Renewed Hope- Excerpt & Giveaway

Renewed Hope- Excerpt & Giveaway

Sufficient Encouragement‘s companion story, Renewed Hope, released the other day. It follows the romances of Darcy’s cousins: Viscount Arlington, Richard Fitzwilliam, and Anne de Bourgh, a surprising Caroline Bingley, and original characters Lady Belinda Crenshaw and Jacob Truman. Each of them face the issue of fighting for love. In my last post about Renewed Hope,… more goodness …

The Poetic Writing of Jane Austen

The Poetic Writing of Jane Austen

A few months ago, I attended a seminar at Drew University in Madison, Jersey: Austen and Byron: Together Again. While the lecture was interesting and resulting in my immediate purchasing of several Byron books (of which I have only glanced through since then…such is the life of a book-a-holic), the most fascinating aspect of the… more goodness …

Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapters V & VI

Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapters V & VI

Welcome back to Read Along Wednesday! Come have your share of the conversation at The Writer’s Block. In chapters five and six we get to know some of the principal characters a bit better. In particular, Mr. Knightley and Mrs. Weston’s prolonged conversation about Emma in chapter five gives us a much better concept of… more goodness …

Finding JAFF Inspiration in Unlikely Places

Finding JAFF Inspiration in Unlikely Places

For me one of the best parts of writing JAFF has been encountering a community of writers and readers who are equally interested in and passionate about Jane Austen’s works.  Who else will debate whether Bingley deserves Jane’s love or if Fanny Price is a sufficiently active heroine?  If I tried to initiate such a… 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 …

Jane Austen and Narrative Voice

Jane Austen and Narrative Voice

“Voice” is a tricky subject for writers. It isn’t a teachable aspect of writing, but it is invaluable and strengthens with practice, perseverance and diligence. Usually a reader finds it within character in novels. You know, unique characters that simply are themselves. Readers may call them friend or enemy, but not fictional – for they… more goodness …

Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapters III & IV

Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapters III & IV

Hello and welcome to the second ‘Emma’ read-along! I hope you enjoyed the first two chapters and Alexa’s wonderful post, which you can find here, if you haven’t read it. I have been incredibly fortunate to listen to John Mullan talking about ‘Emma’ in Chawton and also at last year’s Bath Festival, and he has… more goodness …

Weeds

WEEDS the curse and the blessing No one has better intentions than that of an eager fed-up-with-winter gardener ready to till, sow, and hover over tiny seedlings as they make their first appearance from the ground. The smile it brings as the first snow pea pushes the painfully measured ½ inch soil-cover off its eager… more goodness …