UPDATED: July 22, 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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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