“There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.” Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
It is with my deepest sorrow and pain that I must announce the disbanding of Austen Authors. I am immeasurably sorry for an end that I know will be disappointing to so many of you, and very confusing. I wish I could offer an explanation, but I fear the issues are too personal to recount. I thank each one of you for making these past three years possible. Despite this unwanted conclusion, my experience as the co-creator of Austen Authors will be a memory I cherish. All of us who made the blog happen will continue to share our love of Jane Austen through our novels, our websites, and our various social media outlets.
Thank you, and God bless. Sincerely, Sharon Lathan
Above is the official announcement placed on Austen Authors when the group blog I co-created in September 2010 closed its doors on January 24, 2014. Inevitably there will be rumors, readers wondering “What happened?”, and the curiosity to know who did or said what.
Those who know me, or look at my track record, have the answers already. The truth is revealed in who I am.
I am a woman of integrity. I am a woman who perseveres. I am a woman who has been a leader for thirty years as a NICU RN and three-plus years on Austen Authors. I am a woman who works incredibly hard in everything I do. I am a woman of faith and strong moral convictions.
All this and more is the testimony and witness of my character. I have been the same all my life, and have not changed.
Austen Authors became what it was in large part because of who I am. It would have continued for the same reason. This was my desire, and what I fought for. I am, however, only one person. A group blog cannot function alone.
I am at peace, and excited to press forward even stronger from the valuable lessons learned.
And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.” Acts 23:1
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.