Activity › Forums › Community › Community Projects › The Post Office
The Post OfficePosted by oraclesage on May 21, 2020 at 7:22 pm
Mountie Mail is the mountaineer mail network. Founded in 2018 by @Revenir as a way to connect the vast reaches of the Mountaineers. Mountie Mail is a penpaling network that happens every month. Anyone is welcome to sign up! While mountie mail isn’t inherently in-world, but you are free to include as many in-world elements in your letters or packages as you’d like. Let your creativity soar!
Nothing quite beats getting a letter or package crafted specifically for you. In these difficult times, staying connected is more important than ever. Especially here in America, where the USPS is seriously struggling, sending a little analog aether love is a great way to support one another.
How does it work?
Every month there will be a random pairing of everyone who signs up. This will essentially be like pulling names out of a hat. Once you have been paired with someone read their sign up post and pm them to exchange postal information.
The mailout day is the 15th of every month.
How do I sign up?
Post below with a brief introduction and a few facts and preferences. Ya know, conversation starters. You can talk about music tastes, artistic interests, TV shows, movies, etc. This way the mountie writing to you can have a bit of information when writing your letter. For example:
My name is Oracle, I am 17, and I am an Eraverane-bearing Gossmere. I go to school for creative writing and I have a passion for multi-media storytelling. I have an obsession with all things bear and bee related. My music taste is mostly indie pop and folk. For example, I listen to a lot of Grizfolk, Melanie Martinez, and Paramore. I am a big coffee lover, I also enjoy baking and have recently picked up weaving and embroidery.
Once you have posted your biography you don’t have to post it again to sign up. In the last week I will post a little reminder to see who wants to sign up for that months pairing, and a simple reply with “I’m in!” will do
What do I send?
From a letter to a full care package, there’s a lot of flexibility as to what you can send. You can also garner inspiration from your monthly penpals sign up post. Here are some ideas:
- Pressed Flowers
Along with all this we will be selecting a community suggested prompt or theme for every month This will be posted at the beginning of the monthaudra-polk replied 1 year, 11 months ago 15 Members · 48 Replies
oraclesageMemberMay 21, 2020 at 7:24 pm
Big shout out to @Nimueh for creating our submission box
Junes prompt is create a playlist to send to your penpal.
TinkerMemberMay 22, 2020 at 2:00 am
I’m in for June!
I’m Tinker…I’m grad-student years old, studying mechanical engineering (heat transfer to be exact). Outside of research, I am very much a crafts person (cough flinterforge cough). I sew, bookbind, and do assorted fiber crafts (newest addition is learning how to spin yarn). My music tastes are a bit all over…pop punk to folk and a lot of things in between. I’m a big nerd for anything space-related and also Shakespeare. My favorite colors are eggplant-y purple and deep blues, and my favorite animals are bears and alpacas.
VioletLilyMemberMay 22, 2020 at 8:48 am
I’m in for June too! (If this is an international thing and not just an american thing? Fine if so)
I’m VioletLily or Violet or Lily or whatever you may choose to come up with. I’m an Eraverane-bearing Gossmere, I live in the city but Im a country girl at heart. Specifically the Shetland Islands which is filled with wind and fire and sea and heart. Im such a skill amphibian, I want to be good at everything but the two things I’m whole heartedly practicing is yoga and spanish (mucho gusto!). I adore reading and cups of tea and I’m also super hecking queer.
I work on a high dependency unit and absolutely adore my job. Im also a pop punk and folky person, I adore Hozier and the Maine particularly but have been going on a pure pop dive for a few days. Also Frank Fairfield anybody?
I love light and brightness and painting and colours. 24 on the 28th May btw
oraclesageMemberMay 22, 2020 at 4:27 pm
It’s open to anyone just be sure to post a brief bio before June first!
cjheighton1998MemberMay 23, 2020 at 7:17 pm
YES ORACLE! Are you restarting it?
cjheighton1998MemberMay 23, 2020 at 7:20 pm
Im chi! I am a writer, musician and dungeon master, 21 years old, from British Columbia Canada. My hobbies include mountain climbing, trail hiking, eating weird food, flying around the world on a whim, and talking too much.
I can probably do june
oraclesageMemberMay 27, 2020 at 7:03 pm
Hey everyone, just posting an reminder
you need to sign up and post your bio before the first to be eligible for next months mail out
ulovetoastMemberMay 27, 2020 at 9:55 pm
I would like to play, too!
I’m Fox. I’m a Verdurant-bearing Balimoran, age 37. I work for the local government in Texas as an emergency manager, so I’m armpit-deep in covid 24/7. When I’m not at work, I love to read, write, knit rectangular things, and go on hikes with my little dog. I love octopuses and squids, but honestly, I just kind of like everything. Musically, I’m very into K-pop, Two Steps from Hell, and pop in general – but I listen to anything and everything. I like tea and coffee and interesting treats, but nothing spicy. For other tidbits: I keep an intense planner and am starting to build my bullet journal for 2021; I’m working on a detective story; my favorite color is teal.
VioletLilyMemberMay 27, 2020 at 10:31 pm
Ooh, how are you planning to build your bullet journal for 2021?
ulovetoastMemberMay 27, 2020 at 11:57 pm
It’s mostly the layouts and art themes that take the longest. I’m not a natural artist, so I start early. Then, when it’s time to use it, the layouts are fresh and new <3 I keep all my non-calendar pages up front – and then month – and then weeklies.
grace-nessenMemberMay 27, 2020 at 10:50 pm
I think this will be fun!
I’m Wyvern! I’m currently a college student (a senior now!), 20 years old but will be 21 in July, and I study psychology and anthropology. My thesis is about feelings of belonging in neurodiverse college students, and it’s going to be a lot of work but I’m excited. Despite that, though, I plan on becoming a zookeeper (or other such animal care professional, like an aquarist), so obviously I LOVE animals. I watch The Zoo on Animal Planet pretty obsessively (it helps that the Bronx Zoo, which is the the zoo on “The Zoo” is across the street from my school haha).
My hobbies include most things crafty, lately this means hand-weaving and cross-stitch, and I’ve always been terrible at things like knitting and crochet. I read a ton, mostly middle grade and YA fantasy and science fiction. I play a lot of video and board games, and I’m really excited for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – I even got a couple books on Norse mythology, history, and culture! I play Dungeons and Dragons as much as I can, and I own wholly too many dice. I’m going to be DMing for the first time soon!
RavenwingMemberMay 29, 2020 at 3:38 pm
Oh heck yes I missed this.
I’m Raven, a 22 year old, now college graduate as of May. Unemployed due to virus reasons, but the original plan for the summer was to crew a tall ship in the Great Lakes. I majored in History and English with minors in Classics and Museum Studies. I love maritime history, folklore, the natural world, and learning weird and specific skills. In my free time, I am also a writer and amateur artist. I love being outside and exploring new places.
I’m an Umbranor bearing Thorn, with some Weatherwatch leanings. I listen to a lot of sea shanties, Irish traditional music, and general folk music. You get one guess for my favorite animal . Favorite color is olive green and navy blue. I love weird old stuff. Other people have described me as “a reincarnated sea captain”, a “feral fisher woman” and a goblin. I aspire to be a feral academic and local cryptid living in the woods.
oraclesageMemberJune 1, 2020 at 8:42 pm
Today’s the day
Here is the pairings for the month of June
@Tinker , @Fox
@Cj_Heighton , @violetlily
@Wyvern , @Ravenwing
cjheighton1998MemberJune 3, 2020 at 12:08 am
ooh. someone i dont know. This’ll be fun.
SellalellenMemberJune 3, 2020 at 4:38 am
Sorry for the late entry!
I’m Sel, a lumivox-bearing Thornmouth. Aesthetically, I go for an antique gothic look with some K-pop and Harajuku elements. Idk it sounds like a scattered look but it works. I listen to a little of everything, with the biggest portions being dark folk and K-pop. I’m always looking for new music.
I tend to do a lot of handicrafts, including crochet, sewing, embroidery, and weaving. If you get a package from me, chances are it’ll contain at least one of those.
I also drink a lot of tea but don’t handle caffeine well, so a herbal or green tea is probably the best choice for me. I’ve been really into floral flavours lately, but I’ll try anything once.
I’ve also been playing Dnd a lot lately and as a result have started collecting pirate-y things that remind me of my character.
Idk sorry about the novel, I didn’t mean for it to be this long.
ulovetoastMemberJune 8, 2020 at 12:09 am
Must we wait until the 15th to send, or can we send anytime?
oraclesageMemberJune 8, 2020 at 12:22 am
Anytime, the fifteenth is just the send by date
ulovetoastMemberJune 11, 2020 at 6:34 pm
@Tinker, yours should either be there or arriving today. Hurray!
cjheighton1998MemberJune 12, 2020 at 7:05 am
Oh shoot ive been so busy thinking about buying postage and stuff that i forgot i literally bought stationary for this exact reason
SellalellenMemberJune 12, 2020 at 8:43 am
You just reminded me that I have fancy stationary! Thank you!
cjheighton1998MemberJune 12, 2020 at 9:26 am
alexandra-weissbergMemberJune 12, 2020 at 11:29 pm
Can I get in on the next one?
oraclesageMemberJune 13, 2020 at 12:16 am
Absolutely, just be sure to post a brief intro before the end of this month. I’ll put your name on the list.
BairnSidheMemberJune 13, 2020 at 4:08 pm
Oh this looks fun! I love getting mail, and sending it too!
Hi, I’m Bairn, I’m level 31 (I switched to levels from age because it sounds more like what it is, EXP!) I’m an Anivaeus bearing Balimora. I’m getting ready to go back to graduate school for a Library Science degree. My aesthetic is something I like to call Anachronistic Goth, which incorporates vintage and gothic details into almost every aspect of what I do, so your letter will likely be written with a glass dip pen. I collect post cards, and I have a bunch that I’m cycling out of the collection, so if you like post cards, let me know and I’ll toss some in. I’ve been listening to Tavernwave/Bardcore music for the past three days (medieval style covers of popular songs) and before that was metal covers of pop songs, so I think I just like music being made not as intended. I work for Extra Life, which uses a yearly all day game marathon to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. This November will be the first time in my time with Extra Life our marathon doesn’t fall on daylight savings and thus will be my first actually 24 and not 25 hour marathon.
ulovetoastMemberJuly 4, 2020 at 2:41 pm
Will we be doing a July version? If so, I’m totally in!
cjheighton1998MemberJuly 5, 2020 at 4:47 am
Ill hold off this month, unfortunately ^^;
alexandra-weissbergMemberJuly 7, 2020 at 2:19 pm
Life got all jumbled in june, so if ppl are still doing this I’d love to take part!
oraclesageMemberJuly 25, 2020 at 2:18 pm
We are back in business after a brief hiatus. I have been so caught up with summer classwork, but things are calming down on this end.
Show of hands for August mail out?
Remember that to participate, if you haven’t already, you need to post a brief introduction like the examples above. Mail out, as always, is on the 15th.
I’ll start off by saying that I am in for August.
TinkerMemberJuly 25, 2020 at 4:34 pm
BairnSidheMemberJuly 25, 2020 at 7:40 pm
ulovetoastMemberJuly 25, 2020 at 11:02 pm
VioletLilyMemberJuly 26, 2020 at 1:02 am
grace-nessenMemberJuly 26, 2020 at 2:23 am
oraclesageMemberJuly 27, 2020 at 12:04 am
That’s awesome I am so excited to see people all geared up for August
Remember y’all have until August 1st to sign up, which is when pairings are announced.
VioletLilyMemberJuly 27, 2020 at 5:41 am
Also you guys I’m in the UK and I am 100% chill with you guys wincing at postage and messaging Oracle to be like no thank you.
LexvoidMemberJuly 28, 2020 at 7:48 pm
This is such a cool concept!
I’m Lex, a mechanical engineering student just about to graduate. I love space and science so I’m trying to get a job in aerospace. I would definitely be an astronaut if I could! I love nature and making things. I switch between different types of art all the time, ceramics, painting, weaving, welding… I love learning new things. I like music with flowy sounds like Beach House and Glass Animals. I also foster kittens because they’re just so small and cute
oraclesageMemberAugust 1, 2020 at 12:40 am
Pairings will be posted tomorrow
TinkerMemberAugust 2, 2020 at 6:57 pm
August sorting in one hour! If you want to opt in for August and haven’t, now’s the moment! Post a quick bio if you haven’t, or just give a holler if your bio is already up!
TinkerMemberAugust 2, 2020 at 8:24 pm
August sorting incoming! For this month’s challenge(*), include a little something about where you live – pictures, postcards, brochures, buttons, anything!
Our pairings are:
@Wyvern & @Fox & @Lexvoid (perhaps wyvern → fox, fox → lexvoid, lexvoid → wyvern…but you are, of course, free to come up with your own plan amongst yourselves!)
As a reminder, our send-out date is 8/15! If you missed this month’s sorting, we’ll be putting out the September call in a couple weeks so keep your eyes on this thread!
(*) This idea was submitted to us through this form! If you have ideas for future monthly challenges, let us know!
VioletLilyMemberAugust 10, 2020 at 6:05 am
Guys my limey self freaked out so much until I realised I’d read the date wrong
oraclesageMemberSeptember 6, 2020 at 2:53 pm
Hey you guys, I know this is suppppper late but if anyone wants to do a small September mail out? Let’s make mail out the 20th. Just lemme know in the next couple days and I’ll see if we have enough to do a couple of pairings~
BairnSidheMemberSeptember 6, 2020 at 9:32 pm
I could do a letter!
AlligatoramberleeMemberNovember 30, 2020 at 2:12 am
I would love to join this if it’s still going (looks like it might have taken a break?) Or even if just one person wants to. I love making pocket letters
oraclesageMemberApril 8, 2021 at 9:13 pm
It certainly did take a break!
Anyone interested in a spring (May) mailout?
VioletLilyMemberMay 12, 2021 at 10:39 am
I’d certainly be down again! (Also happy to sit this one out if people don’t have the funds to mail to Britain which is so fair)
michingmallechoMemberJune 17, 2021 at 4:31 am
Loooove how I’m just seeing this on the 16th. :’)
But I’m definitely interested if we’re still doing this.
Here’s my bio:
I’m Mallecho, 18, just going into university to study molecular biology. I’m a Corrilave-bearing Flinter, with a few Weatherwatch tendencies. I am bilingual (French). I guess you could say my style varies between a pagan witch, a Ramone, an English teacher, or a combination of those three.
I love a lot of music, but tend to gravitate towards punk, rock, and synth. I basically like anything that makes my ears go “oooo”. Some of my favorite artists atm are MGMT, Elton John, Crosby Stills & Nash, and The Decemberists.
I am an artist? Kinda? I love theater, songwriting, creative writing, and visual arts. I constantly bounce between those. I also have a knack for creating little things that make my life marginally better.
I also collect things. Crystals, bottle caps, etc. I’m basically a crow. Or maybe a raccoon?
My favorite color is yellow, but a little bit orange-y.
I think that’s a good bio???
djsolareMemberJune 17, 2021 at 11:23 am
Gee I didn’t realize this was still going or I would have thrown in earlier [And if it isn’t then I guess @michingmallecho and I are reviving it?]
Tom, I’m 29 and I do computery things for money when I’m not doing things I actually want to do. I’m a Thornmouth… the eclipse one but I don’t see that written nearly as much so I can’t be bothered to remember what it’s called :3 I as well speak some French but don’t get a chance to practice anymore so I’m rustier than… a rusty thing that I can’t think of right now. I’m nominally Celtic pagan; I don’t much care for religion but I believe there’s stuff happening in places and I figure what’s good for my ancestors is good enough for me.
My music tastes are incredibly varied. I think over the last week my list has shifted from Sonata Arctica to Chopin to Lazerhawk to Louis Armstrong to Alestorm so… My favorite band is I Fight Dragons because their music rocks and they’re super nice guys
My current dream is to put up veneer on all the walls in my basement and turn it into a tavern and then fill a ton of shelves with magic-y artifacts – cool wands, rocks, a pretty impressive statue of the King in Yellow, etc.
I um… I can’t think of anything else to fill in here. I guess if we do this thing feel free to ask me more or whatever.
audra-polkMemberJune 17, 2021 at 10:52 pm
I’m so into this! I won’t be able to participate until I’ve had a few paychecks though, so I will wait to type up the big intro.