022112 Jen 300x225 Letter #8: JenI’m not so sure I can say that Jen and I were friends in college. Yes, we knew each other and we ran in the same social circles to a limited degree, but that’s about as far as our similarities went.

It has only been in the last few years that we’ve gotten to know each other a bit better. Quite honestly, I think we can both probably say that it’s been correspondence on Facebook that made us realize that we actually have some things in common—namely reading and writing.

Jen is the first person I knew of who participated in NaNoWriMo (and she successfully completes the challenge almost every year). I don’t think she has a clue how difficult it is for people who live and breathe writing as a career. Every year I’m floored as she works a full-time job, raises her child and writes a full 50,000-word book in a single month.

I’ve also discovered that Jen and I have a lot in common when it comes to reading, and that has been amplified since we connected on Goodreads, where we exchange book recommendations. Again, she whizzes through books faster than I could ever dream to, and I wonder how she does it while juggling family obligations and a job.

One of the things Jen and I are most connecting over this year, though, is The 52 Letters Project. I received a letter from Jen a couple weeks ago in her quest to write 52 letters this year, and while I was planning to write to Jen during my challenge, it seemed most appropriate to write to her now. Jen made a map to track all the places she’s sending letters this year, and she throws out her thoughts and successes to the community that’s been building around The 52 Letters Project. I’m inspired by her motivation to reconnect with old friends, and I hope we become better friends over this joint interest.

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