Music Monday: Beautiful Relaxing Music 106, Soothing Relaxation

What was I listening to this week while I was writing? This beautiful, relaxing, and imagination-inspiring piece of music.  And thanks to such lovely music and a few snow days, I had a very productive week.  So, click play and while the music plays, let me tell you a little about my week and share a sample of what I wrote.

Helland, Peder B., Soothing relaxation. “Beautiful Relaxing Music: Japanese Music, Chinese Music, Romantic Music, Meditation Music ★106.” YouTube. YouTube, 30 Dec. 2016. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.

To be honest, last Sunday seems like two weeks ago rather than just one. (I write these posts on Sunday’s usually.) We were in the midst of a very, very snowy period here in Nova Scotia.  In about seven days, we went from no snow to about a metre of snow, and that spring that the groundhog said would come early looks incredibly far away! 🙂 However, the last couple of days have been fairly sunny and on the warm side of freezing so things are melting slowly.

While I may be pining for green grass and spring flowers, the snowy days did afford me some extra writing time as schools were closed for three days. So, while my sons shoveled and played video games, I strapped myself to my desk chair and took care of business — a lot of it!

On the publishing side of work, So Very Unexpected made its ebook debut this week on Tuesday and was featured in my post on Austen Authors.  The print version also debuted this week, but later than expected as the storm that started on Sunday shut the city down for a couple of days, and my proof copy was delayed in reaching me. However, both print and ebook versions are now available.

Writing wise, I started a re-read of Listen to Your Heart.  That book is going to be put in an anthology, and I am taking one more swipe at picking up remaining errors — not that I will catch them all. 🙂

In addition to starting the re-read of that book, I also worked on the next Dash of Darcy book called Discovering Mr. Darcy.  I am happy to report that I managed to write just under 8,000 words and have completed the first draft. It is now sitting for a few days before I begin going through it to add in the bits and pieces of description and whatnot that I missed on the first pass.

For me, it seems the editing process is less about cutting things out than it is about adding details in. 🙂 Once I have a second go at that manuscript, it will be off to my first reader so she can tell me what I might still have missed as far as plot goes, and for me and my many charts and list, that is where the publication process begins.

And that was my week — other than getting things ready for the blog and to share on social media and other rather mundane businessy type things and squeezing in some homeschooling on the non-snow days. 🙂

Below is a portion of what I wrote this week. Remember, I was writing the ending of this book, so read at your own risk of spoilers. This scene is where Mr. Collins, who discovered Elizabeth and Darcy in a compromising position, finally decides to see reason.

EXCERPT from Discovering Mr. Darcy: 

Mr. Collins remained melancholy for a full three days, only cheering up enough to do a credible job of playing the part of a carefree parson as required for services.  On the third day, after he had finished his duties at the church, he seemed to have resolved whatever matter was causing him discomfort and, unfortunately for Elizabeth, found his tongue.  Many were the comments about propriety and the recommendations of books that should and should not be read by ladies who aspired to such lofty positions as the niece of an earl.  He could not stress to her just how important it was that she do her best to secure the Bennet family name as one worth of consideration for positions of honor. 

“And your sisters,” he said as the party from the parsonage walked to Rosings to spend the evening with Lady Catherine, “they could benefit from some instruction. It is not outside the realm of possibility that your mother would insist upon at least one of them attending a school if it meant the possibility of an excellent match.  Why with the name of Fitzwilliam and Darcy attached to her relations, she would be worthy of perhaps a baronet’s notice even without a fortune to her name. Connections, you see, are quite valuable.” 

“Mr. Collins,” Charlotte said in a low voice.  “It is not for us to arrange the disposal of all Elizabeth’s sisters.” 

He harrumphed.  “Her father had done a poor job of it thus far. He thinks them capable of selecting their own match, yet he does not present them in greater society than Meryton.  A shabby job he has done,”  he muttered, “a right shabby job.”

“Mr. Collins,” Charlotte’s voice remained soft but had taken on an edge.  “I begin to think you unhappily married.” 

This comment brought an abrupt stop to the progress of the group. 

Elizabeth and Maria drew back a short distance to give a perceived amount of privacy to the couple. 

“My dear,” said Mr. Collins. “Mr. Bennet’s best decision was to allow his daughter to refuse me.”  He patted her hand and drew her a step closer to him.  “You are my blessing.”  He lifted her hand and gave it a kiss. 

Elizabeth’s mouth dropped open slightly as she saw her friend duck her head and blush.

“Very well, you are forgiven for your foul mood,” said Charlotte.  “Do not fear about your cousins getting married.  I am certain that they will all eventually find a home.  They are far too pretty to be left sitting on the self.  And do not forget that having friends with such connections will do my sister no harm.”

“Ah, you are wise,” Mr. Collins muttered as he resumed walking.  “Yes, yes. I had thought this arrangement to be a potential disaster, but perhaps I have been seeing it from the wrong perspective.  It is perhaps the benevolence of the Lord Almighty being poured out on his servant.” 

“Indeed, it might be,” said Charlotte. 

The remainder of the walk was made in silence as Mr. Collins waxed eloquent on the many unusual working of Providence in setting His good and proper plans into action.  They had nearly reached the steps at Rosings when he was finally reaching the end of his circle through the many acts of God in ordering and directing his children.  “And we must remember that it was a harlot who was used to shelter  Joshua and Caleb, and even the mighty King David stumbled.” He nodded in agreement with himself as he continued the thought, “therefore, it is not unthinkable that He should also use a wayward cousin to bring great blessing to our family.” 

“Mr. Collins!” Charlotte removed her hand from his arm.  “I will not listen to you speak of Elizabeth or Mr. Darcy in such a fashion.  As has been explained previously.  Elizabeth was led astray by Colonel Fitzwilliam and locked — trapped — in that room with Mr. Darcy. She did not plot to capture him.”  She lowered her voice.  “And there was not seduction.” 

Mr. Collins shrugged.  “Perhaps, but it was still highly improper for her to be kissing him, and in such a fashion!” 

“Very well, Mr. Collins, I will allow that kissing might not have been proper.   However, I do think I remember someone kissing me when I had agreed to marry him, and I dare say hypocrisy is not becoming.” 

Mr. Collins’s eyes grew wide and his face became quite red.  “I shall remember that,” he muttered.  Then, turning to Elizabeth, he added, “You are forgiven your folly.”  Before Elizabeth could respond, he was up the steps and knocking at the door. 

Charlotte stepped closer to Elizabeth and Maria.  “All will be well now.  He will write his pleasure at your good fortune to your father,” she flicked her brows up quickly, “without any mention of impropriety.  One must always know how to guide her husband if he seems to be going astray.” She winked and turned to follow her husband into Rosings. 

And all was well, or as well as one might expect with a man such as Mr. Collins.  It appeared from the way he sought out Mr. Darcy to praise him that evening and the flattering comments he made about Elizabeth that both she and Mr. Darcy had been restored in his good opinion.  However, the colonel did not fare so well.  He was watched with suspicion.  

That night, upon returning to the parsonage, Mr. Collins sat down and wrote a most satisfactory letter to Mr. Bennet declaring the joyful news that Elizabeth’s father should expect a call from a particular gentleman for a very specific purpose. 

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Leenie Brown fell in love with Jane Austen's works when she first read Sense and Sensibility followed immediately by Pride and Prejudice in her early teens. As the second of five daughters and an avid reader, she has always loved to see where her imagination takes her and to play with and write about the characters she meets along the way. In 2013, these two loves collided when she stumbled upon the world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction. A year later, in 2014, she began writing her own Austen-inspired stories and began publishing them in 2015. Leenie lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her two teenage boys and her very own Mr. Brown (a wonderful mix of all the best of Darcy, Bingley and Edmund with healthy dose of the teasing Mr. Tillney and just a dash of the scolding Mr. Knightley).

2 thoughts on “Music Monday: Beautiful Relaxing Music 106, Soothing Relaxation”

  1. Lovely soothing music. It almost sounds like a waterfall, and is very pleasant. I live in Maryland, and other than two very light days of snow flurries this winter, we have had no snow. Those two days where we saw snow dancing in the air didn’t translate into boots and shoveling. It melted shortly after hitting the ground. We have had some very brisk weather, but no snow. My inner child is always sad when there is no snow for Christmas, which there was not this year. 🙁 Yesterday was lovely – warm, sunny, no sweater or coat weather, and the weather people are saying spring will be three weeks earlier this year. How they know that, when their day to day predictions are often incorrect, is beyond me! Stay warm and keep writing! I have all of your books, so I was unable to take advantage of the sale, but I wanted to thank you for the surprise sales. They enabled me to complete my Leenie collection. Currently I am rereading Oxford Cottage, which I love, and one of Lucinda Brant’s Georgian period mysteries. I never thought I would get over my Darcy fixation, but Alec Halsey has me reconsidering! He’s a wow. One of the reasons I love Oxford Cottage is that Darcy is such a dear man, instead of the shy austere man he often appears to be. Stay warm, and I will stay curled up in my favorite chair with my Kindle and will be blissing out. I liked the excerpt very much, and look forward to buying it in the near future. I am always looking forward to Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, which my husband calls Leenie Days. Sometimes he even looks at the paintings and listens to the music with me. At any rate he knows he may have to wait for breakfast on those days!

    1. We have had a very pleasant winter until the storms began this month… barely any snow (a good bit of rain) and relatively mild temperatures. Today, there have been a few flurries but the sun is trying to shine, and the forecast calls for warmer (above freezing) temperatures for the rest of the week, I believe. I have the curtains as open as I can so the light can stream in — it is just so cheery to have that sunlight at this time of year. I am glad you liked the music. I have had it playing over and over this past week. I agree. It has that waterfall feel to it. I love reading regency romance in addition to JAFF. I have seen some of Lucinda’s books, but I don’t think I have tried one yet. I am a sucker for a good hero in a story — even if he is a bit of a skamp or a rogue, if he has a good heart and can show it, he has my vote for leading man! 😉 Happy to hear you are enjoying the posts so much (sorry about the late breakfast for your husband 🙂 ). It is very encouraging to hear that people are enjoying them. A lovely way to start my week. Thank you!

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