Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Well of Inspiration Has Dried Up

Hello to everyone!  I have been rather absent from the blogging world lately, which has a simple reason behind it: I have *no* idea what to post.  Therefore, I'm going to take a page out of Melody's book and ask my lovely readers for ideas.  If you have something you would like me to ramble on about, or a question (if it's not too personal), please comment on this post and let me know.  The comment box will close on March 30th, and I will make it a goal to write on at least three of the ideas during the month of April. 
I'm not quite sure how to end this rather dull post, so I guess I'll just end it here. :P  Cheerio!

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Sunshine Award

Natalie of Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens has awarded me!  Thank you, Natalie! :)

Now, without further ado, here are my answers to her questions.
1. What would you do on a rainy (but not stormy) day?
Ummm...I like to sit against a window and read or watch the rain fall.  (I also still sometimes race the raindrops...don't judge. :P)  Running around outside is nice too, and pretending that one is a Very Fine Lady with an umbrella...er, parasol. :P
2. Heels or flats?
Flats.  I can't stand heels.
3. Is there any particular music/song that ever gives you chills from the beauty or inspiration of it?
"Let It Go" would be a big one, as well as "Defying Gravity".  Also, "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "Never Say Goodbye," and "Amazing Grace".
4. Would you find a mud battle hilariously fun or positively gross?
Positively gross till I got into it, and then I'd probably have a lot of fun. 
5. Is there anything you feel God has taught you over the past year?
That He's always there, and that His peace is yours for the asking.   I've been struggling with some anxiety issues, and the moment when I realized that "the peace of God, which transcends all understanding" could be mine...that was huge.
6. Favorite sidekick/best friend character from literature?
Really???  Why???  Gahhh...I can never answer this question.  Combeferre from  Les Mis, Galinda from Wicked, Tacy and Tib from the Betsy-Tacy books, and Bucky from Captain America are a few of the biggest ones.  Oh, and Pascal from Tangled. :D
7. What do you like to do for exercise?
I used to run, but I don't do it much anymore.  Let's see...I like to ride my bike, and ride horses, and pretend to be Enjolras flopping over a barricade, and run up and down the stairs dramatically singing, "Down Once More" or "Let It Go".  Haha...
8. A favorite movie/TV show nobody would expect you to like?
That depends on who it is that's not expecting it. :P  Let's see...um...I guess it might come as a surprise to some people that I quite like Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. It kind of surprises ME that I like it, so...
9. E-mailing, telephoning, texting, or snail mail?
I don't text at all, so that's out--and I'm not much good at calling people on the phone--so I'd have to say...it's a toss-up between email and snail mail.  Emailing is much quicker, but letters are more personal.  I guess I'd say letters as personal preference, but I use email more 'cause it's so convenient.
10. Describe your dream dress:
Ummm...haha, I've never really thought too much about that.  Something Regency-ish, and maybe light pink or violet, with silver...and puffed sleeves!  We love puffed sleeves. ;)  That aside, I do love Flounces and Frills and skirts that spin out when you twirl.
11. Favorite Biblical name?
For girl names...I've always liked Miriam and Esther and Ruth.  For boys, I like Isaac and Ezra and Aaron.  Okay, so maybe that was more than one...

My Nominees:
Monica of Spilled Ink
Eowyn of Inklings Press
Melody of Regency Delight

Questions for the Nominees:
~Do you play an instrument, and if so, what? (And what's your favorite song to play?)
~Dream vacation?
~What's the time period you most like to read about?
~If you could steal one character's wardrobe for a day, whose would you pick and why? (Bonus question: where would you go in your new clothes?)

~Do you sew, and if so (sink me!), what?
~Do you write or read poetry much?
~What Jane Austen character do you think would be the easiest/most fun to swap places with?
~Thoughts on tea?
~Favorite funny quote?
~Has any book completely surprised you with its quality (i.e. have you ever read a book that you thought would be bad and turned out to be good, or vice versa)?
~What's your favorite imaginary creature (if you have one)?

-Miss Jane Bennet

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sunflower Blogger Award

 I have been nominated by Livia Rachelle for the Sunflower Blogger Award!  Thank you!  I'm not very good at thinking up introductions, so I'll just jump right in.

1. Share 11 facts.
2. Answer nominator's questions.
3. Set your own questions.
4. Nominate 11 more bloggers.

My Eleven Facts
1. I can knit, but I usually only knit bookmarks, and I used to know how to crochet.
2. I cannot resist getting sweatshirts/sweaters if I find a nice one.
3. I slightly prefer Tangled to Frozen.
4. One of my favorite authors is Jack Cavanaugh.
5. I rarely get plot bunnies that don't just peter out and die, but when I do, they usually turn into an immensely detailed outline of a book that I can't get out of my head.
6. I've always wanted to play viola, though I have no problems with violin.
7. One time, I pulled out a tooth that was barely loose because I was wiggling it while reading an exciting book.
8. I tend to keep up running commentaries during movies and squeal and jump around during the exciting/scary parts.
9. I still find Scooby-Doo hilarious.
10. I find the time period of WWI fascinating.
11. I'm a huge Star Wars nerd.

Livia Rachelle's Questions:
~What are your favorite juvenile/Y.A. fiction favorites?
Ummm...I like the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, Freddy the Pig and its sequels, A Horse of Her Own, the Timber Ridge Riders books...ugh, my brain hurts. :P
~Thoughts on cosmetics, conventional, natural, none?
None.  I really know nothing about it.
~Would you homeschool your own children and how serious a decision is this for you?
Yes, I think I would.  I guess it would depend on the circumstances, but it'd be a pretty big decision.
 ~How do you feel about reading fad novels when they are popular such as Eragon, The Hunger Games, and The Book Thief? Do you discern serious differences in quality amongst them? Have you ever read and loved some before or after they were a fad?
Fad books.  I don't like reading them while they're a fad, because then it's kind of like I'm *just* reading them because everyone else is, not because they're actually going to benefit me.  However, I did read Eragon before it was really popular, and I read the sequels to it before I knew it was popular. ;)  I've never read THG, and don't really plan to, but I did try Divergent and found it to be a bad book, really.  The Book Thief is very well-written, whereas Eragon is less so, so I suppose that there are both amazing and awful books that are popular.
~If you could learn any language (fantasy, real and living, obscure, dead or dying) which would you learn?
Ooh...French, maybe?  Or British. ;)  I'd like to learn Quenya as well, because then I wouldn't need the little captions during LotR.
~If you could change your name to any name (again fantasy or real or obscure) what would it be?
Ahhhh...I don't know!  I like "Galadriel," but I don't think it suits me.  "Hermione" is too mainstream *adjusts hipster glasses*, "Galinda" is just ridiculous, ditto for "Eponine"...I wouldn't mind being named Elsa.  Or Jane.  Wow, I'm boring...ooh!  I wouldn't mind being called Cosette, either. =)

My Questions to the Nominees
~What's your favorite flower?
~Thoughts on dessert (favorite, least favorite, &c.)?
~Preferred method of reading books?
~Name the book/movie/TV character you'd most like to marry (and think real life, not just because they're heroic)?
~What's the fandom you most enjoy being in?
~ Have you ever tried to deduce someone like Sherlock Holmes, and if so, what was the result?

And I don't know if any blog I follow hasn't been nominated yet, soooo...if you're wearing pink right now, you've been awarded. ;)  Do please let me know if you do the tag.

-Miss Jane Bennet