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Date Joined: April 26, 2024
Last Online: July 16, 2024
Birthday: September 29
Country: United States

About Me

Note: I may be slow to rate certain swaps that were sent to my old address (Elm St), as I'll have to have my roommate pick up anything that winds up there, but I will rate ASAP once I get it.

If you receive my junk journal and are willing to update the address inside it for me, please message me!

I'm on a second gap year after high school and planning to study math once I go back to school. I'm not 100% what my endgame is, but I'm happy to meander until I figure things out. After I have my associate's I'd like to move to France and get my license (French equivalent of a bachelor's).

I ended up here from going down the penpalling rabbit-hole on YouTube, penpalling being a long-standing interest of mine that I've never gotten to do as much as I might like, even in digital forms. I've been penpalling on SLOWLY on-and-off for close to 5 years now, and I recently got involved with Letters to Strangers and More Love Letters. Yet, somehow, it's not enough to satisfy me and my incessant need to send and recieve mail. Hence my coming here.

Aside from writing and crafting (see below), I love doing jigsaw puzzles and playing video games (my favorites recently being Genshin Impact and TLOU). I'm a bit of a language nerd; I can speak French, am trying to pick up some Japanese, and am flirting with the idea of learning Polish and Finnish. I've also been learning to cook and my sister and I are trying to grow our own bell peppers. I can play guitar, but I'm a bit out of practice.

Favorite Crafts

I've dabbled in a large number of crafts, yet I always find myself looking for new ones to try.

I can write. I can draw - I do better with paper than digitally, but I've done both. I'm not a terrible painter but probably not a particularly great one either. I'd like to learn to make stickers.

I sew, mostly to mend and alter my clothes, but I also sometimes make completely new garments. I've been hoarding fabric scraps—the bigger ones for patchwork projects and the smaller ones to use as patches when I repair my clothes. I've dabbled a little in embroidery, too, mostly for the sake of visible mending, but I'm honestly more likely to turn embroidery floss into bracelets.

I crochet and knit. Mostly, I crochet coasters and dishcloths, and I knit socks (very slowly). I started with crochet in June '23 and knitting in Oct. '23.

I've dabbled in book-binding, which has yieled one disappointing would-be daily planner and one surprisingly good journal. I still have a ways to go, but my next goal is to be able to print and bind some of my own writing together as a book. I'd also love to try my hand at making my own junk journal. On a related note, I want to get into making zines.

I'll occasionally make a beaded necklace when I can borrow some of my sister's supplies. I like to believe that I could whittle a spoon if I tried, but I honestly doubt it. I like DIY in general, any opportunity to try to repurpose what might otherwise be trash.

I think that's it for crafty stuff I've done. I know it says "favorite crafts" but I honestly can't pick favorites. I love them all!

Favorite Music

I've been really into J-pop lately and I've always listened to lots of emo, pop-punk and rock. Current favorites: YOASOBI, My Chemical Romance, Green Day, All Time Low, Dreamcatcher.

Favorite Books

I like both literary fiction and genre fiction, and I lean towards more recent releases as opposed to classics (though I'm always happy to read classic dystopians). I love magical realism and found family, fantasy and historical Asia, and a little bit of romance. Some of my favorites are The Housekeeper and the Professor, The House in the Cerulean Sea, A Man Called Ove, and The Anthropocene Reviewed.

Favorite Television

Some of my favorites have been My Hero Academia, She-Ra (2018), Avatar: the Last Airbender and Avatar: the Legend of Korra (this might be controversial, but I actually liked Korra better than ATLA), and Yu-Gi-Oh! (the 90s Toei anime, Duel Monsters, GX, and VRAINS).

Favorite Movies

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Silver Skates (2020), Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Anastasia (1997)

Likes/Ideas and Dislikes

These are just some favorites and ideas, so please don't feel obligated to closely follow this list! I'm really not picky and I'll love anything you send (except as noted below).

General likes:

  • Colors: bright yellows, muted oranges, lilac or dark purple, dark/navy blues, black & white, beige, earth tones
  • Animals: insects & spiders, foxes, red pandas, lemurs, cats, dinosaurs, birds, dragons, marine animals, woodland creatures.
  • Forest, woodlands, anything you could call "goblincore"
  • Celestial, astronomy, astrology, and anything you could call "whimsigoth"
  • Marine and nautical
  • Childish or nostalgic (especially late 2000s-early 2010s).
  • Anything you could call "witchy"
  • Anything colorful or fun
  • Anything related to any of the favorites listed above


  • Handwritten notes (could be about ANYTHING)
  • A ticket from your local train/subway
  • Small amounts of non-US currency (coins or paper notes)
  • If you're outside the US, your favorite local candy (no tree nuts, please!)
  • A playing card or trading card (especially Yu-Gi-Oh! cards).
  • Art (even if it's just some doodles)
  • Anything you made yourself, really
  • Photos
  • Quotes (including both serious and funny ones)
  • Zines on any subject
  • STICKERS. Literally any stickers, no matter how ugly. Similarly, washi tape of any design.
  • Yarn swatches. I'd love to fill a little book with them.
  • Tea. I don't particularly like black tea, but I'd be down to try anything else.
  • Return address labels of any design
  • Scrap fabric, ribbons, embroidery floss, thread, buttons, that sort of stuff.

Please no:

  • Glitter, confetti, or anything else that might make a mess when I open the envelope.
  • Attempts to convert me. I don't mind religious imagery or bible verses, but keep it to a minimum.


I love penpalling and I'm always happy to have new penpals! I'm in it for the words and I can't promise elaborate decorations and extras like in those "Penpal With Me" videos that are so popular, but I do very much enjoy it, more than anything else. So, please, feel free to send me a letter! Nothing makes me happier than finding a surprise envelope in the mailbox and a new friend. Since I already have a few, and life is busy, and I tend to go on and on and on when I write, I can't promise that I'll always be quick to respond, but I do my best!


Comment: thank you so much alastor !! i love all of the little explanations you gave for each of the things, and the cheatsheet is so creative! i also love the color yellow just like you 💛 and trains! have a good day!
cloudjun rated for Book Log: June 2024 on Jul 6, 2024
Comment: I hope you has a fun reading month! Some of the books sounds very interesting, so I will check them out. TY!
Alice1994 rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #25 on Jul 6, 2024
Lilyhax rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #25 on Jul 5, 2024
Comment: Thank you. I have a lot of blueberries right now so this is perfect timing.
denisedecker58 rated for Letter To 2 Partners #21 on Jul 4, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter! I really enjoyed reading it!
shinyserra rated for Letter To 2 Partners #21 on Jul 1, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely letter :)
Cryptid rated for Highs and Lows - May on Jun 29, 2024
Comment: Thanks for your letter. I too have given myself many small puncture wounds through embroidery projects. I hope things are going okay for you now.
fabiana962828 rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #22 on Jun 22, 2024
Comment: Thank you
KittEvol rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #24 on Jun 19, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the recipe! The cookies look so yummy and I am excited to try them! :) Happy Swapping
crimsonrivulet rated for Junk Journal #5 on Jun 17, 2024
Comment: I received the journal today! Thank you for participating! I loved your pages! The postage stamp was so very thoughtful of you! Thank you! ❤
mejulia rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #24 on Jun 15, 2024
Comment: The recipe sounds yummy, thank y9ou for sharing I with me.
Tr3n1ty rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #21 on Jun 8, 2024
debbiespoms rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #22 on Jun 6, 2024
Comment: Thanks very much for the Cinnamon rolls recipe. 😀
ShinningStar rated for RAK - Planner/Agenda Items on Jun 5, 2024
Comment: Have a great day!
Honeybee203 rated for RAK - Destash on Jun 5, 2024
wendy7 rated for Let's Vent! on Jun 4, 2024
Comment: Thank you! :)
fabiana962828 rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #20 on Jun 4, 2024
Comment: Hi Alastor. Thanks for recipe. Kisses Fabiana
Catt007 rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #21 on May 31, 2024
Comment: I love a good crepe. Thank you for the recipe, Happy Swapping.
AlexysBellew rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #20 on May 20, 2024
Comment: Cant wait to try!! Thank you :)

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