Forgotten Art: Norman’s Profile

The Pen Pal Project Online Application

Please complete the following questions as accurately and honestly as possible. Your sincere responses will help us match you with the applicants most suited to correspond with you.


Name: Norman McCumber

Select your age bracket: 25-32

Profession: CEO, Windenburg Wind and Sun


How many pen pals are your interested in acquiring? Two

What qualities do you seek in a pen pal? You’d better know how to laugh, buddy! Life’s too short to moan.


Do you have a desire to meet your pen pal face-to-face? Awesomely yes, and most doable.

Please describe, in as much detail as possible, your reason for wanting to join the pen pal project:

You’d think, making all the lists every up-and-comer in my locale wants to make (Windenburg’s Top Ten Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes; Who to Watch at the Top; Up and Coming and Headed Your Way; Who Everybody Wants to Be), that I’d have it made. I mean, I’m “the guy that everyone wants to be.”


I live in a quaint restored cottage in Old Town Windenburg, a bike-ride away from the company headquarters. This part of town is “the place to be.”

We run an eco-friendly business in an eco-friendly town and my life is all about eco-this and eco-that. It’s even eco-nomically advantageous.


The thing is, I’m busy. I’m running the energy company my dad founded, a wind farm that’s expanding into solar.

I’ve got employees to manage, books to balance, stock-holders to pacify, R&D to oversee, and marketing campaigns to approve. I must talk with and email a hundred people most days. You’d think that would satisfy my social needs.


But I’m lonely. All those associates, and hardly a friend.

My closest thing to socializing is heading to the park near my home on Sunday mornings and catching a game of chess.


My sister and uncle have been talking about the friends they’ve made through the Pen Pal Project.

Uncle Jasper is always scheming to get me to write more, so I resisted at first.

But the other day, my sister brought up the app on her phone and showed me some of the profiles.

OK. I found one I really like. I mean, really, really like. Have you ever seen eyes that contain the whole universe? Yeah, it’s like that.


Heck. I don’t even know if she’ll accept me as a pen pal. But it’s worth a shot. Like I say, “Life’s too short to moan.”


After you have reviewed your application and made any necessary revisions or corrections, please click “Submit.” Only click once. Do not click “Refresh” or the back button on your browser.

The Pen Pal Project will notify you by email within ten days of any suitable correspondents we find for you. If you notice profiles of participants with whom you’d like to correspond, please feel free to write them.

Thank you for your wishes to participate in this project, and happy writing!