Books, GKC, random, Tolkien

Some quotes

I think this one is so sweet! I found it on the Fairy Tale Novel forum.

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
~Dr. Seuss

This is one of my favorite quotes from The Lord of the Rings:

‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.
‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’ – J. R. R. Tolkien (my favorite modern author)

Here’s some from my second favorite modern author, G. K. Chesterton:

“I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.”

“The most unfathomable schools and sages have never attained to the gravity which dwells in the eyes of a baby of three months old. It is the gravity of astonishment at the universe, and astonishment at the universe is not mysticism, but a transcendent common-sense. The fascination of children lies in this: that with each of them all things are remade, and the universe is put again upon its trial. As we walk the streets and see below us those delightful bulbous heads, three times too big for the body, which mark these human mushrooms, we ought always primarily to remember that within every one of these heads there is a new universe, as new as it was on the seventh day of creation. In each of those orbs there is a new system of stars, new grass, new cities, a new sea.” -From In Defense of Baby Worship

Blog, Books, internet, language, random, writing

Come on…

So I bet you’ve heard of this so-called writing analysis website. Well, I’m afraid that it’s not terribly accurate.

My sister, Elvenmaiden, whom you may know, got Tolkien as her result. I can vouch that the little poem she put in was quite lovely, but not exactly what I would call Tolkienian. And nearly every time I put in a sample, depending on the sample, I got a different result. Finally, after putting two samples from the same piece of writing (a persuasive paper on classical versus popular music) I got the same result twice in a row. Here it is:

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I’ve read some Lovecraft, and his writing, frankly, is not good at all. (Sure, neither is mine, but not as bad and not in the same way). However, he’s really good at making you want to run, scream, turn on the lights, and vomit simultaneously. I do NOT recommend him-his writing is extraordinarily disgusting, not to mention containing a vile concoction of nihilistic paganism which is singularly revolting.

Anyhow, this is one of the samples I put in:

“Among all the ancient arts, perhaps none are so controversial at the moment as music. Raising high emotions everywhere, it seems that everyone has an opinion. A quick look at stereotypes will confirm this. On the one hand, there are the hip-hop fans, generally in their teens or early twenties, with very low trousers and slovenly language, the ‘tween’ girl who adores Taylor Swift and is bedecked in tight jeans and pink t-shirts, and the classical music fan of the upturned nose and the freezing glance. While none of these is particularly attractive, they all agree on one thing: music is of a strong importance in their lives. Briefly glancing at the philosophers, you would find they agree; there is Plato, who included music in his Republic, Augustine, who wept at hearing the hymns in church, and Thomas Aquinas, who stated in his Summa Theologica that music could be a preparation to contemplation of God.
Although all agree on music’s importance, one may be fairly certain that most do not consider that all kinds of music are equal, whatever they may claim. This is more obvious in the lovers of classical music, who often explicitly despise other forms of music, but it is also more subtly present in the boy or girl who is fond of popular music. “Classical is so boring,” they remark. Which are right?
In order to answer this question, it is necessary to examine three facets of the problem. Firstly, there is the cultural interest of the problem. Then, there is the uses of the music. What is its utility? Lastly, there is the objective beauty of the music. Is it beautiful? These last two questions are inextricably linked, for beauty of form and beauty of meaning are, in the end, simply two different expressions of the same thing.”

(This isn’t my usual style, exactly-it was written for a writing program that forces you to use certain sentence openers and “dress-ups”, and it’s a more formal voice than I generally use, being for a persuasive essay, so it isn’t my natural style, but close enough).

Take the quiz and tell me what you get in the good old comment box.

By the way, looky at my new signature!



So it begins.

Or, to be more precise, most of it does. I have no chemistry classes till next week, but everything else is rolling (even Great Books, for which I’m doing catchup reading before beginning the readings for the first class on September 7th). My Algebra II class was today. I’ve never outsourced math before, believe it or not, and I think I’ll like the accountability available with it, not to mention being able to actually ask questions if I don’t understand a concept (which doesn’t work with a DVD).

I feel so old beginning 10th grade. I can remember turning it over and over in my mind when I realized I was in 5th grade (or maybe it was 7th or 6th). Time flies even when you’re not having fun, and I am. It’s true the workload is heavy this year, with so many subjects.
Great Books (extremely intense literature/history class)
Ancient Greek
Algebra II
Art (relatively simple, watching some lectures on DVD)
English (again, fairly simple-reading through a textbook for the main part, I think)
Religion (History of the Church)

Fortunately, I don’t mind math and I love languages and reading, but even so that’s quite a bit.

On the lighter side, I’ve been reading a bit lately. I recently read Alex O’Donnell and the Forty Cyberthieves and enjoyed it a great deal. I also have been flipping through Emma again, with the intention of trying to obtain a copy of the recent BBC miniseries of it. Last night I picked up a volume of Yeats at the library and I believe, after flipping through, that if I can get the time, I’ll enjoy him.

Feast Today: Saint Bartholomew, apostle
I plan to post on most well-known liturgical feasts from now on, so keep your eyes peeled, if you like that sort of thing.

Blog, Books, Humour, internet, movies, random

Great meme!

I tag: Elvenmaiden and whoever else wants to do it.

1. Elizabeth Bennet
2. Rose Brier
3. Aragorn
4. Mr. Tilney
5. Buzz Lightyear
6. Puddleglum
7. Ransom
8. Arwen
9. Fish
10. Blanche Brier
11. Bear
12. Sam Gamgee

1. Who would make a better collage prof, 6 or 11?

I’m not sure… I’ll say Bear, since Puddleglum would be a frightful professor.

2. Do you think #2 is beautiful?

Everyone does!

3. 12 sends 8 out on a mission. What is it? Does it succeed?

Sam sends Arwen out on a mission??? That’s just too weird…

4. What is or what would be 9’s favorite book?

I’m guessing Saint Agnes’ Eve? (is that right?) It might have said what it was in Waking Rose, actually, but I lent that book to someone and I can’t check.

5. Would it make more sense: for 2 to swear fealty to 6, or the other way around?

Puddleglum would swear fealty to Lady Rose of the Sacra Cor, to serve her as a true Narnian.

6. For some reason, 5 is looking for a roommate. Should (s)he room with 9 or 10?

9, obviously. Buzz Lightyear and Fish might not get along real well… but it would be very interesting.

7. 2, 7 and 12 are going out to dinner. Where do they go and what do they discuss?

They go to a restaurant that serves fish and chips. They discuss the nature of good, evil, and stories.

8. 3 challenges 10 to a duel, who wins?

Aragorn would never challenge a lady to a fight, ever!

9. If 1 stole 8’s most precious possession, would (s)he get it back?

Yes, I think so. I’m guessing that would be the famed movie necklace thingy? I’m sure Lizzy would never steal, though.

10. Suggest a story title in which 7 and 12 both attain what they desire.

“The Downfall of the Bent Eldil”???

11. What kind of plot device would you have to use if you wanted 1 and 4 to work together?

Ahhhh… I suppose we could have Elizabeth Bennet meet him through their mutual friend Catherine Morland and have to work with Mr. Tilney in order *SPOILER SPOILER* to get his sister married to the man who courted her before the book begins and who marries her at the end of Northanger Abbey.

12.If 7 visited you for the weekend, how would it go?

I bet it would be kind of uncomfortable, what with the eldils visiting him and such.

13. If you could command 3 to perform any service or task for you, what would it be?

Oooh, I would order him to let me visit Middle Earth whenever I wanted to!

14. Does anyone on your friends list write or draw 11?

Um… I can’t remember. I don’t think so.

15. If 2 had to choose sides between 4 and 5, what side would (s)he choose?

Rose would probably be put out of temper by Buzz Lightyear’s foolish arrogance and pick the well-bred and humorous Mr. Tilney.

16. What might 10 shout out while charging into battle?

I really don’t think Blanche would charge into battle.

17. If you had to choose a song to best describe 8, what would it be?

“May It Be”?? That’s the only one I can think of.

18. 1, 6 and 12 are having a dim sum at a Chinese Restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left, and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets it?

Puddleglum has those really long limbs. I bet he would get it.

19. What would be a good pickup line for 2 to say to 9?

I promise I didn’t put Fish and Rose together on purpose! That is too funny! Hmm… there’s a few quotes in Waking Rose that would serve well, I’m sure 😉 .

20. What would 5 most likely be arrested for?

Probably public disturbance… knowing Buzz and all.

21. What is 6’s secret?

He’s really a cheerful sort at heart.

22. If 11 and 9 were racing to a destination, who would get there first?

I’m guessing Bear. He’s taller, and all.

23. If you had to walk home through a bad neighborhood late at night, who would you feel more comfortable walking with, 7 or 8?

Ransom! Duh!

24. 1 and 9 reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4’s sinister secret organization. 11 volunteers to help them,but it is later discovered that s/he is actually a spy for 4. Meanwhile, 4 has kidnapped 12 in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of 5, they seek out 3, who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fic?

“Mr Tilney, Mastermind”

Books, Regina Doman, writing

A Review of Waking Rose

Waking Rose, by Regina Doman. Reviewed by Mirfain.
Warning: contains spoilers for The Shadow of the Bear and Black as Night.
Waking Rose begins with Rose Brier’s words: “I love him more than poetry. I love him more than song.” The rest of the book lives up to that memorable opening line. Rose Brier has been in love with Benedict “Fish” Denniston since she rescued him from Certain Death. He, however, does not reciprocate the feelings. The first chapter continues with the marriage of Arthur “Bear” Denniston, his brother, and Blanche Brier, her sister.
Later that year, Rose heads off to Mercy College, a small, fictional Catholic college that the author modeled on Franciscan University of Steubenville (which she attended) and Christendom College (in Front Royal, VA where the author lives). Fish goes to a secular college, and the story begins. This story, as you may have guessed, is modeled on Sleeping Beauty.
When Rose takes a bioethics class, she begins to collect her dead father’s research for her “monster bioethics paper”, and awakes a few sleeping questions herself. Why did her father, who was an alumni, tell Blanche not to attend Mercy College? Why did they move away from the area when Rose was a baby? Is someone following her? As for Fish, will his scars ever heal?
In the course of the book, these questions are answered, and you’ll also meet many fascinating characters. The Knights of Sacra Cor, who make Rose their Lady; Kateri Kovach, a passionate pro-life activist, and Rose’s friend before and through college; and many more.
I do warn you; this book is probably not suitable for young people under the age of fourteen or fifteen; it contains some disturbing material, though all handled in a deeply Catholic manner. When all is taken into consideration, however, Regina Doman has produced one of the most compelling young adult books I have yet read, and I highly recommend it. Faith, action, adventure, romance, conflict, mystery. Read it and you will not be disappointed.

Here is the book’s website: Waking Rose. Buy the book here: Waking Rose



Hello! I am Mirfain. Perhaps some of you know me from my old (password protected) blog. Mirfain is not my real name, but a free translation of my real name into Sindarin Elvish. The name of my blog is, as most of you have probably grasped, from The Lord of the Rings, the greatest literary fruit of the mostly barren 20th century.

I must say, I am very pleased to have this new blog.
So, I will begin with saying some more about myself. I am Catholic, fifteen, female, oldest of six children, and going into my sophomore year in high school. Some interesting facts about me: I love languages. I’m learning Latin and hopefully will continue with Greek this year if possible. I pray the Rosary daily, it is my #1 favorite prayer besides the Mass, of course. I want to make the Total Consecration to Mary this year. My favorite lady writer is Jane Austen, and I’ve read four of her novels-Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey. I’m rationing myself to one a month so I won’t read another till September. My other favorite lady writer is Regina Doman. Her novels for young women (and young men) are staunchly Catholic, exciting, and altogether delightful. But if you’re reading my blog, you probably know most of this already.
Anyhow, glad to meet you!