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Nserviam

Nserviam
Date Joined: June 23, 2010
Last Online: September 24, 2018
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.

Writing

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.

Ratings

smadronia rated for Chekhov's Gun #2 on Sep 24, 2018
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Comment: Sorry for the late rating. Thank you! I loved that story. I was wondering if it was the wrench or the bump on the head that would be the item.
Artistic rated for Gear Up, Wrimos! on Sep 20, 2018
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Comment: So many things to be inspired by!! Adore the Plot Sloth -- so appropriate on so many levels; the Outline, First Draft, Edit pen set is perfect; the bag quote gave me a chuckle. Thank you for giving me the journal I look at every time I go into a B&N, but have never bought for myself because it seemed like a gift to give! And most of all, the "It's going to be OK..." quote on the card made me tear up. I needed that. Thank you, my friend, for an excellent NaNo Prep kit.
renmagpie rated for Different POV Fairy Tale on Sep 12, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing Jack and the Beanstalk from Mum's point of view. I enjoyed reading your take on this, and felt the exasperation of Jack's mum throughout this all. xo
breethefrog rated for Traveling through time #2 on Sep 9, 2018
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Comment: This was a tightly written scene that feels like it is part of a larger work. The imagery in the beginning was so well-explained that I pictured it very clearly. Thank you!
SuZignomeMoM rated for Inspire Me on Sep 5, 2018
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Comment: ♥ It is interesting that I got you for both of the inspiration swap. Thanks for the nice assortment. Love the gnome riding the turtle. Maybe he is Wally's long lost cousin (because of the turtle) Or perhaps something else will jump out at me. You certainly provided plethora of ideas. Thanks again.
SuZignomeMoM rated for Unique Inspiration on Sep 5, 2018
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Comment: ♥ Thanks for the look into your inspiration. It sounds like a very interesting jumping off point. I would never have thought to use a video game as inspiration. I hope you manage to finish your story sometime soon. I will look into the game but if I get addicted it is your fault.
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Comment: I enjoyed reading this scene. I want to know more: year and planet; jobs of the parents, and what happens when she gets the eye without permission, because I know she is going to do it!
breethefrog rated for I Remember.... on Aug 14, 2018
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Comment: What a beautiful outpouring of your thoughts. Your feelings echo my own sentiments as a teacher and a parent of a non-college-bound child. Society puts great pressure on young people to have everything figured out after high school. I think giving him that space is the best thing to do, but I know it is hard to be that shield for between what he is "supposed to do" and what he needs for himself. I wish you strength as you become "a real parent."
Poftoffel rated for Symbols and symbolism #2 on Aug 9, 2018
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Comment: I would love to read more about Imogene and Mr Smith! So interesting... I love it! I'm happy you got back to writing in this setting, I hope you'll write more :D
Scrybe rated for Just Write #20 - Dialogue on Aug 4, 2018
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Comment: !!! omg - I read it and suddenly found myself in the scene. :-) Thank you!
PrairieKittin rated for Grimoire Lovers on Aug 2, 2018
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Comment: Re-pinned some ideas. Thank you!!
HisChild rated for Grimoire Lovers on Aug 2, 2018
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Comment: Love it. Especially the pyrography on the Midori notebook. Thanks for joining my swap.
CajunLady rated for Grimoire Lovers on Aug 2, 2018
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Comment: Thank you.
Artistic rated for Gather 'Round the Campfire on Jul 11, 2018
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Comment: The prompt/short story journal is incredible. I've never seen a bookmark like that; it's almost too special and unique to use! I'm sharpening my pencils today (at work where there are electric sharpeners:) Thank you for a terrific package. Now, go write something-- anything!--today. You can do this!
Artistic rated for TWW: This Month, I want to... on Jun 23, 2018
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Comment: You DO have the determination desire and skill to continue. Continue to persevere.
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Comment: This is Beautiful, thank you
LisaLisa3 rated for Granny Square Dishcloth #5 on May 17, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely Granny square dishcloth. : )
PurpleEars rated for Writing Prompts Bonanza #1 on May 4, 2018
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Comment: Thank you! Thank you for your participation as well. :)
TamiTam55 rated for Sad Song: Short Fiction on Apr 8, 2018
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Comment: Wow, I really liked your story, and the song. Thanks for sharing a piece of your writing with me.
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Comment: Lovely postcard and quote! Thanks!

Rating Overview

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Comments

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:

urock

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:

oath

Artistic on Mar 8, 2015:

Reminder/Encouragement: Keep working on those NaNo revisions!

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