Endings Become Beginnings

Endings Become Beginnings

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I love all things Pride and Prejudice, which makes me an ardent Jane Austen fan. Still, I have a way to go before I can be considered a Janeite, in the truest sense of the word. Of all the Austen novels, I have only read Pride and Prejudice from cover to cover and listened to the audio narrations from start to finish in various formats ranging from the DVD version I borrowed from Netflix, to the MP3 version I downloaded from the internet, and eventually the audiobook version I bought from Audible.

I owe my love of Pride and Prejudice, in particular, to my fascination with Mr. Darcy and it all started with the 2005 film. During a lull in my predominately career-centric life, I had an opportunity to watch the film on HBO, not just once but over and over again. Then I bought the book and quickly devoured it. Wanting more, I started buying variations. The more I read, the more I wanted. At length, I discovered the online Jane Austen fan fiction community. Need I say more?

I cannot say I was entirely unhappy about having all the time in the world to indulge my newfound passion, but it was only meant to be temporary. More than anything, I wanted to get back to the business of advancing my professional career—in other words, earning the big bucks.

Soon enough, I landed a lucrative contract that found me, among other things, sitting at the table with corporate big wheels and high-priced consultants, mapping out strategic initiatives by day, while all the time I was secretly indulging my passion for Jane Austen fan fiction, by night—sharing my stories with like-minded people around the world and telling no one other than my dear husband.

After a year or so, I let a close friend in on my secret, insisting it was all in fun and looking at her as though she had a third eye when she suggested I might one day leave the corporate world behind. What was she thinking? At long last, I had arrived in the exact place in my career that I wanted to be and nothing was more important to me. Nothing would tempt me to give it all up and how dare she suggest otherwise?

Then came the ending date of my contract and all I could think of was the upcoming release of my fourth Pride and Prejudice variation, He Taught Me to Hope. Finally, there were no more distractions—endless meetings, status reports, and implementation plans—impeding my getting the next book out. Indeed, this highly lucrative career that fulfilled my every notion of what I was supposed to be doing with my life, I regarded as a distraction.

Without my even knowing it, my professional career had ended some time ago and my life as a writer had already begun. Now, when anyone asks, I confess to them that being a writer is exactly what I was meant to be.

 

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Let’s have some fun! I know you can grab a free audio version of Pride and Prejudice on the internet, but there’s a BBC dramatization that’s being sold on Audible, which I’m currently enjoying. I’d like to give away a copy to one lucky commenter. The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, February 17th. At just under three hours in length, the audiobook version is rather abridged, or in other words, it’s perfect for those times when a quick and diverting Darcy and Elizabeth escape is precisely what you need.Giveaway button

 

75 Responses to Endings Become Beginnings

  1. Having found my love for reading in junior high, it quickly slipped away from me as I entered college and set off to become a scientist, wife and mother. My friends and I were delighted to find the 1995 A&E Pride and Prejudice and it set us on a quest. I wore out two sets of VHS tapes and my family finally bought me the DVD set. I devoured any Austen book I could find and even began to read some of the fictional Jane Austen mystery books. But it wasn’t until I retired in 2012 that I actually had the time to enjoy the JAFF section on Amazon Kindle. Oh my, what a world I had been missing and my Kindle has become a very close friend. I must say that I love the “what-if” variations very much and re-read my favorites often. I am so glad that you decided to trade your executive office for the love of writing about all things Jane Austen. Please continue to delight us with new stories that challenge our imagination and our love for Jane’s characters. By the way, I love Ben so much. He ranks right up there with Lizzy and Darcy, thanks for introducing him to us.

    • It’s truly my pleasure, Connie. I’m always delighted to hear from young Ben’s ardent admirers. Thanks for sharing your path to JAFF. It’s the best addiction ever. 🙂

  2. I can really understand the idea of your JAFF obsession only supposed to be temporary. I had pregnancy-induced insomnia. Once I could sleep again, I could move on with my life, right? Or I should be too busy with an infant to read, let alone write. I try not to make my family a distraction, but I can understand your feelings. What I thought would be my primary and only focus isn’t. And it’s great…I think I’m almost ready to tell other people in real life that I write. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • A wonderful thing about the JAFF obsession is that it allows one to take much needed time for oneself. That’s a pleasurable and well-deserved gift in and of itself. Your comment about being almost ready to tell others truly resonates with me. Best of luck, Rose! 🙂

  3. I remember my first reading of Pride and Prejudice, it was for my high school english class. I devoured the book quickly but left it behind me after finish reading it. Years later, I was bored and I remembered a friend mentioned fanfiction, I googled ‘Best of Pride and Prejudice Fan fiction.’ After reading one story, I soon fell in love with it and now I dont remember what life was before then.

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