Two current, one historical and two fictional.
Susan Wise Bauer. She has been my number 1 role model in life since I was in middle school. She's written history and curriculum and fiction. She's a pastor's wife and a homeschool mom, an author, historian and a professor at a college. Basically she is the Renaissance woman. She's such an inspirational example to all girls who want to have a family but also feel as if there is a career that is calling to them. Also she's really funny, which is something that I find awesome because she is not just brilliant, she is also personable. This is her blog- it's awesome. Lastly I met her, and basically told her she was my idol.
Dana Scully. I can't put it into words but I feel like Scully is the best of what any one, man or woman, could be. She exudes character qualities. I could start reading off from a list, and they'd all apply to her. (Yet she is still very real and not MarySueish at all. Good writing, what are ya gonna do?) Her loyalty and dedication to Mulder and to what she believes is right, even when she has a hard time believing or accepting it all, is inspirational. Plus dedication. Hard work. Decisiveness. These are the most important qualities.
Abigail Adams. If you ever feel like the Biblical term of "help meet" is limiting or lame, then look at Abigail, one of the most amazing women who ever lived. She was brilliant and spent her life supporting her husband and a shared cause. I'm hesitant to say she "knew her place" but she was content to doing her share of the revolution from the home where she could best serve John. Society was very different then obviously, but I can't imagine any life better than one supporting a man like John Adams. "Remember the Ladies."
Marilynne Robinson. Author, Christian, theologian practically. Her essay entitled Family was so brilliant I want to put the entire thing in my "quotes" section on Facebook. Basically everything she writes is amazing. She is an award winning, PHD holding scholar and author. She gives me hope for the future of Christianity in America, because her books are critically acclaimed and widespread. She is just an amazing person, and what Christian teenage girl would not want to emulate her?
Hermione Granger. I am jealous of her work ethic. She in an inspiration to me when it comes to rising to the occasion. That is something I have a very hard time doing. I am the person who will wait for someone else to volunteer. Hermione is always ready, always prepared. She went into the wizarding world a complete outsider. She didn't listen to anyone, didn't care what they thought of her. She mastered basically everything, saved the world and took over the wizard legal system. I mean, how can you not look up to her?!
As a child I wrote a bit. As a teenager I have written exactly two short stories. And now I have embarked on the journey of writing (and perfecting) a real story. I think it'll be like 30 pages. What have I gotten myself INTO?!