Welcome to my profile! ~ Last updated: 11/30/22
Update 11/30: I'm in the process of redoing my profile to hopefully edit down the length so it's easier to read as it feels a bit chaotic to me! Right now I'm mainly doing postcard and simple flat mail swaps due to health issues, but I plan to return to more art based swapping as well as hosting some of my own in the new year.
Odd request, but I am currently very into loons and would extra love to receive anything that has to do with them if you're my swap partner and happen to have a card/postcard or anything with a loon on it!
Unfortunately there are no loons where I live in the south, but maybe someday I will get the chance to see and hear one in person. The haunting call of a loon is one of the most beautiful sounds to me - here's a short video of loons calling for you to enjoy!
General stuff about me!
Hello! My name is Jess :) I'm 31 years old & work in a library. Some things I enjoy include books (reading + collecting), collage, jigsaw puzzles, meditation, all things related to dreams & altered states of consciousness, thrifting, bad lifetime movies, documentaries, ambient music, and of course snail mail & swapping!
If you're into astrology- I am a Scorpio Sun / Capricorn Moon / Scorpio Rising & have a 12th house stellium! My chart is heavily dominated by water and plutonian influence and I find it does describe me pretty well! I'm also a metal goat in the Chinese zodiac.
I'm not a religious person, but do consider myself "spiritual" - purposely leaving it vague as I don't really define it in anyway. I'm extremely interested in altered states of consciousness particularly astral projection and lucid dreaming as well as the in between states of sleep which are all very spiritual experiences for me. I'd love to discuss these things with any like-minded individuals!
Check out Monsters, Myths, & Legends -- US ATC swappers a group I co-run with @HausOfImps for fun US based swaps (no longer exclusive to ATCs) themed around mythology, folklore, cryptids, the paranormal, & more!
ATTN swappers: If there are ever ANY issues with a swap I've sent (or any that I've hosted myself) please contact me and I will get back to you asap! I try to rate things the same day I receive them, sometimes it might take me a few days, but if you're ever concerned about a rating you can reach out to me as well!
- Likes - I've listed some specific categories of things I am interested in followed by an alphabetical list. None of this is to say you have to send me these things or that I expect them - it's just meant to give some ideas of things I enjoy :)
Things I Collect:
Anything Anubis (minus any depictions where he's super buff/muscular...!) + anything Ancient Egypt in general
Anything related to Aliens/UFOs, conspiracy theories, cryptids etc
Duck or Loon related things/objects
Written postcards, notecards, & letters
Blank postcards (see list below)
Foreign postage stamps including CTOs, souvenir sheets, & FDCs (specifically enjoy stamps that depict ducks/birds, bears, wild cats, other animals or insects, space, and ocean themed - love stamps from Japan, Mongolia, Bhutan, and other Asian countries)
Foreign banknotes & coins (especially those that are colorful or with animals and symbols)
Interesting used books on topics of altered states of consciousness (astral projection/OBEs, dreams and lucid dreaming, hallucinogens etc) aliens/UFOs, conspiracy theories or other weirdo topics, & PKD books
Odd photographs or polaroids (think weird vibes, vaguely disturbing, haunted...)
Handmade art (ATCs/APCs, drawings, PCs, bookmarks, zines etc - made by person sending! I love to receive other kinds of handmade crafts as well but can't make them myself)
Specific ATC themes I enjoy: aliens or UFOs, cryptids or monsters, ancient Egypt, myths/folklore, mushrooms, animals, space/galaxy themed, ocean themed, and anything else profile related.
Favorite colors: I LOVE green in any shade - it's my absolute favorite color! I also like cool blues and purples (especially green/blue/purple together,) mustard or golden yellows, deep/rich reds, and rainbows or vibrant color schemes in general. Holographic and glow-in-the-dark are not exactly colors, but I love that sort of thing. There are no colors I completely dislike!
Postcards: Please know I am happy to receive many kinds of cards, these are just some particular favorites! For written/naked postcard swaps I appreciate when real stamps are used with a thoughtful message written on the back - (see bottom of profile for topics if you're stumped on what to write!)
Tourist - I like scenic views/landscapes, native fauna & flora, mountains, and interesting landmarks or monuments. Places I specifically collect: North Carolina (especially western or eastern NC - like Blue Ridge Mountains, & the Outer Banks), Alaska, Hawaii, deserts & southwest states, Asian countries, & Egypt. Also love cards from anywhere that depict severe weather (lightning, tornadoes) sunsets, the moon, and Aurora Borealis.
Non-tourist - art (famous works & otherwise) especially Japanese or other Asian art, realistic animals (any but especially ducks or loons, bears, wild cats, & ocean creatures,) aliens/UFOs, cryptids, space/galaxy themes, weird/strange/unusual however you interpret that, mythology or folklore, & anything else profile related. I also love handmade cards and anything lenticular/3D or similar!
Tea/Coffee: I would love coffee samples or tea bags! If you want to send them to me I am open to most any kind of flavors including caffeinated, decaf, & herbal, but I would really prefer not to receive "diet" type teas or those with artificial sweeteners - and please only send in factory sealed unopened packaging - thank you!
A - Alan Watts - author, aliens, altered states of consciousness, ambient music, animals (any & all), Anubis, APCs, aquariums, art (as in famous artists/works of art), Asian art/designs/culture, astral projection (aka out of body experience), astrology, astronomy, ATCs, aurora borealis/northern lights
B - badtz-maru (sanrio), banknotes, bears, bibliomancy, bioluminescent creatures, birds, black widow spiders, board games, bookmarks
C - capricorn (astrology), cats (wild cats especially!), coffee, collage, conspiracy theories, crop circles, cryptids, cults, coins, Curt the bear (animal crossing)
D - deep sea, deserts, documentaries, dolphins, dragons, drawing, dreams/dreaming, Dream Corp LLC - show, ducks, Dungeons & Dragons
E - eclipses (solar/lunar), ephemera, envelopes, ancient Egypt (anything - culture/myth/religion)
F - forests/woodlands, fractals, frogs
G - Garfield, glow-in-the-dark things, goats/rams, green
H - handmade art, history (particularly about ancient civilizations), holographic things, horror movies, hypnagogia
I - ink pads, insects/bugs (any kind)
J - jigsaw puzzles, journaling, Jupiter
K - kelp forests, keroppi (sanrio), keychains, traditional kimono patterns
L - landscapes, letters, lifetime movies, liminal spaces, loons, lotus flowers, lucid dreams/lucid dreaming
M - mail art, maneki-neko (lucky cats), meditation, mixed media, moths, mountains, Mt. Fuji, mushrooms, mythology
N - nature, Nazca Lines, near death experiences (NDEs), new age topics, notecards, numbers (4, 7 or any combination of those)
O - occult/esoteric topics, origami paper, ourosboros
P - the paranormal, Philip K Dick - author, photographs/polaroids, playing cards (with interesting backs), Pluto, poems/poetry, postcards, praying mantis', psychedelic themes, psyduck (pokemon)
Q - quotes (prefer not overly positive unless swap calls for it)
R - rabbits, radios/old radio shows, reading, reality TV, reptiles (any kind), Robert Monroe - author, rubber stamps
S - samurais, science fiction, scorpio (astrology), scorpions, sea mammals (any), sleep paralysis, space/galaxy themes, stamps (unused/used/vintage/foreign), Star Trek: TNG and DS9 - show, stationery, stickers (sheets/flakes/cut-outs/large), (small) stuffed animals, Stonehenge, the sun/sunsets
T - tarot & tarot cards, tea, thrift stores & thrifted items, trees, tropical fish, The Twilight Zone - show
U - UFOs, Ukiyo-e (woodblock print) Japanese art, Unsolved Mysteries - show, used books/bookstores
V - venus flytraps & other carnivorous plants, video games
W - washi tape, weather related phenomena (lightning, tornadoes etc), weird & otherwise strange things (however you interpret that!)
X - the X-files - show
Y - Yōkai (Japanese folklore)
Z - zentangle, zines, zodiac
- Books - My favorite author is Philip K Dick. I enjoy sci-fi, occult/new age/metaphysical topics, non-fiction, & occasionally regular fiction as well.
Feel free to add me as a friend on goodreads if you're interested in what I'm reading or like similar subjects & books!
- Music - I mostly listen to ambient music and am open to most styles in that genre. I like Boards of Canada, Steve Roach, Brian Eno, and space ambient in particular! Some non-ambient favorites would be Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters, Modest Mouse, José González, Iron & Wine, Emma Ruth Rundle, Queen Adreena/Ruby Throat/Katie Jane Garside, & Have A Nice Life. I love to make youtube playlists!
- TV Shows - The X-Files, Star Trek: TNG and DS9, The Twilight Zone, Serial Experiments Lain, Dream Corp LLC, Twin Peaks, King of the Hill, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Unsolved Mysteries, ER, Frasier. Too many reality shows to list LOL... I also enjoy documentaries on most any topics!
- Movies - I'm into horror movies: Alien, The Ring, Signs, May, Silence of the Lambs, Hellraiser, Nightmare on Elm St, The Blair Witch Project, Silent Hill, Stigmata, Ginger Snaps, 28 Days Later, Children of Men, American Mary, Saw series, Chucky, CHUD. I also really like Moon, all the Cube movies, any X- Files or Star Trek TNG movies, and the so bad they're actually good type made by lifetime!
- Video Games - Animal Crossing - played WW, NL, & NH! My favorite villager is Curt, but I also love Bones, Marcel, Benjamin, Lucky, Scoot, Pietro, Grizzly... this list could go on for a while so I'll stop haha! (I would LOVE any art, doodles, anything Curt the bear!)
Also into Fallout, Skyrim, The Sims 3, SimCity, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon, Terraria, Wobbledogs & Slime Rancher. Trying to get into Stardew Valley too.
I do like and have played Pokemon, but I only played the original games on gameboy (red/blue) so am mainly interested in first gen characters. My favorite is psyduck, but I like psychic (or ghost) types in general
I play games on switch/3DS and PC. I'm on Steam so if you'd like a new steam friend let me know! I don't currently have nintendo online, but if you'd like to add me as a friend maybe we can play ACNH when I get one again!
- Dislikes -
If you have any USPS stamps from total solar eclipse, views of our planets, sun science, hubble telescope sets, or any other space related stamps - I would love if you used them on swap envelopes for me! Or if you want to trade some used space stamps please send a message!
I am interested in both electronic & physical mail swaps! I love private swapping and also am willing to swap with newbies to help with getting ratings - feel free to send me a message if any of this sounds fun to you :)
For physical mail I love to send/receive swaps in any kind of decorated envelope (and always appreciate & save any fun/unique postage used), profile based happy mail (flat & small packages), art or drawing swaps, mail art, zines, & handmade items like postcards, ATCs/APCs, bookmarks etc. I would also be interested in swapping or trading for postage stamps and blank postcards related to my likes.
I'd also enjoy one off notecard/postcard/letter swaps where we can write about anything (even just stream of consciousness type writing) or have a writing or drawing prompt we both do would be great! I'd especially be interested in international postcard and letter/flat mail (under 1oz) swaps.
For electronic swaps some ideas I have are making youtube playlists (I mainly do ambient music, interesting documentaries, lectures/talks, & audiobooks) if that interests you I would love to do something like a playlist exchange. Tarot readings by email (including a picture of the cards/spread) or other divination such as bibliomancy would be welcome too!
Some topics I'd enjoy writing or emailing about include:
If I'm your partner in a postcard, note card, or letter swap feel free to use any topics I've mentioned as something to write to me about if you need ideas. I'm always interested in this stuff and it makes it really fun for me!
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