Wrecked Journal Goes Postal

by Barbara Martin

in Creative Juice

The book is in the mail!

The book is in the mail!

In which we embark upon a new stage of the journey, this week’s #WTJ post being installment three or four depending who is counting the progress of our multi-player game involving the book, Wreck this Journal.

Wherein, having duly swaddled the book in miles of strapping tape and applied a ragtag assortment of postage stamps and block lettered the from: and to: addresses in only slightly smeary ink, I slipped the book into my handy tote bag and hoofed it over to the main branch city post office where, on a lovely warm and sunny Thursday afternoon wherein the air at the nearby farmers’ market was redolent of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and many fine herbs, we bid the silly little black book “Adieu, Farewell and Bon Voyage!” and abruptly ceded control to … the USPS.

Yes, I plopped it unceremoniously into a blue mailbox, possibly the second one from the left as shown in the photo. (By the time I looked both ways to cross the driveway and stepped back to take the photo and waited for pedestrians to exit the frame, and took off the lens cap, I had already forgotten which box I stuck it into. So anyway, one of these sturdy blue boxes.)

Now we wait.
Meanwhile, WRECK ON!


NatashaMay June 26, 2009 at 1:55 am

well done! Let´s see if it comes back to you. :9

Mel June 26, 2009 at 4:57 am

So very exciting!! I’m enjoying wondering what the postal workers who handle the travelling journal must be thinking….if it becomes a hot topic of conversation in the sorting room…and if it has a lovely ripple effect on how they go about the rest of their day…

GraceGal June 26, 2009 at 7:45 am

I can almost smell the strawberries! Love your description and the photo. This post was the next best thing to a video- maybe better because we could use our imaginations:)

Gretchen Wegner June 26, 2009 at 8:07 am

Yay! I hope you’ll take a picture when the book returns… :-)

Kavindra June 26, 2009 at 8:44 am

Can anybody blame our journals for going postal, after all the abuse, lol?

Dawn June 26, 2009 at 11:12 am

How very brave. I plan to do the same, but only as the final installment, and then I am thinking of making it go through a small round robin before coming back. Good luck with this…hopefully you’ll get it back, but if not, eh, that’s the point.

The Other Laura June 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I’ve also wondered what the postal workers might be thinking as they come across our journals-one-postal!

Lisa June 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I loved your story – especially the cliffhanger. Will the journal make it home in one piece. I’ll be tuning in this time next week to find out!

leah June 26, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Fun!! I just saw on Twitter that it already came back. Can’t wait to see pics!

Karen June 26, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I am in AWE…way to go!!

Janet June 26, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Love how you described the moment so well!

Kristin June 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Congratulations!! Mailing it is kind of difficult I’m sure. I’m planning on mailing mine when I go home to visit. 1200 miles away and I’m going to plop it into the mailbox, too.

Hybrid J June 27, 2009 at 4:24 am

Fantastic work! It took quite some courage and faith to part with the journal! :)

Kim June 27, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Hoorray for your courageous parting!! Anxiously awaiting photos of the returned journal!!

Rose June 28, 2009 at 4:16 am

Loving the posting! How did you feel about posting it? I have this to come but I want to do this much later on because I want my transatlantic blog sister to be able to see it all before she posts it back…

Dragonfly Reflections June 29, 2009 at 7:28 am

I’ve been putting off the mailing project, but my daughter is visiting this week from out of state and I’m thinking about sending it home with her to mail to me from Colorado (deep, calming breaths might be required). Hope your journal returns soon so your wreckage can continue!

judi parker June 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm

not ready to relinquish mine to USPS.. they might really wreck it!! see? I’m now attached to my SPARKLE.. I like her cover.. dont want tape all over her..see” I am not CURED YET!!

enjoyed my visit here

Barbara Martin June 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm

It might be a good time to fess up — it did come back, as Leah mentioned, the VERY NEXT DAY (in LESS than 24 hours) and in PRISTINE CONDITION. Total wreck-fail. LOL

And as I was reading other WTJ blogs today, I learned this experience is not unheard of. So have faith and mail that book, folks!!! Just don’t blame me if it gets wrecked in the process.

ps Thank you all for stopping by and leaving your kind words and well wishes. It really makes the entire process more meaningful — and more fun!

Sherri July 1, 2009 at 8:18 am

Yay! You mailed it. Getting it back in your mailbox is delicious! I noticed mine didn’t undergo much wrecking through the mail either. Not even when I ripped the tape off. Oh well. Still a fun process!

Sharon July 2, 2009 at 7:59 am

Well done! I’m thinking of mailing the book off the last week. But then again, I’m traveling south soon, so I could mail while on our trip!

KV Creative Designs July 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm

ohhhh how scary!!! I am dreading doing this task! But I have addressed the book just in case it gets lost. Good Luck! Thanks for stopping by my block.
Artful Blessings,

amateur-in-art July 2, 2009 at 7:41 pm

I mailed mine too. A big disappointment. Came back almost exactly the same. Just some very very faint red postmarks. boo.
But then, – at least I know they can get one thing to me w/o wrecking it. I suppose if I had said “DO NOT BEND” the wrecking-odds might have swung in my favor. It seems to work every time. (They bend it)

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