While I’ve been toying with the idea of a blog, the inception of this particular one is something of a crazy random happenstance.
I mostly say this because I love the phrase crazy random happenstance, but it’s really not far from the mark. A friend wanted me to contribute to his blog post, and signing up was the easiest way to roll up my sleeves and jump in.
I don’t really have a plan. Much like my writing, I have fancy notions and I’ll dive right in. I don’t even have a focus, because as any that know me can tell you, I’m not one for that sort of limits. My interests are varied, and it’s highly likely that I’ll flit my topic to topic according to my whims. That said, you’ll probably hear a lot about geek culture, gaming, media, paganism, and whatever else. It may get strange in this forest, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I tend to view life through an anthropological lens, so that hat may come out from time to time.
When I’m lazy, I like to write that I’m textbook enigmatic, which is a line pilfered from Doctor Who. I’m assuming at this juncture that those that see this have already met me, but knowing the powers of the internet that may change at any point. So here’s the basic run-down.
I’m a young woman living in New York. I grew up with a wonderful family, and a mother that raised me to be a free thinker. I’m forever grateful for this fact, as it allows me to constantly re-evaluate information, and admit when I was wrong. I did some of that last night in a debate.
My background is in anthropology, and I focused on geek culture and religions. I also have an interest in programming and infosec. And poi, and cross-stitch, and writing, and storytelling, and…
Oh, and I have ADD. I was diagnosed last year, with the inattentive subtype. I’ve always been a dreamer. In describing my experience, someone made the apt description that it was like being at a metal show and putting your head between the speakers to drown out the sound.
I’m a devotional polytheist, and open about my paganism. Despite this, I’m a bit shy about talking to others about these experiences, but I may end up writing some about it eventually. I have a strong relationship with Loki, that I’m terrible at defining. Some use the term priestess, some oracle, and some use more modern terms, but the term godspouse still makes me twitchy. For the record, I’m not talking about Loki as the Marvel antagonist. I don’t care how pretty Tom Hiddleston is, that’s not who I give my worship to. That said, I’m cool with that man reading me poetry any time and he’s a talented actor. I’m a devotee of the Morrigan, who is the sovereign deity of Ulster. My mother’s side of the family is from Donegal, so this was more appropriate than I originally anticipated. I tend to steal notions from all different religions, mostly along the lines of “don’t be a jerk”.
Speaking of Loki, this blog name Hævateinn is a reference tied to him in Norse stories. It’s a variation of a handle I’ve used for a long time, Lævateinn , but it’s been over a decade and I’m finding it harder to find available. Ironically, Lævateinn may be an emendation of the former so this might work out better.
In Fjölsvinnsmál, Hævateinn is Loki’s weapon. It translates to “damage twig”. Lopt is another name for Loki. Per Benjamin Thorpe’s translation:
- 26. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
- whether there be any weapon,
- before which Vidofnir may
- fall to Hel´s abode?
- 27. Hævatein the twig is named,
- and Lopt plucked it,
- down by the gate of Death.
- In an iron chest it lies
- with Sinmoera,
- and is with nine strong locks secured
There’s speculation that the weapon is a magic staff instead of a sword. I’ve always liked that thought. And yes, I took the reference from wikipedia. This is what happens when I write while on lunch at work. :3