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27Dec18-A Pouch by AsheEltonParker 27Dec18-A Pouch :iconasheeltonparker:AsheEltonParker 1 3 26Dec18 Pouch by AsheEltonParker 26Dec18 Pouch :iconasheeltonparker:AsheEltonParker 1 0 24Dec18 -Character Tokens and Trackers by AsheEltonParker 24Dec18 -Character Tokens and Trackers :iconasheeltonparker:AsheEltonParker 0 0 Kevins Afghan finished 22 Dec 18 by AsheEltonParker Kevins Afghan finished 22 Dec 18 :iconasheeltonparker:AsheEltonParker 6 5 Oct 2017 - Hendrix by AsheEltonParker Oct 2017 - Hendrix :iconasheeltonparker:AsheEltonParker 3 0 21Jan18 - Crochet Afghan by AsheEltonParker 21Jan18 - Crochet Afghan :iconasheeltonparker:AsheEltonParker 2 2 16Jan18 - DnD Sefele's Temple Floor Plan by AsheEltonParker 16Jan18 - DnD Sefele's Temple Floor Plan :iconasheeltonparker:AsheEltonParker 0 0 17 Oct 17 - Lorbel B (Chraest) by AsheEltonParker 17 Oct 17 - Lorbel B (Chraest) :iconasheeltonparker:AsheEltonParker 0 0 18 Oct 17 - Rabbit Map (Chraest) by AsheEltonParker 18 Oct 17 - Rabbit Map (Chraest) :iconasheeltonparker:AsheEltonParker 0 0 22Sep17 - Pebble Stitch Variation Washcloth by AsheEltonParker 22Sep17 - Pebble Stitch Variation Washcloth :iconasheeltonparker:AsheEltonParker 1 0 22Sep17 Pebbles Stitch Washcloth by AsheEltonParker 22Sep17 Pebbles Stitch Washcloth :iconasheeltonparker:AsheEltonParker 1 2 Crochet Washcloths by AsheEltonParker Crochet Washcloths :iconasheeltonparker:AsheEltonParker 0 0 Einstein by AsheEltonParker Einstein :iconasheeltonparker:AsheEltonParker 2 0
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The Great Escape (of the Tent Parts)
I'm working on yet another newish project. Basic gist of the story is that Luma must be taken to a safe place to learn her magic. Hhophthar and Murfain (the pov of this scene) are the men hired to do that. I had to cut this bit, as well as the rest of the scene it was in, because I decided to take the story in a slightly different direction to add more conflict. This bit always makes me chuckle, though.
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It took them almost precisely the same amount of time to get this heaviest pack onto King's back as it did for Luma to finally finish with the tent. Murfain and Hhophthar exchanged knowing, amused smiles over the pack between them. As Luma tromped over to Murfain with the awkwardly-bundled tent wrapped in her arms, one of the pole-sections slipped free of the bundle's core, which told Murfain she'd forgotten to fold the sides in over the collection of pole parts and pegs before rolling it all up. Hhophthar moved to retrieve the first
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The Priestess's Sin
My creative mind has been in what for it this year is overdrive, and this is a snip from my most recent new project. I'm making steady progress, and this bit is from scene two, my favorite scene so far. I'm going to clean this up a bit in later edits when I'm further into the wip and probably sprinkle bits of the information dropped in this scene into appropriate spots later on. I'll tell you this: One of the things I love writing is scenes of quiet affection between characters, no matter their sexual orientation, and they almost always turn out to be my favorite scenes in any project of mine. This is one such scene for my point of view character, Alethea.
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After the last ghosts of the nightmare faded away, leaving the wisps of her angels drifting in the corners of her eyes, Alethea twisted to pick up her little clock and set it back down after disabling the alarm. Just before four in the morning. As good a time as any. Still, she gently pr
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A. L. Shelton
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United States
Primarily, I am a writer. My main genre is fantasy, though I also write in SF and Science Fantasy; nearly all my MCs are some variety of LGBTQ+. I started writing back in 1989, desperate for some escape from the difficulties of my life, and I was in 9th grade (about age 14) at the time.

I also dabble in art and music. Occasionally, I'll engage in such crafts as crocheting, knitting, and sewing. I'm far better at writing than I am at any of these other activities, though I will admit to some minimal skill with the drawing and enough practice with the crocheting that I'm able to make my own patterns, usually involving me creating pictures with my yarn, if I wish. My ability to sew is restricted primarily to simple projects, mostly out of lack of interest in working on more complicated things.

Right now, I'm currently using Duolingo to learn Spanish, in a rather desultory manner. English is my native language, and I can get a bit pedantic with it, but am not afraid to look things up if I or someone else thinks I'm wrong about something. I think I know how to use semocolons, enjoy writing long and complicated sentences whenever I have an opportunity, and firmly believe commas should come before conjunctions when in a series.

Yes, that is an actual picture of me. From 3rd or 4th grade, I think, clearly Before Glasses, which I got to start wearing in 6th grade. I almost remember wearing that sweater. This school photo has long been my favorite.

Back in 2007 (IIRC), I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It is this condition which is the primary, invoulntary control mechanism for my creative urges. Whether or not I even want to do anything creative, as well as what creative endeavor I wish to focus on is determined by this condition. If you'd like basic info on bipolar disorder and its treatment, please look up that information yourself. If you'd like to have me describe my personal experience with this condition, feel free to ask questions, but be forewarned that if I feel you're asking for general information, I'll tell you to look it up.

I identify as a polyamorous panromantic asexual transperson. As with my bipolar disorder, if you have any general info questions regarding my LGBTQ+ status, please look up the answers yourself. If you'd like me to share my personal experience with being LGBTQ+, go ahead and ask, but if I feel you've asked a general-info question, I will likely tell you to research it yourself. And, in case you were wondering: No, I will not tell you which restroom I use, or what my sex is.

I have serialized my completed novel, Discordant Harmonies 1: A Pitch of the Scale on my website and it and two sequels on Wattpad. Currently, I am serializing the third book of the series on Wattpad. Look for Ashe Elton Parker there.

Should you have any care about what I'm reading, and what I think about what I've read, I can be found on Goodreads as A. L. Shelton, or follow the link here: www.goodreads.com/user/show/63…

I take pictures of my cat, Hendrix (and other things) and post them to my Instagram. If you like, you can follow me there too. The address is: www.instagram.com/alshelton13/

There is always a story. ~ AEP
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27Dec18-A Pouch
I did a little research and figured out that these pouches are in Lily Sugar 'n' Cream Potpourri pattern cotton yarn. This particular pouch is in a slightly different style. Instead of being folded in half vertically to have the bottom and one side stitched up, I crocheted about 10-12 inches and stitched up the two sides. I think I like this style better, event though the other version is slightly more efficient. 

For this, I did two rows of US Single Crochet on the base chain, then a row of US Double Crochet. I lost count of the rows of US Single Crochet I made after that point and just went for a measurement I thought would be appropriate for what I wanted the pouch to hold. When I got to that length, I did another row of US Double Crochet and 3 more rows of US Single Crochet. I used the same size hook as I did with the other pouch, a 4.5mm, and wove a bit of purple ribbon as you can see, for the closure. Untied, it looks a bit long, but since this is for me and I have a particular way I tie single-cord pouches up, I used the extra length. For the pic, I included the pen for perspective. I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out.
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26Dec18 Pouch
I wanted to crochet, but not on one of my big afghan projects, so decided to do a little pouch. For this, I used two different types of variegated cotton yarn. Can't recall the brand. I also used a 4.5mm hook, not sure what letter size that is. I basically stitched a wide swatch that I then folded in half vertically to stitch the bottom and open side together. Mostly US Single Crochet, with a row of US Half Double Crochet near the top. It's tightened shut with a string of chains woven through the HDC stitches. Overall, pretty pleased with it, and I decided to store my Uno cards with the game instructions in it, since the cards' box was getting a bit beaten around the closure flap.
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24Dec18 -Character Tokens and Trackers
These are some Initiative Trackers and Character Tokens I created for D&D. It took me about 3 hours to paint all these up. I used two different brands of paint: Arteza and DecoArt. The metallic are DecoArt paints, and the mattes are the Arteza paints; both came in sets. 

In use, the Initiative Trackers are clipped to the top edge of my DM screen. These help me and the players keep track of whose turn is next. It's a constant process of adjusting their positions, but I'm sure I'd have lost track of things more than once back earlier this year during our first round of D&D sessions. While I've consistently used wooden clothespins for my trackers, my initial set for these consisted merely of unpainted pins with the designations written in blue ink. They were an adequate stopgap measure for the amount of time I'd given myself to prepare for my first round of sessions as a DM, but I was never really pleased with them.

Neither was I very pleased with the original tokens I used for players and NPCs. It was difficult to paint my designations on them, which for Enemies and Helpers consisted of an E or H and a number. Also, with no less than 4 characters whose names started with S, it was often confusing which player had claimed which token, and I never remembered to make notes on who used which color S token. So, yeah, lots of issues there too. These the players and I use to represent their Characters, and Enemy and Helper characters on grid mats and maps and such. If you want to do something similar to this, look for standard 1-inch aquarium beads. They won't be exactly uniform, or precisely one inch in size, but they're adequate for the job, and I've been pleased with these overall, even if I haven't liked my methods of labeling them until now.

What you see above are three sets of groups. The first set of pins and the red tokens are for Enemies. Set #2 represents Helpers. And Set #3 is for Player Characters. For the Enemies and Helpers, I tend to do groups of four or more when setting up things like this because just in the games I've played, I've noticed that sometimes numbers of NPCs who are involved in conflicts and such with player characters can be somewhat high. I used copper paint for the Enemy Initiative Trackers, and silver Arteza paint for the numbers on them, then wrote out the words for the numbers on the pins. For the second set, I also wrote out the words of the numbers on the pins and used a pretty blue DecoArt paint for the handles of the pins, with more silver Arteza paint on the tokens. As  you can see, I color-coded the Player Character Initiative Trackers and Tokens, first covering the pins' handles with silver DecoArt paint. Since I have precisely six players in my group, I decided to go ahead and use the standard rainbow colors for better distinction. 
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Kevins Afghan finished 22 Dec 18
This was one of my endless projects. It followed me through two apartments in a mostly-incomplete stage. That's at least 10 years, y'all. Various things kept me from working on it, mostly lack of yarn and lack of money to buy what I needed. I had lots of white yarn, not so much of the green. This past summer, I decided to give it to my friend Kevin, with whom I work Tuesday evenings at the Utah Pride Center. He's a big & tall guy, so this had to be a rather large blanket. It's my variation on a Granny Square--what I call a Granny Rectangle, which is started with two more sets of three US double-crochet stitches in the initial ring; those go on opposite sides of the sets to create a pair of long sides. Four yarns compose this afghan, a softish white acrylic that someone gave me randomly from their own collection when we were at a mutual friend's and I wanted to crochet but hadn't brought my own project. All I happened to have was a size N hook which I found in the bottom of my satchel. I added a row of grey when I ran out of the first white, then moved to green, then another row of grey before more white, and so on. My stitches are deliberately big and loose for the most part, with a chain between each set of three and three chains between the corner pairs of three, because I wanted this afghan to be loose and open. It could probably cover most of the top of a US double bed, if not more, and I'm really looking forward to giving to Kevin after the holiday break. Made primarily with Red Heart Super Saver acrylic yarn #4/Worsted Weight. No idea what brand or style the central block of white is. 
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You're welcome. They're really cute!
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Thanks a lot for adding  At least we have each other. by Mutantenfisch  to your collection. 
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You're welcome and thanks for the well-wish! You have a lovely day too! :)
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You're welcome! I really like what you've posted so far. :)
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You make some beautiful creations with your beading!
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