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Jane Austen fantasy finals: Winner announced!

18 Dec

I can’t believe this is all coming to an end. Thank you so, so much for playing with me. We had three wonderful scenes this week, go read them here.

As usual, all three of the scenes were fabulous. They were so clever and creative, and I feel honored that they’re all on this site and all together in one place. It was impossible to pick a winner, so I picked all three as winners this week. Fantastic job!

As the points tally up, Cinta is the overall winner. Congratulations, Cinta! I will ship the prize soon.

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Here’s the final tally for points:

Cinta: 210

Kirk: 190

Mary: 180

Nicole: 175

Irene: 150

Sarabeth: 75

Rebekah: 25

Karen: 20

Andrea: 15

Alysa: 10

Jen: 10

Susan: 5

Betsy: 0

Life in Labels: 0

Here’s a reminder of what the playoffs scene was:

I’m feeling sassy (and OK, perhaps a bit lazy), so for the playoffs, I’m not going to create a scene, per se. You are!

You all have been so creative, so feel free to throw it all out there. Is there something you’ve wanted to write during the past few weeks that you haven’t been able to fit into a previous post? You know your style – humor, twists, letters, or dialogue. Pick what works for you and throw it at me.

This time, instead of giving you characters to play, I’ll give you points if you can incorporate the 5 players you named for this week’s scene. Maybe this is my twist for the end? I hope you like it!

This has been a blast, and I hope we continue to connect through Austen. I plan to bring in a few competitions next year — possibly starting with a “March Madness” basketball spinoff with Austen characters. Have a lovely holiday season, and welcome 2012 with open arms. I’ll see you then!

 

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Fantasy week seven and playoffs: Create your own scene

11 Dec

This is the seventh week of Jane Austen fantasy — and the playoffs! Congrats for making it to the end — and the end of 2011. I can’t believe it’s almost a new year.

Everyone should name their five characters for the week on the previous post. The seventh scenario is below.

You have all week to pose your response!

Here’s the point system to keep in mind and then the scenario below.

The scoring system:

5 points per character that you play each week that I use in the scene

10 points if you respond to the weekly scene

15 points if a character you played “wins” in the weekly scene

20 points if I pick your response for the weekly scene

I’m feeling sassy (and OK, perhaps a bit lazy), so for the playoffs, I’m not going to create a scene, per se. You are!

You all have been so creative, so feel free to throw it all out there. Is there something you’ve wanted to write during the past few weeks that you haven’t been able to fit into a previous post? You know your style – humor, twists, letters, or dialogue. Pick what works for you and throw it at me.

This time, instead of giving you characters to play, I’ll give you points if you can incorporate the 5 players you named for this week’s scene. Maybe this is my twist for the end? I hope you like it!

Good luck! Thank you so much for playing with me. This has been a blast, and I hope to think up more competitions in the future. It has been fabulous to meet you and read your creative thoughts! I’ll post a final response next weekend (let’s be real, probably Sunday) to announce the final winner. I’ll e-mail you to ask for your address so I can send out the prize!

Austen fantasy week six: Winners and heading into playoffs

11 Dec

I didn’t announce that week six was the second to last week, and this week is the last! I’m quite excited to send out the prize. We had four lovely scenes this week, go read them here.

All of the scenes were fabulous for various reasons! I love that both Mary and Kirk referenced Army versus Navy. Cinta’s scene included a letter and the complex emotions of impatience, tension, and jealousy, while Kirk’s scene provided laughs, modern references, wit, and a dance between the author and Tom Lefroy. Who wouldn’t love that? Nicole continued her epic story with intensity, and Mary provided lovely description and several emotions. I gave everyone 10 points for these reasons and 20 to Mary for being this week’s winner!

Don’t forget to pick your 5 players for week seven/the playoffs!!

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The scoring system:

5 points per character that you play each week that I use in the scene

10 points if you respond to the weekly scene

15 points if a character you played “wins” in the weekly scene

20 points if I pick your response for the weekly scene

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Here are the point totals for this week:

Cinta: 210

Kirk: 190

Mary: 180

Nicole: 175

Irene: 150

Sarabeth: 75

Rebekah: 25

Karen: 20

Andrea: 15

Alysa: 10

Jen: 10

Susan: 5

Betsy: 0

Life in Labels: 0

Now it’s time to put your team in for week seven. The playoffs!!

Don’t forget that you’re playing for a leather-bound copy of Austen’s works, which I will buy and ship during the week of Christmas!

Fantasy week six: Hearts and emotion

4 Dec

This is the sixth week of Jane Austen fantasy! Almost at the end!

Everyone should name their five characters for the week on the previous post. The sixth scenario is below.

You get points for whoever you play. When you post your response to the scenario, you can use anyone in the scene, even if you didn’t play them from your team.

You have all week to pose your response!

Here’s the point system to keep in mind and then the scenario below.

The scoring system:

5 points per character that you play each week that I use in the scene

10 points if you respond to the weekly scene

15 points if a character you played “wins” in the weekly scene

20 points if I pick your response for the weekly scene

This weekend, I’m feeling emotional and pensive, so I’m going to incorporate that into this week’s scene.

Create a scene with a strong emotion and several Jane Austen characters. This can be happy, sad, angry, positive, negative, whatever you want. I just want to see the dynamics of the characters.

Remember, you can use anyone in the scene, but this week you will get points for playing: Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, Mr. Knightley, Emma Woodhouse, Col. Brandon, Fanny Price, Mary Crawford, Catherine Morland, Admiral Croft, Charlotte Lucas.

Let’s get back to the winner idea. Last week, I couldn’t award points for that because the scenes didn’t really include a winner. Let’s rack up the points! Ha ha.

Austen fantasy week five: Winners and picking teams a few more times

4 Dec

Hey guys,

Can you believe it’s December? We’re in the holiday season. Crazy! Only two scenes posted this week, but they’re great, so go check ’em out.

Cinta is the winner this week. I love her clever endings and twists, especially the delayed explanation of what was in the letter. Weren’t you on the side of your seat, in agony about what you would read?

Don’t forget to pick your 5 players for week six!

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The scoring system:

5 points per character that you play each week that I use in the scene

10 points if you respond to the weekly scene

15 points if a character you played “wins” in the weekly scene

20 points if I pick your response for the weekly scene

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Here are the point totals for this week:

Cinta: 175

Kirk: 150

Nicole: 145

Irene: 140

Mary: 140

Sarabeth: 75

Rebekah: 25

Karen: 20

Andrea: 15

Alysa: 10

Jen: 10

Susan: 5

Betsy: 0

Life in Labels: 0

Now it’s time to put your team in for week six.

Don’t forget that you’re playing for a leather-bound copy of Austen’s works, which I will buy and ship during the week of Christmas!

VJA successes and some updates

29 Nov

Austenites!

I haven’t written a post in awhile to thank you for all of your fabulous support. Vicariously Jane Austen regularly draws more than 100 views per day, with some as high as 172 or 188. Many of the posts pull in dozens of Facebook and Tweet shares, and I regularly receive mail about the site. Thank you so much.

Can you believe that I initially doubted the success of the site or my ability to keep it going? As a journalist, I fully believe in updating content daily, but it has been a huge job for me to cover while maintaining a full-time job and other tasks.

But don’t worry, VJA isn’t going anywhere. I’m having tons of fun posting the interviews and other topics. Speaking of which, to make the site more accessible, I changed around the navigation bar a bit this weekend. As you can see, now all of the past VJA interviews are available on one page, and I’ll add more about Austen and her books soon. I also created a tab for the Austen fantasy team so players can find each post. I’ll create additional sections in the future as the site expands.

For ongoing posts, I pledge to bring back the fun Twitter questions and the mini Jane series that features the figurine I have. I fell behind a bit as Thanksgiving approached, but I’m ready to bring those back as we roll into December.

As I explained in my last post, I’m going to extend my National Novel Writing Month success by working on another book in December. This time, I’ll create a nonfiction one, more of a “how to” book called “31 Days to become a Jane Austen super fan.” I’ve started drafting ideas about what it means to be an Austenite, how Austen changes lives and how everyone can find their own Mr. Darcy.

I think I’ll have fun writing interactive chapters. I’ll post a few here and there in December, but I think I’ll ultimately debut the book in January once I complete it. It’s going to take a good bit of work, but I tend to write well on deadline pressure and support.

What do you think about the book? Post ideas below, and I’ll dedicate a chapter to you! I may even contact a few of you for quotes, sound good?

Austen fantasy week five: The Jane Austen franchise

27 Nov

Everywhere I look, I see blogs, products and ideas based on Austen and her novels. Since I started this website, I see even more. I’m basing this week’s fantasy topic on this idea.

This is the fifth week of Jane Austen fantasy! Can you believe we’ve come this far?

Everyone should name their five characters for the week on the previous post. The fifth scenario is below.

You get points for whoever you play. When you post your response to the scenario, you can use anyone in the scene, even if you didn’t play them from your team.

You have all week to pose your response. By next Saturday, when you post your next five players, I probably won’t pick the winning scene and tally the points. Ha ha. You know I’ll probably wait until Sunday.

Here’s the point system to keep in mind and then the scenario below.

The scoring system:

5 points per character that you play each week that I use in the scene

10 points if you respond to the weekly scene

15 points if a character you played “wins” in the weekly scene

20 points if I pick your response for the weekly scene

I’m trying something a bit different this week (as usual?), thanks to all of the awesome stories that came from the last post! It makes me want to start a club where we all learn to be more accomplished. I definitely need to take a few lessons myself.

Anyway, as I mentioned above, I see Austen everywhere. Let’s use this as inspiration for this week’s stories. Use a craft, product, spinoff novel, song, movie or anything Austen-inspired to be a part of your scene, and let’s see where it goes!

For example, maybe you see an Austenesque commercial or movie on TV. You could write a scene that involves the movie itself, the actors who are in the movie, or what Austen thinks about the movie and other spinoffs.

For the sake of naming players, these characters can be in this week’s scene: the Dashwood sisters, the Bennet sisters, the Tilneys and Col. Fitzwilliam (several people have played him the last few weeks, and I have still yet to use him!)

I like opening up these scenes to interpretation and seeing what fabulous and unique pieces you produce.

Usually, there must be a “winner,” so this week, perhaps the winner can be what product or inspiration you use. We’ll see how it goes 🙂

Goooo!

Austen fantasy week four: Winners and doing it all again

27 Nov

Each week of Jane Austen fantasy just gets better and better! There were five incredible stories, so go read them. I was amazed by each one and how creative they were. You guys should be so proud of your work, and it’s tougher each time to pick a winner!

In the end, I chose Mary’s as the winning scene because I couldn’t stop chuckling. It was quite clever throughout. I love that you used the quote from Pride and Prejudice about accomplishments – it was the exact one I was thinking of when writing the idea.

I also love that the “real requirement for membership was a hearty sense of humor, including the ability to laugh at themselves.” Isn’t that why we love Elizabeth and what we all want in the end? I also enjoyed: “Mr Darcy had finally learned to laugh at himself” and the ladies’ fun gatherings, such as the “excursion to a local place of interest that was really not interesting at all, or a ball with a crazy dress code.” I would love to be a part of this society. The men’s initiation rites were hilarious, and I love the last line — the Darcy made a “vow to himself to find more gentlemen to invite into the club so he wouldn’t be faced with a house full of women every year.” Plus, who doesn’t like a story in which Mr. Darcy wins? (By the way, that gave 15 extra points to Nicole and Irene who played Darcy this week, so you should like that, too!)

As usual, I couldn’t help but give extra points. I gave 10 to Cinta for tying the battle between Anne and Fanny to the Sisterhood, 20 to Kirk for using his idea of the Sisterhood, and 20 to Irene for a clever look behind the Sisterhood and using a Fight club quote.

Check out the points below. It’s so close, and it’s crazy how the different point totals have landed three of you in a tie for third place. It’s still anyone’s game, for sure. You guys are amazing, and I love the stories. I wish I could afford to send everyone the top prize!

Don’t forget to pick your 5 players for week five! Instructions are below.

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The scoring system:

5 points per character that you play each week that I use in the scene

10 points if you respond to the weekly scene

15 points if a character you played “wins” in the weekly scene

20 points if I pick your response for the weekly scene

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Here are the point totals for this week:

Nicole: 145

Cinta: 140
Kirk: 130
Irene: 130
Mary: 130
Sarabeth: 70
Rebekah: 25
Karen: 20
Andrea: 15
Alysa: 10
Jen: 10
Susan: 5
Betsy: 0
Life in Labels: 0

Now it’s time to put your team in for week five.

In a few minutes, I’ll post the next scenario. Week after week, I continue to post this on Sunday. I guess it’s a tough habit to break.

You’re playing for a leather-bound copy of Austen’s works, which I will buy and ship during the week of Christmas!

Austen fantasy week four: The Jane Austen Sisterhood

20 Nov

Welcome to the Sisterhood.

This is the fourth week of Jane Austen fantasy! If you’re keeping up with the fantasy posts, you can guess that I’m building on Kirk’s story from the last week. (I hope you don’t mind, Kirk, it’s brilliant!)

Everyone should name their five characters for the week on the previous post. The fourth scenario is below.

You get points for whoever you play. When you post your response to the scenario, you can use anyone in the scene, even if you didn’t play them from your team.

You have all week to pose your response. By next Saturday, when you post your next five players, I’ll pick the winning scene and tally the points for the week. On Sunday, I’ll post the fifth scenario. I hope I actually follow the schedule this week. Ha ha.

Here’s the point system to keep in mind and then the scenario below.

The scoring system:

5 points per character that you play each week that I use in the scene

10 points if you respond to the weekly scene

15 points if a character you played “wins” in the weekly scene

20 points if I pick your response for the weekly scene

I’m trying something a bit different this week, thanks to Kirk’s awesome entry last week:

The Sisterhood was composed long ago, and it exists until this day. It takes a battle of accomplishments to be a part of this esteemed society, and only those inducted know the secret initiation rites.

Write a scene about the sisterhood, either set in present time with someone trying to figure out the details, set long ago when the society was first created, or somewhere in between.

For this scene, you can use: Elinor Dashwood, Mr. Darcy, Col. Brandon, Admiral Croft, Caroline Bingley, Edmund Bertram, Mrs. Jennings, Lady Catherine, Elizabeth Bennet, Emma Woodhouse, Mary Crawford, Eleanor Tilney, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Gardiner, Lucy Steele, Miss Grey.

They can be part of the sisterhood, but they don’t have to be. Also, you are allowed to decide what exactly the “sisterhood” means and who can be inducted. For instance, it doesn’t necessarily only include women.

Let’s see what happens! Usually, there must be a “winner,” but this week I want to leave it open to see where these scenes go. You can also decide what a “winner” means in this context. Cinta is my inspiration for this idea.

Here we go!

Austen fantasy week three: Winners and choosing teams once more

20 Nov

Another fantastic week of Jane Austen fantasy! We had four wonderful stories, so go read them.

The winning scene is from Nicole. I don’t know how she’s able to build on her tale each week, but it works! I also like the way she wove in quotes from Pride and Prejudice, and the image of trembling teacups is fantastic.

I loved all the stories, and I can’t help but give out extra points, especially because you guys are coming back week after week and working so hard! I gave 5 extra to Cinta for once again thinking outside of the box and giving a surprise ending. I love that you included generosity as an accomplishment.

Five extra go to Kirk for his clever work, as always, and the idea of the Sisterhood. Love it. And I gave Mary an extra 10 points for a fabulous performance by Anne. I can imagine how moving that would be!

Don’t forget to pick your 5 players for week four! Instructions are below.

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The scoring system:

5 points per character that you play each week that I use in the scene

10 points if you respond to the weekly scene

15 points if a character you played “wins” in the weekly scene

20 points if I pick your response for the weekly scene

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Here are the point totals for this week:

Cinta: 110

Nicole: 95

Kirk: 90

Irene: 80

Mary: 75

Sarabeth: 70

Rebekah: 25

Karen: 20

Andrea: 15

Alysa: 10

Jen: 10

Susan: 5

Betsy: 0

Life in Labels: 0

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Now it’s time to put your team in for week four.

In a few minutes, I’ll post the next scenario. Week after week, I continue to post this on Sunday rather than Saturday, and I apologize! I hope you forgive me. I’m still having a blast, and I hope you are!

You’re playing for a leather-bound copy of Austen’s works, which I will buy and ship during the week of Christmas!