Sunday, October 23, 2016

Literary Explorations

Here I am, writing a blog post for the first time in months! Sorry about that. After a busy summer I'm finally getting back into the swing of things. 

I started my freshman year of homeschool a couple of months ago. As you can probably tell by the fact that I have a blog, writing is my favorite subject--as long as music doesn't count as schooling. Also, many of you know that I have a fabulous writing mentor, Miss Kathy, who assists me in all of my wordy endeavors. She is also my literature teacher, and as we are both great fans of the lovely Jane Austen, we've been reading her last book written--but not finished--Sanditon. 

Jane was twelve chapters into writing the book when she became too sick to complete it. At the age of 41 she passed away. Several people have attempted to finish Jane's work, one of whom writes under the pen-name "Another Lady". We have five remaining chapters to read before moving on to other literary experiences, but first, let's talk a bit about this one. 

Sanditon follows a beautiful and smart young woman named Charlotte Heywood who is vacationing in Sanditon, a small sea bathing resort. Charlotte is in search of a husband, just like any other twenty-two year old of her time. Though there were many bachelors in Sanditon, the only one Charlotte has eyes for is a witty young man named Sidney Parker. Charlotte spends an abundance of time worrying herself with the wonder of whether or not Sidney could ever think of her the way she thinks of him, and she’s flattered when she learns that things might turn out in her favor. 

Each week, Miss Kathy and I read through five chapters, and I summarize the plot of each one. She also gets my brain working on some fun projects, this week's being memes! I gathered three different quotes and used original photos for each quote. Two of the quotes are by Jane, one by "Another Lady". See if you can guess who wrote which quote, and leave your answer in the comments.

Don't get too excited--I don't own a cat. This is a stray kitten who ran across the road in front of my mom's car while mom was on her way to work. The poor thing lost one of her eyes, and has an infection in the other but she's such a darling little thing and only four weeks old. Fortunately our friend, Steve, will be giving her a home, but I thought I'd put her to good use at least for one photo. 

Aside from Jane Austen and "Another Lady", Miss Kathy and I have been working on another super exciting project that I can't wait to share with you.

Hint: it concerns my writing, yet it has very little to do with me!

Until next time!