Swap-bot Time: November 28, 2020 11:03 pm


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Last Online: October 30, 2020
Birthday: August 9
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 or two will pass before I read (or am even aware of) PMs or emails. I try to respond within 24 hours, but please allow at least two days for me to answer 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'm ok with some occult/pagan themes and I 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 - I tend to write how I talk.

I have a twenty-year-old longhair tuxedo cat named Mr. Friendly, which he is. Whiskers grow out of his neck; he looks like a sea urchin. He is... old, now... every day is a gift.

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, Japanese Kit-Kats, Kinder Hippos, boozy cordials. Most big-brand American chocolates don't do much for me (BOYCOTT NESTLE!), but I like peanut butter cups. 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, but 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.

Favorite Music

Foetus/J.G. Thirlwell, Firewater, Calexico, Godspeed You Black Emperor, 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, Godflesh, Zeal & Ardor, Lingua Ignota, Yellow Eyes, Oranssi Pazuzu, Alda, Federale, 1920-40s jazz, 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.

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.

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, Masaaki Yuasa, Ray Harryhausen, Godzilla and his kin. Not favorites, but most recently impressed by The Wailing and The Lighthouse.

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, Stairway to Stardom, Twin Peaks. My partner and I both like to work with background noise, so there's often anime or MST3K or Great British Baking Show mumbling away while we cut or glue or paint.

Favorite Books

The Stain by Rikki DuCornet, The Mouse And His Child by Russell Hoban, Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, The Gas by Charles Platt, Image of the Beast by 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 over the last few years I've liked Fatale, Revival, Monstress, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Kitaro, Berserk, Claymore, MPD Psycho, and I Am a Hero. I love most of Junji Ito, Kazuo Umezu, Shintaro Kago, and Hideshi Hino's work, if you have recs in that vein please send 'em! 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, papercutting, collage, shadowboxes/assemblage, handbuilt ceramics, dodgy wee beasties, surrealist party games, trepanning, paper mache. I don't crochet, knit, or quilt, but I'm good at hand sewing and stitch up a stuffie now and then.

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

Wanna trade snacks? The Portland area has a couple excellent, large Asian and Eastern European supermarkets, and a few delightful teahouses that sell loose tea. 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.

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
  • 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.


SunTradeToo rated for Pumpkin recipe on a postcard on Oct 21, 2020
Comment: lol, When I got the 2 PCs I was like, did I miss a partner? , and then I realized you sent to so you could fit the recipe. I had the same problem, and took me a while to get it together. I will certainly try this recipe! Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸🍁
hanifahsekar98 rated for 100 Movies To See on Apr 14, 2020
Comment: I just got your mail today! It took a bit longer than usual (maybe because the pandemic things) but its finally arrived! Thank you so much that you made it a bit more specific for me and your other partners. I really like it and maybe try to watch it! Thanks🧡
morbidcherry rated for 100 Movies To See on Mar 7, 2020
Comment: Wow, Miranda, thank you so much for the incredible list. I love your insightful descriptions for each film and I will definitely be checking out some of your recommendations.
Response: Rad! I legit wanna know if you watch anything on there that speaks to you.
beaglemom rated for Novel-TEA Swap #1 on Jan 25, 2020
Comment: Thanks for both teas...I can’t wait to try them! I have never read about zombies, but your book sounds interesting!
BluBerry rated for Owls ATC on Jan 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the ATC!
parakeetmails rated for Owls ATC on Dec 2, 2019
Comment: Amazing art!
Comment: A thousand hearts for you! Thanks for taking Greg on so many awesome adventures
Unique4Eva rated for My Playlist in October 2019 on Nov 11, 2019
Janevey rated for My Playlist in October 2019 on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you. There we so many new songs for me!
Spiritbiscuit rated for Halloween Playlist on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you for updating me! Those tracks look good, I can't wait to listen.
BluBerry rated for My Playlist in October 2019 on Nov 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Drone rated for Halloween Playlist on Oct 30, 2019
Comment: I do appreciate how dark you went. I was starting to worry my own was too dark for this swap until I heard yours (and mine isn't that dark at all). Random note - I haven't been active on here in ages, but when I saw your profile I had deja-vu. I think we might have swapped at some point in the past. I'm assuming it was another music swap. Anyway, thanks for the playlist and Happy Halloween!
Response: You are probably right, though I can't place it, either. I used to trade mixes through Nervousness, too. I miss mix exchanges.
tashia9965 rated for Halloween Playlist on Oct 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Great songs.
fbresnah rated for Homemade Halloween Card USA on Oct 29, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much, love the card! Sounds like you have a fun Halloween planned! Have a good one!
noeldtroll rated for Intl ATC Monster on Oct 28, 2019
Comment: I never would have thought to make a monstrous elk, but it looks really good.
Response: If you have ever come across them unexpectedly they are pretty intimidating 😅
kelliegirl6 rated for Halloween Playlist on Oct 24, 2019
Comment: Wow, that is dark & different! Felt like I was in a haunted house! I looove the Tess Conway; reminds me of college me. 👻💀
MBakker rated for Intl ATC Familiar on Oct 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for this awesome atc! I love that you made rats. We've got 4 pet rats and I adore them. Your atc is very beautiful and I'm very happy to add it to my collection! Xx Monique ❤️
Response: I've had pet rats, too, they are honestly very nice pets.
FLWAVE rated for Halloween Playlist on Oct 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing your playlists. Looking forward to giving them a listen and exploring some new stuff.
PrettyAlice rated for Halloween card & favorites list on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks!
DaiziDruke rated for Halloween in May on May 29, 2019
Comment: What a fun Halloween-filled package to open! Thank you so much for all the fun goodies to use! ❤️

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TeaNi on Nov 9, 2020:

Thank you

for granting a wish for me with the cute elf ornament and "lump of coal" soap- a delightful little package to receive! :)

Tryph on Feb 11, 2020:

Thanks so much for the wish from my January Wishlist group. There are lots of great pieces plus: that card! The best! Thanks again.

mejulia on Feb 6, 2020:

Thank you for the great wishes from the wishlist group.

MSturgill87 on Dec 27, 2019:

Thank you for the great vinyl stickers for December Wishlist! Love your art and the local art! The rat is too cool!

MSturgill87 on Dec 27, 2019:

Thank you for the great vinyl stickers for December Wishlist! Love your art and the local art! The rat is too cool!

Swan on Dec 26, 2019:

Thank you for the great holiday wishes - I love the wolves - and the herbal teabag for my December Wishlist!

romyisa78 on Nov 8, 2019:

thank you so much for the pressed pennies you ve sent to me at the wishlist group, love them

TeaNi on Oct 21, 2019:

Thank you very much

for granting a wish for me with the cute leopard gloves! :)

ladyaries7 on Sep 8, 2019:

thank you so much for the purple ink pens! august wishes :)

TeaNi on Jun 12, 2019:

thank you so very much

for granting a wish for me with the delightful reusable tea bags which came along with a nice sample tea they sent along with it! :)

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