I'm writing some thank you notes in my official capacity as a committee person, trying to draft these so I can get some input from other committee members before I send them out officially.
But yesterday, I started reading a new novel, Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher. First, I was sitting waiting to pick folks up in an airport, and kept laughing inappropriately loudly, but I couldn't help myself. And here in the upper midwest, loud laughter in public is pretty unappreciated unless you're a white male, drinking, and watching your local sports team or something. At any rate, I got some weird looks in the airport.
Second, beyond the amusement, the novel makes me want to get a little more action into my own letters. (These letters are very sincere, but it's hard to say much beyond "thank you for doing this extra work" at this point. I'm trying.)
If you haven't read it, I recommend the novel. And if you have, I wonder if you're reimagining the various letters you write for recommendations or whatever, as I am.