Location: Michigan, USA
How do you identify?: I'm an aromantic asexual genderfluid queer.
Interests/hobbies: Writing fanfiction/original fiction, photography.
Favourite books: Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Stephen King, The Hunger Games, The Chaos Walking Series, to name a few
Favourite films: Pan's Labyrinth is my favorite movie of all time. I also like The Orphanage, anything by Miyazaki, and Quentin Tarantino films.
Favourite music: I'm a huge Regina Spektor fan. Florenec + the Machine is amazing. I love Emilie Autumn.
What would you like to send/receive?: Snail-Mail, Email, Postcards.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone! :)
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: Anywhere! :)
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: Nothing that I can think of at the moment, besides the obvious.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: I don't really know.
Anything else you'd like to add?: Feel free to add me as a friend, even if you don't want to be pen-pals.
Location: San Jose, California
How do you identify?: Bisexual and polyamorous FTM.
Interests/hobbies: Reading novels, memoirs and one-shot/one volume graphic novels (and unearthing some of my old favorites and rereading them); drawing (I do commissions) on restaurant napkins and old grocery receipts; looking for, listening, playing, composing and writing music; writing short stories and nonsense (I love enjambment); collecting and giving away stickers, bottlecaps, pins and buttons and other little knick-knacks that make me happy; turning "junk" and "scrap" (old shampoo bottles, used shoeboxes and cardboard boxes, water bottles and empty dog food bags) into STUFF (toys, make-shift instruments, whatever)... a bunch of stuff; VIDEO GAMES.
postscript: I am vegan, love animals and am big on being green. ... I am also really big on education reform (child development major). Hmm... yeah.
Favourite books: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein; Blankets, Good-Bye Chunky Rice and Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson; Not Simple by Natsume Ono; Solanin by Inio Asano; Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green; What Becomes You by Aaron Raz Link and Hilda Raz ... off the top of my head, anyway. :)
Favourite films: Up, How to Train Your Dragon, Coraline, Despicable Me, Rio, Bolt, Fantastic Mr. Fox ... (can you tell I like animated films?) ... also... RENT, Black Swan, Gattaca, Im Juli, Bella Martha, Jenseit der Stille, Saving Face, Imagine Me and You, Lost in Translation ... ... I'll leave it at that for now, haha.
Favourite music: electronica (I've been listening to a lot of General Fuzz recently); video game music remixes; lounge; nu-jazz (?); solely piano instrumentals; classical; crazy stuff, e.g. happy hardcore, drum n' bass, "LET'S KICK BUTT" music... yes. <3
What would you like to send/receive?: I'd like to send AND/or receive letters, postcards, little knick-knacks, stickers, mixed CDs, book trades, drawings, etc. <3
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone! :)
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: No preference. :) Though, if you can write in German, that's a plus. <3 (English is my second language [Chinese is my first, but I can't write in it], but I took German for a few years and would like to get back into reading and writing in it~)
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: (eg. "food/candy with nuts") Please do not send me anything against my vegan lifestyle, e.g. food items containing animal products or things that, well, aren't animal-friendly, e.g. leather, fur, etc. Much appreciated.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: I love handwritten letters and hand-drawn illustrations or hand-made things. They make me happy. Art trades, mixed CDs/mixtape trades, book trades... I'd be thrilled if anyone were to be up for that.
Anything else you'd like to add?: It may be relevant to add that I'm in an open relationship (my girlfriend is amazing <3). Hm... not much else for now.
(I'm the one on the bottom. With glasses. The kid on top o' me is my girlfriend's son Phoenix (he likes to rough-house and climb on top of me :P ).postscript: Sorry if I don't reply right away (to comments, I mean)... and for not browsing the community more. I have work tomorrow morning and must therefore go to bed NOW if I want to function at my best. :) <3
Location: Alaska, USA
How do you identify?: Lesbian female, generally speaking. Mostly, though, I just identify as queer, which to me means that my sexuality and gender are fluid.
Interests/hobbies: Writing photography (especially portraits), long walks, lemon water, coffee coffee coffee, activism, journaling, collage, and spirituality.
Favourite books: The journals of Plath and Cobain, poems by Ginsberg, "Pronoia" by Rob Breszny. I read a lot of blogs too, my favorites of which are Goddess Guidebook and Gala Darling.
Favourite films: I'm going to be lame and admit I don't like movies... At all...
Favourite music: Motion City Soundtrack (my ex-gf got me hooked!), Lady Gaga, AFI, MCR, and Nirvana. And Ke$ha. D:
What would you like to send/receive?: I like sending packages, letters, and CDs in the mail. So fun!
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: A teenager who identifies as queer. That's it. I don't really care how you identify, other than that.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: ANY! I've had penpals in places like Germany before; anywhere is totally fine as long as you can write in English. (I;m not bilingual at all. Sadface.)
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: No, not really.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: A mix tape of random awesome pop-punk bands, a hand-written doodled-on letter, and a packet or two of tea. Because I love tea.
Age: 19 (20 in less than three months)
Location: London (home avec mes parents) and Durham, UK (uni)
How do you identify?: Bisexual female (I don't really like labelling my 'orientation'- I love who I love, y'know? So bisexual is, I guess, the closest.)
Interests/hobbies: Reading and writing, poetry, music, archaeology, ancient history, vintage clothes shopping, travelling, road trips, languages, photography, modern art, film, blogging, tumblr, stand-up comedy. I play drums, bass, piano, harmonica, and acoustic guitar. I write a style/culture/music blog over at blogger.com. I love going to gigs and festivals with my friends and family. I'm studying archaeology and ancient history but I don't really know what I want to do with my life.
Favourite books: Anything by William S. Burroughs, especially Junky. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The Paradise Trail by Duncan Campbell. DonDon by Nick Taussig. Anything by Oscar Wilde. Bright Shiny Morning. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I live and breathe books.
Favourite films: Ocean's 11, Fired Up, the original Star Wars trilogy, Sherlock Holmes, Road Trip, A Hard Days Night.
Favourite music: Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Queen, Guns N Roses, Nirvana, Poison, Mr. Big, Duff McKagan's Loaded, The Beatles, Rush, The Rolling Stones. Recently, I've been really into Arcade Fire and One Republic. I like anything with a good beat that I can dance or headbang to. Classic rock will always be my first love. Music is, hands down, the most important thing in my life.
What would you like to send/receive?: Long letters via snail mail. Interesting pictures you've taken or found. American food or things you can only buy in America (I'd send the English equivalent). Mixtapes/CDs. Poems and short stories.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: EVERYONE! Especially you :)
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: UK and America. Not adverse to Canada or Australia either. Or France, although my French isn't that good- it's be great to practice :)
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: Well, y'know, so long as it's legal, it's probablay okay :p
What would be in your dream letter or package?: A mixtape, some American/Australian/canadian chocolate, and a long handwritten letter :)
Anything else you'd like to add?: I did this once before but nothing ever really came of it so lets have another go :) I love NCIS: LA and Supernatural and pretty much anything Eric Christian Olsen's ever been in. I'm a sucker for guys with long hair and butch girls. I spend most of my life acting like a complete child. One day, I want to move to New York and join a band and travel the world. Or maybe be tour manager for Foo Fighters. I know everything there is to know about Bon Jovi. I love when a band or a song unites the whole audience and everyone's singing and everyone has this amazing connection. And the way a musician or a band can make 10,000 people shut up and listen with just one note. It's the most incredible feeling.
Name: Wendy or Wen
Location: New Jersey
How do you identify?: I don't. Love is love in my eyes.
About me: I'm in College studying Psychology and Sociology. Free-spirit.
I Love: adventures, zombies, raw emotion, animals, spontaneity, anything quirky, tattoos, cats, food, meditating, yoga, randomness, imagination, creativity, smiles, crocheting, laughter, discovering, & awesomeness. If you wanna know more check out my tumblr and that should give you more insight :) http://inthismomentof.tumblr.com/
Books: Any Dean Koontz book or Chuck Palahnuik, Running with Scissors, Jessica Darling Series, Speak, Dry, Harry Potter, Where the Wild Things Are, The Notebook, Into the Wild, etc.
Films/TV: Some favorite movies: Anchorman, WALL-E, Garden State, 500 Days of Summer, Timer, American Beauty, Big Fish, Sex Drive, Paris je t'aime, Away we Go, Euro Trip, ELF, Whip it, Zombieland, Harry Potter etc. Some favorite TV shows: The Office, Scrubs, Dexter, The Walking Dead, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, True Blood, Cake Boss, 30 Rock, The Buried Life etc.
Music: I have an eclectic taste, but some of my favorites are: The Beatles, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Jason Mraz, Circa Survive, Bayside, Rise Against, Regina Spektor, Adele, Foo Fighters, Iron & Wine, Death Cab for Cutie and many, many more.
What would you like to send/receive?: Definitely snail mail :)
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Male/female/dinosaur/whatever between the ages of 20-26.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: I would like to stay within the US for now. (Poor college kid here, heh)
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: (eg. “food/candy with nuts”) Dead things. So. Not. Cool. Illegal stuff, things that would make me or you wanna throw up.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: You can send me whatever you'd like except things from the "things I would NOT like to receive" question. I'm not picky, but anything cute/quirky/keepsakes/mixed cds/ books/postcards are always winners. And letters are just awesome.
Anything else you’d like to add?: Yeah, I'm looking for someone who is open-minded, awesome, has similar interests (or totally different ones), someone who likes to keep in touch and not just do this for a one time thing, one who wants to get to know me more, share inside jokes/stories, someone who would like to exchange little gifts, someone fun who doesn't always have to send a letter, it can be a postcard or a picture, someone who can get creative and making the whole penpal experience even more fun than it is. Someone like you :)
This is me :)
Location: Home is Plymouth in the UK, term time is Bristol.
How do you identify?: (sexuality/gender) Names are odd. I'm female. I like being female. I like people. I do not mind what shell they are in.
Interests/hobbies: I'm reading English Literature at university, so, reading. Music takes up too much of my money. Gigs - I like the feeling that everyone is there for the same reason. My horse, Jacob, he is my bestest BFG. I play the drums mostly, I have other musical skills. I like drinking coffee and watching people. I like cooking mostly because I like feeding people - not in a creepy way.
Favourite books: I love a lot of books but The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky is my favourite.
Favourite films: The Nightmare Before Christmas since I was five. I like peculiar films. I like pretentious arty films. I like world cinema.
Favourite music: I would have to say that Muse are my favourite band - I've seen them 54 times so far - but I'm not that person with a favourite band who only listens to that band. I have more CDs than I can fit in my room, I have a loft full of vinyl and my iPod is full. The rest of my musical loving is on a plateau of wonder - Radiohead, The Smiths, The Beatles, Placebo, Chem, Alkaline Trio and the list goes on and on.
What would you like to send/receive?: I love post! I mean proper post that is delivered by the postman post, so letters. I like surprises, nice ones.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone and everyone.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: All of them.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: (eg. "food/candy with nuts") Hells no, post me anything.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Some kind of mix CD made with me in mind, an interesting newspaper clipping, perhaps a book that is worth a read and I'd like for it to smell nice.
Anything else you'd like to add?: Nada.
I don't often hang out with inflatable condoms but when in Amsterdam...
Rabbit in Chinese astrology.
How do you identify?:
A gentleman. Androgyne, very much in to male aesthetics anyway. Born female but never really felt like one (on the other hand how should a female feel like, then? I don't know). Like to dress in old-fashioned men's clothing. I guess I'm something in between. I have reached the state of mind where I just feel like a unique entity without any labels whatsoever. Mostly drawn to men and manly/androgyne women, but I don't think genders matter that much - I love everyone beautiful and inspiring. I'm generally not very interested in sex.
Travelling, hiking, solitude, silence, steam engines, film cameras, classic cars, seaweed, mysticism, found objects, tea-drinking, random activism; Swimming in the lake, making firewood, learning new things, combing through fleamarkets and antique fairs; All sorts of things. I'm a bookbinder and an exceptionally lousy painter. I wish I had more energy to paint, I still have dozens of unfinished boards from 2007 or 2008. Sometimes I just can't get myself together. Drawing, painting, arts and crafts are all part of my everyday life. Things I really need to learn: Welding, woodworking, rare languages, how to use a chainsaw.
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Name: Amanda Traci Nicole Stevens
Location: Albany or Long Island, New York
How do you identify?: (sexuality/gender) Lesbian leaning towards pansexual all wrapped with the added confusion of being a trans female who identifies as gendqueer. If you were able to make sense of all that, please help me figure out the labyrinth. I would greatly appreciate it.
Interests/hobbies: Hmm. This could take awhile and I am trying to do this in a way that doesn’t make me seem boring. Well, first and foremost I am writer and most of my hobbies float around that and being a nerd. So, I spend a lot of time maintaining my blogs (although my LJ has fallen to the wayside), writing poetry, or working on my memoir. The rest of time is occupied with hanging out with friends, playing Magic the Gathering, or playing games on Steam. I am a huge nerd, so comics and video games and anime and manga are all aces in my book.
Favourite books: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, A Clockwork Orange, The Alcoholic, The Watchmen, Transmetropolitan, Bi Any Other Name, My Gender Workbook, Worst, and way too many other things to announce. Its mainly a huge mixture of manga, comics, graphic novels, gender studies, and whatever sparks my interest.
Favourite films: This will be the extremely short list otherwise this would be extremely long to read. Clerks, Mallrats, Red Dawn, Fame(the original), Half Baked, The Matrix, Fight Club, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, But I’m a Cheerleader, Camp
Favourite music: System of a Down, Bayside, Common, Daft Punk, Asian Kung Fu Generation, Rip Slyme, Nine Inch Nails, Monkey Magick, Yoshida Brothers, Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Streetlight Manifesto, Big D and the Kids Table.. Ok so this could go on forever and I don’t think you’d get what I like. I listen to everything from punk rock to j pop. It all just depends on my mood. So if you like something I will probably will also.
What would you like to send/receive?: As far sending goes I have no real preference. Just ask and I will try to accommodate. The same goes for receiving. There is nothing I would mind getting. I am a fairly creative person so the more creative the better. But don’t feel pressured
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: To be completely honest, anyone. I mean, I am a social butterfly, so I love just meeting and getting to know all people.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: This is the only time I am going to sound selfish. I would love to get mail from anywhere in the world, but my funds are limited. So, I will try to work anywhere but I can’t guarantee it will be speedy.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: (eg. "food/candy with nuts")
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Um, well anything super creative. Otherwise, send me your dream letter or package. That will probably make me the happiest. No lie.
Anything else you'd like to add?: UM. That I can think of. Just have fun, I know I will.
Name: Tiana or Teddy
Location: San Francisco
How do you identify?: Pan
Interests/hobbies: Cinema, Classy/Vintage (Nude) Photography, Candy, Themed Parties (Tea/Masquerade), Conventions, Taxidermy, The French, The 90s, Napping, Road Trips, Blanket Forts, Running, Baking, Adventures, Quests, Wine and Cheese, Perfume, Trinkets, Anything Dainty, Elegant or Charming
Favourite books: Of Human Bondage, Exquisite Corpse, Drawing Blood
Favourite films: The Doom Generation, Liquid Sky, Nowhere, Is It Fall Yet?, Masculin Feminin, Death Proof, Bande a Part, Murmur of the Heart, Brazil, Welcome to the Dollhouse, The Dreamers
Favourite music:Siouxsie and the Banshees, Calico Horse, Scarling, Billie Holiday, Bauhaus, David Bowie, Edith Piaf
What would you like to send/receive?: Oh whatever. Snail Mail, Care Packages, Postcards, anything fitting or random.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone who holds similar interests or is interested in similar interests haha, can hold a conversation and/or is french
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: I was kidding about the French thing, I truly do not care where you live.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: Anything that Divine would send in the mail.
Anything else you'd like to add?: I write in cursive ^_^
Age: a shocking and disturbing 30, for my birthday this year I gave myself the gift of being 20 again though.
Location: bonnie scotland, och aye the noo, see you jimmy, it's a braw, bricht nicht, etc etc
How do you identify?: (sexuality/gender) I'm gay, but I like queer so much better. I'm a dyke who likes to dress as a boy part time... awaiting plastic surgery up top to make myself more at one with my body.
Interests/hobbies: I bake, bread, cookies... I love to drive and am starting motorcycle lessons sometime soon (just need to finish moving house first). I love movies, music, reading, just the normal stuff. halloween is a major celebration for me, I decorate the house like a dyke version of martha stewart...
Favourite books: gosh, loads... I just read all the time. cookbooks (esp baking/patisserie), sci fi, horror (love me a good scare). I love kids books too, like, board books, I think they are just so cute.
Favourite films: boys dont cry, avatar, boys on the side, rat race, lotr trilogy, the matrix, tank girl, but I'm a cheerleader.
Favourite music: I love the indigo girls and amy's solo stuff, melissa etheridge, anouk, great big sea, runrig... anything really, I do bodycombat/pump and like dancey/workout type music too.
What would you like to send/receive?: recipes, postcards, candy/local foods, halloween tat! cds, mix cds are all shades of awesome. stickers, stationery generally (oh how I adore paper), magazines...
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: anybody really.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: I'm totally unfussy, really.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: (eg. "food/candy with nuts") hmm... live animals, stinky cheeses? lol
What would be in your dream letter or package?: ooh, grandma's recipes, a great postcard, music, a photocopy of something you saw and loved recently, socks! art, something that shows me a new part of the world. (oh and if anybody out there had copies of the hail marys music, y'know, jackie strano etc... friend for life, seriously)
Anything else you'd like to add?: hmm... I'm open minded, happy, fairly at peace with myself. I love writing, a semi regular penpal would be very cool...
Picture (optional): ( me )
All you got to do is reply to this thread some time this week and say whether you'd like make/receive a mix-TAPE (as in cassette tape) or a mix-CD (as in CD-R).
Next week - I'll aim to leave it up for 7 days, so probably sometime around the 6th July - I will pair everybody up RANDOMLY and post the pairings. Find your partner, PM them, swap addresses and make/send eachother your mixes.
Why not add in a letter? Or decorate the mix artwork? Or send some extra little goodies to introduce yourself?
1) This is a WORLDWIDE trade. If you sign up then please be aware that you might be paired with somebody on the other side of the planet. If this is a problem then please don't sign up - why not find somebody closer to you and then PM them directly and suggest a private trade? I used to organise these trades regularly and pairing people who would only mail to certain countries got too complicated so I'm scrapping it.
2) Please only sign up if you can fulfill your promise. Make sure you can afford postage, have the equipment and ability to make/send your mix, make sure you have a little time to spare next week.
3) Please include a tracklisting. So annoying finding great new music but not knowing what/who it is!
4) Be aware that you could be paired with ANYBODY, wherever in the world, whatever age/gender/sexuality. I will pretty much pair-up people entirely randomly - except will aim to pair tape people with tape people, and CD people with CD people. If you want to trade with somebody in particular, just message them directly! We're all here to make friends! :)
This is just a nice way to make friends, find some new music, receive something nice in the mail. Don't be shy :)
GO GO GO!
Location: Northern Virginia, USA
How do you identify?: Bisexual, female.
Interests/hobbies: I love music, cooking, gardening, art, dance, video games, theatre, politics, languages, old books, reading, poetry, fandom, taking care of kids. I want to bring back letter-writing!
Favourite books: So, so many. It is alarming how much I read but it looks like there are lots of other totally awesome bookworms around here. Authors include but are not limited to: Ray Bradbury, Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, Philip Larkin, Emma Donoghue, C.S. Lewis, Patricia A. McKillip, and Garth Nix.
Favourite films: French films, especially Avenue Montaigne, and old movies- anything with Cary Grant or Humphrey Bogart. Slightly newer and lighter classics like The Princess Bride and The Labyrinth. Retold fairy tales like Ever After and Hook. Animated movies. Anything that makes me laugh or think- hopefully both.
Favourite music: Indie rock, electronic, classical, Broadway, jazz, old-school go-go and funk and big-band swing. Ben Kweller, Owl City, Emily White, Starryville, M.I.A. and lots more. I sing and play a few instruments pretty well- mostly guitar, cornet, and trumpet.
What would you like to send/receive?: Anything! Letters, postcards, art, swapping books or stories or poetry. I love to make and send intricate and pretty postcards and decorated letters.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anybody.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: Anywhere.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: I still live with my parents and they are often the ones who go get the mail, so nothing that would particularly shock them unless it's inside an envelope or otherwise craftily hidden.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Art or a poem or a book. Drawings. A postcard from an interesting place. Photographs. Candy. A story about yourself. A kitten...where feasible.
Anything else you'd like to add?: I just learned to blow bubbles in gum about a year ago, and I was very proud of myself, but I still can't whistle. I really dig dancing and going barefoot and lying around in the sun and taking long walks and exploring weird places and talking to people and making friends and going to museums. When asked to describe me, four out of five of my friends said "funky". (disclaimer: all statistics may or may not be inflated). And I seriously do love to write letters, so if you write me then I would love to send you some cool stuff.
Picture (optional): My tech-fu is failing at the moment, but yours for the asking!
Location: New England, USA
How do you identify?: I am really uncomfortable with labels. I don't feel particularly drawn to any sexuality/gender labels, specifically, but I'm repelled from others. I love "queer," let's leave it at that.
Interests/hobbies: Procrastinating, reading (specifically experimental genres, magical realism, poetry,) art (modern, specifically dada/surrealist/conceptual), avoiding being creative, making mixed cds/tapes, listening to music and dancing around by myself, live shows, taking baths, lighting candles n a non-neo-pagan way, feminism, gender/queer studies, riot grrrl, countercultures, subcultures, sociology, anthropology, folklore, fairy tales, social politics, gossip, junk food, secrets
Favourite books: My first and most important label, before human, is bookworm. Some important authors to me are Alice Hoffman, Francesca Lia Block, June Jordan, Charles Bukowski, Daphne Gottlieb, and Edward Albee. There are always more.
Favourite films: I am intrigued by Todd Solondz films. Otherwise, my personal film collection looks like it's owned by a male, gay, art, drug addicted snob. Take that for what you will.
Favourite music: I will be that douchebag who says that my music transcends boundaries... except it does. I have interests in all genre, but I am particularly intrigued by anything angry, loud, experimental, or from the first half of the nineties... let's talk blind melon and bikini kill.
What would you like to send/receive?: First I'd like to get to know you online, for a while. Than I'm open; I'd prefer commitment to long letters. Mixed cds are always loved.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: I'd like to meet people interested in queer politics/gender queer exsistence. While anyone is welcome, I love radicals.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to? Let's stick to America.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: Not particularly.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: A long, rambling letter from a friend written on interesting paper. A mixed cd/tape is a must, the more the better. Zines. Books. Artwork.
Anything else you'd like to add?: I feel disconnected from the queer community, and I feel invisible/underrepresented/empty. Help me fix that!
Name: Hannah, but all my friends have called me 'Harry' for a very long time
Location: Lakeview, OR, US
How do you identify?: Asexual
Interests/hobbies: There're really too many to name. I love the outdoors, being outside, and gardening, though I'm not too fond of being 'active' (I never did too well with the hiking and fitness jargon). Spending my nights awake and bored on the internet, reading about science-y, geek-y things and general news is the main hobby; I'm always at my computer! I love doing things with my hands, and they need to be kept busy; drawing, writing, knitting, and video game playing help with that greatly. Of course I love music and movies as well! If it sounds fun, it's probably one of my hobbies or interests, really.
Favourite Books: I pick up a lot of random books, but I'm very picky with what I read! And most of the time, I don't remember the authors. But from what I can remember; Every Chuck Palahniuk book, Don't Stop The Carnival, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach, Alfred Hitchcock collections, H.P. Lovecraft collections, Horror Times Ten, (I swear, I'm not just into the horror genre, really!) and many wide, varying graphic novels.
Favourite films: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang; The Gay Divorcee; Jurassic Park; The Tremors series; The Alien series; The original Star Wars trilogy; Haha, I love a lot of really good movies, a lot of really bad movies, and a lot of movies that are so bad they're good.
Favourite music: A lot of strange, strange indie stuff. I'm not elitist and snobby about my music, but the undiscovered and underground usually has the best sound! A quick list, though; Man Man; Mother Mother; Dropkick Murphys; Gorillaz; Laura Marling; Murder by Death; The Minus 5; Neon Horse, a ton of soundtracks from both movies and video games, and all the music my mother brought my up on.
What would you like to send/receive?: Snail mail, most definitely! I'm very shy over email and IM, but writing lets me be more myself. But I love letters, small trinkets, bits of shared life, art and things like that.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone! Unfortunately the only languages I know are English and sign language, and only one of those I can read and write, haha! But I do love the way different languages look, and would love to learn them. Maybe getting a letter in a different language, along with a translation would be nice? But anything is fine!
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: All of them! I'm willing to spend the few extra cents, just to be able to say that I've sent letters to different countries!
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: Drugs, death threats, small rodents, dead things. Those would make me very unhappy, I think. (Except the small rodents, I love them, but my cat loves to eat them just as much.)
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Some small thing somebody found on the ground that day, a nice letter, pictures, movie recommendations, new music, a good book, a hug, an invitation for tea or coffee, art of some kind. Everything is fascinating when it's sent in the mail! Except bills and junk mail, of course.
Anything else you'd like to add?: I'm in college and living with my mother for summer term, but once I get to the dorms my mailing address will have to change. If there's anyone that wants to exchange letters, I'll be sure to forward the new address along! Also, I really do like meeting new people and learning about their lives, but I'm very, almost cripplingly, shy. Don't let that ward you off, though!
( Also also; a picture! )
Location: Louisiana, USA
How do you identify?: Effeminate female. *wears a lot of skirts*... I'm either: (a) bisexual with a tendency toward women; (b) a lesbian; or (c) pansexual, because I still think my ideal partner might be a cross-dresser, haha. I'm really not into labels because then it's like you have to be/act in a way that depicts that model. I'm more of a a "I am what I am" type person.
Interests/hobbies: Um... I love Japan for more than its anime and manga. I'm 2/3rd's finished with my psychology degree (possible art minor). I draw and paint, and write poetry that comes out in splatters but for some reason people still like it. I appreciate nature, coffee, and drag queens. I love opera and steaks. I'm crazy yet down to earth, emotional yet rational. I'm spiritual but not religious. I love talking to new people! When I'm not being in depth, I'm very random: expect anything and everything. I get wayyyy too much pleasure out of organizing. Art and music and creativity fuels my soul. I can't help but think too much. I love corsets and lace and painting my fingernails black. I can get way too hyper about things. I like to send people random stuff, bwaha.
Favourite books: I'm not ashamed to say that I really don't do books. I like a few manga series (Kuroshitsuji, Loveless, Godchild, etc.) because I can sit and ogle at the gorgeous artwork like a five-year-old. Otherwise, I enjoy some good poetry every now and then, but I love reading articles and non-fiction things more than I will ever enjoy a fiction novel. I enjoy reading about psychology (obviously), philosophy, art, sexuality, mythology, spirituality, culture... The list goes on!
Favourite films: Moulin Rouge, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, August Rush, Phantom of the Opera, V for Vendetta, Guys and Dolls, The Eye (original Chinese), various other Asian films. Wolf's Rain is an anime but it should count because it's incredible, haha. [Edit: Oh! And the Resident Evil and Underworld sagas.]
Favourite music: Symphonic metal is my favourite genre. Classical music, J-rock, or other rock music that has a point to it (can't stand "emo" bands). Within Temptation, Lisa Loeb, Flyleaf, Brandi Carlile, Malice Mizer, Chevelle, Muse, Sia, Blue October, Snow Patrol, Queen, Vanessa Carlton, Evanescence, Goo Goo Dolls, Korn, Savage Garden, Stella Soleil, Vanessa Mae, Velvet Eden, D'espairsRay, Kagerou, Plastic Tree, Rentrer en Soi, Minagawa Junko, Yoko Kanno, Bach, lots of others. I have music in like 20 different languages, whoa.
What would you like to send/receive?: Actually, I really like instant messaging programs, but I do understand that many people are too busy for that, and some times it's inconvenient because of time zones. So, e-mail is great, too. :D I make my own stationery and regularly write, but I probably won't be cool with "snail mail" until I really know you, sorry. =\
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone who shares something to talk about. :D
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: No preference. It's fascinating to talk to people from other parts of the world because the cultures are so diverse, but just know that I only speak English. (I know a little French and a little Japanese but probably not enough to get by with, haha)
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: Nothing randomly vulgar or gross?
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Anything constructed from elegant stationery with old fashioned ribbons and wax seals... Yeah.
Anything else you'd like to add?: I think that about covers it!
Location: UK, Dorset
How do you identify?: Queer femme, and in a happy monogamous relationship.
Interests/hobbies: I am a web and graphic designer and can honestly say that I get mega nerdgasms from coding a kick-ass piece of CSS. When I'm not being a computer geek, I love reading, drawing, walking my dog, drinking tea, cooking veggie delights and baking, charity shops, collecting stuff (I am a serial hoarder of records, tacky cheap kitsch toys, vintage cameras, accordions... I should also mention that I have collected Hanson memorabilia since I was 9 years old and my quest in life is to own the Hanson skateboard and glow-in-the-dark frisbee. One can only dream...) making mix-CDs/mixtapes, DJing (badly), going to gigs/festivals, zines, crafternoons, print-making, illustration... probably tons more that I've forgotten.
Favourite books: My favourite book ever is Down And Out In Paris And London by George Orwell, but I also love the lines of: Charles Bukowski, Cormac McCarthy, William Burroughs, Poppy Z Brite, Jonathan Saffran Foer, Haruki Marukami... usually I love anything dark, bleak and preferably featuring poverty/murder/nihilism/alcoholism/
Favourite films: My favourite film ever is Ghost World. Also, Les Amants Du Pont Neuf, Sunset Boulevard, Heathers, Grizzly Man, Paris Texas, Amelie, Caramel, Betty Blue, Night On Earth, a lot of movies by Pedro Almodovar, Lukas Moodysson et all... I also have a soft spot for dodgy rom-coms, 90s kids movies and camp queer classics.
Favourite music: http://www.last.fm/user/alicaurusrex - mostly indiepop, folky, americana rock'n'roll stuff.
What would you like to send/receive?: Letters, postcards, photographs, weird toys, zines, home-made crafty goodies, mix-cds, mixtapes, data discs, candy/sweets, little gifts... I don't know, stuff to make eachother surprised and smiley.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Interesting people with similar tastes and a good outlook on life that I can relate to.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: Any! But I only speak English I'm afraid.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: Nope, I'm open to anything except for nail-bombs and the like. Oh and I'm veggie so nothing meaty or gelatiney please.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: A letter, a mix-cd, some little goodies...
Anything else you'd like to add?: Well I started this community and have had a couple of nice short-term penpals from it but am still hunting for a keeper. Honestly, I am very busy a lot of the time so I am searching for a non-demanding penpal relationship... as in there isn't too much pressure to write to eachother regularly. Maybe we could just keep in touch, maybe send eachother updates and cute things occasionally, maybe not talk for a few months while we are busy and then suddenly write eachother 20 page letters out of the blue when we crave conversation. This is what I once had with a penpal but alas it is no more... and I'd love to have that again. There is nothing quite like receiving an amazing letter in the mail randomly, or pouring out your heart and posting it halfway round the world when you are feeling down (or up! or just in the mood!)