Swap-bot Time: October 17, 2017 1:24 pm


Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: October 17, 2017
Birthday: February 24
Country: United States
Smadronia's Place

Steph In a Nutshell

Profile Updated 18 September 2017

I'm Stephanie, a former long haul truck driver. Now I drive local, which means my hours are usually long and often unpredictable. I live in my childhood home on a cattle ranch with my partner of 13 years, who also drives; my grandmother, a retired English teacher; and Mozzie, my fluffy white cat. We also have a German Shepherd, Kody, who's tennis ball crazy. Also in the house, 2 tanks of fish.

Also, my mother is here on Swap Bot now, as @starhiker

I make a concentrated effort to keep all pet hair out of my swaps. Since the dog is mostly outside, or upstairs, he's not much of a problem but Mozzie has fine white fluff that gets into everything. All swap items are inspected and wiped down (if they can be) before boxing, and I keep packaging away from my cat. Be warned though, that a few hairs may still slip in.

Mr. Mozzie Mozzie On His Leash

Being on the road meant that I had to give up pretty much every hobby I had, minus anything that could be done on a laptop. It's tough to have hobbies or crafts when you live in a space smaller than a walk in closet with someone else day in and day out. Now that I'm home, I've taken up fused glass, often called kilnformed glass. I make a lot of small tea dishes, and occasionally art pieces with it.

I'm most active here doing book related swaps for my Book group, Carpe Librum.


I'm new to Zentangling, and I think I'm hooked!

My old likes was mostly in paragraph form, and I think people might have been tired of reading it. So I'm going to try for a list this time

  • Purple
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Red, especially dark red
  • Rainbows
  • Sun/Moon/Star themes
  • Forests
  • Flowers (all kinds)
  • Rivers/Lakes/Oceans/General bodies of water
  • Sparkly Things
  • Glow in the Dark
  • Washi Tape (deco tape is fun too)
  • Cows
  • Buffalo (American Bison)
  • Moose
  • Elk
  • Cats (big and small)
  • Dogs (especially German Shepherds)
  • Butterflies
  • Dragons
  • Mermaids
  • Keychains
  • Zentangle
  • Bandages/Plasters (all colours and styles)
  • Pinups
  • Fireworks (photos, postcards, etc)
  • ATCs
  • Hand crafted Items
  • Book Themed Items
  • Classic Cars
  • Big Trucks (semis/tractor trailers/big rigs/18 wheelers)
  • Tea (all flavors)
  • Hello Kitty
  • Jetoy
  • Postcards (all kinds)
  • Notecards (all kinds)
  • Video Games (classic 80s especially)
  • World of Warcraft - Horde & Alliance, Night Elves, Pandas, Warlocks, Priests, and Monks especially
  • articles on writing
  • pens (all kinds)
  • notebooks
  • Fuzzy socks (those one size fits most fit me fine)
  • Pagan related items
  • Things associated with Buddhism

I aspire to be a published writer one day, so writer related items are always welcome. Right now I'm trying to write in the Young Adult genre, but that may change in the future.

I also have to list quirky items, and funny ones. That's kinds of subjective, but I do like things that are offbeat or oddball. One of my favorite items I have is a square beaver made of felt, and one of my favorite postcards is a 1950s era photo with the words "he couldn't be a distant memory soon enough."

I'm also not offended by coarse language or nudity. I'm a truck driver, I talk like a truck driver, and my household is well over the age of 18, so we can handle nudity.

Dislikes/Please Don't Send

Thankfully, this listis pretty short. I'm allergic to scented things, and artifcial sweeteners. If you can avoid sending either, I would appreciate it. I understand I'll run into these things from time to time, especially in sender's choice swaps, and I do regift these items to friends and family members where appropriate.

I've worn the same earrings for 13 years now. I don't generally change them out, but if you send me earrings, I have a 21 year old cousin who will probably get them & love them.

I hate Sponge Bob with a vengeance. I have no idea why.

I don't sew or embroider, so those items (fabric, lace, ribbon, floss) are lost on me. I do try to regift anything like that, so it won't go to waste, but it usually sits around gathering dust for a while before I find a home.

I'm an eclectic pagan, so I'd appreciate it if you didn't send me religious items, unless the swap calls for it.

My family doesn't do much with Christmas, that season has been filled with a lot of trouble and loss for us. However, I know many other people do, and so when the Christmas season rolls around, I am not surprised, nor am I offended to get religious things. It's part of the season. The rest of the year though, I'm not a fan.

For these things, if you miss this section and send me something that I'm not able to use, I'm not going to rate you down for it. I do have limits though, if it's a goodies from your profile swap, and someone sends a Jesus head air freshener, sugar free candies, and and note telling me I'm going to hell, then I'll take offense.


I go through a lot of books: paper, ebook on my nook, and audiobooks. Being a truck driver means I spend a lot of time driving, and a lot of time sitting around, waiting to get unloaded. It's prime listening/reading time. I average 4-6 books a month, mostly fiction, although I try for a non fiction book every month, usually around homesteading/survival/self sufficiency.

I'm one of those people who has very few favorites, not because I love so many books I can't choose, but because I just don't. However, I have settled into a pattern of what I like to read:

  • Paranormal
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Young Adult

Young adult is vague, as so much goes on there now. It's also why I read it: most of the interesting things are happening in the Young Adult market right now. I have a soft spot for paranormal and dystopian young adult novels.

Want to know which authors I like best? The names in parenthesis are book titles Adult Authors:

  • Jacqueline Carey (Kushiel's Dart) * This is the closest thing to a favorite book for me

  • Lyda Morehouse (Archangel Protocol)

  • Richelle Mead (Succubus Blues)

  • Karen Marie Moning

  • Mercedes Lackey (Magic's Pawn)

  • Kelly Mccullough (MythOS)

Young Adult Authors:

  • Richelle Mead (Bloodlines)

  • Tamora Pierce (Alanna)

  • Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games)

  • Roald Dahl (Matilda)

My book dislikes are short. I'm not a fan of literary fiction, the symbolism and meaning goes right over my head. Horror stories are not my thing either, I don't like to be scared. I'm not a huge fan of modern romance novels. I also dislike Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey.

I'm a co-founder in Carpe Librum, a group dedicated to books of all kinds. If you like book themed swap, please come join us!



There are a few things I would really love to receive, but I don't expect anyone to send.

  • Truck Things (postcards, notecards, stickers, etc)

  • Johnny Cash Postcards (sent naked or in an envelope)

Mailing etc

If you haven't received anything from me, and a reasonable amount of time has passed (3 weeks US, 6 weeks international) please let me know. I don't mind doing a resend.

Waiting on a rating? Let me know. I try to set my mail on one part of my desk, and rate on the weekends when I don't work, but sometimes mail falls off my desk, or someone brings the mail and sets it on my couch, which likes to eat it. I'm not trying to ignore anyone purposefully, so just drop me a message and I'll go hunt your mail down.

Swapping is supposed to be fun, but it's also a commitment we all need to follow through on. If you're going to be late sending, please let me know before the swap deadline has passed. I understand that everyone is human; sometimes things come up and you can't send on time. I'm willing to be cool, within reason. We can work something out in most cases, although if you don't hold up your end, I reserve the right to rate according to Swap Bot rules.


AnitaHames rated for OSS: Washi Tape Samples - October on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the washi samples! The skinny metallic blue is cool!
Highlander18 rated for OSS: Senders Choice PC on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the art work.
goinjenny rated for OSS: Senders Choice PC on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you
slckad rated for OSS: Senders Choice PC on Oct 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Robert Kushner artwork postcard!
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Funny thing, I read every book on your September log... Uprooted is my favorite book for the last 3 years :) I'm glad you enjoyed it. I disliked Curran at first too, but he sort of changes throw the books. By now he feels like perfect other half for Kate.
Response: So Curran kind of grows on you, like a Fungus? =P
Comment: Thank you for sharing! I've added Uprooted to my TBR list.
Comment: Such a fun postcard, thank you!
Comment: I love that post card! I have the same set and sent out two of them for this swap. It was so much fun getting one back!
ninarae4381 rated for WOW: • Washi Sample Bags • on Oct 7, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much!
Aladyjackson rated for WOW: Pair me up - September on Oct 4, 2017
Comment: Hello! I am so sorry for the late rating! I thought that I rated you already but I didn't. I loved the washi you sent, thank you so much!
Comment: Wow, this is so neat! :) I love the coffee cup and sun/moon tapes you have listed under "the bad". :) The constellation one under "favorites" is so cool! Where did you find it?
Response: Thanks for the rating! I'll message you about the constellation tape :)
Comment: I'm so happy that you enjoyed Uprooted, Stephanie! I bought it and want to reread, as on my first reading it didn't impress me overmuch, but so many people love it that I want to try again. And now you! You too enjoyed it more than I feel like I did on first reading it! So I need to reread it to see if I'll enjoy it more, too. :-) Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I'm so relieved that you enjoyed the book I picked for you! :-)
Cinnamingirl rated for WOW:Roy G Biv - September on Sep 25, 2017
Artstamper rated for Tangle and Pass Postcard Round 1 on Sep 24, 2017
Comment: Very nice swap! I will use the washi tape, I do a lot of paper crafts. From this card I would not think you were new at zentangle. thank you for the nice tangle, the extras and the eclipse stamp. Our PO was out before I got there.
kathiann rated for WOW:Roy G Biv - September on Sep 19, 2017
Comment: Great rainbow! I think the constellations are my favorite. Thank you
Response: The constellations are my newest taoe! I had to share some. Thanks for rating!
Eclectonote rated for CL: July Reading log - Paper on Aug 28, 2017
Comment: Wow 11 books in July - you've completed a reading marathon! Thank you for the synopsis of each book and your thoughtful analysis. The Marko Koos and Bill Nye books caught my eye for additions to my reading list.
KSENiA rated for CL: July Reading log - Electronic on Aug 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing. It seems you had a good reading month.
Steinway5 rated for Inspirobot on Aug 19, 2017
Comment: So sorry... Was going through my sent swaps list and somehow missed rating you!! I liked the ones you chose, especially the one that says a spanking a day keeps stretch marks away, haha!!!
Comment: I found your review of Flawed interesting, Stephanie. It almost sounds like you're talking about two different books. From the way you began your review, I thought it'd turn out to be a book you really enjoyed. But then, in the end, you only found it to be okay, and not really worth reading? I'm confused. . . :-/ Thank you for sharing! :-)
Response: It was pretty decent, but some parts were only okay. I liked it enough to get the second book on hold.

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Paige1900 on Oct 11, 2017:

I am so stealing the word kerfluffle!

VivaLaDiane on Jul 3, 2017:

You joined my swap and I am touched. ❤️❤️

pkpeace on Jul 2, 2017:

Congratulations on Five Years!!

sweetpea22 on Mar 20, 2017:

THANK YOU so much for the Awesome goodies in the RAK~~ Flat Rate Box O Stuff - US Only!!

Lexidh on Mar 20, 2017:

Oh my, your kitty is gorgeous. My Rufus is a bit more black in his fluff, but has the same black markings as your Mr Mozzy, even down to the chin blob! =)

craftyone on Mar 4, 2017:

Hello and thanks for the small flat rate box of stuff RAK in the PF! I love all the washi samples. Have a great day!

starhiker on Feb 16, 2017:

Thank you ladies for the sweet V day card its the only one I got lol.

daichki on Jan 23, 2017:

Thank you for the bookmarks from Who likes? tag.

starhiker on Dec 24, 2016:

Love you Babe!

btbeth on Dec 19, 2016:

I know I rated you, but I had to also leave a comment. The ornament is just gorgeous and I will hang it on our tree as soon as it is up. Thank you again for such a thoughtful, beautiful gift!

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