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Date Joined: June 23, 2010
Last Online: December 12, 2019
Birthday: July 13
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATED: October 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

I also love podcasts: - History of Rome - Revolutions - King Falls AM - Magic Tavern - Lore - Noble Blood


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 keep meaning to use a fauxdori with moleskines for journals and art journals, but I never get around to using it.

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)
  • The colors gray, black, dark blue, dark green, turquoise/teal/blue green, argyle, and varied stripes
  • Quotes (see above)
  • Writing prompts
  • Rabbits, Crabs, Goats, hedgehogs
  • The Kraken (tentacles, ships, anchors, that sort of thing)
  • Skeleton keys
  • Postcards
  • Tea towels
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Handmade dish scrubbies and potholders (patterns work too!)
  • Washi tape
  • Ball point and gel pens
  • Playlists (on Spotify, mix CD, or written list)

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
  • Lore, Noble Blood, Unobscured, 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
  • 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 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.


Artistic rated for TGIO 2019 on Dec 12, 2019
Comment: Wow! I've never seen those prompt "matches" before. Can't wait to spark some creativity! :) Thank you!
Comment: Thanks for the swap! Hope your writing is going well!
ariestess rated for Cyber Write-in 2019 on Nov 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks for participating! You did a great job! Let's cross that finish line together!
Artistic rated for Preptober 2: Post-it Prompts on Nov 20, 2019
Comment: A belated thank you for a great pad of prompts!
ariestess rated for NaNo Sprints! on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing your sprint totals! You can totally do it!
cynaemon rated for NaNo Sprints! on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the encouraging quote. Good luck on your NaNo journey.
Artistic rated for Writer Workshop Round Robin 6 on Nov 10, 2019
Comment: I wish I lived near the Iowa Writers Workshop! Go for it!
Artistic rated for Preptober 3: NaNo Gear on Nov 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks much! Earrings are pretty. Love the newspapers!
ariestess rated for Weekly Rewards for NaNo 2019 on Nov 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! I already like my first week's gift, so I know I'm gonna love the rest!
lawchick rated for NaNo Mascot 2019 on Oct 25, 2019
Comment: I love my little cactus mascots! They’ll be so helpful when I’m stuck and don’t wanna be a prick of a failure! Thank you!
Artistic rated for Preptober 1: BuJo vs. Board on Oct 25, 2019
Comment: Well, now I know why you were so conflicted about the little journal I sent; you were already doing an internal battle over which format to use. LOL! Plan away, my friend. Nov. 1 will be here before we know it!
Artistic rated for Thinking about NaNo 2019 on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: That essay quote stayed with me, too. Go back to the source. And it's one of the reasons I'm going with a new character. Thanks for sharing your plan.
ariestess rated for Thinking about NaNo 2019 on Oct 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Your novel idea sounds intriguing!
carol rated for Writer Workshop Round Robin 5 on Sep 7, 2019
Comment: I enjoyed reading through yours and everyone's comments on the articles. I joined this late, so I haven't read all of the articles, but the comments in your notebook are thought-provoking and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!
Artistic rated for Short Story Fiction +1500 on Aug 22, 2019
Comment: See PM. What a wonderfully creative story. The descriptions of New Georgia are vibrant and the characters are three-dimensional. I hope you continue with this world and the Resistance.
Larina rated for Science Fiction Flash Fiction #8 on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for your story. I absolutely love your writing style. I like how the last two sentences ties everything together in the story.
samsstuff rated for Writer Workshop Round-Robin 4 on Aug 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you, I enjoyed reading your thoughts!
ariestess rated for Postcard from Camp 2019 on Jul 24, 2019
Comment: OMG I love this postcard! I legit started laughing when I looked at it! Thank you for the encouragement! We can do this thing!
Artistic rated for Camp Kit for Camp NaNo Summer 2019 on Jul 10, 2019
Comment: Fun goodies. I like the zippered bag -- the open road at sunset (or sunrise) is quite inspiring.
Artistic rated for Writer Workshop Round-Robin 3 on Jul 10, 2019
Comment: I teared up as I read your responses. And you're right, there's so much to learn and absorb from other writers who speak to why and because rather than how to. Thank you for your reflection on these two pieces.

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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:


Artistic on Mar 8, 2015:

Reminder/Encouragement: Keep working on those NaNo revisions!

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