Announcing the 2nd Annual Literary Heroine Blog Party!
Hosted by Kellie over at Accordion To Kellie
It is open from Feb 16-29. Questions to answer and prizes are located at the link above.
I had so much fun answering these, I think those of you who enjoy reading should definitely join in!
Kellie has a brilliant, eclectic blog chock full of good stuff. And she lives in a tent.
How cool is that??
1. Introduce yourself!
• if you pass me on the sidewalk, you may not look twice.
i'm quite an ordinary girl
with an inordinate obsession
for books, the written word, and
sheafs of paper bound by a threadbare binding.
if they could bottle the smell of that musty paged treasure found
in a forgotten bookstore nook,
i'd buy it!
yeah. that might be a little weird.
but then i didn't say i wasn't.
• drinking beverages, particularly hot ones, with friends
in coffee shops and music venues, long walks or just crashing at
home with a good movie is my idea of a grand time.
• my plan is to strap my turkey sized cat, Mr Matty Pancks onto my back
and trek across the globe in hot pursuit of a meaningful life devoted to serving God,
running a successful business and surrounding myself with all things vintage loveliness.
2. What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine?
a heroine is flawed. she recognizes this somewhere down the line.
she grows. allows herself to change. takes risks. falls hard. gets back up.
lives and learns. loves hopelessly. and loves truly.
she is a woman of brilliance wrapped in a cloak of ordinary.
a true heroine is every woman, no?
3. Share 4 heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to.
1. Eowyn who single-handedly slays the Witch-king of Angmar in JRR Tokien's LOTR
She desperately wants to be part of the action with the menfolk and courageously defend her home, despite colossal odds against her. I would have booted Merry off his pony and rode along with her.
She also gets to marry hunky Faromir–not too shabby either.
When the Witch King is taunting her with a prophecy that no man will slay him, how cool is her response: “No living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and king. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you if you touch him.” (Return of the King, 1955) Suh-weet
2. Jane Eyre had such a brutal childhood but she grew up to be a poised, compassionate woman of principle and morals and remained without bitterness (even returning to care for her evil dying aunt) and then forgiving Rochester for his deceit and lies and gave him a second chance even though he was missing like half his face in the end.
I would have liked to be her friend :)
3. Anne Shirley was a red-headed GENIUS. She was a lonely little orphan who confronted life with the sheer force of her imagination and fiery personality.
And she liked to bop boys over their heads with slates.
This sounds fun to me.
4. Agnes Grey was the title character of an Anne Bronte novel. Loved how she boldly
faced a new future as a governess despite her family's misfortune's and persevered through the rearing of a bunch of rich, savage children whilst keeping her humor and sanity.
She knew who she was, not based on status or how society saw her and in staying
true to that, managed to start her own school and catch
the eye of the man she had loved from afar.
4. Five of your favorite Historical Novels?
1. the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
2. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
3. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte– a must read!
4. Evelina by Francis Burney– absolutely brilliant
5. all historical novels by Julie Klassen :) Love her!
5. Out of those five books who is your fav main character & why?
okay, does anyone NOT think Sir Percy Blakeney (the Scarlet Pimpernel)
is the height of dapper, dangerous, heroic, and excessively cool
in all of his alluring male literary character-ness?
6. Out of those five books who is your fav 2ndary character & why?
book number 3– Shirley, is titled after one of the characters so Caroline Helstone would technically be considered 2ndary than right?
if so, i pick her.
i felt so sorry for her, pining away and all alone in life, despairing of all happiness but
she rallied and in the end well, you will just have to read it to find out what happens to her :)
6. What would your dream vacation look like?
Dream vacation would consist of this,
including little bit of this,
and a whole lotta this,
7. What's your favorite time period and culture to read about?
I love the late 1700's around the French Revolution and Americano Rev–good stuff.
But then I also love Victorian culture and historical novels.
Okay, narrowed down to the 1700's and 1800's.
8. You have been invited to perform at a local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation - what is your act comprised of?
it would be horrors for you to hear me sing,
and i certainly wouldn't be considered funny–unless you were considerably tipsy,
so i'm going to go with recitation.
9. If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent?
ohh yes please. how fun would this be?
well, pshaw, Lady Marguerite Blakeney, of course.
because then i would be married to Sir Percy.
10. What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate?
chocolate is a prerequisite to a deliciously scrumptious life.
11. Who is your favorite author(s)?
well, the above mentioned authors, need do apply.
12. Besides essentials, what would you take on a
visiting voyage to a foreign land?
my SLR camera,
a Tea Kettle,
Mr Matty Pancks,
oh, and my lovely sister because I
like to drag her along with me everywhere I go.
13. In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is…
the ultimate hero besides Sir Percy, I'm going to go with...drum roll...Sherlock Holmes
because he was a crime solving, death defying superstar!
14. Describe your ideal dwelling place?
• a cozy and quaint hovel. [I just wanted to use the word "hovel" in a sentence].
If I had endless money I would buy an old, dilapidated house with lots of character and fix it up
like this one.
or this lovely is nice,
• but then sometimes I'm in the mood for living in a city townhouse near central park
like this one,
13. Sum up your fashion style in five words.
absolutely chic, constantly evolving Vogue-a-licious
14. Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name?
Yes. If you are a writer, please use names the general public can pronounce without
having to look for a bottle of Tylenol after seeing it on the page a hundred times.
15. In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is...?
the great and all seeing Eye from Lord of the Rings,
to be supplanted
only by Lady Catherine De Bourgh.
16. Three favorite Non-fiction books?
Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson
Radical by David Platt
17. Your duties met for the day, how would you choose
to spend a carefree summer afternoon?
exploring through not often traversed trails and meadows would be lovely,
followed by a lovely seafood dinner, including mandatory chocolate anything dessert.
18. Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a
way as will best portray your true character.
shimmery black silken wide brimmed hat with a voluminous bow adorning the top
(not sure how this could portray anything to do with my character but it certainly would be cute :)
19. Share the most significant event(s) that have
marked your life in the past year
my beautiful, lovely giving and compassionate mother passed away.
my life can never be the same.
but I am thankful that I am a better person for having
had her example and love in my life for as long as God blessed us with her.
19. Share the Bible passage(s) that have been
most inspiring to you recently.
1 Peter 4:8-11 New King James Version
8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.