About Me, Myself, & I

Arielle.  Melody.  Maybela.  Lody.  Miss Melody Muffin.  May.  Ms. Bailey.  The Intimidating One.  The Sassy One.  The Reserved One.  The Ice Queen. 

You might know me by one of the names above, or all of them.  Or none of them.  You are on this page because you happen to be curious about the person behind the name... get comfortable in your seat and hang on for the ride.

I am an INTJ.
Yes, this puts me in the .8% of people who are female INTJ's.  Yes, it also means I actually do fit into 80-90% of all INTJ posters and stereotypes.  I'm a sympathetic INTJ though - please don't ever let my personality type intimidate you into not approaching me.

I'm a Christian.
As such, I am not intolerant of anyone based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.  We're all people, all humans, and I respect that you are a fellow human with a mind, body, beliefs, and opinions that are uniquely your own.  I may not agree with you, but I will not be mean to you simply because we don't agree.  (Now, if your attitude or behavior is rude/etc., well, then we're going to have problems.)

I'm a freelance editor.
NO, this does not mean I'm going to walk around correcting your speech all the time (unless you're one of my siblings) or the grammar of your comments.  Yes, it does mean I'm available for consultations and editing services.  See my website at the bottom of the page.

I'm half Italian, 1/4 Polish, 1/4 mixed (Norwegian + Irish + smidgen of Lakota Sioux).  I inherited my looks from my Italian father, my temper from him + my mother's Irish... cloaked in the calm of her Norwegian blood... and a workaholic mindset randomly inhabited my body as a teenager and has not yet left, despite numerous attempts on the part of my mother and other friends to help me change it.

I learned to read when I was four and for two decades+ I've been devouring the written word.  Books, plays, newspapers, magazines... you get the idea.

I would be utterly miserable if I could not write.  My fiction tends toward series with massive casts of characters, though I do occasionally venture into the forest of stand-alones.

Favorite genres to read and write are fantasy, historical fantasy, historical fiction, futuristic, science fantasy and fairy tale.

I consider Shakespeare and J. R. R. Tolkien to be two of the most brilliant authors of all time.  I have a slew of secondary favorites old and new.

History was my favorite subject in school and remains a passionate interest of mine. 

I think horses are the most beautiful animal ever created and I love mine dearly.  She is a ten-year-old registered Paint nicknamed Ria, and is a great-granddaughter of Freckles Playboy.

My musical tastes are an eclectic mix: kpop, opera, classical, much indie and alternative, musical theater, folk, and Celtic.

I am a geek of many fictional fandoms - including but not limited to: Tolkien's Middle Earth, Star Wars, Marvel, Star Trek, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Sherlock Holmes. 

King Arthur, the Matter of Britain, Robin Hood, the Matter of France, and mythologies from many lands have fascinated me since I was about 7.

I love languages.  I'm fluent in our CRAZY (and often stupid) English language and learning Spanish and Korean, plus dabbling in several others.  I've been known to pepper my speech with random words and exclamations from Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, French, Greek, Italian and Sindarin Elvis.  I'm also known to regularly rant about how frustrating the English language can be when it doesn't follow the rules.

I love kdrama, kpop, jdramas/doramas, cdramas, Mandopop, British TV shows, and musical theater from many countries.

I'd love to live in South Korea, Seattle, or Portland one day.

Places high on my list to visit some year: South Korea, Italy (ROME + VENICE + everywhere), France (especially Paris), New York City, New Orleans, the United Kingdom (particularly London), Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai.

Where else can I be found?

* Email *
(I have more than one email address, so use whichever one you know, or go to my contact page above.)

(I'm selective about who I friend there, but please, if you know me or want to get to know me, do send a friend request + a message telling how you know me or know of me.)

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