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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: October 24, 2020
Birthday: December 4, 1969
Country: United States
The Dark Avalon Scrolls
My Etsy Store
My deviantART [may contain spoilers]

On Time Zones

Because it has become an issue recently, I must add this information: I live in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. That puts me in the Pacific Standard/Daylight Timezone, aka PST/PDT.

When I send out a swap, I send it by 11:59pm in MY timezone.

I don't cater to anyone else's timezone. As long as the swap is sent out and marked as sent by the end of the day in my timezone, it's still listed as sent on time, as this is the way it was explained to me when I joined Swap-Bot over 6 years ago.

If this is an incorrect way of going about sending out swaps, I request that people link me to the section of the rules/FAQs where it says otherwise. Until then, this is the way I will continue to operate with my swaps.

On Communication & Swaps

On Sending Swaps

I press "sent" when I put the item in my mailbox or drop it off at the post office down the street. This sometimes means that I have missed the day's pickup, which means it'll go out the following day. I do try to take holidays and weekends into account when sending items out.

If you should receive a swap from me that's marked postage due, please PM me and let me know how much was owed and your paypal address, and I'll refund it to you.

On Rating Swaps

I admit I've been slow in getting some ratings done in the past. The issues that predicated that should be dealt with now, so I will rate as quickly as I can upon receiving your swap.

I DO consider the send by date a requirement to getting a "5" on a swap. This is how it was explained to me when I first joined this site, and it's how I've always worked with my ratings. For further information, please see below on how communication can adjust this.

On Communication

I'm BIG on communication. If I'm going to be late with a swap, I will PM you [and usually the swap coordinator, as well] with an ETA of when it will be sent, as well as once I've actually sent it. If I have tracking on a package for you, I'll PM you with that information, as well.

If you communicate with me that your swap will be late before the deadline, I'm usually quite good about still giving you a "5" if you keep up with your end of the bargain and send by your revised send date. If you don't communicate with me before the deadline, I don't know that there may be extenuating circumstances, so I will rate accordingly.

About Me

The short version

Dyke. Pagan. Pet lover. Writer. Creatrix.

The long version

I was born on 4 December 1969, which makes me a Sagittarius with Libra moon & Scorpio ascendant. But I was born like 3-odd weeks early, or so I'm told, so I need to look into the variations for a cusping Capricorn yet. At 10 years old, I knew I was at least bisexual, and that there was more for me than conventional Christianity. So eventually I came out to my family: In 1994 as a pagan & in 1995 as a lesbian. I interchangeably call myself either pagan or witch, and follow an eclectic solitary tradition. Despite the "chic-ness" of how it sounds, mine is a rather personalized path, currently more fluid than rigid, and will quite possibly stay that way. I've come to feel that life is more fluid than rigid, so I believe it's better to 'go with the flow' than try to hold back the flood.

I currently live in a fabulous house in the Puget Sound area with my partner and our good friend, as well as 4 cats. We've nicknamed our house "3 Dogs House" and all have nicknames :: I am Spotty, my partner is Doggie, and our friend is Soggy.

I have been writing in one form or another since I was about 7yo. Writing is in my blood; I can't NOT do it. Primarily I write poetry, fanfiction and original fiction, though I am known to dabble in meta from time to time.

I like a little bit of everything, but I'm seriously opinionated. I can be very silly...or very serious.

If you have a question, ask. Depending on how personal it is, I may answer it or I may not.

On Christmas & Easter

As stated in my "about me" section above, I am pagan. While I primarily celebrate Yule and the Spring Equinox/Ostara, I am happy to receive swap items that are related to Christmas and Easter, provided they aren't religious in nature.

If you have questions about any other holidays, please feel free to PM me about it.

Favorite Crafts

  • crochet
  • cross stitch
  • scrapbooking
  • doodling
  • painting
  • making cards
  • iris fold
  • beading
  • jewelry making
  • making candles
  • making spa goodies

Favorite Colors

  • purple
  • pink
  • black
  • silver
  • copper
  • jewel tones

Things I Collect

  • donkeys
  • sea glass
  • lighthouses
  • bottles of water

    I have a good-sized collection of bottles of water collected from various places around the world. I use these in some of my rituals, and love to add to my collection.

  • harbor seals
  • hyenas
  • african painted dogs
  • snakes

    Main favorites :: eastern/western diamond back rattlesnakes, black mambas, king cobras, & aruba island rattlesnakes

Things I Love To Get

  • anything from my collections above
  • anything purple [bonus points if it's sparkly]
  • fun postcards
  • stickers
  • fun note cards to use
  • fun stationery to use
  • pens & markers [I prefer 0.5mm or fine point pens]
  • fun little stuff to put in my bujo
  • yarns of all types
  • Disney stuff [especially Eeyore, Princess & the Frog, & Moana]
  • Miyazaki stuff [especially My Neighbor Totoro & Kiki's Delivery Service]
  • Don Bluth movies
  • coloring books
  • little toys & trinkets
  • silly putty
  • stuffed animals
  • toys & treats for my cats
  • candy

    prefer dark chocolate to milk or white chocolate, UNLESS it's good Swiss-type milk chocolate

    PLEASE NO FOODS WITH ASPARTAME, NUTRASWEET, AMINOSWEET, NEOTAME, OR PHENYLALANINE. I am highly allergic.

  • Kinder Egg toys

    The whole, unopened eggs themselves are illegal in the US, but I love collecting and making the toys. I won't honestly miss the chocolate all that much.

Things I Do Not Want

For the most part, if you send me something that meets swap requirements, but I can't use personally, it will go into a bin I have of "pay it forward" items that are used for other swaps or just to send to people randomly.

That being said, there are some very specific things that I absolutely DO NOT WANT.

PLEASE NO FOODS WITH ASPARTAME, NUTRASWEET, AMINOSWEET, NEOTAME, OR PHENYLALANINE. I am highly allergic.

  • Makeup of any kind -- I don't wear it and won't use it
  • Perfumes of any kind -- Strong smells can trigger migraines
  • Obvious junk/trash -- If you wouldn't be happy to receive it or display it publicly, then neither will I

Bad Traders and/or Flakes

Only adding "current" members of Swap-Bot to this list who were last active since 2016 or later.

Ratings

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Comment: It sounds like a great idea! I love KM Weiland as well. Thanks so much!
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Comment: I bow to your incredible spreadsheets! It was great to see how someone else approaches a story/series bible. I'm kicking it way old school this covid year with a three-ring binder bible. :)
Cherylb rated for Character Sketch Swap on Oct 20, 2020
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Comment: aj I enjoyed reading your character sketch. Syl is an interesting character.
Response: She's quite fun to work with. Am hoping to work with her some more.
kssunlover1947 rated for GROUP: ZZ ~ 'J' ATC on Oct 19, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the interesting card. I liked all 4 of the tangles you used. I couldn't decide if Jelly roll was a string of hats or UFOs. Cute either way.
Nevi2018 rated for ESG: October Survey on Oct 12, 2020
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HappyMom rated for ESG: October Survey on Oct 11, 2020
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Comment: Loved reading these..the haunted lighthouse sounds like quite an adventure, for sure!
Response: It was pretty crazy, that's for sure!
myancey rated for ESG: October Survey on Oct 11, 2020
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Comment: Thank you. Really enjoyed reading about ya. Have a good day
Artistic rated for The Writer's Challenge Game on Oct 9, 2020
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Comment: I SO want to know what happens next!! Does the blonde drown? Get swept away? That open marriage sounds like it's on the way to either divorce court or a jail cell! Hope you continue this thread.
Response: LOL! Tom and Trina have had their share of rocky times in their marriage, but they've always stayed together in my fics. I'm still hoping to continue that fic though.
banjobraids rated for Witchy Postcard Swap on Oct 7, 2020
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Comment: What a perfect card!! I fully support tracing, lol! I'm in love with the glitter effect you got with the gel pens. Thanks so much! :):):) Happy halloween!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! The glitter gel pens are some of my favorites to play with to add that hint of color/sparkle to anything.
apsa90 rated for E-mail Swap: 20 Questions! on Oct 1, 2020
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Comment: Hi AJ Nordall, I liked your answers and getting to know you better. Take care.
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Comment: Thank you so much for resending this through! I apologise the rating is late for this reason. I really enjoyed reading through you email! Have an awesome week ^_^
pennywhistler rated for ESG: 21 Questions About You on Sep 27, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for your answers. I agree with you about Oxford commas!
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Comment: Love this wonderful ATC! Was fitting really, as the dragonfly is one of my personal totems :)
Response: Glad you liked it! I actually was looking at your profile to see what jumped out at me to work with. And since I have that dragonfly tattoo design I fell in love with, I knew what to play with for you!
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Comment: Oh my Goddess!!! I love it all!!!!!! Those snake paperclips are just WOW! And, the red tail hawk even sounds like the real bird call! I love that! I am going to start reading the book tonight. The whole package is just awesome!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! If I could give you 50 hearts, I would!!
Response: I'm SO glad you liked it all! I had so much fun deciding what to get you. I fell in love with those snake paperclips and will be getting some for myself, ngl. LOL
mermaidery rated for ESG: 21 Questions About You on Sep 22, 2020
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Comment: Little women would be so much nicer to be named after. I was named for someone in my moms favorite soap, Dallas. Ugh lol. Thanks for sharing!
mermaidery rated for ESG: August 3-2-1 on Sep 22, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for sharing!
colleenbUSA rated for ESG: 21 Questions About You on Sep 20, 2020
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Comment: Rescue furbabies are the best!
the0dior rated for E-mail Swap: 20 Questions! on Sep 18, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for your beautiful ginili tile. I like it very much. Stay safe
KSENiA rated for CL: August Reading Log - Electronic on Sep 13, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing

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Comments

littlehana86 on Aug 24, 2020:

Without the dark, we never see the star!

HappyMom on Aug 22, 2020:

Hi AJ - Hope you like this post for

ESG: Positive Profile Perk from Happy Mom!

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Rita2 on Aug 21, 2020:

"The best medicine for the frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go out, go to a place where they can be alone, with the sky, nature and God. Only then can you feel that everything is as it should be, and that God wants people's happiness amid the beauty and simplicity of nature. " -Anne Frank's diary.

Take care, brotherly hugs! <3

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PineappleTarts on Apr 19, 2020:

Hello from New Jersey! I see you like donkeys. Maybe you should watch some donkey videos on Youtube during this quarantine.

Wishing you and your family health and happiness.

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SunTradeToo on Apr 12, 2020:

ESG: Friendly Profile message/April

HappyMom on Apr 12, 2020:

Hi AJ! I hope you're surviving and thriving in these unprecedented times! Thanks for being a great swapper on WSG: Friendly Profile Message.

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friends

KSENiA on Dec 22, 2019:

ESG: Holiday Profile Greetings

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

johanna5137 on Dec 20, 2019:

Profile Swap - Favorite Christmas Song

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Kirkdebb on Dec 20, 2019:

Profile Swap - Favorite Christmas Song

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Artstamper on Dec 19, 2019:

Thank you for returning my USA Zentangle zine! Thanks also for your lovely page. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

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