Reflections on Writing a Novel Draft

During my journey home from Italy, I was super bored and, thus, my brain went crazy and came up with a novel idea that I am ridiculously excited about. Thankfully, I hit 50,000 words on my other novel draft, so I was able to set that one aside without too much guilt to begin this…

Miss Darcy

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single woman having read or seen Pride and Prejudice, must be in want of a Mr. Darcy." - Jane Austen and Ryanne McLaren* *Note: The above quote does not actually represent the entirety of this post, but I did think it rather apt in capturing the feelings of Austenites…

On the Platform

“Are you waiting for someone, miss?”       “Yes.”       “Would you prefer to sit in the waiting room?”       “No thank you.”       She had been sitting there for quite some time and the train station master was beginning to wonder if she was really waiting for anyone at all. She certainly appeared to be…

Romeo is not Romance

I was perusing Pinterest this afternoon and came across this nifty picture. Seeing that it included classic books, I stopped my mindless scrolling, looked through it, and nearly shouted aloud. No. No. No!!! No. No. NO. N.O. No. What was so frustrating about this pin? Well, first of all is the fact that it lists…

An Old-Fashioned Girl

"A true woman... will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied... strength and beauty must go together."                              ~Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl   I recently found myself in need of what I would consider a "rose-pink" book, full of simple romance and tradition.…