Monday, April 23, 2012

In which I stop Bumburying

If you don't get the title, you need to watch The Importance of Being Earnest again.  Quick.

I confess to having Bumburied this past week.  I was sick, so I ignored my blogs and emails and other vital things.  But no, that sickness was just an excuse, I was alive enough to waste my time in many less pleasanter ways.  (Don't say I make sense.  Because I don't.  But if you say I don't, I'll wish you were wrong.)

In short, I have been bumburying.  But that has stopped.  Bumbury has been found out.  That is - the doctors found out that Bumbury couldn't live so - Bumbury died.

So I will quickly write up the posts I've been planning to write this week (on pretty amazing themes, just so you know) and for those of you who have sent me an email recently..... *coughcough*  I really have answered them all, it was just in my head.  And I haven't written it down because it's boring to write an email you think you think you've already written.  But I really will answer them soon. *coughcoughcough*

But before I leave I would like to direct you to two pretty amazing things:

Firstly and this is pretty amazing: Voting is up for the Keep Calm Contest and the 'Three Things Very Dull Indeed' button was a finalist. *jumps up and down*

Anne-girl's Hero Week. 
I don't have to tell you this's amazing.  Heroes......... (Watch me swoon.)
Oh, wait.  Her Ladyship said hero week wasn't for swooning over heroes.  I beg her pardon.  But she did give permission to swoon over Sir Percy.  I cheerfully comply.  Because 'heroes' and 'Sir Percy' are basically synonymous, y'know.

Query: why, whenever I mention That Baronet's name, do I feel like I'm being glared at by the girl who had the whole blogging world waiting for her remedial discipline?  Must be just my imagination.  Must be.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Keep calm...

These are my entrances for Amy's Jane Austen-themed Keep Calm Contest.

Inspired by Pride and Prejudice

Inspired by Emma

Don't forget to check out Amy's post and make one or two of your own!

My dear friends,

My dear Janeites and TSPites, my dear Dickens fans and Gaskell lovers, and all my good followers that I welcome back at last to my blog.  This is my one hundred and eleventh post: I am eleventy-one today!

I shall not keep you long.  I have called  you all together for a Purpose.  Indeed, for three purposes!  First of all, to tell you that I am immensely fond of you all and that eleventy-one posts is too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable hobbits bloggers.  I don't know half of you half as well as I should like and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.  (Do I?  Something to think about...)

Secondly, to celebrate my post-anniversary-day.

Thirdly and finally, I wish to make an ANNOUNCEMENT.  I regret to announce that - though, as I said, eleventy-one posts is far too short a time to spend among you - this is...

No, this is not the end.  I am not leaving.  But I do plan some changes. 

Change number 1: more pictures.  Never mind if
they don't have anything to do with the post.  :P
I love this dress

First of all, I will update my pages.  (They're still the way they were when I put them up.  Naughty me.)

Then, I will put a list of the books I'm currently reading and the movies I'm currently watching on the sidebar and if you want a review of one of them, you only have to email me and I would be delighted.

Speaking of reviews, that reminds me.  What would you think of me setting up a book review blog?  I have a lot of ideas, but I don't want to clutter this blog with too many reviews.

Speaking of new blogs, what do you think of a writing blog.  It seems to be The Thing now to separate your main blog and your writing so as to keep everything organised.  I think it's a good idea.

And now, speaking of good ideas, I have come to the conclusion that my blog has an imbalance of sense and nonsense.  Nonsense is delightful, but without sense it is rather an unbalanced diet.  Like trying to survive on nothing but dark chocolate.  (Which would be amazing... for the first few hours.  I don't know what it would be like afterwards.  I've never had enough to try.)

But the question is, would you like me to set up a devotional/inspirational blog to keep the sense and the nonsense apart, or should I mix them together here?

And one more question, what do you think of me joining pinterest?  It looks lovely and fun, but also time-consuming and might take away from my blogging.

As you might have noticed, my thoughts aren't very organized just now.  I'm just putting out a few things that have been on my mind for your opinion. 

Since for some odd reason blogger doesn't let me put up polls with more than four answers I've put up two.  Please tell me what you think.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The rest of the Big, Glorious Post

To read my answers to the first few questions, go here.

Rosamund asked:

If you had to choose between Emmuska Orczy and Jane Austen, who would you choose (no more Blakeney or Darcy, boo hoo!?)
But this is torture!  What will happen to the less-than magnificent mind, tortured on the rack of enforced decision-making! 

Call it what you will, Miss Darcy; I will have the Scarlet Pimpernel’s head or your brother’s!

Okay, okay.  The fact that I’ve already quoted two TSP related things bodes ill for Miss Austen and I really don’t care that much for Mr. Darcy, but deciding away Captain Wentworth, Henry Tilney, and, horror of horrors, Mr. Knightley, would just turn me to shreds.  And, for your information, deciding away Blakeney is Out Of The Question.

But you wanted an answer?  I do know all of Miss Austen’s books so well that I could probably tell them all back to myself.  And I haven’t read all of Baroness Orczy’s.

But then, deciding against the genius we call Miss Austen is obviously despicable and hypocritical.

Oh?  You said you wanted an answer?  Well…

I have almost decided – and really almost made up my mind to – chose… Baroness Orczy.

Do you think I did right? [said of course to Alexandra and all the other League-ites while I’m thinking, “Melody doesn’t see this.  Melody better not see this.  Even if Melody does see this she doesn’t know where I live so I’m safe from the full force of her wrath.  I hope.]

(Begging Melody's pardon, of course, since people talking about her freaks her out.)

But Mr. Knightley isn’t Jane Austen’s, he’s mine.  So even if she goes, he stays.   Just so you know. :D

Charity asked:

What are three of your favorite books, not by Jane Austen? And all by different authors, if possible. :)

Three of my favorite books, not my three favorite books?  You are very clever, m’dear.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery

The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

What's your favorite flavor/kind of chip? Salad dressing? Chocolate?
Chip?  It changes all the time but right now I’d have to say all dressed.

Salad dressing?  Zesty Italian.

Chocolate?  Belgian imported 70% extra dark.  And it comes from Walmart in 400 gram packages.  Just so you know. :D

Your dream vehicle is what?
A coach and four, but it might be jolty and people would look at me funny.  Then perhaps a light purple limo, but people would look at me funny with that too.

Elinor Dashwood or Anne Elliot?

Anne Elliot.

Favorite children's book(s)?

Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

If you could totally re-design would you look? :)

No pimples, do-with-able hair, and a figure that would look good in every dress.  But I like myself the way God made me.

Favorite color?

Lilac/lavender a bit pinker than this

If you couldn't be Georgiana Darcy in the blogging world, who would you be?
Miss Charlotte Blakeney.  And yes, I did make her up.

"Favorite" villain?

In this mood I’d say Uriah ‘eap, but then he is too ‘umble to be the favorite of anybody, so I’ll go with Willoughby, who was the villain in his life as well as in the story.

What is your favourite historical novel?

Anything by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Baroness Orczy, Elizabeth George Speare, Deborah Alcock, or Marjorie Bowen.  And yes, that limits the options considerably.

If you could be any character from a novel, who would it be?

Marguerite Blakeney, but somehow I think she’s already taken and she does have more than her share of trouble.  I’d have to say Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, very little to distress or vex her and Mr. Knightley too!

Miss Dashwood asked

What's the craziest thing you've ever done?

I do crazy things all the time, but not often very crazy things.  Perhaps the time I floated down a very muddy river with sharp rocks, leeches and hardly a not-strong current.

What's your favorite kind of cookie?

Double chocolate chip

Pearls or diamonds?

Diamonds, definitely

Who's the funniest literary character you've ever read about?

Yeah, this guy.  You'd never,
ever, guess who he is. :P
You, who relate to Philippa Gordon, ought to have pity on me.  L

Well, I’ll try.  Maybe Mrs. Bennet or Miss Bates or Henry Tilney or Mr. Knightley (the nice kind of humor), completely ignoring of course a certain individual, who I talk about a great deal. 

Which author's writing style do you most admire? Do you ever try to imitate him/her?

I think it would be roughly equal between Baroness Orczy, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and C. S. Lewis, but the charm of Austen’s, Dickens’ and Lewis’ styles is not as much the styles themselves as what they did with them.  An amateur author imitating them will probably end with either a boring mess or horrible plagiarism.  Baroness Orczy’s style of writing and description and being able to set a mood is something I admire very much and I’m trying to imitate in my current novel, A Woman in Shadow.

If any other young - um, women come in with more questions, send them in, for I am quite at leisure!

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[end of rant]

Perhaps you were wondering why the Big, Glorious Post wasn't very big and glorious after all?  Why it was actually downright short and had only one person's questions in it?  Well, m'dears, that was the fault of the Big, Nasty Blogger who took my post and made most of it..... disappear.

It can't have gone far!  Spread out and search the woods!

Excellent advice, but I did already.  I didn't even forget to look in the half-hollow tree, but it's not there.  Pride comes  before a fall, and all that.  Whenever someone posted a 'blogger ate my post!' post I'd smile pityingly and think, "Blogger never eats my post."

Sink me, if I aren't wrong.  For a change.  I said something extremely - ahem! - controversial, and I was wondering where all the angry comments were.  Now I know.

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Big, Glorious Post

To answer your questions...
Or the questions I asked you to ask, but it is all the same, m'dears.

Rachel asked:

What inspires you or: Sun or Storm?
Sun.  If I wrote anything in a storm it might be horribly dark.  And the power might go off and I might lose all my writing.  Things Sparkling and dancing in Sunshine and Freshness is my idea of proper inspiration.

Do you have an authoress outfit?
Whatever I'm wearing at the time.  If I had to change or put something on I'd never get anything done.

Who do you identify with more: Anne Shirley or Jo March?
I identify with all the March sisters together, but not Jo especially, so I'd have to say Anne.

Do you play an instrument?
Organ and recorder, and I am my little sister's recorder teacher.

Do you like cats or dogs better?
An animal is an animal, but a dog animal...  I love dogs

What are your tips for busting Writer's block?
First of all, writer's block doesn't exist, peoples.  It is just a devious figment of your imagination that tries to trick you into not writing.  Just ignore it.

If that doesn't work, it means that you didn't ignore it enough or that I'm wrong.  Whichever you prefer.  But if you think you have that strange malady, sit down at your laptop or wherever else you write and for goodness sakes write!  It can be as weird and strange and silly as it likes but just write.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Any Questions?

Okay.  I know I'm doing this because Rachel did it too, but a surprising amount of my stuff writing-wise or writing-blog-wise is suggested or  inadvertently reminded by Rachel.  I am quite sure that I would not have written a single bit the week before last if I hadn't reminded myself that when she was writing The Scarlet-Gyspy Song she wrote 1000 words per day.  That made me ashamed of my laziness.  (Why do I feel like Philippa Gordon right now?  Must just be my imagination...)

Anyways, with my 'umble apologies to all of you for not thinking of something myself and my 'umbler apologies to Rachel for stealing her idea I will now ask you...

Is there anything about me that you want to know... but don't?

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, anything.  And I will try to answer them all.  If you are excessively impertinent I might we-fuse to an-sah your question, but then all the blame will be on me and you have my full permission to laugh at me as much as you like.  (If you don't already, that is.:P)

So, if you have a question - writing, reading, opinion or just general life-wise, put it in a comment and I will put up a big, glorious post with all my answers.