Archive for June, 2012

Regency Friday: Jane Austen’s House Museum

Friday, June 22nd, 2012 | Regency Fridays | No Comments

“The table, in the Dining Room, at which Jane Austen sat when she was writing at Chawton”

From the wonderful blog for Jane Austen’s Museum House, 6/14/12

Last week, I had the joy of discovering Austen Only, and this week I wanted to connect you a blog run by the same person on the site dedicated to the Jane Austen House Museum. Follow the link below for another glimpse of Jane’s writing table, the lovely house she lived in at Chawton, and its beautiful garden in late spring.

A glimpse into another world…

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Where You Are

Monday, June 18th, 2012 | The Writing Life | No Comments

‘You are where you are, until you’re somewhere else.’

This quote seemed silly to me at first, so obvious that it almost didn’t need to be said. But then I started thinking about it in terms of my work. There are so many times when I’m beginning a draft or a synopsis that I simply do not know where I am, where the book is going, or even if there should be a book. As I stare at the blank screen with my few scribbled notes beside me, I get overwhelmed by nerves and more than a little fear.

What if I write it and it’s no good? What if I write it and no one, and I mean NO ONE, wants to read it? What if the story that has begun to live in my head and take over my life appeals to no one on Earth but me?

These are real questions.

I start writing anyway as an act of faith, a leap into the Void that I so often refer to on this blog. Releasing self-doubt long enough to put words on paper is a writer’s ongoing struggle, an integral part of the writing life. It’s as true for me as for everyone else. We stand on the precipice and we leap, every time.

But we still doubt. When the keys fall silent, when the Muse goes home, I am still left wondering: Is this new idea going to work? Am I the one to write it?

That is where we are, some of the time. We stand in the presence of self-doubt. And we keep walking, one step at a time, one word at a time, until we’re somewhere else.

Jane Austen Centre in Bath

Friday, June 1st, 2012 | Regency Fridays | No Comments

Regency Friday has come around for the second time, and I am thrilled to have discovered this delightful place, first on Facebook and then on their website. The Jane Austen Centre in Bath makes me long to go back to England. When I do, I’ll have to make it out of London to enjoy Bath and all its beauty…not to mention its Jane Austen fun.

Please click on the links below to find their website and their Facebook page. You’ll be glad you did…

Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austen Centre on Facebook

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