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Everything Austen mini-challenge & new look

August 27, 2009

Before I  get into the really fun mini-challenge open to all Everything Austen participants, I just want to let you all know that I was feeling creative this evening and fooled around with the template here on Stephanie’s Written Word. I’m really liking the green header and will probably keep it for awhile!


Also, you still have a little while to enter to win one of three copies of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict. Plus, the author was super nice and even signed her first book (Confessions) for the winners!


Have you joined in on the fun over at Books and Bards blog, where Nicole is hosting a really original Everything Austen mini-challenge called Do you have what it  takes to be a Mrs. Jennings?  A Jane Austen Mix-and-Matchmaking Mini-Challenge?

Nicole had singled out a few characters  from Jane Austen novels that have made less-than-advantageous matches. The mini-challenge is to finding the characters a more suitable match and explain your reasoning. You could even detail how the two lovers meet or predict their future together!

For a taste of what Nicole has put together, see what eligible matches she suggests for Edmund Bertram below!

Make sure to stop by Books and Bards to play along. Do it now though, as you only have until September 14th to play matchmaker!!

Bachelor Number One:
Mansfield Park

Likes: Horses, sermons, and Doing Good Works

Dislikes: Debauchery, slaver and sinful theater productions

The younger son of a privileged family, Edmund is destined for the clergy and, not surprisingly, for his priggish, impoverished cousin Fanny Price. But anyone can see how insufferable these two goody-two-shoes would be together. He needs a lover who can loosen up a bit. Eligible matches:

1. Lydia Bennet (P&P): Wild and licentious, Lydia has a taste for men in regimentals and a complete lack of propriety. Could she fall for a religious man who’s more suited to her sister Mary?

2. Lucy Steele (S&S): She’s devious and grasping, but is she cunning enough to fool Edmund’s Bible-buried nose?

3. Frank Churchill (Em.): C’mon, we can all read between the lines. Plus, Frank’s a bit of a cad, and you should never underestimate the power of Bad Boy Syndrome, especially among aspiring clergymen.


24 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2009 11:09 pm

    I like the new look, Stephanie! Very chic. The green header is gorgeous (and I’m not biased just because green is my fave color, I swear!) I miss seeing the picture of you in the sidebar though–it was like being greeted by a friend whenever I visited.

    • August 28, 2009 8:35 am

      Green is my favorite color too!! I’ve added the picture back to my sidebar, as you are the second person to say such nice things about it!!

  2. August 27, 2009 11:49 pm

    I like the header, Stephanie! Love the fonts!

  3. August 28, 2009 1:06 am

    I love your new look! Great header … magically welcoming.

  4. August 28, 2009 5:53 am

    The new look is fantastic, Stephanie! I like the graphic of the girl holding a book. I agree with the first comment. Your profile pic in the sidebar was such a personal touch, and it was always a pleasure visiting your blog to see your smiling face!

    • August 28, 2009 8:35 am

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I’ve added my picture back to the sidebar!

  5. August 28, 2009 7:50 am

    Fun new look Stephanie!

  6. Kals permalink
    August 28, 2009 9:34 am

    I love the new look! Green is always so pleasing to the eye 🙂

    Here’s an award for you:

  7. August 28, 2009 9:41 am

    Love the new look! Green is my fave color and its really appealing as a header color.

  8. August 28, 2009 10:46 am

    Definitely like your new look 🙂

    Thanks for the link to Nicole’s Mating Game challenge–what a fun way to start the day, and I have someone new to follow on Twitter!

  9. August 28, 2009 11:01 am

    Cute header and I love the tag line! How true is that 🙂

  10. August 28, 2009 1:21 pm

    Love the new look, Stephanie!

  11. August 28, 2009 8:46 pm

    I love the new look of your blog, Stephanie!

    Did you know that there’s a Jane Austen Cookbook by Maggie Black? I wanted to pass that along to you, just in case you or your readers didn’t know.

  12. reconfortant permalink
    August 28, 2009 10:00 pm

    Really like your new header, Stephanie. It’s a bewitching sprinkle of stardust. 🙂

  13. August 28, 2009 10:07 pm

    I love the new look, Stephanie!! Great colors and the girl with the book is fabulous! Well done. And I’ll join in with all the others — it’s great to see your smiling face. Glad you have your picture in the sidebar. 🙂

  14. August 29, 2009 2:17 am

    I love the new header! You’re so talented…and you have good taste in colors. Green’s also my favorite color. 🙂

    I moved to self-hosting this weekend. Even though it’s the same site name, I realized later that I broke my feed. So if you happen to subscribe to my blog, the feed needs updating. 😦

  15. August 29, 2009 8:41 am

    I like the new header! Great job! What a clever mini-challenge. I couldn’t participate in Everything Austen this year but I hope to next time around.

  16. August 29, 2009 9:25 am

    Great job on your new look!!!

  17. August 29, 2009 5:33 pm

    love the new look. it’s so magic-like.

  18. justicejenniferreads permalink
    August 29, 2009 5:34 pm

    Love the new look. I’m a huge fan of green.

  19. August 30, 2009 3:53 am

    Hehe I love the new layout! I picked the same one as you, just because it’s so nice and wide and you don’t have to worry too much about a picture being too small or having to format things. Loving the neon-ish fresh green look!

  20. September 5, 2009 8:41 pm

    I really like the new header…the color the pic of the girl, just everything. Great job!

  21. September 7, 2009 1:27 pm

    I like the new header…will that be moving to the self-hosting site? I love green.

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