The Curate’s Brother: A Jane Austen Variation of Persuasion
by Wendy Van Camp
Available on Amazon
A Regency Historical based on the characters and settings from Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion. It can serve as a stand-alone or a prequel to Austen’s book.
It is the summer of 1806 in Somerset, England.
EDWARD WENTWORTH, a young curate, is surprised by the arrival of his brother, Commander Frederick Wentworth, the “hero of San Domingo”, who is on shore leave from his battles in the Napoleonic wars and has come to spend time with the only family he has in England.
All the good Commander wants to do is flirt and dance with the ladies until he is called back to sea, but when his flirting extends to SALLY MARSHALL, an outgoing beauty that Edward always disdained as “a child”, the curate becomes aware that his opinion of Sally is sorely outdated. Meanwhile, Frederick becomes drawn to shy wallflower ANNE ELLIOT. She is the daughter of a baronet and above his station, but Frederick pays no heed to his brother’s warnings that class may prevent their union.
At the end of summer, a letter and package arrive that will change everything for the two brothers. Which will prevail? The bold action of the commander or the quiet manners of the curate?
New No Wasted Ink ETSY Shop launches!
As a poet, I’ve been showing my illustrated poetry here on No Wasted Ink for many years. At first, my sketches were simple blog posts to display my poetry. Later, the drawings were picked up by “Quantum Visions” as part of the annual chapbook to provide illustrations for the books.
A year later, I brought in a few of the sketches as art prints and exhibited them for the first time at Comic Con along with my artisan jewelry table. They began to sell and two years later, I began to set up a full panel of my art at Comic Con.
This year, due to the pandemic, Comic Con is At Home. The speakers are available for free via youtube and Comic Con is supporting its dealers and artists with advertising at the virtual convention.
The prints offered in my etsy shop are the same archival quality prints that I would exhibit at Comic Con each year. Each print is signed and numbered as part of a limited edition. When you purchase a print in my ETSY shop, it will be sent to you in a rigid mailer in protective cellophane.
I hope those of you who visit the Comic Con Art Show will support me and the other artists exhibiting at Comic Con this year. Find us via the #comicconathome or #comicconathomeartshow hashtags on your social media outlets. Or come to the main ComicCon sponsored tumblr homepage: https://comicconathome.tumblr.com/
I’ve been a huge follower of the American space program for as long as I can remember. So it is a no brainer that I watched the SpaceX Dragon launch. I noticed that it was from the same space pad as the moon launches and shuttle launches of the past. I was inspired to write a poem, something to be uplifting instead of our current doom and gloom.
Around this time, the editor of this magazine was interested in featuring an astropoem about the launch. A mutual friend put us together.
On June 21st, The Starlight Emporium Magazine put out its summer issue and my three-part poem “From Pad 39-A” was published as part of the poetry collection.
Starlight Emporium is a beautiful art magazine filled with colorful paintings, illustrations, poetry, and short stories. A full 152 pages! I am honored to be included. Available in print and pdf.
Have a safe and fun 4th of July!
THE PLANETS: a scifaiku poetry collection
written and illustrated by Wendy Van Camp
The planets have fascinated humanity since the dawn of time. We’ve looked up into the heavens and wondered what these wandering stars are and why they are different from their more stationary cousins. In modern times, humans have sent probes to all the planets in our solar system, sending back tantalizing views from faraway worlds. The planets are woven into our culture and history. They are signposts of our journey ahead.
This collection of 108 science fiction haiku poems (scifaiku) will take you on a journey of exploration showcasing tiny moments of wonder with each of the planets of our solar system.