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Date Joined: June 23, 2010
Last Online: August 16, 2019
Birthday: July 13
Country: United States
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About Me

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

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

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. 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

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.


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.
Artistic rated for TWW: This Month, I want to... May on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: 18 days is good progress. I want to know more about this camping trip. Is it a rejuvenating the creative well camping or get me away the keyboard camping? :)
Comment: Thank you! Sounds like your April goals are far more successful than mine were
ariestess rated for TWW: Camp Nano! on May 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Any goals achieved are good ones, even if you didn't make all of them.
Artistic rated for Writer Workshop Round-Robin 1 on May 9, 2019
Comment: I'm so glad we're doing this. I'm learning a lot, and enjoyed your insights.
ariestess rated for Camp NaNo April: Halfway Point! on Apr 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing! You can totally get caught up on your goal! I have faith that you can do it! See you on the winners' side of the finish line!
Cherylb rated for Camp NaNo April: Postcard Project on Apr 10, 2019
Comment: I hope you're meeting your Camp NaNo goals. I like the 15 minutes a day for writing. I like the post card. I don't have one from Missouri.
Comment: What a fascinating story! I was NOT expecting that ending! LOL Thanks for sharing!
Comment: Oooh this was awesome! I love how you think it’s going one way and then the ending totally twists it around :D
RooBaRoo rated for AMOPWB: Pin swap on Mar 23, 2019
Comment: Oh, you MADE them! How? They are beautiful :)
Comment: We're sisters from different misters on February goals! :(
Lady rated for AMOPWB: Pin swap on Feb 22, 2019
Comment: Handmade pinheads, above and beyond! Keep that glass kiln going so you don’t freeze out there.
Poftoffel rated for 2019 Story Cubes on Feb 18, 2019
Comment: Oooh I love this! Great way of using the cubes! And who can resist a story about dogs? :D I love the way you describe things and your dialogue is nice and crisp!
smadronia rated for WW: This Month, I want to... on Jan 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you! sorry for the late rate, I just found this buried under a pile of stuff on my desk! I'm glad September was more productive for you
weatherwax rated for AMOPWB: Belated Hogswatch? on Jan 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for a lovely swap! Have a fabulous day :)
Artistic rated for Writing Goals for 2019 on Jan 7, 2019
Comment: Great set of annual and quarterly goals! You can do it! (I'd like to know more about that 90-day journal you got for Christmas.) Great theme from the Gaiman quote.

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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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