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Friday Picture Writing Prompt – an original love story

A cat in love with his reflection….But does he know who he is looking at? Does he have a sense of self? My grandfather’s dog fell in love with his … Continue reading

July 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

The problems wrong coloured flowers can cause…but Brighton’s Regency housekeeper always has an answer

Confidante to the great and the GOOD, the confused and downright unreasonable, Mrs Finnegan administers advice while ALSO tending to her duties as housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE  May I … Continue reading

July 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

Something you may not have thought about before – what happens when a self-published writer dies

This is an interesting article by Derek Haines, a Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author who has been blogging for years about writing and related issues. Here he digs into … Continue reading

July 26, 2021 · 6 Comments

How to End a Story and How Not To – Colum McCann QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Nothing in life ever really begins in one single place, and nothing ever truly ends. But stories have at least to pretend to finish. Don’t tie it up too neatly. … Continue reading

July 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

Friday Picture Writing Prompt – who knows where it will lead…

There’s a certain slant of light,on winter afternoons,That oppresses, like the weightOf cathedral tunes Emily Dickinson Using the image and the poem as a springboard, create an atmospheric passage of … Continue reading

July 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mrs Finnegan is BADLY misunderstood – the Chronicles of Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper

While Mrs Finnegan is a CELEBRATED authority she CANNOT be held responsible if her advice is misinterpreted, but she can get cross about it. She is also housekeeper at THE REGENCY … Continue reading

July 20, 2021 · 2 Comments

Calling Writers on the Island of Ireland – mentoring programme

YOU HAVE TO BE QUICK for this one as the deadline is Thursday 22 July 2021. Yes, this Thursday – and the cut off point isn’t 5pm or the more … Continue reading

July 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

“…revision is where the work gets done…” Raven Leilani QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I don’t think I started writing anything good until I accepted that rejection is par for the course. It made me less precious. It made me realise that revision is … Continue reading

July 18, 2021 · 4 Comments

Friday Picture Writing Prompt – who knows where it will lead…

A dark picture and I’m not just referring to the way the photographer has lit the man’s face. Jot down three words to describe this image and then start writing. … Continue reading

July 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

A Guilt-ridden Maid and a Timid Mistress seek the advice of Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan is an authority on nearly everything. It’s hard to know how she finds the time when she is also housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE,   The butcher terrifies … Continue reading

July 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

The old discovery that is ever new…Actor John Hannah QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Higher education must lead the march back to the fundamentals of human relationships, to the old discovery that is ever new, that man does not live by bread alone.John Hannah … Continue reading

July 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Friday Writing Prompt – who knows where it will lead…

The elderly gentleman standing at the back has noticed something or someone approach to the left of the picture. So has the young girl sitting in front. Perhaps the woman … Continue reading

July 9, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tragedy on the High Seas! More from the mailbag of Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan’s advice is SOUGHT on all manner of subjects, being both a celebrated authority on nearly everything AND housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE,  My wonderful fiancé Gerard, the second … Continue reading

July 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

Advice to a Writer Thinking of Giving Up – Heather Havrilesky QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You have to support your lovely odd-duck friends who have made money from their creations, but you can’t compare yourself to them. You have to aim high but you also … Continue reading

July 4, 2021 · Leave a comment