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Why Don’t You Describe Emma More?

Like many young women in their 20s, I went through a Chick Lit phase.  This was in the 90s and early 2000s when the genre was dominated by books that focused on two topics: weight and marriage.  Bridgette Jones was the voice that spoke for the genre and many other authors copied the idea inRead more

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet Abby

Today is the final character profile for Modern Persuasion.  Over the last year, this has been one of my favorite posts to write on this blog.  In the process I fell in love with characters I hadn’t really thought much about originally.  There were some moments when I wondered if other people cared about theseRead more

Revisiting Harry Potter: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Last summer, when this was more of a book blog, I took on the task of re-reading the Harry Potter series.  In that time I only got through books 1-4 and then other books distracted me again.  This summer I am revisiting the Harry Potter books, but not necessarily blogging about them all.  I startedRead more

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Jane

The heart of Pride and Prejudice is found in the Bennet sisters.  In Phi Alpha Pi, they are sorority sisters and the bond is a little different.  For Lizbeth and Elizabeth, her relationship with Jane is what drives her side of the story.  Today we will get to know Jane, one of the two mostRead more

Getting Ready For Modern Persuasion

Sara’s Adventures in Promotion

It has been an exciting month.  Between the blog tour, being on local television, and getting to be a guest on the local AM radio station, I am hoping to have made a good impression and increased awareness of the local writing community.  Also, I hope more people are exposed to Modern Persuasion.  As exhaustedRead more

Modernizing Classic Characters

Modernizing Classic Characters

One of the struggles with writing Jane Austen fan fiction, in my experience, is balancing the idealized characters created by Austen and realistic characters.  Let’s face it, even when considering their flaws, her characters are still idealized versions of the purpose they serve to the plot.  It’s easy to either love or hate her characters. Read more

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet The Douchebag

I know I have already launched into character profiles for Phi Alpha Pi, but there are two more people in Modern Persuasion you should get to know.  They are very minor characters, but they two characters far more than I expected. Before I get into The Douchebag, let me say something about character development.  IRead more

Wikipedia and Professional Conferences

Last week I wrote about my recent experience at the ICQI conference and sharing Wikipedia with qualitative researchers.  This was not my first time speaking to non-Wikipedia people about Wikipedia.  I primarily speak to librarians about Wikipedia.  There are two types of professional conferences I attend related to Wikipedia: the insider and outsider conferences. InsiderRead more

Pinterest Board of the Month

Pinterest Board of the Month: The Humble Bowtie

Bowties are cool… So said Matt Smith (my favorite Mr. Collins – in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies) as the 11th Doctor.  If you have read Modern Persuasion, I hope you loved the scene between Fredrick and Emma at the NYPL event. The one where she straightens a crooked bowtie that Patrick left just forRead more

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Lizbeth

Welcome to the very first character profile for my second novel: Phi Alpha Pi.  The story of this Pride And Prejudice modernization centers around the sisters of the Phi Alpha Pi sorority.  The character profiles are going to start with these sorority sisters.  Then we will move into the people around them. Today we startRead more