Friday, August 29, 2014

Beautiful People // Elise

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This is J. Wheeler, Secretary again—to state that my employer, Éowyn, has been distracted from blogging of late by a multitude of simple daily pleasures such as playing tag with the warm summer weather, reading, stargazing and Thinking (the capital is her own). It was only with the greatest effort that I was able to remind her that indeed with this month drawing to a close also brings this month's Beautiful People link-up to a close. As she did not wish to miss these questions she has written out the answers and has now assigned me the task of posting them. The “Beautiful Person” in question is Elise, heroine of Éowyn and Arwen's current WIP, “They Searched Who Laughed”, and they both hope you have a lovely time meeting her. As always, Éowyn would like to extend her hearty thanks to Sky and Cait, the hostesses of this link-up.

J. Wheeler, Secretary.

What does your character regret most in her life?
If there is one thing she regrets it is that—naturally quiet—over the years she has become even more so and now she is shy of showing what is in her heart. 

What is your character's happiest memory? Most sorrowful?
Both of these are inexorably bound up with the Most Important Moment of the story, hence my lips are partly sealed, but I may say that they take place within a mere breathe of each-other, and that the memory of them is so vivid, that ever after Elise's heart skips a beat at the mere thought of them.

What majorly gets on your character's nerves?
Her nerves are greatly protected by her cool nature, hence, unless they are taut already from some peculiar happening, she really hardly has anything.

Do they act differently when they are around people opposed to being alone? If so, how?
Elise nearly always has a habitual manner (not of stupidity), but of a stillness—waiting for something wonderful to happen about her. Hence the only difference between the two is that when she is in company this is more marked.

What are their beliefs and superstitions?
She is a Christian and though sometimes whimsical, is not superstitious.

What are their catchphrases, or things they say frequently? 
I am not exactly sure on this one yet, but as a general rule she is a person who brings peace to a situation, so if she does have a catchphrase it will be something upon that line.

Would they be more prone to facing fears or running from them?
In the terms of emotional fears, she simply ignores them, if they are physical ones she simply
does that which needs doing.

Do they have a good self image?
Though at times she fails her own ideal, what most peoples opinion may be of her does not affect her in the least.

Do they turn to people when they are upset, or do they isolate themselves?
She tells none her feelings unless asked. But then again, however reserved she might naturally be, she still has a dash of that passionate French blood in her veins.      

If they were standing next to you would it make you laugh or cry?
I might laugh with happiness, and since her quiet manner is not unfriendly, I think we would get along quite well. She would tell me where I am getting her story right...and wrong...and especially, she would tell me all the itsy, bitsy details that I have yet to discover.

Éowyn's Note: In case you are putting the family together: this is indeed Eustace Rimwood's favorite niece! Actually, I think she is his only niece, but were he to have twenty, he would still admire her the most. Also, if you are wondering - J. Wheeler is a hypothetical character.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Asia Meets West

In which I present two things –

First... my new header and blog background! I am so happy—no, overjoyed is the better word—with this whole design. The action in the painting portrays almost exactly that to which I aspire, and the scenery—! What more need be said? It looks almost exactly like some of the land I saw on our travels to the western side of Yellowstone a couple summers ago and, though I dearly love nearly all the west, that place has remained particularly close to me. And someday, I hope we shall meet again.

Second... my “Around the World in 365 Days Challenge” tribute to Tibet and “Lost Horizon” and Asian art in general (as the drawing was inspired by the embroidery on my kimono).

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