And Now For Something Completely Different

(Psst, just FYI, Amazon has Shards for sale for $3 off! Not a bad deal for a new release.)

I am severely tempted here to just quote Monty Python but that’s not actually the point of this post. Though maybe someday, because I love Monty Python. Actually, in theater class in high school, we had to select scenes and put them on for the class, with our teacher and classmates scoring us, and my teacher actually banned us from doing Monty Python skits about halfway through the semester. (We then switched to Neil Simon, who is also excellent. But apparently more theatrically approved.)

I know we’ve kind of been all Shards all the time around here lately, and I apologize for that. I hope it’s understandable to be so focused on one’s debut novel. I did start reading whatever the latest draft of the first book of my trilogy is, in an attempt to switch gears, but I’m a little frustrated because the pacing is too slow in the front third of the book, which will need fixing. Not terribly enthused to dive back into that, but hey, the beginning of Shards was all off on pacing as well, so it’s not like it’s not something I can fix. But bleh, lots of work.

But I didn’t want to talk about that either. I wanted to talk about Emma Approved. And how I’m kind of enjoying it more than the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, or at least more than I remember enjoying the LBD, which admittedly ended in April and it has been a long time since April.

LBD and Emma Approved are modern-day vlog style adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Emma, respectively. P&P is one of my favorite books, and I’ve read most of Jane Austen’s completed novels (except for Mansfield Park because I Austened myself out around the time when PBS was putting out an Austen movie/miniseries each weekend and I was reading the books to keep up) including Emma, though I will admit I am mostly lukewarm on most of them.  Aside from P&P, I’ve only read the rest once each, so I don’t really remember the plot in any great detail for Emma except that she’s kind of a butt and her protege totally leaves her in the dust at some point.

But I am enjoying the Emma Approved series, even though Emma is still a butt. Honestly, Mr. Knightley is making the series for me. He is so delightfully snarky. And I thought, hey, maybe some of my squiders also like Austen and would be interested in watching this series as well, and maybe I should tell them about it. It updates Monday and Thursday mornings.

Anyway, Squiders, I hope the first week of December is going well for you, and that you’re not stressing too badly about the holidays. And if you watched LBD and/or have been watching Emma Approved, I’d love to hear your thoughts on either (or both) series thus far.

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