Which Jurassic Austen dino is most flirtatious?

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And here’s my contribution to the Jurassic Austen project: the most flirtatious creature in the dinosaur kingdom. Enjoy!


Siblioraptor wantonus

The siblioraptor wantonus can often be found prowling ballrooms for their next victim…er…dance partner.

Common name: Lydia Bennet (sometimes also referred to as Mary Crawford, or Henry Crawford, if male)

Description: In females, this human-sized dinosaur is often depicted with colorful feathers and an exposed décolletage. In males, the S. wantonus can often be described as wearing a rakish grin when seeking out prey. Both sexes possess sharp teeth and claws that remain hidden until they capture their prey.

Range: The S. wantonus thrives in locations where members of the opposite sex gather, i.e. ballrooms, drawing rooms, assemblies, militia parties, parsonages.

Behaviors: Siblioraptors are the most determined flirts of the dinosaur kingdom. They can best be identified by their high-pitched giggles, inappropriate touches, and other behaviors generally described as “wanton.” They are often found dancing, playing harps, or acting in plays. Because of these licentious behaviors, the siblioraptor often brings shame and ridicule upon other members of its dinosaur family.

Mating Habits: Often.


Other Dinos thus far: 

Avaricium hypochondrius by Beau North


Maternosaurus vulgaris by KC Kahler




Photo credits:

Balour bondoc: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Balaur_bondoc.jpg
Majunasaurus: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Majungasaurus_DB.jpg

Guest Post and Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged

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My book tour for The Muse has kicked off with a bang. On Monday, My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice posted an excerpt from the first chapter of the book.

Today, I have a guest post on More Agreeably Engaged in which I talk about how Jane Austen’s writings inspired my own. Also, Janet, who runs the blog, is giving away 2 copies of The Muse, one paperback and one ebook. If you leave a comment, you’ll be entered to win. So what are you waiting for? Get on over there and comment!

The Austen Project “F-Word”

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Have you heard about The Austen Project?

It’s an project in which “six bestselling contemporary authors” are paired with each of Jane Austen’s six novels. From the website: “Taking these well-loved stories as their base, each author will write their own unique take on Jane Austen’s novels.”

Um…so basically these are fanfic, yeah? Sorry, are we not supposed to call them that? Because “bestselling contemporary authors” are writing them and Harper Collins is publishing them?

Wait…isn’t this just fanfic? (Picture taken from The Guardian’s website.)

The Austen Project is nothing new or original. Re-telling and modernizing Jane Austen’s stories has been done. It’s being done. Hello, Clueless. Hello, Bridget Jones’ Diary. Hello, Hyacinth Gardens, Derbyshire Writers’ Guild, and A Happy Assembly. Hello, Meryton Press. Of course, I’ve read some of the Austen Project novels, will probably read all of them, and am stoked for Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld. I welcome any and all Austen adaptations.

But my point is that fanfic is pooh-poohed by the Publishing Establishment, except when they’re trying to capitalize on it. Let’s just call The Austen Project what it is: Jane Austen Fan Fiction!

The Muse is Being Published!

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It became real a few weeks ago that, ohmigod, this was actually happening: The Muse was being published!

This novel has been in the works for over eleven years. I started writing it in 2003, before ebooks had really taken off, never intending to actually have it published. I was a die-hand Pride and Prejudice fan, living alone and lonely in Japan. I had no access to English television, and scarce access to English movies. I subsisted on DVDs and, in particular, the six-hour BBC Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth as Darcy. At the same time, I also worked a mind-crushingly boring translation job with the Japanese government. A busy day held about an hour’s worth of work for me. I surfed the internet a lot, reading pages of Jane Austen fanfic at sites like the now-defunct Hyacinth Gardens (RIP).

I decided to write The Muse because, frankly, I was bored. That spring, The Phantom of the Opera movie with Gerard Butler as the Phantom had come out in Japan. Something about the parasitic dynamic between the Phantom and his muse, Christine Daae, piqued my imagination. I envisioned a story that started off Phantom and ended Darcy. The Muse was born.

With the encouragement of my beta, Debbie, I began posting a chapter every Tuesday to Hyacinth Gardens. I had no expectations for my story, but it became incredibly popular. Regular readers on the site dubbed my posting days as “Tuesday Muse-Day.” I finished posting the story and it lived on Hyacinth Garden and then on A Happy Alternative when the Garden shut down. There it would have remained had it not been for my angel/beta Debbie who nudged me every so often to suggest I think about publishing it. In April 2013, her suggestions finally sunk in and I decided to go for it.

Being a perfectionist, it took me a year-and-a-half to revise and edit. I took a while figuring out my next steps, working up my courage to let The Muse out into the wider world. And now…here I am! The Muse is set for a release around the holidays, nearly eleven years after I wrote it!