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AlisonKingWriter

AlisonKingWriter
Date Joined: August 28, 2019
Last Online: March 28, 2020
Birthday: September 24, 1995
Country: Canada
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(Updated as of Jan. 7/2020) Hello! My name is Alison (Al) and I'm a writer, career barista, junk-journaler, and musician from Canada! I love everything snail mail and I hope to make many friendships and have lots of fun from this website. A couple of important snippets: -I identify as genderqueer, and I reply to any and all pronouns. These days I usually choose to use he or they, but she will also work in a pinch! -The name I choose to go by is my pseudonym/pen name (Alison (Al) King) but the PO box is registered in my birth name, so that is why my name is listed as L. Hodgins on my profile- so that packages actually do make it to me. You can just call me Al or Alison though! -lastly, I love meeting new/different people, even if you disagree with me or how I conduct my life. I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and basic human decency, so you will never be greeted with outright negativity from me. All questions, concerns, opinions, disagreement, and love are welcome here. I don't offend easily, and try to practice reckless optimism!

NOTE: I sign most of (if not all of) my letters "Love from Al." As corny as it is, I genuinely mean it as an expression of love from one human to the other. Please do though let me know if I make you uncomfortable in any way- that's not my intention!

Favorite Music

I love all kinds of music (even some country- fight me, I dare you) but right now I'm especially into old(er) classics like Gorillaz and older Arctic Monkeys. Honestly, though, I can probably name at least one group I love in every genre, and I'm a sucker for good lyrics and a good groove, no matter where they come from! I'm also a musician- I studied classical cello and voice for 12(ish) years, but now I mostly play Trad West Coast Fiddle and goof off on tracks with my brothers- who are both musicians as well. Fun fact- my parents were/are hardcore punk rockers when I was growing up, so I have a healthy appreciation/love for '80s and '90s punk rock, and still LOVE lots of groups from then (Lunachicks, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, L7, to name a few)

Favorite Books

I have a to-read list about a mile long, but at the moment I am reading The Invention of the World by Jack Hodgins (my grandpa- I'm working my way through his works as he is starting to get older and lose aspects of his memory) Other favourites include: Love Lives Here- Amanda Jette Knox (this book was life-changing for me and I highly recommend it regardless of how you identify) Bastard Out Of Carolina Order of Odd-Fish (a constant re-read) The Best Of Adam Sharp Devil's Trill The Girl Who Was Saturday Night I really am a sucker for some good angst, love, and NA drama! I'm also a writer and I have a number of projects on the go at any given time. I usually write dark NA fiction/fantasy but honestly love to try my hand in all sorts of different genres and styles. I have many notebooks FULL of character studies, short stories, and weird prose, and if I remember I usually like to include some of that in my longer letters!

Favorite Movies

I love movies. I wanted to be a screenwriter for a while (and maybe still do... shhhh) and I just love when film is done right. Some (pretentious, I know) favourites: Amelie, Barton Fink, Withnail and I, Trainspotting, The Favourite, Little Women (2020 version. Sidenote- Jo in the this recent movie is literally me, I am not kidding. They even joke about her being their only brother. I cried 3 times in that movie.), Carol, and Cloudburst. I am also a HUGE nerd, so Star Wars, classic Indiana Jones, superheroes (old X-men, Deadpool, Wonderwoman, Marvel Universe up until Infinity War) etc get me really excited but nothing in this genre will ever be able to top Mystery Men.

Favorite Television

I am a huge television junkie, but I can't seriously watch reality TV. I used to get lost in it when I was really struggling with my mental health for a while but it only ever served to bring me down (with the one huge exception of Queer Eye). I do love a well-written sitcom though, and limited series are usually fantastic. Some series I'm currently watching/love (in no particular order): The Crown, Brooklyn 99, Shameless, Final Space, Taskmaster (but really any british comedy show), Parks and Rec, Sex Education, End of the Fucking World.

Favorite Crafts

OOoooooh Boy, here we go. Folks, I have a large-scale stationary addiction. Like (I'm just assuming here) a large number of people in the junk journaling, penpal-ing and snail mail-ing worlds, I have shelves, bins, baskets, boxes, and bookshelves (and every other container starting with b) filled to the brim with paper, washi, stickers, lace ribbon, stamps, pens, ephemera, books, notebooks, and so much more. Holy crap, you guys. I started an etsy shop (the link is here on this page, I think) to try and offload some of the projects I've started (notebooks, envelopes, cards, etc) but it just keeps coming!! I also knit, sew, embroider, paint, and do all sorts of other fun stuff I couldn't cram into this space if I had to!

Penpals?

I absolutely love penpal-ing and am always looking for more people to send letters to! I write A LOT and will always include some of my writing (other than letter writing) in my letters if possible. I also enjoy the letter aspect of it more than the stuff aspect, so you'll probably get more writing than loot from me, unless it's specified in swap guidelines (ie- not a letter swap). I have around 18 active penpals at the moment, and that number is bound to grow, so fair warning- a reply may take me a few weeks to get to but I always reply to everything I get! If you sent me something (that warranted a reply/asked for one) and don't receive a reply within a few months let me know! Things slip through the cracks sometimes, however hard I try not to let them!

What to send!

I will 100% love anything you send to me, but I especially love things that have a little bit of effort put into them (if you have time- I know life is busy and sometimes it's too much) and a little more than just a name/swap name/username type thing. I'm not collecting anything specific (other than Jones soda bottle caps but that doesn't count here) but I love little things that I might not have yet. I'm a junk journal-er and I love chaotic art (embrace the mess y'all)! I also love when things aren't quite perfect, slightly off, and funky or unusual! In terms of postcards, I'm not a huge fan of tourist-y ones, but really anything goes! The weirder/stranger/funky-er the better!

ALSO- I am trying to live as plastic free as possible, so paper packaging only please (if you can- I'm not 100% and one plastic bag isn't going to kill me but as little as possible would be nice). This goes for snack/tea/etc swaps too- compostable/paper packaging is best! I'm also always looking for interesting sustainable living supplies and tips if you have anything you want to send!

ALSO, as of March 2019 I'm no longer eating added/processed sugar. I rarely join swaps that involve food but on the off change I do, I would appreciate sugar-free items. (Again- not the end of the world if they aren't sugar free- I know those can be hard to find and I have plenty of friends/siblings who eat copious amounts of sugar to share with :D)

Thanks!!

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Comment: LOL, that sux!! Well, hopefully you turned them into notecards:) Thanks for the chuckle!!
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Comment: Thanks for your honest and detailed letter, in several pieces. I'll send a brief PM as a response.
suepier rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #37 on Mar 26, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the special postcard.
Nuisant rated for ☆ TEA TIME #13 ☆ on Mar 25, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for resending and for the lovely teas! I cannot wait to try them
user6937 rated for CS: Postcard Scavenger Hunt F-J on Mar 23, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the varied representations of the alphabet :)
Persnarkety rated for Let's Talk About...#2 on Mar 22, 2020
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Comment: Cis dudes can be to wooooorst.
junemoon rated for Poetry SLAM SwAp-BoT Style! on Mar 21, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the poem. I''m supposed to send my remarks and rating but I'm staying away from my substation post office and avoiding the main post office "sheltering in place" as we're told to do. So I will write a PM. I hope that's okay.
Response: Its totally okay- thanks for the note! I've sent the text version of the poem and some description. Thanks so much! -Al
Sunshine1969 rated for Tea x3 on Mar 20, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much
Response: Glad you like it! Have a lovely day and stay safe! -Al
Poftoffel rated for Poetry SLAM SwAp-BoT Style! on Mar 19, 2020
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Comment: Thank you! I will send out your score ASAP!
Response: Glad it got to you in good time! I look forward to the response! -Al
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Comment: Hi, Al! I received this today and just finished reading it. Thank you for sharing all of those personal memories! I also love the postage stamps you used! Thank you and I hope you are doing well! <3
Response: I'm glad it got to you in such good time! I am well, I hope you and yours are doing well also! Stay safe! -Al
hanifahsekar98 rated for Tea For Thee # 30 on Mar 13, 2020
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Comment: I just got you tea! It takes some time but It finally arrived! Thank you!
Response: Glad it got to you! Enjoy! -Al
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Comment: Thank you For the lavender poem. I loved your envelope and stamps- so unique!
Response: It is on its way- hopefully getting to you soon, but thanks for the rating! -Al
BluBerry rated for Motivation/Inspiration Postcard #4 on Mar 13, 2020
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Comment: Thank you! :)
Response: I have sent a replacement, but thanks for the rating anyways! I hope all is well with you and yours! -Al
mailsbyjah rated for Washi Mail #1: Samples on Mar 12, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful washi tapes you have sent! I especially love the panda one! It's so cute ♡
Response: Glad you like it! Hope all is well! -Al
threelittlebirds411 rated for Washi Mail #1: Samples on Mar 12, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the cute washi tape samples! I've never seen those patterns before!
Response: Glad you liked them! Enjoy! -Al
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Comment: Thank you AL for the awesome PC view of the Great Wall of China. Beautiful autumn colors of the trees in the foreground. I liked the postage stamps, fun the one showing the ice cream cone walking hand - in - hand with popsicle, a cooling view enjoyed during a hot summer. Hope you have a good March.
Response: Glad you liked it!! That's my absolute favourite stamp series- plus a portion of the proceeds go to a childrens charity :) -Al
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Comment: Thank you or the PC, your pal gave you from India. Pretty neat, it is!
Response: Glad you like it! I love getting/sending PC's from other countries!! -Al
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Comment: Thank you! Hope life is going smoother for you these days.
Response: It's getting to be. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy! -Al
flowerais rated for Instax photo swap! ANYTHING #2 on Mar 11, 2020
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user6937 rated for CS: A Canadian Fact on Mar 10, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the resend - love the pc's! And, thanks for the two CDN facts - "I'm sorry" and "eh". I didn't know either of them :)
Response: Glad it got to you so quickly! Sorry once again for the need to resend! -Al

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