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Date Joined: August 28, 2019
Last Online: February 16, 2024
Birthday: September 24
Country: Canada
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About Me

(Updated as of October 2022)

Hello! My name is Alex and I'm a writer, barista, crafter, and musician from Canada! I love everything snail mail and have had a lot of mailing adventures in the last few years!

A couple of important snippets:

1) I very recently came out (for the second time in 10 years) as a trans man, and I use he/they pronouns. Its fairly new, so i don't expect everyone to pick it up immediately but please refrain from using feminine honorifics (miss/MS./mrs) and language like "girlie" or the like.

2) The name I go by is my pseudonym/pen name (Alex King) but the PO box is registered in my birth name, so that is why there is a "c/o" line in my address- please do include that line so that packages actually do make it to me! Don't panic if you forgot- the wonderful postal workers at my local post office know me quite well by now so odds are that they'll put in in anyways, but it's always best not to risk it! You can just call me Alex or Al though :)

3) 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 negativity from me. All questions, concerns, opinions, disagreement, and love are welcome here. I don't offend easily, and try to practice reckless optimism in all aspects of my life.

4) That being said, I have absolutely no tolerance for willful ignorance, outright spite, and intentional racism/homophobia/transphobia/xenophobia/etc. and will call you out- gently, and always with love first- if necessary.

Favorite Music

A little bit of everything!

-Classical (I play cello and was in classical lessons for 13 years. Elgar's Cello Concerto in E and the Devils Trill Sonata by Tartini are my curent top two!)

-Punk (80's and 90's Green Day, The Lunachicks, The Donnas, Bad Brains, The Interrupters)

-Rock/Alt (Weezer, The Heavy, Hot Hot Heat, Blur, YUNGBLUD)

-Pop (Mostly queer pop tbh: Girl in Red, King Princess. Honey by Kehlani is my current absolute favourite)

-Rap (Beastie Boys, M.I.A., Public Enemy)

-RnB (Zayn, Santigold, Missy Elliot)

And I could go on!

Favorite Books

I have a to-read list about a mile long, but at the moment I am reading "Vile Bodies" by Evelyn Waugh and I'm enjoying it! I struggle with true crime/horror fiction these days but I'm also about halfway through Helter Skelter, although I've been "reading" it off and on for a year or so.

I was a Harry Potter kid hardcore, so while it saddens me the path JK has taken (and while i wont be buying anything harry potter not from a thrift store to avoid sending any more money her way) that series was definitely the inspiration behind my current obsession with magical realism. I love a good queer book, a good magical book, or a good tragedy (well, in normal times) and always love recommendations!

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 this is literally me, I am not kidding. They even joke about her being their only brother. I cried 3 times in that movie.), Moulin Rouge, The Princess Bride, 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 in my opinion, and that is an opinion I will be standing by until my dying day. There is also something to be said for a good documentary- Disclosure, 13th, a secret love, Crip Camp and Quincy are among recent favourites for me.

Favorite Television

Oof. I feel like at this point I have watched the entirety of Disney +, Netflix, and youtube combined (and an unnamed New Zealand streaming service I VPN the crap out of!) it feels like, so odds are Ive seen at least a part of your favourite show. I'm currently part way through How to Get Away With Murder (my third attempt at this series so fingers crossed) and Our Flag Means Death is constantly on repeat. Heartstopper has a special place in my heart as it basically instigated my entire trans awakening, and I'm about to start watching Young Royals.

Favorite Crafts

I think this section has evolved the most since I set up this profile the first time, and I'm not ashamed of it. Currently, my craft obsessions include: postcard making, collage, journaling, crochet, sewing my own clothes (I finally got a sewing machine, now I just need to figure the damn thing out lol), and chaotic scrapbooking. One of my 2022 resolutions (if you can even call them that, really) was to try more new things though, so I've been joining a lot of swaps for crafts I've never done before, and I'm really excited! I slowed down with swaps for a while (I lost a lot in my move back in June, then my more recent identity struggles impacted my time) but I am hoping to start back again crafting my little heart out!


Full transparency: i currently have 20+ penpal letters sitting on my desk waiting for replies, and I'm slowly working my way through them but I havent had the mental energy to for a while. If you havent heard from me in a while that's why, but I am slowly working through them so you will hear back eventually! Because of this, I'm really not starting any new penpal relationships at the moment but thatll be more of a case by case decision. Thanks!

Misc. Preferences

I will 100% love anything you send to me. I'm not picky and if there's anything the pandemic has taught us it's that shit happens. My only ask is that you dont just shovel a bunch of loose paper and kiddie sticker extras into the envelope of a simple swap. I love extras, but dont expect them and I find that the over-sending thing can kindof cheapen the whole swap.

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! Bonus points if it has a queer theme or vibe.

Some Specifics:

POSTCARDS: I love everything unusual, art cards, drawings, handmade cards, and anything in the "...huh?" category. I'm not a huge fan of touristy postcards or ones with vague quotes, but I can always make use of those as well if need be!

TEA: I'm overloaded with too much green tea at the moment!! Please don't send more green! I'm fairly easy with any variation of tea or flavouring, I just have a large amount of plain green tea and it's not generally my favourite.

WASHI AND STICKERS: I don't really care for washi with lots of text or with that plastic-y coating, but other than that I love most everything! Stickers are much the same- I'm drowning in letter and number stickers, so please refrain from sending those, as well as specifically branded stickers and puffy ones (that stick up from the page- not much use for those at the moment) but I love almost everything else!

BAGS: As of this year, I am now collecting bags of all types and hosting a monthly bag swap. If you have any extra bags that still have a few spots left or dont want to be part of bag swaps anymore, let me know! I'll gladly take them off your hands.

MAKEUP/BEAUTY: Please refrain from sending these unless the swap specifically asks for them. I very very rarely use makeup outside of occasionally for work and I really dislike the huge amounts of plastic and non-reusable materials used in most beauty products. If you have something specific and low-waste or plastic-free that you would like to send, please send me a message first to confirm, and if it's part of a swap requirement please try to pick something as eco-friendly, gender-neutral, and plastic-free as possible. Thanks!


Comment: At long last. I started thinking that the South African Postal Service didn't want to send me my mail. Luckily it arrived :)
snailmailer1 rated for Christmas Box Swap on Dec 9, 2022
Comment: Thank you and sorry for the very late rating. Having read your profile just now, we have something in common, I'm also FTM.
samsstuff rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R73 on Nov 20, 2022
Comment: Thank you, I like what you did for the butterfly prompt!
Comment: Wow!!! Thank you so much for all the AWESOME goodies!
Response: So glad it made it- enjoy! <3 Al
galadkria rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R70 on Aug 30, 2022
Comment: Just back from the summer break and it is here !!!! Thank you so much
Response: So glad it made it to you! <3 Al
catlingmex rated for Bags, Glorious Bags #10 on Aug 27, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the great bags!
Response: Glad they made it to you! <3 Al
Pupullona rated for 10 non-label bags to 2 partners #7 on Aug 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much! :)
Response: Glad it made it! <3 Al
Comment: Thank you for the extra postcards. I hope you have a great summer.
Response: Glad you like them! You too! <3 Al
JenniferJo rated for Bags, Glorious Bags #9- INT on Aug 15, 2022
Comment: Thank you😊 I’ll get them moving!
Response: Glad they made it! <3 Al
Inkeltje rated for Postcard Bag #12 on Aug 6, 2022
Comment: I did get your envelope, but I wasn’t able to open it, since we’re on a holiday. When I’m back home, I’ll open it, and rate.
Response: No worries, just glad it made it! <3 al
carol rated for LLU: Traveling Library Card Swap #23 on Aug 5, 2022
Comment: Interesting to see this again. We seem to be bouncing it back and forth! Hope I get to send it to someone new next time! Lol!
Response: Haha me too! I feel like this swap series (and many others) have become like that. Fingers crossed for next round! <3 Al
AnneliesV rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #35 on Aug 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sending the bags
Response: Glad they made it! <3 Al
Ace330660 rated for Ace330660 Journal Return Swap on Aug 4, 2022
Comment: Thanks for returning my journal ! I hope to swap with you again !
Response: swap again soon! <3 Al
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Glad it got to you! <3 AL
Selewis91 rated for 10 non-label bags to 2 partners #7 on Jul 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much! I think I have a penpal letter for you in the works :) Love swapping with you!
Response: I think I have one for you too, somewhere! Can you tell my life is a mess? haha! Thanks for the heart! <3 Al
heidiblooms rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #35 on Jul 16, 2022
Comment: Yay! Thank you!
Response: Glad it got to you! <3 Al
Pupullona rated for 10 non-label bags to 2 partners #4 on Jul 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Glad you got it in good time! <3 Al
Kokushi rated for I Can Be Your Last Signer on Jul 13, 2022
Comment: I recived your swap today. Thank you so much!
Response: Glad it made it! <3 Al
Comment: Thank you so much! I am loving filling and passing along these bags :)
Response: I'm so glad you're having fun! <3 Al

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simcoe54 on Sep 24, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!!

user6937 on Sep 24, 2021:

Happy Birthday, Al!

carrotkate on Jul 10, 2021:

Happy "Plastic Free July!"

USAFwife on Mar 5, 2021:

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the InCoWriMo series. Thanks for the doubles, too. :) If you're up for a letter writing adventure in April, I have some Write On Challenge swaps posted - US and International. Maybe there will be more takers for actual letters, and fewer doubles. :) Either way, it's a fun experience. Cindi

USAFwife on Feb 27, 2021:

Thanks for the bonus card. :) I was disappointed to see not as many signed up for the swaps, but I'm glad to see you found a way to write a card a day. :) I did something very similar this year. Cindi

weatherwax on Jan 22, 2021:

Thank you so much for you lovely note! This was such a wonderful and thoughtful surprise!!!

Thank you Al, you really made my day :)

Trinket on Jan 13, 2021:

Thank you so much for the really thoughtful card. Arrived a day ago with a date stamped 19th December but its lovely, it is a shame our post is a little butts right now.

shirleyinCA on Jan 10, 2021:

Just wanted to send special thanks for the deligthful Golden Book you sent me for the Christmas Countdown #4. And how I loved the Alice in Wonderland gift card in the wax sealed little airmail envelope! Such wonderful attention to detail made this an extraordinary swap.

dally on Jan 8, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful thank you card for the scrap journal I sent you! It was very thoughtful of you. <3

takehimaway on Jan 2, 2021:

Do you wanna do a private swap? <3

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