Monday, April 28, 2014

"So we go 'round the sun. If we went 'round the moon or round and round the garden like a teddy bear it wouldn't make any difference."

Good grief, I've been scarce this month, haven't I?  What with Melody's visit (and the mopey lethargy that followed Melody's visit and pretty much zapped my interest in blogging) and the novel editing after the mopey lethargy departed and my trip down South with my family to a friend's wedding, blogging has kind of taken a back seat.  And that review for Somewhere in Time is still sitting, half-finished, in my drafts.  Heh.  Ahem.   I will finish it.  I WILL.

In the meantime, please do visit this page to submit your nominations for the May I'd Like to Share event-- one per customer, if you please, and don't forget to mention which category you'd like the post to appear in.  Enjoy your day and go brush up on the Solar System!

Friday, April 25, 2014

A Bookish Chat With Molly

-Welcome to the podium at Yet Another Period Drama Blog, Molly!  Have some tea and a muffin to calm your nerves and tell us a little bit about yourself.  Name, general age-ish (feel free to be as vague as you like), favorite place to go in summer, least favorite household chore, favorite kind of jewelry, and what got you started blogging.  Ready, steady, go!

Thank you very much for the tea! It’s a good thing I’m not agitated, because if I had butter on the muffins it would get on my cuffs. Hmm, I’m not wearing cuffs.

Moving on. Anyway, I go by Molly in the blogging world. I'd prefer not to give my real name, if you don't mind. I am fourteen years of age, (and in seven months I’ll be old enough to see Les Mis! Whoop!) I love going many places in the summer, it would be hard to pick one. I do like the beach, though steep beaches and big waves make me nervous. My favorite type of jewelry is probably a necklace, though one day I hope to wear a ring. (Whoo! Miss Hale!) Sweeping is probably my least favorite, but I don’t care much for cleaning bathrooms or sorting laundry to be washed. I started blogging with my sister Anne-girl two years ago, I believe. Before that, I had fun reading blogs, and I wanted to start one of my own, and when Anne-girl suggested it, I was all for it! And here I am now! :D

-Okay!  So now that we know a little bit more about you, let’s ask some bookish questions.  Tell us about three books that you loved when you were little-- that is, under ten or so.

Wow, was I really under ten only around five years ago? Yeesh. Let’s see, three books I loved….. “Addy Saves the Day," "Molly Saves the Day," and "Kaya's Escape." All three wee exciting and I loved American Girl!

-Ooooh, I loved all of those too-- Samantha Saves the Day was another favorite of mine.  Those Saves the Day books were the BEST.  Which of your favorite books would you like to see made into a movie? (preferably list one that hasn’t already been made into a movie :D)

Just one?! Probably The Mysterious Benedict Society. As long as someone with good authority on the books was there to oversee it and make sure hate movie people didn’t get anything wrong. :D I don’t know if that is my favorite book that I’d like to see as a movie, but I do love that book and would want to see the movie if they made one.

-I know you love to read history books, sometimes for writing research and sometimes just for fun.  What’s your favorite era to read about?

Mmm, that’s hard! Perhaps the Civil War era, though I also love WWII and the Revolutionary War time period!

-What are some of your favorite quotes about books?

I don’t know if actually know of any off the top of my head…. well, here are a few I liked!
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” (Heehee, Henry Tilney!)

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”

(This one is technically more about bookstores, but I liked it.) “The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.”

“TV.  If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they'll have with twenty-six.  Open your child's imagination.  Open a book.”

-Loved all of those-- especially that last one, as I hadn't heard it before! What did you most recently finish reading?  Would you recommend it?

"The Adventure of the Norwood Builder." Yes, I would! I felt so bad for Sherlock when it looked like he wasn’t going to be able to solve the case!

-Did you discover any good new authors in the last year?  Which of their books did you like best?

Does Jane Austen count? Miss Dashwood read me most of P&P, though we started waaay back in 2013, I believe, and right now I'm reading Northanger Abbey for school. Of the two, probably NA is my favorite.

-Um.  My child.  Jane Austen ALWAYS counts.  Good answers there, by the way.  :D Now, quick!  First inspirational/funny quote from a book, off the top of your head! 

Well, I had to think a few moments, but here is one. “Life is pain, anyone who says differently is selling something.” :P Actually, before I thought of that one, I thought of the quote where Mr. Bennet says to Mrs. Bennet that she might die before he does, but I wasn’t sure if that was in the book.

-It is.  :D What is the best book you bought over the last year?

Hmm, I’m not sure if I’ve actually bought any books over that last year. I should buy one, though. Well, last summer, I bought a book called Chasing Jupiter for Anne-girl's birthday, and that was a very good book, though I didn't buy it for me.

-What would be your response to someone who told you she never read books?

I hope I would try to be polite, but probably I would be thinking something like; “WHAT??!!”

-If you were going to be stuck in an airport for three days and could only bring three books with you (and no other source of entertainment), what three books would you choose?

The Complete Series of Sherlock Holmes, The Princess Bride, and my Bible.

-Who are your top three favorite authors?

Actually, I don’t know if I have a favorite author or authors, but here are three whose books I really enjoy!

  • Anne-girl
  • Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

-If you could have a fictional side character over for tea in the nearish future, who would you choose and why?

Dr. John Watson. I’d love to talk to him about Sherlock Holmes. :D

-Quick, name a book you love that begins with S.

Well, I actually had to think for a while over the days I worked on this, but probably The Scarlet Pimpernel. That counts, right?

-Absolutely. :D And now... recommend six titles for the lovely readers of this blog.  Any titles.  Six of ‘em.  Do it.  Now.  (No, I’m not bossy.)

  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Northanger Abbey (I’m not done this yet, but it’s very good!)
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Pridoner's Dilemma
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
  • The Singing Tree


Thanks so much for joining us today, Molly!  Molly is my sister, by the way, peeps, and she's a fabulous one.  She's a bookworm, obviously (I like to think she takes after her older sister), a writer, an Emma Approved fangirl, a drama queen (like all her sisters... ahem) and an all-around fun person.  And she does a killer imitation of Dolly from Saving Mr. Banks.  :D You can check out her blog at To Write Something Worth Reading.

Friday, April 11, 2014

I'd Like to Share: April 2014

Well.  This is a late turn-up, isn't it, Sherlock.

In my defense, my best friend was here for two weeks and two days, and I was slightly preoccupied.  But she has gone now and left meeeeeeeeeeee and I'm finally getting around to the blogging I've neglected.  Our I'd Like to Share nominations for the month of April are as follows.

In the Inspirational category...

Naomi Bennet nominated Emma Jane for First Blog Anniversary
Gwyn May nominated Payton for I Have an Idea
Miss Jane Bennet nominated Hayden for Slavery vs. Abortion

In the Informative category...

Eva nominated Miss Dashwood for On An Occasion Of This Kind...
Hamlette nominated Heidi for Much Ado About Nothing
Miss Dashwood nominated Jessica for 10 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Blogger

And in the Miscellaneous category...

Emma Jane nominated Hayden for Literary Pet Peeves: The Brooding Hero


Last month's quote was indeed from Cranford, and spoken by our own beloved Miss Matty.  :D  And this month's quote is one that made me laugh out loud when I first heard it, just as last one's did.

"I know what he's going to do to her. She'll be cavorting, and twinkling, careening towards a happy ending like a kamikaze."

Any guesses?  Don't forget to submit your posts for the May edition right over here!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again." ~Charles Dickens


You thought it was an April Fool's post yesterday, didn't you?  DIDN'T YOU?
Well.  Now I will tell you something.  Mr. Martin did speak, that is he wrote--

I mean, it totally wasn't a prank.  Well, okay, it was a double prank.  Because everything I wrote yesterday was true, every word of it, and you thought it WAS a prank, and it wasn't, so it WAS a prank in the end because the point was for you to think that it was a prank.  Which it wasn't.

Somehow this reminds me of a scene from a movie...

 "I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me."

It was all Melody's idea, by the way.  But we chose to do it on my blog because I have more of a history with April Fool's pranks than she does.  *cough*  And therefore it would be more believable, coming from me.  Which it totally was.  *both giggle excessively*

Your comments amused us muchly, by the way.  We may or may not have done evil hand rubs.

Anyways, April Fool's Day is over and we are all bound to the truth for another 364 days, and I swear on the grave of my father Domingo Montoya that Melody is actually, really and truly here beside me as I type this.  We've been planning this visit for months, in point of fact, and simply decided not to tell anyone so that we could do this little prank.  (Well, okay, we told a few trusted peeps but they were sworn to absolute secrecy.)

And all that stuff about period dramas and late nights and lots of tea?  True, all of it.  Besides which, we've been doing things like window-shopping and sightseeing in certain big cities and going to local theater productions (we saw Jane Eyre on Friday night and it was delightful) and of course tea, as aforementioned.

*especially when accompanied by chocolate

It's a delightful thing, it really is, to see one's best friend again after a painful eight months of separation... those of you whose best friends live nearby, do appreciate what you have.  Cherish it and all that, because all the letters and emails and Skype calls in the world can't make up for having your very own Bestie Dearest beside you in real life.   (And if you haven't seen Cranford, you'll probably be reading that and saying, "um, what.")

Okay, Melody, you say somewhat so they know you're flesh and blood and not a doll to be married under the table.

Your sister should perhaps be told the latter.  Even if it is fictional characters... Melody Tilney sounds a bit odd. 

Ah, yes, my matchmaking sisters... heh.  We'll gloss over that bit.  Anything else to tell the nice people?  Do a queenly wave or something of the sort-- you don't get on my blog often enough for this to be an every-day, ordinary experience.

I shall do the Caroline Lee wave, in fact. :D

(That scene, btw?  Our screams probably would have deafened you.)

Anyways.  Hello, peasants.  It's awfully fun to be on this side of Amy's blog posting, just sayin'.  And of course I'm not trying to make you jealous. *smiles angelically* 

We wish we'd filmed our reaction, by the bye, but we were not foresighted enough-- plus we were in a hurry to get out the door.  It was priceless, anyways.  Take our word for it.

We really ought to get going now, though, because there is so much time and so little to do-- wait, scratch that.  Reverse it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Time Has Come Once Again...

I totally am, you know.  Even though I don't like birds (but I do like french fries).  Why?  Well, Hobart has asked a good question.  Because... because MY BEST FRIEND IS HERE, AGAIN BESIDE ME.  Now I can die in-- wait a minute.

Yes, Cosette, yes, it's true-- Melody is with me once more.  Giving helpful suggestions as I write, in point of fact.  And we're smiling.  Because we're together and that makes us happier than birds with french fries.

Melody actually arrived a week ago but we've been so busy doing swellissimusnesses together that we simply haven't had time to write a blog post.  You may write blog posts, of course.  You will have nothing better to do.  We, on the other hand, are too fabulous to be tied down to blogging if our social schedules do not permit.  After all...

Um, anyways.  We've been having a great time.  Obviously.  Our reunion in the airport was everything we could have wished.

It hasn't really been forever-- it's been eight months, but where best friends are concerned it's kind of the same thing.

We are totes crazy and super perf adorbs when we get together.  The world has difficulty handling this level of awesomeness, which is why we can't do it more often.  The many miles that separate our respective homes also factor into the equation.  Somewhat.

However, it is a mark of lazy blogging to merely fill one's post with Pinterest pictures, so perhaps I should tell you what we've been up to: mostly late night chats and lots of tea and period dramas and giggling.  Because giggling is what we do best.  Certain fictional characters bear a rather large brunt of our humor.  (James Dowland, we scowl and point our fists at you.)

For realsies, though, I am so very thankful to have Melody as a friend-- the joy and delight she's brought into my life cannot be matched by anything else in the world, and our kindred-spirit-ness surpasses anyone else's in the history of ever.  (No, seriously, it does.  Anne and Diana ain't got nothin' on us.)

Hope this post brought a little smile to your face today!