The KnotMagick Guide to Moving Cross Country

Make sure it’s really, really what you want. Because it’s expensive as fuck and a pain in the ass. Plan your budget ahead of time. Now add at least 50%. Assume everything will go wrong. Find a job before you go. Don’t ship things via Greyhound. It may be cheaper than going through USPS/UPS/FEDEX, but… Continue reading The KnotMagick Guide to Moving Cross Country


Julia’s Ghost

The second Charleston ghost story I want to share with you isn't actually from a location I visited, but caught my attention due to my "Would This Kill Me in the 1800s?" series. One of Charleston's most iconic churches is the Circular Church on Meeting Street, though that's not where this story takes place. In the… Continue reading Julia’s Ghost


Susan’s Ghost

St. Philip's Church in Charleston is home to the oldest congregation in the city, established in 1838. It boasts a soaring bell tower and columns in addition to a stone and iron fence surrounding both it's graveyards--yes, that's right, it has two. One, adjacent to the church, is (historically) for those of old Charleston families,… Continue reading Susan’s Ghost



Ash and I spent last week in Portland. It's the first proper vacation I've taken since 2011, and it was wonderful. It was my first time west of Chicago. My first time seeing the pacific. As you might be able to tell from my photos, I adore the ocean. I don't think I took a… Continue reading Portland


Steampunk Symposium Recap

Greetings, 21st century people! I am back. I'm rested. And I had a fantastic time! This year was hands down the best Symposium since it started in 2012 (well, last year might have been pretty good, too, but I wasn't there). We drove down to Cincinati on Friday, arriving too early to actually check in… Continue reading Steampunk Symposium Recap



Hey guys, just a quickie post today. We leave for Steampunk Symposium on Friday morning, and I still have so much to do! So what does one pack for a steampunk convention, other than the standard items like underwear and hand sanitizer? Alice and I are still perfecting the list, but here a few of… Continue reading Packing


Book Review: Where the Locals Go

If you are like me and get regular bouts of wanderlust, then this book is like candy for the soul. It’s great to flip through for an introduction to hundreds of different places. Divided by region, Where the Locals Go highlights everything from the best local food to seasonal festivals, with over 200 entries in… Continue reading Book Review: Where the Locals Go



There are about five things that I should be writing right now, but my brain keeps making a strange grinding noise that I've always associated with my first car on cold days. At the moment, I'm trying to resist the temptation to hop in the car and just drive south until I find sunshine, and… Continue reading Wanderlust


Tea Break

When last I visited London, we had a daily ritual of restoring ourselves with a pot of tea in true English fashion (okay, so it usually came from Costa and was an excuse to sit down someplace for a half hour or so out of the elements and rest for reasonably cheap, but the point… Continue reading Tea Break


Travel Tuesday: Florida Edition

Currently reading: Midnight's Daughter In the DVD player: The Princess Bride Did you miss me? I’m back home now, after spending a week down in central Florida with family. That typewriter post actually came from down there, since I just couldn’t wait to share it. The family lives on the Treasure Coast of Florida, which… Continue reading Travel Tuesday: Florida Edition