Susan Price | An Appreciation Post

Fanny Price, the shy, quiet heroine of Mansfield Park, had a younger sister who is often overlooked.  True, that's quite easy to do as Susan is not featured much in the story.  After all, she lives in Portsmouth which is about 100 miles from Mansfield Park where Fanny lives.  Today, however, I'd like to talk about her and her situation and give her some sympathy and appreciation.   

     From a young age, Susan is Fanny's closest friend and confidant.  The two are very dear to each other, so it isn't hard to imagine how Susan must have felt when Fanny was sent away to live with their mother's sister and her family.  Poor Susan's fortunes were not yet to be so improved as her sister's.  (No, Fanny was not treated very well even in a better place, but she's not the focus here.)

     The Price home in Portsmouth--if it can even properly be called a 'home'--is dirty and run-down.  In short, it is a very unfortunate place for a sweet girl like Sus…

Reflection | God's Guidance

You're probably already fully aware of the fact that there are only a few short months left of 2017.  (I know, right?)  It has me thinking of all that I want for my life as a young adult.  It's so much more complicated than it was as a child, you know?  Literally everyone has to know what each little random child they come into contact with wants to be when they grow up.  Luckily, most children are quick to supply an answer, whether they want to be an astronaut or a ballerina or a mom or a race car driver or whatever.  

     Once we children actually do grow up and are on the brink of adulthood...well, that question becomes increasingly more difficult to answer.  

     I know what I want.  It took me some time to figure it out, but I think it's really what we all want.  Maybe you already know, or maybe you haven't figured it out yet.  Either way, I am sure you'll agree.  This is what I want: guidance.  And not just anyone's guidance, mind you, but specifical…

AMA Answers | Part 2

And, now, I give you Part 2 of my Ask Me Anything answers.  You all came up with such great questions for me, and I enjoyed answering them.  (If you missed it, you can first read Part 1here.)

Q: Would you rather meet Jane Austen or J.R.R. Tolkien?

A: Jane Austen!  Though I would love to meet Tolkien, too.  I have plenty of things I'd like to ask both of them.  

Q: Favorite snack?

A: Chocolate?  Can that count?   I love snacking on dark chocolate, like Twilight from Ghirardelli--heavenly.

Q: Favorite period in history to learn about?

A: I most enjoy American Revolution to the War of 1812 period.  But I like history in general.  (Just not the American Civil War.  Nope.)

Q: Favorite song?

A: It's always changing.  Right now, it's Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23 (etc. etc.) -- I am so obsessed with this suite right now.  The 20 minutes (give or take) of it are so enchanting.  Go listen to it.  (You can thank me later ;-)

Q: Do you like coffee?

A: No, …

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…