/his last letter to me for reference when I feel the need.

 

I am considering printing all my outgoing letters, then changing from the present file folder system to a ringed notebook with page savers for each correspondent.  There is still something about having hard copy and original stuff that is better than looking at a computer screen.  Still, when I am in a hotel room, it is convenient to have all my correspondence available for reference when I find the time to write.



#15 BaronWulfraed

BaronWulfraed

    Collectors Item

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 955 posts
  • Location:Lowell, MI
  • Flag:

Posted 18 February 2019 - 20:12


I am considering printing all my outgoing letters, then changing from the present file folder system to a ringed notebook with page savers for each correspondent.  There is still something about having hard copy and original stuff that is better than looking at a computer screen.  Still, when I am in a hotel room, it is convenient to have all my correspondence available for reference when I find the time to write.

 

Might I suggest Levenger Circa/OfficeMax Tul/other brand disk system and compatible paper punch. It would save the cost of sheet protectors (and some covers are much fancier than a typical 3-ring binder).



#16 abstract49

abstract49

    Vintage

  • FPN Supporter - Platinum

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 628 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 18 February 2019 - 21:56

 

Might I suggest Levenger Circa/OfficeMax Tul/other brand disk system and compatible paper punch. It would save the cost of sheet protectors (and some covers are much fancier than a typical 3-ring binder).

 

1.  My pen pals write on all sizes of paper, from smaller than A6 to A4 and US Letter, some of the same people on more than one size at different times.  This would necessitate buying several different sizes of covers.

2.  Notwithstanding cost, I would prefer to keep the letters in archival page protectors rather than being subjected to turning the papers themselves on the disks.

 

Good thought, though; thanks for sharing.



#17 BaronWulfraed

BaronWulfraed

    Collectors Item

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 955 posts
  • Location:Lowell, MI
  • Flag:

Posted 19 February 2019 - 19:18

One feature of the disk systems is that one CAN snap different sized sheets into one set of covers (you'd need a cover sized for the largest).



#18 AlohaJim

AlohaJim

    Carpe Diem

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 178 posts
  • Location:Hawaii, Northern Arizona.
  • Flag:

Posted 21 February 2019 - 18:37

Hey, 

 

I have experimented with things on and off for this. And I haven't yet found something that has stuck that I have really liked. 

 

I have done photos of letters sent (though that was often in response to letters being lost (sending to Italy and Turkey went through an unreliable patch) I really do need to go through those files and remove them from using themselves as screensavers on the computer!

 

I have a letter log (date in and out) - so far I am maintaining that quite well - it just is a page in my journal and keeps that to hand. 

 

I have tried a brief summary of the letter posted and received and never managed to be diligent in keeping it up - but was tempted to play around with it in the intensity of Incowrimo as it is so easy to forget what I have said to who. 

 

And, finally, when I am writing or receiving a significant - relationship altering type letter- I tend to transcribe that into my journal so I do not lose the nuance of what has been said. I also put relevant texts or emails quoted in at such times. Needless to say, that is not a regular occurrence. 

 

So I'd say experiment and see what works for you. Don't be worried about sticking to something in it's first format, wiggle it until it works for you. 

 

Thanks for the suggestions and "the encouragement".

Right now I'm keeping a stack for each correspondent, in order, with copies of my letters sent and a note what I enclosed. IE: photo, etc. The stacks are getting quite thick. Thus, my inquiry.

Aloha,

jim



#19 AlohaJim

AlohaJim

    Carpe Diem

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 178 posts
  • Location:Hawaii, Northern Arizona.
  • Flag:

Posted 21 February 2019 - 18:39

I scan each letter I receive and each letter I write.  By displaying my last letter to a correspondent while I am responding to her/his most recent letter to me, I can ensure that I won't be overly redundant.  At the same time, I can pull up the image (pdf) of her/his last letter to me for reference when I feel the need.

 

I am considering printing all my outgoing letters, then changing from the present file folder system to a ringed notebook with page savers for each correspondent.  There is still something about having hard copy and original stuff that is better than looking at a computer screen.  Still, when I am in a hotel room, it is convenient to have all my correspondence available for reference when I find the time to write.

Good stuff.

Lately, I found myself getting lazy on making copies and keeping track of what I sent on my end. Then, my dialogue started getting redundant at times. (brain farts). So, I need to get a system and stick to it. I try to compose quality letters with a lot of thought.

thanks again.

aloha

jim



#20 Restored

Restored

    Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPip
  • 87 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 25 February 2019 - 18:05

I would just take a picture of it with my phone. 







Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: snail, mail, pen, pal, correspondence, letter, copy, history



Sponsored Content




|