Retelling the Classics

Sometimes fan fiction writers get flack for being copycats. The truth is, though, that many successful books, movies, and TV shows are classics reworked. Here are a few examples I’ve noticed lately: The movie You’ve Got Mailis adapted from The Shop Around the Corner, a classic movie that starred Jimmy Stewart. Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca is very similar to… more goodness …

Delectable Diversions

Delectable Diversions

Chocolate truffles from Kilwins. Check. Champagne from the evening reception downstairs. Check. What better way to spend the evening after a day of touring and shopping in my favorite getaway, Historic Downtown Charleston, SC, than drinking champagne and nibbling on exquisite dark chocolates. Speaking of chocolate, here’s a glimpse at the story behind my 2014 release,… more goodness …

With This Ring

One of my favorite things is learning about customs and the meanings behind them.  So it isn’t surprising that after years of working with fingerprints and such, that I would wish to learn more about customs with fingers, particularly when it comes to rings and marriage. Why do most customs use the left ring finger… more goodness …

Symbolism in Pride and Prejudice

Symbolism in Pride and Prejudice

When people talk about what makes Jane Austen’s writings so marvelous, they usually mention her wit, her keen observations of society, and the vivid characters she creates. But I’d like to draw your attention to a lesser-known Austen quality: her use of symbols. One of the most obvious symbols in Pride and Prejudice is dancing.… more goodness …

Love Overcomes Prejudice

Love Overcomes Prejudice

As Jane Austen fans, we pretty much have no excuse for not knowing that love overcomes prejudice. We are used to it being romantic love that does the overcoming, though. But there are other kinds of love. What about friendship? Over a fortnight ago (yes, I’ve waited most of my life to use that word… more goodness …