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DarmokAndJalad2020

DarmokAndJalad2020
Date Joined: August 5, 2020
Last Online: November 30, 2020
Birthday: August 16, 2001
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! I recently decided to delete all my social media accounts, which is where I used to do all of my mail swaps, so I'm very excited to find this community to continue doing swaps! Right now I'm a bit of a newbie but I'm excited to get more swaps under my belt.

My name is Nina, and next year I'll be heading to college to study Political Science. I love receiving and sending out mail, it's such a small joy in my life at the moment. I love Star Trek (my username is a reference), books, coffee, languages, politics, and did I mention books?! On one hand, I love writing lengthy letters to others, forming deep relationships where we can discuss in-depth topics with each other. On the other hand, I love getting stickers or stationary from people I have yet to meet. Truthfully, I just find the thoughtfulness of the mail I receive to bring a smile to me, whatever it may be.

Favorite Books

I love books and I'm so happy that I can type about books once again. I actually have a rough ranking of my favorite books.

First, War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy.

I've only read this book once, mainly because it's so long, but I just absolutely adore it so much. Pierre is my favorite literary character ever. I also love Natasha's character development throughout the novel.

Second, Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

Yes, it's another Tolstoy book. I really just love his writing style and find his characters so incredibly vivid.

Third, The Secret History, by Donna Tartt

I love the style of Dark Academia books. The story and writing of Donna Tartt's books here is fantastic. I've read her two other books (The Little Friend and the Goldfinch).

Other books that I adore are A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Brandon Sanderson books, The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, A Song of Ice and Fire, and JRR Tolkien.

My favorite Game of Thrones/ASoIaF characters are Sansa, Cersei, Daenerys, Jon, and Tyrion. I really adore Sansa - she's definitely my favorite. I adore the politicking of show/books. Right now I'm working on a re-read of the series.

I also read a lot of non-fiction, especially about history, sociology, and politics.

I greatly enjoying discussing books in depth, whether it be discussing the themes in fiction, or discussing the topics in non-fiction.

Favorite Crafts

I love the color black. Black and white, and gothic themed mail is so lovely for me.

I make a lot of friendship bracelets, this is my main crafting hobby.

I also really love using stationary, but it's less about crafting. I don't do much crafting with it. I love washi tape and stickers! Oh my goodness, I adore stickers, I love using stickers to decorate my planner. I love nerdy stickers, or 'cozy' stickers, so stickers about coffee, books, cats, etc.

My favorite colors for stationary and stickers, etc, are blues, reds, pinks, and oranges/yellows.

In general though, I am happy with any 'crafty' material. I'm looking to get into other crafts.

Things I Love to Learn About

I love learning about politics, past and present, US and international. I love analyzing elections as well as niche political issues. I listen to a lot of political podcasts like FiveThirtyEight as well.

I really, really love learning about languages. In college I'm hoping to start learning Russian. I also studied a little bit of German throughout high school.

I absolutely adore history. American history is fascinating to me, and I'm also very interested in World War 1, and Russian history.

Favorite Television

STAR TREK. I love Star Trek! I have a lot of Star Trek stickers as well. I'm hoping to watch all of Star Trek media, so I've seen all of TOS, The Animated Series, TNG, DS9, Voyager, and most of the movies. I'm going to start working through Enterprise then onto Picard and Discovery soon.

I also adore the original Twilight Zone, with Rod Serling.

Alongside this, I've enjoyed The Office, Parks and Rec, and Dark. I don't watch too much TV though.

Favorite Movies

My favorite movie is American Beauty. I find the screenplay so interesting to watch.

My other two favorite movies are Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name.

Also, going with the general nerdy trend above, I love Star Wars.

Favorite Music

I love Wilco and Phish right now. I love the Avett Brothers.

I also listen to lots of rap (Kendrick Lamar is my favorite), classical music, musicals, and rock music.

My favorite classical composers is are Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Dvorak.

My favorite musicals are In The Heights, Hamilton, The Great Comet of 1812, and Les Miserables (I really should read that book!)

Ratings

Pei04 rated for October 2020: What Did You Read? on Nov 29, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for sharing your list of books. All books were new to me, love getting new recommendations of what to read next.
Casmi rated for Something We've Learned #3 on Nov 18, 2020
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Comment: Thank you - I will look out that poem. :)
Zypdoda rated for November Pen Pal of the Month - USA on Nov 16, 2020
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Comment: Enjoyed your handwritten letter! Will write back soon โค๏ธ
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Comment: Thank you. I love the card and the golden envelope.
cherlita rated for October 2020: What Did You Read? on Nov 12, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing! I think I might like 'A Guide to the Good Life: The Art of Stoic Joy by William Irvine', since I enjoyed reading a book about stoicism in my language as well!
nanadiana rated for PC Weekly Goals #4 - USA on Nov 11, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the Route 66 postcard. I hope to get their one day! How did you do on your goals? Eat healthier is always on my list. Can's seem to pass up the sweets! Take care!
Casmi rated for October 2020: What Did You Read? on Nov 9, 2020
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Comment: Thank you. Not read any Marcus Aurelius, but he does keep coming up. I should look into him. and the poetry books sounds wonderful!
mejulia rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #218 on Nov 5, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your weekend with me. Hope you had a good drive to Arkansas. You are sure going through some beautiful area.
HarloweHouse rated for GEEK of the WEEK PC Swap #43 on Nov 4, 2020
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Comment: Chewie is awesome. I love the postcard. It makes me happy to see the reader and her dog. Reminds me of me.
glassnowdrop rated for You Might Like this Book #1 on Oct 25, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for your book recommendation! I will definitely check it out, put it on my long list!! :) I will then make sure to tell you about!
Lilyhax rated for Something We've Learned #2 on Oct 10, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for your letter. I will have to check out your book selection.
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Comment: I'm watching Dark, too! I love that you are reading The Count of Monte Cristo. I had to read it in my college French class and it was difficult. I should revisit it in English.
krspellman rated for !!TBR Lists!! on Sep 27, 2020
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Comment: thank you for the interesting list of books from your TBR list, super cute notecard! <3
dartha rated for Harry Potter letter #52 on Sep 26, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for your letter :)
theoriginalbrooke rated for !!TBR Lists!! on Sep 23, 2020
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SamanthaMcCall21 rated for Interest Me No. 84 on Sep 11, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the page! I will be renting this from the library!!
banjobraids rated for Science Fiction Swappers Unite! on Sep 11, 2020
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Comment: I absolutely LOVE your screen name, and I am proud to say I knew the reference right away :):):) I'm so excited for you to read Octavia Butler. Her writing is so incredible and sometimes it seems like she could see the future. Have you ever read any Marge Piercy? I need to get back into reading sci-fi. Thanks for this awesome letter and the AMAZing Star Trek stickers. I'm so excited for Discovery coming back soon. Good luck in ur studies! :):):)
tizzicat rated for First & last Lines no. 25 on Sep 10, 2020
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Comment: Thank you. Looks good.
SamanthaMcCall21 rated for Pen Pals Ages 18-30 on Sep 9, 2020
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Comment: Nina, Thank you SO much for the awesome post card! I will be writing back!! I think we will become great friends! It seems like we have a lot in common!!
Ree87 rated for What are you reading #1 on Sep 8, 2020
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Comment: Hey Nina! Thanks for sharing what you are and will be reading. I have not read any of those, I don't typically read non-fiction. Uprooted is also on my TBR list, I've heard some good reviews of it!

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Comments

January on Nov 28, 2020:

His face wet. (This remains my absolute favorite episode of any Star Trek. The writing, absolutely brilliant.)

PeliKat on Oct 25, 2020:

Temba, his arms wide. ๐Ÿ˜‰

DarmokAndJalad2020 on Aug 21, 2020:

Thanks everyone who's commenting their references to my username! It makes me smile.

pursehappygal on Aug 21, 2020:

Your username is brilliant.

EleanB on Aug 20, 2020:

at Tanagra

Drachenfrau on Aug 20, 2020:

Shaka, when the walls fell.

CajunLady on Aug 19, 2020:

Shaka, when the walls fell.

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