Fan fiction fan

I was a latecomer to the cult of Jane Austen.  Yes, I admit it: it took Kiera Knightley’s Elizabeth Bennet to reel me in. I watched that film and thought, “Jane Austen is funny?” I immediately read Pride and Prejudice, found it to be even funnier than the film, and never looked back.  Countless viewings of all five hours of Colin Firth goodness, a few bonus hours of “Sense and Sensibility,” a romp through my newly-purchased Complete Works, and I was dying for more.

And then… I stumbled upon the Derbyshire Writers Guild, or as it is commonly known, “dwiggie.”

Suddenly, thanks to the efforts of various writers – of varied degrees of talent – I could find out what happened after the curtain fell on Elizabeth and Darcy.  Births, deaths, marriages, friends, enemies; their future was mapped out in countless permutations.  Peripheral characters are not neglected, either.  If you ever thought Caroline Bingley should end up with Colonel Fitzwiliam, there’s a story (or ten) for you.  Ever wonder, “What would have happened if…?”  You name it, and someone has written it.  Would you like to see what would have happened if Wickham and Georgiana had actually eloped? If Jane had married a brother of Charlotte Lucas? If Anne deBourgh decided to stand up to Lady Catherine? Look no further.

I warn you, however: your mind will become a jumble of conflicting names and scenarios as you struggle to keep the stories straight.  Did Charles Bingley propose to Lydia in the one where Lizzy gets amnesia and Mr. Collins is actually the Scarlet Pimpernel?  Or was that the one where Colonel Fitzwilliam follows Kitty to Town where she marries an earl who joins Darcy in a ring of art thieves?

It’s dangerous territory, I know, but the rewards are worth the trouble.  I can assure you that if, hypothetically, you read every Pride and Prejudice story DWG has to offer, all is not lost.  There are stories for all the other Austen books as well.  In fact, let me tell you about the one where Anne Elliot flies out of the Admiral’s gig, breaking her arm and spraining her ankle…

Tell me – do you read fan fiction?  Love Jane Austen? Wonder what the fuss is all about?  If you could have a sequel written to a favorite book, what would it be?

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! for all the fun I had with the blog today, playing with backgrounds and adding tags.
  • I’m lighter! I had a lovely email chat with my friend Markoleon today.  Those are too few and far between.

You say it’s your birthday? It’s my birthday, too!

Birthday Cake
Photo by Theresa Thompson

A million thanks to my wonderful family and friends for a lovely day.  I ran nonstop, to work, to leg therapy, to a Girl Scout meeting, and back home, so if I missed you, I’m sorry!  I plan to celebrate all week, really, so let’s get together.

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! for the first half of my life; let’s hope the second half is just as good.
  • I’m lighter! I definitely used my time well today; there was hardly a moment of rest.  Whew!

It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness

Last night I decided to clean out the cupboard of my kitchen island/cart.  It was completely filled with candles.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I like candles.  The light is gorgeous and the scents incredible.  But if you were to ask the average visitor to my home if they had ever seen a candle burning, the answer would probably be no.

Candles really just represent the trend of pre-lightened Lori:  buy a whole bunch of things you really like and intend to use (probably at a really good price), fill up a perfectly good storage space with them, then either forget you have them or just never get around to using them.  I have cursed the darkness – this clutter nightmare in which I have found myself – for years, when what I really needed to do was just light a candle, figuratively and literally.  This purging, sorting and selling have been a step in that direction.  I’m proud of the work we are doing now.

After we exploded all the plastic boxes onto the kitchen table, but before the Great Candle Purge

After pulling all the candles out and spreading them on the table, I sorted through them with the help of Lynette (who went home with a fine supply of candles for herself), deciding which I would really use and where and when I would use them.  I boxed them back up by categories, put votive holders in the places I had decided I wanted candles, and packed them back away.  They now take up half the space they did before.  I put my giant CrockPot on the top shelf, clearing off a nice section of kitchen counter.

I am very pleased with myself.  I will be more pleased when I start actually using up the candles I decided to keep.

Tell me – do you stockpile useful things and find that you do not use them?  What do you have a soft spot for?

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! that my family let me sleep all day.  I think all this work around the house is tiring me out.  I simply could not wake up and I was having all kinds of psychedelic dreams in which I was volunteering to student teach again while simultaneously at a Creative Memories convention and also mountain climbing.  (I’m not on any unusual medications at the present time, either.)
  • I’m lighter! Many candles are gone, and we are now closing in on $800 from eBay in November.  In other news, I slept right through church because my alarm did not go off.  This was bad, because I was supposed to sing with the choir.  I did a bit of soul searching and sent an email to the group in which I a) apologized profusely and b) resigned.  In the month since I joined, I had been late twice, sick once, and mysteriously absent today.  Apparently it is not a good fit for me at this time in my life, and I would prefer to enjoy the singing from the pews and maintain non-disappointing relationships with the members, all of whom I like very much.