Ever, Jane has just launched on Kickstarter http://kck.st/1acrpQD.
Ever, Jane is an online role-playing game set in the virtual world of Regency England and the works of Jane Austen. Unlike many multi-player games, it's not about kill or be killed but invite or be invited. Gossip is our weapon of choice. Instead of raids, we will have grand balls. Instead of dungeons, we will have dinner parties.
We have a very basic prototype of the game available, which you can download and play from http://www.everjane.com/download.
We plan to keep the game live during development so that our backers can not only go on playing and watch our development, but also have plenty of input into it.
Ever, Jane is the first game from 3Turn Productions LLC. CEO and founder Judy Tyrer has a long background in gaming working for Ubisoft, Sony Online Entertainment and Linden Lab working on Second Life.
For further information please contact Judy or Annabel on everjane@3Turnproductions.com
"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery."
Here is a message from a fellow JASNA member of the Southeastern Virginia region:
Hello! My name is Alethea White-Previs, and I am a member of the Southeastern Virginia chapter of JASNA. I handcraft a set of six Jane Austen ornaments, 3" circular clear ornaments filled with strips cut from Jane's six published novels, one novel per ornament. Each comes with a different colored ribbon on top, based on my impression of that book's hero, as follows:
PRIDE & PREJUDICE - Black, for Mr. Darcy's impeccable style
MANSFIELD PARK - Brown, for Edmund's unassuming air
SENSE & SENSIBILITY - Red, for Colonel Brandon's Army service
PERSUASION - Blue, for Captain Wentworth's Naval service
EMMA - Hunter Green, for Mr. Knightley's fashionable but humble dress
NORTHANGER ABBEY - White, for Mr. Tilney's religious collar
Here's a book recommendation from our Regional Coordinator, Kim Higgins, who recently read a copy of The Intrigue at Highbury
, which is part of the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries by Carrie Bebris:
"I read it and I LOVED it! It is the first sequel that makes me feel the way Austen's books make me feel. I can't explain it, I just know that I want to read more, and sent away for all the other novels in the series.
Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, while traveling, find themselves meeting the characters from Austen's novels, and become embroiled in mysteries. They become quite adept at solving murders."
You can read more about the entire series, plus more at Carrie's website at http://www.carriebebris.com/darcy_mysteries.php
Death Comes to Pemberley
, the P&P
sequel written by P.D. James, is set to air on PBS Masterpiece Classic in 2014. The exact date is still not known at this time -- but as always, we'll keep you updated! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece///classic/index.html
And let the casting debates commence... ;)
The new film 'Austenland,' which premiered at Sundance this past January, has opened in select cities (no word yet on when it will reach the Pacific Northwest, but be on the lookout for showing here in the next few weeks). At the Sundance Film Festival, which honors independent films, 'Austenland' was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
Based on the popular book by Shannon Hale, the film has garnered decidedly mixed reviews, some of which are linked below. If you have links to more reviews, please include them in the comments!
Click image to view a trailer for 'Austenland'
More exciting updates about the upcoming title, Pride and Prejudice and Kitties
, co-authored by our own Debbie Guyol. First of all, April 8
is the official publication date. And there is a new and updated web site dedicated to the book, at http://prideandprejudiceandkitties.com/
There are also two regional book readings to celebrate this new title:
- April 15: Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton, Oregon, 7 pm
- May 7: Broadway Books, Portland, Oregon, 7 pm
There is much more info available on the site, including Austen Links, Kitty Links, How to Photograph a Cat, and a Photo Gallery!
There is a new Pride and Prejudice
-inspired sequel available on Amazon Kindle, entitled Mrs. Bennet's Menopause,
by Lucy Kate King.
King is a Jane Austen fan, and this whole project has been a labour of love. King and her husband, Jon Lydon, live a short distance from the little village of Godmersham in Kent, England, where Jane Austen wrote her first drafts of Sense and Sensibility
and Pride and Prejudice
Any visitors to Kent from your group with an historical interest should get in touch, as they may be able to offer them some English hospitality! Jon Lydon and his author wife, Lucy Kate King, wish our JASNA group best wishes and good luck!
The ebook link is available on Amazon here at http://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Bennets-Menopause-ebook/dp/B00BGV9QSO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361988593&sr=8-1&keywords=mrs+bennets+menopause