Dear wanderer,

Perhaps you grew up dreaming of receiving your Hogwarts letter, or stumbling upon Narnia. Perhaps you long to visit Pemberley, to Defy Gravity, or to go to the ball. I will write you that letter, and build you that wardrobe. [A metaphorical wardrobe, that is.] Here you will find step-by-step lesson plans with takeaway homework assignments that show you how to embody fictional heroines in the everyday. This means chasing your dreams and making the impossible happen with your own inner magic.

For the full experience, you can Own Your Story, or request letters from Jane Austen.

You have the potential. Heroine Training provides the tools.

Welcome to our headquarters, where dreams meet reality, where fiction is cherished, where magic is real.

Sincerely, your guide on this journey,



P.S. Read more about Heroine Training

“despicable me” and my new favourite person

despicable me and…me. cardigan: white stuff, unicorn dress: hell bunny

last night i finally watched despicable me and found myself delighted. it is a clever, funny film with some excellent vocal acting and a heartening story. and an adorable new addition to my list of role models: agnes. she is a kid and acts like a kid, which is so refreshing. she is enthusiastic and full of life, affectionate and accepting, and most admirably: she sees the best in people even when they don’t see it in themselves. additionally, she is appreciative, and loves fluffy unicorns of all kinds

literary handbooks are an englishist’s best friend

^ the jane austen pocket bible by holly ivins and the essential shakespeare handbook by leslie dunton-downer and alan riding

as an englishist i am often overwhelmed. it is difficult subject for choosing where to begin. or end. even reading one author’s complete works is not conclusive – it is not only about the plays or novels or poetry, but also their context. therefore, i have developed a penchant for handbooks. so far i have two. the essential shakespeare handbook goes play-by-play (the only circumstance in which i will ever use the term “play-by-play”), providing summary, background, line statistics, and theatrical history, and the jane austen pocket bible (a present from my close friend and mentor) includes information on the events and characters of austen’s six novels as well as her life. i use them for reference and background and the occasional (one-sided, unfortunately) hug. 

Okay, Fine, Watches are Useful

^ my new betsey johnson watch, a gift from my mom

i have not owned a watch for years. i usually have my phone on me, so why carry around an extra object? a combination of  a discount price, hot pink, and a fluffy-plus-edgy glitter skull and hair-bow combo led to this watch ending up in my possession. i wore it to the airport yesterday and must admit, it made my journey a bit less stressful. my hands were full of bags and my pockets contained valuables, so i didn’t want to fiddle with them anyway. so much easier to glance at a wrist than fish out a phone. i still don’t consider my watch to be an essential (when i’m doing work the ticking is distracting), but in certain cases it is rather useful, and doesn’t really contribute to travel weight ~ if anything it lightens the mental load.