Continuing our celebration of American Literature, here are some interesting tidbits about Ralph Waldo Emerson.
1. Poet, philosopher, and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in 1803 in Boston. He led the Transcendentalist movement and wrote dozens of published essays, including "Nature" and "Self-Reliance," and delivered more than 1,500 lectures across the U.S.
2. After studying at Harvard, Ralph Waldo Emerson entered the ministry, but found himself unable to administer the sacraments in good conciousness after the death of his nineteen-year-old wife, Ellen. He left the church.
3. Nicknamed "The Sage of Concord," Ralph Waldo Emerson surmised that intuition was the only way to comprehend reality.
4. Ralph Waldo Emerson owned the Walden property upon which Henry David Thoreau built his cabin.
5. “My life is not an apology, but a life. It is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, …
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.
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 …
I set up a pretty ambitious 2014 writing and production schedule earlier this year. It's crunch time for my work-in-progress, which is not a Bibliophiles book, but rather a romance that I have been working on since the summer. I'm very excited about this new story. It's filled with wonderful characters in an entirely different genre for me. It's almost done. I just need to tweak a couple of things and wrap up the plot in a spectacular fashion.
Last week, I also revisited the third book in the Bibliophiles series after shelving it for awhile to work on the romance novel. I'm delighted to report that it is moving along really well and that our dear Thaddeus and Spring will have some wonderful stories to tell you when it's finished. I'm shooting for a Fall 2014 release.
I'm working on these two in tandem, as well as planning a Bibliophile short story with a vacation theme for Catherine and Will from Until My Soul Gets It Right…