November 28, 2015

Alethea and Her Exciting News

Finally, the third installment of my character interviews. Blog readers, meet Alethea, my main character and heroine of my story. (please stay tuned because at the bottom of the post I will be revealing an exciting announcement concerning her book thankyou.)

Alethea is a princess. She's a funny thing. When I started my book, I saw her as a very bright, sparkling personality. While she does have the ability to bring sunshine into others lives, she is rather more quiet and reflective than I first imagined. Of course, nothing's wrong with that. :) But it's funny how much your characters can change when you're recording their life.

I don't want to give away too much, but I feel I must explain that in the story Alethea loses her memory. She is separated from her family when this happens, and thus can't remember who she is, where she belongs, and how to find her family again.

this is one of the original inspiration photos for Alethea

I think I got all my questions from the Beautiful People archives, but there are some questions I have that are not from their archives...and I can't remember where I got them. Oh well. :/

As with Henry and Arthur, I'm going to conduct this interview with Alethea herself. Alethea, please meet my blog readers.

Alethea: -looks confusedly at the screen- Um, hello.
Me: Are you ready to answer a few questions for me?
Alethea: I suppose so.
Me: All right.  You're in a crisis: who would you really like to see right now?
Alethea: My father. Or any of my family members.
Me: Could you tell us about your family? Now that you're able?
Alethea: Well, my father is the king of the country neighboring Henry's. He's very wise and protective. I always feel safe if he is nearby-or one of my brothers.
Me: How many brothers do you have?
Alethea: As if you didn't know!
Me: Humor me. It's for my blogging friends; they don't know.
Alethea: I have five brothers-all older than me.

Are you easy to get along with?
Alethea: -laughs- I-I think so. No one's ever told me the contrary! Unless, perhaps, Jacob, one of my brothers said so.
she's so pretty!!

You’re in the middle of a huge crowd of people: how do you feel?
Alethea: If alone, I'd feel frightened and nervous. I'd wish for my father or one of my brothers or-
Me: Don't say that. I don't want any spoilers here.
Alethea: You want that kept secret?
Me: Yes, definitely.
Alethea: All right. Well, then I'll leave it at that.

-we both smile secretly-

What is the cruelest thing someone has ever said to you? How did you react?
Alethea: I can't think of a specific instance but there is definitely a person who has treated me cruelly. He has caused me to have feelings of fear, hopelessness, and hatred at different times.

What’s the kindest thing someone has ever said to you? How did you react?
Alethea: Can I say?
Me: Go ahead.
Alethea: Arthur's mother was so kind to me when I came to her for refuge. She said, "Dearest, you can stay here as long as you like.  Consider this your home-forever if need be."
Alethea: -smiles- She's so very kind. I don't know what I would have done without her.

Any enemies?
Alethea: -takes a deep breath-
Me: Oh yes. She does. That's all that needs to be said.

Would you rather be hated for being who you are or loved for pretending to be someone else? 
Me: Wow, I find this question very interesting concerning your story.
Alethea: Yes...
-a few moments pass as Alethea ponders the question-
Alethea: -stirs in her seat- I suppose I'd choose the former. I've been through enough not knowing who I was. I don't think I could possibly be happy pretending to be someone I'm not.

Do you cry? 
Alethea: -makes a face- I cry much too easily and frequently.
Me: But, to your defense, you go through a lot. All of your tears are justified.
Alethea: Well, obviously not all are as you already cut my crying out of that scene you just edited.....
Me: Hush. It was necessary. Considering all the times you cry later, having you cry over such a little thing in comparison would have been excessively boring and tedious.

Do you think inside yourself more than you talk out loud to you friends? (more importantly, do you actually have friends?)
Alethea: Oh, I feel like I'm always left on my own with my thoughts. For most of the time, anyways. And yes, I suppose I do have two friends in particular, but I still am unable to talk with them of the things that really weighed on my mind.
Me: I think a lot of people went through a phase in the story where they didn't have a close confidant, but I admit you probably had it the worst.
Alethea: -sarcastically- Yes, thank you for that.
Me: It was necessary.

Is there something you are afraid of?
Alethea: Of never seeing my family again.

What is one of your strongest childhood memories?
Alethea: -smiles- One of my favorites is the game my brothers and I played-we created our own pretend kingdom and we all had a special character role in it that we always played as. As I was the youngest, usually my only duty involved being the distressed maiden needing to be rescued.

Me:  Thank you so much, Alethea. I'm going to finish the rest of the interview on my own, but I really appreciate you. You know how much I love you. :)
Alethea: -laughes- Thank you. And yes, I do know. You hardly let a day go by without squealing about how much you love your characters. :)
Me: Very true.

Do they turn to people when they're upset, or do they isolate themselves? 
Alethea would naturally turn to her family when upset, but during the story, she is separated from them and when things start to go terribly wrong she tends to find quiet corners off to herself.

Have they inherited any physical resemblances from their parents?
Yes. Alethea looks like her mother. She has her long, curling reddish-gold hair and the same gentle, gracious demeanor. But she also has her father's bright blue eyes and his fierce, protective spirit.

What type of laugh does she have?
A really golden, joyous laugh.

 Describe your character’s personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences.
Strength. At the beginning of the story, and through much the rest, Alethea does not seem strong. She is easily fooled and taken advantage of. She lets her fear and doubt paralyze her. But, she learns she DOES have strength. How much she has is left open to speculation...because, you know, spoilers and all that.

And, here is the obligatory theme song....

I really love this song for Alethea because it describes her struggle to "find herself" after she loses her memory and to "play a part" that she is led to believe she has to. 

Annnnd, the obligatory snippet....

"Excuse me a moment." he dropped Alethea's hand and walked off, leaving her alone. Her stomach felt cold and tears sprang to her eyes unbidden. Cheeks flaming, she made her way off the ballroom floor and out one of the smaller doors. 
It was dark and quiet and cool inside the great hall. She walked quickly to the staircase and sat down, her golden skirt settling with a rustle.The sound of the ball was muffled and she allowed herself to brood silently. I can't believe he left me like that. I've never been so humiliated-how could he-doesn't he think I have any feelings at all? She bit her lip and brushed her eyes. 
"I seem to always find you in some sort of distress," came a voice out of the darkness.


(I'm sorry it's so short and cryptic but I feel like being secretive right now)

Now for my news, which I'm sure some of you scrolled through the above post just so you could read the news first.

You horrible people.

My news... is.....





On November 24th,  at approximately 8:49 pm, I wrote the last line of my book and promptly burst into tears.

I was suddenly overwhelmed. It's finished. I have been writing this book for a year and a half and now it's DONE. WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE NOW???

I wondered how much I would cry when I finished it (I knew I'd at least tear up) but I was honestly shocked by how violently my body reacted to the immense joy, relief, sadness, and disbelief.

It took me a long time to get my self under control. I would listen to music and then suddenly burst into tears again.

Thankfully my family was gone for the evening, so I could scream and jump around and dance all I wanted!!! Without any embarrassment, that is. :D

hey look, it's Arthur


It's done, everyone. My first book EVER to be completed is done.

Well. Now comes editing. :P

ps. Happy (late) Thanksgiving! As you can well guess, one of the biggest things I was thankful for this year was finishing my book. God is so good to me for helping me get this far. I know he'll take me the rest of the way. :)

November 10, 2015

How Not To Be a Lady

Hello all! Today I have a collection of letters. I wrote these to some characters in period dramas that I think...ahem...need a few pointers in being ladylike. If you strive to be like any of the women listed, well, then I feel sorry for you. I'd truly suggest you need a new role model.

Although this is isn't strictly Austen, I had thought this would be a fun thing to post during Naomi's Austen Week. Well, I missed the deadline but here it is anyways. Better late then never. I hope you find it at least a little humorous! :)

Dear Mrs. Elton,

I feel I must tell you that your habit of...hmm..breathing at the dinner table is a little...loud. I'm sorry if I cause offense, but you seem to have a habit of doing that yourself (causing offense, that is), so I suppose you shouldn't mind. Frankly, you snort between bits of food and it is most unladylike. Not to mention it causes the few unfortunates seated near you to lose their appetite. Or at least feel very uncomfortable. It's like having a pig seated near you, and, you know, no one likes pigs nearby when they dine.
Mr and Mrs Elton.:

Dearest Flora AKA Mrs. Finching,

Flora, darling, you are an incredibly sweet woman. But do you mind if I give you a TINY hint of advice? It's about your  Mr. Clennam. Arthur. Yes, Arthur. It's about him and your behavior with him. You may have been his sweetheart once, but it was long enough ago (yes, I know, to you it is only yesterday) that there should be a hint of reserve in your behavior towards him! At the very least, you should not plaster yourself to him with descending that poky old staircase and please do stop pretending he is whispering secrets to you and planning clandestine meetings when all he wants to do is have a chat with your father.

In short, a lady does not throw herself upon a man whom she held affection for in the dear dead days of old. I am sorry, but this is the blunt truth.

Photos: Little Dorrit 2009  Quote: Little Women 1994:

Dear Cynthia Kirkpatrick,

Ladies do not flirt. Remember that and you should be fine.

Dear Josie Pye,

I know you are nasty to Anne because you are jealous of her. No, do not try to deny it. She has captured Gilbert's fancy and this irks you to no end. You feel you are prettier and smarter and more deserving of Gil's affections than Anne is. Well, each has their own opinion. But let me tell you something-malicious gossip only makes you look as sour as you are. Perhaps if you try being more kind, you will win the attention of some other equally nice young man (no, you can not win back Gil, give it up, Josie.). I'm sure if you give it a try it will help you.

Ruby Gillis and Josie Pye @Elena Navarro Masson  Helena Masson <3:

Dear Fanny Thornton,

When you go to visit someone at their house you shouldn't say that your staircase is the size of their parlor. It makes them feel uncomfortable. Neither should you be a drama queen. Your mother and brother are stressed about how to keep their selves and you off the streets,  the least you could do is pitch in and try to be strong. Or at least quiet. I know being strong is asking to much. So, just please keep your mouth shut. I promise it will make things better.

"I nearly fainted!!!" I thought they were going to brake down the door and huddler is all you were in no danger .:

Dear Lydia Bennet,

I don't think anything I could say will help.

Reference: Pride and Prejudice (1995)  I thought it would break my heart!  Well I'm sure I shall break mine!:

Dear Louisa Musgrove,

Just-just don't jump from TEN FOOT TALL stone walls when the dashing naval Captain tells you not to. It's just common sense.

Gorgeous Jane Austen Novel Illustrations From the Time Before Adaptations – Flavorwire:

Dear  Isabella Thorpe,

I simply must bring to your attention that your necklines are shocking. And you are a hypocrite. You playact as sweet and innocent, Isabella, but everything you do suggests otherwise. I do not think you will (although you will cry and say you will) but I suggest trying to be a little more like your friend, Catherine Morland or HER friend Eleanor Tilney. You'll find being ladylike will greatly benefit you in the end.
Isabella Thorpe wide bonnet, Northanger Abbey (2007):

~The End~

November 6, 2015

A party is a party...but a Jane Austen party?

In accordance with Naomi's Jane Austen Week, here are my answers to the lovely tag she created!

1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much of a Jane Austen fan do you consider yourself?
Oh dear, I do abhor "on a scale from 1 to 10..." questions. Hee. Um, I do love her books and some of the movies, but I still have yet to read Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion...I feel like I get points off for I'm going to say...a 8. Or perhaps an 9?

isn't this sooo beeaauutifuull??
2. If "they" would make a new Jane Austen Movie, and you would be able to be cast in it, which Jane Austen character would you most like to play?
Heehee, how fun. Ummm..would it be terribly cliché of me to say Elizabeth Bennet?

If not her, I'd love to play Eleanor Tilney.

3. Is there any felicity in the world superior to a walk?
No, no, indeed, dear Naomi. A walk is the most excellent form of exercise and refreshment.

4. Who's your favourite Jane Austen 'villain'? (As in 'villain' meaning 'the bad guy.')
I have a soft spot for Willoughby...from the 1995 version. He's horrible and bad, but I can't help feeling a little sorry for him at the end when he rides off dejectedly on his horse. :( I think he could have changed his life, if he wanted to. I think he perhaps even thought of doing so.

Unlike, say, Wickham. He's just terrible.

5. What/Who introduced you to Jane Austen?
My dear mother. :) She showed me the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice and immediately afterwards I checked out the book from the library forthwith.

6. Did you love/enjoy Jane Austen immediately, or has there been a time when you hated (um, prejudged) it?
Never! I've always adored Jane Austen, ever since my first introduction to her. #seeabove

7. Who, in your opinion, is the funniest Jane Austen character?
Mr. Palmer from the 1995 Sense and Sensibility and Miss Bates from the 1996 Emma are both very funny. But, I think the prize must go to the 1995 Pride and Prejudice Mr. Collins.

8. Do you quote Jane Austen randomly in public?
I'm sure I have. When I'm talking with someone who would understand the reference.

9. Are children allowed to eat cake on weddings?
Yes!!! And on birthdays. And special events. And when their mother randomly decides she needs to bake a cake (-cough- which shall be me someday  -cough-).

10. What is your reaction when you hear that an acquaintance (e.g. A lady at Church) of yours loves Jane Austen?
"Really?? Oh that's so cool! Which of her books is your favorite? Which movies have you seen? Do you have a favorite character?"

11. Who writes better letters, Mr. Darcy or Captain Wentworth? (If you forgot what the letters were, shame on you, instead tell me if you prefer Strawberries to Chocolate or not.)
I'm going to be loyal to my first Jane Austen hero and say Mr. Darcy.

(plus I haven't read Persuasion so I feel ill qualified.)

12. Which Jane Austen heroine do you relate the least to?
Mmmm...I can relate more or less to all of her heroines, in some way or another, but I think perhaps Emma. She's an extroverted, glittering social queen.... and I'm just not like that.

Although I can sympathize with her--she's such a refreshingly real heroine because of her flaws and struggles, and even if I don't relate to her in all ways, I love her story.

13. What's your favourite Jane Austen house (from one of the movies)?
Pemberly, o' course. Or Barton Cottage. I like that one too.

14. What's your favourite Jane Austen dress (from one of the movies)?
I am hereby rewriting this question into

 "What's ONE of your favorite Jane Austen dresses (from one of the movies)?"

Along with the correct American spelling of favorite. hee

Catherine's white blue floral dress that she wears to her first ball in Bath is just sooo pretty. I love it.

15. Can you turn off lit candles with your fingers?
Yes, I can!! Aren't I talented?

I've now learned from Naomi that Sir Lucas' correct name is "The Capital Capital Man".

Thank you for this marvelous tag and party, Naomi!!!

awwww poor Mr. Darcy. 

November 5, 2015

The Great, Long Ask Me Anything Answer Post

It's now More than a month since the announcement of my Ask Me Anything. And I thought I'd get the answers up in 2 weeks! I'm sorry!
But here it FINALLY is! I hope you enjoy reading my answers as much as I enjoyed answering them! You all gave me some really good questions--thanks so much!

Naomi asks... 

Have ever song a solo in front of 50+ people?
No, I have not. I have never sung a solo in front of anyone. 
Would I like to?

Hmm. Yes. But would they like it? Not sure. :P

Whose wedding dress did you like better- Grace Kelly's or Kate Middleton's?
Mmm.....I think Grace Kelly's. It's a little more to my taste, although truthfully I wouldn't pick either Kate's or Grace's as my wedding dress. (shocking, I know...)
1956 - Grace Kelly's bridal gown, created by Helen Rose - designed with 25 yards of silk peau de soie, 100 yards of silk net, museum purchased 125-year-old rose point lace, and thousands of tiny pearls were sewn on her veil:
She's so elegant.

Are you a fast typer?
Welll...I suppose. But I don't type the conventional way. I never took a typing course so I have my, you could call it. haha

Winter or Summer?
Summer. Although I do love winter, too.

Do you tend to wear red on/around Christmas day?
Sometimes! I do love to wear either red or green around Christmas-NOT together, though!!
Kate Middleton Photos - Duchess of Cambridge at National Portrait Gallery |Pinned from PinTo for iPad|:
I really want a ruby red or cranberry red dress for Christmas

Night owl or Morning person?
I hardly ever get up early, although I do enjoy it when I do. So, I suppose I'll say night-owl.

Hamlette asks... 

Did you consider any other names for your blog, or was "Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens" always your plan?

I do remember having a list of possible blog names but I don't have it anymore. I'm pretty sure my current title was one of my first choices. I have to admit, I sometimes would rather have a different title but I don't yet feel like going to the bother of changing it. :)

My first header...awww

Do you think Mr. Woodhouse and Miss Bates would make a good couple?
Mr. Woodhouse?? Miss Bates? My, I've never even thought of that possibility. I have to might work, though. He certainly thinks highly of her. Although the two of them together might be just too worrisome. heh

What are some classics you wish the BBC would make (or remake) a new miniseries of?
this...this is my dream cast. JJ Field as Charles Darnay, Tom as Sydney Carton, and Kara Killmer as Lucie.
 I need to find someone for Dr. Manette. Suggestions?

What's your favorite flower?
Hmm....I like both roses and daisies a lot. 

Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
Yes, when I was 5 or so I made one up called Samantha. She didn't last long, though...poor Samantha.

Would you rather live in a castle or a palace?

Oooohhh..this is hard. A palace would undoubtedly be more elegant and grand, but a castle would have turrets and a dungeon and secret passageways.... I choose the castle.

Do you have any nicknames you'd be willing to share?
"Willing to share." Heh. Well then, no, I don't. ;)

How do you define "comfort food"? 
Chocolate chips!!

Some of my favourite Sheldon the tiny dinosaur who thinks he's a turtle pictures, enjoy! - Imgur

PB&J: God's greatest gift to modern man, or a boring fall-back?
Eehh...I usually have it when I can't think of what else to have for lunch. :P

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Have your aspirations changed?
Yes! I used to want to be a veterinarian..animal shelter owner....and an wanted to own a horse too...and there were probably a few other things. I somehow thought I could do all this in one lifetime.  
Nowadays, I still dream of being a wife and mother someday, but in the meantime being a small photography business owner and perhaps an author on the side would be more than enough.

Although I still would like to try being in a musical or a play sometime.


Miss March asks... 

What made you want to start a blog? 
Well, by the time I asked to start a blog I had been reading (and sometime commenting anonymously) on a few blogs, mainly The Story Girl (now obsolete, Hayden's new blog is A Singular and Whimsical Problem), Yet Another Period Drama Blog, and All Things Bright and Beautiful. The idea of blogging appealed to me so much, plus I wanted to get to know all of these girls who were "just like me!"  :D

Did you feel strange mentioning the idea of a blog to your parents?
Heehee. Yes, I think I did. I was sure they'd say no, and so I was quite pleasantly surprised when they said yes!!

Do you have a lot of story ideas in your head? (About how many?) 
I have a few right now. I write them down though, so I can come back to them later. At the moment, I have about....2 serious story ideas being tossed around inside that brain of mine. :)
this is too true

What's one movie, based on a book, that you would like to see a better adaption of?
A Tale of Two Cities, as mentioned above. I do like the Ronald Coleman one a lot, but pretty much only because of his portrayal of Sydney. The rest is just ok. :)

But the ending, though!!! It was -sob- just perfect....-goes off and cries in the corner-

Do you have your driver's license yet?
YES! I just got it on the 19th of October!!  I've driven by myself a few times, and while I was not overly nervous, it was very strange. 

Is there a particular movie hero (or heroine) that you do NOT like?
Hmm...I can't really think of any..of course there's some I like less than others, but one I actually DISlike?

Okay, I thought of one that kind of counts. He's not the hero but he's a "good guy" in the movies--Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels. He's waaay too intense. I told my brother once that I feel like he'd glare menacingly at you if you accidentally spilled a cup of milk or something.

This is obviously not him (I like Captain Von Trapp very much) but it reminded me of him. hehe

Oh! And DID you ever receive a proposal of marriage? :D 
Heehee, no, I did not. Which, you know, is a good thing. I haven't been "of marriage-able age" until this past year. If you could call 17 a "marriage-able age". It's quuiiiitte young. haha

Jessica Prescott asks... 

What's your all-time favorite movie? 

I don't have an all-time favorite movie. It's impossible to choose!!!

I will tell you ONE of my favorites. One of my very very favorites. Roman Holiday starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.

If you could pick one single song for your personal "theme song," what would it be?
Hmmm....this is such a good question but do you know how hard it is???

Okay. I play this one on the piano a lot and I really like it. It helps me focus on the Lord and I just love singing it. 

Do you have any siblings? 
One brother who is 2 years younger than I. :) Oh, and in another shameless plug for him, he started his own blog quite recently! Check it out here, if you so wish to.

Are you a C.S. Lewis fan? If so, which of the Narnia books is your favorite? 
Yes!! Hmm....well, I haven't read the Narnia books in awhile, so I can't quite give an up-to-date opinion, but I may just have to be boring and say The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. :)

This is kind of complicated, but I hope it makes sense: If you could get a chance to be put in charge of one book-to-movie adaptation, which would it be, and why? You could choose a remake of an adaptation you think wasn't done properly, or you could choose a book that's never been made into a movie before. Like, for example, if it were me, I would choose to be in charge of a new Mansfield Park movie because the last two were so awful (IMHO). :)
Aahhhh, this was such a perfect question!! I frequently wish I could be in change of adapting a book to movie. I would choose to adapt..oh dear. There's so many! Can I list a few? Oh said just one.

Okay. I could totally go with theme here and say A Tale of Two Cities but I won't. I pick The Betsy Tacy series. They're suuuccch wonderful books, and I would love to make them into a movie. Among...many others. heehee

I love all the book illustrations! They're so sweet and whimsical!

Miss Meg March asks... 

If given the chance, would you go sky diving?
Yes, but I would start having serious doubts once I got up there. :P

Would you rather spend a weekend with Dianna Barry or Phillipa Gordon? (I'm pretty sure that's her name....)
Mmm...I think Phillipa Gordon! 

Have you ever painted your fingernails a crazy colour? If not, would you?
I painted my toes green once! I was trying to find photo proof of it (I know I have a picture of it) when I stumbled upon this photo from back in 2012 and knew I had to share this instead. ;)

I can't believe I'm putting this on the internet. Just to let you know, my style has....-ahem-changed dramatically and I would never do that to my nails again.

Also to let you know, no I did not leave the house with my nails like that. I mean....I don't think I did??!

I really hope I didn't...I don't think my mom would have let me. haha

Do people normally guess your age spot-on, think you are younger than what you are, or think you are older than what you are? (That sounds long and complicated, but I hope it makes sense. :-P)

People usually think I'm older because I'm tall. And, some have told me I look and act older. I guess that's a compliment!

If you could meet any actor and actress, who would they be?
There's so many actors and actresses I'd love to meet! I'm going to have to say Tom Hiddleston for this. He seems like a genuinely nice guy in real life (and he's British) and it'd be fun to tell him I have him cast as Arthur in my book. (And then, you know, ask him if he could use his influence to have my book made into a movie, with casting of my choice. I know for a fact that he knows/is probably friends with one of the actresses cast into my book! haha Little hint there for those of you who have been following my story ;))

Does texting language (eg. lol, idk) annoy you?
Not usually. It can annoy me if used excessively, though. ha

What's your biggest pet peeve?
Hmm. When people don't return books or movies you lent to them. Or it takes them foreeeevvver to do so.


What would you do if a strange boy winked at you? (And then later ended up pulling your hair and calling you carrots.....)
Marry him. :) Heehee.

(okay, obviously I meant if he was really Gilbert I would marry him, but if was truly a strange boy than of course I wouldn't. "I would hardly  just go and marry anyone." )

Isaac Benjamin asks...

Do you know anyone else with red hair?
Can I assume we mean natural red hair? Two of my cousins have shades similar to my hair color. But other than that, no, I don't know any other natural red heads. :)

Olivia asks... 

What did you think of Inside Out? Also, who's your favorite character?
I loved it!! I think my favorite character was Sadness. She was SO funny and adorable and I just wanted to give her a hug.....-sniff- That movie is so sweet.

 If Much, Allan, Will, Guy, and Robin all proposed to you, which would you accept and which would you feel bad about rejecting? (Evil laugh…REVENGE IS SWEET;D)
Ahhhhhh....Olivia.....such cruelty. 
This is hard.
I'd feel bad for rejecting ANY of them , because I hate to hurt people, but....I'd especially feel bad for Much. I mean...poor Much. Does he need any more problems with his self-confidence?
As for who'd I accept.....aggghhghh. Robin. I'd accept Robin.

What ten songs can you be found listening to on a regular basis?
Ooh! Fun!! 

"One Day More" (Les Mis)
"I Don't Dance" (Lee Brice)
"On My Own" (Les Mis)
"In the Mood" (Glenn Miller)
"Santa Fe" (Newsies)
"On Top of the World" (Imagine Dragons)
"I See the Light" (Tangled)
"Don't Stop Believing" (Dallas String Quartet)
"Rising Sun"  (All Sons and Daughters)
"Amazing Grace" (Celtic Woman)

Okay, those are some....I haven't listened to them all recently but they're all ones that resurface in my musical "diet". ;)

Which is your favorite of Marian's dresses?
This is hard. I love a lot of her dresses.  I really like her gray and red dress, though.

Who is your LEAST favorite of Jane Austen's heroes?
Edmund Bertram. He just....isn't my favorite.

One book/movie/song everyone in the blogosphere seems to love but you?
The Book Thief.

Favorite food to eat for lunch?
Fruit smoothies.

Do you have a Goodreads account? If so, do you do a lot on it, or not so much? ('Cause--ahem--I'm going to try to be on it more often--just sayin')
Well, I didn't when you asked this question but since then I got one and here is the link if anyone wants to check it out. (Oh, and I have it set to private right now, so if you don't have a GR accounts you won't be able to see it...just to let you know. :/)

Have you watched the webseries Emma Approved? If you have? Who are your top three favorite characters?
I'm afraid I haven't. I've seen a little of it, but I just never got into it. Maybe someday. :) I did love Mr. Knightley, though!

Five favorite quotes from the LotR books so far? :D

I haven't written down ALL of my favorite quotes, so here are just some that I have handy. Thus this is not a definitive list of my top 5 favorites. Sorry. :(

"The grey figure of the Man, Aragorn son of Arathorn, was tall, and stern as stone, his hand upon the hilt of his sword; he looked as if some king out of the mists of the sea had stepped upon the shores of lesser men. Before him stooped the old figure, white, shining now as if with some light kindled within, bent, laden, with years, but holding a power beyond the strength of kings." ~The Two Towers

"But I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend." ~The Two Towers

Treebeard speaking: "'But I shall miss [Pippin and Merry]. We have become friends in so short a while that I think I must be getting hasty-growing backwards toward youth, perhaps. But there, they are the first new thing under Sun or Moon that I have seen for many a long. long, day. I shall not forget them.'" ~The Two Towers

"Suddenly, caught by the level beams, Frodo saw the old king's head: it was lying rolled away by the roadside. 'Look, Sam!" he cried, startled into speech. 'Look! The king has got a crown again!' The eyes were hollow and the carven beard was broken, but about the high stern forehead there was a coronal of silver and gold. A trailing plant with flowers like small white stars had bound itself across the brows as if in reverence for the fallen king, and in the crevices of his stony hair yellow stonecrop gleamed. 'They cannot conquer for ever!" said Frodo. And then suddenly the brief glimpse was gone. The sun dipped and vanished, and as if at the shuttering of a lamp, black night fell." ~The Two Towers

"'If I'm to go on,' he said, 'then I must take your sword, by your leave, Mr. Frodo, but I'll put this one to lie by you, as it lay by the old king in the barrow; and you've got your beautiful mithril coat from old Mr. Bilbo. And your star-glass, Mr. Frodo, you did lend it to me and I'll need it, for I'll be always in the dark now. It's too good for me, and the Lady gave it to you, but maybe she'd understand. Do you understand, Mr. Frodo? I've got to go on.'" ~The Two Towers

Emily asks... 
On your next milestone birthday, what would you do if you were crazy?
Why, I'd go to England, of course! Or pretty much any place outside of the U.S. ;)

Evie asks... 

If you could learn any instrument what would it be?
I'd love to play many instruments if I could....I can only pick one? Hm. I guess maybe the guitar.

What's the weirdest thing you have ever heard about Australia?
Hahaha....hmm...I'm not sure! Well, I saw THIS on Pinterest and though it was pretty funny:

On censorship. | 29 Times Australians Were The Realest On Tumblr:

Would you consider coming to Australia?
Yes! :D I would absolutely love to go to Australia!! 

If you could live in a fantasy world for a day which one? why?
Ahhh, this is such a great question! Hmm. Fantasy as in fictional or just plain old fantasy? If the latter, I think I'd have to go with....Narnia. It'd be exciting and fun, but I'd feel safer than in Middle-Earth. ;) I don't think I'd survive Middle-Earth. heh

If you're talking fictional movies or books, I'd love to spend a day in BBC's Robin Hood.

 Favourite gif?
Well....ONE of my favorites...

Current desktop wallpaper?
Heehee. Well right now it's something that has to do with my book...that cannot be revealed...muhahaha. So, sorry, but I can't share it. 

Heidi asks... 

What is your favorite way to eat potatoes?
"What's Taters, Precious?"  My absolute favorite way is mashed. I actually don't really care for them otherwise!

Your second favorite color?
Ooh...hmm. I'm not sure! It changes frequently. ;) I guess I'll just say a very soft rosy pink.

What was the first "romantic" book you read?
Oh, great question! I'm not quite sure....of course, series like Little House and the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables both have romance in them. But I wouldn't call them "romantic."  I think Pride and Prejudice might apply, though. I read it at 14 and it was my first Austen book. :)

Eowyn asks... 

Do you enjoy exercising? If so what is your favorite form?
Yes, I do! I love going on long walks ("this is a very long walk.")

Do you enjoy trying out new things?
Mmm...yeeees? Depends on what they are. :)

Are you a night owl or a morning lark?
As answered above, I think I'm more of a night owl. (I really love your wording of "morning lark"!)

Would you prefer attending the Kentucky Derby or a rodeo?
Oooh, this is hard! I think...I think a rodeo would be more exciting and fun. Although I would be able to get all dressed up for the Kentucky Derby....hmmm...I still think I'd choose the rodeo. :)
photo from new book: "John Wayne: The Legend And The Man":

Rosie asks....

Have you ever been to Ireland?
I wish!!! :( Do you have a free ticket there? I'll take it.

Do you know how to dance?

Oh my... why are all your questions things I LONG to do, Rosie? (I'm just kidding, they're great! :))
So, yeah, no I don't know how to dance -in any form- and I sincerely wish to. Swing dance, Jane Austen-style dancing, ballroom dancing.....sign me up.

When you go out in public, do you put your hair up or are you comfortable wearing it down (i.e., loose)?
Both! It really depends on how my hair is "behaving". If it's nice and pretty and doing what I want it'll stay down. If not, up it goes into a neat and stylish bun so now one will be able to tell how horrid my disobeying hair is.

Can you cook or bake? If so, do you enjoy it?

I bake deserts for our family quite often, but I've done it so often that I don't necessarily enjoy it anymore. Unless I listen to music while doing so. ;) I CAN physically cook, although I don't do it often.

What musical instrument (if any) have you ever wanted to be able to play but never learned?

Since I answered with "guitar" in Evie's similar question, I'll say violin for this one because it's another I wish I knew how to play. :)  

Rose asks... 

What is your favourite period drama ever?
Probably....Anne of Green Gables. Although, my other favorites are so very close to Anne on the scale that it's hard to tell. Incase you're curious about my other favorites they are North and South, Pride and Prejudice 1995, and Little Dorrit. And at least 20 more. ;)

Do you have any siblings?
I have one brother. :) 

Chocolate or ice cream?

Oooh, this is hard. It depends on my mood but right now  I want ice cream more than chocolate. 

Thank you SO MUCH for all the wonderful questions, everyone!!!!!!!!!! This was so much fun and I'm so glad for the fun way of celebrating my 100th post.  You all are just such wonderful blogging friends, and I  want you to  know that. Without you, there'd really be no fun in blogging. :) So thank you!!

ps. I'm sorry if the length of this post caused your browser to load incessantly for this post. -cringes- Hopefully that didn't happen to anyone...