Jane Austen Syndrome

I am by no means the first delicate female to suffer from this deep affliction. But it is, perhaps, safe to call my case one of the most severe. Long have I suffered in silence, but I cannot continue thusly. I must share with you my struggles in the hopes that you, gentle reader, may commiserate with me and perchance even share in this sickness as well, for I truly cannot be the only one out there who has experienced, what will hence be known as, The Jane Austen Syndrome.

But it’s symptoms are not so easily recognized in everyone so keenly as they are in me. Allow me to illuminate some such symptoms for you, so that you may then be able to seek the proper advisement from your local apothecary to acquire the necessary cure for such an illness as this.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to…

1. Taking long walks for no reason at all

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2. Getting constantly caught in the rain

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3. Spontaneous trips to the English countryside

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4. Learning the art of wax sealing letters

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5. Ballroom dance lessons

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6. Calligraphy lessons

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7. Piano and/or singing lessons

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8. Performing piano and/or singing skills in public at random 

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9. Taking turns around the room

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10. Discovering an affinity for high tea

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11. Wearing overly large bonnets even when it isn’t sunny out

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12. Seeking out men with names like Henry, Edward, Fitzwilliam, Charles, Edmund, George, Frederick, etc.

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13. And finally, when you start considering a double wedding….it’s all over. You are officially afflicted with The Jane Austen syndrome. Go ahead and embrace your inner petticoat!

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Zombie killing may not have been associated with Jane Austen in years past, but thanks to Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” getting the big screen treatment, that’s all about to change. Don’t miss Elizabeth Bennet and company kick serious undead ass on February 5th in theaters! Check out the trailer:

Instagram #StarWarsChallenge

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“There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it?”
Anyone with a pulse has felt it. If you are pulse deficient, I really can’t help ya. But for the rest of us, in one month we will be watching Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Sure I’ll be at the Regal theater at the Oviedo Mall in Florida. And you’ll be in your respective theater…laughing, crying, cheering.
But the Force is strong with the Star Wars community…the Star Wars fanbase…the Star Wars family. So I believe, in some existential way, we will all be seeing it together. Lord knows we’ll sure be talking about it together on social media the minute the credits are done. (Cause if you don’t stay for the credits…then it’s almost like I never knew you at all.)

Come join me over on Instagram: @nerdinthesand for a #StarWarsChallenge
31 days, 31 prompts.
And make sure to tag @nerdinthesand cause I wanna see what you got!

The Force is with us nerds!!

I’m also looking for your stories about Star Wars. When did you first watch it? What does it mean to you? Email me at nerdinthecity01@gmail.com

Wizard of Oz Revisited

Last night a friend and I went to see The Wizard of Oz on the big screen in Imax 3D. And let me just recommend, that if you have the chance to go while it’s in theters, you should go! It’s always been a visually beautiful film and the 3D element adds so much more.

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I had a bit of a realization while I was watching it. And if you’re a child of any decade after the 60’s then you’ve seen this movie many times, as I have. I’ve seen it as a child and as an adult, but I guess I was paying closer attention last night.
And what struck me most was that Oz is merely a dream. Was anyone else aware of this sad truth?

My whole life up until this moment, I have believed Oz to be a real place Dorothy went to and got sent back from. Not merely a dream.

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Perhaps somewhere deep in the back of my mind, where I hide all my grown up thoughts and inclinations, maybe I knew. It sort of made me sad to think of the movie in this different way. Almost like I finally came home from Neverland and grew up.

So I am officially rejecting this realization and am returning to Munchkinland where all magical things are still real. Like Wonderland and Neverland and Oz!!!
I much prefer to live in technicolor and to dream in black and white!