Previously stamped as: Jane Eyre, George Knightley, Gerda, Portia, Elizabeth Bennet, Mrs. Danvers, Kit Kittredge, Luna Lovegood, Beth March, Heidi, Lampito, C.S. Lewis, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Violet Baudelaire, Lucy
Positive traits: intelligent, loyal, accepting, geeky, true, merry, imaginative, listening, idealistic, bookish, poised
Negative traits: critical, impatient, afraid, shy, picky
Books, reading, writing. History. Dark, dark chocolate. Sunshine, thunderstorms, the desert. Walking. Art, especially medieval illuminations. Bach, classic rock, dancing. Tequila. Coffee. Laughter, puns, the Muppets. Philosophy. Long, rambling conversations. Fantasy and romance novels. Amateur graphic and web-design. Rivers, streams, and brooks.
Purple. Much impressionistic art. Techno music. Pop opera. Drivers who won't get out of the left lane, no matter how slow they're driving. Impoliteness. Self-pity. Using "drug" instead of "dragged." Busy work. Condescension. “Selfish disdain for the feelings of others.” Winter. Pointless, endless fantasy series. White chocolate. Celebrity.
What are some of your goals and dreams?
I'd love to be a published fantasy novelist, and someday I'd love to be married and have kids. But mostly I want to be joyful in my life. I may not be happy all the time, and my life may follow some unforeseen paths, but I want, at the end of it, to look back and feel satisfied---proud---of the life I've lived, of the person I became in that life.
How do you feel about love and relationships?
I feel love is essential. Varied in richness and depth. Real. It's complex, impossible to completely understand. At its best, we are at *our* best, and even at its worst, it cannot be entirely corrupted. I've never been in love, and maybe I never will be, but I've been loved and do love, and I find those loves give me strength. My opinion on relationships isn't much different, really: I think they're complex, that they require a lot of work, but they're also worth it, strengthening and bettering me even as I work to strengthen and better them.
~This or That~
Realistic or idealistic? idealistic
Introverted or extroverted? introverted
Adventurous or a homebody? a homebody, but I do love a taste of adventure every now and then
Optimistic or pessimistic? optimistic
By the books or a rule breaker? mostly by the books; I think for myself and so I'll break a rule if I feel it truly necessary, but I hate getting in trouble so I tend to abide by the rules more often than not
Leader or follower? leader
A tomboy or girly? tomboy, especially when I was younger; I'm a lot more girly now
[ ] Selfish
[ ] Reckless
~Youth is wasted on the young~
What do you do when things don't go your way?
Fume and grumble and try to think of a way to improve the situation. Sometimes that means taking action, but just as often it requires a change of attitude on my part. I don't like feeling negative about things, so if I can find a way to see the bright side in a set-back, I'll do that, even if it takes a bit of time to get there.
If someone you loved was in danger, what would you do?
I would like to say I'd do anything, but I'm not sure that's true. I'd certainly die for them, but I don't believe I'd give up state secrets, kill someone else, or otherwise allow myself to be used to bring danger and destruction to others. I don't believe anyone I love would agree to allow me to do that. But I'd probably endure a number of painful or humiliating experiences myself in order to help my loved one.
How well do you respond to stress?
I do better with intellectual or emotional stress. I'm not someone who thrives on it, but I do gain a certain clarity of thinking when under mental or emotional pressure, and I'm usually possessed of enough steely determination to put that ability to use. But physical stress is a lot harder to deal with. If I'm exhausted or hungry or pushed beyond my strength, I tend to feel defeated and overwhelmed enough that I can't think my way out of the situation.
What would you say is your biggest flaw?
My pride. While it can boost my confidence and assure me of my abilities, it can also push me into criticism. Mostly of myself---all the things I do wrong or badly---but I can be pretty disparaging of others, as well, especially others' intelligence and/or competence.
~An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young~
Do you read Young Adult fiction? Why/why not? Upon occasion. I enjoy the blend of adventure, mystery, and romance in many YA fantasy novels. Although I'm finding that the quality of writing isn't very consistent: sometimes I'm amazed and impressed by the beauty of the prose, and other times I'm aghast at the notion that it was published at all.
Have you read any books on the list of options? No, although I've seen both movies.
Is there a character you don't think you are like or don't want to get stamped as? Maybe Bridget: I'm not really athletic or reckless or outgoing.
Is there anything else you would like to add? Thanks for voting!
And because votes are still a must…