Via @rocza on Twitter: the Two Nerdy History Girls blog (which is pretty much the gold standard of awesome sauce) has a profile of a ring owned by Jane Austen set to be auctioned off by Sotheby's.
There's no dispute over the latest piece of Jane Austen memorabilia to come to market, however. The ring, left, has never left Jane's family, being passed down from Jane to her sister Cassandra, and then through various Austen descendants to the present day. The ring has been so privately cherished that, as the auction catalogue notes, it has been “hitherto unknown to scholars.”
The pre-sale estimates, they report, are between £20,000-£30,000. This leaves me with two questions:
1. Who here thinks the final price will be much, much higher? *raises hand*
2. Was this ring used to assist Jane in battling zombies, vampires, vampire-zombies, werewolves, selkies, pestering obsequious clergymen, or elves? Expect the final bid to be in the millions, then.
Via Pam Regis: McDaniel College has a “new 5-course sequence on Romance Writing.”
The graduate-level courses will be focused on writing fiction, and will be taught online by Pam Regis, Francine Prose, and Jennifer Crusie.
The initial course, “Reading the Romance” focuses on the genre “through an analysis of the craft elements in novels by respected romance writers:
Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Heaven, Texas. 1995.
Nora Roberts. Montana Sky. 1996.
Loretta Chase. Lord of Scoundrels. 1995.
Beverly Jenkins. Indigo. 1996.
Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich. Dogs and Goddesses. 2009.
Melissa Marr. Wicked Lovely. 2007.
Patricia Gaffney. The Saving Graces. 1999.
Barbara O’Neal. How to Bake a Perfect Life. 2010.”
Crusie will also be teaching four additional courses that focus on specific elements of writing fictional narrative, such as character and structure.
Credit hours transfer into a McDaniel Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) degree, and the development costs were funded by gift from the Nora Roberts Foundation. Cost:
$1,290 per course.
Via Susan, it seems New Zealand has pretty much everything, including someone who makes adorable romance hero dishtowels.
I've found my new kitchen decor theme!
Via StarOpal: Raul Lemesoff's Arma de Instruccion Masiva (Weapon of Mass Instruction) – a former military vehicle transformed into a library shaped like a tank.
“More than just an art stunt, Lemesoff's project is educating his community by sharing knowledge in the form of books. The tank is comprised of approximately 900 books at any given time. Lemesoff continues to restock his collection, only to carry on handing out books for free.”
Dude. That's so completely awesome. I want to go to Argentina, just to see it.
Via Cleo: a list of some of the more ridiculous suggestions on sex techniques from Cosmo:
Says Cleo, ” By the time I time I got to “tickle his feet with your nipples” and “feed each other ice cream [in the dark]” I couldn't breathe.”
I so better be seeing some of these used in an upcoming erotic romance fanfic rewrite of The Hunger Games told from the trees' perspective.
I WAS KIDDING. Put down the Scrivener. PUT IT DOWN. I was totally joking!