Story Leaves Out Austen

Story Leaves Out Austen

Marshall really liked Jane Austen's books...

“Oft[en]-Stalkery?”

“Oft[en]-Stalkery?”

Given Austen has "Darcy" ask "Elizabeth" for marriage TWICE, the idea out there that he did not "pursue" her beyond a single request is therefore inaccurate.

“That an author, in possession of a completed novel…”

“That an author, in possession of a completed novel…”

I find one of the "sneaky" joys in fiction writing is basing characters, or important aspects of them, on living (or once living) people and only you know who he or she "really" is.

“Have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”

“Have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”

Jane Austen died 200 years ago today: July 18, 1817. The Georgian and Regency novelist of relationships among the English gentry especially focused on women needing marriage to achieve economic security and a betterment of their social status. She herself never married. She sold some books, but was not a "big star" during her lifetime. [...]

An Uncommon Setting

An Uncommon Setting

If you find yourself a bit stuck creatively, feeling stale, or worse, suffering from "writer's block," my advice is shake yourself up with a fresh experience or two. (Uh, but having an affair is going decidedly too far!) I've already written about my "inspiration" recently on the road to Geneva. The other day, I'd had [...]

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that….”

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that….”

....Jane Austen quotes are usually apt and mostly timeless. (In case you didn't know, I'm an Austen fan.) In citing that I'm also just having some fun with this "sneak peek" into Distances. For how often have we all seen something like this? It begins with two couples.... and a fifth person. The latter is [...]

Jane Austen Forever

Jane Austen Forever

The other day I happened to see an Inside the Actors Studio interview with Brad Pitt. Unsurprisingly George Clooney's name came up. Hearing it led me into thinking about Clooney's rise to stardom. You've probably seen the post title already. Stay with me, please. This will all make much better, uh, "sense" (and sensibility?) as [...]

Our English Pre-Christmas Miracle

One of CNN's "Top 12" places to spend Christmas, is just up the road from us: CNN opens its explanation about Bath this way: There are few cities in the world where you can celebrate the birth of Jesus and the birth of Jane Austen with the same amount of fanfare, but Bath happens to [...]