My name is Eleanor, and I’m a senior in college, double majoring in English literature and Chemistry.
I became an editor at my campus newspaper, The Scribe, in fall 2012, and I’ve been a chemistry tutor since fall 2011.
I often doodle science cartoons over on my webcomic, Mutant Xylenes, and I fiddle about on my blue violin.
I name inanimate objects. My little white car’s name is Journey Squared. And my 1 TB external harddrive is Nessie. I travel with a knitted kiwi bird that my sister made. I call Kiwi my patron saint of roadtrips.
I love writing, both journalism and creatively. Slam poetry and theater are my jam.
My iPod is filled with Celtic screamo, Disney classics, and Broadway musicals.
Some of my favorite novelists, playwrights, and poets from adolescence through college have been Charles Dickens, Baroness Orczy, Tom Stoppard, Frances Hodgson Burnett, William Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, Max Lucado, Susie Shellenberger, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lew Wallace, Jane Austen, John Donne, Seamus Heaney, Christina Rossetti, Shannon Hale, J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, George MacDonald, Madeline L’Engle, and Cynthia Voigt.
I’m kind of obsessed with Dickens and metafiction about him, anything related to The Scarlet Pimpernel or Harry Potter, or the 90s TV show Due South.
I splatter paint across canvases, cut up empty Monster cans and mold them into lanterns, and cover random objects in Sharpie with my happy molecular compound doodles. Sometimes I carve stamps for letterboxing (which you can check out at letterboxing.org), another one of my hobbies.
My blog posts often focus on living outside of the fundamentalist box and seek to improve homeschooling for the next generation. I discuss my own journey to better mental health and fulfillment.
Email me anytime at eleanor.k.skelton AT gmail.com, and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.