Category Archives: Writing & Publishing

Best Laid Plans . . .

Best Laid Plans . . .

We all know the saying “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” (Or as the Scot in me would say, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley.” – Robert Burns, “To a Mouse”). Well, perhaps in my case it would be “the best intentioned plans . .… Read the full blog post …

Agriculture and other Business

Agriculture and other Business

I was tempted to post another excerpt from The Attack, but decided I’d rather explore the agricultural landscape in existence during the P&P time frame. I’ve been busy outlining plots for future stories, and the subject will feature rather prominently in one of them. It seems to be a common assumption that Mr. Bennet was… Read the full blog post …

Announcements!

Announcements!

There are a few announcements I need to make, which will preempt what I had originally planned for this month’s post. So let’s bump that to next month and get on with it! Before we do, however, there is a bit of housekeeping I need to get out of the way. For those who read… Read the full blog post …

You are cordially invited…

You are cordially invited…

According to ancient Judaic tradition, a great miracle occurred in the month of “Tamuz.” This Hebrew month began with the holiday of “Rosh Chodesh” just a few days ago and corresponds to June and July in the Gregorian calendar. I found it fitting to share this bit of information with you, as it relates to… Read the full blog post …

Humor in Mansfield Park

Humor in Mansfield Park

Why do we want humor? Lately I’ve been trying to purposely learn how to inject more humor into my writing. I’m working on From London with Loyalty, the sequel to From Highbury with Love, and I want it to be funny. I love humor, and that’s definitely what makes some books compulsively re-readable for me.… Read the full blog post …

The Attack – An Excerpt

The Attack – An Excerpt

Some of you might remember a blog I did in December. It was a blurb I created to begin my return to writing. At the time I had no plans to do much of anything with it, but the reception it received, along with the supportive, encouraging comments, convinced me to create a story around… Read the full blog post …

Pulvis Lodge, I Presume?

Pulvis Lodge, I Presume?

“Haye Park might do,” said she, “if the Gouldings could quit it—or the great house at Stoke, if the drawing-room were larger; but Ashworth is too far off! I could not bear to have her ten miles from me; and as for Pulvis Lodge, the attics are dreadful.” —Mrs. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 50… Read the full blog post …

A Boxed Set on Sale

A Boxed Set on Sale

Like many authors last year, I lowered the prices of some of my books. I don’t think any of us realized that the crisis would last as long as it did, but we were happy to help people stuck at home to entertain themselves without spending as much. Now, a year later, many of us… Read the full blog post …