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About R.E.W

I am author, artist, history buff, wishing to share these three passions of mine with anyone who cares to read this blog. The main drive between these three deep interests of mine is imagination.

History isn't just people and events in a dusty book. Writing isn't just words in a tome. Art isn't just random images in a photograph, sketch or painting. I'll give you examples of what they really are.

I hit upon this entertaining tag/quiz so I thought I’d fill it out and share . . .



Instructions…. Grab the nearest book and flip to page 123 and type up the first four lines (sentences). It has to be the nearest book, you can’t pick one randomly… the only exception is text books. They don’t count as options in this case.


I picked . . . Meriwether: A Novel [by David Nevin]—‘Tis about Lewis and Clark recruiting men for their expedition . . .

“John Shields,” Clark said. “Blacksmith and Gunsmith. Carries a small forge and bellows, makes his own charcoal.”

A gunsmith would be valuable; few were young and fewer free to travel.






Top 3 authors:

1. L.M. Montgomery

2. Louisa May Alcott

3. Elizabeth George Speare


Top 3 male characters:

1. Peaceable Sherwood from The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope

2. Hilary Gordon of Pat of Silver Bush (I had to choose him above Gilbert. Sorry.)

3. Siegfried in All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot (:D)


Top 3 female characters:

1. Anne Shirley of Green Gables

2. Emily B. Starr of Emily of New Moon trilogy

3. Patricia Gardiner of Pat of Silver Bush


Top 30 fiction books in no particular order:


1. Anne of Green Gables (plus the continuing seven novels) by L.M. Montgomery

2. Emily of New Moon Series by L.M. Montgomery

3. The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope

4. Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare

5. The Narnia Series (The Horse and His Boy most of all) by C.S. Lewis

6. The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

7. Pat of Silver Bush (plus the sequel!) by L.M. Montgomery

8. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

10. An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

11. The Zion Chronicles and Covenant by Bodie Thoene

12. The Robe by Lloyd Douglas

13. Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise McGraw

14. Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O’Dell

15. Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith

16. Becky Landers: Frontier Warrior by Constance Lindsay Skinner

17. The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright

18. The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

19. The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

20. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

21. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

22. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

23. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

24. Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

25. Stepping Heavenward by Mrs. E. Prentiss

26. The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence

27. Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld

28. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

29. Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott

30. This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti


Top 3 books most recently read:

1. Mistress Pat

2. A Boy in Striped Pajamas

3. This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti


Worst 3 books ever read: (Extremely dreadful reads—I strongly urge you to stay away from them)

1. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott (quite vexing)

2. To the Ends of the Earth by Frances Hunter (also very annoying—I didn’t read it through—barely even started, but I know enough about their approach to this subject. it is not worth your time–I may have a discussion about this later)

3. The Fairest Portion of the Globe by Frances Hunter (ditto the above)


Top 5 scenes from any book:

1. In This Present Darkness when Triskal and the other angels send the Prince of Baylon and his Demons fleeing!

2. In Anne of Ingleside, when Anne is stunned and mortified by everyone’s praise of her story Averil’s Atonement, which won the Rollings Reliable Baking Powder Contest that Diana altered to suitability for the contest and sent in, Anne quite unaware, meanwhile J

3. In the Sherwood Ring, when Barbara Graham tricks the glib, sly Peaceable Sherwood into taking sleeping pills, which knock him out so she and her brother Richard Graham can escape. [Made me laugh so hard]

4. In the Left Behind Series, whenever Judd Thompson and Vicki Byrne win over someone and fight the tribulations of Revelation and Nicolae Carpathia—the Anti-christ (armored locusts screeching “Apollyon” and the wormwood . . . SO exciting and inspiring)

5. When Silver Bush burns down and Pat runs into Hilary Gordon’s arms FINALLY in Mistress Pat (sequel to Pat of Silver Bush). I was squealing, “YES!”


The book(s) that made me cry the most:

1. Mistress Pat

2. The Left Behind Series

3. Rilla of Ingleside

4. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

5. Little Women

6. Quo Vadis

7. The Robe


The books that made me laugh the most:

1. All Creatures Great and Small

2. The Sherwood Ring

3. The Anne of Green Gables series

4. The Pat of Silver Bush books


The books that made me feel the best at the end:

1. Rilla of Ingleside

2. This Present Darkness

3. Mistress Pat

4. Return to this Island

5. The Blue Castle

6. An Old Fashioned Girl

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Contemporary or Historical? Definitely Historical!


Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror? Fantasy (I don’t care for Sci-Fi) and I love the delicious thrills of reading horror (but I only read that every once in a while)

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback? Probably hardback . . .

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Barnes & Noble or Amazon? Amazon—bigger selection and Barnes & Noble for the bookish atmosphere and awesome journals and artpads/supplies


Bookmark or Dog-ear? Bookmark


Alphabetize by author, alphabetize by title, or organize not at all? Haha . . . usually I’m not an organizing sorta person, but when it comes to books . . . I organize by author usually, but I have my favorites on a shelf in my room


Keep, Throw Away, or Sell? If I have more than one copy . . . ah, just keep it. I don’t like to give away or sell my books


Keep dust-jacket or toss it? Toss it, hehe


Read with dustjacket or remove it? Remove it! Do not like dustjackets

Little Women or Anne of Green Gables? Anne of Green Gables, for I love L.M. Montgomery’s characters/style/everything


Short story or novel? Novel, by far, but short stories are quite enjoyable


Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? Stop reading when tired . . . who stops at chapter breaks—bored people . . . maybe desperate people?


“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? It was a dark and stormy night!!


Tear Jerker or Belly Laugh? Tear jerker


Buy or Borrow? Buy, of course


Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation, or Browse? Book reviews


Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)? both


Standalone or Series? Both, but preferably standalone . . . series if it’s meant to be a series, like the Left Behind books, for example

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Tidy ending or Cliffhanger? Tidy ending!!! Can’t stand cliffhangers if it’s a standalone . . . if it’s a series, well they’d better tie it up in the last book/s


Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading? All 😀


Favorite genre series? Um . . . historical (Zion Covenant and Chronicles), or like L.M. Montgomery’s series


New or used? both


Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? Probably . . . the Roman Mysteries 😉


Lastly :D–(so amusing and hilarious!)
Name 12 Characters and then answer the questions:

1. Peaceable Sherwood from the Sherwood Ring


2. Patricia Gardiner from Pat of Silver Bush


3. Legolas from LoTR

4. Sacagawea from Streams to the River, River to the Sea

5. Meriwether Lewis from David Nevin’s Novel

6. Anne of Green Gables

7. Susan Baker from Rilla of Ingleside

8. Pippin from the Lord of the Rings

9. Nick Carraway from the Great Gatsby

10. Julian Quentin from my novel Strong Hearts


11. Diana Wayland from my novel Strong Hearts

12. Seigfreid Farnon from All Creatures Great and Small


1. Who would make a better collage prof, 6 or 11? Hmm . . . Diana, as she is older than Anne, and probably with a lot of knowledge since she’s read so much from her Father’s library. She would probably make the better college professor

2. Do you think #2 is nice? Definitely! Gardiner is quite dear and sweet and loyal



3. 12 sends 8 out on a mission. What is it? Does it succeed? Haha Seigfreid sends Pippin to . . . operate on a cow with the newest medical instruments (for 1937) 😀 and I’m not really sure that bumbling Pippin would succeed with this. If Hobbits have cows I guess he could use his own ways to do it—Hobbit ways, and not British medical ways

4. What is or what would be 9’s favorite book? Nick Carraway’s favorite book??? That’s tough . . . UM . . . Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway or Hamlet by Shakespeare, for I assume Hamlet would sort of reflect the way things just disintegrated after Gatsby died


5. Would it make more sense for 2 to swear fealty to 6, or the other way around? No! Anne wouldn’t want to come and lord over Silver Bush—and Pat wouldn’t want to come and lord over Green Gables . . . but they’d swear their undying friendship and they’d be kindred spirits ‘cause they are alike in so many ways
6. For some reason, 5 is looking for a roommate. Should (s)he room with 9 or 10? Not surprising. Lewis’s loneliness drove him to it, of course. Well, Nick Carraway is used to Gatsby, so he’d probably put up with the brooding, depressed Meriwether Lewis. Julian, on the other hand, dislikes Lewis for some specific reasons (which I won’t say at the moment). He’d decline politely, but coolly.
7. 3, 7 and 12 are going out to dinner. Where do they go and what do they discuss? So the chattering, indefatigable Susan Baker (the Blythe housekeeper), Legolas the elf and Seigfreid the English veterinarian go to dinner . . .  how interesting . . . Seigfried would be the first to propose a nice pub but Susan Baker would put her word in about where they ought to go, or maybe she’d just up and make a dinner for them herself. Legolas, of course, would go along with either choice, for he is a very polite, quiet fellow.
8. #3 challenges #10 to a duel, who wins? Well, Legolas against Julian Quentin has decided results. Julian Quentin’s strong and quick yes, but I’m not sure about him dueling with someone like Legolas, who is pretty awesome with his bow and arrows. Quentin could use a pistol . . . b-u-u-t . . . Legolas would beat him to it with an arrow. If they dueled with swords, now—that’s an interesting thought.

9. If 1 stole 8’s most precious possession, how would (s)he get it back? Peaceable Sherwood would steal something, and Pippin of course would try to get it back. I’m not sure if he’d succeed, however.


10. Suggest a story title in which 7 and 12 both attain what they desire. Susan Baker gets a splendid marriage proposal (or she gets to spank the Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany) and Segfried gets a whole new clinic and every veterinary tool he desires. And a title? Ohh . . . [I don’t like coming up with titles on such short notice] something weird and absurd probably. I have no idea.

11. What kind of plot device would you have to use if you wanted 1 and 4 to work together? If Peaceable Sherwood and Sacagawea had to work together . . . Sherwood would use his devilish courtesy for this notable Shoshone woman . . . they’d strike a deal or something, and Sacagawea would counter his wits, I imagine. She was a fast thinker I imagine.

12. If 7 visited you for the weekend, how would it go? I would LOVE if Susan came and visited me! She would tell me loads and loads of stories . . . I could sit for hours listening to her . . . and she’d get up thise huge meals for our family, and I’ve always wanted someone like Susan to be here, so that would be purely wonderful . . . and extremely interesting, might I add.

13. If you could command 3 to perform any service or task for you, what would it be? If I could tell Legolas to do ANYTHING it would be to follow me around for a week, or bring his elf friends to join us, so I could see peoples’ reactions!

14. Does 11 like to write or draw? Diana loves both
15. If 2 had to choose sides between 4 and 5, what side would (s)he choose? Pat’s choice: Sacagawea or Meriwether Lewis. Pat would choose Sacagawea. She just would, for personality reasons. Sorry Lewis.

16. What might 10 shout out while charging into battle? Let’s see. Julian Quentin’s battle cry would be “LIBERTY OR DEATH!” what an image that thought conjures!

17. If you had to choose a song to best describe 8, what would it be? A song to best describe Pippin . . . Hahaha . . . The Fox (by Nickel Creek)
18. What would be a good pickup line for 2 to say to 10? Patricia’s pickup line to Julian? “Come visit me at Silver Bush!” [haha]
19. What would 5 most likely be arrested for? Lewis getting arrested? Well, I guess he would be arrested for insulting one of the officials in Washington (Secretary Eustace or John Randolph who was apparently one of his enemies) or slighting Frederick Bates. Count on that petulant Bates to take offense to anything Lewis could say

20. If 11 and 9 were racing to a destination, who would get there first? Nick Carraway and Diana Wayland racing . . . Nick would win. Diana is fast, but Nick, who’s from the West, would beat her any day.

21. What is the lowest point of 1’s story? When Barbara Graham tricks Peaceable into taking the sleeping pills . . . or maybe when he gets put in prison after she turns him in
22. 1 and 9 reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4’s sinister secret organization. 11 volunteers to help them, but it is later discovered that s/he is actually a spy for 4. Meanwhile, 4 has kidnapped 12 in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of 5, they seek out 3, who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fic?

Okay. Here goes.


So, Peaceable Sherwood and Nick Carraway get together, though they dislike each other’s personalities, and resolve to save the world from Sacagawea’s plan to restore North America for the Native Americans and kick all the people living on the continent out so buffalo and grizzlies and beaver can roam freely, and the Indians can happily hunt without white men invading the territory. So, Diana Wayland offers her own services, evne though she is supposed to be friends with the Shawnees who live nearby her house in Virginia, but later Carraway and Sherwood discover Diana is really on the side of her Indian friends after all! While this is going on, Segfried, who’s taking a trip to America to see the sights and visit some friends, finds himself the abducted victim of the vengeful Shoshones, whose queen and leader is Sacagawea! Meriwether Lewis, who is well acquainted with the ways of Native Americans, advises Peaceable Sherwood and Nick Carraway to seek out the keen elf Legolas who can surely help them track out the Shoshones and the kidnapped British veterinarian, Segfried. The title? Ahhh!

Reclaiming America

(In which the British have an Active Part!)

and indeed, this would be quite fun to write a short story about! Haha




I would be delighted if you took this quiz and shared with me! Via below comment area or contact pg.—just send your filled out form of this quiz. These things are always so enjoyable!

To clarify on the statement just above: I would especially like to see your answers for the last part of the tag where you list twelve characters and follow the directions.



{All pictures are from Pinterest}

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