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The writing prompts invite postcrossers to write about a different topic on their postcards’ messages every month. These are just suggestions though — if you already know what you want to write about, or the recipient gives you some pointers, that’s great too!

This month’s writing prompt is all about your favourite outfit, a prompt suggested by Meliora's on the forum! Whether you prefer style or function, your clothes can say so much about you…

In September, write about your favourite outfit.
Hedgehog print pyjamas

It’s September, so I’m starting to look forward to colder nights after a scorcher of a summer here in the UK. That means it’s time for my favourite pair of pyjamas! Okay, the beginning of September might be a little soon for them… but perhaps by the end of September I’ll be snuggling into them…

I do have some great outfits for lounging around the house, going out, and fancy occasions, of course. But none of them beat out my hedgehog pyjamas, which are slightly fuzzy to the touch, very cosy, and really adorably cute. My wife got them for me the Christmas before last, and I promptly got a couple of extra pairs for when they wear out—I’ve been burned by that before, and greatly miss my rainbow-coloured giraffe pyjamas!

So how about everyone else? Are you joining my pyjama party, or are you too fond of your hiking gear? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget that you can use this as a prompt when writing your postcards this month!

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The writing prompts invite postcrossers to write about a different topic on their postcards’ messages every month. These are just suggestions though — if you already know what you want to write about, or the recipient gives you some pointers, that’s great too!

This month, thanks to Kompis-Ninna's suggestion, we’re asking you all about your favourite day of the year. Do you have a yearly tradition, something you look forward to and always remember fondly?

In August, write about your favourite day of the year.
Playmobil Mail Carrier toys write postcards with a big pencil, while sitting in a sea of little cards

This is a bit out of season, but my favourite day of the year is probably Christmas Day! I always spend October to December trying to think of all the absolute best presents for my immediate family, and I love to spoil them, and Christmas Day is pretty much the culmination of that. Plus, even now I’m an adult, it’s a day to be with my parents and sister in the house I grew up in, and shut out most of the world. I think it’s the only day of the year that’s the same every time.

I do try to make my birthday special as well, of course, and it’s coming up this month, in fact! I usually try to do something nice for my birthday… One year when I lived in Belgium, we ate cake for every meal, starting with my wife making me Welsh cakes (which I ate hot right out of the pan)! But my birthday’s never really the same two years in a row, and sometimes we don’t do anything special and just take the time to relax. So Christmas Day is still my favourite!

What about you? Do you have any family traditions or national holidays that always light up the year, for example? Let us know about your favourite day of the year in the comments—and don’t forget you can use it as a prompt for what to write on your postcards this month!

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The writing prompts invite postcrossers to write about a different topic on their postcards’ messages every month. These are just suggestions though — if you already know what you want to write about, or the recipient gives you some pointers, that’s great too!

This month, we’ve chosen a prompt that Tomoe (aka Sleep) suggested in our writing prompts thread on the forum. If anyone is a fan of comics, you’ve probably thought about this one already, but it’s a fun question to ask anyone—and trickier than you might think to decide!

In July, write about what two superpowers you would choose to have.
Kapow!

I am a comics fan, so I have a head start in thinking about this: I love Captain America, Captain Marvel, Wiccan, Hulkling, Spider-Woman and her fellow spiders, America Chavez… But would I want those powers for myself? Flight is cool, and I’d certainly feel better about my impact on the environment if I could just fly myself to the library… but it might not be much faster than walking, and it seems like it must be tiring!

In the end, I know what I’d choose. The first one would be self-healing abilities, so I can heal up quickly from any bangs and bruises (not to mention my persistent eczema) and work with infectious diseases in the future without fear. And the second would be time manipulation. Imagine if I could just stop time for everyone else and read a book? Imagine how much I could get read with an extra hour in the day…

I’d love shapeshifting too, of course, and more flippantly, I’d definitely love the superpower of making a cape look cool… but I can only choose two, and my heart is set on self-healing and the ability to stop time. What about you, fellow Postcrossers? Tell us about the two powers you’d choose in the comments, or write about it on your cards this month!

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The writing prompts invite postcrossers to write about a different topic on their postcards’ messages every month. These are just suggestions though — if you already know what you want to write about, or the recipient gives you some pointers, that’s great too!

This month’s writing prompt is a classic: imagine you’re about to be stuck on a desert island. If you could choose three objects to keep with you, what would they be?

In June, write about the three personal items you’d want with you on a desert island.
A desert island

I’m personally inclined to cheat and say a motorboat, along with an umbrella to keep off the sun and a way to store fresh water… but if I’m taking it seriously, and thinking about if I had to live on a desert island, the first object would have to be Helen Hippo, because we’ve not been separated since I was two days old.

After that… assuming that all the basic needs of food, water, etc, are already taken care of, the other two objects would probably have to be books. Unless there’s internet or electricity on that island, and then I’ll just take my laptop and my ereader!

But if you’re really twisting my arm and I have to choose two books, I’d choose Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor, and the illustrated edition of Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea books.

Alright, that’s enough of me—it’s your turn! What three objects would you take with you to a desert island? Feel free to be as practical or as wishful as you like. You can answer in the comments here, or use this prompt to guide what you write on your postcards this month. We look forward to hearing from you!

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The writing prompts invite postcrossers to write about a different topic on their postcards’ messages every month. These are just suggestions though — if you already know what you want to write about, or the recipient gives you some pointers, that’s great too!

This month’s writing prompt was a suggestion by HM on the forum. I’ve often found that people have interesting stories when they’re asked this question, so here goes…

In May, write about your favourite animal!
Helen Hippo in a rocking chair

My favourite animal is a hippo. Hippos have tough competition from hedgehogs: I’ve even helped rescue a sick hedgehog once; he stayed in my sister’s room for a couple of days while she was away, while we waited for an expert to pick him up. I was often the one to check on him, and can tell you that he snored when he was asleep… which is very cute, but doesn’t quite edge out hippos. Likewise, people might expect rabbits to be my favourite, given my little menagerie of three rabbits.

But no! Still hippos, and yes, there’s a story here! When I was born, my mother’s best friend bought me a teddy. As I remember, the story goes that she went into a shop and looked for the teddy that seemed to most need adoption, when her eyes fell upon a little grey hippo, and knew that was the right one. I’ve been inseparable from this hippo since I was two days old: she’s lost an eye, she’s had countless other surgeries, and we even had to sew an extra layer of fur over most of her body to protect her fragile, furless skin.

Given she’s been my constant companion for so long, I always said my favourite animals are hippos—and they are fascinating animals! Did you know that the US once had plans to have hippo ranches? I learned this from a book by Sarah Gailey, and it does make me wonder how it might’ve changed the world…

Now it’s your turn! What’s your favourite animal, and why? You can let us know in the comments, or write it on your postcards this month. Or both! Maybe you can even send a postcard showing your favourite animal to your next recipient, and then tell the story on the back.