Back when I first started writing and publishing online, I used to have my address up on my site, with a note saying that I love getting postcards from fans. I got hundreds of awesome postcards over the course of a year or two, including one from a scientist in Antarctica, and several from soldiers posted abroad during Desert Storm. Most just wrote a line or two, although a few somehow squeezed in paragraphs. I LOVED them.
I'm not sure why I ever took that note down -- I'm going to put it back up on my site. Because I saved all those cards, and I look at them sometimes, esp. when I'm feeling discouraged about my writing (as writers do). Sometimes I think about making an art project out of them, or papering the walls of my office with them. I think I particularly like the card form, over e-mail, because while I also love getting fan letters via e-mail, I feel like I ought to write back, and while I'd like to write back, I have oh, 600+ pieces of e-mail already waiting for me to respond to, so the e-mail guilt, it gets a little overwhelming. Whereas when a postcard arrives in the mail, there's no obligation, no expectation of response.
Anyway, this is all a very long-winded way of saying that if you feel like sending me a nice postcard or a holiday card, I will read it very happily. And not write back. :-)
Mary Anne Mohanraj
332 Wisconsin Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(No, I'm not worried about putting my address up here. Due to my being involved with various organizations in a board member, etc. capacity, and doing business from home, my address is extremely visible online already. That ship has sailed, so do not fret. And yes, I named my house. :-) Because I'm goofy that way.)