Hi! I'm Barbie (she/her), a queer librarian from Virginia. I am interested in long letter writing and finding a new penpal or two. I love to write, and on occasion doodle some. :) Recently, I've been starting to get back into watercolor and mail art, and swapping is perfect for that. It is nice to have a prompt to follow.
In terms of swapping, I like getting to know people and just chatting. Write about anything you like! I like finding out about daily life in different places. Long rambling letters are the best. I really do want to know the ins and outs of what you had for dinner and all about that cute noise your dog just made. If you ever would like a reply, just make sure to let me know! My favorite part about all of this is making connections with people around the world and sending little happy gifts.
I'm also very happy to give book recommendations (really it is my job as a reader's advisory focused librarian... but I never really stop. Ask any of my friends). If we're matched up and you don't know what to write about, I'd love to know what books you've enjoyed.
I'm very into the idea of using what you have on hand/making something/supporting artists. Right now it feels like so much of the world is obsessed with buying things and for me, swapping is about creating and sharing. If you have the bandwidth and it isn't specifically against the swap rules, I'd love to see what you make! Even if you think you aren't artistic, I will love it! I also acknowledge that not everyone (including myself at times) has the energy to get creative, so please send as you are able. Adjacent to that, typed letters are always ok with me.
The list of interests/favorites below is just a list of ideas, because I know I worry about sending things that aren't what the recipient will like and don't want you to feel anxious about it if I can share a bit here. Feel free to "go rogue". :)
Update 12/10: We have a new stay at home order in Virginia, so I'm going to be checking my PO box a little less frequently (once a week at most). I'll send out more often as there is a drop box at the end of my block. I hope everyone is staying safe and well!
I like a lot of different things, and I'm a big nerd about all of them. :) Do we share any interests? I'd love to know!
My interests include:
I'm not very good at cooking - but I'd love recipes/tips! (esp. dairy free)
I love talking about or collecting stickers, art, stamps, and postcards on any of these topics. Do we share any interests? Let me know! I'd love to chat. :)
I love actual vintage and old stuff. Reproduction is ok, but I prefer when it is old, a little scuffed and loved. These tidbits of history just make me smile.
Update on the stamp collecting... I've recently gone down a rabbit hole of youtube videos and research and I LOVE IT. What should a new philatelist know? I've received some AMAZING stamps in swaps now and it is just delightful (thank you to those who've sent them!). I also prefer stamped mail if you have stamps. It is fun to see the art on them. :)
In terms of "aesthetic" I'm drawn to the grittier/dark/creepy looks, and I love when things are just a little rough around the edges or off kilter a bit. I am also into more "adult" themed things and would be happy to receive them. Basically, the weirder the better.
I do drink coffee and tea (both black and plain). I have a fair amount of allergies, so please don't send tea unless it is a tea specific swap (I probably won't sign up for any).
Thought I'd add a section with some of my favorite media as I see it on other people's profiles and find it helpful. I'd love to know if we have any shared interests! (This is a blend of movies/tv/books/podcast/contentcreators/fandoms/etc... I put them all together in my head).
I'll probably add more/take things off as my brain switches to other things. :)
I hate that I have to put this, but I received something that made me pretty upset, so I'm making a more distinct section.
Please do not send or write anything in a letter that is homophobic, transphobic, racist, misogynistic, or generally mean (to anyone). It is very hurtful and dehumanizing.
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