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Jane Austen, Florist?

Jane Austen, Action Doll, pondered the flower stand on the street corner in the busy financial section of the city. She loved the sight of the white buckets full of gerber daisies, tiger lilies, roses, carnations, gladiolas, baby breath, gardenias, snapdragons, and sunflowers.

"They're so beautiful." Jane took a deep breath. "So fragrant. Mmmmmmm."

"Yes, this could be the perfect alternative to being an author," said Jane. She stepped into the flower stand to try her hand as a floral vendor, much to the surprise of the florist.  Jane even brought her own apron.


 My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Exotic Dancer?

"A career as an engineer or an epidemiologist sounds exciting," said Jane Austen, Action Doll. "But, I love to dance."

Jane stepped into a cha-cha-cha, transitioning smoothly into the samba.

Moments later, she twirled, hopped, and, in quick sequence, performed the five basic steps of ballet.

From the fifth step, she stretched into a modern dance pose, did a few cartwheels, paused, then tap danced across the room ala Eleanor Powell.

Jane ended her impromptu dance with a bit of flamenco.

"Perhaps I shall give exotic dancing a try."





My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Dairy Scientist?

Hello!

My name is Dr. Jane Austen. Ph.d., that is.I am a professor in dairy science. 

I am utterly happy that you can be here with me today. 

Let me say that today's featured cow is outstanding in her field. It moves me to no end. 

Milk anyone?


My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Cowboy?

"Yi-ha!" said Jessie, taking Jane Austen, Action Doll, by the arm. 

"Get a move on, Janey," said Woody, gently pushing Jane forward. 

"Where are we going?" asked Jane. 

"You are going to participate in your first horse show," said Woody.

"I have never ridden a horse before." Jane gulped, looking tentatively at the wild-eyed looking horse.

"Don't you worry your pretty smart head, Janey," said Jessie, "Bullseye is a sweetheart. Won't hurt a flea. Before you know it, you and Bullseye will be galloping into the sunset."

"Yes, m'am," said Woody. "You certainly well."

Jane looked at the confidence shining on both her friends' faces. She swallowed away her nervousness. "All right, then. Let's go!"

"Yi-ha!" all three exclaimed.



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Baseball Player?

"Playing at third base, ladies and gentlemen, is the great lady herself," announced the baseball commentator, "Jaaaaaaaaane Austeeeeen."

Can you see it—Jane Austen, Action Doll, plays third base for the San Francisco Giants? Or any professional league team, for that matter.

I like to think that Jane Austen is athletic because her characters are. Lizzy Bennett enjoys taking long walks in the woods, for instance. And, to be a writer requires great stamina, dedication, endurance, determination, and ambition.

What do you think? Shall Jane Austen, Action Doll, become a professional baseball player?


My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Aerobatic Pilot?

Shall I be an aerobatic pilot? wonders Jane Austen, Action Doll.

Could I be so bold to soar and tumble? Fly upside down?

What if flying loop-the-loops and barrel rolls are more satisfying than writing about Elizabeth and Darcy?

Would I prefer to see a crowd waving below and cheering me on rather than sit alone with make-believe characters in a room wondering if anyone might read my words?



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Thirty Years Ago. . .

Thirty years ago, I began my first day at work in the publishing industry. It was actually my second day of employment, but the first day was a holiday. I still think that was (and is) definitely a great way to start a new job—and a new career.

I had not planned to enter the publishing world. Back then, my goal was to get at least five years of teaching under my belt so I could eventually become a high school counselor or a curriculum developer in a school district. So, what happened? Simple. By the time I earned my teaching credential in social science, there were few teaching jobs. I was in another bout of unemployment when I saw the newspaper ad for an assistant editor position at a small educational publishing house. I figured it was a long chance, but heck, what did I have to lose.

Throughout the whole job selection process, I had a good feeling about the job. I had to do a writing sample, and as I worked on it, I knew that this was the type of work I wanted to do. Creating tex…