Happy vernal equinox, everybody! It’s officially spring. The seasons plow onward even as we humans grind to a halt, reminding us that life moves forward, and that this moment will soon be behind us.
But I have to admit, it doesn’t feel like it’s going to be “soon.” My daughter is out of school until the end of April – that’s a longer break than she gets for summer vacation. We marked the day on her calendar last Monday, and from this vantage, it feels like we have quite the mountain to climb before we’re going to get to sit back and enjoy the vista. Normally, having a kid who loves school so much is a blessing. Right now, it’s an added challenge.
As I figure out how to keep her and the two year old entertained, I’m also thinking of all of you. To help make the time pass, I’m making all of my books enrolled in the Kindle unlimited program free for the next five days (pacific time, so the promotion doesn’t actually begin until two hours after this post goes live). Follow the link to enjoy the bounty: https://www.amazon.com/Alexa-Adams/e/B003HSCV6S/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1.
And hey, while you’re sitting at home, how about writing a review? I’m one of the few authors I know who loves reading reviews, and I really do thrive on the feedback, both positive and negative (as long as it is constructive – if you just want to tell me that you hate my books and think I have no right to wield a pen, please find another forum).
I also thought this might provide some of you with a bit of distraction: it’s a crossword puzzle I designed several years ago. I do love puzzles, but I don’t get to work on them very often these days. I lost the key to this one, so I had to work it out again. Such fun! I recommend printing out the puzzle (sorry it’s not interactive, but that is beyond my abilities). The answer is typically a full name. Think how Austen refers to the character. If a title is often used, consider including it. If you get totally stumped, let me know in the comments. If needed, I can eventually publish the answers there.
2.”Ha! he was surprised at that;” and added, “certainly you cannot do better than to continue as you are; you cannot be better than well; or I should recommend Gowland, the constant use of Gowland, during the spring months.”
4. “I will prove myself a man, no less by the generosity of my soul than the clearness of my head. I have no patience with such of my sex as disdain to let themselves sometimes down to the comprehension of yours.”
7. “She does not think evil, but she speaks it, speaks it in playfulness; and though I know it to be playfulness, it grieves me to the soul.”
9. “Lord help you! — You women are always thinking of men’s being in liquor. Why, you do not suppose a man is overset by a bottle?
10. “He enquired after you very particularly; asked even if you were personally altered, little suspecting that to my eye you could never alter.”
14. “If I am not deceived by the uncertainty, the partiality of tender recollection, there is a very strong resemblance between them, as well in mind as person. The same warmth of heart, the same eagerness of fancy and spirits.”
15. “Exactly so; that is what principally strikes me.”
1. “This is beyond me,” said he. “This requires explanation. Young as you are, and having seen scarcely any one, it is hardly possible that your affections–” (3 words)
3. “Brother and sister! no, indeed.”
5. “I see how it will be. You will be setting your cap at him now, and never think of poor Brandon.”
6. “I never was so long in company with a girl in my life, trying to entertain her, and succeed so ill! Never met with a girl who looked so grave on me! I must try to get the better of this.”
8. “What think you of books?” said he, smiling.
11. “For God’s sake, say no more of his partners. Oh! that he had sprained his ankle in the first dance!”
12. “To avoid a comparative poverty, which her affection and her society would have deprived of all its horrors, I have, by raising myself to affluence, lost every thing that could make it a blessing.”
13. “As I must therefore conclude that you are not serious in your rejection of me, I shall chuse to attribute it to your wish of increasing my love by suspense, according to the usual practice of elegant females.”
My best wishes for everyone’s health and peace of mind.