Literary Heroine Blog Party!

This is my first time doing this particular party. But as soon as I saw Alexandria's entry, I knew this was an event I couldn't miss out on!
Enjoy my friends!
Oh, if you aren't a classical novel type, just skip this whole post. You wont understand or perhaps even like it. Just saying.

Introduce yourself!  Divulge your life's vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!

My life's vision: Oh boy, this could be very complex.  Right now, I'll just simply state, I would enjoy writing for my career, and would like a ministry with Older people.  I really enjoy Older folks.  
My Likes: Books (Make'em big!), Movies, Sci-Fi, Classics, Blogging, writing, Erik/Phantom of the Opera, Europe, Sherlock Holmes, The color pink, anything Retro.
Dislikes: Egoistic people (except if they are my characters, or from a book!), Bad Grammar (kill me with a knife!), the colors yellow and green if they are very bright, Salmon Paddies, and the Summer. Yes, I hate summer time.
I wont even go into aspirations.
I have eaten Squid before.  It was like eating a tire, or rubber glove.

What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? 
Not someone who has it all, or has it all together, but who people can count on. Always.
Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. 
Alice Kingsley.  I am always chasing rabbits (figuratively, of course!), and thinking up absurd things with my active imagination.  Plus, some fashion is "Like a Codfish" to me.
I'm very much like Jo.  Temper included.
I even took a quiz once, and it gave me Anne.  So, I'm not the only one to think I'm like her.
And as for the ones I admire, Lady Blackney, and Irene Adler. No doubts there.
Five of your favorite historical novels? 

I adore this novel. Nuf said.
This one too.
I love me some Holmes.
My favorite Jane Austin novel!  I love the wit and I love Mr. Darcy!
Even while this isn't a popular book, it has the makings to be! My review HERE.

Out of those five books who is your favorite main character and why? 

You do understand you are putting my in a rather hard place, don't you? at first, I planned on saying, "Erik, duh".  But I don't know if he is truly  the main character...but rather a secondary.
Hmm...Oh, wait. Duh.  Why am I even have to think about this?
Sherlock Holmes.
I love Marguerite Blackeney, And Christine Daae, but not the same way as my Holmesie.  See? Even the way I say his name, "MY HolmesIE".

Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why? 

Erik.  Erik of my heart.

If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there? 

 London and Paris.

In London, I would go to the typical tourist attractions (and find a charming apartment to rent, and move into) Then, visit the one and only 221B Baker Street.  I would find a lovely Tea shop, and have a splendid Tea time every day of my visit.

In Paris, I would Visit the Eiffel tower, and spend half the day wandering around trying to photograph the tower from different perspectives.  Then, I would go to see an Opera in the Paris Opera house, and try to get box 5.  I wonder if they give tours to the caverns below the opera?

What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? 

It doesn't really matter to me.  I have favorite books in many cultures and time periods.  

You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation - what is your act comprised of? 

I'd like to sing, but I'm rather afraid I would be to bashful, and resort to merely recitation.

If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? 
I adore her nose and curls!
So many heroines...and only one me! I'd have to think long and hard between Marguerite Blackney and Christine Daae.

 What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? 

Enough of anything is bad for you.
I have weak teeth, so I adore chocolate, in small quantities.

Favorite author(s)? 

It's a good thing you added a (s) to this, or else I might have passed this question up as too hard to answer correctly.
Gaston Leroux.
H.G Wells.
Charles Dickens.
Agatha Christie.
Lousia May Alcott.
Abigail Hartman
Jon S. Lewis.
Arthur Conan Doyle.
Baroness Orczy.

 Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land?

 My camera, and a parasol.  It just seems right to travel with a frilly parasol.
And a book..or two.
And my iphone.
and my journal.

In which century were most of the books you read written? 

 Either the 18th, or modern times.

In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is… 

Dark and Brooding. Tall and Handsome.
(AKA: Mr. Darcy, Erik And Somewhat Sherlock)

Describe your ideal dwelling place. 

I have a good idea.
A simply cottage in the Irish countryside.
I want it to be covered with ivy, be tucked away near a stone bridge crossing a bubbling creek.
I shall have a simply flower garden with white roses, but I might paint some of them Red.
My desk will be in the livingroom, faces the rising sun, and I shall have a fireplace close at hand. By the window to the left of my desk will be a lazy Grey cat, named Percy. He shall be an utter sweat thing.  I'll also have a Black cat, Sherlock, but he will be more active and distanced, more of a loner.  

Sum up your fashion style in five words. 

Vintage. Simple. Retro. Neutral. Me.

Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name? 

I wish Lestrade has a first name, but other then that, no.

In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is... 

Chauvlin, or Moriarty?  The dictionary says, "adjective cowardly; meanly base; sneaking:".  Chauvlin.  My beloved James Moriarty isn't at all sneaking or Cowardly.

Three favorite Non-fiction books?

The Bible, I kissed Dating Goodbye (Joshua Harris), Thunder Dog (Michael Hingson)

Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon? 

 Choose? Watch movies and read. All. Day. Long.

Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character. 

Eh, I really don't like Hats.  I like Fez (Fez's are cool), and I like Stetsons, I also like Pill box hats, but none of those really describe me.
Oh, I know. A dark cloak's hood.
Thats it.

Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year. 

Turning 16, I got my purity ring, and it was just a really good Father/Daughter time.
Growing Closer to Joanna.  She is a wonderful girl, peoples.
And, all the ER visits.  I haven't been sick, but Shiloh has had a bit of a rough time. Hitting her head hard, even being born, I have learned to really just let go, and trust God. 

Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.

Not, "Happen to find and go, "Oh! I'll put this in my pocket!".
But Seek. 
I need to do more seeking.


  1. Oh, I loved the book, "I Kiss Dating Goodbye"! =) And you're so right, Joanna IS such a wonderful person. ♥ Thanks for sharing Ashley, such a wonderfully interesting post!

  2. Ahh I liked so many things in this post but I would be marked for spam for how long this comment would be. So I will simply say, YES PAINT THE ROSES RED!!! ;D hahah. And how close we are now makes me very happy :)

    And y'all are too sweet. You two are soooo wonderful and I love you both very, very much ♥

  3. Go ahead, Jo, spam me with a long comment!

  4. I never would have thought to bring a parasol on a trip, but you're right, it's a fitting thing for a lady to have along on any journey.

    I loved the new Alice in Wonderland movie! It was much more interesting than the Disney version, which I used to watch quite a bit growing up.

    I love that you included a few cats in your lovely cottage. And yes, paint the roses red!

  5. I'm so much like Anne Shirley too! :D And P+P is my favorite Jane Austin book too. But that's pretty much all we have in common within this post. I've never been a huge fan of Sherlock, or POTO, and things along that line. I think that's why I enjoy your blog so much; a lot of bloggers seem to all have the same tastes/styles without realizing it. But you are so very unique! :D

  6. @Laura
    Actually, the main reason I thought of a parasol, would be because thE places I plan to go, a parasol would make a charming photo prop.

    Thank you! It's an honor being unique, lol.

  7. That's true, I don't know anyone else who would have travel photos including a parasol! :)

  8. Oh, lovely post, Ashley!
    I adore The Phantom O.T.O novel - and your dream house sounds divine=)


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