Category Archives: Literary References

Who is Proud and Who is Prejudiced?

Who is Proud and Who is Prejudiced?

Recently I found myself contemplating the importance of titles in Austen’s oeuvre. Although I’ll admit I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about the deeper meaning behind Mansfield Park or Emma, some of the other titles gave me food for thought. Persuasion obviously refers to one of the central issues of the novel: Anne’s… more goodness …

Fun, Frivolous, Fanciful Monday

Fun, Frivolous, Fanciful Monday

Time for a fun, frivolous, fanciful Monday blog! The memes below were created by the ladies who run the Facebook Page “Jane Austen is my Spirit Animal” — link here: https://www.facebook.com/JaneAustenMemes/    They are constantly creating humorous memes to delight the silly-side we all have, so after enjoying the ones I’ve posted below, be sure to click… more goodness …

Gretna Green of the Peak or ‘Did You Know That about Derbyshire?’

Gretna Green of the Peak or ‘Did You Know That about Derbyshire?’

I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking that one of the most exciting and enjoyable things about writing a new book is the plotting and the squirreling of information. I won’t call it research; it’s a lot more fun than that. It’s hopping from website to website because I start looking for something and… more goodness …

Wonderful Words of Austen Q-Z

Wonderful Words of Austen Q-Z

Today marks the third and final installment of my Wonderful Words of Austen series of posts. This set of letters, Q-Z has been so fun to put together that I’m sad to bring the series to a close. I hope you enjoy the words as much as I have. Querulous – An adjective that means… more goodness …

Literary References in Austen’s “Persuasion”

Henry Austen in “A Biographical Notice of the Author,” said of his sister, “Short and easy will be the task of the mere biographer. A life of usefulness, literature, and religion, was not by any means a life of event.” Jane Austen’s last novel lacks the “lightness” of her earlier efforts. Anne Elliot is more unhappy… more goodness …

Why Does Jane Get All the Fan Fiction?

Why Does Jane Get All the Fan Fiction?

Recently I was lucky enough to attend a two day workshop with romance author Eloisa James.  She was talking about female novelists a little after Jane Austen’s time (and often inspired by Austen) who wrote “silver fork” novels and supported themselves by writing.  We tend to think of Austen as being unique and alone, but it’s empowering to… more goodness …

Springtime Rambles

Springtime Rambles

I hope you have enjoyed the country house tour in my earlier posts. Now, how about a little virtual walk through some country gardens in full bloom? Spring is the best time of year for it because the colours are absolutely astounding! Even better than in the summer. Can you imagine anything more romantic than… more goodness …

Wonderful Words of Austen A-H

Wonderful Words of Austen A-H

Today, we’re going to play with words. Not any old words, but words that Jane Austen used; they are rich, delicious, decadent words that are worth knowing. You may well know some or all of them already, and if you do, pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself on the breadth of your vocabulary.… more goodness …