Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Flashbacks

The year is 1813. 

There were not many women authors at that time.  Of course, television had not been invented yet.

If you ran out of milk you could do this:

Or you could run up to the market in this:

It was a much simpler world.  If I had been alive in those days I would have been fanning myself (no AC) and drinking a lot of mint juleps.

It was in this year that Jane Austen published the now famous Pride and Prejudice. 

She began writing the story in 1796.  It took 17 years for this story to be told...and you thought it was hard to get published now.

She accomplished her dreams in a time when it was truly difficult.  The idea of writing a novel in long hand alone makes me shudder.

So when you're frustrated, remember it could be could be 1813.

(This is a dramatization, not actually me.  I don't have that much hair left.)


  1. Oh, no, 17 years to get published. My typing is bad enough. My handwriting is worse.

    Poor Jane. I wonder what she'd do if she lived now. Would she still write or become distracted by TV, the internet and all.

    Love the images, and of course, your Friday Flashbacks! Always fun.

  2. 17 years! Good heavens... well, perseverance pays off in the end??

  3. Wow...17 years, I didn't know that. I just know that I love "Pride & Prejudice". :-)

  4. See how sticking with it pays off? Happy Friday, guys!

  5. I love this! Thank you for the much needed encouragement. SO glad it's not 1813, no internet.

  6. Me too... I like 2010 better. Have a good weekend!!

  7. I was thinking about this the other day: It could be worse. It could always be so much worse!


It helps to know I'm not just talking to myself.