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Which fandoms inspire you?

“If there is a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” — Toni Morrison

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What’s your favorite fandom(s)? What inspired you to start writing?

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It’s been a while since I’ve talked about how I started writing. Stories would always pop up in my head since I was a kid but I never really thought of them as stories—just what ifs. What if we won a lifetime supply of Fruity Pebbles? What would happen if I could read my teacher’s mind? And sometimes my what ifs would carry on to TV and/movies shows—would Shaggy be really sad if Scoobie got lost? What would have happened if the Fertellis never found Mikey Walsh, his friends, and One-Eyed Willie’s treasure? I’d come up with these elaborate what-ifs but I never wrote any of them down (probably a good thing) because it never occurred to me that I should.

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Fast forward to my first year teaching—I truly believe books find you when you need them most. First year teaching is hard enough but during that year, my father passed away too. I caught the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth will always be Mr. Darcy to me!) on TV and soon after I read the book. I fell in love with the characters and eventually was inspired by Jane Austen too (she drafted all 6 of her novels in secret on a tiny writing table because women of the gentry did not have jobs). Once I was done reading and binging Pride and Prejudice, the what if’s came back and I put my ideas to paper. Needless to say, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was my first fandom.

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Featured here are some of the drafts of stories I wrote for the fandom! (Yes, I kept them!) I wrote fan fiction for various fandoms for over ten years, believing it was just a hobby. I’d teach during the day and write when I came home. It wasn’t until I read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir that I actually considered writing my own story—a biracial warrior princess who has to fight for her life against her father and a diwata—a goddess. But that’s another story for another time!

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Challenges (a day late!😅)

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#marchlitwrit Fandoms that inspire you

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#authorappreciationmarch Jane Austen | Romance

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Book Challenge: Sentimental Value

Do you ever feel like the shortened weeks with a holiday feel longer than ones without a holiday? Maybe it’s just harder getting back into a routine after having a holiday. I can’t wait until Friday!.

For #grimdragon Sentimental Favorites! Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite. It’s a fantastic story but if I’m honest, it has great sentimental value. I discovered Pride and Prejudice my first year teaching when BBC was showing the mini-series. It was the perfect escape from the rigors of teaching for the first time and after I watched the series, I read the book which I loved too. During that time, my father passed away and rereading/rewatching and eventually writing fanfic helped me get through the rest of that year! And later inspired me to write my own novel.

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For #watermelanerdsseptember What are you currently worrying about? I don’t know if this counts as a worry. Maybe just being anxious? My sons and my daughter are starting their first ballet lesson tonight while my husband and I attend back to school night. We’ll be there at the start but we’ll have to leave right away. My SILs will be there to take over and bring them home. I’m mostly worried that they think it’s going to be like how we have “dance parties” at home which pretty much means a free for all whenever Dance, Dance, Dance by Justin Timberlake comes on and when they learn it’s not what they thought, there will be tears of fury and promises to never go again. Fingers crossed that it goes well!

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Jane Austen: 200 year anniversary!

It’s actually been a while since I posted about Jane Austen and in case you didn’t know, she’s one of my favorite authors of all time! She got me through my first year teaching and during that time my father passed away, so she also has a sentimental place in my heart..

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of hers and got me into writing fanfic and eventually pursuing my dream to becoming a published author.

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I was able to visit her home Chawton Cottage and saw the little writing desk where she wrote her novels in secret. She wrote during the Regency era in England when women’s standing in society was restricted to respectable positions–being a writer was not respectable for a woman, but she wrote anyway and 200 years later we are still reading her books!

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Notable facts: July 18, 1817 marked the anniversary of her death. She was 41 when she died. While she was alive, she published four novels which were noted to be “By A Lady”. After her death, two more of her novels were published and those were published under her name.

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Do you have a favorite Austen novel? Which author inspires you?

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Book Challenge: Sentimental Favorite 

If you saw my previous post for the Tolkien Atlas, I mentioned that it was my first Word Cloud book. I always see them at Costco and I look longingly at them, but I pass them up because I vowed that my first Word Cloud book was going to be Pride and Prejudice—they’re always sold out of this one though. Of course that did not happen when I saw the Tolkien Atlas because it was just too gorgeous to pass up. Next day, I go to Target and I randomly find this World Cloud copy of Pride and Prejudice. There weren’t any other World Cloud books! It was destiny..

Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book for a lot of reasons. I read it during my first year teaching which is the toughest year a teacher will have and during that year, my father passed away. Pride and Prejudice was laughter and love when I needed a reprieve from the struggles of my daily life at the time. Pride and Prejudice also got me into writing. I’d teach all day and then I’d come home and write fanfic about Elizabeth and Darcy! Haha. I never would have tried to write if it weren’t for Jane Austen. Pictured with my World Cloud edition of Pride and Prejudice is a picture of Jane Austen’s writing desk at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire, England. I was able to visit her cottage and see her desk in 2005 and it was an emotional moment because it became clear to me that I wanted to be a writer. I looked at her desk and thought, “Damn, Jane Austen wrote all six of her novels on this tiny desk in secret. If she can do it, I can do it too!”

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What are some books that have sentimental meaning to you? Do you collect multiple copies of a particular title?

For #grimdragon Sentimental Favorite

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Book Challenge: Book that got you through a tough time

Is the weekend really over? Sad face! I’ve been been pretty much battling migraines all weekend and now that they seem to be going away, the weekend is over. At least my Monday won’t be too bad. Yay? .
For #grimdragon I needed this book! A book that got you through a tough time: If you’re new to my profile, I’m a big Jane Austen fan! Pride and Prejudice came at a time in my life when I needed it most. It was my first year teaching and I wasn’t sure if I was cut out for teaching. My father also passed away that year too. It was a year plagued with doubt and loss and Pride and Prejudice helped me get through it all. I actually saw parts of the BBC Miniseries (Colin Firth will always be Mr. Darcy to me!) on TV and decided that I wanted to read it first before I saw anymore of it. I loved it! Jane Austen also inspired me to be a writer too.

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For #squeakybookishlibrary Good and Evil: Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham!  

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For #thehamiltonedition “It’s hard to have intercourse over four sets of corsets.” Hot and steamy scenes: Okay. Corsets were used in Regency England which is when Pride and Prejudice was set! But, as for hot and steamy, well, I thought the Netherfield ball when Darcy and Elizabeth dance together and verbally spar was steamy…for the Regency era. Oh! And Lydia and Wickham! They were totally hot and steamy! (But it was like implied.)

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This gorgeous Darcy and Elizabeth print was from the Classics themed @nerdy.post. 

Book Challenge: Favorite Book and Author 

For #squeakybookishlibrary Casablanca: Dated Love and #bibliophile2017 Favorite Classic Book and favorite author, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is my all-time favorite book and Jane Austen is my all-time favorite author! I discovered Pride and Prejudice my first year teaching. It was a really hard time in my life and I caught the BBC mini-series on TV and thought I’d probably enjoy the book. Not only did I enjoy it, but I really admired Jane Austen’s style and the fact that she wrote during a time when it was frowned upon for women to make their own living..

My Jane Austen swag is from the Classics @nerdy.post. My January @nerdy.post arrived today and the theme is Star Wars. I haven’t had a chance to open it yet because we were on our way out the door! I’ll share an unboxing post later in the week. 

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I’m at my SIL’s house for her birthday party, but I snuck on to post! 😆 What are you up to tonight? 

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Book Challenge: Book Boyfriend 

For #livelaughbemerryandbright Book Boyfriend! Do you remember your first book boyfriend/girlfriend? I remember as a child, I thought the prince from Cinderella was the bee’s knees. Then in junior high, I read To Kill a Mockingbird and I thought Jem hung the moon. Then in college, I read Pride & Prejudice and Mr. Darcy set the standard for all book boyfriends there after. ❤️.

This pin was made by @lapelyeah for the November @nerdy.post Classic books theme! Isn’t it beautiful? I really love the bookspine detail that Alexis put into each classic title. I’m so happy with it. December’s @nerdy.post theme is Fantastic Beasts! I’m so excited!

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Thanks to everyone who commented about my daughter. The fever seems to have cleared up and she’s her usual chattering self, following her older brothers around. 😆 

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Also, I posted on my InstaStory happy mail that I received from Society 6! Problem is, I didn’t order anything and there was no gift note! 😳 I was sent Evie’s @eviebookish “Fall into books” mug. It’s absolutely gorgeous but I’m dying to know who sent it! If you did, comment or DM me so I know! 

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I hope you all are having a fabulous Sunday! 

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