For she's a jolly good fellow, for she's a jolly good fellow...
Today is Jane Austen's actual, real, undisputable birthday. (Yes, I am perfectly aware that undisputable is not a word.) To celebrate this great and momentous occasion, I'm taking you all to Blakeney Manor for the day.
Oops, I think that was a typographical error. Pardon me. I meant to say, to celebrate this great and momentous occasion, I'm hosting a Birthday Card Contest.
You have probably never heard of a Birthday Card Contest, with good reason, because I just made it up. Actually, my sister Anne came up with the concept of it, so all credit goes to her.
The contest goes like this. To enter, you must a) be a follower of my blog and b) either have a blog of your own or be able to leave a comment on mine and c) have read at least one of Jane Austen's novels or seen at least one of the movies.
Those requirements probably encompass pretty much all of you, so we shall proceed.
The rules for the contest are easy. Step number one: write a birthday card to Jane Austen. The birthday card must be written by you, of course, but (and here's the catch) it must be written in the voice of one of her characters. Wish her a happy birthday and then go on to elaborate on what is going on in "your" life, why you are grateful to Miss Austen for giving you a happy ending or why you are angry at her because of what she did to you. Example: a rather poison-pen missive from Mary Crawford, sugar-sweet and patronizing, but with a little biting comment at the end about Miss Austen's meanness of spirit in making Edmund marry that Fanny person. Or something like that.
Step number two: post your card on your blog (it may be as long or as short as you choose) and then comment on this post with a link to your post. If you don't have a blog, post your card in the comments! Anne and I will judge the entries and award a winner on Monday. The contest closes on Saturday night at 11:59 PM--all entries posted after that time will not be counted. Sorry for the short notice, but as we have seen, people tend to write more productively when they are given a small and specific time frame. :) (www.nanowrimo.org, anyone?)
Looking forward to your entries!