Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Rubber Stamps and Fountain Pens

The stains on my fingers attribute to both, the marks of the edges of a fluer de lis on my palm and a deep black stain on the middle finger of my right hand. But it is worth it, the scratch, scratch of the fine tip of my fountain pen on the paper and the round, old fashioned lines of the fluer de lis stamp and how they add to the envelope. Ahhh... the glories of old fashioned things, of writing and creating and making things. Isn't it loverly?

Speaking of lovely things.... I have been tagged for a book meme. I had been watching it circling through the blogs and longing to be tagged, so when my dear friend Emily was tagged she was sweet enough to save me from my plight. So.. here I am!! Thank you Emily!!

Link to the person that tagged you, post the rules somewhere in your meme, answer the questions, tag six people in your post, let the tagees know they’ve been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog, let the tagger know your entry is posted.

Who is your all-time favorite author and why?
My goodness!! I simply can't decide!! I love books and words and stories more than particular authors. Let's see..... hmmm... I think an author who I find myself always going back too, loving every book of hers that I read, would be Eloise Jarvis Mcgraw, author of one of my favorites, Mara, Daughter of the Nile, and others such as Sawdust in His Shoes, Moorchild, The Golden Goblet, Moccasin Trail, and The Seventeenth Swap. Besides that, for timeless writing that I never grow weary of, Charles Dickens, L.M. Montgomery, Jane Austen, Alfred Tennyson, Emma Orczy, C.S. Lewis....

Who was your first favorite author and why? Do you still consider him/her to be among your favorites?
My first favorite author??? Hmm.... I read many books as a young girl, but the one I can remember as definitely a favorite, one I began reading at 8 or 10, was Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of The Little Princess, The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntelroy, etc.... I read and re-read those books, my red velvet covered copy of The Secret Garden, my lovely Tasha Tudor illustrated A Little Princess, and the red, linen hardback with its victorian illustrations of little Lord Fauntelroy, his sweet mother, and his surly grandfather.

Who is the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?
My most recent discovery would be Kathleen Norris, author of Mother, The Foolish Virgin, and Storm House. I keep finding lovely old antique books that she authored and finding myself drawn in, cover to cover. Besides, recent additions to favorites in the last few years would be Agatha Christie, G.K.Chesterton, and Jane Kirkpatrick, one of the only modern authors I read, and a genius with metaphors.

If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth?

Charles Dickens, G.K. Chesterton, Alfred Tennyson, Agatha Christie, C.S. Lewis, Kathleen Norris.

I tag Kami at contentinthecountry.blogspot.com
Amy and Julia amyandjulia.blogspot.com
Meg at www.strangeverystrangeindeed.blogspot.com
And Abigail at abigailrose.wordpress.com

If there's anyone I've missed, please do let me know!! I'd love to tag you, as I wanted so to be tagged myself.

Mmmmmm..... the end of my book meme. Perhaps I will follow my inward yearnings, brew up a cup of Earl Grey, and take my current book from its place on the table. Mmm... yes. I think I will.:)

Good bye for the present!



emme said...

*sigh* Lovely! There's almost nothing I like better than reading about books...

Hmm...I know I've heard of Eloise Jarvis Mcgraw, but I don't think I've ever read any. Now I'm intrigued! ☺

Thanks, Emma! I loved hearing your thoughts...


Julia Marie said...

Oh, you said Emma Orczy - have you read Unto Caesar?? If not, they have it on Gutenberg! I love E.J.McGraw, too! (And Dickens, and Lewis . . . :)

Meghan Durst said...

I've posted on my blog now...I'm sure everyone will be just amazed at my literary-ness. My word I feel stupid. I am posting things like L.M. Montgomery when everyone else posts Dickens. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, fun stuff! Thanks for tagging me. :) I loved reading your answers, and am working on my own right now. :)

Hannah said...

Looks like fun!

Kara Dekker said...

Hello ladies,
I found your blog via the Sense and Sensibility sewing forums. I'm particularly drawn to sister-blogs, and my sister and I just started one ourselves!
Your mission-statement thingy on the sidebar is one I can echo a hearty amen to--such an encouragement to see other girls with the same vision.:)
I might borrow your book meme...I can't seem to resist filling these things out. Especially about books! We share some favs...Chesterton and Lewis come to mind...

Keep on!

Kara A.