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A Few of My Favourite Things

Authors

Elizabeth Peters

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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also writes as Barbara Michaels as well as her own name. Born and brought up in Illinois, she earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. Mertz was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. She lived in a historic farmhouse in Frederick, western Maryland until her death.

Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club. In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, three years after her husband had been knighted for his archeological work in 1968.

Arthur Conan Doyle

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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Conan Doyle was found clutching his chest in the hall of Windlesham, his house in Crowborough, East Sussex, on 7 July 1930. He had died of a heart attack at age 71. His last words were directed toward his wife: “You are wonderful.” The epitaph on his gravestone in the churchyard at Minstead in the New Forest, Hampshire, reads:

STEEL TRUE
BLADE STRAIGHT
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
KNIGHT
PATRIOT, PHYSICIAN & MAN OF LETTERS

Conan Doyle’s house, Undershaw, located in Hindhead, south of London, where he had lived for a decade, had been a hotel and restaurant between 1924 and 2004. It now stands empty while conservationists and Conan Doyle fans fight to preserve it.
A statue honours Conan Doyle at Crowborough Cross in Crowborough, where Conan Doyle lived for 23 years. There is also a statue of Sherlock Holmes in Picardy Place, Edinburgh, close to the house where Conan Doyle was born.

JK Rowling

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J.K. Rowling has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry’s school books within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages were published in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief.

In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children’s High Level Group (now Lumos).

As well as an OBE for services to children’s literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

In 2012, J.K. Rowling published her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy (Little Brown), which has now been published in 44 languages.

J.K. Rowling has also written The Cuckoo’s Calling (Little Brown), her first crime novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, which was published in 2013 and is to be translated into 37 languages.   A second Robert Galbraith novel is due to be published in 2014.

J.K. Rowling is currently writing the screen play, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, an original story set in the wizarding world, some of which will be familiar to Harry Potter fans.   It marks her screenwriting debut and the start of a new film series with Warner Bros.

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Strong Females in Literature

Amelia Peabody from The Amelia Peabody series, by Elizabeth Peters

“No woman really wants a man to carry her off; she only wants him to want to do it.”

“If all else fails, we will simply have to drug our attendants, overpower the guards, raise the oppressed peasants to arms, and take over the government.”
— The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, #6)

“Your trousers are on fire. I would have told you, but you so dislike advice…”

“..he continues to cling to the forlorn hope that I will turn into one of those swooning females…and fling myself squeeling at him whenever anything happens. Like all men, he clings to his illusions.”
— The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, #6)

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Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series, by JK Rowling

“Hermione launched herself forwards and started punching every inch of him that she could reach.
‘Ouch — ow — gerroff! What the — ? Hermione — OW!’
“You — complete — arse — Ronald — Weasley!”
She punctuated every word with a blow: Ron backed away, shielding his head as Hermione advanced.”
— Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

“As the Dark Lord becomes ever more powerful, your race is set still more firmly above mine! Gringotts falls under Wizarding rule, house-elves are slaughtered, and who amongst the wand-carriers protests?”
“We do!” said Hermione. She had sat up straight, her eyes bright. “We protest! And I’m hunted quite as much as any goblin or elf, Griphook! I’m a Mudblood!”
“Don’t call yourself —” Ron muttered.
“Why shouldn’t I?” said Hermione. “Mudblood, and proud of it! I’ve got no higher position under this new order than you have, Griphook! It was me they chose to torture, back at the Malfoys’!”
— Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

“Me? Books and cleverness. There are more important things: friendship and bravery.”

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Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

“You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.”

“The more I see of the world, the less inclined I am to think well of it.”

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Jo March from Little Women, by Louisa-May Alcott

“I keep turning over new leaves, and spoiling them, as I used to spoil my copybooks; and I make so many beginnings there never will be an end.”

“He’s dull as powder, Meg. Can’t you at least marry someone amusing?”

“Jo, it’s time.”
“Time for what?”
“You don’t mean to say you have forgotten that you promised to make half a dozen calls with me today?”
“I’ve done a good many rash and foolish things in my life, but I dont think I was mad enough to say I’d make six calls, when a single one upsets me for a week.”

Laurie: I have loved you since the moment I clamped eyes on you. What could be more reasonable than to marry you?
Jo March: We’d kill each other.
Laurie: Nonsense!
Jo March: Neither of us can keep our temper-…
Laurie: I can, unless provoked.
Jo March: We’re both stupidly stubborn, especially you. We’d only quarrel!
Laurie: I wouldn’t!
Jo March: You can’t even propose without quarreling.

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Miss Jane Marple from Agatha Christie’s crime novels

“Dear Vicar…you are so unworldly.  I’m afraid that, observing human nature for as long as I have done, one gets not to expect very much from it.  I daresay idle tittle-tattle is very wrong and unkind, but it is so often true, isn’t it?” – Murder at the Vicarage, 1930

Mrs. Dolly Bantry: “I wouldn’t tell a soul.”
Miss Jane Marple: “People who use that phrase are always the last to live up to it.”
The Body in the Library, 1942

Mrs. Ruth Van Rydock: “You’ve always been a sweet innocent looking creature, Jane, and all the time underneath nothing has ever surprised you, you always believe the worst.”
“The worst is so often true,” murmured Miss Marple.
– Murder With Mirrors (They Do It With Mirrors), 1952

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Movie/Book Quotes

Iron Man 3:

Reluctant AIM Guard: [after Tony Stark incapacitates almost all Mandarin guards, the last one quickly surrenders] Don’t shoot! Seriously, I don’t even like working here. They are so weird.

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Brandt: Is that all you’ve got? A cheap trick and a cheesy one-liner?

Tony Stark: Sweetheart, that could be the name of my autobiography.

[blows up Brandt]

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Pepper Potts: Am I going to be okay?

Tony Stark: No. You’re in a relationship with me, nothing will ever be okay. But I had this twenty years ago when I was drunk, I can sort it out. I fix stuff.

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Tony Stark: I need to find this guy. You gotta stay safe. That’s all I know. I just stole a poncho from a wooden Indian.

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Harry Potter:

“Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’s business.
Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony, and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git.
Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor.
Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slimeball.”
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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“Don’t talk to me.”
“Why not?”
“Because I want to fix that in my memory for ever. Draco Malfoy, the amazing bouncing ferret…”
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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“How do you feel, Georgie?” whispered Mrs. Weasley.
George’s fingers groped for the side of his head.
“Saintlike,” he murmured.
“What’s wrong with him?” croaked Fred, looking terrified. “Is his mind affected?”
“Saintlike,” repeated George, opening his eyes and looking up at his brother. “You see…I’m HOLEY, Fred, geddit?”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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“Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!”
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Hobbies

Archaeology

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Reading

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Writing

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Craft

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Forensics

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