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RTA's... have you heard of them??

I am looking for more interesting email frenzy people to join a "reply to all" email group called Coffee Shop!
Basically, Instead of sending an email to one person, you send to the entire group.

I'm being realistic, Not everyone can reply to emails all through the day as we have work / school and various other things to attend. An email or "diary entry" a day to everyone would be nice.
But i'd like it if everyone who joins up, could stay active enough to send at least a couple emails within every 2 days.
I'm looking for people who will keep emailing. People who like to talk!

Some things that can be posted in emails;

Diary Entries / Day-To-Day Events
Your Poetry / Art / Photography / Short Stories / Music
Asking Advice
Or You Just Want Some Company!

This could be a really fun and interesting little "community"
And a chance to make a nice bunch of friends.

If you're interested or have any questions;
Send me an email:
Or leave me your email, and i'll contact you.

here is a more in depth explanation:

  • RTA stands for "Reply To All" which means you'll be replying to a whole group rather than 1-to-1
  • we communicate via email, and a lot of people make very close friendships that last years, and some even meet up offline over time.
  • the group has around 13 people in it, it may go up or down depending on people leaving or joining
  • you can expect and receive a lot of email in your inbox, it varies depending on how active it is. sometimes it can be up to 100 a week, or more. you are not required to reply to all of it, because that's just silly. by all means, you can! but i don't think it's possible, because of what applies to you & you have a comment for, and the time you have, etc.
  • imagine pen palling or a forum but over email, that's like an RTA :)
  • you will be "filtering" your email box, e.g you must have time to go through it and delete the emails you don't want to reply to and reply to the ones you like
  • please have the time for this, as well as the time to send email. it isn't difficult, all of us have lives and we still manage it as a hobbie.
  • it takes the whole group to make an RTA active so please try and make the effort to talk to people. if you are a good people-person, like to make conversations and are generally outgoing (although if you're the opposite, most people are outgoing online away) this may help.
  • you must be willing to send your own emails, updates, diary entries, posts of what interests you
  • you will be meeting people from all over the world
  • there is an age range of 16-30.
  • we are willing to open up and be personal, like any sort of friends would. we expect the same from you :)
  • there will be fun things to do that i send out, questions, discussions, picture spams, inspirations and all sorts of other things but remember to send your own! :) we also have weekly activities.
  • no drama, arguments, etc. if you have a problem with someone, reply and sort it out, don't bring it into the whole RTA
  • most of all, we look forward to meeting you & hope you enjoy the rta if you join!

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[Age] 21
[Birthdate] February 4 1990
[Location] Canada
[Interests] music, writing, photography, travel
[Things you swap] postcards, shot glasses, anything someone would be interested in
[Things you collect] postcards, shot glasses
[Genres you write] usually just short stories
[Other artsy crafty things you're into]
[Languages you speak or are learning] English & French
[Age you want your penpals to be] close to my age preferably
[Gender you want your penpals to be] female
[Countries you want or don't want your penpals to be from] anywhere :)
[Any other interesting penpalish tidbits you want people to know] I tend to ramble a fair bit, so my letters can get kind of long :)

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Name Megan
Age 20
Birthdate December 4
Location Alabama, USA
Interests As far back as I can remember, I've spent as much time as possible creating things - art (and crafts, as I've now gotten over being afraid to say) is my life. I love crocheting, knitting, bookbinding, screen printing (and learning other printmaking techniques beginning next month, finally!), papermaking, drawing and just other general/random creating. I'm in college currently for art and psychology, and will go on to hopefully be certified in art therapy in grad school. I love traveling whenever possible, going to concerts (ditto!), cooking, and music. A few of my favorite artists are Tegan and Sara, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding, Ra Ra Riot, The Narrative, Holly Miranda, Brightwood, City and Colour, Mumford and Sons, and Missy Higgins. More than a few, oops! But, there you have it. I also love reading, and miss the days where I read a minimum of 1-2 book(s) a week. For some reason ever since I began college, I haven't read on my own too much, but I'm working to change it back to how things used to be. 
Things you swap I love making and swapping mix cd's, as well as other random things I make or little things I find.
Things you collect Coffee mugs and the Hard Rock Cafe Pilsner from places I travel to.  
Languages you speak or are learning Currently I only speak English fluently, but I had a few years of French in high school though it was only writing/reading so I can't actually speak it and now only understand half of what I used to, and I know a tiny bit of Japanese, which was learned from a friend and living with her and her mother for a few weeks. I hope to work to better both of these, and also learn as much of any other language as I can.
Countries you want or don't want your penpals to be from Anywhere and everywhere!
Any other interesting penpalish tidbits you want people to know I absolutely love having penpals, and always have had a handful at any given time, but not unlike my reading habits, fell away when I started college. I miss the days of having pages and pages of letters arrive, and having friends from all over.


[Name] Sarah
[Age] 22
[Birthdate] January 14 1989
[Location] Sussex, UK
[Interests] reading, recipes, cooking, sleeping, walking, listening to music, scrapbooking, watching films.
[Things you swap] Letters, recipes, cute stationary, something connected to my town (keyring, magnet, postcard), sweets. Pretty much anything.
[Things you collect] mix cds, non uk sweets, band tops, books ( i enjoy finding new authors), something from your town / city (postcard, keyring, magnet), a letter telling me about you.
[Genres you write] Female.
[Other artsy crafty things you're into]scrapbooking
[Languages you speak or are learning] English and broken german.
[Age you want your penpals to be] teens to early 20's
[Gender you want your penpals to be] female
[Countries you want or don't want your penpals to be from] I do not mind where my swappers / penpals are from.
[Any other interesting penpalish tidbits you want people to know] I do not like anything orange either the colour, smell or food wise. Same with coffee.

I also have feeback from selling communities from lj which will show that I will send out my packages.

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[Name] nao (nickname)
[Age] 2X
[Birthdate] 07. 31
[Location] germany
[Interests] japan, uk, animes, mangas, games, music
[Things you swap] nothing
[Things you collect] mangas, anime figurines, puricuras
[Languages you speak or are learning] german, english, i also want to learn japanese
[Age you want your penpals to be] 20 - 30, + / -
[Gender you want your penpals to be] doesn't matter
[Countries you want or don't want your penpals to be from] asia and uk, other locations'd be also ok
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I'm writing this for my little sister, so I hope this is okay.

[Name] Gina Lena
[Age] 11
[Birthdate] December 26th
[Location] Germany
[Interests] drawing, music, shopping, dancing
[Things you swap] nothing yet
[Things you collect] sea shells
[Languages you speak or are learning] German, English
[Age you want your penpals to be] around my age
[Gender you want your penpals to be] I don't matter
[Countries you want] UK would be great
[Any other interesting penpalish tidbits you want people to know] I want a penpal because my English is not that good and I want to practice. I also want to meet nice people to talk to.

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Name: Mia
Age: 21
Location: Cambridge, MA

feminism, garage sales, photography, thrift stores, reading, traveling, stationary, singing, gay rights, concerts, riot grrrl, punk, psychology, painting, collage, altered books, poetry, printmaking, architecture, cats, late night conversations where you completely forget the time.
Favourite books: Anything by Jennifer Egan or Augusten Burroughs, The Savage Girl by Alex Shakar, Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War by Deborah Copaken Kogan, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Wierd Like Us: My Bohemian America by Ann Powers.  
Favourite films: Ghost World, Trainspotting, Amelie, Little Miss Sunshine, The Invisible Circus, Slumdog Millionaire, The Royal Tenenbaums, Eagle Vs. Shark, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Men Who Stare at Goats, But I'm a Cheerleader, Beautiful Losers, Mic Macs, Paris, Je t'aime.
Favourite music:
Sleater-Kinney, Le Tigre, Pretty Girls Make Graves, the Dresden Dolls/Amanda Palmer, Epoxies, Bratmobile, Stereo Total, Postal Service, Magnetic Fields, Cat Power, The Decemberists, Belle and Sebastian, The Shins, Tilly and the Wall, Bikini Kill, Crass, Noisettes, Metric, The Slits, Tegan and Sara, Long Blondes, Regina Spektor, Bright Eyes, Kimya Dawson, CSS, Jens Lekman, Kate Nash, Elliott Smith, Neutral Milk Hotel, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beirut, Beulah, The Gossip, Los Campesinos!, Mirah, Sia, The XX, Coco Rosie, Marina and the Diamonds, Florence and the Machine, The Pica Beats, Gogol Bordello, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Ani DiFranco, Des Ark, Emilyn Brodsky, Jason Webley, St. Vincent.
What would you like to send/receive? Long letters, handmade envelopes, mix CDs, stationary and art.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from? Anyone. But definitely snail mail rather than e-mail.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to? I’d love to write to people in different countries, but the US is fine as well.
Anything else you'd like to add? I'm an art therapy major, minoring in women's studies. I have one more semester of college, which is insane. I'm a perfectionist, and I care a lot about my studies.  I don't really feel bound by any one location. I could see myself living in many places. I appear quiet and shy if you don't know me, but I'm really not.  I'm introverted, observant and logical. I love curiosity. I often enjoy solitude. I've been through a lot with my family, and am very independent. Sometimes I might take a while to write back, because I get busy with school. But I’ll always write back. I feel most drawn to other outsiders and artists. I've been writing to pen pals since I was 15, and I can't imagine a life where I didn't look forward to letters in the mailbox.
Nothing is as exciting as mail love.

This is me :)

Name: Crystal
Nickname: Don't really have one.
Age: 20
Location: United states, Oregon
Relationship:in a relationship
Dream Job: To become an Ultrasound technician
Languages: English and a little German and Spanish

About Me:I'm simple, quiet, nice, and love the outdoors. I love Oregon its so beautiful. I have six brothers and two sisters. I'm looking for friends and someone to talk to :)

Music: Country, rap, and whatever else.

Movies: i'm open to any.

Books: Haven't read one that catches my eye yet.

How many pen pals do you have?: none
How many pen pals do you want?: as many as i can
Do you want email pals?:doesn't matter
Do you want snail mail pals?: i'm not sure what that means lol
Do you want new LJ friends:idk?
How long are your letters?:as long as i want them to be :)
Reply time?: every day or every two days.
Would you like your pen pal to be male or female?: either or
Where would you like them to be from?: anywere
Age preference?: between 20 and 23
What are you looking for in a pen pal? a friendship.
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Name: Erin
Sex: female
Age: 18
Birthday: ;)
Current Location: Pennsylvania
Occupation : Soon to be in the Army National Guard
Language: English
Hobbies/ Interest: art, blogging, writing, reading, photography
Relationship status: It's complicated :(
Tattoos / piercing : none yet

Favorite movies: Harry Potter, POTC, Disney in general, LOTR, Shrek
Favorite TV show: I like show on Hallmark and other tv channels that play old tv shows. I used to watch Gilmore Girls. I also watch a lot of Bravo.
Favorite music: Alternative Rick but I like other things here and there like classical, country, rap, etc.

How many penpals do you have :none
How many penpals do you want: as many as I can handle :D
Do you want snail mail penpals? : start with email then snail mail after trust is earned :)
Do you want new LJ friends? : sure
What are some countries you want to meet friends from?: Anywhere it seems hard being an American and finding penpals on sites because people want European friends or Japanese friends.
What age do you want them to be?: Any
What sex do you want them to be? : Any
How long are your letters: Depends
How long does it take for you to reply a letter? : 1-2 days
Do you write by hand or type? : Both