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Date Joined: December 7, 2012
Last Online: June 10, 2014
Birthday: July 27, 1972
Country: United States
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About Me

"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men."--Joseph Addison (and Willy Wonka)

I'm Gena, a 41 year-old mother of an awesome teenage daughter and a writer by night/office drone by day. I live in New York City, but grew up just outside of Atlantic City, which is neither a nice place to visit, nor would you want to live there.

Because I was losing precious brain cells by constantly hitting "refresh" on Facebook, I thought I'd give something like this a try instead, and so far I've really been enjoying it. Writing is my primary talent, though I dabble in ATCs, mail art, and other paper crafts. Emphasis on the "dabble"--I tend to think my crafting skills rank somewhere around "macaroni art," but have been told otherwise, so I'll let you be the judge.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram (same name as here, porcelain72), and I'll follow you back. I'd also recommend checking out my blog for a better idea of my personality. My sense of humor is a bit quirky, and that may occasionally reflect in what I write in postcards and letters. I'm a reformed music snob, and I love to read, but doesn't just about anyone, really?

What I Dig

~~Kitsch, especially 60s and 70s era ~~Thrift shop finds ~~Used books ~~Unicorns ~~Robots ~~Skulls and crossbones ~~Animals of all kinds (especially cats, English bulldogs, and goats) ~~Old horror movies ~~Tim Burton ~~Blogging/journaling ~~Yoga ~~Comedy (Patton Oswalt, Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Tig Notaro) ~~Early 20th century/Victorian/Edwardian history ~~A nice cuppa tea (coffee is nice too) ~~Interesting socks/tights ~~Music mixes ~~Anything typewriter themed ~~Anything creepy/weird/bizarre (freak shows, medical oddities, etc.) ~~Zombies ~~Batman

Favorite Music

This list could go on forever, so I'll just go with the first that came to mind...

~~U2 ~~David Bowie ~~the Clash ~~Ramones ~~Depeche Mode ~~the Pixies ~~Fiona Apple ~~the Beatles ~~Leonard Cohen ~~Tom Waits ~~Muse ~~Bruce Springsteen ~~90s alternative (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, all that good stuff) ~~80s new wave (Adam Ant, Gary Numan, etc.) ~~old school punk

Favorite Movies

~~Blade Runner ~~This is Spinal Tap (really all of Christopher Guest's movies) ~~"The Lord of the Rings" (all of 'em) ~~"Star Wars" (just the original 3, please!) ~~Quentin Tarantino movies ~~Paul Thomas Anderson movies ~~Wes Anderson movies (I want to live inside Moonrise Kingdom) ~~Coen Brothers movies ~~Tim Burton movies ~~Martin Scorsese movies ~~Pixar movies ~~Old horror/sci-fi (if it came out between 1960 and 1985 I've probably seen it) ~~I'm also a MAJOR fan of "Mystery Science Theater 3000"

Favorite Books

I'm a big fan of humorous non-fiction. I love David Rakoff, David Sedaris, Jenny Lawson, Sloane Crosley, and Julie Klausner, among others. My favorite novel is Everything is Illuminated, and Dave Eggers's A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is a huge influence in my writing. I'm also a huge Stephen King fan, and have been since I was a kid. SK 4 LIFE.

Other Things You Should Know

I'm not picky. At all. Whatever you want to send me is fine. BUT (and there always has to be a but)...

There are a few things that would probably go to better use if sent to someone else, such as religious paraphernalia, fabric and/or yarn (I'd love to say differently but I'm all thumbs when it comes to anything involving fiber crafts), or items intended for young children, such as My Little Pony (though I love Pixar movies). However, if you really want to send me any of this stuff, I won't complain.

I have no food allergies, and will eat pretty much anything. My preferences for tea lean toward the mint variety, but I'm open to other flavors as well. If you want to send me coffee, try to send it in Keurig pod form. I don't wear makeup, and as far as perfumes are concerned I tend to stick with essential oils, but Bath & Body Works type stuff is perfectly acceptable.

Stumped on what to send me for a "sender's choice" swap? I'm easy (that's what she said). I'll happily accept notecards and stationery. I also love interesting ephemera, like menus, ticket stubs, etc, especially if they're vintage, and magazine cutouts, especially from the 1960-1980 era.

Oh wait, there is something I don't like. Black licorice. Black licorice can go straight to Hell.

If you're supposed to get something from me and it doesn't magically appear in your mailbox within a reasonable time frame, please let me know ASAP, and before rating. I do send out all swaps on time, but sh...stuff happens, and patience is a virtue. Also, if I haven't rated you for a swap, feel free to poke me. Gently.


Comment: I received your zine and it's amazing! Can't wait to read the story! Thank you ♥
Comment: Interesting choices--I haven't read any of them, but have read some of the authors before. Thank you, Susan (brooklynbunch)
lena1489 rated for 1st Quarter Reading Log Swap 2014! on Apr 9, 2014
Comment: Thank you when I get more time I'll try to read some of these.
FairyLady rated for 4th Quarter Reading Log Swap 2013 on Jan 13, 2014
Comment: Thanks for sharing. There were some interesting books on the list. ^_^
beaglemom rated for 4th Quarter Reading Log Swap 2013 on Jan 12, 2014
Comment: thanks for the great book log! I found a few that look really interesting!
stephiedee rated for C+P: How Bizarre (USA Only) on Nov 18, 2013
Comment: Oh lawd, look at the booze ads...they're awesome! haha, love the envelope and the contents are perfect (someecards really *gets* me). Thanks, Gena! We'll have fun with the Mad Libs and I'll try to remember to share the results :D
Response: Yay, awesome!
sillysusie rated for Day of the Dead on Nov 1, 2013
Comment: I love it, so many goodies, thank you very much. You rock !
Response: I really enjoyed this swap, glad you liked everything!
Star7Lily rated for Day of the Dead ATC on Oct 26, 2013
Comment: Amazing envelope and ATC thanks a bunch!! Love it.
Response: yay! Thank you for rating and hearting!
Angie rated for C+P Dark and Eerie on Oct 21, 2013
Comment: Thank you very much for the dark and eerie postcard. I must be pretty creepy cuz I actually think it's pretty cool. LOL. Happy Halloween to you too!
Response: I really loved this swap, so glad you liked it!
Comment: Thanks for the great book ideas. I can not wait to look some of them
Response: Hope you enjoy them as much as I did, thanks for the rating and heart!
isabellasnow rated for Nevermore Mail Art on Oct 4, 2013
Comment: Hi Gena! Very nicely done raven! And I loved the black envie. Black envies are so rare and they're really neat. Thanks for the nice mail art and the enclosures.
Response: Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!
kankalin rated for ATC with a Cat on Oct 3, 2013
Comment: thanks for the cuties and I LOVE the envelop!!!
Response: You're welcome, thank you for rating!
Comment: Nice card, I like the typewriter. Thanks
Response: Thank you!
mxgrrlblu rated for Calling All Crafters! Craft Swap on Oct 2, 2013
Comment: Thank you for your craft! I love it! Thank you :)
Response: Really happy that it arrived safely and you like it!
goodie2shoes rated for ATC Mixed Media Swap on Oct 1, 2013
Comment: I love it all! From the wonderful Atc to the sweetest of envelopes, thanks for a great swap!
Response: Yay, that makes me happy!
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart!
snoop rated for Halloween ATC w/a Black Cat on Sep 26, 2013
Comment: One of the best cards I have ever received!!!!!!!!!! I just love it! I can"t seem to put it away. Wished I could give you 50 hearts for your swap! Sorry I was late in rating. Thanks so much for your efforts!!!!
Response: Wow, what a compliment! So happy you're enjoying it.
rschaller rated for Halloween ATC on Sep 22, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC! Thanks for swapping!
Response: Glad you got it, thanks for rating!
Comment: Oh. My. God. That was amazing, thank you so much, you had me literally on the edge of my seat! I wish I could give more than one heart for this swap, I really do :)
Response: And I was on the edge of my seat wondering what you thought of it! So very glad you liked it!!
joyhouse5 rated for New York postcard swap on Sep 4, 2013
Comment: Great postcard and message. Thanks.
Response: You're very welcome!

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ImzadiRose on Jun 10, 2014:

Just wanted to check and see if you received my 1st Q Reading Log. I sent it April 1st, and messaged you about it April 18th.

LauraAust on Feb 6, 2014:

isabellasnow on Oct 3, 2013:

I second the nomination that black licorice can go straight to hell ;+)

ImzadiRose on Jul 24, 2013:

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Heirloom on Jul 10, 2013:

Welcome to the Things With Wings swap!

Helen31406 on Jun 15, 2013:

I am late posting the Summer ATC. It will go out today. I do hope you like it!

stephiedee on Jun 8, 2013:

Thank you so much for the compliment on my much edited profile! It was a happy surprise and made me smile. I love your profile, too! And your humor. And your Tumblr is fantastic! OK, pardon me while I go get a cup of coffee. We should discuss our super-friendship after my brain is properly functioning.

P.S. Welcome to Cut+Paste :)

biasbabe on Apr 21, 2013:


Just sending some Hugs Your Way.

doulakk on Apr 12, 2013:

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