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Last Online: December 12, 2018
Birthday: August 9, 1975
Country: United States
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About Me

There are THREE R's in Mrrranda! If you emailed me and it bounced, please check your spelling!

Generally speaking: non-monetary commerce, scrap/recycled materials art, temporary autonomous zones, alexithymia, cabinets of curiosities, botched taxidermy, stop-motion animation, making monsters, making messes, unauthorized installations, unsafe toys, unrequited love, unintentional surrealism, the uncanny valley, koyaanisqatsi, beautiful trees, scary trees, sleeping in trees, seed pods, skeleton leaves, bugs that look like plants, psychopomps, milagros, hearts, hands, eyes, tiny organic ephemera, kittens, foxes, bats, birds of prey, little creepy-crawlies, deep sea creatures, lovely March hares, Golden Nature Guides, cicada recipes, horror manga, Drinky Crow, Angela Carter, Joseph Cornell, Ernst Haeckel, Tim Hawkinson, Hans Bellmer, Kiki Smith.

Often a day, occasionally two days, can pass before I read (or am even aware of) PMs or emails. I try to respond within 24 hours, but please allow two days for me to answer your PMs and/or emails.

Feeling angelic? I got the flakes, and I don't mean dandruff:

I was never rated:

Most overtly religious stuff makes me very uncomfortable - PLEASE DO NOT SEND IT. I do appreciate Inuit, Buddhist, Bon, and some Hindu art on an aesthetic level. Don't wear perfume or much make-up, currently well-stocked on lotion and lip gloss. Not interested in most girly-pastel or cutesy-wootsey stuff, but I get a kick out of kawaii things that veer into insanity (Beer-Chan, Nyan Nyan Nyanko). Love indie and experimental animation, especially Lotte Reiniger and Ladislas Starevich.

If you're getting a journal or story or even a list from me, it won't be a Tourette's-like stream of profanity, but yeah, there might be some cursing and weird slang - unless I'm on the job, I tend to write how I talk.

I have a seventeen-year-old longhair tuxedo cat named Mr. Friendly, which he is. Whiskers grow out of his neck; he looks like a sea urchin. He eats any treat that is offered, destroys every toy he is given, and is still living life to the fullest.

For sweets swaps: much love for coffee, green tea, marzipan, dark chocolate, peanut butter, ginger, durian, pumpkin, sweet potato, lavender, rose hips, hazelnut, maple, Meiji Apollo strawberry chocolates, Trolli strawberry puffs, foreign Kit-Kats, Kinder Hippos, boozy cordials. Most big-brand American chocolates don't do much for me, but I like Reese's Pieces and peanut butter cups, Chick-O-Sticks, and Krackle bars. I like old-school clove gum, too. Please, no black licorice or suuuuuper-sugary stuff (Pixie Stix, rock candy).

For tea swaps: lapsang souchong, green (esp. genmai cha), and "sweet" flavored black teas, like vanilla, hazelnut, maple, etc. For fall and winter, I like orange- and apple-spice teas. That being said, pretty much anything except licorice/anise tea would be cool.

Cooking is a lot of fun to me. I love kneading dough, mixing by hand, and food that's meant to be set on fire. Sometimes I set a dishcloth or potholder on fire too - you know, just for yuks. I like Asian (especially Japanese and Thai), Indian, and starchy, buttery "comfort" foods like mac 'n' cheese. I'm an omnivorous opportunist who appreciates food from many sources, though I'm trying to be more conscious of locally-grown and free-range choices. I'm sorry that I got fat - I will slim down. I've happily eaten mealworms and cicadas, and I love durian - yes, REALLY. I have a small but treasured collection of 1950's cookbook-pamphlets, most featuring medleys of once-edible objects embedded in aspic.

My favorite color is static, but I also like black, wine/cranberry/ruby reds, greens (most shades but esp deep/hunter tones), amber, bronze, orange, dark/chocolate browns, earth tones in general.

I have a radio show called "Spider in the Ear" on Freeform Portland. I really like my radio show! I would really like it if you would like my radio show on Facebook, and/or listen to some episodes on Mixcloud.

Favorite Music

Foetus/J.G. Thirlwell, Firewater, Calexico, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Colleen, Yma Sumac, Susumu Yokota, Amon Tobin, P. Miles Bryson, The Caretaker, Martin Denny, Steve Reich, The Residents, The Tiger Lillies, The Misfits, Mandible Chatter, Red Fang, Andy Stott, Big Black, Gogol Bordello, Federale, Serge/Charlotte Gainsbourg, 1920-40s jazz, most bands on the Leaf label, most bands on the NorthSide label, the bottle return at Meijer Thrifty Acres, and every single slightly-malfunctioning gaudy automaton at House on the Rock. I have little soft spots for accordions and singing saws, much like fontanelles.

Fun fact: I once charmed my way into a sold-out Sixteen Horsepower show by presenting the band with a fresh-baked strawberry-rhubarb pie.

Favorite Movies

The Holy Mountain, Cat Soup, Tamala 2010, Hausu, The Mascot, Street of Crocodiles, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Akira, Alice, Conspirators of Pleasure, The Devils, Black Lizard, Blue Velvet, Guy Maddin, Hayao Miyazaki, Ray Harryhausen, Godzilla and his kin. Not favorites, but most recently impressed by Embrace of the Serpent and November.

As much as I love horror movies, modern ones like Wolf Creek, Saw, etc. are so mean-spirited and focused on realistic suffering that they really put me off. Sorry, kids - I just don't "get" the torture porn explosion, and it troubles me.

Perhaps incongruously, I dig some brutal art-house offerings and ludicrous Grand Guignol/grindhouse stuff... and that first prison yard fight scene in Riki-O cracks me up every time.

I also don't like movies that expect me to be REALLY @#!% EXCITED by cars.

Favorite Television

The Singing Detective, The Venture Brothers, Cowboy Bebop, Kemonozume, The Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, (the original) The Prisoner, (the original) Iron Chef, Green Porno, Food Party, Rick & Morty, Bob's Burgers, Stairway to Stardom, Twin Peaks. Not big on TV here.

Favorite Books

The Stain (Rikki DuCornet), The Mouse And His Child (Russell Hoban), Thirst for Love (Mishima - very underrated early work), A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil (Max Ernst), The Gas (Charles Platt), Image of the Beast (Philip Jose Farmer), Angela Carter, Ray Bradbury, Leonora Carrington, the poet Ai. Hoban's Riddley Walker gives me a vaguely precognitive hinx....

I'm not as voracious a comic book reader as I once was, but I'm reading Fatale, Saga, and Revival, still follow the B.P.R.D. and a few manga (Berserk, Claymore, MPD Psycho). I love most of Junji Ito, Kazuo Umezu, Shintaro Kago, and Hideshi Hino's work, just picked up the recent English translation of Kitaro, too. When I need a break from trippy, blood-soaked nihilism, I turn to Andy Runton's charming, all-ages comic Owly.

Cookbooks, books on sustainable living and DIY, surrealist and decadent lit are always welcome. As you've probably guessed, romance, mainstream mystery/thrillers, Chicken Soup, and novels about 30-something-onwards women coming to terms with... things... are not.

Favorite Crafts

Mixed media, shadowboxes/assemblage, collage, handbuilt ceramics, dodgy wee beasties, surrealist party games, trepanning, paper mache. I don't crochet, knit, or quilt, and I've put my stuffie-stitching on hold.

I enjoy making ATCs, but usually more than I enjoy receiving them! I might be up for a one-on-one ATC swap, but if you want one from me, feel free to offer other things in trade too.

What I Can Find/Make for You

I'm short on time for making things right now, but I'm certainly up for custom purchases. The Portland area has a couple excellent, large Asian supermarkets. I can get several kinds of Pocky and Pretz, squid jerky, octopus-flavored chips, durian and pandan items, MANY kinds of furikake... ask and I will look. If you want mainly Japanese stuff (rather than Chinese or SE Asian), it might take a little longer to get as the best place requires a trip to the 'burbs.

I've also found a couple places here that sell UK candy like Coffee Crisps and Aero Bars, as well as Branston Pickle, clotted cream, etc.

And I'm near the lovely Tao of Tea!

The Ubiquitous Wishlist

I've had... really bad luck with some "profile surprises," so I strongly prefer to set up swaps for specific items. I'm open to suggestions, but please run 'em by me before sending. Here are some safe bets:

  • gift cards to Fred Meyer, Safeway, Walgreens, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods - not a very fun wish, but a sincere one.
  • LEDs or short lengths of El-wire suitable for customized light boxes. Or short strings of "fairy lights" like these. Think you have something? Better yet, think you can make me some wall-mountable light boxes? PM me, let's discuss a trade or sale.
  • X-acto or scalpel blades, NIP please
  • ephemeral oddments from the woods, fields, and sea: seed pods, skeleton leaves, strange seashells, intact insects (or carefully packaged butterfly/moth wings), tiny bones and teeth
  • field recordings you made yourself, or any unusual field recordings, like the amazing collections of bats, deer, and frogs on the Sittelle label, or walk-throughs of amusement parks or Bangkok markets
  • pretty much any of the Asian compilations from Sublime Frequencies
  • Tamala 2010 merch
  • Nyan Nyan Nyanko or Neko no Panya stuff
  • this stuff too
  • or make a donation to Freeform Portland or the IPRC!

If you want to do a one-on-one swap, and you have something I haven't mentioned but you think I'd like, just PM me.


MyRetroSoul rated for Halloween Trick or Treat Bag on Oct 25, 2018
Comment: This is a really fun package. Thank you!
Response: You are welcome - I had to mail your card separately so it didn't get crushed!
splendorpursuit rated for Soundtrack Playlist on Oct 21, 2018
Comment: Super excited to go through this. Sorry for the delayed rating. Life, blah. I’m sure you know how it goes. But thanks for participating and opening up my eyes to new lit and music!! :)
aurelas rated for Soundtrack Playlist on Oct 7, 2018
Comment: What a fascinating description and playlist! I think I'm going to have to read Beautiful Darkness sometime. It really sounds so interesting. And no, I haven't made it through the whole playlist yet, but I will. ;)
littlemissme84 rated for Soundtrack Playlist on Oct 5, 2018
Duckygirl rated for Swap Your Local Food-USA on May 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! Loved the caramel very tasty. The salmon jerky was very fun to try!! :)
bluecrayons rated for My Playlist in October 2017 on Feb 25, 2018
camilleaf rated for My Playlist in October 2017 on Dec 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the playlist :) I loved how you included links below the title. They were very helpful!
ariestess rated for My Playlist in October 2017 on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Definitely some stuff to check out in Spotify!
Jenicat rated for My Playlist in October 2017 on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing your playlist. I look forward to listening to it 💜
aprilfoolzbaby86 rated for A Candy Scavenger Hunt on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you Miranda for such a cool package! I especially loved the Halloween toothbrush. It made my day. Thanks again.
PrairieKittin rated for Spooktacular September Hell on Sep 27, 2017
Comment: I adore everything in this package!! That metal devil's head is fantastic.. and the devil couple are great!! The 6 of pents... is that from the housewives tarot? I love it! I love everything in this! Thank you so much!! I used to live in PDX, but I don't get over there as often since I moved across the river to "The Couve". LOL!! I'll have to check out the shops you mentioned. I used to go to SE Hawthorne a lot. Moon Shadow, and other cool shops there.
SassyGreen rated for My Playlist in December 2016 on Feb 7, 2017
Comment: Sorry for rating late. Thank you for sharing! Many new songs for me to listen to!
XFoxgloveX rated for Winter tea X3 on Jan 28, 2017
jeufr27 rated for My Playlist in December 2016 on Jan 17, 2017
Comment: I loved your playlist it had lots of amazing songs that i hadn't heard before!!
vickysounio rated for My Playlist in December 2016 on Jan 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
Janevey rated for My Playlist in December 2016 on Jan 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing! That goat versions of Holy night was hilarious, I loved it :) And it was interesting that you had included one Finnsh song also :)
bluecrayons rated for My Playlist in December 2016 on Jan 2, 2017
zurdoswifey rated for Winter tea X3 on Dec 22, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the teas and super cute card ...Merry Christmas 💜
Taliesyn rated for Winter tea X3 on Dec 19, 2016
Comment: Thank you!

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mejulia on Nov 2, 2018:

Thank you so much for the boxtops for education, they are greatly appreciat4ed.

TeaNi on Jun 6, 2018:

Thank you very much

for the corks you sent me for a May wishlist surprise! They are definitely still applicable- I hope to make a cork wreath and maybe some cork ornaments (if I collect enough) at the holidays. Much appreciated! :)

CrystalZ on May 6, 2018:

Ignore my message below....apparantly I am blind and you DID sign the back lol! Thank you again for the atc's!

CrystalZ on May 6, 2018:

Love the owl atc's you made for me for my April wishlist. They are a bit dark but they are still so cool! I will definately be adding these to my collection :) For the future though you will want to consider adding your details to the back so folks will know who made these wonderfull creations.

piratecaptainmo on May 5, 2018:

Thank you for the wonderful teas you sent for my April wishlist!

mejulia on Apr 6, 2018:

Thank you for the boxtops for education from my March wishlist. My granddaughter will be thrilled when she gets them.

zurdoswifey on Feb 9, 2018:

Thank you for the stickers for my Jan wishlist...they were all perfect...Thanks for your thoughtfulness and the note =)

Afrogami on Oct 1, 2017:

thank you so much for the wishlist gift, I love it!

LittleDonnaGirl on May 30, 2017:

Thank you for the flower seeds! I will definitely be using them (April Wishes). :) Made my day!

mejulia on May 15, 2017:

Thank you so much for the great wishes from my April wish list. I think gingerbread people are timeless.

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