This has been a busy week and a half of posts. There are many opportunities for upcoming drawings, so don't miss posts with double giveaways from Kara Louise, Becky Thumann and Sharon Lathan as well as the one from Gayle. Read ALL of them and don't forget to comment! Comments are how you WIN those giveaways!
June 12--Shannon Winslow
June 15--Karen Wasylowski
June 19--Krista Bagley
June 22--Stephanie Hamm
June 26--Laurel Ann Nattress
June 29--Pam Dixon
July 3--Jennifer Petkus
July 6--Karen Aminada
July 10--Marilyn Brant
July 13--Meredith Esparanza
July 17--Lori Smith
July 24--Barbara Tiller Cole: Christmas in July
July 27--Amy Cecil
July 31--Maria Grace
August 3--Wendi S.
August 7--Moira B.
And Many more to come!
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My Obsession with Jane Austen
When did it start? I was an adolescent during the era of Elvis Presley and the Korean and Vietnam Wars and remember where I was the day JFK was shot. None of these inspired me to fanaticism. Even then I was drawn to, as Bush put it, a simpler and gentler America/time. Even in grade school, the music, movies and books of eras past caught my attention. In particular I loved period pieces and classical music and imagining stories in my head, stories without violence and crime or hatred.
Now, half a century later, I still prefer these things. Yes, I have jotted down some of the stories in my head… No, I have never posted/published them. Why not? Ego and fear – both of which are too big and too fragile to overcome – and laziness – creating and editing is hard work.
Hmm.. I drifted off topic .. which is typical of one of my major shortcomings – distracted by another tangent in my thoughts .. eh-hm .. back on track ..
My Obsession with Jane Austen, Take Two
My favorite Jane Austen novels are Persuasion and Mansfield Park. What? say those who know my obsession with P&P fan fiction. But Yes, they are my favorite Jane Austen to read and for characters and storyline. But my favorite fan fiction is far and away those inspired by P&P. I love P&P fan fiction. I can’t seem to get enough of it. I keep expecting to reach the point that I say “Enough, I’m tired of D&E!” But, here I am, more than 500 stories read and I’m not even close to saying that. How do I know 513? – well, that’s easy. I keep a list. Early on I realized I was going to run into trouble keeping my Read and TBR (To Be Read) separate so I started writing them down, putting a synopsis and my opinion for each book as I finished it. That list grew once I found the JAFF Index (BTC-Editor's Note--jaffindex.com) - a goldmine of information.
Our extended family members roll their eyes and gently chide, but basically leave us to our mania. We even travelled to a three day retreat and joined with authors and readers to talk about Jane Austen and JAFF. Every minute was wonderful. Being part of a lovely sisterhood of intelligent, friendly, caring women provides a welcome catharsis against the realities of working and living in the 21st century.
Oh, I could ramble on and say so much more but think it best to close for now. Happy reading to you all and I hope to see you in September at the DBF.