Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chasing Bandit – CE April

I'm linking up with Kendra's Character Encounters again.  April's CE location is the woods.  Cordelia is one of the main characters from my Gemini trilogy.

You can find the link-up HERE.

“The rabbits are out again!” My little brother burst into the kitchen where we girls were discussing William Wilberforce.

My four sisters and I looked at each other and sighed.

“This is the fourth time this week!” Betty huffed as we all slid down from the counters where we had been perched.

“I guess we’ll be fixing rabbit cages again this afternoon,” Bobbie frowned, holding the door open for the rest of us.

Five minutes later, all but two of the rabbits were caught and back in their cages.  Billie and Bailey went after Naughty Peter Rabbit while Bobbie and Betty began fixing the cages.  That left me to catch Bandit.

I shrugged and started off.  Bandit always made a beeline for a certain hollow in the woods behind our house.  She would sit there for a while and if no one came for her right away, she would begin to explore the woods.  Once she started doing that, it would take forever to catch her.  I needed to reach her before she decided to start exploring.

I dodged the trailing vines that hung in front of the ‘doorway’ to one of the side paths into the woods.  It was the quickest path to Bandit’s Hollow.  I tried to walk quietly so I wouldn’t startle her.  Just a hundred feet further now....

A girl rose from behind a tree not ten feet in front of me and I stopped in surprise.  She was taller than I, with black hair and emerald green eyes.  She wore a mid 1860’s riding habit of dark blue.  I just looked at her for a moment.

“What are you doing in these trees?” she asked.  Her voice was cool, controlled.

“They belong to my family, “I replied just as coolly.  “Might I inquire what you are doing in them?”

“They belong to your family?  How can that be?  I am on the estate of my father-in-law and these are his trees.”

I began to have an idea of who this girl was.

“Are you certain, my lady?”

She drew herself up, “What do you mean?”

“Is it possible you have walked further than you intended?”

She raised her eyebrows at me.  Now I was certain who she was.  She looked around and I heard her murmur, “That would explain....”

“It is possible,” she admitted after a moment.  “I beg your pardon for trespassing.”

I smiled warmly, “It is of no account.  But since you are here, I am Melody Muffin.” I swept into my best curtsy.

“Lady Cordelia West,” she curtsied in return; a far more graceful and accomplished curtsy than mine had been!

“Are you just out for a walk, my lady?”

She glanced around and lowered her voice conspiratorially, “No, I’m escaping my governess.  I did not feel like doing my lessons this morning.”

“I’m chasing a loose rabbit.  Which reminds me... I would love to stay and talk with you longer but I must go or she will wander further off.”

She gave another quick glance around, “Would you like help catching her?”

My eyes danced, “Yes, please!”  This girl is so much fun!  I really need to return to writing her story.

I led the way and Cordelia gathered her habit skirt up in her left hand so it would not drag on the ground.  We crept up on Bandit’s hiding place. 

“There she is,” I whispered and motioned.  “I’ll go around this way.  If you go that way, we’ll trap her between us.”

Half a minute later I had the runaway rabbit firmly in my arms.  Lady Cordelia walked back with me to the tree where she had been sitting.

“It was a most pleasant escapade, Miss Muffin.  But I must return now to my home.  Dinner will be served soon and it would not do for me to still be missing.”

“Journey safely, Lady Cordelia.  And may we meet again sometime.”

“I would enjoy that,” she replied.

I smiled happily as I returned Bandit to her cage.  That was the most fun I’d ever had catching a rabbit!

Miss Melody Muffin

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Why The Scarlet Pimpernel Is The Quintessential Hero

Today is Percy Day, when we celebrate the absolute brilliance that is Sir Percival Blakeney, Bart.

Percy Day was started by Anne-girl during her Hero Week last year.  Since then, the Leaguettes have ratified a law making Percy Day an annual occurence.

Here I present some of the reasons I feel Sir Percy is the quintessential hero.

~He selflessly puts his own life on the line to rescue people who have no connection to him other than sympathy for their suffering.
~He is followed by a band of men whose passionate devotion and loyalty to their leader means they would lay down their lives for him at any time.
~He is head over heels in love with his wife.
~He rescues people irregardless of rank or consequence.  If they are in danger, that is enough for him.
~He has a witty retort for everything and everyone.
~He is a master of disguise.
~He is a master at fencing.
~He has amazing physical, mental and emotional strength.
~He has a superb wardrobe of fashionable clothes (including some gorgeous caped coats!).
~He never leaves a man behind.  (Well, ok, with one exception.)
~He has a hilarious and wide ranging vocabulary of exclamations.
~His accent is terrific.

I also asked four of my younger sisters- who join me in being Scarlet Pimpernel fans- what, in their opinion, makes Percy the quintessential hero:

Betty Jo-
~He has thrilling, edge-of-your-seat escapes and adventures.

Billie Jo-
~His devotion to his cause.
~He won't ask anyone to do anything he wouldn't do.
~His undying love for his wife.

Bobbie Jo-
~His outstanding bravery and courage.

Butterfly Bailey Jo-
~His daring, his courage and just everything about him!

Why do you think he is the quintessential hero?

Miss Melody Muffin

Music of the Week: March the Heroes Home

I found this song a few weeks ago and it instantly became a favorite.  I've lost count of how many times I've played it!  I love listening to it while I'm writing The Three Kyngdoms.

Miss Melody Muffin

Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Movie Quote: Good Morning

Linking up with Little Lady's Monday Movie Quote!

I've been watching The Hobbit, and loving it!  It is FANTASTIC!!!  This is one of my favorite scenes:

Bilbo Baggins: Good morning.
Gandalf: What do you mean?  Do you wish me a good morning, or do you mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not?  Or perhaps you mean to say that you feel good this particular morning?  Or are you simply stating that it is a morning to be good on?
Bilbo: All of them at once, I suppose.
Bilbo: Can I help you?
Gandalf: That remains to be seen.  I'm looking for someone to share in an adventure.
Bilbo: An adventure?  Now I don't imagine anyone west of Bree would have much interest in adventures.  Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things.  Make you late for dinner.  Good morning!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


Miss Melody Muffin

Monday, April 8, 2013

Merlin Blog Party Days 1 and 2

Bella Rose of To Say Nothing of Reality and Anna of Waltz Through the Forest are hosting a Merlin blog party!!  I am late to it, and it is almost over; but if you hurry, you can still join in on the fun!

NOTE: There will be spoilers ahead.  Proceed at your own risk.  :D

Day 1:
Top Three Favorite Main Characters
This is going to be tough.  My family will tell you I am HORRIBLE at picking favorites.  I prefer to say I have many favorites.

1. Merlin, of course.  Who doesn't have him as their number 1 favorite?
He's smart, he wants a world where there is justice for everyone and no one has to hide who they are, he's compassionate and he is loyal.  He consistently saves Arthur and Camelot and is not rewarded or recognized for it.

2. Arthur and Gwen tie for second place.

Gwen is sweet and brave and not afraid to speak her mind when she feels strongly about something.  I loved her relationship and loyalty to Morgana until Morgana turns to evil.  It is beautiful to watch her transformation from servant girl to the Queen of Camelot.  And her relationship with Arthur is perfect.  He needs her so badly because she brings to him exactly what he lacks.  My favorite season with Gwen was Season 5.  Watching her in that season you would never have guessed she was born a servant.  She is truly a great queen (minus what she does while under Morgana's power).  She knows Merlin isn't stupid and shows him that she appreciates his loyalty.

Arthur is great!  Sure he was a royal pain in the neck for a while.  But you learn pretty quickly that he truly cares about Camelot even when he was being a pill.  His growth through the series is fantastic to watch.  And for those of us who have seen Season 5, didn't your heart just break at the end?

Morgana deserves honorable mention here because she was my second favorite character in Seasons 1 and 2.  While I dislike the choices she's made and what she has become, I do understand why she did it.  Not that it makes her any less despicable!

3. Gaius

I love Gaius!!  He is terrific!!!  He is hilarious and the way he keeps Merlin in line is just what Merlin needs.  Sometimes teasing him, other times giving him a shoulder to lean on, then bossing him around, then reminding him he is a powerful young man with a great destiny in front of him, and the next moment shaking his head because, will Merlin ever learn to listen?

Day 2:
Under Appreciated Characters

Princess Mithian:
When Mithian was first introduced I was all set to dislike her.  After all, Arthur belonged with Gwen, not her!  But as the episode went on, I found myself liking her, and by the end of the episode she was one of my favorite minor characters.  She is courageous, and insightful and she figures out Arthur and Merlin pretty quickly.  It was sad that she truly did fall in love with Arthur because he couldn't love her back.  Her last scene in The Hunter's Heart when she is saying goodbye to Arthur is one of my favorite scenes in the whole series.  The dilemma she faces in Season 5 was heartbreaking and I'm so glad everything went well in the end.  I wanted to see more of her in Season 5, but I'm grateful she was in one episode at least.

Princess Elena:
I spent most of The Changeling episode feeling so sorry for this poor girl.  She was not to blame in the least for her clumsiness and strange behavior.  When Merlin and Gaius saved her, I cheered.  The wedding scene where she and Arthur agree they don't love each other and thus should not marry, no matter how politically advantageous it might be, is another favorite scene of mine.  And her costume in that scene is STUNNING.  Plus, she can beat Arthur in a horse race; riding a gorgeous horse to boot!

Geoffrey of Monmouth:
He is one of those background characters who is always there yet rarely noticed.  While a little slow on the uptake sometimes, he is one of Gaius' closest friends and a trusted assistant to Uther.

And I'd just like to mention some of my other favorite minor characters: Aglain, Freya, William, Isolde, Hunith and Balinor.

Miss Melody Muffin

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Quote of the Week: Necessity

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.  It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
William Pitt the Younger

Miss Melody Muffin

Friday, April 5, 2013

Writing Contest!!!

I just found this post in my drafts and gasped when I realized I hadn't posted it yet!!!  Ooops!

There is a writing contest going on over at Whisperings of the Pen right now.  Because I am so late in posting this, there is now only a day and half left to enter the contest.  Entries must be in by midnight tomorrow.  There are three categories.  The contest rules, categories, details and prizes are all to be found HERE.

Do head on over and check it out!

Miss Melody Muffin

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Period Drama Tag Questions: February and March

It's time for the monthly Period Drama Challenge tag!  The Challenge can be found HERE, if you want to join in.  Since I didn't answer February's tag last month, I'm going to do that one too.

I only saw one period drama in March.  ):  And even more unfortunately, haven't finished and posted any of my reviews.  *hangs head*  They are coming, I promise!!!

February's Tag Questions:
1. What period dramas have you watched in February?
I saw Ivanhoe 1982.  Prepare yourselves for a very opinionated review on that when it comes.  Ivanhoe is one of my top three favorite books and let's just say I was disappointed by the movie (which is putting it mildly).

2. How many Charles Dickens adaptations have you seen?
None.  Mainly because I've only read two Dickens books so far (and am partway through a third).  Shocking isn't it?  Especially for a person who professes to be a huge classic literature geek.  *shrug*  Dickens just isn't my favorite author and his books sometimes take a little while to get into.  I may like him better at the end of the year though, after I read the 5 Dickens novels I've set myself for the year.

3. Do you prefer heroes that are spotless wealthy gentlemen or gritty hardworking men?
A little bit of both, please.

4. Do you tend to prefer heroines that are sweet and gentle or adventurous and spunky?
Adventurous and spunky.  Which may or may not have anything to do with me being that way myself.  :)

5. Do you enjoy listening to period drama soundtracks? Do you own any?
I do enjoy listening to them now and then.  I don't own any.

March's Tag Questions:
1. What period dramas have you watched in March?
One: The Railway Children 2000

2. How many adaptations of Jane Eyre have you seen? Do you have a favorite?
None so far.  So I can't have a favorite.

3. Do you prefer period drama villains who are cleverly cunning or downright diabolical?
In period drama, I prefer clever and cunning.  However, I like my fantasy villains downright diabolical.

4. How often does watching a period drama make you want to read the book it's based on?
Every single time, so far.

5. What older period drama would you like to see a remake of?
Mansfield Park 1983.  With Jessica Brown-Findlay as Fanny and Eddie Redmayne as Edmund.  *sigh*  Wouldn't it be superb?!

Miss Melody Muffin

The Real One Ring?????

I was browsing BBC news this morning, like I do every morning (I prefer BBC to most American news services *gasp* I know, unpatriotic....), and came across this article:

JRR Tolkien Ring Goes on Exhibition

Seriously??  How cool is that??!!!

Miss Melody Muffin

Monday, April 1, 2013


Today I'm linking up with Little Lady's Monday Movie Quote.

I've been watching Lord of the Rings lately, so my head is chock full of LOTR quotes.  I watched The Two Towers with my parents last night (it was the first time they'd seen it; I lost count of what number time it was for me :D) and tonight I'm going to introduce some of my sisters to The Fellowship of the Ring.  And very soon I'll get to see the Hobbit!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm insanely excited about seeing that (and Les Miserables).

This scene in the Two Towers never fails to set me laughing:

Smeagol/Gollum: What's it doing?!  Stupid fat hobbit!  He ruins it!
Samwise Gamgee: What's to ruin?  There's hardly any meat on them.  What we need is a few good taters.
Smeagol: What's 'taters', Precious?  What's 'taters', eh?
Sam: Po-ta-toes?!  Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew.  Lovely big golden chips with a nice piece of fried fish.  Even you couldn't say no to that.
Smeagol: Oh yes we could!  Spoiling nice fish!  Give it to us raw and wriggling.  You keep nassty chips.
Sam: Oh, you're hopeless!

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Miss Melody Muffin