Swap-bot Time: July 27, 2021 2:37 am


Date Joined: October 27, 2019
Last Online: March 26, 2020
Birthday: August 11
Country: United States

About Me

*******************************************UPDATE********************************************* My family has kept me home due to coronavirus, and I am not allowed to return to university or even find a post box near a grocery to send stuff out. The remaining letter I have not yet answered will be picked up and brought back by a friend. I have sent out everything for my last swap. Until Shelter in Place is over, friends.

Got into this through fountain pens/inks, and I can talk about those all day every day. Love origami/kirigami and paper in general; I collect.

I very much love plants (I collect those and seeds), aquatic and marine life (studying marine biology), and science fiction/fact. I collect bones/wet specimens/taxidermy, either already prepared or things I have to DIY, both macroscopic and microscopic.

I conduct a school orchestra, help run a theatre group, and am part of a Renaissance History and Combat Club.

I love seeing what strange little things people are passionate about, and have a healthy sense of humour, so feel free to joke around or rant a little about that really niche thing you love. That’s the coolest stuff.

Favorite Music

I’ll listen from anything from Bach to The Doors. Recommendations are welcome!

Love love love progressive rock!! Yes will always be first in my heart, though Genesis (Gabriel era), King Crimson, Jethro Tull, and contemporaries are like ambrosia for the ears.

I like a lot of classical, my favourite composers being Ravel and Scriabin. Runners up of course being Rimsky-Korsakov and Chopin.

My favourite band still putting out new material is King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. I like having no idea what they're about to do next, as just about every album is a different genre.

I have a turntable and a growing collection of records, with an equal amount of classical and rock. I collect sheet music too!

Favorite Books

I specifically collect (geez didn’t realise how much I collected until I started writing this thing) science fiction compendiums from before 1980. They can be from any era, but 1940-1980 is the golden window to me. I like a lot of science fiction in general.

I enjoy contemporary and older works about ecology and palaeontology and such.

Discworld is a personal weakness.

I enjoy old scientific manuals, Romantic era poetry, and Steinbeck. Much like with music, recommendations welcome!

Favorite Crafts

I’m a mad multimedia scientist. You name it, I have the equipment. (Except knitting; I cannot knit to save my life.) Wood burning, resin pours, screen printing, free motion quilting, aquascaping... it’s not a disease, it’s a passion. I’ll take any chance to get the creative juices flowing, and I especially love seeing what other people come up with.

A moment of silence for abandoned pet projects forever in project limbo. Always looking for more paper ephemera and such for pieces.


9 cats from the streets. 4 dogs: 1 Doberman, 3 yorkies. Goofy 14-year-old leopard gecko. Mated pair of rescue box turtles and their 7 kids, and 2 tanks of cherry shrimp (1 fire red colony; 1 blue jelly colony).


Anything with animals, especially invertebrates like snails and spiders and shrimp as well as all kinds of birds. The grimy little critters usually thought of as ugly are some of the most beautiful things.

Cambrian-era creatures!!! The most beautiful thing in the world you can see without a microscope is the Burgess Shale.

Metallic colours, especially copper. Brown is really under-appreciated.

I like night/space themed, vintage themed, and medical themed stuff. All maps are beautiful. I cook a lot, especially baking. Send me recipes!!!

Science. Science-theme is fine by me, but if you’ve got a paper or study to recommend, I’d be delighted. Marine biology or medical related a plus.

I love tea. I am friends with my local coffee roaster and make a pot of one of their coffees every week minimum.

If sending seeds: try to send stuff ok for container gardens. Rule of thumb: if it can’t grow in a 5 gallon bucket, probably can’t do it. No huge bushes or trees, for example.

Anything themed after stuff in the sections above I’ll love; pretty much anything not in the dislikes I’ll at the very least like.


I know, I know. Least favourite bit. But important.

Any kind of politics, even if you think it’s not arguable. No exceptions. Just plain tired of it.

Pop culture themed things, like Star Wars or Batman or D&D or Pokemon or things like that. My exception is classic (not reboot) Doc Who.

“Aesthetic”/tumblr culture related stuff, like “soft boi” or “kintypes” or “self dx” and the like. I have had some really, really bad experiences with people strongly into/involved in these communities and I don’t want to be reminded of any of it. I know some people are strongly involved with that sort of thing here, but I ask you to perhaps keep it out of the mail.

Not a big fan of the Q word. Still an insult that carries weight where I live. Please refrain from using the Q-word in mail to me.

Not into girly stuff.

Anything intentionally “edgy” (serial killer stuff, imagery associated with self-harm, asylums/pills or suicide, excessive blood/gore). Modern goth stuff (Victorian gothic is fine).

Rooibos/red tea and or almond extract/amaretto (I’ve tried so hard to like it, it’s just so medicine-y.)

Phil Collins.

On being newish

I’m a bit late to the game, I know. I promise I’ll put effort and care into my swaps, and you can hold me accountable for this.

I have limited windows I can do this in due to limited post access during summer and winter, so my swap-o-meter’s gonna tick up awful slow. I promise I will only swap during these windows, and that those exchanges will be prompt and complete.

I’m sorry if it takes a while to get there; sent date is the day it goes in the post; but I’m on an island off of an island so sometimes it takes its sweet time. Might take a bit to get here too, so if it’s been a good bit and there’s no rating, I’m a-waiting. Feel free to dm if concerned.


brookeasaur rated for Drawing from memory (USA) on Mar 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the awesome drawings - yours look so good !!! Happy Swapping! :) ♥
chimerix rated for Spring ATC on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful hand painted ATCs! Aloha
Kirkdebb rated for Blackout Poetry ATC - Spring 2020 on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC. I love how you did the background!
Comment: Thank you so much! Hugs, Diane
pintis rated for Interest Me No. 78 on Mar 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the excerpt.
lemooon rated for Tarot card hand made postcard series on Feb 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you soooo much for the gorgeous tarot postcard! I really loved it! ☽ I also love the art envelope. Rubber stamping address is cool! Thanks again, and happy swapping! lemooon ;)
Doodlefingers101 rated for LLAMA ATC on Feb 20, 2020
Comment: The mica stayed inside all good 👍🏼 You did a great job thank you
Comment: Thank your for your beautiful creation. The envelope was damaged, glad the card wasn't
Angeljewele rated for Relax-Bath-&Craft:GIVEAWAY on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: I am also like the creative side of Swat-Bot trading and seeing others styles.
Comment: Thanks for the bookmark! I just wish it was a bit bigger. :)
Comment: What a wonderful pkg. blessings )0( I love the assortment. Thank you so much and for the written details also.
vlhafer54 rated for Me from A to Z swap on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the interesting list. I'm a great lover of the Houston Zoo, too. Happy Swapping!
Burger1girl rated for FAST Blind Swap on Dec 10, 2019
Comment: Hello again Alex, both arrived the same day!LOL An evening full of joy due to you!! That bookmark is cute!! Thank you for the postcard and wonderful looking tea! Have a great holiday season Alex and will see you around~!!!
Burger1girl rated for Lonely Day Mystery Letter on Dec 10, 2019
Comment: Alex, you have sent me the most needed letter in the nick of time. I work retail and the holidays are hard. You have written words I so much appreciate....the clover will be well loved. ANd the tea after a tiresome day...Thank you so much. I live near marshland so will often be reminded of your comparison...
Marleen1979 rated for 🎅 Christmas Card #2 on Dec 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful Christmas card. Love the Blue jay’s feather. Merry Christmas
stiffneck78 rated for Owls ATC on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: This Owl ATC is fabulous!!! I love it and the incredible bookmark you made me. So very cool of you! I love the way old books smell and I'm glad they were finally able to identify the organic compounds that make up that scent. I will give your referred book a read. Thank you so much! This was such a great swap, even the envie is super cool! Thanks, again.
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Always happy to interact with a fellow bibliophile.
Comment: thank you for the card
Comment: Cool card, thanks!
swapbotmaria rated for Elk snailmail theme! on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Very creative—thank you! I was able to read your message. 💜 Did you see that Kelly Link and her husband are opening a book store in MA?
Response: I had not! I believe it's time for me to plan one heck of a road trip then. Glad it all arrived safe!
robinjeree rated for Animal Postcard Swap on Nov 17, 2019
Comment: Hi Alex! I got your Moose :) I like him very much, he's a good choice. I agree, I've not seen postcards of secretary birds or sea spiders! (such cool favorites!) You'll be getting a PC from me soon!

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