It’s February. I know, I can’t believe it either.
But even though time seems to be flying by, I’m really looking forward to a new month, since everything I hoped to accomplish in January didn’t quite happen as planned.
On January 4th I came down with the flu, and it really took me out of commission for about two solid weeks. I needed a third week of home confinement just to ensure I looked presentable before going out in public again.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get much writing done during the month.
But some good things happened, too . . .
First, I began plotting a new Jane Austen inspired story that centers on Kitty Bennet.
In Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Kitty is a minor character, who never really gets a chance to show readers who she is. In fact, Kitty is really little more than a follower; her personality is constantly overshadowed by that of her younger sister Lydia. I’ve always been intrigued by Kitty (just as I was by her sister Mary, who also got short-shrift in P&P). I’m hoping this new story will give Kitty a chance to shine and find a Happily Ever After of her own. I’ll keep you posted in my progress.
The other great thing that happened in January: I scored tickets to Hamilton! Here’s my happy dance:
I absolutely love going to the theater and seeing live performances; it’s even better when I can make an evening of it by having dinner at my favorite restaurant before the show.
But before I put on my best clothes and head downtown for a night out in Denver, I have some serious writing to catch up on. I have publishing goals to meet this year and I’m already behind on my daily word counts.
So today I’m going back to work with a vengeance and, if everything goes right, I’ll soon be able to report to you on my progress. In the meantime . . .
Happy February! I hope it proves to be a great month for you!
Oh my goodness! I just finished ‘Mary and the Captain’ and I had to check your blog to see if you had any plans to write about Kitty!!!! So excited to hear that you are! I love secondary character stories where they are developed and given their own time to shine. I must say, I was absolutely blown away about your Mary…off now to write my review! Which now begs the question, will Caroline be featured in it with John Penrose, or do you have a book planned for them too?
Hope you enjoyed Hamilton!
Carole, thank you for leaving such a glowing review! I’m so glad you liked Mary and the Captain; it was a lot of fun to write, and I’m working on a sequel in which Caroline and Mr. Penrose play a part. Kitty’s in the story, too, but I also think she deserves a book of her own, so that’s now in the works, too. I have to confess, I’m a slow writer, but I hope to have preview chapters available for you to read soon. Stay tuned! And thank you, again, for your encouraging words and kind review. All the best, Nancy