Monday, September 24, 2012

A Piece of Advice

“Don't try to write anything you can't feel 

Emily Climbs by L. M. Montgomery

Well, I've decided to follow a piece of advice once given me;  I'm going to begin a blog.  Ever since the idea was suggested to me, the thought of it often came to my mind.  Finally, I decided to create one...well, two, actually.  There will be "The Alpine Path", and "My Period Drama Obsession".

The reason I've decided to begin a blog called My Period Drama Obsession is simply because I need somewhere else to discuss the film genre of period drama (which can also be called costume drama or historical drama, though I personally prefer the term period drama).  There's just so much I want to say about this film genre.  If I were to discuss the subject of period drama here, everything else would drown in it.  Therefore there will be a separate blog for that purpose.  My Period Drama Obsession will be a place where I share my opinions about various period drama films.  I may change the title "My Period Drama Obsession" to something more creative, but for now, whether or not I ever change it, I'll keep that title.

The Alpine Path will be a place for me to express my thoughts, whatever they may be at the moment.  Being a writer, I have always felt the need for a place to vent my thoughts, an outlet for my writing.  Writing has always been and always will be a driving force in my life.  To be a writer is my past, present, and future.  As someone once told me, "keep writing".  I plan to do just this with this blog.

So, why "The Alpine Path" for a title?  It all has to do with my favorite author and inspiration, L. M. Montgomery.

L. M. Montgomery is my soul where writing is concerned.  I admire her, her style of writing, and her stories, and she makes me feel motivated to write.  When I read her stories, I feel like writing my own.  I have this feeling whenever I'm reading, no matter what book or what author it's written by, but I feel the urge to write most strongly when I read an L. M. Montgomery novel.  What I enjoy writing most is stories.  Not short stories, but novels.  A problem I have, however, is that I struggle with staying with one story at a time.  I am constantly getting new ideas for other stories, so even when I may have just started a new story, I already feel like starting yet another one.  The result is writing numerous stories all at once, and though I love writing them, they each progress very gradually.  Some of the faults I wish to improve upon in my writing are repetitiveness and long descriptive passages that diverge from the plot.  Hopefully, I will be less repetitive in my writing here.

But where does the name come from?  Throughout the Emily series by L. M. Montgomery (Emily of New MoonEmily Climbs, and Emily's Quest), the heroine, Emily Starr, refers to something she calls "the alpine path".  The Emily trilogy is darker, emotionally raw, and more spiritually in touch (in an unearthly eerie way) than the more well known Anne books (the first of the Anne books being her most famous novel, Anne of Green Gables), and the character of Emily reflects L. M. Montgomery in many ways.  
My copy of the first edition of Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery, from 1923. 

One of the similarities between the character of Emily and her creator, L. M. Montgomery, is that their life ambition and dream was to write, and to be a writer.  Emily lives through writing - in fact in one of the three books, she describes it as being as necessary for her as breathing.  The "alpine path" represents the path we must climb in life to reach our dream.  It of course could hold many more meanings than this simple one, which is so common among us, yet so treasured.  When I think of the alpine path, I think of my journey as a writer and the road I will take on that journey.  I am always reaching new heights on the alpine path, and I have a long way to go.       

"When I read that, the flash came, and I took a sheet of paper...and I wrote on it:  I, Emily Byrd Starr, do solemnly vow this day that I will climb the Alpine Path and write my name on the scroll of fame." 

Emily of New Moon, by L. M. Montgomery

An illustration by Maria L. Kirk on the frontpiece of the book, depicting Emily
Starr as a young girl with the mystic "Wind Woman".

Although I am looking forward to writing in this blog about all the things that interest me, such as history, literature, film, art, music, and dance, I may not begin writing for a while.  For now, I'm just going to dive into starting my period drama blog.  I may write here again sooner than I think, then again I may not.  Still, either way, welcome to my first of two blogs, The Alpine Path.

Note:  I have since changed the title.  It is no longer called "The Alpine Path", but "Climbing the Alpine Path".


  1. When I saw your blog linked on another blog, the reason I clicked on it was because of the title-- I knew you HAD to be an LM Montgomery fan :-)

    The Emily books are my favorite LM books but I love all her writing. Actually, the Emily books are on my list of top 10 favorite books I've ever read :-)

    This blog is also beautiful (I just commented on your other blog and said the same thing).

    1. I guess that makes us kindred spirits! :D I don't know many other L. M. Montgomery fans, so it's lovely to meet another fan of her books.

      My favorite L. M. Montgomery book is Anne of Green Gables. I love the Emily series for its dark tone and mysterious atmosphere.

      Thanks again! :)