Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas (Eve)!

I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day--God bless!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Little Things I Love About Tolkien's Works

For once I'm actually posting something when I was supposed to post it. :D  I'm really happy to be blogging again and not just thinking about it--especially since the thing I'm currently talking about is Tolkien.  Because, you know, TWO DAYS TILL BOTFA.  WHAT EVEN.
Anyways, as you probably guessed from the title, I've made a list of some of my favorite Tolkien things. Some of them are more like "Things That Make Me Cry That I Like Anyway Because I'm Insane".  Without further ado, here they are.
~Frodo Baggins.  He's inspired me in so many ways. 

~Faramir and Éowyn.  Oh my STARS, I ship them so hard.
 ~"The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen".  There's another pair I ship to the ends of Middle-earth.

~FARAMIR: one of the few fictional heroes I rate higher than Mr Knightley.
~The "Lay of Leithian"
~The poems in LotR.  Okay, some of them aren't the best, but others are just pure gorgeousness.

~Tengwar and Cirth

~Quenya and Sindarin (I'm afraid I get them sadly mixed up :P)

~"The Fall of Gondolin".  Tuor and Idril are adorable, and Glorfindel's last stand gives me chills every time.

~The Children of Húrin.  IT'S SO TRAGIC.  Especially the bits with Finduilas and Beleg.

~The Hobbit.  No matter what my mood is, TH can improve it. :D
~The History of Middle-earth volumes.  It's like behind-the-scenes videos, except with a book, and I love it.  I really wish some of those scenes had been kept in...

~Fili and Kili.  Book or movie, they're adorable.
~The fact that Thorin dragged a HARP through the Shire.

~The Extended Editions--and the movies in general.  They may not be completely accurate, but they're SO much better than what we could have had.

~The cast, both LotR and TH.  They're amazing.
~New Zealand
~Thorin's speeches :D

~On a more serious note, Aragorn/Viggo's "But it is not this day!" speech.
~Elves.  I've always loved them; probably always will.  I'm a bit like Sam in that respect.

~Elrond.  He loses (*counts on fingers* *gives up*) practically everyone he loves to mortality or death on the battlefield and he never gets bitter and I love him so much.

~Eärendel and Elwing.

~Maglor.  He's so SWEET, and he's a musician, so he gets bonus points from me.

~The Nírnaeth Arnoediad. Why is this even on the list I HATE IT.  LITERALLY everybody dies.  It's not even like LM, where at least five-ish characters survive to the end...

~"Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit"
~"Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire"

~Many, many more small moments that I haven't space or time to list here--Thranduil not being blinded by prejudice and refusing to "begin this war for gold", poor Bilbo and his cold, Merry and Pippin, Frodo defying the Witch-king, Fingolfin's desperate challenging of Morgoth...and so on and so forth. 
~Some of Tolkien's sentences.  He's one of the few authors that can make me tear up with the sheer beauty of his words.

~The fandom.  We may not totally agree, but most of the time we get along.  And Tolkiendils always come through for each other.

What do you like about Tolkien?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

An Interview With an Authoress!

Hello everyone!  My dear friend Ashley recently released her first book, Becoming Nikki (!!!), and I'm participating in her blog tour!   She was gracious enough to let me interview her, so without further ado, here are her answers.

~How did you get the idea for BN?

Well, it all started when I discovered ice dancing while watching it during the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Meryl Davis and Charlie White were instantly my favorite and I started thinking about how much it would take to get to the Olympics.  I also had come up with the idea of a broken sister-sister relationship (which slowly turned into a brother-sister relationship) around the same time, and, as I started developing the plot of that novel, the ice dancing part eventually fused with it.

~Share a few of your favorite ice dancing videos.


Meryl Davis and Charlie White's Phantom of the Opera Free Dance -
Meryl and Charlie's Indian Original Dance -
Maia and Alex Shibutani (a brother-sister couple : )))))'s Waltz Free Dance -
This dance by Maia and Alex (not sure what it's officially called, but it looks like a Free Dance) -
This beautiful Free Dance by Maia and Alex -

~What was the hardest part of editing?  Easiest part?

The hardest part of the editing was actually editing it. XD There was one point where I found out that thoughts shouldn't be in italics and single quotes ('), and I had to go through and take all of the quotes out. UGH. I got to listen to awesome music while I did it, though. : D

~Which of your characters is your favorite?
AHH. That is such a hard question to answer because I love them ALL. They each have something amazing about them that I absolutely love. I love Nikki's resilience. I love Natalie's humor. I love Alec's strength. I love Dylan's everything. I love Bennett's pick-up lines – he can't pull them off, but it's so endearing. I love them all, even the more minor characters like Aunt Trina and Sam.

~Which of your characters is most like you?

Nikki and Natalie are most like me. I'm quiet like Nikki – but not quite as quiet – and bubbly like Natalie – but not quite as bubbly. They were both the easiest to write because I could always just ask myself, "What would I do in this situation?" and then write that.

~Which authors would you say have most influenced your writing?

I think I've been most influenced by a quite a few authors such as Robert Whitlow, Wayne Thomas Batson, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, R.J. Palacio, Jeanne Birdsall,Suzanne Collins, and Louisa May Alcott – all of whom write for what I call "an audience outside of their intended audience," meaning that they may write for an intended audience, but their books can be enjoyed by people outside of that audience. I enjoyed books like Wonder, Curse of the Spider King, and The Penderwicks because they were full of good writing. Just because they were written for twelve-year-olds doesn't mean that they have to be dumbed-down and at a twelve-year-old's reading level. And that's what I want my writing to be like. Becoming Nikki may be written for teens between the ages of 12-18, but that doesn't mean that a 20-year-old like myself can't enjoy it. *dismounts soapbox*

~Has any event in your life influenced your writing?  Which one(s)?
Great question! I think there are at least two main events that have influenced my writing and those are (1) the American Girl Magazine contest I've talked about a few times and (2) when my family moved to a different state about five years ago. I wouldn't have gotten started really writing if it hadn't been for that contest, and I wouldn't have stuck to it if I hadn't gotten a "second wind" after moving and not having any friends for a few months.

~Was there any part of the book that was really hard to write?
Hmm... I think the hardest part to write was conveying how much Nikki had changed by the end (Becoming Nikki – heh...heh...) and why she'd changed at all. Also, I couldn't re-read the accident scene for a while after I wrote it because it was so intense. (Of course, now I'm going through the same thing with a crucial scene in the very beginning of my new novel, The Art of Letting Go.)

~​If you could put a character from a different book into your novel, who would it be and why?
Huh. I don't know! I think I'd want to put Edward Ferrars from Sense and Sensibility in there because Natalie would enjoy talking to him so much. : D
Thanks for interviewing me!!!

And thanks very much for appearing on my blog, Ashley!  

She's holding a giveaway of a signed copy of BN, which you can enter here:
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Defending Frodo

I love most of Tolkien's characters.  Of course, there are some obvious exceptions--Sauron, Gothmog, Morgoth, &c.  Oh, and Denethor.  Can't forget him. :P
But in any case, one of my very favorite Tolkien characters (indeed, perhaps my favorite) happens to be Frodo, so I thought it was fitting that my first Tolkien post this month be about him.
As a general rule, Frodo is not regarded very favorably in the LotR fandom.  I can only think of two or three people who thoroughly approve of him.

The main objections to him seem to be that he is cowardly and weak, so I'll address that first.  (I'll only be defending Book-Frodo here, by the way--I happen to like Elijah Wood's Frodo, but he's a bit less defensible. :P)

First of all, he is NOT cowardly.  Scared, yes--but he faces that fear and rises above it.  He defied the Nazgul, left the Fellowship when it was clear it was necessary, and attacked a giant spider.
"But he's afraid.  Now it's come to the point, he's just plain terrified.  That's what his trouble is.  Of course, he's had a bit of schooling, so to speak--we all have--or he'd just fling the Ring in the River and bolt.  But he's still too frightened to start. [...]  If he screws himself up to go, he'll want to go alone.  Mark my words!  We're going to have trouble when he comes back.  For he'll screw himself up all right, as sure as his name's Baggins."
~Sam, "The Breaking of the Fellowship", The Fellowship of the Ring

You see, he may start out small and scared, but he grows throughout the story.  I didn't like him too much when I began reading either, but by the end of ROTK I was completely rooting for him.
"A great dread fell on him, as if he was awaiting the pronouncement of some doom that he had long foreseen and vainly hoped might after all never be spoken. An overwhelming longing to rest and remain at peace by Bilbo's side in Rivendell filled all his heart. At last with an effort he spoke, and wondered to hear his own words, as if some other will was using his small voice.
`I will take the Ring,' he said, `though I do not know the way.'"

~"The Council of Elrond", The Fellowship of the Ring
I get chills every time reading this, because I think it's one of most courageous moments.  He doesn't want to go; he doesn't hunger for glory.  But he still volunteers because he feels that it's his duty.

As to the weak part--is he weak?
He's one small little hobbit against one of the greatest dark forces in Middle-earth.  He's borne the Ring for seventeen years.  Of course he seems weak.  He's not Aragorn or Gandalf or Elrond.  He doesn't have any special powers, no particular strength--and that is precisely why he was chosen.

One of the things I find absolutely amazing about Lord of the Rings is that when Frodo sets out with the Ring, he knows he can't destroy it.  Galadriel knows it.  Everyone at the Council of Elrond knows it.  He wasn't even able to do the necessary deed in his own home!  But he goes on anyway, trusting that some higher power than Sauron meant for him to have the Ring, and that somehow, the Ring will be destroyed.

And that is precisely what happens: because of his personality, because of his compassion for Gollum, his love for his friends, his determination to keep on going no matter what, the Ring is unmade despite his actions at the end.

He's weak in body, but not weak in mind or heart.  He grows weary, but he doesn't give up.  The Ring is slowly twisting him, taking his heart and whispering to his mind, but he doesn't listen.  And through it all, he keeps on going.  He walks and walks and walks until he falls to his knees--and then he crawls.
"Frodo groaned; but with a great effort of will he staggered up; and then he fell upon his knees again.  He raised his eyes with difficulty to the dark slopes of Mount Doom towering above him, and then pitifully he began to crawl forward on his hands."
~"Mount Doom", The Return of the King
This moment, you guys.  THIS MOMENT.  It is, by far, my favorite Frodo moment.  The strength and courage he displays here are just--no. words.

As the journey goes on, he becomes fully convinced that he's going to die--and that if by some miracle he survives and the Ring is destroyed, he will never be whole again.
"'I don't know how long we shall take to--to finish,' said Frodo. 'We were miserably delayed in the hills.  But Samwise Gamgee, my dear hobbit--indeed, Sam my dearest hobbit, friend of friends--I do not think we need give thought to what comes after that.  To do the job as you put it--what hope is there that we ever shall?  And if we do, who knows what will come of that?  If the One goes into the Fire, and we are at hand?"
But though he knows this, he goes on, motivated by love and the realization which Sam makes later in the story--that there is "light and high beauty for ever" beyond Sauron's reach.

He never stops--not even when he comes back to the Shire and it's been ruined, or when he realizes that he'll never fully heal.  He tries to be part of Sam's family and he finishes the Red Book.   He's kept his humility and gained wisdom, the wisdom that enables him to see what Saruman could have been and grieve at his fall.

Loyalty, honor and a willing heart.  Bronwë athan Harthad (Endurance beyond Hope).
"Here is a jewel among hobbits!"
~"Three is Company", The Fellowship of the Ring 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Happy Birthday!     tjn


(intense gushing and tons of inside jokes and private awesomeness to follow; proceed at your own risk)

I know, I know.  Hacking one's friend's blog is slightly over-done in the world of teenage period drama bloggers, but it's always fun and I always manage to think of something new (or rather newish) to say, so why stop doing a good thing?  It's practically a tradition!  Anyway, today is the extremely auspicious occasion of Jane/Anna/Galannaley's birthday, so I had to hack her blog and write up a post to commemorate the day.  (Oh, and I also gave her blog a wintery makeover.  Yay or nay?)

This Rockwell Painting made me think of all my Friends who are baking up Christmas goodies today....

Two birthdays.  I've now known Jane for two birthdays, and it's an AWESOME feeling.  We've been crazy together for all that time and it's fun to look back on all our friendship through the months.  Like the time Les Miserables came out on DVD and we both freaked out and sent each other long, feelsy emails.  Or the time I totally got her obsessed with Jack Cavanaugh's books and she returned the favour with Johnny Tremain and Betsy-Tacey.  Or when she'd watch episodes of BBC's Robin Hood and send me blow-by-blow emails about each and every one.  There have been tons of other instances of awesomeness but my mind goes blank whenever I try to specifically think of one. (oh, there was that time when we both spent an entire Skye session singing showtunes and fangirling/crying over Percy Hill...)  But just ask Jane.  She honestly astounds me with how she has the details of Skype sessions, chats, and emails cataloged in her mind - she remembers the smallest details, which is great :)


~the Anna to my Elsa

~the Hobbes to my Calvin

~the Watson to my Sherlock

Sherlock Homles: Man of Thought / John Watson: Man of Action - Sherlock

~the Pascal to my Rapunzel

I never noticed how great her feet look, like she is a cartoon and her toes are all curved in like real feet.

~the Piglet to my Pooh

such cute love  relationship quotes @

~the Much to my Robin

Let the admiration you have for another man become the spark that makes you stand and fight to be man you wish to be!

~the Anne to my Diana

“True friends are always together in spirit. (Anne Shirley)” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

~the C-3PO to my R2-D2

Star Wars

~the Toothless to my Hiccup

how to train your dragon. I LOVE this movie! Toothless is the perfect combination of a cat and dog!

~the Elinor to my Marianne

Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, respectively, in Ang Lee's 'Sense and Sensibility'.

~the Bucky Barnes to my Steve Rogers


~the Jane to my Lizzy

PRIDE & PREJUDICE Favourite friendship - Jane Bennet and Elizabeth Bennet

~the Rab to my Johnny

"There shall be no more tyranny..." Johnny Tremain

~the Combeferre to my Enjolras

Did you see them, going off to fight? Children of the barricade that didn't last the night They were school boys, never held a gun! Fighting for a new world that would rise up like the sun Where's that new world now the fighting's done?!

~the Percy Hill to my Johnny Morgan

[who don't have a picture, but SHOULD]

Basically, she's just plain amazing and I'm very, very, VERY proud to have her as my friend.


And have some cake!



Monday, December 1, 2014


Hello, my poor, neglected blog followers.  I do believe I've been absent for...almost three weeks now, which is mainly due to the holiday season--my family was asked to host Thanksgiving, and one thing led to another, and I ended up not having much energy or time left for blogging.
Still, I am here now, with a bit of an Announcement.  As some of you may remember, I did a Lord of the Rings blog party last year with Ashley, but this year we found that neither of us could fit it into our schedules.  So there will be no party like there was for Desolation of Smaug, but I couldn't let the weeks leading up to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies go unnoticed, either. 
Therefore, I'm going to do a challenge rather like the Jane Austen one I did awhile ago, and do a Tolkien Month.  I'll try to do at least one post per week during December, and keep it all Tolkien--Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and maybe some Silmarillion.  We'll see. ;)
(There will be one exception to this, as I'm participating in the blog tour of Becoming Nikki--go the author's blog or her Goodreads page for more information on that.)
If you'd like to participate in this, let me know in a comment.  Then just tag all Tolkien-related posts you do this December with "Tolkien Month" or something of that sort and send me the link!
And to kick all this off, I'll start by asking you all who your favorite Tolkien character is--you can list as many as you want. :D
Oh, and to all the people who have tagged me, thank you very much!  I'll combine all my answers into one big post sometime during January.
Doesn't this look AMAZING?!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I've Been Awarded!

Joanna of The Squirrel's Diary nominated me for the Liebster Award!  Thank you very much, m'dear! 
Here are her questions:
1. Favorite book of the Bible?
Hmmm...I think that would have to be Psalms.  It has a verse for everything.
2. Favorite part of Christmas?

Well, aside from the fact that it's a celebration of Jesus' birth, I really love the present-opening we do on Christmas Eve/Christmas morning.  It's such delightful anticipation. :D  I also like Christmas carols, and being able to look out at my neighborhood all night and seeing it all glittery with Christmas lights.
3. Milk or dark chocolate?

Milk chocolate, probably.  Dark chocolate can sometimes be a bit much, but milk chocolate is just right. (I also like white chocolate.  Sorry.)
4. Least favorite movie and why?

Haha...all of a sudden I can't think of a single movie that I really don't like.  Even the movies that made a hash out of the books (Eragon, for example) are still good in themselves...OH.  
Pride and Prejudice (2005).  It wasn't very accurate to the book, and I didn't think it was a good movie, either. Sorry, all you P&P05 fans. :)
5. Favorite actor/actress?

Tom Hiddleston for actor, maybe?  And...I don't know about actress.  I don't really "do" actors as much as I do characters. ;)
6. Ketchup or mustard?

Mustard.  Indubitably.
7. Ever been outside the US?

Sadly, nope.  It's on my bucket list, though! ;)
8. Dogs or cats?

Ehmmm...cats, I think.  I'm actually allergic to cats, but I still like them; they're so unpredictable. :D
9. Least favorite food?

Coleslaw.  *shudders
10. Favorite beauty product?

Well, I don't really use beauty products--I don't wear makeup or do much with my hair--, so...I'm going to have to pass on this one.

And I can't think of very anybody who hasn't been nominated yet, so...if you're wearing purple of any kind, consider yourself tagged. ;)   

Monday, November 3, 2014

Cover Reveal!

My lovely blogging friend Eowyn is publishing a Novel in December, and I am extremely happy to announce that I am participating in the cover reveal!  Here it is...

What would you do if you were given the opportunity to rebuild a broken relationship? 
Alec and Nikki Scott are the perfect ice dancing duo, executing flawless technique and brilliant performance abilities each time they compete. No one doubts their camaraderie, not even their closest friends.
But looks can be deceiving. Off the ice, their relationship is in shambles. Ice dancing is the only thing they have in common anymore... and Alec wants to quit.
Just as Nikki feels like their relationship can't get any worse, an unexpected tragedy crashes into her life. She's left struggling with a difficult choice as her opinion of her brother slowly starts to change.
Whatever she decides, she knows her life will never be the same.

Doesn't it sound AMAZING, everyone??  I was privileged to read the first few chapters awhile ago and got completely hooked.  This girl has been working on Becoming Nikki for a long time and every time I hear more about it, my anticipation grows.  I'm so excited to read the whole thing! 
For more information, you can visit the author's blog here or her Goodreads page here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Emma Tag!

Lady Anorien over at Along the Brandywine is doing an Emma party this week!  Naturally I am taking part, so here I am (after a lengthy absence...*cringes*  My sincere apologies.) answering the tag!
1. Have you ever read Emma?
Um.  Let me think.
YES. :D  I adore it.
2. If so, is that how you first made her acquaintance? (If not, feel free to elaborate!)
Yup!  It was actually how I first made the acquaintance of Jane Austen.  Though I first thought Emma was dry as dust, my opinion changed right speedily.
3. Do you have a favorite film adaptation?
Emma '09.  Indubitably.  It's gorgeous, and Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller are PERFECT as Emma and Mr Knightley.
4. Favorite dress(es) from that film?
Hmmm...I really like Emma's Highbury Market dress.  I also like her ball dress, and honorable mention goes to the Box Hill dress.
5. Share a line you love from either the book or movie/s—several if you like!
 "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more," of course! *melts*

6. Is Emma one of your favorite heroines? Why or why not?
Ehmmm...not really.  I do like her most of the time, but she can be irritating and sometimes makes me cringe, so she's not first on my list of favorite Austen heroines.  That honor goes to Elinor, closely followed by Lizzy, Catherine, and Anne. :P
7. What is one of Emma’s strengths (good qualities)?
Her solicitude for her father and her ability to make the best of most situations. 
8. Describe in one (or two…or three) sentences, why Mr. Knightley is so wonderful.
Ummm...he embodies the spirit of chivalry and he's always a perfect gentleman.  Also he values truth over tact.  (Though I prefer Mr Tilney, personally.  Mr Knightley occasionally annoys me.  VERY occasionally.)

9. Why do you think Mr. Knightley and Emma are so well suited to each other?
They complement and help each other.  He can see her flaws (and has the courage to point them out) while still loving her; she softens his heart and pride. 
10. Would you rather spend a week in Highbury with the Westons—on Abbey-Mill Farm with the Martins—or in London with the John Knightleys?
A week in Highbury with the Westons, no question.  For one thing, I'd get to meet everyone in Highbury since the Westons are so social, and for another, it would be a genuine pleasure to get to meet them.  Mrs Weston is so sweet, and I get the feeling that it would be very easy to talk to Mr Weston, and I like people who make me like them with whom I can converse without effort.

~Miss Jane Bennet

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Promised Answers Post

Hello, everyone!  I am here, right on schedule (applause please!) to answer all the questions my lovely followers have asked.

~Favorite actor and actress? favorite actor/actress sort of switches depending on what movies I've watched recently. :P  However, Colin Firth has been a favorite of mine for awhile, so I guess we'll go with him.  I think my favorite actress (assuming we're talking TV/movies here; if we include musicals, that complicates things :D) would be...Romola Garai, maybe? 
 (And please, everybody, keep in mind that I'm talking more about the characters these people play than the people themselves.  I don't really know much about actors' private lives, as a general rule. :P) 
(Random picture of Mr Darcy smiling.  Heehee.)

Joanna asked...
~Do you like The Fiddler on the Roof? Would you consider it a classic?
Actually, I have never listened to or watched it, haha.  Most of the people I know who have watched it do like it, though, so I guess it could probably be considered a classic?  I don't know. ;)

Naomi Bennet asked...
~Do you have siblings?
 Yes, I do!  I'm the eldest of seven, total.

~Do you share a room with one of them?
 Again, yes--my sister.

~What's the desktop picture of your laptop currently?
Michael Ball as Marius in the 10th Anniversary Concert of Les Mis. 

~Have you read Rilla of Ingleside? What are your opinions?
I love Rilla of Ingleside!  It might be my favorite of all the Anne books--no, wait, I prefer Anne of the Island. :P  Philippa Gordon is amazing...but I digress.  I actually wrote a review of it last year.  If you want the shorter version: it's amazing.  The end.

Eva asked...
~What are some TV shows you've watched recently and what do you think of them?
Well, I watched four episodes of Sherlock last year; is that recent enough?  I liked it very much and I hope to watch some more sometime in the future.  Ummm, I watched a bit of Road to Avonlea a few months ago.  It was charming (like country manners *bright smile*), and I loved picking out the different L. M. Montgomery references.  The very latest TV show I watched was Doctor Who; I started watching it last month and liked it, but ended up just forgetting about it, haha.

~What's your favorite Calvin and Hobbes joke?
Probably this one:

~Which literary character do you think you're the most like?
I can't pick!  Um, I guess a mixture of Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey and Tacy from Betsy-Tacy

~What was the last book/movie/fandom thing that made you cry? Made you laugh?
Made me laugh: The Lake Scene from P&P95.  "Are you SURE your sisters are well?  Really, really sure?"
Made me cry: when Betsy isn't chosen for the Essay Contest in Betsy Was a Junior.

 ~What's your go-to snack?
Chocolate. :D

~Have you ever worn a really fancy hat? Fancy gloves?
Yes!  I own fancy gloves, but I don't think I've ever worn them anywhere.  A fancy hat, on the other hand...I wore a Fun Fancy Hat when I attended a performance of My Fair Lady live.  It was amazing.

~Who's your favorite author? Least favorite author?
Favorite author: Jane Austen, who else?
Least favorite author: Ummm...Veronica Roth, maybe? :P 

~What's your current favorite book? Favorite movie? Favorite musical?
Favorite book: Jane Austen books. :D  And the Betsy-Tacy series. 
Favorite movie: Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Favorite musical: Can anyone guess this one? :P

~Is there any question you wished someone had asked, but didn't? (feel free to answer it yourself, of course ;))
 Hmmm...actually, no.  That's kind of weird--usually I can think of a number of questions I'd like to be asked at any given time, but now now.  Huh.

Monica asked...
~Have you ever been to any national parks, like Yosemite or Yellowstone?
Nope!  I would like to visit one sometime, but as yet I have not.

Miss Elliot asked:
~Favorite book so far this month? (Awkwardly worded. Heh.)

It's a tie between Betsy's Wedding, Betsy Was a Junior, Northanger Abbey, Emma, and Pride and Prejudice.  Haha.

~Number of siblings?
Six!  Two sisters and four brothers.

~Character in a period drama you look like the most?
...I actually have no idea.  I can't think of a single one who looks like me.  If you want book characters, that's another story, but...I literally can't think of anyone. :P

~Favorite (at the moment, at least ;-)) costume in a period drama?
Oooooh!  Um, um...too many amazing dresses!!  Okay, I think my two favorites are Maria Lucas's Netherfield Ball dress (seen here--she's on the left) and Emma's Highbury Market dress (here).

~Favorite breakfast food?
Cold cereal of almost any kind, and egg sandwiches.  Not together, of course.

~Favorite movie made prior to 1950?
Les Misérables (1934).  It's black and white, in French, and almost five hours long, and it is SO AWESOME.  I absolutely adore it (and am still meaning to write a review of it :P).

~Gush about The Scarlet Pimpernel for a minute. Heehee. Or, if it MUST be a question, Favorite things about The Scarlet Pimpernel?
Bwahaha, what a delightful question! :D  I love his heroism, his adventurousness, his all-around epicness, his love of his wife, his willingness to sacrifice himself...and of course, Anthony Andrews.  Hehe. 

~Have you seen the BBC Sherlock? If so, what is thy royal opinion on it?
I have, indeed!  See my answer to Eva's question above for more information; I muchly enjoy it on the rare times I get to watch it. ;)

Elizabethany asked:
~Marius or Enjolras?
ENJOLRAS FOREVERRRRR.  Marius is okay, but...he doesn't compare. :P 

~Weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
Hmmm...a catfish sandwich, maybe?  I'm really not that adventurous about eating.

~First period drama you ever watched?
Um...goodness, I don't even know!  The Music Man, maybe.

~Favourite Bible verse?
Psalm 46:1-2 is my go-to answer, but there are so many verses I love now that I really can't answer that. :D

~Dream job? 
A librarian or an editor.

Evie Brandon asked:
~Sherlock or Doctor Who?
Sherlock, I think. Haha.

~Cumberbatch or Freeman?
Ahm...Benedict Cumberbatch. :D

Thanks again to everyone who commented for their submissions!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Small Reminder...

Hello, everyone!  Just popping in to announce to everyone that today was the deadline for asking me questions!  The Big, Glorious Post (to borrow an expression from Maria Elisabeth) where I answer everybody's questions ought to be up by the end of next week--thank you to everyone who commented. :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Janeite Tag!

I am making a Tag.  More specifically, a Jane-Austen-themed tag.  It's been on my mind for awhile, time like the present! ;)  Here's how it works.

~Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
~Tell how you were introduced to Jane Austen and share one fun fact about your Janeite life (this fun fact can be anywhere from "I stayed up all night reading Emma," to "I visited Chawton and met Anna Chancellor.").
~Answer the tagger's questions.
~Write seven questions of your own.
~Tag as few as one or as many as seven other Janeites and let them know you've tagged them.

To kick this off...
I was introduced to Jane Austen when I was thirteen and Out Of Books To Read (this is sort of my chronic state :P).  I asked my mother if she had any recommendations, especially classics, and she suggested that I read Emma.  I'll confess, I thought it dry as a bone at first, but I soldiered on through Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, and before long I was hooked.  I've never looked back. ;)
My Janeite life fun fact: I dressed up as Emma Woodhouse for a costume party last Halloween.
 My questions:
~Do you have a favorite Austen couple?  If so, what do you think their married life would be like?
~Who is your favorite minor character, in any of Miss Austen's books?
~List 3-7 of your favorite Austen quotes.
~How many JA books do you own?
~What Austen character do you think you're most like?
~Have you read the Juvenilia?
~Favorite movie/TV adaptation of an Austen novel?

My nominees:
~Miss Elliot 
~Evie Brandon
~Naomi Bennet 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

In Which I Steal An Idea From Numerous Other Bloggers

As seems to be my permanent state nowadays, I can't think of anything to post.  So, I'm going to copy everyone else--this is the Ask Me Anything Post.  If you are curious about me/my opinion on something, now is the time to ask it!  I reserve the right to not answer any questions I deem uncomfortable or too personal, &c., &c., but other than that anything goes.  The comment box opens now and stays open for two weeks (till the 20th).  So--here goes!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Day 30: Your Favorite Song At This Time Last Year

This is the of the 30 Song Challenge.  *sniffle*  It's been fun!  And I've posted a lot more than usual, which has helped to get my creative juices flowing (even though I got behind a lot--sorry!  I appreciate your patience. ;)).  I already have new ideas, and Regular Posts will resume after Labor Day.

Moving on from favorite song at this time last year was definitely "On My Own".  I had just discovered Les Mis and Éponine was my very favorite character. (Wow, I've liked LM for over a year...0.o WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN.)  Now, I still like it, but I'm not sure if it's my favorite--I think I listened to it too much for awhile. :P 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Days 28 & 29

Day 28: A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty
Like the Guilty Pleasure song, there aren't many songs that make me feel guilty.  I'm not exactly sure what this means, actually--am I supposed to feel guilty for listening to it?  Or guilty because I did something wrong and this song reminds me of it?  Are you tired of the word "guilty" yet? :P know what this means (Yes, it means I'm freeee...).  Random song coming up!

Day 29: A Song From Your Childhood
Annnnd ABBA pops up again with "I Have A Dream," which I LOVED when I was younger.  I knew all the words to it and would always ask to skip to it on the CD. :)