Gentle blog reader, you have no idea of the magnitude of that statement.
It took me nearly three years. Also, lots of griping and complaining; lots of encouragement from my husband; lots of patient and polite listening from my friends, relatives and social media connections who may or may not cared; and lots of re-reading passages since the thing was so darn long that I often forgot what was going on.
A recent commentary in “Magnificat” magazine’s September 2017 issue: Can any good come of the failures in your life?
The September 2 meditation, from a Polish priest named Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer, reflects on the day’s Gospel reading about the Five Talents. You probably know that one — where the master gives talents (i.e. money) to the various servants when he leaves for a trip. (If you’re unfamiliar with the turnout, you can read it here.)
I was unaware until I finished True Grit by Charles Portis that I seem to be following a theme in my book pursuits lately: headstrong, smart, unconventional heroines in period fiction — who also maintain their existences as proper young ladies.
The other, similar-in-a-sense book that I recently read was Girl Waits With Gun, by Amy Stewart.
Maybe half of the books I’ve read about unconventional women/girls have struck me as genuinely inspiring. You have Elizabeth Bennet, who lives within the strict confines of Regency England but who maintains her intelligent, opinionated personality while falling in love with Mr. Darcy. There’s also feisty little Scout Finch, who tries to control her temper by holding her head high and “being a gentleman.”