Tonight I started work on my 365 piece at about 10PM. I have just started following Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo on facebook, and was delighted to see new Usagi pages in his photos. I was blown away by this one though, and had to start drawing it. I'll be doing various versions of it this week.
I've only been in Hanoi for about 4 months, but it seems that many folk in Hanoi know that I rather like postcards. This is no surprise as I presented a Pecha Kucha talk on my REAL wall project about a month after I landed, and it seems that every English-speaking person in Hanoi went to that talk.
At about midnight, after I'd lain down the pencil lines and was ready to start inking it in fineliner, I got a notification on facebook from one of my new Vietnamese friends. An announcement had been made on the facebook Hanoi Massive group, that read:
"If anyone's looking for something to give them that warm fuzzy feeling -
A friend of a friend has a terminally ill daughter in Paris who loves receiving postcards from all around the world. If you feel like doing something super wonderful yet super easy, write a friendly message (NOT with any reference to sickness! Just something like "Hello Sohane! We're sending you big hugs and kisses from [where + your name]").
Her name and address:
31 rue des Messiers
Not silly internet rubbish, it's all true, my friend is connected with her family.
and I had been tagged to draw my attention to it. As I hadn't lain down the ink yet, I figured, shucks why not, and changed the names to bring a smile to a stranger. That's what mailart is about after all.
So this one is going to Sohane.
If you have nobody to send to today, why not make someone's day today and send Sohane a postcard too.