The NEW crew of Austen Authors is busily prepping for our official launch on Saturday January 24 when once again authors of Austenesque fiction will be blogging about our love for Jane Austen and many other topics. As a teaser for our readers, a few of us decided to share samplings from our personal blogs. A preview, so to speak, of what to expect in the months ahead!
I am a huge history geek, as many of you know. My favorite blog posts are those that reveal fun or interesting historical tidbits, especially if they clarify something from the Regency Era that my/Jane’s characters live. Here are two of my favorites from 2014:
Scary Movie: Regency Style! What is Phantasmagoria? Moving images in the early 1800s? Read all about it!
May I Take Your Order? Dining out is normal to us, but how about Jane Austen? A short history of restaurants and the varied ways one could eat when away from home.
My favorite posts tend to be reviews, as I began my engagement with Austenesque as a critic. Recently I have been exploring books by female writers either inspired by or who provided inspiration for Jane Austen. I also post original work on my blog, like my annual Twisted Austen stories for Halloween.
T. Tembaron by Francis Hodgeson Burnett One of my favorite books read in 2014! Part of a deeper study of Burnett, whose complete works I read last year, each of which I am slowly reviewing.
Becoming Mrs. Norris: Part One Fanny Price’s Aunt Norris is one of the most despised characters Jane Austen ever created, but how did she become so repulsive? Becoming Mrs. Norris explores the events that occurred before Mansfield Park, when Sir Thomas Bertram was courting Miss Maria Ward.
My posts are a nice mix of Jane Austen, the Regency and early Victorian Periods, “Do You Remember When,” Language Choices, etc. Here are a couple of my recent posts:
A Jane Austen TimeLine – This post lists summarizes the major events of Jane Austen’s life.
The Etiquette of Visiting and How Jane Austen Used it as a Plot Device – Visiting and receiving hours was a custom freely practiced during the Regency. “Our Jane” uses the plot device freely in her novels to move the action along.
I’m a busy woman with my hands in a lot of cookie jars, and I couldn’t be happier! My posts range from excerpts of stories I’m working on (usually several at once), reviews, blog tours for other authors, links of other things I am involved with and even research. Did you know in the real Earl Fitzwilliam line there once were two living siblings both named John? Below are two recent posts of stories I’ve written/am working on. I’ve recently switched to Word Press so I’m still exporting some of my old posts.
A Winter Wonderland- Fitzy the Snowman– This December I was inspired to write several very short stories based off holiday songs. This one was inspired by “Frosty the Snowman.”
Undone Business– The first chapter for my current work in progress. I will begin posting this on my blog in late January. Without Sir William Lucas interrupting, Darcy remains focused on his own concerns rather than his friend’s, while Elizabeth tries to get Jane a second chance with Mr. Bingley. When Darcy and Elizabeth meet again several months later in Kent, it may be their chance to conclude the undone business from months before.
My posts are centered on reading, writing, Jane Austen, and my family life—if you can call that centered. These are a couple of my recent posts:
My Most Embarrassing Moment as an Author– I always thought authors were perfect. That is, until I became one. Too bad there was no magical transformation the minute my first novel appeared in stores. It didn’t happen with my second novel either. Or my third. It didn’t even happen when I visited my local bookstore incognito.
Jane Austen’s No Excuses Approach to Writing- Jane Austen’s biography is a study in persistence. Sometimes when I get discouraged, I like to remember all the obstacles she faced to get her books into our hands.
My favorite blogs tend discuss reading, books, movies and how it all relates to life… Many of the favorite posts I write also involve running, food and the chaotic life with a family. It’s a real mix and, I hope, a fun place to visit.
Now this is where I’m to share some of my favorite blog posts — and as is typical for me — I’ve just discovered they don’t seem to save more than three deep. So I must investigate this…
You will find that, if you ever believed authors were perfect people — as Rebecca Jamison humorously admitted above — you’ll find plenty of humanity on my blog. I can’t seem to find my website most days much less make sure it’s doing exactly what I want it to do.
So here’s to 2015 and a wonderful year of blogging, fun and plenty of Jane Austen!
It can be easy to forget the larger context of Jane Austen’s world, so I made this timeline to remind myself of the tumultuous events of her lifetime.
Cecilia Gray ~
I’m by no means a Jane Austen purist (ducking to avoid eggs…). Do I love her original written word? Of course. But what I love most is the enduring and universal themes she expresses and how they can be co-opted. So, to that end, my fav two posts:
Top 5 Reasons to Retell A Jane Austen Story! If you’re gonna do it, better have a reason for it, right?
Pride and Prejudice: Book vs Movie Youtube Video If you’re gonna watch the movie and pretend you read the book – here’s the key differences you need to know.
Anna Elliott ~
Like so many here, I’m in love with the history and the research involved in writing Jane Austen inspired fiction. One of my favorite blog posts is one where I explore some of the incredible, inspiring– and sometimes heartbreaking– experiences of the women who followed Wellington’s army during the Napoleonic Wars.
My second favorite blog post is from a few years back, an oldie but a goodie. I guess you could call it my own personal version of the Netherfield Ball. Read to the end and you’ll understand why. 🙂
It’s no secret that I love Mr. Darcy. My ardent admiration began when I first watched the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film. Then, I read the book and grew even more fascinated. If I could spend all my time writing Darcy and Elizabeth happily ever after stories, I would have no cause to repine.
In that spirit, I’d like to share a favorite post from several years ago in which I discuss my approach to writing ‘what-if’ stories featuring our dear couple.