Things I Learned By Reading Jane Austen

I love Jane Austen’s work. Recently, I’ve been thinking about some of the more unusual “lessons” from her novels that apply to life today. Here is a short list. Feel free to add more ideas in the comments.

  1. Women don’t have a lot of power, and when we use the little bit of power we have, many people will be shocked, horrified, and offended.
  2. The young and healthy don’t want to hear about your health problems. If you talk about poor health too often, they will find you boring and mock you.
  3. The rich only think to compare themselves to the more rich and believe themselves poor.

What have you learned from Jane Austen?

A Win!

My short story fairy tale “The Young King” won the McMillan Memorial Library “Imagine Your Short Story” contest this year. (Something good happened in 2020!)young king

“The Young King” is a story one character tells another in my novel The Steppe Sisters: a steampunk Cinderella. Details in “The Young King” are key to things happening in the rest of the book, as every story-within-a-story should be.

I may be self-publishing some of my novels in the next few years, if I can find the time. I’m super busy right now with online teaching.

If you choose to read “The Young King” at the contest site, I hope you enjoy it. If you are an agent or publisher, The Steppe Sisters is finished and ready to be published! Contact me at elizabethcfelt at gmail.com

Some Small Ways to Keep the Economy Going Without Endangering Lives

1. Subscribe to a news source. If you scan your social media feed and get frustrated at the articles you can’t read without a subscription… or happy at the ones that are “free,” consider subscribing. They keep asking you to. Now is perhaps the time to spend that $1 or $25 a year the pop-up windows are begging you to give.

2. Buy an e-book. Or 2 or 3. Amazon will probably weather the economic slowdown fine, so consider buying from a local bookstore or smaller online retailer like Barnes and Noble or Smashwords or Author House. Keep the small guys in business and have more of your purchase price go to the authors themselves. Shameless promotion: Here are ways to buy my books: Syncopation and The Stolen Goldin Violin.

3. Pay for some music. I’m not a person who listens to a lot of music, but if you do, you probably know how to get it online. Order a song; subscribe to a service. Again, investigate ways for the musicians to get the bulk of your money.

4. As much as I “hate” the cable companies, I’m finding their product one of the most important things in my life right now. Maybe up your subscription? Stream more movies?

5. What else can you buy online that doesn’t involve endangering people? I worry for the people packing up boxes in close proximity to each other, and the drivers getting close together to load and unload trucks, and the cooks side-by-side in a kitchen, and the grocery store employees. I want people to work, but I fear for the health of those who keep working.

I’m a writer, not an economist, and just trying to be helpful. These are a few of my ideas. Do you have some? The comments are open. Please respond with more ideas, but let’s be nice, OK?