ON WRITING

“It’s very easy to quit during the first ten years of writing. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” Andre Dubus

Saturday, 30 April 2011

CinderBella - Twilight and Fairytales (not Will and Kate! Well, they do get a mention...)

Before we get started, the A - Z Challenge finishes today (and very thankful I am!) If you'd like to catch my last couple of posts, go here.

One of my awesome commenters for my Byronic Hero series slung one at me - now go and compare zombies with Shakespeare. Well, before I begin research on THAT daunting task, I'd like to quickly share some similarities with fairytales in the Twilight series. Now you Twilight haters, don't get me wrong, I'm not rabidly into Twilight, but this author deserves her due, even though I shamelessly used her to write about my favourite heroes, Darcy and Heathcliff with a dash of Rochester thrown in. Meyer's done her research - she's thought about links and she's written books that have sold millions. I never bedgrudge anyone their success.


Now just for fun, and because I spent yesterday watching Kate (or should I say Catherine?) Middleton's fairytale come true, I give you CinderBella:

"Once upon a time there was a dark forest of deep green where magical creatures simultaneously offered succour and peril, sanctuary and slaughter. At the edge of this forest lived a girl with skin as white as snow, a luscious blush to her cheeks, dark hair that rippled down her back, and a smell more tempting than ripe apples. The girl, whose name meant 'beauty', lived in exile with her father, for whom she kept house, cleaning and cooking with good will. She liked to read and had feet that would not dance and a mind that was silent to the probing of others.


Bella and her father were not poor exactly, but they had little to spare. Peerless as she was, she had no real friends among her own kind. Instead, she fell in love with an outsider-a prince who had the face of an angel, beastly appetites, and skin that reflected sunlight better than any glass slipper. Bella did not always heed warnings never to stray from paths in the forest and was therefore lucky to be befriended by the wolves living there-guardians of the forest and the 'provincial town' of Forks. The wolves cared not that Bella wore no hood of red, only that her blood continued to pump through her veins, lending its colour to her pale cheeks-and that she did not become the handsome prince's next meal."

Twilight and History, Nancy Regin, pp. 47-48.


I ask you, did Stephenie Meyer write the Twilight Saga in the dreamlike realm of the fairytale? Remember, in this genre, horror and romance co-exist.

Which fairytale does Twilight resemble most? If you look closely (and I did) there are bits and pieces of Snow White, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Little Red Riding Hood. The fairytale most apparent, however, is the American Dream - an aspiration of 'survival with hope' that has been handed down through the generations. Think about it...


Hey Bells, I know it ain't much, but I got you this book called Twilight. The lady at the book store said all the kids are talking about it, so I thought you might like it.

With thanks to the Where is Edward Cullen? website.

Bella comes from a lower middle-class family. Her father Charlie is a small-town chief of police, and her mother Renee has a nondescript occupation and education. Rags to riches? Certainly. Maybe Bella wasn't in rags at the beginning of the story, but by the end she had access to unimaginable riches. The American Dream tradition is alive and well in Twilight, where a young woman is a variant of Cinderella, without the glass slippers. The right marriage elevates one out of the dark cabin in the woods to the sunlit castle on the hill. End of story?
 
Do you agree or disagree? Do you recognise a fairytale in Twilight?
 


Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Byronic Hero Series, Part 4 - Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights compared to Edward Cullen and Twilight.



The Byronic Hero

For those of you who are visiting my posts for the first time, I have been finding parallels between the recent blockbuster series Twilight and checking out how clever author Stephenie Meyer has drawn from the classics - Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights in particular. The Twilight hero, Edward, (sorry Team Jacob) shares many of the attributes of the Byronic Hero (read my first post of the series below if you want the background.)

Darcy's Byronic Hero has an overbearing ego, Rochester exhibits moody paternalism, but Heathcliff from Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, is exotic and savage, in contrast to the civility of Imperial Britain. Nelly describes Heathcliff after he returns from making his fortune: "...half-civilized ferocity lurked yet in the depressed brows and eyes full of black fire..." His innate wildness has not been subdued.


Heathcliff's wildness sometimes manifests as brutality. He becomes monstrously cruel, killing a lapdog, and taunting Linton and Catherine. Edward Cullen's "monstrosity" is his vampirism, against which he fights a daily battle. Edward never exhibits the unrestrained cruelty of Heathcliff, but he does admit "a typical bout of rebellious adolescence" where he hunted and killed humans." (Twilight, 342.) Even though Edward has become a "vegetarian" vampire, the reader knows he possesses the barbarous power to kill James, Victoria, or anyone who would hurt Bella.

Wuthering Heights is the only one of Bella's novels mentioned in each of the Twilight Saga's four books, with one exception, New Moon. This is a little odd, since the plot of New Moon closely mirrors Wuthering Heights more so than any of the other books. Like Wuthering Heights, New Moon begins with Edward and Bella's carefree happiness, the English moors replaced with meadows outside Forks. Edward abandons Bella in New Moon, which emotionally destroys her and she begins to recklessly act out. She takes to riding motorbikes and cliff-diving. But despite all this, she still rushes to his vampire's deathbed (in Volterra) driven by love. When Edward returnds to Bella he says: "As if there were any way that I could exist without needing you!" (New Moon, 510.) Bella sees her situation in Eclipse as similar to the plot of Wuthering Heights when she is torn between Jacob and Edward, just as Cathy is torn between Edgar and Heathcliff.

Edward himself identifies with Heathcliff during Eclipse. He denigrates Heathcliff at first, calling Heathcliff and Cathy "ghastly people who ruin each other's lives." He later changes his mind. "The more time I spend with you, the more human emotions seem comprehensible to me. I...can sympathise with Heathcliff in ways I didn't think possible before." (Eclipse, 28,265.)


Heathcliff is likened to a vampire by Nelly when he roams the moors alone at night. When Edward re-reads Bella's copy of Wuthering Heights, he leaves the book open where it shows Heathcliff describing his rival Edgar Linton in almost vampiric terms "Had he been in my place...though I hated him with a hatred that turned my life to gall, I never would have raised a hand against him...I never would have banished him from her society, as long as she desired his. The moment  her regard ceased, I would have torn his heart out, and drank his blood!" Edward, however, says he sympathises with Heathcliff, perhaps becuase he is overcoming his Byronic savagery by trying to become more human.

The flip side of the Byronic hero's savagery is his passionate attachment to his love. As children, Heathcliff and Cathy are inseparable, appearing to share even the same soul as they run wild over the moors. Their perfect happiness is ruined when Cathy convalesces at Thrushcross Grange and falls under the influence of the Lintons, determining to marry Edgar Linton, while at the same time saying: "I am Heathcliff-he's always, always in my mind-not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself-but as my own being." It is not until Cathy is dying that Heathcliff reveals the depth of his ardor. He rushes to Cathy's sick room, "he gnashed at me, and foamed like a mad dog, and gathered her to him with greedy jealousy" Nelly says. "Be with me always-take any form-drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life...without my soul!" Edward quotes this final line of Heathcliff's, after Bella's quotes Cathy's lament to him: "If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger." (Eclipse, 611.)


I hope you have enjoyed this series, and whether you agree or disagree with the parallels I've found, I hope you've found the posts enjoyable and thought more deeply about the classics and maybe are inpired to read Twilight if you haven't yet succumed. I recommend Twilight and History by Nancy Reagin if you'd like to read more.

Have you read any books that you can't help seeing parallels with well-known classics? Tell me about it...



Thursday, 21 April 2011

Rochester and Edward - Part 3 of the Byronic heroes series. How are they similar?

Go here if you're looking for my post for the A-Z Challenge. Currently showing is Q for Queenlsand. Next is R for ...and you won't want to miss this personal anecdote...

And a warm welcome to all my new followers who have joined me here at L'Aussie Writing. I appreciate each one of you and have visited you if there was a link, or if you left a comment.

Now onto our Byronic Hero. Today we compare Rochester and Edward Cullen.

Edward Rochester, the hero of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre (1847), feels no guilt for wooing Jane, even though he is already secretly married. When Jane learns of the existence of the mad Bertha Mason, kept imprisoned in the attic at Thornfield Hall, Rochester says: "I am little better than a devil at this moment." He wants to keep Jane as his mistress, but Jane refuses and flees.

At the end of the novel when Jane returns to find a blind and maimed Rochester, he finally expresses some guilt that he is no longer worthy of Jane: "I am no better than the old lightning-struck chesnut tree in Thornfield orchard...And what right would that ruin have to bid a budding woodbine cover its decay with freshness?"

Rochester's guilt feelings are remarkably short-lived and he and Jane marry immediately.


Rather than being tormented by guilt, like many Byronic heroes, Rochester primarily suffers from the effects of his dark secret which renders him mysterious and frightening. Jane describes him as proud, sardonic, moody, imperious, morose. Just as Edward tends to brood, most often about how his vampirism will affect Bella, so too is Rochester melancholy, though he does not blame himself for his dark secret.


Rochester's isolation is reminiscent of Edward's ninety years without a mate: they both feel doomed to solitude. In Twilight, Alice tells Bella, "It's been almost a century that Edward's been alone. Now he's found you. You can't see the changes that we see, we who have been with him for so long. Do you think any of us want to look into his eyes for the next hundred years if he loses you?" (Twilight, 410-411.)

 Have you given any thought to the equation between the mad Bertha and Edward's vampirism?  When Jane tells Rochester about her vision of the woman with the "fiery eye", "lurid visage" and "gaunt head" who tears her wedding veil, she says it reminded her "of the foul German spectre - the Vampyre." Jane's descriptions of Rochester bear a strong resemblance to Edward - his "flaming and flashing eyes,: his "pale, firm, massive front: like "quarried marble," his face like "colourless rock," and "His eye...was a black eye: it had now a tawny, nay a bloody light in its gloom." Remind you of anyone?

Rochester tries to control the woman he loves, as does Edward. Citing their advanced ages, both Edward and Rochester often take charge of Bella and Jane. While Edward has ninety years on Bella (helped along by a bit of mental telepathy), Rochester says, "I claim only such superiority as must result from twenty years' difference in age and a century's advance in experience." Edward says: "I'm going to be a little...overbearingly protective...I wouldn't want you to think I'm naturally a tyrant." (Twilight, 328.)

Edward and Rochester feel compelled to confide in their love objects. Rochester: "Strange that I should choose you for the confidant in all this...(you) were made to be the recipient of secrets." Edward says: "Having you know about everythng, not needing to keep secrets from you. It makes me...happy." (Twilight, 344.)

There is relief for the Byronic hero as he unburdens his soul of terrible secrets: the absolute honesty that he shares with his love forges their unbreakable connection.

Here is a great blog post on the same topic. And here is another, specifically on Rochester.

With thanks to Nancy R Regin, "Twilight and History."





Monday, 18 April 2011

British Acting Royalty - Colin Firth (or was that Mr Darcy?) A deviation from the Byronic Hero series.



You’ve all been enjoying my little trip into Darcy Land so much that I sent a quick email off to Mr Darcy, er, Colin Firth and told him that there was quite a fan club in blogland and would he mind answering a few questions and he said “Oh, alright, as long as you don’t ask me any questions about that repressed upstart Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy. I’m trying to forget that nightmare. ”

So without further ado about nothing, I’ll share the interview.

DENISE: Mr Darcy, er sorry, Mr Firth, I’ve really relished your roles in Bridget Jones, Love Actually (especially when you dived in the water) and thought you were a hoot in Mumma Mia! Now which role is your favourite?

MR FIRTH: My favourite role is being a father. Do you want to hear about my offspring?

(I’ve been reading a lot of Pride and Prejudice sequels and for the life of me couldn’t remember his and Elizabeth’s kids’ names. Never mind, he was about to fill me in…)

DENISE: Er, yeah, of course. Now you and Eliza…

MR FIRTH: (Breaks in quite rudely) LIVIA and I have two sons – Luca, nine, and Matteo, seven. And I have a wonderful son Will, twenty. They’re my best performance yet.

DENISE: But kids can be so exhausting! Aren’t you worried you’ll lose your looks?

MR FIRTH: (Smirks) Exhausting! You want to try stammering your way through The King’s Speech. My God. I was in a physical battle. I was so tense my arm kept going to sleep. Truly. Those long speeches were hell. Not to mention all the swearing. I’m worried that the Queen will never give me a gong now that I’ve revealed how much her father swore when he was out of earshot.

DENISE: That film was something else. I liked the Aussie having the upper hand, er, sorry, that just slipped out. (Mr Firth nods, smirks) Ahem, how do you deal with all the adulation that being a sex symbol brings?

MR FIRTH: (Laughs uproariously) Sex symbol? Moi?  I say thanks for the smiles, but my heart belongs to my lovely Livia. I need my wife and children to keep my head from exploding. I hate being fawned over. (See, I’m really not like Darcy). I can’t tolerate inflated notions about self.

DENISE: Really? Look, I know you made me promise, but please Mr Firth, please, seeing you’ve brought up Mr Darcy yourself, I’m doing a series on Byronic Heroes and of course Mr Darcy features. So would you at least tell my readers if there’re any similarities between you and Mr Darcy? It’s an age-old question only you can answer.

MR FIRTH: (Sighs a Darcy sigh) Oh, if I must then. I don’t identify with Darcy at all! I’m open with my emotions. Being married to an Italian I’ve become much more exuberant. Nearly lost my British stiff upper lip altogether – although I’m mindful I might need it for the next role. You should see me sitting down to a lavish meal at a Tuscan table. Not a stiff upper lip in sight. Mr Darcy would faint with the horror. He could never let himself go enough to embrace that extraordinary appreciation of life, the repressed twit.

DENISE: Well, then, so off the subject of Mr Darcy. Tell us a little about your view of romance.

MR FIRTH: Sorry, I’m not the sort to sit and watch a weepy movie and sigh sweetly. I’m more interested in the hero overcoming obstacles.

DENISE: (Grasping at straws, not of the martini type) So who’s your favourite Byronic Hero? Darcy? Rochester? Heathcliff?

MR FIRTH: Xena. Are you including her in the series? You must. I’ll visit.

DENISE: Weelll, I was investigating Rochester next.

MR FIRTH: That two-timing sly secretive broody moody cad. Pah!


I hope you enjoyed my interview with the enigmatic Mr Firth or Mr Darcy. Whoever.

Stay tuned.

(In case any of you were completely hoodwinked by the evil Denise, sadly, this is a completely fictional interview.)


Catch Mr Rochester later in the week.

Denise :)




Monday, 11 April 2011

The Byronic Hero - Part 2 Darcy Fitzwilliam of Pride and Prejudice, Edward Cullen of Twilight, and their love objects...

The Byronic Hero
Thanks for your reactions to my last post. No one had any trouble accepting Darcy, Rochester or Heathcliff as Byronic heroes but some found Edward not in the same class. Well, like I said last post, there are some things we understand in our world and some things are from another world.

I'm going to let the novels do the talking.


Today Darcy takes centre stage, just where he likes to be. When we meet him in Pride and Prejudice (1815) he is an object of fascination for the heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. Darcy is moody, cold, superior and judgmental, yet Elizabeth feels a strong attraction to him despite his aloofness.

In accordance with the reverence due a Byronic hero, when Mr Darcy arrives at the ball in Hertfordshire, he is immediately admired: "Mr Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien; and the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year." This admiration turned to disgust during the evening as he was perceived as "proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased."

Like Darcy, Edward makes a strong first impression in the cafeteria. Bella is immediately astounded by him. Jessica Stanley tells Bella that "He's gorgeous...but don't waste your time. He doesn't date. Apparently none of the girls here are good looking enough for him." (Twilight, 22.)


For those ignorant of Twilight, that is the brooding Edward on the right.

Both Darcy and Edward are set apart by their emotional distance.


Darcy offends Elizabeth at the ball. He says: "She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men." His haughty rejection of Elizabeth is reminiscent of Edward's expression when Bella is seated next to him in class: "I peeked up at him...,and regretted it. He was glaring down at me..., his black eyes full of revulsion. As I flinched away from him, shrinking against my chair, the phrase if looks could kill suddenly ran through my mind." (Twilight, 24.) Edward is reacting to the overwhelming scent of Bella's blood, Darcy soon decides Elizabeth is "uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes." Like all good Byronic heroes, Edward and Darcy feel self-disgust, even if it is aimed at their love objects.

Neither Elizabeth nor Bella believe they are desired. Elizabeth is disquieted by "how frequently Mr Darcy's eyes were fixed on her...She could only imagine that she drew his notice because there was something about her more wrong and reprehensible, according to his ideas of right..." In the meadow, Bella despairs: "He was too perfect...There was no way this godlike creature could be meant for me." (Twilight, 256.)

When Edward and Darcy declare themselves, it is phrased like surrender. Darcy says, "In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." Edward tells Bella, "I'm tired of trying to stay away from you," and "You are the most important thing to me now..." (Twilight, 85,273.)


I hope you enjoyed this post on Mr Darcy, er, Colin Firth. Tell me what you think...




Sunday, 10 April 2011

A to Z Challenge - H is for Haiti, I is for Ibiza

My pre-scheduling mucked up and my Monday's post, I is for Ibiza posted over my H is for Haiti. I really hope more of you can go to L'Aussie Travel and read my H is for Haiti post. Grr, sometimes pre-scheduling is an embarrassment, especially since my Ibiza post was only in draft form. On the bright side, Monday's done.

For those of you who came looking for my Byronic Hero post, it's the next one.


Friday, 8 April 2011

The Byronic Hero - Darcy, Rochester, Heathcliff and ...Edward.

I love the Byronic Hero, especially since I read 'Twilight History' by Nancy R Reagin. I hope you will find something to interest you too. If you're not a fan of the Twilight series (I admit I was late to the party,) chances are you've read and enjoyed Price and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, all chock full of dashing Byronic heroes.

 Lord Byron, sketch by G. H. Harlow, c 1815

It's no accident that the Twilight saga was such a blockbuster. Stephenie Meyer has done her research, and throughout the story, her attention to detail is amazing. 'They' say that much of the explanation for the success of Twilight is Edward's inhumanly angelic face and perfect, marble body. Twilight satisfies because its universe is both like and unlike ours. Stephenie Meyer's world building has been thought out to the last detail, and casting Edward as the Byronic hero was her coup de grace.

The Byronic Hero: Darcy, Rochester, Heathcliff and…Edward


We all love him or hate him – he’s the tall, dark brooding hero. The Byronic hero, based on the fictional characters of author Lord Byron, is a mysterious man, intelligent, sophisticated, educated, magnetic, charismatic, socially and sexually dominant while at the same time being detached from human society. We suffer his moods accompanied by his bouts of temper. His past is often troubled and he is riddled with self-destructive secrets.

Lord Byron himself, according to his lover Lady Caroline Lamb, was ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know.’ Recent examples of this type include Batman, Dr Gregory House from the television series House, MD, and the late actor James Dean.

The Byronic hero is sometimes called an anti-hero because of his negative qualities. Gilbert and Gubar compare him to a bewitching monster like Milton’s Satan – “He is in most ways the incarnation of worldly male sexuality, fierce, powerful, experienced, simultaneously brutal and seductive, devilish enough to overwhelm the body and yet enough a fallen angel to charm the soul.”

Now to Twilight and how Stephenie Meyer has used Edward to embody the Byronic hero. The Byronic hero's mystery, moodiness and sensuality call to mind Bella’s reaction to Edward in their meadow: “I sat without moving, more frightened of him than I had ever been. I’d never seen him so completely freed of that carefully cultivated façade. He’d never been less human…or more beautiful. Face ashen, eyes wide, I sat like a bird locked in the eyes of a snake.” (Twilight, 264.)

At several points in the saga, Bella notes that Edward’s beauty is terrifying. She describes being captivated by Edward as “locked in the eyes of a snake,” yet she also describes him as an angel.

Early in their meeting, when Bella tries to get Edward to explain how he saved her from being crushed by Tyler’s van, Bella thinks, “I was in danger of being distracted by his livid, glorious face. It was like trying to stare down a destroying angel.” (Twilight, 65.) And in Breaking Dawn, she says, “His face glowed with an expression of triumph that I didn’t understand – it was the expression an angel of destruction might wear while the world burned. Beautiful and terrifying.” (730).

But...the Byronic hero is not simply seductive and strong, he is also tormented. He is well aware of his flaws even as he despises them in others; his introspection often leads him to black moods and self-destructive behaviour. Edward has a penchant for self-flagellation, as does Darcy, Rochester and Heathcliff. Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights are explicitly mentioned in the saga. Foremost is Edward’s name. Bella comes across it in Austen’s works, leading her to wonder, “Weren’t there any other names available in the late eighteenth century?” (Twilight, 148.) In Wuthering Heights we have Edgar and Isabella Linton. In Jane Eyre, Rochester’s first name is Edward.


The Byronic parallels among Edward, Darcy, Rochester are many. I will continue to explore this topic next post.

Colin Firth's Mr Darcy






Monday, 4 April 2011

I love the blogosphere! Just look at this!

Don't ever think blogging isn't worth it! I've learnt so much with all the writing practise participating in blogfests gives me, I've benefited from valued feedback from other bloggers regarding my stories, I've made great blogging friends who I wished lived next door, I've learnt a little about other cultures, belief systems and genres, I love all the awards you've been generous to pass onto me, but for instant gratification I love winning! Winning, you say? Yep, I've been a winner a lot lately and I'd like to give credit to the generous bloggers who've judged me and sent me prizes. In no particular order, let me list my recent winnings:


  • Remember The Bernard Pivot Blogfest? Well, I won! The prize just arrived recently! Thank you to Nicole Duclerior from One Significant Moment in Time who sent me this bunch of goodies below:

It includes the short story anthology, Literary Foray. Nicole has signed it, there is a story by Nicole and several by blogger Jessica Bell et al. Can't wait to stop blogging and start reading! And I'm totally addicted to pens so if you want to keep me happy just send me pens! But there's more!. I also can buy books to the value of $20 on Amazon, so I'm going to buy Ann Carbine Best's In the Mirror and another TBA. Thank you Nicole. You are such a generous blogger.

  • Dominic de Mattos of Writes of Passage hosted a No Fear blogfest. I entered an excerpt from one of my 'strong women' stories where my MC is escaping her father's abuse, and lo and behold it was voted the winner! If you'd like to read it, go here.
The prize was $30 which was a lovely gift to receive. Thanks Dom!



  • Then J. C. Martin, the Fighter Writer ran a contest, the Race to 200. You had to enter a story where your character is racing. My story showed my MC racing through the streets of LA to save her daughter. You can read my entry here. For me, winning this contest was fantastic. So was the thrilling review my story received from Genna:

MEET ME AT UNION STATION by L’Aussie @ Flashquake


Genna says:

“L’Aussie opens her scene with great attention to detail and with a dire sense of urgency, which translates into a fast-paced snippet that was impossible to stop reading! The intermingling of action, inner thought, and dialogue is ingenious, as every word moves the story along in one way or another. I love the raw emotions she conveys in a matter of paragraphs. This is a testament to her strong control of language and plot structure. She builds suspense through short, terse sentences. I’m hooked!”


My prize arrived recently, Stephen King's The Running Man. Thank you, thank you J. C. Martin!

  • This morning the lovely Lynda R Young from A Writer's Journey advised me I came third in a draw on her blog which was to celebrate 500 followers. My prize is a critique of 250 words of a WIP. Boy, the fun never stops! Thank you Lynda.
  • And Roland D Yeomans is sending me an autographed copy of a Dean Koontz novel. How sweet is that!
  • And the lovely Nomes from Inkcrush is sending me a book this morning just because I commented and just because she's generous and loves to pass books on!
Now there are plenty of contests I've entered and not won (which is more usual for me) but I just wanted to share what a happy winning streak I'm on at the moment. They say "it's more blessed to give than receive" and I"ve loved sending books and packs of goodies to those who won prizes at my Publication Party. Watch out for my next celebrations where I can continue returning the generosity in the blogosphere.


And I should finish with the lovely bunch of roses my husband gave me. Aren't they gorgeous?!

Try to have a listen to Jessica Bell's video promoting her debut novel below. It got lost amongst the A - Z Challenge madness.

Remember my A - Z posts are found on my L'Aussie Travel Blog. Visit a country a day. Fun!




Saturday, 2 April 2011

String Bridge book trailer - author Jessica Bell



An awesome book trailer from Jessica Bell, author of debut novel, String Bridge, due to be released November 1, 2011 by Lucky Press. Very inspirational for the beginning of this year's NaNoWriMo. Jessica is singing and playing the guitar. Clever girl! Oh, and the gorgeous gal is no other than Jessica herself...


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Give Jessica a thought. She's been living in Athens, Greece for sometime. Now her apartment is on the market and she's not sure where to go live. Perhaps an English-speaking country? Not much of a challenge!
Anyway, no one likes to move (I don't think!) so our thoughts are with you Jessica, but hey, great trailer, great book cover and no doubt, great book! I'm sure we'll be hearing more about it.