About Me

Effervescence is a state of mind. It’s about choosing to bring sunshine to the day.
Every person I meet matters.

If it’s written down, I know it (If it’s not written down, I don’t know it)
If it’s color-coded, I understand it (If it’s not color-coded, I don’t understand it)


Crafty Bugger

I’m a musician, textile artist, bellydancer, technical writer, copy editor, and occasional photographer. I’ve been hand-spinning for nearly 20 years, primarily on drop spindle. I do some calligraphy and illumination in the style of the middle ages. I’m a singer song-writer usually in a folk-type vein. And I’m a passionate ATS® (American Tribal Style) bellydancer currently in the FCBD ATS® style, now also a part-time instructor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is your name really Cat?Yes, I paid very good money to change my name and it really is just “Cat.” I was named after Christine and Ellen, the two gals who introduced my parents. Post-divorce, I removed my double-last-names and put my college nickname on the front, sliding all the names “over one to the right.” So now my name is Cat Christine Ellen, the three names that mean the most to me. But if you ask, I’ll still describe myself as “one of the McGlothlin girls.”

Who is Cay Swann? – “Cay” was a typo one day when I tried to type “Cat.” It looked like an excellent pen name. “Swan” was my grandmother’s maiden name, and in memory of her I took the name “Swann” as part of my re-enactment naming practices. So “Cay Swann” started out as a generic internet pen name, and then became my “online brand.”

What are these different categories? – I’ve collated several blogs into one home, but I’ve separated them into different categories to make it easier to read only one or another.

  • Journal came from the original JournalScape and LiveJournal postings.
  • Crafts came from Blogger, originally CaySwann Crafts
  • Dance came from Blogger, originally CaySwann Dance

What’s Your Dance Schedule Like? – Oh, something like this.

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