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Nserviam

Nserviam
Date Joined: June 23, 2010
Last Online: May 7, 2021
Birthday: July 13
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATED: March 8, 2021

I'm from the middle of Iowa and am 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, cook, and a million other things.

Favorite Crafts

Favorite crafts that I do:
Sewing stuffies, crochet, embroidery, tablet weaving, lampwork glass bead making, sewing, and writing.

Other crafts that I do:
I do a lot of random stuff so I am always forgetting something on this list... jewelry making, cooking modern/vintage/medieval foods, drop spinning, resin jewelry, etc, etc, etc. I like making stuff.

I just started getting into photography. I use a k-mount digital pentax camera.

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

My tastes vary and I give anything a try. I am currently in love with the Folk Punk genre. I like alt, folk, banjo covers, video game music, etc. I'm weird.

Here are some of my current favorites:

  • Never Meant to Be, by Tejon Street Corner Thieves
  • I Will Rise, by Benjamin Tod
  • Stronger Than Dead, by Amigo the Devil
  • 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:
* Old Gods of Appalachia
* History of Rome
* Revolutions
* King Falls AM
* Lore
* Noble Blood
* The Magnus Archives

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.

Currently using a discbound junior size notebook (5.5x8.5) for my bullet journal. I've recently discovered Hobonichi style planners and am experimenting with them. I'm not really one of those that pretties up their planner - I don't have time and I'm always afraid I'm going to mess something up.

I use Scrivener for my novel writing and Google Drive for pretty much everything else.

I am trying to get into using 3x5 index cards as a commonplace book on a regular basis.

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?"

Other things I like:
* Tea (english breakfast and gunpowder green especially)
* Plain coffee, cold brew coffee
* The colors gray, black, dark blue, dark green, turquoise/teal/blue green, argyle, and varied stripes
* Quotes (see above)
* Pinback buttons
* Writing prompts
* Rabbits, Crabs, Goats, hedgehogs, gnomes * The Kraken (tentacles, ships, anchors, that sort of thing) * Skeleton keys
* Tea towels
* Handmade dish scrubbies and potholders (patterns work too!)
* Washi tape
* Mason jars
* Recipes from before 1960
* Crystals, semi-precious stones, neat rocks you found on a walk/vacation
* Bangles and bracelets (seed bead, semi-precious stones, cord, etc)
* Macedonian chocolate halva
* Nail polish
* Hobonichi, fauxbonichi, discbound planners
* Lip balm (Burt's Bees especially)

Things I Don't Like

Please don't send me religious (Christian) things. I'm a Pagan and have been for ages.

I am running out of room for notebooks. Please don't send me notebooks right now.

Other things I DON'T like:
* Coconut
* The color pink and most primary colors
* Gold
* Hibiscus tea
* 3D scrapbooking stickers
* Coconut
* Glitter
* Puffy paint
* Sequins
* Eyelash yarn
* Flavored coffee

Other Things I Like / Fandoms

  • Catbug from Bravest Warriors
  • Lore, Noble Blood, Unobscured, King Falls AM, History of Rome podcasts
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld - Especially Tiffany Aching, Moist von Lipwig, Sam Vimes, and the witches
  • 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. 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.

Pagan Themed Swaps:
I'm a Hellenic Pagan and an eclectic witch that leans toward cottage witchcraft. I like herbs, crystals, and pendulums. I've been out of practice for ages and I keep meaning to get back to it....

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the interesting story with ending I wasn't expecting.
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard and stunning story. It reminds me of the series "Discovery of Witches" - really worth watching it - here interspecies relationships are not allowed between vampires and witches. And now have a nice evening.
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Comment: Strange supernatural story! I didn"t understand 'fae' which is a made up word. I would more easily accept someone waiting with a shot gun in the hills of WV. However, I can tell you spent time composing your story and used well spoken sentences.
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Comment: Interesting story!
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Comment: A fun little story -- smiles!
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Comment: I really liked your story! Thanks for sending it! The twist at the end took me by surprise.
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Comment: I shall give you the heart, because I am sure in our big world there are plenty of readers who like F words, lots of sex, fantasy, night life of a descriptive nature, and witches, whatever..Not for me. We have one thing in common which is English Breakfast tea.Our ages may be far apart too.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the fun story, how clever!
marclively rated for Science Fiction Flash Fiction #1 on Feb 11, 2021
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Comment: Thanks! Marc
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Comment: I love the story so much!! Despite it being short I want to know all about the characters and world! Thank you so much for the postcard!
Response: Thank you! I'm really enjoying micro-fiction right now.
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Comment: What a fun story! Really wanted to keep reading^____^
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Comment: Thank you so much for your interesting story. You obviously put a lot of work into, and I definitely appreciated getting to read a well thought out story with an intriguing premise. Keep writing!
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love the drama of it all, and the (sort of) surprise ending. Love it! <3 AL
Stachel rated for TGIO 2020! on Jan 15, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for your nice package, it made my day. I love that idea with the tiny things to write about and that's such a cool and beautiful notebook! Very generous, thanks :)
GiuliaL rated for Short Story Swap INTL Round 9- Queen on Dec 27, 2020
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Comment: What an amazing story. I love greek mythology and loved how you were able to make the story seem modern while still telling the story of the raven. I also love Kora as a character. Thank you so much for the beautiful writing!
ariestess rated for NaNo 2020 Midway Check-In! on Nov 22, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! You can do this! Any wordcount for this month is winning in my book!
Artistic rated for Cyber Write-in 2020 on Nov 22, 2020
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Comment: Thanks so much for joining the 2020 write-in! You got A LOT done today. Way to go!
Artistic rated for The Preptober Countdown on Nov 18, 2020
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Comment: How has that no gaming until word count reached method been working for November? I hope your DH has kept you to it as inspiration/reward!
Stachel rated for The Preptober Countdown on Nov 1, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing and well done! I hope you have a good start into NaNoWriMo today πŸ€—
ariestess rated for The Preptober Countdown on Nov 1, 2020
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Comment: Nicely done! Thanks for sharing! Bring on NaNo! You've got this!

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Comments

hamsterfarm on Feb 13, 2021:

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Welcome to Yarn addicts!

Artistic on Dec 24, 2019:

Dig now. There's a present for tomorrow in the 2020 box!

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!

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