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200 Glorious Years

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Today, I am celebrating an event that most writers can only dream of achieving — the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice.

I hope somewhere up in literary heaven our dear Miss Austen knows how much her work has meant to so many people.

Classic.
Immortal.
Genius.

Who amongst us would not love our work to be labeled any of those superlatives?

Yet, most people do not begin writing their novels thinking that this is “the one,” the breakout book sure to define their careers. Indeed, the thoughts that usually travel through my head when starting a novel are more along the lines of “What were you thinking?” or “Oh my God, I hope this doesn’t suck.”

Still, there is that slight bit of magic when I have typed the working title followed by my name underneath that gives me butterflies, in a good way, of course. I wonder if Miss Austen felt it too as she dipped her quill in ink and moved it over the paper, careful not to drip?


Regular readers of t…

Honoring the Promise of Hope

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Today we are celebrating Martin Luther King Day in the U.S.

I have written about Dr. King a few times here on Bibliophilic Blather. I analyzed his writing and speech-making skills on Editing for Grammarphobes in January 2011 and participated in a blogfest about discrimination in our times organized by Beverly Diehl at Writing in Flow in 2012.




His message of true equality for all resonates in my soul, no matter what issues our country faces or how much vitriol was thrown President Obama's way throughout last year's campaign, throughout his entire presidency, really.

Today is also Inauguration Day. I read somewhere that President Obama will place his hand on Dr. King's bible as he takes the Oath of Office.

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

And as he does so, hope for a better America wil…

Standards

I love Downton Abbey, the fantastic British television show about life on a prestigious country estate during the early years of the twentieth century. While watching a documentary on Highclere Castle, the glorious setting for the show, I was struck by something the present-day butler said while setting the table for the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon’s breakfast. Colin Edwards explained that tables had been set and meals had been served in the same fashion at Highclere for hundreds of years. Scaling down just wouldn’t feel right.

“I think it’s very important to maintain standards because once they disappear, they will never come back,” Edwards said.

Standards.

I am known to drone on at the dinner table, pontificating like a fossil about the bare minimum of service in the retail industry and the lack of manners in society. “Casual Fridays” at work begat a general malaise. Being seen in one’s pajamas in public used to be cause for ridicule. Now, it’s commonplace.

However, I am not mer…

Changes

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Do you pay attention to the voice within? Heed the soft whisper that reveals what you already instinctively know?

When I first started Bibliophilic Blather, I was trying to figure out what I could offer the blogosphere that would set me apart. I chose my journalism years with “Editing for Grammarphobes,” while “Flash Fiction Fridays” harkened more to my old magazine days of soliciting for manuscripts and such.

Through these features, I met some fellow word nerds and many wonderful writers of all genres for whom I am very grateful. What I did not anticipate was how much time it would take to produce three posts per week plus manage my own books and new releases.

This year, 2013, is the Year of the Black Snake according to the Chinese calendar. The snake is a studious creature of steady progress and attention to detail. According to what I read, it requires peaceful solitude to use its analytical skills. Focus and discipline will be required to complete the tasks at hand.


I, too, have b…