Blog entry no 1 – The Sterley’s of Oakland Park An introduction
The Sterley’s of Oakland Park written originally by the author in November 2007 as a parody of Jane Austen’s Pride and prejudice for the International writers month challenge. In which aspirant writers from all over the world take part in a month long challenge write a novel of 50 thousand words or more there is no real prize for this but it is a challenge in which writers get to sharpen their writing skills. The rules are simple 50 thousand words of original work to be written in a thirty-day period.
The story was written due to a previous short story about a small computer with a data base of Jane Austen’s writings been compiled and written into a small dos program. Which would then produce text documents with new stories, in the style of Jane Austen the short story was titled Jane 3.11 based on the databases activities of the computer.
The challenge for the author was to see whether he could emulate the style and wit of the Regency period and of Jane Austen who lived during this time.
The result is Oakland Park I refer to it as Oakland Park for connivance sake the full name of the novel is “The Sterley’s of Oakland Park a Historical Romance. Strictly speaking, Oakland Park is not a Romance in the classical sense it is a period piece.
We trust that the reads will enjoy reading Oakland Park; we would like to point out that a Dyslexic who comes from a long line of oral storytellers has written Oakland Park.
There may be grammatical errors and unusual spelling, further we would remind the reader that written English was not formalized until the mid to late 1700’s when Dr. Johnson wrote his big book of word. Thanks In particular his very good friend Mr. Chris, Milner of Canada who was a great help and advisor with regard to technical, historical aspects’ of the project and his continued friendship over the years.
21 February 2016
Port Elizabeth South Africa