Tolkien Week Tag

At last.  It is time for me to fill out the tag for Hamlette's Tolkien Week.  (No, I don't care that it's a little out-of-character for my period drama blog.)  I have thoroughly enjoyed playing her games and reading her posts for the week so far, and, as I am rather late in participating, I had better get to it:

1. How long have you been a Tolkien fan?

     It's hard say.  I suppose it came on so gradually that I was in the middle before I knew I had begun;-)  I first saw the movies when I was about 7-8 and liked them, but then re-watching them a while later was what really helped me to realize how good they were.  So I absolutely love them.  (Particularly the superior Extended Editions.)  I will just admit that I have yet to read the books.  Yikes!  I know!  But they are on my to-read list for this fall.

2. Has your love of Middle-earth affected your life?

     If those effects can include quoting the movies, constantly singing the songs and listening to the score, …

AMA Answers | Part 1

Today, I have the answers to some of the questions you all asked me.  I'd like to thank those of you who kindly asked me questions; I do appreciate it.  If you didn't but would like to, there is still time to ask me questions in the comments ofthis post before I post the Part 2, so, please, feel free! :-)

     Now, on to the questions:

Q: What is the strangest thing you've heard about Australia?

A: Well, I have heard that if Australians don't vote, they have to pay a fine.  Also, they eat kangaroos.  I don't know if either of those are true, but that's what I have heard.  Perhaps you could tell me...

Q: What do you do to find inspiration when you're feeling low creatively?

A: Usually, I get my best ideas when I am in the shower and can just think without interruption.  That doesn't apply to blog post ideas, however.  I haven't got a method for those yet.  Another thing that always sparks my imagination is beautiful scenery.  Like if we are walking i…

The One Where I Do Period Hairstyles On My Sister

My sister and I so enjoyed creating the looks for this post!  I'll be honest here: I am a bit of a perfectionist.  So this did take a LOT of time.  At last, I am quite satisfied with the fruits of my labors.  One thousand bobbies, eighty elastics, and an entire can of hairspray is the project you've all been waiting for.

(Actually, you probably weren't waiting for it at all.  You likely forgot that I even mentioned this idea back in May.  Here you go anyway.)

⚘ Emma Woodhouse ⚘ Emma's was rather difficult, I must admit.  I had already done this style once before, but it is extra hard to get a tight, curly look for the bun.  I am satisfied with it.  The twist is perhaps a bit more exaggerated than it should be, but it is only inspired by Emma's hairstyle.  Overall, I do love the look.  My sister does, too, and would have me do it every Sunday if it weren't so complex!

⚘ Queen Victoria ⚘      The thing about Victoria's hairstyles is that they mus…

Musings | 1st Blog Anniversary & AMA

Wow.  Just wow.  How does a year fly by so fast???  I seriously remember getting this wild idea to start blogging.  I had no idea back then what a fun time I was going to have!  Well, I had some idea, I guess.  I thought it would be fun, but it has been ten times more fun than I initially thought, okay?  Yeah. :-)

I know, I know.  Summer has been...busy.  So I haven't been the most consistant blogger.  I used to post a lot more often.  But, as things start settling down into routine again--nope.  Know what?  I'm not making any promises.  That is just going to set me up for failure.  Again.

Elanor in May: I should be posting a lot more often now that school's out.
Elanor in August: I eeked out like four posts this summer.  What went wrong?

Thanks for still reading and commenting anyway, girls!  For that I'm going to reward you all--if this counts as a reward, which it probably doesn't--with a chance to ask me anything.  Literally.  You can ask me anything and as m…

5 Ways Jane Austen Heroines Are Just Like Us

We may not dress like them or even act like them, but in many ways the heroines of Jane Austen's novels are a lot like us.  They just happen to be from a different time and place.  Don't see the similarities I'm talking about?  Here's my short list:

1. They love to read.  Obviously.

     And don't we all???  Reading is one of those enjoyable passtimes that simply never burns out.  Elizabeth improved her mind by extensive reading.  Catherine stayed up late to read Ann Radcliffe and other ghost stories.  Marianne was in love with Shakespeare's sonnets.  (Only Emma seems to tire of a good book after a few pages.)  See?  Just like us.  

     Still not convinced?  Good.  We're not through yet. 

2. They get annoyed with their siblings sometimes.

     Remember when Lydia flirted with all the gentlemen at the ball?  And when Margaret blurted out the last initial of Elinor's secret crush?  Yeah.  Siblings can be frustrating at times.  (Yet after all, we still lo…