Mighty Life List
Mar 28 2013

Thanks, Joan Didion. And Gorgeous Books for You to Eat.

Surprise. Writing to Joan Didion was daunting. These two paragraphs have twenty unnecessary words between them. Perhaps I should have just written “Thank you.” on a postcard. Ah well.

Since Nathan and I launched the #ThankAWriter project, Penguin Classics has offered to give the first six of their new Penguin Drop Caps series to one lucky bibliophile.

I want these. I can almost smell the paper. The drop caps were designed by Jessica Hische, who happens to be an acquaintance, so this makes me extra happy. Yay, Jessica! You do cool stuff.

If you like books and you’d like to enter, here’s all you have to do:

1) If you haven’t already, sign in on Go Mighty.

2) Create a life list goal of thanking authors. (Here’s mine.)

3) Every time you write a thank you note, post a photo or the text on Go Mighty with the tag #ThankAWriter.

We’ll enter your name once for every note you write. This is our second week of a five-week project, so dig out your stationery and get to it. It will make you happy.

11 Responses to “Thanks, Joan Didion. And Gorgeous Books for You to Eat.”

  • Nora Says:

    This is a wonderful idea. I still regret not mailing a thank-you note I wrote to Nora Ephron after I Feel Bad About My Neck came out.

  • Rebecca Says:

    I wrote to Thomas King a few years ago, to thank him for his Massey Lecture called “The Truth About Stories”, which I first read in book form, and listened to as a podcast later.

    It’s absolutely wonderful.

    He wrote back a short note, which was also really great.

  • Gabi Says:

    Yikes…my links aren’t working, and I’d love to read your note. Is it just me…?

  • maureen Says:

    Nope, it’s not just you Gabi. Can’t open the link from here or from Twitter. Dang.

  • Libby Says:

    Awesome! Writing notes to thank my 5 authors is going to be cool enough, but having the incentive of these pretty books is an extra bonus. Thanks!

  • Megan Says:

    I love that the site is down right now. I’m using it as a race against the clock to push me to write my own letter. It’s now or never. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Mikaela Says:

    I’ve also wanted to write a thank-you to Ms Didion. The only thing stopping me is that I can’t find an address to mail it to. I’m curious to know where you mailed it.

  • Jill V. Says:

    Brilliant project Maggie!

    As a writer myself, I will be doing this one!


  • Megs Says:

    I own the Willa Cather, My Antonia Penguin Drop Caps and it is delightful. The edges of the page match the book cover!!

  • S Says:

    Just want to point out that these books were co-designed by Paul Buckley, who is also a design super star in his own right. Yay for beautiful books.

  • Victoria Barton Says:

    I submitted my request now I wait