Happy birthday, Jane Austen!

December 17th, 2012

Extraordinary ordinary life

November 5th, 2011

Part of  a writer’s work is being observant.  I try and go about each day with my eyes and ears wide open.  You never know when an idea will come your way, or when you’ll see or hear something that might add color and life and richness to the texture of a story.

Plus, ordinary life is just so full of extraordinary beauty!  Look what I found tucked away in a quiet corner of the airport in Austin, Texas recently:

An art exhibit on handmade lace!  In an airport, no less!

These little wooden things are called bobbins:

And somehow, by an intricate system of weaving them over and under each other, beautiful patterns appear:

That’s a lace collar.  Breathtaking, isn’t it?  I can picture Elizabeth Bennet wearing it.  And check out this cami and shawl:

The intricacy and detail are stunning, aren’t they?

This is my favorite:

A rooster made entirely of lace!  Who could ever dream that something as astonishing as this would be possible simply by the weaving together of thread?

I have no idea whether I’ll ever use the art of lace-making in a story.  Viewing this exhibit added richness to my life, though, as well as to an idle hour at an airport.   And these kinds of “beauty” deposits to one’s memory bank can’t help but reap dividends when we put pen to paper.

She’s 235 today…

December 16th, 2010

… but she’s as ageless as her wonderful books!

Jane Austen

My friend and fellow fan of all things Jane over at Stiletto Storytime invited me to contribute a guest blog to help celebrate this most auspicious of birthdays, as well as her own fourth blogoversary.  An honor indeed.  Thanks, Courtney!  And congratulations on four wonderful years of blogging!

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