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AlisonKingWriter

AlisonKingWriter
Date Joined: August 28, 2019
Last Online: July 4, 2020
Birthday: September 24
Country: Canada
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About Me

(Updated as of June 24th, 2020) Hello! My name is Alison (Al) and I'm a writer, career barista, crafter, 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: 1) I identify as genderqueer, and I reply to any and all pronouns, although they/them is always the best bet! 2) 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 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 Al or Alison though! Both work :) 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 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 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 and will call you out if necessary.

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 in a Trad West Coast Fiddle Band (still on the cello though! Rebel to the end!) and goof off on tracks with my brothers- who are both musicians as well. I have a healthy amount of appreciation for/love of classical music. There is NOTHING as powerful as a bit of moody Brahms while cleaning, let me tell you. 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 re-reading "Girl, Interrupted" by Susanna Kaysen and listening to "Fifteen Dogs" by André Alexis (I am a recent audiobook convert and usually listen while gardening- it's such a good way to "read," especially since I'm finding it harder and harder to find chunks of time to read) Some 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 The Invention of the World- Jack Hodgins (he is my grandfather so I am a little biased!) Generally though, I really am a sucker for some good angst, love, and NA drama, and I tend to write in those areas as well. With my writing, I usually 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(or if you ask!) 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.), 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, and Quincy are among recent favourites for me.

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 occasionally will watch some reality TV in the background while doing other things, but only the positive episodes (no joke- I genuinely research them ahead of time. Don't need that kind of negativity in my life!) 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): Arrested Development, Brooklyn 99, Shameless, Final Space, Taskmaster (but really any british comedy show), Ugly Delicious, Sex Education, Dont F**ck With Cats.

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 currently (as of June 20th) have around 37 penpals (including anyone I've set up an expectation of recurring letters with in the last 6 months- some of these partnerships have petered out or just not been replied to, but in general they're all active partnerships). I'm usually open to adding another (and will be doing a serious purge/reconnection sweep of all current penpals soon) but if you don't hear back from me- it isn't personal. Sometimes it can take me up to a month to write back, but I usually aim for about a week or two. 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). IF YOU ARE A CURRENT PENPAL AND HAVE'NT RECEIVED ANYTHING FROM ME IN A WHILE- message me. I make sure to reply to everything I receive and won't just stop communicating without letting you know why first, so odds are it got lost in the mail or there has been an address mistake- it has happened!

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-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!!

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you!
Response: Glad it got to you! -Al
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cool postcards! Very nice! Also I liked your decorated envelope and hand-made postcard! Thank you!! Stay well!
Response: Glad you liked them! <3 Al
Bhindblueeyes rated for ATCA: Sender's Choice #3 on Jun 29, 2020
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Comment: What a wonderful ATC, and what an amazing idea you have by cutting a larger painting down and sharing with people what part of the painting they have. Thank you so very much!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! <3 Al
sam4sam rated for Poetry Swap INTL Round 3- Food on Jun 26, 2020
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Comment: I loved your poem, the sentiment really resonated with me and my own experiences. Your swap was decorated fantastically- look out for a reply in your mailbox soon :) All the best!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I look foward to it! <3 Al
sherylk3 rated for CS: Postcard Scavenger Hunt U-Z on Jun 26, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for all the great post cards. SK starts phase 4 at the end of June, will see how that goes as we still are getting new confirmed cases each day.
Response: I hope it all went well! <3 Al
Jezzy2410 rated for Cute washi tape samples #1 on Jun 25, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely washi samples. 😀
Response: Glad they made it to you! -Al
mulkey rated for Postcard Pick Up #2 International on Jun 24, 2020
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Comment: hey! Thank you wholeheartedly for sharing your poems with me! I just came home from therapy when I fished them out of the mailbox and I was exactly in the right mood to read them. I am impressed how you integrated the original nursery rhyme into each poem and how it changes from verse to verse. The one based on 'Hey diddle diddle' is probably my favourite one. Thank you also for the content warnings. Very much appreciated, mostly because they help me to fully recognize your work. Lastly, thank you for not shying away from 'difficult' topics.
Response: I'm glad you liked them! The topics are very dark but I do love to delve into those sides of things. Be well! <3 AL
Rova rated for Book Suggestion #1 on Jun 23, 2020
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Comment: I enjoyed your letter so much. Thank you for the cute bookmarks.♡
Response: Glad it finally reached you! Be well <3 AL
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Comment: Thank you very much for the happy Atc. It really gives me a happy and sunny feeling. =) Here is almost everything the same again as before the virus. I hope the same for you and for everyone here on this planet. :)
Response: I'm glad you liked it! It is getting closer to normal here too, finally. Be well <3 Al
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Comment: Thanks so much! I will totally be responding. I loved the wordy letter and decorated envie filled with goodies! See you soon at the mailbox.
Response: Glad you like it!!! Excited to read your reply :) -AL
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Comment: LOL, thank you for the funny card from Down Under! I'm with you - that continent's critters are a bit much:)
Response: Glad you like it! <3 Al
captkristi rated for SF:Have You Ever.... Postcard on Jun 13, 2020
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Comment: Thank you :) 2 postcards was awesome!!
Response: Glad you liked them! I hope the resend has reached you! -Al
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Comment: Hi there. I received this on the 5th just as we were heading out of town to a cabin an I thought I'd rate it when we got there, only to find out when we got there that their was no wifi. So we are just coming home today and here I am rating now...Lesson learned!!!! Will forward it on next round. Thanks for the note card 😃.
Response: Hey- no worries! Mail is all over the place right now anyways- I'm glad it reached you :) <3 Be well- Al
debbiespoms rated for SF:Have You Ever.... Postcard on Jun 12, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the PC. Yup, You did it wrong. You were to answer the questions themselves & write down for each one if you did them. Like the hitch hike question, have you ever in your life hitch hiked & If you had why did you? Thank you for joining my swap. Thank you very much Alison for the resend & doing the answers. Which I so loved your answers! Esp. the one on your hitch hiking experience to another Island. Cool! I wish I lived near an Island or even the ocean. That was always my dream. Too old now to move to somewhere like that. Please take care !
Response: Haha I thought maybe? the wording on the swap page was a little confusing but that may have just been my tired brain XD I will resend to both <3 Al
babyblues65 rated for Poetry - Your Favorite Poems on Jun 12, 2020
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Comment: Hello! Thank you for the wonderful poems! They were so interesting to read!! Very different and thought provoking! Happy summer!
Response: I'm glad you liked them! Happy summer :) <3 Al
Nekomiao rated for When the quarantine is over on Jun 11, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the most adorable post card with cakes. Best postcard! And I hope you have a wonderful date when the restrictions are lifted!
Response: I'm glad you like it! I hope so too haha! Fingers crossed :) <3 Be well! -Al
Cariboocarol rated for Traveling Notebook - R2 on Jun 10, 2020
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Comment: You are a hard act to follow!! Good job!
Response: I'm glad you like it- good luck with the next section! I'm sure it'll be absolutely lovely! Be well <3 Al
JadeFan rated for Canada: Random Question PC #2 on Jun 10, 2020
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Comment: This was my answer to that question too last round.
Response: Oh wow- what are the chances?? Haha! Be well. <3 Al
CHOWEFACE rated for CPG QUICKIE: Travel PC - Global on Jun 9, 2020
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! -Al