Monday, February 27, 2012

Heroine Bloggin Party Answers!

These are my answers to the heroine blog party questions, by Accordion to Kellie

Here's a link!

1.Introduce yourself!  Divulge your life's vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random! 
  Well, I'm Stephanie, author of, what? I've yet to write it... But that would be one of my life's visions. The other being to own a bookstore some day. A very special and odd little thing it will be.

2.What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? 
  She can have as many faults as humanly possible, but she must be willing to see them and try very hard to improve herself. If she is hard-hearted, I will usually close the book.

3.Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. 
  Anne Elliot in Persuasion. She really is the top on the list for me because she isn't perfect. My favorite scene is when she stays home from the dinner at the Musgroves to watch her nephew. Everyone thinks she is making a sacrifice but in reality that is exactly what she wants to do. Unlike Elinor Dashwood, or Jane Bennet, she has a little bit of selfishness in her and lets others think she is selfless.

4.Five of your favorite historical novels? 
 I don't have any favorites! I love them all! But I will give you one title, The Mermaid In the Basement by Gilbert Morris.

5.Out of those five books who is your favorite main character and why?
  Lady Serafina Trent. She appears tough and cold at first. But you see sides of her that few see when you "meet" her son.

6.Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why? 
Septimus Isaac Newton. Lady Trent's father. He also ends up being softer then you expect him to be. I like ow open e is to new tings, and you feel his hunger for the Lord.                   

7.If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there? 
 Oh, all over Europe. Though mostly England, Italy, and Ireland respectively for Jane Austen's house, the food, and the scenery.

8.What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? 
 Either Medieval, Regency, or 1920's-40's, it depends upon my mood.

9.You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation - what is your act comprised of? 
 Well, I cannot sing. Tat is not something I was blessed wit being able to do. I think maybe I'd offer to write a skit for someone else to perform. It would, of course, be comedic.

10.If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? 

Mabel Chiltern of  An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. She is a funny lady with a witty comeback for everything, and she says it all with a straight face.

11.What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? 
Yes. At all times the answer to "Chocolate?" Must be  "Yes!". Especially wen paired with mint or cherries.

12.Favorite author(s)? 
 (Do you have any idea what you've done adding an optional plural to that?)  Well, Jane Austen (of course), Elizabeth Gaskell, L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Alexander Dumas.

13.Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land? 
* For the record, journal, Bible, camera, companion, are essential items. 
 The perfect wardrobe. I wouldn't want to leave the whole country wit a terrible first impression of myself. The perfect includes three hats. Adorable, yet functionable. (I don't know what they look like yet, I'll know them wen I see them) 

14.In which century were most of the books you read written? 
 19th century. This is also wen my favorite books are written (that seems like a given but maybe you read lots of WW era books, and you make an exception once and read some 200 year old book and it ends up being your favorite, even if you never read another old thing like it. ) Persuasion by Jane Austen and North & South by Gaskell, in case you were wondering.
15.In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is… 
Something like these men....

 John Thornton tops the list because he isn't afraid of people knowing how much he cares for those he loves. He's fair, kind, caring. When he seems harsh, it is really because of ow much he truly cares. And he is a humble man. (Think pre-proposal scene, if you've seen it you know what I mean)


 Henry Tilney because he is a good man. Kind, gentle, affectionate with is sister. All that is gentlemanly, plus he as a sense of humor.

16.Describe your ideal dwelling place. 
 It has three crucial elements. Other ten these tings I don't care.  
An attic room, which I shall turn into an office for myself. This is where I shall write all my award winning books!

A window seat (for some reason it must be at the landing of the stairs, preferably the top.) wit books everywhere around it.

A swing in the yard where I can read on a lazy summer afternoon. Te bike in the background is a vintage classic :) I will ride all around town in it.

*I am aware that the literal bike in the picture is indeed very modern, I'm only daydreaming 

17.Sum up your fashion style in five words. 
  Oh boy. Darker (colors). vintage, girly, eccentric, unusual. My usual outfit consists of a T-shirt, cardigan, skinny jeans, and my favorite owl earrings.

18.Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name? 
 No, to me, reading a characters name for the first time is like being introduced to a real person. I never think of changing an acquaintance's name. However, sometimes I want to tell the author that they got the description all wrong.

19.In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is... 
Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas. Especially as portrayed by Tim Curry.

20.Three favorite Non-fiction books? 
The Bible. Um, really I used to have something against non-fiction because was forced upon me in school. But I ave recently wanted to begin reading biographies, and other such stuff.

21.Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon? 
 On that swing in my yard, or the window seat upstairs if it is summer showery afternoon.

22.Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character. 
 I own my dream hat, It's straw, with a two inch brim just right for keeping the sun off my face. A wide dark ribbon  adorns it as well, which is perfect for adding a decorative pin or flower.

23.Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year. 
My sisters marriage, and my brother-in-laws accident which left him in a coma.

24.Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.
 I am always inspired by the book of Ruth.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

10 Things You May Mot Know About Me

   Well as Lauren of Books, Fashion, and Tea was surprised to learn I listen to Skillet (a Christian Rock band, for those of you who don't know), I thought a little post about the unexpected in me would be fun. In the blog-o-sphere, I'm a reader, mostly of 18th-19th century literature. I'm a Period film fanatic, though compared to some I'm just in the beginning stages of that. I love softer music and tea.
   But, dear readers, that is not all of me! There are many "plot twists" in the story of me. I am starting to realize that I really don't fit into one little box. I took parts from all different assembly lines. And now that I've used all the cliche's I could think of at the moment, I'll move on to what the post was about. 

10 random or odd facts....

  1. I like to watch Tim Burton films. (excluding Sweeney Todd, EEW!)
  2. I like to cook Italian food. Penne noodles are my favorite!
  3. I like movies from the 80's-90's especially. (Of course I do watch some of today's, and anything in black and white)
  4. I cannot say "extra credit". It comes out "extra cwedit", unless I concentrate.
  5. I enjoy playing The Legend of Zelda. A lot. As well as Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts.
  6. I really don't like when an action flick tries to be romantic. 
  7. I am a huge Star Trek fan, but otherwise I do not do science fiction.
  8. I only paint designs on my left thumbnail, all the other nails I leave solid.
  9. I don't care for the scent of lavender. I over did it once...
  10. I like historical fiction, I like learning about the past, but not through textbooks. I can't really remember it that way...
I would love to hear your versions of this! Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Oh my goodness!

  Well, my family and I are in the process of moving! (only across town, but still, super-duper busy.)
Also I haven't really know what to right about (and my computer broke, I'm using my sister's, with whom I now share a room.).
  The reason I don't know what to write about? I've been in an odd little mood lately! Even for me! I've been watching anime/manga TV series' and listening to a lot of Skillet. I feel a little as if I were going through an "Emo" phase . But don't worry about me! These things are always a part of my personality but for some reason they are coming out very strongly for a little while. 
  Well, I've been listening to some good old Dean Martin while writing this and feel a little like dancing. :) But I'm exhausted so I shall sign off and go to my wonderful bed, which is certainly calling my name!

Ta for now, and thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Winner! And Other News...

It looks like this is the winner, ladies and gents,

  Lauren of "Books, Fashion, and Tea"!

Again, thanks to everyone who participated! I had so much fun doing this and seeing all of your entries, and laughed quite a bit at the little funnies you all came up with. Also thank you for all the patience you've had with me while I haven't been able to blog and keep up with everything (I have no clue what's going on in the blog-o-sphere).
Thank you (this post is full of 'em)
 for all your prayers as well! Right now my brother-in-law is still unconscious. Not much has changed, though his bruises and other bodily injuries seem to be healing pretty well.

Okay, as to the rest of my life, really crazy! I am enjoying this night of quiet relaxation, with my sister at her friends. :) I get to just sit here, write a post, drink my tea, and listen to my music without worrying about it bothering anyone.After I'm done here I'll go journal a wee bit and go to sleep. So! witht that said, I shall leave you all. 

Tata for now!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Finally, contest resullts!

So, I have etched into my schedule a little time to finish this thing that I started. So here goes...

The entries to this contest (Thank you guys so very much for participating!) are as follows,

Now! On to the pictures, I've picked two that you, dear readers, get to vote on. (I'm too tired to make a poll for it, so you will just have to comment on the post, teehee...)

Here they are...

Have fun!

 Ta for now.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

AHHH!! --- I wrote something...

Okay, so I'm super stressed right now when I should just be trusting the Lord, aye? But after I was let "off duty" (watching kids) I went a-walking to relieve the slight ache in my head. I composed a scene in my head. I will rewrite it here, tell me what you think! (It just kinda plunges into the middle of it, your guess is as good as mine as to what has gone on before. But that is more fun, methinks.)

   Miss Anne Potter walked into the drawing room and gave a start at the sight of a gentleman sitting upon the couch. She knew the man well, as an old friend of the family, but it was so unlike him to call on anyone in the family but her father, and he must know that Mr. Potter was from home, that she was several moments in collecting her thoughts.
  Mr. John Elliot was the first to break the silence. "I am sorry to have called at an inconvenient time, but I am to go to London directly. I would not feel quite right if I'd neglected to take my leave of your family."
  "I am afraid, sir, you find that my family has left without taking their leave of you!" She gave a feeble attempt at humor. "They have all left to Bath for my mother's health. The doctor thinks it will greatly improve her. They left in a great hurry to be there, and I have stayed behind to settle trifling affairs."
  "Ah, I see." said John, though he didn't look as if he did. A great deal of confusion was clear in his face, and a little pain. Anne felt a queer little pinch of her heart at the sight and became a little confused herself. "I-I am sorry that I was not in when you called, I had a little head-ache and have been a walk to clear it up."
 He started at her speech as if he had forgotten that she was in the room, and the studied her face intently looking for signs of illness. Apparently finding none, he seemed at the point of taking his leave. At the door he turned as if to say something several times.
  "Please, sit." She motioned again at the couch. "I see you have something to say and you make me nervous pacing like that." This attempt at a smile came closer to the real thing and seemed to help Mr. Elliot, for she saw him nod a little as if resolved to finally have it out.
  "Miss Elliot, we have known each other since we were little ones. You must have seen, that-that is to say, you cannot have been blind to the fact that, well, your company has always been the best in my estimation."
  "As is yours to me, Mr. Elliot. I have always known you to be a sensible man. You seem to be a particular favorite with my father, and that is always something to recommend a man in my favor." If she had been hoping that this speech would help him along, she was mistaken. She saw him make a face of some distress, which, though it held no sign of pain, brought that feeling to her heart at causing a friend uneasiness. She sat for some time looking out the window, trying to find a way to relieve the feeling of, of she hardly knew what, in her heart. It was as if a cold hand had taken hold of her heart at the thought of her one friend going away to London, leaving her alone until she could rejoin her family. That same cold hand gave a little squeeze every time one or the other of them spoke. She was startled out of this reverie when he came and sate down beside her. 

To be continued. . . no I'm kidding!

"Darling Anne, I love you." He whispered. When he grabbed her hand she didn't let go, she just looked at him. Suddenly it was as if the hand around her heart gave a great squeeze, all of the pain was pushed out to make room for the delightful feeling now filling it. Her cheeks grew warm and rosy and her eyes sparkled with unshed tears. When a little smile began to steal across her face he laughed and pulled her into his arms. 
  They sat together for hours talking as only sweethearts can, unaware of the time. Blah blah blah blah.....

You know the rest right? They live happily ever after. (I couldn't stand it otherwise.) Beautiful children come along some day. They get married. It's a never ending cycle. Anyway, I guess that that is my Valentines day story :) 

Thanks for reading! 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hello all!

I have some things going on in my life right now that put blogging lower on my list of things to-do. I am still reading comments and responding. And I am checking out all of your awesome entries to the contest! I will be judging them at the end of NEXT weekend, I know it seems like an awful long time to leave it open, but there are things happening right now that make it impossible to do it any sooner.

One of the things going on is that my sister's husband is in the hospital after a skiing accident in California.
He broke many bones, including a hip and bones on his skull. He is responding to nerve stimulation but he hasn't woken up yet. Please, lift him up in your prayers!
In Cali, with his little boy.