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Date Joined: June 23, 2010
Last Online: November 15, 2017
Birthday: July 13
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATED: October 10, 2017

I'm a mom in the middle of Iowa trying to keep the Muses from driving me crazy. I write, craft, and try to keep the inspiration flowing. I live with my teenage son, my husband, an anti-social rabbit, and an energetic baby rabbit.

I am part of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and enjoy history with a special focus on pre-1600's heraldry and crafts.

We like to play card and video games, go hiking, watch movies, make stuff, both hot water bath and pressure canning. I'm sure there are a load of other things I'm forgetting in here too.

Favorite Crafts

Favorite crafts that I do:
Crochet, embroidery / needlework, tablet weaving, lampwork glass bead making, book binding, kumihimo, creating heraldry, and sewing.

Favorite crafts other people do/I will learn some day: Quilting, metalwork, spinning, print making.

Other crafts that I do: I do a lot of random stuff so I am always forgetting something on this list... Origami, mini-zines, crocheting amigurumi, sewing stuffed animals, jewelry making, cooking modern/vintage/medieval foods, drawn thread embroidery, etc, etc, etc. I like making stuff.

Favorite Books

Anything by Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman. I like humor and description. I also like Seanan McGuire, Jim Butcher, and Patricia Briggs.

I love fantasy, urban fantasy, and am learning to enjoy mystery. My guilty secret is that I pick up paranormal romances and historical romances once in a while...

Favorite Music

I was introduced to Spotify and have been all over the map in finding new music. I really like alt folk and alt blues music. I really like banjo covers of rock/pop/punk songs. I also enjoy songs about video games. I’m weird.

  • You and I, by Johnnyswim
  • Glitter & Gold, by Barns Courtney
  • I'm a Raven (Shake Children), by Hiss Golden Messenger
  • I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore, by The Menzingers
  • Ghost, by Mystery Skulls

Not quite music, but it is audio... I adore King Falls AM podcast as well as The History of Rome podcast.


I like to write novels and short stories. My fiction tends towards fantasy. I do like reading stuff with a darker edge or crazy humor and I enjoy writing the same. But I enjoy writing with a variety of styles and subjects.

Current projects: Trying to remind myself to write on a regular basis.

Planning and Organizing

I am always trying to get myself organized. I have so many things going on that I often am afraid I'm going to forget something. Right now, I'm am working with the bullet journal planner system and index cards.

I make lists like crazy and am currently enamored of index cards for notes and quick lists, including the random story ideas that strike me when I'm away from my bullet journal.

I use Scrivener for my novel writing. I am still getting used to it (although I have had it for over a year) and am working on moving my short stories into the software.

I have made myself a faudori traveller's notebook...but I haven't really used it yet. I will, I swear!

Helpful tricks and tips would be appreciated for these systems.

Things I Like

I love quotes. Especially ones about writing, from books, song lyrics, and ones that are inspirational without hitting you over the head with it. I also like quirky messages / quotes - "The pirates are here to sack the village, would you like paper or plastic?"

Please, no religious quotes.

I prefer college ruled, graph, or blank paper/notebooks. I prefer 'half size' or 'quarter size' notebooks to full size ones - and yes, I know those aren't real terms. :)

  • Tea (english breakfast and gunpowder green especially)
  • MiO Energy (mmm, caffeine)
  • The colors gray, black, dark blue, dark green, turquoise/teal/blue green, argyle, and varied stripes
  • Quotes (see above)
  • Mythology and Folk Tales (Do you have a favorite folk tale or urban legend? I would love to hear about it... and possibly use it as an idea for a story.)
  • Writing prompts
  • Rabbits, Crabs, Goats,
  • The Kraken (tentacles, ships, anchors, that sort of thing)
  • Skeleton keys
  • Pinback buttons
  • Postcards
  • Pocket Letters
  • Zines
  • Embroidered tea towels
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Handmade items
  • Scarves, both for winter and summer
  • Handmade dish scrubbies and potholders (with patterns!)
  • Washi tape
  • Index cards
  • Ball point and gel pens
  • Sharpies
  • Playlists (on Spotify, mix CD, or written list)
  • Perle cotton embroidery floss
  • Crochet cotton yarn

Things I Don't Like

Unless they are about Dudeism, Discordianism, or Pastafarianism, please don't send me religious things.

I write small most of the time and I haven't used wide ruled paper since elementary school, please don't send me wide ruled paper or notebooks.

  • Coconut
  • The color pink and most primary colors
  • Gold
  • Hibiscus tea
  • 3D scrapbooking stickers
  • Coconut
  • Glitter
  • Puffy paint
  • Sequins
  • Eyelash yarn

Other Things I Like / Fandoms

  • Catbug from Bravest Warriors
  • King Falls AM, The Magic Tavern, History of Rome podcasts
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld - Especially Tiffany Aching, Moist von Lipwig, Sam Vimes, and the witches
  • Neil Gaiman Quotes
  • Sailor Moon
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Studio Ghibli movies - Especially Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Spirited Away
  • Supernatural tv series

For Specific Swaps

Dietary Restrictions: My husband and I are on the keto diet - low carb high fat - and would prefer things without bread/flour or sugar.

Recipe Swaps:
I prefer 4x6 but 3x5 is just fine. I inherited my grandmother’s old recipe cards and am enamored of handwritten index cards at the moment. If you have an old family recipe you would like to share, I would love to see it. We do like to can and we also have a pressure canner. Bonus points for recipes from before 1960.

Crochet / Yarn Swaps:
I crochet but I do not knit...yet. It's on my list of things to learn. I mostly do small projects like dish cloths, scarves/shawls, and amigurumi. I do not crochet sweaters, slippers, gloves, or blankets. One of these days I will have enough time to devote to an afghan, but today is not that day. I like wool/wool blends but I use acrylic for amigurumi. I use cotton for dish cloths and potholders. I do not like eyelash yarn.


smadronia rated for Science Fiction Flash Fiction #4 on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: thanks for the neat story. I wasn't expected the twist you put into it :)
Comment: Wow, you really went above and beyond with this journal, Crystal. Thank you so, so much for such an amazing read - and I loved the inclusion of the pictures! xoxo
USAFwife rated for Story Cubes - Scary Story on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Really enjoyed your story! Thanks so much for sharing :)
Artistic rated for Weekly Rewards for NaNo 2017 on Oct 27, 2017
Comment: Oh, my! I'm SO excited. Love the craft paper packaging-- the quotes/memes! I'm going to keep every one of them. And so many pick-me-ups! Woot! I'll really need them too. I think I'll set aside two or three for the opening days and then take everything else to Texas.Thank you!
pernie123 rated for Chekhov's Gun on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Nicely written story! I must confess that I had to look up the word "incubus".
CarmicWords rated for NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep on Oct 23, 2017
Artistic rated for NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Awesome prep sheets! Thank you.
Artistic rated for Prompts for Fiction Writing on Oct 5, 2017
Comment: I don't know either! :) But I love the prompts. Four of them REALLY resonate with me for NaNo 2017: the survivor dialogue/quote, the countdown; the forest/teacup; and the bridge toss. :) Thanks
Momskii rated for Monthly Dishcloth Swap - September on Sep 30, 2017
Comment: Sorry for the late rating. I thought I rated you already. Love the dishcloths you sent. thanks
pernie123 rated for Flash Fiction - Love on Sep 25, 2017
Comment: Nicely written story I enjoyed!
Comment: Your swap made it through Irma territory and I really enjoyed reading it! Great job!
pernie123 rated for Think, then send on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: I love them both! How lucky can I be? Cats always please me. Fuchsia--I saw a field of it growing in Ireland first time I visited.
Artistic rated for Hey! Remember that NaNo Novel? on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: The progress you made on your WIP puts you that much closer to the final draft. Good job!
wm rated for My hectic life on Jul 31, 2017
Comment: Dear Crystal: You have just written! Did you notice? You've just penned approx. 500 words ... you could use me as a prompt again if you like - read it and you can be proud of yourself! hugs
wm rated for Story cubes again on May 31, 2017
Comment: Wow! Thank you for this impressive story. You've weaved the cubes/words in so subtly and beautifully. I was caught up in this story to the extent that I was hoping for more ... don't you want to turn it into a book? (and by the way, the cube with the netted butterfly - now free - also entered!)
Response: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I really think Evangeline's stories might be my next NaNo novel.
Poftoffel rated for Flash Fiction - Free themed #2 on May 28, 2017
Comment: I was sad that this was so short! I'd love to read more about Cassandra and her adventures, I was sucked into the story immediately. The writing is excellent, short and snappy!
Response: Thank you! I'm really liking this story idea/theme and think I will definitely be writing more about it.
pernie123 rated for Story Cubes 2 - Enchanted on Mar 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for story. I read and re-read and think I figured out a sort of pagen twist. It was a fun assignment I thought. One can take same assignment and go off far afield from each other.
Comment: Crystal - Thank you so much for this great piece of writing. As discussed in our messages however, this is being rated a 3 because it was marked sent on time but not actually sent for another nearly two weeks. That said, it was a pleasure to read. You have a great talent for creating suspense and relatable characters using minimal words/pages to do so. I look forward to reading more from you. xoxo
Poftoffel rated for From a song #2 on Mar 9, 2017
Comment: Very nice! I love how there's a whole world contained in this short story, you just know there's so much more and it makes me curious! I like the ending too, very poetic. Thank you for sharing!
starrycat rated for Writing Prompt Generator story #4 on Feb 19, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cute short story about the monster banishing business :)

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Poftoffel on Nov 1, 2017:

Swap-bot sent me a message saying I had been rated for the "Scary Story" swap - but nothing has shown up on my profile! A site glitch? :-)

BlueberryLady on Feb 13, 2016:

Welcome to Crazy for Cloths - We love Dishcloths Knitted or Crocheted... Keep watch for our Next Swap for March which will be posted soon... we do just 1 swap a month.. Can't wait to have you try out 1 of our Swaps... Hugs from Jean in Ohio...! !

Artistic on Dec 1, 2015:

Thank you SO much for the great weekly rewards for NaNo. Love the bag which I opened Sunday and will be taking with me on a writer retreat this month!

rngstgstll on Sep 11, 2015:


Spiders everywhere are celebrating the Anansi Boys love!

Artistic on Jun 7, 2015:

Sorry to have cancelled the 3x3x3 swap. We didn't have enough people, even after I extended the date.

Artistic on Jun 2, 2015:

When I saw those really big index cards, I was like hmm. "I wonder if she'd like these?" Score!! So glad you like them. Enjoy your retreat!

rngstgstll on May 5, 2015:


Artistic on Mar 8, 2015:

Reminder/Encouragement: Keep working on those NaNo revisions!

Artistic on Mar 3, 2015:

Had hoped for more participation in the Movie Quotes swap. Maybe we'll try again later.

NancyKz on Feb 7, 2015:

I'm sending to you for the NaNo revisions swap - I think we have quite a bit in common and look forward to popping your letter in the mail!

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