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AARRGGHH!! The Need for Historical Accuracy…

Research . . . AARGH!!!! One of the best parts of being a writer is learning new things. However, one of the worst parts of being a writer is researching those new things. As I am sure everyone on this … Continue reading

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From Where Did that Phrase Come?

Favorite Idioms and Vocabulary from Times Past (In cleaning out some of my school files, I came across these common phrases and their sources. Enjoy!!!) Here are some fascinating tidbits:  People married in June. Most had taken their yearly bath … Continue reading

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Austen’s Most Infamous “Bad Boy,” George Wickham ~ What Do We Know of Him?

Austen’s favorite bad boy, Mr. George Wickham, is a fan favorite, as well. I thought we might take a closer look at George Wickham’s importance to the Pride and Prejudice’s plot. For a minor character, with few lines and little … Continue reading

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Research in Historical Ficiton: A Witch Bottle and the Writing of “The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy”

Incorporating Research into a Story Line: Today, I thought I would spend some time on how I incorporated my research into Dorset’s superstitions and legends into the text of one of my Austen-inspired cozy mysteries. Enjoy the short history lesson … Continue reading

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Groan!!! More Editing Tips

If the people with whom we communicate understand us when we use “may” instead of “can,” or “convince” instead of “persuade,” or “one another” when we should be using “each other,” does it really matter? Semanticists often accept the changes, … Continue reading

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Male vs. Female Perspective in Writing

When I write a Pride and Prejudice sequel/adaptation, I do so from Darcy’s point of view, rather than from Elizabeth’s. When I speak of Austen’s Persuasion, I speak of Wentworth’s thoughts. When I am writing of the Realm, I do so as a … Continue reading

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How a Minor Character Controls the Story’s Action: Jane Austen’s Use of George Wickham

Yesterday, on Austenesque Extravganza, I interviewed our favorite bad boy, Mr. George Wickham. Actually, I held a celebrity intervention, but as an afterthought to that momentous event, I thought we might take a closer look at George Wickham’s importance to … Continue reading

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The Etiquette of “Visiting” and How Jane Austen Used It as a Plot Device

In the 1800s, morning calls or visiting upon a household developed a certain protocol, and those who broke protocol were often shunned. First a calling card was presented to the household’s servant. It was common for those who came to … Continue reading

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Jane Austen Writing Contest

The Chawton House Library has launched a new Jane Austen-inspired short story contest. The winner will receive 1000 pound. The last contest resulted in the Harper Collins release of Dancing with Mr. Darcy. For details, visit http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/8881917.Jane_Austen_writing_contest_launched/ The deadline is March … Continue reading

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Birth Order Research

For my newest book, I am doing some research in birth order and how it affects someone’s personality. Of course, I am one to believe that environment is more important to a person’s development. Knowing hardship, for example, makes a … Continue reading

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