If you want to know more particularly how Mary looked, ten to one you will see a face like hers in the crowded street to-morrow, if you are there on the watch: she will not be among those daughters of Zion who are haughty, and walk with stretched-out necks and wanton eyes, mincing as they go: let all those pass, and fix your eyes on some small plump brownish person of firm but quiet carriage, who looks about her, but does not suppose that anybody is looking at her. If she has a broad face and square brow, well-marked eyebrows and curly dark hair, a certain expression of amusement in her glance which her mouth keeps the secret of, and for the rest features entirely insignificant – take that ordinary but not disagreeable person for a portrait of Mary Garth.
- 20th April
- 15th April
- 11th April
I haven’t been around much lately, and that’s likely to continue for a while. Early last month my grandma fell and broke her shoulder, which means there have been daily drives into the city, frequent family conferences, etc. The next few months are likely to be even more packed with studying and financial planning for starting college. (Yay! At last!) I’ve also been writing a fair bit — might submit some stuff to contests.
So… if I don’t reply in a timely manner
or at all to emails or messages it’s not a personal slight to any of my fabulous online friends.
- 9th April
I think most actors are fundamentally inconsolable…
- 16th March
I know my place is a favourable one, for a governess. What dismays and haunts me sometimes, is a conviction that I have no natural knack for my vocation. If teaching only were requisite, it would be smooth and easy; but it is the living in other people’s house - the estrangement from one’s real character - the adoption of a cold, rigid, apathetic exterior that is painful.Charlotte Bronte to Ellen Nussey,. August 7th 1841. (via thebriarfieldchronicles)
- 13th March
- 12th March
Got tagged by glintglimmergleam ages ago. Not going to tag anyone else, though I’ll enjoy seeing your answers if any of you feel like doing it.
1) A Language you wish you spoke?
Many, but I’ll go with Italian.
2) A physical skill you’ve never been able to accomplish?
Uh, most anything. A front flip where I don’t land sideways.
3) Fandom you’ve quit?
Twilight. Or rather, corrective Twilight fic. *Hides*
4) Do you play an instrument?
I play piano, violin, and “voice” — all more or less badly.
5) Favorite book from 2012?
Not a fair question… maybe… Ficiton: Great Expectations
Nonfiction: Ten Thousand Sorrows by Elizabeth Kim
6) What color are your nails?
7) Best song you’ve heard this week?
I’ve mostly been listening to audiobooks lately. A song I’ve been learning for choir — “He Is Exalted”, I think — is catchy, although probably nothing great.
8) Favorite color?
9) Hairstyle you’ve never dared to try?
I’ve talked about shaving my head for years. Next time my hair is long and unmanageable I’ll show people I can carry through with what they have hitherto deemed an idle threat.
10) worst movie you saw in 2013
Probably the last: Dorian Gray, with Ben Barnes and Colin Firth.
- 17th February
The Swiss Brethren completely took over my weekend. Maybe I should just forget about my real responsibilities and goals, order the letters of Conrad Grebel, and write that novel I’ve wanted to for years.
- 16th February
History people, how bad is Alison Weir? I now know some of you consider her quite a pseudo-historian, but several years back when I was more into Tudor history I picked up her “The Children of Henry VIII” for a couple dollars. Should I actually bother to read it through?
- 16th February
Reread the Book of Judges today.
So many stories layered together — warring factions, frenzied lust, prophecies and poems, miracles and murders. Families grappling for power and control, men and women using brute force as well as strategy to overcome.
Sex and violence and sex as violence.
Game of Thrones ain’t got nothing on the original.