At a crossroads – here’s where you come in

I need your help. I’m stuck.

I can’t figure where next to take this blog
and I could use your suggestions.

Which direction should this blog go next?

What road do you want this blog to take?

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21 thoughts on “At a crossroads – here’s where you come in

  1. Jillian ♣ says:

    Perhaps you could begin exploring the classics that Alcott would have read, and remark/journal on those?

    That’s only a thought, since I know you’re planning to explore classics beyond her work (perhaps as an accompaniment to her work), and I don’t see why that can’t be incorporated into this blog. Your perspective as an Alcott expert could make your responses to the literature of her era (and before) very interesting.

    I’m particularly thinking of Dickens, Thoreau, Emerson, Dickinson, Austen, the Brontes. I remember you posted a list somewhere, but I don’t remember what you were planning on exploring. You could call the feature Louisa’s Library. :D

    Only suggestions to get the juices stirring. I’m not sure where your interests lie, but that’s the sort of thing I love, so there it is as a suggestion. :D

    • milonoah says:

      I love that! “Louisa’s Library”. :-) Thanks!

      I need a recommendation for the first book – something that is not too long so I can read it quickly. I am very behind on my reading and need something I can read quick!

      I’m behind because I’m being tutored in writing by a wonderful teacher and author and I’m dealing with homework (which includes reading) for the first time in 33 years!

  2. Jillian ♣ says:

    You could also feature historical figures of her day — or “today in Louisa news” posts — or Louisa’s World news… what was happening today in 1864 in her life and in her newspaper, sort of thing…

    I love the biographical posts and history posts. :D

  3. Jillian ♣ says:

    One more thing: when I was reading Little Women, I compared the history of it, and the perspective of the author, to that of Gone With the Wind. How were Louisa May Alcott similar, and how were they different? They came at the war from two different sides.

    I wasn’t at all detailed in mine. I think I more expressed awe that two so decidedly different women wrote two decidedly different books about the same war.

    Compare and contrast posts like that could be interesting too.

    • milonoah says:

      Hmmm, interesting thought. I frankly found so little commonality between them. Their strength through sheer willpower and loyalty to family heritage – those were a couple of things. But Scarlett totally lacked a moral core whereas Louisa was the opposite. Yet, both were eminently practical and both were hard-headed businesswomen . . . . hah! Guess there were several things our two heroines did have in common! :-)

      • Jillian ♣ says:

        Oh, no. I didn’t mean you should compare she and Mitchell specifically. I meant comparing authors — like Alcott with Dickens, Alcott with Whitman, Alcott with Thoreau. Even Alcott with her father. What made her distinct, and where might she as a writer have been inspired. I just said Margaret Mitchell because that’s the post I wrote. :D

      • milonoah says:

        I am just beginning to take baby steps in this area. You’ve spent the last couple of years immersing yourself in the classics and I love reading about them on your blog. Maybe you’d be interested in guest blogging?

        Sent from my iPhone

  4. julie says:

    “Louisa’s library” is a great idea! Looking more at her Civil War work would also be fascinating because of the 150th anniversary of the conflict. One of my favorite topics too would be to examine not just fiction but theater in her day. Both Anna and Louisa wanted to be actresses, and at least some of the plays are online http://www.online-literature.com/alcott/norna/ .

    Thanks for the great blog! Looking forward to more!!

  5. SilverSeason says:

    I have loved your blog just as it has been, with its mixture of commentary about LMA’s books and details about her life and family. Since I can read her books on my own, I have particularly enjoyed your discoveries in the documents by Alcott family members and contemporaries. More of that will be appreciated.

    I loved your musical rendition of the poem about the robin. Since you are musical (I am not) any samples of the music of the era, either by LMA or familiar to her, would be great.

    In July I will be posting about feminist elements in Little Women http://silverseason.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/feminist-classics/ and will be happy to post or link to your blog at that time.

    • milonoah says:

      Ah yes, the journals and letters! Sitting right there in my bookcase. And I don’t have the read the whole volume to be able to write about them. Great suggestion!

      I’ve wanted for some time to put more of Louisa’s simpler poems to music. They have a hymn-like structure to them. Gloria Delamar’s book had a ton of her poems. just not enough hours in the day! :-)

      And yes, that would be awesome for you to guest blog about the feminist elements of Little Women. I will look forward to that.

  6. Susan Hoskins says:

    I would love to open up for discussion topics that are brought up within LMA’s works. Principles, ideas and even simple situations that occur within a story she has written.
    Perhaps I am being selfish here. I have enjoyed this blog so very much, it is the only one I have time to read on a pretty regular basis. The selfish part is that I want to comment on so many things that I read on here, but find I need to research a little to have anything of value to share regarding the wonderful things Susan Bailey posts! Therefore with little time on my hands, I rarely comment.
    So I think I would be able to be a part of discussion a little easier if it were on a “life topic” with above mentioned idea using LMA’s works as a springboard! Hope this idea makes sense?.
    This is in NO way to be misunderstood as a complaint! This blog is wonderful AS IS!

  7. Gina says:

    I think you should try to put a little more history into the blog. For instance, what people wore, hair etc. etc. That way everyone can understand Louisa better by the world she lived in.

    But then again I am a history nerd ;)

    • milonoah says:

      Gina, this is a great suggestion. It’s a little out of my league but it sounds like you have a good background in it. Would you be interested in guest blogging? I for one would appreciate more background.

      Sent from my iPhone

    • Susan Hoskins says:

      Great idea!

  8. Jillian ♣ says:

    Such great ideas from everyone. :D

  9. Every ten years, the Concord Players in Concord, Ma. put on “Little Women.”
    These productions are in honor of our founder, Louisa May Alcott. Her sister Anna met her husband John Pratt while rehearsing “The loan of a lover.”
    Our 2012 production will especially important because it is the 100th anniversary of the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association when the Alcott’s Lexington Street home Orchard House in Concord, Ma. was turned into a Museum which is now visited by thousands from all over the world. If you are interested in attending, visit http://www.concordplayers.org. Click on “Season” and you will see our new LW logo “Little Women March on!” Click on the logo and you will be able to see the cast and ticket information. There will be many town wide events celebrating Louisa and her beloved children’s classic. The Concord Chamber of Commerce will have all of the events posted in March of 2012. We will have 12 performances of “Little Women” which begin on April 27th with an Opening Night Gala reception at 7pm. She is loved by Concordians and rightly so.

  10. Tarissa says:

    First, I have to say, I love your blog just as I found it. Insights on Louisa’s life, interesting facts about her, and the Alcotts, and friends. I’ve been enjoying this immensely! Keep on blogging the same way you’ve been going.

    I do like many of the new ideas proposed here in these comments. This is a great community of like-minded people! It might be interesting to see some posts about other writers of her time. Especially people she knew or met (like Ralph Waldo Emerson, for example).

  11. Sarah says:

    Hey, I just started following your blog, so forgive me if there’s stuff you’ve already written about that I haven’t seen. Personally I’m interested in the feminist elements of her thrillers. I’d be willing to guest blog on the influences of “Jane Eyre” in some of the thrillers if you’re interested. (Although it might not be for several months.)

    Another suggestion is that you could host group readings, especially of some of the lesser-known novels or the thrillers.

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