Five years ago this month, I released To Have His Cake (and Eat It Too): Mr. Darcy’s Tale. What a remarkable journey it’s been since then. I’ve been reflecting on this milestone for weeks. In the spirit of a theme of fives, I thought I’d share five lists of fives in today’s post, starting with five things you probably do not know about yours truly.
(1) I attended the University of Virginia as an undergraduate.
(2) I pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority during my third year.
(3) My favorite color is red. In a related tidbit, I have a red comb I bought as a teenager that I still carry with me almost everywhere I go. I am rather certain I haven’t used that particular comb in decades, but as with my keys, I won’t leave the house without checking to see that my red comb from my high school days is in my purse.
(4) I collect elephants. Not real ones—I only admire real elephants from afar.
(5) The street name of every house I’ve ever owned begins with the letter ‘C’. The first house I bought was on Camolin Court in Richmond, Virginia. Next, I bought a house on Champlain Way in Franklin Park, New Jersey. Then there’s the house I own now. Trust me, ‘C’ is the first letter of my street’s name. I didn’t plan it that way, but I suspect that if my future house hunting endeavors find me contemplating a house on a street named Chatsworth, it will serve as a strong inducement to say yes.
Next up is a list of five books I’ve read that have had a profound impact on my adult life.
(1) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
(2) Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William L. Ury
(3) Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Stephen Johnson
(4) Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life by Dr. Wayne Dyer
(5) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Here’s another list of five—five of the first JAFF books I ever purchased.
(1) Linda Berdoll’s Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife
(2) Pamela Aidan’s An Assembly Such as This
(3) Sharon Lathan’s Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy
(4) Abigail Reynold’s Impulse and Initiative
(5) Linda Berdoll’s Darcy and Elizabeth
Much like Mrs. Bennet, I do not like to boast of my own child or in this case, children, but I’d be remiss if I did not share the next list. It’s five of my own books that are my favorites.
(1) To Have His Cake
(2) He Taught Me to Hope
(3) Bewitched, Body and Soul
(4) A Lasting Love Affair
(5) Lady Elizabeth
Wow! That was not easy for me to do. However, it does bring me to the fifth and final list. Here are five of my favorite Matthew MacFadyen films / TV series:
(1) MI-5 tops the list. I love Tom Quinn. I believe I have committed every episode of Seasons One and Two by heart. What’s more, I have written a ‘what-if’ version of the story titled, Tom and Christine. Mind you, it’s strictly for my own entertainment purposes.
(2) There’s also Little Dorrit. I love Mr. Arthur Clennam too. Were it not for the evil Rigaud sneaking around killing so many people for no good reason as far as I can discern, I would have watched Little Dorrit a lot more often than I have.
(3) The Pillars of the Earth makes the list. Here’s a case where I read the book before seeing the adaptation. What a real treat it was to imagine Matthew MacFadyen as Prior Philip throughout the epic story.
(4) Almost Strangers is one of my go-to films. I have watched it at least six or seven times. I could try to explain what fascinates me most about the story, but perhaps this picture says it best.
(5) Last, but certainly not least is Pride and Prejudice. I’ve watched this film at least six or seven times in under a week. Who’s to say how many times I’ve watched it in total. During those earlier viewings, I always found myself pausing at this spot. *Swoon* It’s the moment he appeared at Rosings. That is when I knew I was in love with Mr. Darcy.
I’ve mentioned before what a remarkable five-year journey this has been. One of the things I have enjoyed most is getting to know so many of you. As amazing as you all are, I am certain there are more than a few interesting facts that others have yet to learn about you. It’s time for your share in the conversation. Tell me something about yourself that I might not already know.
What say you to a giveaway? I have released a Limited Edition book bundle of the Pride and Prejudice Untold series books to mark the Fifth Anniversary of To Have His Cake (and Eat It Too): Mr. Darcy’s Tale. Comment for a chance to win an eBook edition. One winner will be chosen on Tuesday, October 27th.