Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In which the girl who calls herself a writer tells you she's going to lose nano

Um, I said that wrong.  I'm going to lose NaNo - on one of the sites. 
The other one, well - I won it.
I finished my novel barely ten minutes ago with 38,924 words.  Or at least, that's according to Microsoft Word.  According to the YWP word count validator I have 39,135 words.  Oh well, I don't mind a few extra :)

My novel is all nicely finished with a conclusion, an epilogue, and a table of contents (did you know how many 'words' you can get from a table of contents?) and there is nothing more to be put into it, to push me up to 50,000 words.  And besides, there's no way I could write more than 10,000 words by midnight, but don't tell anybody; it's a secret. :P

Considering that I got about 39,000 words (3 times more than last years word count) and this is the first year that (age-wise) I was allowed on the main site, I think I did pretty good.

Even if I lost. 

But really, I don't mind not having gotten 50,000 words.  I was busy this month and S&S week didn't help my word count at all. (Note to self: don't try to write a novel and host a blog week at the same time, both suffer.) 
But I'm pretty sure I can get 50,000 next year and for now I have a nicely completed novel and the promise of five free copies of it.  That's enough to make anybody jump for joy.

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Unnamed NaNo Novel: a tag

 I was tagged by the Anne-girl with a nanowrimo tag! Here are the rules.

  1.       Write the title of your novel in the title bar. Well, it's unnamed right now; I really don't have any ideas title-wise right now.
  2.       Nominate two other people you know who are doing Nano.Comment on their blogs to let them know you've tagged them. hmmm, I tag Carrie from The Blog of a Writing Maiden and Jessica from Safirewriter.  But if there's anyone else who wants to take this tag, please do!
  3.       Answer all the questions below.

What is your current word count?

24,155. Yes, that means ouch. I still plan to catch up to 50,000 in the next week, though.

What would you consider is best about your novel: plot, dialog, characters, or description?

As Chris Baty said (the founder of Nano, in his book No Plot, No Problem. I don't remember his exact words) "The things I'm not so good at? Plot, dialog, characters, and description. The things I'm good at? Coffee-drinking and complaining." Yup, that's me.

But I think that for this novel I've made great headway in plot and dialog and I love my characters, although they won't stay consistent and are often cliche.

Which of the above would you consider your weakest point?

I keep forgetting to describe, and then when I finally remember I only put it in for the word count. Another problem I have is not keeping the minor characters and subplots wrapped properly into the story.

Of all your characters who do you like the best?

Oh, you had to ask me that! I must say I love Anna, and she's getting a lot of my thoughts and feelings (rather egotistical, don't you think?) Derek is a challenge, both to me and to Anna, because I'm trying to make him mischievous boy and perfect hero at the same time. Another character I really like is Clarence, but he's trying to take the real hero's place so I'm trying to make him as shady as possible. Sorry for the long list, but I also like Meredith Elliston (a shameless plagarisation of Anne Elliot) and a young society woman named Muriel, although I'm not sure where she's going to fit in the story.

What was the inspiration for your novel?

Well, I first started the novel, and then I got the inspiration.  The current piece of writing is so different from the original idea that I won’t even talk about it.

How long have you been doing Nano?

I did the young writer’s program last year and the year before.

What other writing projects have you completed or are in the process of writing?

One novelette of Medieval England, one of reformation-era France, one unfinished Austeneque romance that goes under the title of ‘Regency novel’ and a couple of short stories and poems.

What would you consider the funniest line in your novel?  

“And Derek Randall is a – an alligator!”

        If Mrs. Wilson was surprised she did not show it. “Why is that?” she inquired mildly.

        Anna poured out her story. “He came up to me as I was walking to school. He was carrying his lunch pail and a frog.  When I saw the frog he threw it into the bushes, but, Mama, Bertha was carrying his lunch because he said he lost his pail.  He had it and it was filled with frogs!”

        Mrs. Wilson had to swallow hard to keep from laughing, but Anna was not feeling particularly mirthful. “He put all, – all, Mama, those frogs into my and Bertha’s desk!

Go to the 11th page of your novel and paste the last paragraph here.  

When Mrs. Randall had left, Bertha sat down, “Mother means well,” she said, “But I know Miss Elliston wouldn’t want the story repeated, so can you promise me to say nothing about it?”

This paragraph needs to be read in context. It’s just after Mrs. Randall gives Anna a full history of Miss Elliston’s former romance, telling her that she forgot the name of the young man. Bertha knows who it is and doesn’t want gossip to go around about it.

What time period is your novel set in?

The Victorian Era. 1881, to be precise.

Please paste here the paragraph you consider the best.

Oh, please no.  I’m not sure which paragraph is the best.  I do like the passage I posted a while ago, though.

What are you planning to do when your novel is all written and edited? Writing wise, that is.

Hmmm, I’ll probably be trying to smooth out the chaos and fill in the lines of ‘Regency Novel.’  And I’ll find a title for this one. 

Blessings,

P. S. To all of you in the US; have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I'm in Canada, and we have our Thanksgiving in October, which is good right now, because there's snow on the ground.

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Fanfiction contest: WINNER

    You have all voted in the Sense and Sensibility fanfiction contest and the winner is
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    The Anne-girl!!!
    Her poem, 'Ode to the Key of F Major' won with 44% of the votes.  You can read her poem here.   'Ode to the Key of F Major' was especially wonderful because the Anne-girl had a very interesting and unique idea, and carried it into poetry amazingly.

    The other, almost as amazing entries were:
    'Elinor' by Lexi and 'Margaret's London Season' by Miss Laurie tied for 2nd place
    'Limericks' by Miss Elizabeth Bennet 3rd place

    I loved all your submissions, ladies!  Thank you so much for entering!

    Blessings,

    Thursday, November 17, 2011

    Nano Excerpt #1

    There are two characters I forgot to tell you about in the last post, and since they're getting more and more important to the story, I'll tell you about them now.

    Muriel Blake is young, educated and elegant.  She's only had one scene in my novel so far, but she's written a couple of letters to Miss Elliston and soon I'll be able to write a bit more about her.

    Clarence Elliston is a pleasant sort of guy who can be serious but not too serious, funny but not too funny.  Right now he reminds me thoroughly of Frank Churchill, and everybody likes him.  Not me, though.  He persists in getting into the story where he's not wanted.



    This is an excerpt from the very first chapter of my novel. 


                Her half-spoken thoughts were arrested by the sight of a girl not much older than herself, maybe fifteen.  She was leaning against one of the few large trees in the farm, and her face was white.  She looked in disbelief at the man who had sold them the farm.  He came up to her. 

                “I’m sorry, Muriel,” he said, “I had to sell the farm – I have to leave.”

                The girl looked up at him with a pale, but understanding face.  Anna was shocked at its intensity.    

                “I have to go away from here, Muriel.  I’m going north.”

                “North!” the girl gasped, “To where there’s nothing but snow, and trees, and wolves?”

                “Yes, and further if I can.  But I won’t be such a brute as to ask you to go along with me.  You can finish your education with your grandmother in Kingston.”

                “And Andrew?”  Anna, rather close, but screened from their notice by a large canopy of bright leaves, looked where she pointed, to a young boy playing with a group of youngsters.  He brandished a stick and cried, “Let’s get ‘im!” upon which the whole group set in hot pursuit of a rather startled squirrel. 

                “He’ll go with you, of course.  He’s never been much for cities and learning, but he’ll get used to it now.” 

                “You?”

    “Oh, I’ll manage – somehow.  Anything to get away.”

    There it is!  Tell me what you think.

    Love,

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Should I change my blog name?

    I loved having my blog called 'Miss Georgiana Darcy', but I think its time for a change.  My blog is having less and less to do with the real Georgiana, and while I like signing myself Miss Georgiana, it's confusing having my real name and another name just for fun.  What do you think?  I still don't know what I'd change it to, but I've always loved this nonsense poem.

    The time has come," the Walrus said,
    "To talk of many things:
    Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
    Of cabbages--and kings--
    And why the sea is boiling hot--
    And whether pigs have wings."

    What would you think if I had 'Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing-Wax' as my blog name?  Any comments and suggestions are thoroughly welcome.

    And so I sign myself (perhaps for the last time)

    P.S. Sometime when I can think you'll have another post about my nano novel, so stay tuned!  And, for Miss Dashwood, Anna and Bertha are about fifteen and Derek is just a little older.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    My Nano Novel: the Characters

    Anna is a bit older than this, and her hair is a little darker.
    This is perhaps what Anna would look like, but her hair is lighter, I think. 

    A feisty, quick-tempered, inwardly humorous main character, Anna is not romantic like Marianne Dashwood, but she is certainly 'everything but prudent.'  She thinks quite a bit, and is always ready to recognize the ridiculous.  She is Extremely Vexed with her best friend's brother, a boy by the name of Derek, and she has an addiction to Sir Walter Scott's novels. :)

    This hair is definately too dark, but
    it sort of reminds me of Bertha. 
    I think this is how Bertha would look, but I'm not quite sure yet.

    Bertha is her sweet and quiet friend; a combination of Ada Clare and Esther Summerson, I think.  She observes many things, but will find that some of her observations have rather missed their mark.

    Pretty much a good picture, only Derek
    is younger and not so dark.  And OK,
    he's good looking, but not that good
     looking. 
    This is another option.......










    Derek is the one always ready for a saucy answer, or a teasing joke.  Anna found him amusing at first, but in the recent chapters, after a few (well thought up!) jokes on her, she cannot find anything better than to call him an alligator (I know, Anna's descriptions are rather odd, sometimes.)  He seems to have borrowed a bit from Laurie Laurence (at his worst behavior), a bit from Gilbert Blythe, a bit from Frank Churchill, and (I hope), even a bit from Henry Tilney. 



    Miss Meredith Elliston is a shameless plagarisation of Anne Elliot.  She is about thirty three, and moved west with her brother and sister-in-law sixteen years ago to be a schoolteacher.  She is capable and, it seems, contented, and very few people understand the true story of her heartbreak.  As you might see, I'm not quite sure of her looks, but she is rather plain and pretty at the same time, and she has Anne's Elliot's 'elegant little figure.'


    Now, take all these characters, add a couple more who I don't have time to tell you about, send them to 19th century Saskatchewan (then part of the North-West Territories) and what do you think you'd get?  Chaos?

    Yup.  What else would you get with Anna and Derek living in the same town?  Derek loves it that way.  Anna doesn't.

    Have a nice day!

    P.S. I'm going back to my novel.  Anna and Derek are in a spelling bee together, and Miss Elliston is just about ready to make Anna spell 'animosity'.  Yes, she'll do it looking pointedly at Derek. ;P

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Sense and Sensibility Week: the END

    Miss Georgiana Darcy
    Love this picture, by the way!
    Thank you to all of you for participating.  I didn't know a week could go so fast! 
    Here are the posts of all my lovely participants:

    Questions at
    Elegance of Fashion by Miss Elizabeth Bennet
    Old Fashioned Charm by Miss Laurie
    Miss Georgiana Darcy by yours truly
    Quite a few people also commented with their answers on my questions post, so check that out too!

    Modesty - then and now by Lexi. This post is how many people commited to modesty think that if something is 'old-fashioned', it's modest, but that's not the case!

    Marianne and the Trial of Love by Lexi.  This post is about the romance of Marianne and Willoughby, and their respective endings.

    Sense and Sensibility Week by Lauren.  This delightful post is filled with S&S related pictures from the Jane Austen House Museum

    Sense and Sensibility Book Quotes by Miss Dashwood.  I couldn't remember any funny quotes in S&S (the book) but this post has certainly refreshed my memory!

    Period Drama Heroines # 5: Marianne Dashwood by Miss Dashwood.  A post concentrating on the life and personality of Marianne. 

    Defending Edward Ferrars by Miss Dashwood. The name says it all!

    Thank you to all of my participants, and a special thank you to Miss Bennet for her advice and Miss Dashwood for making the lovely banners.
    Love,

    Quiz Answers

    1 b Henry

    2 a Norland

    3 c Esteem, like

    4 d It doesn't say (This is the danger of trusting a film adaptation - his name is not Christopher!)

    5 c thirteen

    6 a Devonshire

    7 c 500 pounds a year

    8 b,e Mr. Palmer is so droll! and Mr. Palmer is just the kind of man I like.

    9 c Marianne (I don't think anybody got this one, but it's true - see chapter 34)

    10 d Mrs. Jennings

    11 a Harry

    12 b three

    13 c,d,e his sister-in-law, named Eliza, a near relative (quite a few people missed the 'near relative' part, but Colonel B. did say it, and I'm presuming she was his cousin, because his father was her guardian.)

    14 c,d He had been told that Marianne was dying.  He wanted to explain himself.  (He wanted to talk to Elinor, not Marianne.

    15 c because it would be dishonourable

    16 a she ran out of the room and burst into tears of joy

    17 b esteem and friendship

    Isn't it funny that the two last questions show them doing 'out of character' things?  Elinor runs out of the room and bursts into tears when she hears some surprising news, and Marianne marries a man with only esteem and friendship.

    Miss Elizabeth Bennet 15 1/2 answers right
    Melody 13 1/2 answers right
    Miss Dashwood 13 1/2 answers right
    Miss Laurie 13 answers right
    Sarah Grace 12 answers right
    Anne-girl 11 answers right
    Lauren 9 1/2 answers right
    Krista 7 1/2 right

    Thank you all for playing!  I hope you had as much fun as I did!



    Fanfiction contest voting!

    Here are the entries to the fanfiction contest.  Three of them are poems, and one of them is a letter.

    Elinor by Lexi
    Margaret's London Season by Miss Laurie
    Ode to the Key of F Major by the Anne-girl
    Miss Bennet's limericks by Miss Elizabeth Bennet

    Have fun voting!

    Note: If you want to enter you still can and I'll sneak you into the poll.

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Who's your favorite hero and heroine?

    Miss Georgiana Darcy

    Colonel Brandon vs. Edward Ferrars

    Elinor Dashwood vs. Marianne Dashwood

    Who do you like best, and why?

    With all due respect to the dear Colonel (whom, I can assure you, I like a great deal)  I prefer Edward.  He is underappreciated, and doesn't always make perfect descisions, but he always acts like a gentleman, even if he isn't perfect.  And, without the crushing sense of his secret engagement and as he grows up more, I think he will be quite less of a social failure than his brother Robert seems to think.  Besides, there must be something in him to make Elinor like him so much.  And, agreeing with Marianne, I have some objections to a man more than twice my age as Colonel Brandon is.  Disagreeing with her though, and to Edward's vindication, I don't think that poetry can be read aloud properly and expressively.  It needs to be read just to yourself, or, perhaps, to Elinor alone.  And Edward has a nice sense of humor, too.


     I'm saying that I like Marianne better than Elinor, though it is rather a toss-up.  Marianne is musical,  loves poetry and the picturesque, and is fiercely loyal and affectionate.  She doesn't say anything but what she means, so you can always count on her honesty, and she goes by extremes, which is extremely interesting. ;P 





    Who is your favorite?  Please comment or, if you have enough time, write a whole blog post about it!

    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Sense and Sensibility tag questions

    1: When did you first read Sense and Sensibility? Have you reread it since? 
    I first read it in the spring of 2010; it was the second of Jane Austen's works that I read.  I think I've re-read it once or twice since, and I listened to it on audiobook a few weeks ago.

    2: When did you first watch Sense and Sensibility? Which adaptation was it?
    I watched the 1995 version on my birthday, late 2010, and loved it. More recently I watched the 2008 version.

    3: If you have watched/heard of more than one adaptation which one was your favorite?
    I'm honestly not sure.  I don't remember much of Emma Thompson's Elinor, but I loved Hattie Morahan's, especially since she was the right age.  Kate Winslet's Marianne was amazing, whereas Charity Wakefield's comes across more as a overemotional teenager.  I'm not sure about Edward, although I loved Dan Steven's portrayal.  As for Colonel Brandon, I think Alan Rickman did a great job playing him, but David Morrisey is the age he's supposed to be, so that counts for a lot.  The 2008 version was very faithful to the book, and had beautiful scenery, but the 1995 one has an AMAZING soundtrack and there's something almost magical about it - so I can't make up my mind.

    4: Which three S&S characters drive you crazy?
    Willoughby.  He could have been so much - he had every advantage - but he was ruined by himself. arrrrrrrg.

    John Dashwood.  'Not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather cold-hearted and rather selfish is to be ill-disposed.'  He knows that he should be doing something for his sisters, but he always finds a way to get out of it.  I think it is quite likely that he told Fanny of his intention to give his sisters 1000 apiece just so that she could talk him out of it.

    Mrs. Jennings. She has such good intentions, but talks a lot and makes so many problems. As the Anne-girl said in her poem, "So Mrs. Jennings please do hush!"

    5: Which heroine are you most like: Elinor or Marianne?
    I used to think I was most like Marianne, with her romance and her poetry, and her music, but I'm like Elinor with her subtle sense of humor, attention to social conventions and silly people, and not being intirely open about her feelings.  I'd be like the Margaret too, in the 2008 film (Don't say anything until I come back!)

    6: Who would be most enjoyable: (or bearable) Mr. Palmer or Mrs. Palmer?
    Mrs. Palmer would be the most enjoyable and amusing, whereas Mr. Palmer is boring but, to misquote Elinor, 'I confess that at Cleveland I would not think of tame and quiet people with any repugnance.'

    7: What would be your reaction if you saw a re-write of Sense and Sensibility where it was Elinor who married Colonel Brandon?
    Well, obviously I thought it was an interesting idea, or I wouldn't have put it in the questions, but really, they're pre-made to be brother and sister, sort of like with Edward and Marianne.

    8: Where does Sense and Sensibility rank in your list of favorite Austen novels?
    My favorites list is so mixed up right now, but I think that S&S would probably be somewhere after Northanger Abbey, Emma, and Persuasion.

    Blessings,

    Thursday: Supporting Characters Tournament

    Miss Georgiana Darcy

    Who is the funnies, cleverest, silliest, most annoying, and all round most favorite supporting character is Sense and Sensibility?  In my new poll (on the right sidebar this time) you can vote about it!  Here are the characters you can vote about.  I didn't put in Willoughby and Lucy Steele since they're villains instead of supporting characters.

    Who is your favorite supporting character?
    Mrs. Dashwood
    Margaret Dashwood
    Mrs. Jennings
    Mrs. Palmer
    Mr. Palmer
    John Dashwood
    Fanny Dashwoood
    Sir John Middleton
    Lady Middleton
    Anne (Nancy) Steele
    Mrs. Ferrars
    Robert Ferrars
    Have fun voting!

    EDIT: I'm sorry that I couldn't put them all in the same poll, so now they're in three different ones, and the winners of those will go against each other in a later poll.

    Amazing poem in the fanfic contest!

    Here's another entry to the fanfic contest, written by the very talented Anne-girl.  She had such an amazing idea, and she went through with it beautifully.

    Ode to the Key of F Major
    by the Anne-girl

    The key of F of which I speak,
    Causes Marianne to squeak.
    Causes Elinor to blush,
    So Mrs. Jennings please do hush.

    The key of F of which I trill,
    Giveth many heart a thrill.
    Darling Elinor's most of all
    Though it cause her face to pall.

    The key of F of which I sing,
    Is a very major thing.
    The Mr. F! Who can he be?
    Only Edward, as you see.

    Thank you so much, everyone who has entered!

    Blessings,

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    The Cottage

    Don't we rather think that Robert Ferrars' enthusiasm over cottages is a little ridiculous? 

    Me:  well, yes of course.  Robert Ferrars is always ridiculous.

    via
    Yes and no.  There was more than one definition of a cottage in Regency England.  One was just meant to be lived in (if the inhabitants could live in it - imagine Barton Cottage in S&S 2008 and what the peasants lived in was worse) and the other was meant to be planned and shown off.  (Very romantic! Certainly)
    I don't know much about Regency architecture: but here're a few things I've found in an internet search. 

    via
    The fancy style of cottage was called the 'Cottage Ornee' (or 'Ornee Cottage or Ferme Ornee) and it was the kind Robert Ferrars would have liked.  These cottages would be built for romantic spots and picturesque views.
    Some of the cottages were quite spacious and elaborate and cost quite a lot to build.  That's why Robert doesn't have enough money for one; it's not the kind of cottage that he can just go and find the tenants on his mother's estates living in.

    via 

    This cottage, according to wikipedia is a 'Ferme Ornee' (Perhaps that was the French for 'Cottage Ornee) and belonged to Marie Antoinette.

    See, very 'picturesque' but totally impractical. Imagine any amount of Lady Elliots trying to figure out planning a dance in that building, despite Robert's help.



    Here are some examples of Fermee Ornee Cottages:
    The Leasowes
    Cottage Ornee pictures - Wikimedia
    Cottage Ornee - Bing Images
    Cottage Ornee - Google Images
    Ferme Ornee  Wikipedia

    I hope you'll forgive me for this digression into Regency architecture and understand Robert Ferrars a little more. :D

    Me: I still think that Robert Ferrars is ridiculous.

    Well, yes, but that's a topic for another post.

    Blessings,

    Wednesday: Trivia Quiz


     
    How much do you really know about Jane Austen's first published novel?  Take this facts quiz to find out!

    Notes: All questions are based on the book, not the film adaptations, unless I specifically mention it.  Since there are so many Very Clever People out there I have tried to make this quiz pretty hard.  If you can't answer one question, just go on to the next.  Comment with your answers and I'll comment back with your scores.  I've made the quiz pretty long, so if you don't have enough time or space to put your answers in one comment you can send them in installments.

    Now on to the interesting part!

    1: What was the name of Elinor and Marianne's father?
    a: James
    b: Henry
    c: John
    d: George

    2: The home that the Dashwood's father and later their step-brother inherited was called ____ Park?
    a: Norland
    b: Walnut Grove
    c: Dashwood
    d: Delaford

    3: Elinor about Edward: I cannot deny that I think very highly of him - that I greatly ___ - that I ___ him.
    a: admire, love
    b: regard, like
    c: esteem, like
    d: value, respect

    4: What is Colonel Brandon's first name?
    a: Albert
    b: George
    c: Christopher
    d: It doesn't say

    5: How old is Margaret?
    a: ten
    b: eleven
    c: thirteen
    d: It doesn't say

    6: Barton Park and Cottage is in....?
    a: Devonshire
    b: Somersetshire
    c: Sussex
    d: Oxfordshire

    7: What is Mrs Dashwood and the girls' combined income?
    a: 1000 a year
    b: 100 pounds each
    c: 500 pounds a year
    d: I doesn't say

    8: Which two things does Mrs. Palmer say about her husband's ill-humor, neglect, and rudeness?
    a: I must say, I do not understand Mr. Palmer at all!
    b: Mr. Palmer is so droll!
    c: He wants to be superior in ill-humor to other people.
    d: I am excessively diverted!
    e: Mr. Palmer is just the kind of man I like.

    9: Which character said the quote: "This is admiration of a very particular kind!"
    a: Elinor
    b: Mrs. Jennings
    c: Marianne
    d: Sir John Middleton

    10: Who do Elinor and Marianne go to London with?
    a: their mother
    b: Lady Middleton
    c: Fanny Dashwood
    d: Mrs. Jennings

    11: What is the name of John and Fanny's little boy?
    a: Harry
    b: Georgie
    c: William
    d: John

    12: How many notes did Marianne write to Willoughby in London?
    a: too many to count
    b: three
    c: two
    d: it doesn't say

    13: The girl that Marianne reminded Colonel Brandon was...... (choose all that apply)
    a: his sister
    b: his wife
    c: his sister-in-law
    d: named Eliza
    e: a near relative
    f: named Catherine

    14: Willoughby rode from London to Cleveland because...... (choose all that apply)
    a: He wanted to take revenge on Colonel Brandon
    b: He wanted to talk to Marianne
    c: He had been told that Marianne was dying
    d: He wanted to explain himself

    15: Why did Edward not break his engagement to Lucy?
    a: because he didn't love her
    b: because he wanted to annoy Mrs. Ferrars
    c: because it would be dishonorable
    d: because he loved her

    16:  What was Elinor's reaction when she heard that Edward was free from Lucy?
    a: She ran out of the room and burst into tears of joy
    b: she tried to talk, but couldn't
    c: she jumped up and hugged Edward
    d: she sat down in amazement

    17: With what feelings did Marianne accept Colonel Brandon?
    a: deep love
    b: esteem and friendship
    c: total indifference
    d: passionate feeling

    Have fun! 

    Blessings,

    Tuesday, November 8, 2011

    Tuesday: Quotes from the Movies

    Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the 1995 and 2008 versions of Sense and Sensibility.  I was originally going to post some from the book too, but the book doesn't really have any 'funny' quotes and all the poignant ones have to be read in context.

    1995:
    Elinor: Marianne, can you play something else?  Mamma has been weeping since breakfast.
    Marianne switches to a dirge.
    Elinor: I meant something LESS mournful, dearest.

    Fanny Dashwood: Oh, a cottage! How charming. A little cottage is always very snug.
    (My current background is actually called named after this :)

    Marianne: When is a man to be free from such wit if age and infirmity do not protect him?
    Elinor: Infirmity?
    Mrs. Dashwood: If Colonel Brandon is infirm then I am at death's door.
    Elinor: It is a miracle your life has extended this far.
    Marianne: Did you not hear him complain of a rheumatism in his shoulder?
    Elinor: A slight ache was I believe his phrase

    Edward: Miss Dashwood... Elinor, I must talk to you - something of great importance I need to tell you - about my education.
    Elinor: Your education?
    Edward: Yes, it was conducted oddly enough at Plymouth.
    Elinor: Indeed?
    Edward: Yes, do you know it?
    Elinor: Plymouth?
    Edward: Yes.
    Elinor: No
    Edward: Ah.

    Marianne: Is love a fancy or a feeling... or a Ferrars?

    Margaret: Please don't say anything important 'til I come back.
    Marianne: Fanny wishes to know where the key to the silver cabinet is kept.
    Elinor: Betsy has it I think. What does Fanny want with the silver?
    Marianne: One can only presume she wants to count it. What are you doing?
    Elinor: Presents for the servants. Have you seen Margaret by the way? I'm worried about her. She's taken to hiding in the oddest places.
    Marianne: Fortunate girl. At least she can escape Fanny which is more than any of us is able.
    Elinor: You do your best. You've not said a word to her for a week.
    Marianne: I have. I've said "yes" and "no".

    Marianne: And as for you, you have no right, no right at all, to parade your ignorant assumptions...
    Margaret: They're not assumptions, you told me.
    Marianne: I told you nothing.
    Margaret: They'll meet him when he comes.
    Marianne: Margaret, that is not the point. We do not speak of such things before strangers.
    Margaret: But everyone else was.
    Marianne: Mrs Jennings is not everyone.
    Margaret: I like her. She talks about things. We never talk about things.


    via fanpop.com
    Edward and Elinor are baiting Margaret, who is hiding
    Edward Ferrars: I wish to check the position of the Nile. My sister tells me it is in South America.
    Elinor Dashwood: No. She's quite wrong, for I believe it is in Belgium.
    Edward Ferrars: You must be thinking of the Volga.
    Margaret: The Volga?
    Elinor Dashwood: Of course, the Volga. Which, as you know, starts in...
    Edward Ferrars: Vladivostock, and ends in...
    Elinor Dashwood: Wimbledon.
    Edward Ferrars: Precisely. Where the coffee beans come from.
    Margaret: The source of the Nile is in Abyssinia.


    2008

    Mrs. Dashwood: I suppose you would have us live in a rabbit hutch.
    Elinor: No, Mamma, a cottage will do.

    Mrs. Dashwood has just announced that they are going to live in Barton Cottage.
    Fanny: Opon my word, I quite envy you.
    Margaret: Then you should go live there, Fanny, and we'll stay at Norland.

    Marianne (dreamily): Willoughby of Allenham.  It's a good name, isn't it?
    Elinor: Willoughby of Allenham left some very muddy footprints in the passage.

    Margaret: Colonel Brandon's coming.
    Marianne: Come, Margaret, we're going outside.
    Margaret: What for?
    Marianne: A healthy walk.

    If you have any other favorites feel free to post them
    Blessings,

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Monday: Fanfiction contest

    Miss Georgiana DarcyThere's only one Sense and Sensibility, right?

    Well, yes, but so much more can be written about the delightful characters and beautiful scenes.

    So in comes - you!

    Do you think you can write a poem or story about the scenes or characters before after, or during S&S?  A rhyme about Marianne and Willoughby?  A short story of Edward's life before he knew Elinor?  What about one from Mrs. Jennings' point of view wondering why Marianne doesn't like olives?  The possibilities are, literally, endless.
    via fanpop.cm

    Now, half of faithful Janeites tend to gasp at the word fanfiction, especially sequels, but that's not really what we're doing.  We're just trying to exercise our creative talent a little and get to know S&S better.  You don't have to shrink away from this contest because you don't think you can do it, or you're too busy.  Surely you can write a limerick about Sir John Middleton, or a satirical piece about Fanny Dashwood.  The aim is just to get a short and snappy (or long if you really want) piece of fiction and have some fun.  We welcome cute, ridiculous, and even satirical entries. (Although do keep them clean, please.)

    Just post your stuff on your blog by Saturday (if you don't have a blog, email your entry to me and I'll post it on here, with credit to you, of course.)  On Saturday, I'll put up a poll with all the entries, and the public can vote for their favorite!

    Remember, the aim is just to have fun!

    Very Sensibly Yours,

    Monday: Your favorite adaptations

    Miss Georgiana Darcy

    Many of us have quite a clear idea of what we like and don't like from the last two Sense and Sensibility adaptations.  So, to see what are the favorites of all the participants in S&S Week I am putting up five polls on my left sidebar. 


    What is your favorite version of S&S?
    1995 (Columbia)
    2008 (BBC)

    Who's your favorite Edward Ferrars?
    Hugh Grant (1995)
    Dan Stevens (2008)

    Who's your favorite Colonel Brandon?
    Alan Rickman (1995)
    David Morrissey (2008)

    Who's your favorite Elinor?
    Emma Thompson (1995)
    Hattie Morahan (2008)

    Who's your favorite Marianne?
    Kate Winslet (1995)
    Charity Wakefield (2008)

    Please vote!

    Sense and Sensibility Week Questions

    Oh!  How could I!  I was planning to post this earlier so that you could get them ready early, so I'm very sorry.

    1: When did you first read Sense and Sensibility?  Have you reread it since?  (If you're so dreadfully un-bookwormish as to have never read the book just go on to the next question.)

    2: When did you first watch Sense and Sensibility? Which adaptation was it?

    3: If you have watched/heard of more than one adaptation which one was your favorite? (Rants allowed)

    4: Which three S&S characters drive you crazy?

    5: Which heroine are you most like: Elinor or Marianne?

    6: Who would be most enjoyable: (or bearable) Mr. Palmer or Mrs. Palmer?

    7: What would be your reaction if you saw a re-write of Sense and Sensibility where it was Elinor who married Colonel Brandon?

    8: Where does Sense and Sensibility rank in your list of favorite Austen novels?

    I'll be posting my personal answers to these questions sometime this week.
    Blessings,

    Saturday, November 5, 2011

    Welcome to Sense and Sensibility Week!

    Congratulations to Sense and Sensibility! It is exactly 200 years and 1 week after its first publication.




    Miss Georgiana Darcy


    This is the first day of Sense and Sensibility Week. I have quite a few posts and activities ready for the next few days and I hope that you'll all have a lot of fun.

    Here are some links to get you started.

    Sense and Sensibility e-book at Gutenberg.org  The book for free to download.  How much better can you get?

    The Sense and Sensibility 1995 and 2008 Comparison at Austenitis by Melody and Miss Elizabeth Bennet.  A very complete comparison of the two favorite adaptations.  For almost all the questions, Melody and Miss Bennet answer just like I would!
    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4

    The Sense and Sensibility Discussion Board at the Republic of Pemberley.  This often has very good discussion, and these 'Pemberleans' are more than ready to help you with any question you have!

    Sense and Sensibility audiobooks from Librivox.org  These are quite a few (free!!!) audio recordings.  If you don't like the sound of one reader, you can just try another.  There is also a dramatic reading scheduled, but it probably won't come out for quite a while. 

    Jane Austen Tea Series from Bingley's Teas.  This isn't totally Sense and Sensibility, but the teas, especially the ones named 'Marianne's Wild Abandon' and 'Treasures From the Colonel' certainly are, and you can easily pretend the very appealing 'Wicked Wickham' tea is actually 'Wicked Willoughby.'

    Have a wonderful week.  If you have ideas for any S&S themed posts, this week is the perfect time to do it.

    Very Sensibly Yours,

    Note: I am posting this Saturday night because I will not be available Sunday.  All of the other days this week I will be there.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Just a random update

    I've been super busy for the last while with Nano and such, so I don't have time for a long post with a real topic, but here's a random update.

    Nano is going pretty well.  (You can see my progress here.)  I'm getting quite in the hang of it, and really, when I was trying to decide whether to at an extra phrase to this post, my instictive reaction was, "Do it, of course.  It will up your word count."  Which, although perhaps handy in Nano, is not a particularly good rule for writing. :P

    I got a delightful box (which now houses the cards I design) from Rachel for winning a past writing contest.  Here's my entry, in case you'd like to see it.

    I’m not very special now, but I think I was something then,
    Before people started writing with pencils and when authors used a quill-pen.
    Before doctors had treatment that worked and when people came here for their health.
    All people – the old and the young and the poor, and especially the rich with their wealth.
     I’m not very special now, but I think I was something then,
    When I was called Aquae Sulis and the Britons came in from the fens
    And Romans and soldiers and farmers delighted to come to my waters.
    Romans and soldiers and farmers, with their wives and their sons and their daughters.
    I’m not very special now, but I think I was something then,
    When high society came to stay here, in groups of hundreds and tens
    To sit in my steaming waters, and meet all their friends and talk
    Or to read horrid novels, or just to go out for a walk.
     I’m not very special now, but I think I was something then,
    In the south of western England, on the banks of the River Avon.
    When anyone who could came (and those who couldn’t did not.)
    And everyone who saw me declared that it was the loveliest spot.
     I’m not very special now, but I think I was something then,
    It was a long time ago, and I hope you will not ask, “When?”
    The long time ago that was then, as you read it in books
    Curled up in a couch by the fire, or somewhere in your own private nooks.
     I’m not very special now, but I think I was something then,
    Before people started writing with pencils and when authors used a quill-pen.
    Before doctors had treatment that worked and when people came here for their health.
    All people – the old and the young and the poor, and especially the rich with their wealth.

    Next random topic: I love emails. 
    Well, I do.  Especially if they're from nice people.


    Oh, the trials of a nano-er How would you feel if your writing was going wonderfully and you made the heroine, who was making pancakes be out of baking powder, but then found out that oh no, she wouldn't have used baking powder anyways!
    No, Anna, I am not going to let you make pancakes.  If you insist on not wanting baking powder, I will take away your sourdough!
    There's nothing like persistance :P

    I have a thousand ideas for other posts in my head, but as I said, since I am rather busy, I will leave you.

    Love,
    Miss Georgiana