Hi everyone!! :) There's a great blog party going on over at A Maiden's Musings. It looked like fun, so I thought I'd participate. I wasn't able to get the picture link to work, so I've added the above link if you want to participate in it yourself. :) So, without further ado, here are my answers to the questions:
Compiled by Miss Kellie & Miss Natasha
-What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine?
A true heroine is a woman who desires to do the right thing, no matter how hard it may be. When I was younger, I preferred the heroine who always seemed to make the right choices in every situation. As I've gotten older and come face to face with many of my flaws, I appreciate the heroine who is not "perfect", but learns from her mistakes and is a better person because of what she's learned. I also appreciate characters that I can look up to as role models for behavior, young women that portray Christ-like qualities in their lives.
-Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to.
2. Marguerite St. Just (from Baroness Orczy's "The Scarlet Pimpernel"):
3. Emma Woodhouse (from Jane Austen's "Emma"):
4. Coral Kendall (from Linda Chaikin's "Silk", "Under Eastern Stars", and "Kingscote"):
-Five of your favorite historical novels?
1. "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
I would most likely go to England, France, and Israel. I'd start in England, where I would see some of the historical sites where Jane Austen lived and where her stories took place. Then I'd go to France, stop by the Paris Opera to see if I could find the Phantom of the Opera, ;) and then find a copy of "Beauty and the Beast" in French to add to my collection. I'd finish with a trip to Israel, seeing all the places where my Lord walked and talked during His earthly ministry.
-What is your favorite time period and culture to read about?
The Regency Period (surprise, surprise!) :)
-You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation - what is your act comprised of?
Ooh, that's a toughie. It would either be singing or a recitation. I love doing both. :)
-If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent?
I would most likely go as Emma Woodhouse or Catherine Morland, just because they remind me so much of myself.
-What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate?
I am in absolute bliss whenever I have a package of dark chocolate Reese's peanut butter cups all to myself. But pretty much any other kind of chocolate is acceptable too! :) It's the perfect mood mender. ;)
Jane Austen, Linda Chaikin, L.M. Montgomery, Jackina Stark, Lawana Blackwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Robin Jones Gunn
-As a small, imaginative, red-haired damsel might query; would you rather be divinely beautiful, dazzlingly clever, or angelically good? Why?
That's another hard question. Divinely beautiful is tempting, since my self-image has never been great, but that would bring on all sorts of unwanted problems. I would never know if I had friends because they liked me or just because they liked my looks. To be dazzlingly clever would get old. I'd be bored if I was more clever than everyone else...I'd probably end up getting into mischief trying to amuse myself. And angelically good? Who wants to be around someone who never makes mistakes? Talk about annoying!! I think I'll just stick with being plain old me. :)
-In which century were most of the books you read written?
The 19th century. :)
-In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is…
I could go on about other heroes. I admire Edward Ferrars from "Sense and Sensibility" for his willingness to sacrifice his own happiness in order to keep his word. I admire Henry Tilney from "Northanger Abbey" for his fun, teasing nature and his steadfastness to Catherine in spite of many obstacles. I love Sir Percy Blankney from "The Scarlet Pimpernel" for his willingness to risk his life to save the lives of innocent French aristocrats. And I love the Andrew Lloyd Webber version of Raoul for his safe, warm love for Christene and desire to protect her (I'm probably one of the few that votes for Raoul rather than the Phantom, although I do have sympathy for the Phantom). In the novel Raoul's a bit more of a spoiled rich boy. :}
-Describe your ideal dwelling place.
I would love a cozy cottage by the sea. There would be a long front porch where my husband and I could sit on warm enough evenings. On misty days, I'd bundle up and walk the beach, collecting sea shells and making up stories in my head, later to be transferred to the page. Of course, I'd have a room to write in, with plenty of space for my Beauty and the Beast collection and my dolls. ;)
-Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name?
I'm sure I have in the past, but nothing comes to mind at the moment.
1. "Through Gates of Splendor" by Elisabeth Elliot. (The story of the 5 missionary men, including the missionary pilot Nate Saint and Elisabeth's husband Jim Elliot, who were killed by the Auca Indians while trying to reach them with the gospel. It's an amazing book that really makes you reconsider your priorities.)
2. "For Women Only" by Shaunti Feldhahn. (This is a great book for married women, from a Christian perspective, that helps you understand your husband's thought processes and actions a little more.)
3. "Don't Make Me Count to Three" by Ginger Plowman. (A humorous but uplifting look at Christian motherhood, full of godly encouragement to lovingly lead your children in a way that honors the Lord.)
-Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon?
-Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character.
I must confess, I've never given a "dream hat" much thought. I know this is quite unromantic, but I prefer either baseball caps or a nice newsboy cap. :}
One of the first significant events that comes to mind is my younger brother's wedding. It was such a joy to watch him get married to the woman he's loved for years. I'm so thankful for my wonderful new sister! :) Another significant event was getting involved in my local Christian writer's group again. It really inspired me to get back into my writing and ultimately led me to starting this blog. I'm sure there are other significant events, but these are the two that stick in my mind right now.
-Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.
I Corinthians 1:26-31
"For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord."
This passage is such a blessing to me, because it reminds me that God can use me for His glory even when I mess up, or have a bad day, or don't feel "good enough" to be used of Him. God uses us despite our flaws and weaknesses. It's a good thing, too, because like all human beings, I'm hopelessly flawed! :)
-And lastly, as I am a rather businesslike hostess, may I ask you your views regarding those adorable little items - namely pin back and mirror back buttons? 1). Where would you choose to display a button badge to best showcase your unique style? 2). What image and/or sentiment would most make you smile were it inscribed on your very own compact mirror?
1. The button badge would probably go on my purse or my jacket. :)
2. I would love to see an image of any Jane Austen heroine, especially Lizzy Bennett, Emma Woodhouse, Catherine Morland, or Elinor Dashwood. I'd also love a button with Psalm 19:14 printed on it: "Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."
Wow, that took a lot longer than I thought it would, but it was lots of fun. :) Hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did! :)