Category Archives: Excerpt

Using Austen as an Historical Resource

Using Austen as an Historical Resource

One of my favorite books is Natalie Zemon Davis’ The Return of Martin Guerre (1983) which heralded the advent of a new historical school: that of subaltern history—essentially the history of sergeants not generals. Davis used court records and other documents to reconstruct a mid-16th Century narrative that was all but lost to history. Davis’… more goodness …

Anticipating the Release of “In Want of A Wife” + a Giveaway

Anticipating the Release of “In Want of A Wife” + a Giveaway

  Back in late November, a story was bouncing around in my head, and as any good Muse does, my inner voice kept telling me I needed to write this one. As many of you know, my Pride and Prejudice vagaries generally stay as close to canon as I can get them. Even my vampiric… more goodness …

The Darcy Inquisition (with apologies to Monty Python)

The Darcy Inquisition (with apologies to Monty Python)

The essence of writing fanfiction, whether Austen or otherwise, is finding gaps in the narrative where we can extrapolate or re-interpret the story to fit our own needs. Whether this is a prequel, a continuation or a variation, an author is always looking for those little chinks in a story to wedge our creative minds… more goodness …

The Why-ness of Being + a Giveaway

The Why-ness of Being + a Giveaway

Early on in my affair with the Canon, I became rather angry. Well, perhaps ‘angry’ is not the correct word: perhaps dissatisfied is a better fit. You see, I tend to “read” a book (modifying Mortimer Adler’s approach) three times. The first is to enjoy the story: to sort of glide along the surface, being… more goodness …

The Little Christmas Story With No Name

The Little Christmas Story With No Name

It’s that time of year again, when we haul boxes out of attic or basement, dump the pile of mouse poop off the tops of them, and pull out all the pretties within to decorate our houses. This year, that has not gone so well for me. LOL It’s a long story, but the short… more goodness …

A Christmas JAFF

A Christmas JAFF

The holiday season is upon us, though here in Australia the seasons are reversed and it always feels strange to be singing about snow and winter when the temperatures outside are scorching! Born and raised in the UK, I still always associate Christmas with the long dark nights of winter, snow (sometimes), mulled wine, sitting… more goodness …

The Etiquette of “Visiting” and How Jane Austen Used The Tradition as a Plot Device

The Etiquette of “Visiting” and How Jane Austen Used The Tradition as a Plot Device

The Etiquette of “Visiting” and How Jane Austen Used It as a Plot Device In the 1800s, morning calls or visiting upon a household developed a certain protocol, and those who broke protocol were often shunned. First a calling card was presented to the household’s servant. It was common for those who came to London… more goodness …

Are You Like Me? Do You Need a Little Darcy Right This Very Minute… + a Giveaway

Starting about mid November, I have read a variety of Christmas-themed stories. I privately refer to this time period as “cleansing my palate” for much of what I have committed to read, starting in mid-January. Each year, about that time, I read/judge entries in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards program. In the past,… more goodness …