Happy Birthday to Jane Austen, born 245 years ago today in Hampshire, England.
This morning started out rather slowly as I woke up late and had to cut my routine short. This always throws me off. I need to write but I keep getting distracted. When this happens I usually have to clean off my desk to get settled. It's got too many papers/notes/PILES all over the place.
It is at least motivating to remember that Jane Austen wrote at a very small table with many interruptions by family, servants and visitors. And yet she did complete six novels before her early death when she was 41 years old in 1817. Four of her novels: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815) were published before she died. Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were published posthumously in 1817.
My Guru (husband) always reminds me that you can accomplish much more in the last half of your life than you did in the first half. So get busy!! Jane wrote for probably twenty years or so. She wrote six books in that time and she had a very unsettled life during at least eight of the years with frequent moving about. And yet, she wrote.