"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

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Heidi's favorite quotes

"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Friday, October 23, 2009


A few problems just arose when I, as a librarian, received a free book this evening to be used for Teen Read Week.

1. Teen Read Week ends tomorrow. Everything was already planned--including prizes to award at the events.

2. The author bio on the book flap mentioned the birth year. I would have passed over in a typical "hmm" as I usually do except that I jolted when I realized the birth year was well after mine!

3. Not only does that mean that I've not reached an age when I'm actually older than authors, but it means I really could have been publishing my own works years ago and no one would have said anything to my age.

4. Which leads to the last problem--at least the last that currently comes to mind. I haven't completed any of my own works, yet, anyhow.


Sara Lyn said...

You will! Just think about all the authors who didn't start until their 40s or later...

Anonymous said...

Heidi-I am currently reading The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent, which she wrote after she turned 50. It is wonderfully written, all the details just right, and has such depth. Kent said she had never written/published anything prior to this. Kent also said she wrote it when she felt she was ready and had enough confidence to do so.

Do not be discouraged by younger authors getting published. I firmly believe that you will write & finish your book once you are ready.

Heidi said...

Thanks, ladies!