Blocked

Blocked

I’ve tried to write every day for the past week but I’m completely empty. Blocked. Nada. Caput. How do I move on when writer’s block strikes? Not just this blog post, but also my second novel for which I just received the developmental edit letter from the world’s best Dev-Editor (no I will not be… Read the full blog post …

Seeking Adventures Abroad

Seeking Adventures Abroad

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” So writes Jane Austen in her delightful novel Northanger Abbey, as her heroine Catherine Morland sets off on her quest to become the heroine in her own story. And I, likewise, am setting off for adventures as well.… Read the full blog post …

A Bee in My Bonnet

A Bee in My Bonnet

If an earworm is a musical tune that you hear playing over and over in your mind, a bee in a bonnet is a parallel idiom, expanding to a thought or topic that one can’t quite set free, like a bee buzzing around in the brain, trapped. The host subject proceeds to bring the topic… Read the full blog post …

The Certain Ills of Such a Choice

The Certain Ills of Such a Choice

“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” – Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 34 Say what you will about Mr. Darcy’s first proposal to Elizabeth. Presumptuous—yes. Misguided—no doubt. Disdainful—well, sure, from Elizabeth’s perspective. But… Read the full blog post …

The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour

Today I thought I would talk about the Grand Tour, a rite of passage for many young men and women of a certain level of society in the time immediately preceding the events of Pride and Prejudice. You likely already know something of this subject, and there may even be posts on this site discussing… Read the full blog post …

Books in the Regency

Books in the Regency

In many books set in Regency England, both JAFF and non-JAFF, characters frequent bookstores. They carry books with them, in their pockets and in their luggage, and they have libraries in their homes. I have long been curious about those books, what they looked and felt like, their sizes, and their weights, and thought maybe… Read the full blog post …