Category Archives: Jane Austen

Ask Darcy and Thornton

Ask Darcy and Thornton

For years, friends have been telling me I would love North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I finally read it last month, and ohhh were they ever right! John Thornton is the perfect romantic hero—so devoted to the woman he loves. Like others, I couldn’t help comparing him to Mr. Darcy. Today, I thought it would be… more goodness …

Be It a Look or a Word

Be It a Look or a Word

I’ve spent more than a little time dreaming of the Poldarks of late. I confess to being a most ardent Ross and Demelza fan. It amazes me whenever I pause to consider that I never would have discovered this most exquisite indulgence had it not been for the Masterpiece series. Having watched all the episodes… more goodness …

Birthdays During the Regency

This weekend, we celebrated my second daughter (middle child’s) 6th birthday.  This year, my husband and I decided to try to emphasize experiences over material possessions, so we celebrated by taking her and her friends to a local indoor splash park, and by also participating as a family in a program to be ‘foster parents’… more goodness …

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Austen in August!)

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Austen in August!)

Every August over at The Book Rat blog, moderator Misty dedicates an entire month to the love of Jane Austen. She invites writers and readers to share in the academic and the fun of Austentatious pop culture. One of my favorite features is the Austen conversation, in which she several authors of Austen fan fiction… more goodness …

Borrowing Historical Figures for Jane Austen fan Fiction

Borrowing Historical Figures for Jane Austen fan Fiction

It’s tempting to shoehorn historical characters into Jane Austen fan fiction, even though Austen herself never used any outright current-day (for her time) politicians, actors or literary figures. You don’t see Fitzwilliam Darcy talking to Pitt the Younger or discussing strategy with Wellington and you don’t see Elizabeth Bennet asking Fanny Burney for her autograph.… more goodness …

Swissing Pride & Prejudice

Swissing Pride & Prejudice

I’m in Switzerland! We arrived Wednesday, signed the paperwork on our new apartment, and our furniture arrives TODAY! Most importantly, my family is all here, reunited after six insane weeks, and ready to take on this new Swiss adventure. I am so sorry I have been absent from the blog for so long (my personal blog is… more goodness …

“What are men to rocks and mountains?”

“What are men to rocks and mountains?”

Whenever I go to the Lake District, I can’t help wondering what Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle would have seen if they carried on with their original plan, instead of shortening the trip and going no further north than Derbyshire. Of course, it doesn’t bear thinking that Elizabeth should have missed that fateful chance… more goodness …

Manicures: Modern Ribbons for Jane Austen Fans?

Manicures: Modern Ribbons for Jane Austen Fans?

I love the translation of meanings in historical times to my daily life. One example? I tickle my perverse fascination with the concept of household staff in Jane Austen’s time by reminding myself of modern gadgets I own that replace the need for say housekeepers and cooks and scullery maids. I own a microwave. I… more goodness …

Have you had your biscuit today?

Have you had your biscuit today?

One of the first things you learn about writing stories based in the United Kingdom is that what Americans call a certain item is not necessarily what the British call it. To name all the differences would take too long. Besides, if you are a Jane Austen fan, you probably know most of them already.… more goodness …