You’ve already heard about today’s Penpal of the Week about a week ago when I posted her penpal ad on my blog… But now we’ll get to know her more in-depth!
Please tell us about you!
Hello! I’m Rin – a 21 year old girl from the beautiful East Coast of Australia, Currently studying for my Education Degree!
I Adore Mail, Paper & All things Lettery! I love to Create things, I have a Huge Imagination & an Obsession with Typography. I have a chronic case of Biblophilia and am Constantly lost in Stories, Zines and Novels. I Also collect Booklists, Love Letters, Secrets & Ephemera.. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, I always knew snape was good & Luna is Lovely!
I was bitten by the travel bug after spending 5 months in the USA in 2011, Next on the list is Japan, China & Vietnam.
I love lists – Collecting them & Writing them! I Over use these ! these – and these … and the word I, But that’s okay! I have a blog dedicated to my love / obsession with all things Mail-ish! – Papered Thoughts.
My Harry Potter 21st (L-R) My Mum, Sister & I // My Dad & I // My GF’s & I
Describe your personality in 10 words!
Creative – Passionate – Dreamer – Romantic – Strong – Opinionated – Curious – Loner – Emotional – Perfectionist
On my Trip around the USA – At Santa Cruz Pier!
How long have you been penpalling? How did you first start? Tell us about your first penpal!
I have been Penpalling since I was 11! So for about 10 years.. – My mum signed me up for a penpal program at our local library when I was in year 6 & I immediately loved it! (There was even an article in the local paper about us!)
I was writing to a girl in New York City Regularly & Sending Packages back & Forth.. Then September 11th Happened & she stopped writing – I still have the letters, I’m not sure what ever happened to her.. I Always think about her when I’m writing.. I hope she is okay.
The Newspaper Article was written just after September 11th (I am at the front).
I lost contact with my Penpal not long after this.
How many penpals do you have now and where are they from?
I have 4-6 Penpals that I am in Regular Contact with, Most from the USA & 2 from here in Australia. – One Lovely Girl I have been writing to for almost 18 months, we are pretty close now. I do reply to all letters I recieve though so I can be writing anywhere from 4 to 12 letters a week!
I Love to play dress ups! L-R Glee Cheerleaders,
The House from “Up”, Sue Sylvester From Glee.
What are your favorite topics to discuss in letters?
I love discussing book suggestions & Swapping book lists – I also ask alot of obscure questions, for example I am very curious to know what people keep on their bedside tables or what their favourite word is! I love to write pretty lists & send them out to my Penpals, about anything really..
I also just read the book “Sorcery & Cecilia” by Patricia Wrede & would love to find someone to play “The Letter Game” with..
The Top of my Lovely Bookshelf – The top shelf is dedicated to the amazing Harry Potter!
What are you looking for in a penpal?
Someone Creative & Happy who has a curious mind & a sense of Humour, someone who just loves snail mail & has an imagination!
What do you like the most about penpalling?
I love creating Beautiful things & knowing that somewhere on the other side of the world someone will appreciate it as much as I do. – I love knowing that I may be able to brighten someones day by doing something that I love!
In what language(s) do you correspond?
English is Unfortunately my First & only Language – Although I can count to ten in French & German!
My Cousin, Aunt, Sister, Best friend & I on our recent trip to NZ for a month in October!
What are some of your habits in regards to letter writing?
I am usually home when the postman delievers my mail – Usually between 3pm-4pm! So I feel like a little kid everyday when I run up to my letter box to find what wonders await me! I generally write back that day if I have time but definately within 3 days!
I have all my letter writing / craft supplies organised in my room & will write on my bed that is pushed up against a big window.. I try to include some thing little like ribbon or buttons or something my penpal collects.. I also carry a few Postcards and a Blank Journal wherever I go in case I have some down time between jobs!
My letter lengths fluctuate depending on my mood – but I always try to pen a decent reply to each letter I recieve!
The Place that holds all my Creative Stuffs..
as you can see I have a slight Washi Tape Addiction..
Has anything strange/funny ever happened to you since you’ve been penpalling?
I used to join swaps on swapbot quite frequently before I went travelling & had some very strange swaps (Takeaway Menus, Old Reciepts etc.) But I found that I preferred writing letters that actually said something rather than participating in random swaps (Although I do love to include bits and pieces in my Letters!)
– I do however love “Found” Items & Lists (Any Kind, Shopping, Dreams, Favourite Foods etc) & have recieved quite a few Random / Funny lists from Penpals!
A few of my Original Drawings, drawing like this relaxes me..
Have you met any of your penpals?
I haven’t met any of my penpals yet no – I had planned to meet one girl while I was in the USA but the dates just didn’t match up for us! such a shame.. I’d love to in the future though..
Are you currently looking for more penpals?
Of course – One can never write to many letters or have to many friends! Please write me I’d love to ask you some weird and wonderful things! – firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on my blog – Papered Thoughts
Thank you for the lovely interview Rin, and thanks for sharing your Top 10 Quirks with us at the same time!