Thursday, December 30, 2010

Coffee with Sia features my little snippet - The Lord of Misrule - all day today and tomorrow!

THIRTY TWO DAYS TO GO!!!!!!!!!
Happy New Year Everyone!!!!

Monday, December 27, 2010



My workspace. I have my Chicago Art Institute posters, my picture from my brother he bought from a garage sale of two little kids (looking like us a million years ago), the painting a friend of mine did of Our lady of Guadalupe, the signed letter from Deb Werksman telling me Sourcebook was publishing Darcy and Fitzwilliam and - my Jane Austen Action Figure!!!!

I have set up three book signings for next year - I can't believe this. On February 19 we'll be at the Savannah book fair signing books with another Austen Author - Regina Jeffers!!!

On April 9 we'll be in Fresno, California signing books at a JASNA convention with the great Kahuna of Austen Authors (one of them at least) Sharon Lathan. Not too shabby!!!

On March 19 I will be on my own signing books at Books-a-Million in Bradenton. At least people will show up for two of these events. I have never even been to a book signing - I have no idea what goes on, what I should write, if I should try to bribe people into buying the books, what???

If no one shows up or they bump into the table without even seeing me I will cry. Or I will punch them out.


here are two new videos. Two of my favorites.

Baby Beyonce




Kiri Te Kanawa




Friday, December 24, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I wonder if next year we could start a movement that would change the holiday completely. Instead of the hours spent shopping for gifts, writing cards, baking cookies, use the time to help out at a homeless shelter, or food pantry. And all that money saved - give to the poor, help the elderly. What a better world we would have, such a good lesson for our children. We don't really need the extra scarf, and we can buy our own gadgets. Help someone who is struggling to survive instead. We complain every year about the commercialization of this holy day - well do something about it! Your kids can live without yet another toy. Spend time with them instead.

And you know, another thing, everyone should smile once in a while. And why is everyone so mad at each other, why are we allowing a handful of television and radio people influence our opinions so much? Why are we so cruel to each other, over and over again, when we are all the same. It makes no sense to me. No sense.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The last week of Advent



Let's spend the next week remembering the true reason for the season, the gift that keeps on giving, the Lord of Hosts, the King of Kings...




the baby...the man...our Lord




Friday, December 17, 2010

One week to go!




One week to go until the big day!!!

Christmas Pudding Recipe form Austen Authors!

Dancing of Period Drama

I love the costumes and the dancing of these period dramas. Thank you all for participating in Jane's Birthday Party. Enjoy.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Two of my most favorite actors. I love to watch Oliver Platt! Interviewed for the great movie Frost/Nixon


Happy Birthday, Jane



My dearest Miss Austen,


Felicitations upon the anniversary of your birth, dearest one, and the joy of the day to you. Might one inquire as to your true age, or would such impudence provoke a sound tongue lashing? What's that? Whisper in my ear.

Oh, good heavens, you are quite advanced in years, aren't you? No need for ruffled feathers, it was just a passing comment. However, you may consider being seated for the remainder of these blogs. Oh! I shouldn't bother yourself with that horrid word, dearest. "Blogs" - vapid word that it is I believe that it will, hopefully, pass quickly from use. Pardon me, Jane? Yes that is true, you are quite correct there - in all likelihood another, even more disgusting term will arise in it's place; that's the way of the world in which we now live.

Do stop laughing at me, Jane. I realize you do not actually reside in this world in that sense, in the "above ground" sense, however, as you can see, quite a few of us love to pretend that you do.

And never say that it was I who initiated this birthday blogging business (nefarious words, all of them). No, Jane, I was contacted by a comely woman of the continent, possessing both breeding and character, a Maria Grazia by name, a lady by deportment and an aristocrat, I am certain, by birth. Far be it from me to carry tales. However. This Signora Grazia is providing details regarding your - oh, how shall I say this kindly - advanced years - to everyone, not only to the villages and pleasant towns with which you are familiar; but, she has also taken it upon herself to divulge this natal nonsense to the global community, Jane.
One wonders what grudge she may have against you, but I digress.

My sincerest wish was only to thank you, Jane dear, for your writing, your humor and your very existence. We learned your true nature through your writings; we believe we know you through the characters you created. The bright, witty Lizzy Bennet quick to anger but ready to ask forgiveness. The brave Elinor Dashwood who appeared self sufficient, cold and indifferent to her sister's eyes but who loved deeply in silence. The well meaning but hopelessly self involved Emma Woodhouse. The steadfast Anne Elliott who lost her love through weak submission to her family only to find him again in maturity. Catherine Morland who allows her imagination to run away with her. The unexceptional Fanny Price, timid and shy, who travels her own emotional road to maturity.

And, of course, thank you for the wonderful men, Jane. Ah, the men! They have brought romance to our souls and a smile to our lips. It was through these gentlemen and ladies that we discovered the true you, Jane. They are, each in their own way, like you - gifted and flawed and terribly funny.


Happy Birthday, Jane! Merry Christmas, everyone!

Karen V. Wasylowski


December 16, Jane Austen Birthday Blog Schedule

It wouldn't be fair to neglect someone as important and dear to us as Jane Austen on her birthday. She was born on 16th December 1775, it’ll be 235 years next week . We owe so many immensely pleasant moments to her that we decided she deserved a great B-day celebration. My Jane Austen Book Club and other bloggers and Austen dedicated writers are going to have a blog party in her honour. You are all invited to join us on our “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JANE!” event next Thursday December 16th. Who will be there? Where is the party going on?
1. Adriana Zardini at Jane Austen Sociedad do Brasil (http://janeaustenclub.blogspot.com/2010/12/happy-birthday-jane-participe-dos.html)
2. Laurel Ann at Austenprose (http://austenprose.com/2010/12/16/happy-birthday-jane-austen-blog-tour-a-celebration-of-her-legacy-her-juvenilia/)
3. Vic Sanborn at Jane Austen World (http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/baby-jane-austens-first-two-yearshappy-235th-birthday-jane/)
4. Katherine Cox at November’s Autumn (http://novembersautumn.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/how-jane-austen-has-enriched-my-life/)
5. Karen Wasylowski at http://www.karenwasylowski.com/ happy-birthday-jane.html
6. Laurie Viera Rigler at Jane Austen Addict Blog (http://blog.janeaustenaddict.com/2010/12/happy-235th-miss-austen-lots-of-giveaways.html)
7. Lynn Shepherd at her blog (http://www.lynn-shepherd.com/blog/happy-birthday-jane-austen/
S at Reading, Writing, Working, Playing ( http://janegs.blogspot.com/2010/12/celebrating-austens-235th-birthday.html)
9. Jane Odiwe at Jane Austen Sequels (http://janeaustensequels.blogspot.com/2010/12/jane-austens-birthday-event.html)
10. Alexa Adams at First Impressions (http://alexaadams.blogspot.com/2010/12/happy-birthday-jane-austen.html)
11. Regina Jeffers at her blog (http://reginajeffers.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/happy-birthday-jane-austen-16-december-1775/
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13. Janet Mullany at Risky Regency (http://riskyregencies.blogspot.com/2010/12/here-was-woman-about-year-1800-writing.html)
14. Maria Grazia at My Jane Austen Book Club (http://thesecretunderstandingofthehearts.blogspot.com/2010/12/happy-birthday-jane-blog-tour-and.html)
(http://janeaustenreviews.blogspot.com/2010/12/happy-birthday-jane-austen.html

butes to Jane Austen on all these blogs on December 16th with the HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JANE logo created by Adriana Zardini (JASBRA) just for the occasion. Lovely, isn’t it? Visit all the blogs on December 16th and leave your comments + e-mail address to have lots of chances to win one of the wonderful gifts we are giving away:
Books - 1 signed copy of…

1. Willoughby’s Return by Jane Odiwe
2. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
3. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
4. Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd
5. Intimations of Austen by Jane Greensmith
6. Darcy's Passions: Fitzwilliam Darcy's Story by Regina Jeffers
7. First Impressions. A Tale of Less Pride and Prejudice by Alexa Adams
8. Jane and the Damned by Janet Mullany
9. Bespelling Jane Austen by Janet Mullany

Other gifts:
1. Austen bag offered by Karen Wasylowski
2. DVD Pride & Prejudice 2005 offered by Regina Jeffers
3. package of Bingley's Tea. (flavor "Marianne's Wild Abandon" ) offered by Cindy Jones
4. DVD Jane Austen in Manhattan offered by Maria Grazia
5. 3 issues of Jane Austen Regency World offered by Maria Grazia
Giveaways will end on the 23rd . Winners will be announced on My Jane Austen Book Club.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Austen Authors


My next article with Austen Authors will be Tuesday, December 14. It's a trip down memory lane for me, remembering some of my Christmas's when I was little, especially the great food my mom would make. The most memorable toy I had was a doll - a Revelon doll, very popular as I recall at that time. I thought it would be really funny to draw a mustache and glasses on her Christmas night. She was so beautiful too. I used magic marker. Oh well...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010








Just some pictures I never got to use in the video. I love the one of Lennon and McCartney, and who doesn't love Paul Newman and Robert Redford? And how wonderful would the first Pride and Prejudice movie have been if Olivier was paired with Vivian Leigh instead of the ancient looking Greer Garson?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Jane Austen's Birthday Party

December 15 is Jane's 235th birthday and we are all going to celebrate with a joing Jane Austen love in. She has brought so much joy and laughter into the world that she deserves a bit of a fuss. Hold the day.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday, November 30,2010

We have still not heard anything from the bloggers and the reviewers about the book. I was featured on November 28 on the My Jane Austen Book Club site and the video was there too. The video hits are now about 245 or so, not exactly viral but at least it's getting out there. Maybe I am pushing this too hard, I still have eight weeks to go!

We are going to be attending the Savannah Georgia book fair on February 19, 2011 - the day of my better half's birthday! Yay! That should be fun because I'll be with Regina Jeffers and she has a big following. I need to learn what to do at these things and it will do no harm to bask in the reflected glow of someone the public actually knows!

In April we'll be going to Fresno for a JASNA book convention. Since we don't fly we'll be taking the train, from Chicago to Sacramento, then rent a car to go to Fresno for a couple of days. Then we'll have about five days to sightsee in San Francisco and the wine country and Malibu and Carmel and Yosimite and I think we'll need more days. Anway, we are really looking forward to the train ride - we have a compartment to ourselves, and also looking forward to a few days in Chicago at my friend Judy's house. We'll visit with friends and eat at Portillo's and then eat at Portillo's again. My kind of town.

Friday, November 19, 2010

New video is up and running on Youtube

Yesterday i finally got the new video up and running on Youtube, then could not find it to same my soul. It is apparently one of several hundred thousand videos and even if I type in the actual name - Darcy and Fitzwilliam - it is lost in the shuffle. I tagged it with Darcy and Fitzwilliam, Pride and Prejudice, Matthew Macfadyen, Colin Firth, Period Drama - nada.

My next step will have to be seeing how much it costs youtube to promote the video. Help.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Video is on my Facebook and on Website

I posted the video for D&F on my facebook and also on my website. Also found out that the book is being sent out by Amazon earlier than previously said. Someone told me they had heard they would receive the book by late March - now Amazon says the book will be received by February 7. Is that a good sign?

Also, need recommendations for the cast when they film the book. I still see Matthew MacFadyen as Darcy and Martin Clunes as Fitzwilliam; both personalities seem to to fit my idea of them. Now need Lizzy - who am I kidding, Kiera Knightley IS Lizzy, even though I hate her because she's so adorable and thin and young. ah well. Now we need Amanda and Lady Catherine. Who am I kidding? Dame Judy Densch IS Lady Catherine, even though I hate her because so's so adorable and talented. I sense a trend...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Discipline

Ok - fine. I am going to discipline myself and post something here everyday. I have created a video for my book which I have posted onto my website. I tried to post to Youtube however I cannot for the live of me figure that thing out. I signed up giving them a username. They asked me to sign in but not with a user name - with my e-mail address and a password. I was never asked to give them a password when I signed up. I clicked on I forgot my password. They sent me into google to retrieve my google password. I get into google finally and they ask me if I want to sign up for Youtube. I am like the Flying Dutchman with this. I'll try again tomorrow.

Today continued on with the second book and again I am undisciplined to the extreme, changing the beginning so much that the seventy or so pages I have already need to be changed to follow. The roof is fixed, the pool is blue again and tomorrow I'll start my diet.

In April I'll be in Fresno, my first California visit (yay!) to visit with Sharon Lathan and attend her Austen group festivities, maybe sign a few of my books for the slower fleeing attendees. I'm old but I'm quick. My next blog is December 14 for Austen Authors. What a nice group of women they are (and one man). Such good authors and so prolific. I hate them come to think of it. Well, we'll see if I remember to add something tomorrow.