It’s a big day for birthdays in my house. Today my son turns 19, and Pride & Prejudice turns 200. I’m taking part in today’s Pride & Prejudice Anniversary Blog Hop, hosted by my fellow Austen Author Alyssa Goodnight, so I sat down to think about what I could say to celebrate Jane Austen and Pride & Prejudice – – and drew a complete blank. That’s a little scary, given how much I adore both the author and the book! Then I realized why I was stumped. I celebrate Jane Austen and Pride & Prejudice every single day, usually multiple times. So I decided instead to figure out all the different ways I’ve celebrated her in the last week.
- Writing and editing my new variation of Pride & Prejudice
- Writing the first chapter of The Bennet Brother, an interactive group writing project at Austen Authors
- Blogging at Austen Authors about the effect having a son would have had on the Bennet family, and responding to 30+ reader comments about their views.
- Giving a 45 minute interview to the Wall Street Journal for their fantastic article on Austen Power
- Making a video about how Jane Austen inspires me for the BBC anniversary celebration
- Adding my two bits to the Austen Authors anniversary post
- Celebrating the audiobook release of By Force of Instinct and preparing for the upcoming release of the audiobook of Mr. Darcy’s Obsession (released today!)
- Proof-listening to the audiobook of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World (to be released in late February)
- Tweeting as @edwbennet as preparation for unveiling of The Bennet Brother
- Preparing for a Jane Austen Day in Milwaukee in March
- Last but not least, during the course of these 7 days, I opened my pdf of the text of Pride & Prejudice 23 different times, and Mansfield Park 3 times.
No wonder I have nothing left to say besides this: