Category Archives: Jane Austen

I Tried to Write Like Jane Austen for a Day – Here’s What Happened

I Tried to Write Like Jane Austen for a Day – Here’s What Happened

Jane Austen wrote some of the greatest novels in English literature. This is a given. You might even say it is a truth universally acknowledged. We respect her intellect, that a daughter of a country clergyman with little formal education (but opportunity for extensive reading) could manage to do so. But I’ve always thought it… more goodness …

A Visit to Lyme Regis

A Visit to Lyme Regis

It’s been about thirteen years since I visited England, though I may have reason to go again soon since both my brother and my niece are engaged to Brits. (I’m hoping for something straight out of Four Weddings and a Funeral without the funeral part.) My purpose in going those several years ago, my husband and twelve-year-old… more goodness …

The Utmost Importance of Fresh Air and Exercise

The Utmost Importance of Fresh Air and Exercise

No, you haven’t stumbled across a health website, but it is January, just beyond the two-week mark of when a large percentage of the population has renewed their vow to take better care of themselves, so it seemed appropriate. Particularly for one such as I, whose pursuit of health has proven frustrating and elusive, particularly… more goodness …

Naming A House

Naming A House

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to name my house. In the olden days, house names were common. In America, we had the White House, Mount Vernon, and Monticello. In England, they had Windsor Castle, Chatsworth House, and Holkham Hall, among many others. People used to name houses instead of naming streets, so a house… more goodness …

Stanzas, Syllables, and So On

Stanzas, Syllables, and So On

Some years ago, I was quite intent upon creating cinquains (poems consisting of five stanzas usually unrhymed containing two, four, six, eight, and two syllables respectively) as a means of conveying the premise of my stories. My early endeavors: A tribute to Miss Jane Austen I recently decided to delve into a similar form of… more goodness …

Darcy, Lizzy and Emma

Darcy, Lizzy and Emma

While watching the 2009 BBC mini-series adaptation of Emma, I fell in love with Jonny Lee Miller, who plays Mr. Knightley. Okay, compared to my passion for Colin Firth, it’s merely an infatuation. But there is a scene in the film that moved me in so many ways, not the least of which was to… more goodness …

A Tempting Excerpt from a Jann Rowland Upcoming Novel, “Coincidence”

A Tempting Excerpt from a Jann Rowland Upcoming Novel, “Coincidence”

For this month’s post, I have decided to post a short excerpt of my newest offering, Coincidence. The idea for this novel came from a discussion I had with a friend from church. He is also interested in writing Pride and Prejudice, and we often speak of our ideas. On this particular occasion, we were… more goodness …