Samara O'Shea

Archive for August, 2013

Passing the Torch

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

A few days after my most recent blog, that declared it’s time for me to end the letter-writing service, I received this e-mail:

I came across your website while researching whether services like the one you provide, or at least used to have the time to provide, existed. For a little bit of my background, I am a 25 year old attorney in New York City with a passion for love and the feelings it inspires. I believe myself to be a romantic. I believe that there is no greater power in this world then love and the way it imposes its power upon all of those subject to it. I sit at work and jot down all of the things I want my girlfriend to know about how I feel about her, and I wonder whether others want to do the same but do not know how to express it. I love what you created and quite honestly when I saw that you discontinued it for your further educational advancements, I immediately thought that it must be continued. So in this rather hastily written email, I suppose I am trying to make an offer to continue doing what you once did.

How fun is this?! We agreed that he will launch his own site, so readers can familiarize themselves with his writing style, and I will gladly promote the site and link to it on my “Order a Letter” page. Of course, this will take some time. I know what it’s like to launch a site with a full time job, and his job–as an attorney–is incredibly demanding I’m sure. This is to say, I’m not expecting a quick turnaround, but I’m excited that he’s offering to carry the letter-writing torch and I had to share. Anyone else want to be a letter writer? I’ll promote you, too. The more the merrier!

The Foreseeable Future

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

I had every intention of blogging more regularly when I last wrote in July…then my summer class began and I wondered what I was thinking. Summer classes are accelerated—six weeks instead of twelve. Alas, I continue to enjoy school and, as a result, blogging will continue to be sporadic. I do plan to take reader Anna’s excellent advice and turn a section or two that didn’t make it into the book into a blog post. There is one large section that we cut, and I’m hoping to whittle it down and submit it to The Huffington Post.

The one thing that I now know I must stop, unfortunately, is the letter-writing service. For the firts half of the year I had an away message sent to anyone requesting a letter that said something like, “Taking a break…be back in June.” June became July. July is now August and I know it’s something I won’t have time to do for the foreseeable future. I am so glad that I did do it and continue to be amazed that people trusted me with their stories. Being a therapist really began for me when I was hearing those personal tales and writing those letters. I am sad to stop. This is the response letter requesters will now receive:

Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting LetterLover. I have been blessed with the opportunity to write letters on behalf of others for eight years. Unfortunately, it is time to close up shop. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree and getting ready to promote my next book (out in February 2014). I cannot dedicate myself to this wonderful craft the way I once did. I hope that you will still write and send the letter you had planned to ask for my help with. The recipient will surely appreciate your effort!

I may re-start my services someday, but at this point I cannot tell when that might be. I am grateful that you stopped by and wish you all the best.

Warmest regards,