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Date Joined: June 23, 2010
Last Online: November 27, 2020
Birthday: July 13
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATED: November 4, 2020

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 husband and two rabbits.

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, cook, and a million other things.

We've just started to get into bonsai making.

Favorite Crafts

Favorite crafts that I do:
Sewing felt stuffies, crochet, embroidery, tablet weaving, lampwork glass bead making, book binding, kumihimo, creating heraldry, drop spinning, cooking, and sewing.

Other crafts that I do:
I do a lot of random stuff so I am always forgetting something on this list... 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 and urban fantasy.

Favorite Music

My tastes vary and I give anything a try. I am currently in love with the Folk Punk genre. I like alt, folk, banjo covers, video game music, etc. I'm weird.

Here are some of my current favorites:

  • Never Meant to Be, by Tejon Street Corner Thieves
  • I Will Rise, by Benjamin Tod
  • Stronger Than Dead, by Amigo the Devil
  • 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

I also love podcasts:
- History of Rome
- Revolutions
- King Falls AM
- Lore
- Noble Blood - The Magnus Archives


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.

I use a bullet journal to try to keep my thoughts straight. I use Scrivener for my novel writing.

I am trying to get into using 3x5 index cards as a commonplace book on a regular basis.

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?"

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. :)

Other things I like:
* Tea (english breakfast and gunpowder green especially) * Plain coffee, cold brew coffee * The colors gray, black, dark blue, dark green, turquoise/teal/blue green, argyle, and varied stripes
* Quotes (see above)
* Pinback buttons * Writing prompts * Rabbits, Crabs, Goats, hedgehogs, gnomes * The Kraken (tentacles, ships, anchors, that sort of thing) * Skeleton keys * Tea towels * Handmade dish scrubbies and potholders (patterns work too!) * Washi tape * Mason jars * Recipes from before 1960 * Crystals, semi-precious stones, neat rocks you found on a walk/vacation * Bangles and bracelets (seed bead, semi-precious stones, cord, etc) * Macedonian chocolate halva

Things I Don't Like

Please don't send me religious (Christian) things. I'm a Pagan and have been for ages.

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.

Other things I DON'T like:
* 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
  • Lore, Noble Blood, Unobscured, King Falls AM, 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
  • Great British Baking Show

For Specific Swaps

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. 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.

Pagan Themed Swaps:
I'm a Hellenic Pagan and an eclectic witch that leans toward cottage witchcraft. I like herbs, crystals, and pendulums. I've been out of practice for ages and I keep meaning to get back to it....


ariestess rated for NaNo 2020 Midway Check-In! on Nov 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing! You can do this! Any wordcount for this month is winning in my book!
Artistic rated for Cyber Write-in 2020 on Nov 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for joining the 2020 write-in! You got A LOT done today. Way to go!
Artistic rated for The Preptober Countdown on Nov 18, 2020
Comment: How has that no gaming until word count reached method been working for November? I hope your DH has kept you to it as inspiration/reward!
Stachel rated for The Preptober Countdown on Nov 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing and well done! I hope you have a good start into NaNoWriMo today 🤗
ariestess rated for The Preptober Countdown on Nov 1, 2020
Comment: Nicely done! Thanks for sharing! Bring on NaNo! You've got this!
ariestess rated for The Writer's Challenge Game on Oct 31, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing! I'm really curious where this story could go!
Stachel rated for Character Sketch Swap on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for your detailed and good description of your two characters. I enjoyed reading about them and have actually got a pretty good idea of who and what they are. 👍🏻 I wish you all the best and lots of fun with your project! 🍀 I like the overall idea by the way. 🙃
Comment: Funny, I, too, went with an E.A. Deverall item, the one-sheet (basically a mini zine) plotting. Keep up your Preptober of lists.
carrotkate rated for Read a Writers' Craft Book on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: I never would've picked up Wrede's book, so I appreciate your helpful notes. Thank you!
Comment: It's so cool to see what other writers put in their binders/what they use to organize! Looks good! -Al
Comment: Thanks so much! chilling story- I love it! Be well <3 AL
ariestess rated for Thinking about NaNo 2020 on Sep 4, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Your ideas sound wonderful!
Stachel rated for Thinking about NaNo 2020 on Sep 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing! 🤗 I would like to read about this witch 😉
Antigone rated for Kitchen Witch Swap on Jun 16, 2020
Comment: I've had these before! Thank you so much for the recipe, I think I'll make them for Solstice this Saturday. The card is gorgeous.💗
Emilycatherine1989 rated for Electronic Spell Swap on May 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I will definitely give them a try!
smadronia rated for TWW: Pinterest Swap on May 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I enjoyed the different word things you had pinned. I'm bad about using Very this and quote that, so maybe I can refer to your pins to improve
Artistic rated for TWW: Pinterest Swap on May 22, 2020
Comment: That should be called Writer: Thesaurus! :)
Poftoffel rated for Science Fiction Flash Fiction #9 on Apr 10, 2020
Comment: I’ve been reading a lot of Star Trek novels so this really spoke to me! I’d like to read more ^^ Thank you for sharing!
ariestess rated for The Stuck at Home Wrimo Project on Apr 4, 2020
Comment: Be safe with working! Keep your sanity with staying at home! Do all the writing and reading and crafting and whatever else you've been putting off doing while you have the time to do it! I know that whole thing with worrying about work running out though. I'm essential personnel and we ran out of busy work last week, so now it's a mad dash to find stuff to do each day.
samsstuff rated for Stuck at Home Writers' Project on Mar 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing your experience!

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Artistic on Dec 24, 2019:

Dig now. There's a present for tomorrow in the 2020 box!

Artistic on Apr 11, 2018:

How many stories have you written this month? In the middle of the second one now? Chat me in the cabin!

Artistic on Apr 6, 2018:

See notes for you in Camp NaNoWriMo cabin.

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:


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