Group Pen Pal Project

Romance and Love: Dead or Alive?

Group Pen Pal Project: Lead Letter #1

Francis Lee
7 min readSep 14
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Welcome to our collaborative series where a group of Medium writers become companions of the written word. Through these intimate letters, we embark on a poignant voyage, sharing our innermost thoughts, cherished experiences, and profound discoveries. As pen pals navigating the digital landscape, we weave together the threads of our lives, exploring the depths of both profound and everyday subjects. Each letter offers you a glimpse into our worlds, an open invitation to join us in forging connections and engaging in contemplation. Come, embark on this journey of shared expressions, as we unravel the captivating intricacies of friendship and the enduring power found within the written word.

The Pen Pal Group — How it works

As of today, the group is composed of the following (if you are interested in joining, leave a comment):

#1 Francis Lee

#2 Genevieve Love

#3 JB The Talker

We will take turns writing a Lead Letter to each other on any topic that we choose. The others will have 2 weeks to reply with a letter addressing that topic. After, the reply letters are written. The next person on the list will initiate their own Lead Letter. The Lead Letters will be written on the 1st and 15th of each month.

September 15, 2023

Dear Gen and JB,

Gen and I have been writing a series of letters about our experience of love and romance. I thought this would be a good starting point for our group pen pal project. JB, I hope that this topic inspires you to share your experience of love and romance.

Gen wrote:

Here goes my first attempt at convincing you that romance isn’t dead.

It doesn’t seem that the discussion is about whether romance is dead or alive. On the contrary, romance is omnipresent. You can’t escape it if you tried.

There is no right and wrong here. The discussion is what does love and romance mean to us individually.



Francis Lee

My daily intention is to live in Nothingness. In this space of nothingness, there resides pure joy. There is no wanting or waiting here, just surrendering.