Poetry in the Age of Romance

Poetry in the Age of Romance

The romantic poetry of a besotted lover is, in my opinion, one of the most delightful treasures of the human experience. What woman who has received a love poem composed by her sweetheart can deny the power of those words? Words that expose his vulnerability to her charms. Words that set aside flaws and cite… more goodness …

A Long Time Coming

A Long Time Coming

My, how time flies. It’s been more than a year since I shared a rough cut excerpt from Miss Elizabeth Bennet, my National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2015 project, with all of you. I’m happy to announce the story will be available very, very soon. The target release date is February 28, 2017.   I’m… more goodness …

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

The world is filled with tension and unease.  Not the first time, most likely won’t be the last time.  Even in Jane Austen’s day and age, there was anger and hostility. People demanded rights and disputed land. So let’s take a look of just a few of the wars and rebellions that happened in Jane… more goodness …

A Tour of Estate Houses Used in Pride and Prejudice

A Tour of Estate Houses Used in Pride and Prejudice

The 1995 A&E production of Pride and Prejudice has always been my favorite. Not only was it my first exposure to the wonderful world of Austen (yes, even before the book!), but it also seems to be the most authentic and the most accurate to Jane Austen’s original text. Not only that, but the scenery… more goodness …

The Fount of Creativity

The Fount of Creativity

Mrs. Cranston held her head high as she spoke proudly of her son. “He has turned out so well, and I take all the credit for it for myself. I made sure he associated only with the best kind of people as he grew up. Keeping your children from poor associations is so important, don’t… more goodness …

Austen writes Romance?

Austen writes Romance?

Welcome to February! I can’t believe how fast January flew by! My children are already bringing home heart-shaped crafts from school in celebration of the upcoming St. Valentine’s Day holiday. While I maintain that Jane Austen’s books are about so much more than romantic love you simply can’t get away from the marriage plots and… more goodness …