Busy, busy day today. First we had to head to Turnhout where Macsen met Sinta Klaas…
And, after handing out a rather nice selection of noisy presents, Sinta had to rush off…
And for us, it was a quick trip to Hasselt… and Plopland!
And it was here that Macsen rode the ducks…
… the merry go round…
… and the frogs.
And you’ll never believe who made an appearance next!
This time there was a queue… and it was long. But our intrepid party people finally made it to the front
… and weren’t entirely convinced that it was worth it
But friendships were made…
… and gifts were given.
What a nice man!
And then it was straight back to the rides
Until Plop put in an appearance
For the first time this year, but not the last
Dealing with fan mail is a problem faced by many authors – especially as their popularity grows. CT2 reveals that Robert Heinlein had an entertainingly unique solution to this – the form letter.
While a form letter such as this may be a bit impersonal, some acknowledgement is better than none and it is impressive that Heinlein managed to reply to pretty much all his mail. There is probably also something revealing about fandom in the fact that a mere 21 responses were enough to cover the vast bulk of Heinlein’s mail.
Sadly this approach was abandoned in 1984 when, according to Heinlein’s wife, Ginny: “with the advent of computerization in our household, we no long use the form letter to answer fan mail. I find that it is possible now, with the computer, to write individual letters in reply to fan mail faster than I could check off the answer on the form.”