Behind the Iron Fortress


My real name is Angela, most people call me Ang. I called my first apartment “Angband” and I haven’t stopped since.

Angband under Gaslamp. Angband Beyond the Pineapple. Angband North of the Wall, Angband Republic, and Angband “Top of the Wang” Studios have all been a thing, and they’ve all been the tongue-in-cheek name of my personal space. Be it a studio apartment or actual dedicated art space. It’s my own Iron Fortress, I am Melkor, laying waste to my own Beleriand, or something.

But what is it, exactly, that I do?

The answer is everything, and absolutely nothing, depending on how I feel. I am an accomplished artist, published author, published historian, and a general high maintenance hot mess with chronic illness and a bad temper. I am married to a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy, and we’re getting dragged from coast to coast in the name of national security and shenanigans. It’s fun, really, everybody should try it. I have a blue-gray rescue Maine Coon named Harald Hardrada. We adopted him to keep me company, but he’s really just as anxious as I am, so we mostly stare at and complain about life to one another all day.

This blog is just an avenue for my venting beyond social media. I’ll post art, history, writings, rantings, and some of the pure absurdities that is my life.  One day, I may almost be as cool as the Bloggess, but she’s really a damn goddess.

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