Kindred Spirits

“Marilla,” she demanded presently, “do you think that I shall ever have a bosom friend in Avonlea?”

“A—a what kind of friend?’

“A bosom friend—and intimate friend, you know—a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul. I’ve dreamed of meeting her all my life. I never really supposed I would, but so many of my loveliest dreams have come true all at once that perhaps this one will, too. Do you think it’s possible?”

~ From Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery

We all have that moment where we connect with a particular story, character, or an event. One of my first connections with a fictional character, who inspires me to this day, was to a little redhead named Anne.

Maybe it had something to do with the fact the Anne-girl and I shared a name—a middle name anyway. Or because I had strawberry blonde hair, pale skin, and a slew of freckles. Maybe it was because the book was my sister’s and she had FORBIDDEN me from reading it, making the sneaking and hiding as I read all the more thrilling. And maybe because Anne’s own ambition for a writing career was something that was just starting to bud in me. Well, whatever the reason, this book really changed by life. Maybe it did yours, too.

Writing a character that others can connect with on some level is, I imagine, the goal of every writer. It’s certainly something I aspire to. I don’t have a lot of ambitions yet as to what my blog will be about but I hope that it, along with everything in life, comes to me as I move forward.

Here is to finding that connection.

Ashlee at 10 Anne-girl wanna-be

Ashlee at 10
Anne-girl wanna-be


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