Literary Pursuits

Literary Heroine Blog Party

Hosted by Accordion to Kellie

The Questions

  • Introduce yourself!  Divulge your life’s vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random! I’ve posted lots of random things about myself before. I aspire to be a writer. I have ideas for a novel formulating in my head, but it’s not cohesive enough to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be) just yet. I’m allowing myself time to learn the craft, do lots of research, and think through my story. I still have over 2 years of homeschooling to teach, and then maybe it will be time. We’ll see.
  • What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? A good heroine has a story to tell, a conflict to resolve, and grows in the process. I have enjoyed reading about a very wide variety of heroines. 
  • Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. Anne Shirley, Rilla Blythe, Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Five of your favorite historical novels? Anne of Green Gables, Rilla of Ingleside, The Blue Castle (all by L.M. Montgomery), Little Town on the Prairie and These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Out of those five books who is your favorite main character and why? I always have a hard time narrowing down favorites to just one, but I think maybe Rilla, because she matures from the “baby of the family” to a self-assured, responsible young woman.
  • Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why? Anne is a secondary character in Rilla of Ingleside (being Rilla’s mother), and I love reading about her in that role after following her coming-of-age and young womanhood through the other novels in the series.
  • If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to – and what would you plan to do there? I would love to take a road trip all over the continent, lingering in small towns and off-the-beaten-path scenic by-ways. 
  • What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? It changes from time-to-time, but right now I think my favorite time period is the 1940s, with a World War II background.
  • You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation – what is your act comprised of? Definitely recitation. I love to read aloud.
  • If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? I have no idea!
  • What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? I can take it or leave it. I’d just as soon have caramel or toffee.
  • Favorite author(s)? Um, yeah. L.M. Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  • Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land? A camera and a journal.
  • In which century were most of the books you read written? The 20th. I enjoy older novels occasionally, but in the 1800s mainstream novels were written to be morally uplifting (preachy) and not just for entertainment. Yes, I prefer wholesome books, but not so much when the sermon overpowers the story.
  • In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is… attentive to the heroine.
  • Describe your ideal dwelling place. I love a house with lots of windows and a wrap-around porch.
  • Sum up your fashion style in five words. Feminine, classic, simple, comfortable, practical.
  • Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name? Yes. I didn’t much care for Gilbert’s name in the Anne stories. But it did finally grow on me. Just as Lyle’s name did. 
  • In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is… I’m coming up with a blank on this one.
  • Three favorite Non-fiction books? The Bible, of course. Beyond that, I can’t pin down favorites.
  • Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon? In a hammock, with a stack of books and a journal at hand.
  • Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat – in such a way as will best portray your true character. I hadn’t much thought of a dream hat before, and time constraints will prevent me from dwelling on this question long enough to come up with a truly insightful answer, so I guess I’ll skip this one.
  • Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year. I would have to say it was probably the high school graduation of my firstborn. Things are definitely changing around here.
  • Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently. “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8.

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