Two New Dolls!

Today I have two more dolls from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. The first (in white and blue) is Mrs Arabella Strange, the pretty young wife of Jonathan Strange, and the second (in black) is a log of moss-oak pretending to be Mrs Arabella Strange. Don’t ask. It mostly makes sense in the book. Mostly…

Two New Contest Entries!

There are two new contest entries! One in the Literary Character Ball Contest and the other in the Inhabitants of Neverland Contest. Check them out, they are great!

New Literary Ball Entry!

There is another new entry in the Literary Character Ball Contest! Check it out!

Teves Has a Description! Yay!

I have updated the D&D Page with the description that Alan provided for Teves! Sorry that took so long, Alan!

New Stamp and New Award

Today I have a new stamp from Fractured Fairytales and there is a new participation award on the Awards Page. Hermione is now adoptable from the Literary Character Page.

Another Random Quiz

Jolly good, wot! Anyone for tennis? That’ll be ten ponies, guv. You’re the epitome of everything that is english. Yey :) Hoist that Union Jack!

How British are you?

this quiz was made by alanna

New Contest Entry and New Shop Orders

Go to the Current Contest Page to see the first entry to the Inhabitants of Neverland Contest! I hope to see lots more!

There are also two new adorable shop orders from Kya’s shop at Eden Enchanted. I think that they are adorable!

Book Questions from Viv’s Blog

Today Viv listed a set of book questions and her answers. At the end she asked me to answer them too, so here are my answers!

You are stuck inside Fahrenheit 451 (where books must be memorized, since they are burned). Which book would you be?

Tough one. I would have to say The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim. It’s a book about the importance of stories in human development. It seems appropriate to memorize a book about the importance of literature in a setting where books are burned. And I absolutely adore this book. It’s brilliant and every parent should be required to read it. I’ll blog about it more later.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Of course! I had a major crush on Prince Gwydion from the Prydain series when I was younger. I’ve also had crushes on Prince Andrei Bolkonsky from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Peter Pan from Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie, Konstantin Levin from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and way too many others for me to list or remember!

What is the last book you bought?

Not counting comic book trade paperbacks, the last book I bought was Mother Goose in Prose by L. Frank Baum. It’s the first children’s book that Baum wrote and I’m really excited to have found a copy. It is a collection of short stories that he wrote for his sons to explain why the strange things that happen in nursery rhymes happened. It’s very interesting.

What are you currently reading?

I’m always reading at least two books at a time. Currently I’m reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke and I’m rereading (for the sixth or seventh time) The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim. I love the Bettelheim book, obviously, and always learn new things when I read it. Susanna Clarke’s novel is interesting, if odd. I’m generally enjoying reading it.

Five books for your desert island cruise package.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (no surprise there to anyone, I trust)
Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie (again, I hope that doesn’t surprise anyone)
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim
A child psychology textbook (preferably a fairly new one)
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (because it’s an amazing book and I would love to reread it six or seven times, and a desert island would give me the time to do it)

Who are you going to pass this book meme baton to and why? (only three people).
Michael: because I want to see what he would pick besides Cryptonomicon!
Alan: because he’s an interesting guy and I would love to see what he would say!
Heather: because she always has interesting things to say and I’d love to hear her opinions about books.

New Contest Entries and Gifts

There are two new gifts from Fractured Fairytales. There are also three new entries to the Literary Character Ball contest. Check them out!

Why Does This Happen?

Ok, you guys all know that I only very very very very rarely discuss anything political on my blog. I generally hate politics. I follow the news, I have opinions, I do care very much, I just hate discussing the stuff because of the reactions from the people around me when I do (both the people who agree with me and the people who don’t). Basically, I would rather not discuss news until I can fix the way people discuss news, and since that isn’t likely to happen any time soon, I just avoid doing it.

Anyway, I just had to post this one since I think everyone should at least be aware it’s happening and think about it. In Florida (everybody’s favorite state), there is a 13 year old girl who is a ward of the state being denied an abortion. News Story Here! She’s in court about this now.

Seriously, I get the arguement that she is likely to feel bad about the decision later, but she’s 13! Isn’t it pretty likely that she is going to feel bad about any decision she makes? I mean, if I were 13 and pregnant, I don’t even *know* what would be going through my head, but being told that I absolutely had no choice and had to carry the baby to term (which is more likely than I would be comfortable with to be bad for me and for the baby), I’d be pretty upset. This girl knows that she isn’t old enough or mature enough to raise a child or deal with the incredible emotional burden of putting it up for adoption. I’m not saying abortion should be an easy choice for her, it shouldn’t. But perhaps it would be better for her to have counciling and someone to talk to who might help her come to whatever is right for her and her baby (whatever that may be) than make her go through the messy judicial process with people who can’t even tell her why she can’t make her own decisions! Read the article. It’s important.

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