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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: April 8, 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

hispanka77 rated for Email swap #1 ~ coronavirus on Apr 7, 2020
5
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Comment: Oh dear, thank God you are healthy and not very worried! I think it’s even better. Well, try to wear protective equipment and not think about bad things. ** I wish you good physical and mental health! Hugs 😷😍
Poftoffel rated for Get in the habit! #4 on Apr 5, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you! I liked what I read and I’m sure your friend is going to love it because you’re a great writer :D
Response: Thank you!
5
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jenidleman rated for The Stuck at Home Wrimo Project on Apr 3, 2020
5
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Comment: Wow, you have so many writing projects in the works! I wish you lots of luck and inspiration, and I hope you stay healthy and safe. :)
Response: Thanks! I always have a ton of writing projects in the works. Don't always get them all done, but I like to have options.
5
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Comment: Thank you for your answers, I loved reading them!
Artistic rated for Stuck at Home Writers' Project on Mar 31, 2020
5
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Comment: Be safe while you continue to work. And best to you on the three April projects.
5
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Comment: I am so sorry, I received this a while ago and worked on it right away and forgot to rate.I liked it a lot and it is ready for the next round.
CherryBlossomLady rated for Get in the habit! #2 on Mar 30, 2020
5
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margeux rated for Email Questions #1: About Me on Mar 26, 2020
5
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Comment: But can I be one of your internet children?!?! You sound like such a hoot, AJ. Lots in common; I think we'd really have a blast together. Thanks for letting me get to know ya. Take care! <3
Jaimiepaige rated for Email Questions #1: About Me on Mar 26, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for your answers, and for joining the swap!
Meisje rated for ESG: Quick Questions on Mar 25, 2020
5
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Comment: That ice cream flavour sounds delicious Thanks for sharing
mermaidery rated for ESG: Quick Questions on Mar 23, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for sharing!
CherryBlossomLady rated for Get in the habit! #3 on Mar 23, 2020
5
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Comment: Have a great day AJ!
mcorbus rated for ZZ ~ "E" ATC on Mar 23, 2020
5
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Comment: Awesome tangles, thank you
KSENiA rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #35 on Mar 22, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Poftoffel rated for 2020 - Write some poetry! #2 on Mar 19, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely poem! I love how you always use certain kinds of styles in poetry, it teaches me a lot!
Response: I love the Shadow Poetry site, as it has introduced me to a lot of new poetry forms.
5
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Comment: I feel you on reading goals not going as planned. I think 2020 is set up to knock people off track of everything. Thanks for your list :)
Response: Yeah, I just have been finding it easier to read fic than books, tbh, and even that is slacking off lately. My groove is totally thrown. LOL
mickiecheryl rated for ESG: Quick Questions on Mar 17, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for your answers. Really fun to read. Hi to Gabe and Elphine. Happy Swapping
Jenicat rated for My Playlist in February 2020 on Mar 16, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you!
jeufr27 rated for My Playlist in February 2020 on Mar 14, 2020
5
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Comment: Loved listing to the songs on your playlist! Thanks so much for sharing (:

Rating Overview

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5.0000 1370 80 85
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Comments

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

johanna5137

Kirkdebb on Dec 20, 2019:

Profile Swap - Favorite Christmas Song

kirkdebb

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.

michlove on Dec 19, 2019:

Profile swap-Favorite Christmas Song-Michlove

HappyMom on Dec 15, 2019:

Hi AJ! Happy Holiday greets from Happy Mom and ESG! I hope you're having a great season, filled with lots of love and light. Thanks for the great swaps this past year, and here's to many more in the days to come.

Hugs, Ilyse - ESG Holiday Profile Greeting

llama

grammypammy on Dec 15, 2019:

ESG Holiday Profile Greetings

Hugs Pam

Poftoffel on Jul 31, 2019:

(Don’t forget to email your story for the Feedback Swap :-))

HappyMom on Apr 21, 2019:

Hi AJ - I'm your partner for ESG: Post a Positive Profile Comment. I found this one from Brene Brown - Just love her! Hope you like it too.

brown

dardarbinx on Apr 21, 2019:

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