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When You Can’t choose Between Two Men call for Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper…

When you have a problem who are you going to ask for help? For Letitia and Farmer Giles it had to be Mrs Finnegan, the celebrated housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN … Continue reading

August 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

What To Read When You’re Writing – Terry Pratchett QUOTES FOR WRITERS

If you are going to write, say, fantasy – stop reading fantasy. You’ve already read too much. Read other things; read westerns, read history, read anything that seems interesting, because … Continue reading

August 29, 2021 · 6 Comments

Love, Secrets and Annoying Nits – more problems for Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper

Another week, another bulging mail bag for Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper at The Regency Town House. ALL enquiries, observations and ANGUISHED APPEALS for help get an answer. It may not be … Continue reading

August 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Persist, persist, persist! says Lincoln Michel QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The writers who succeed in my experience are the ones who submit constantly, who start the next novel when the current one is rejected, who keep querying. I might go … Continue reading

August 22, 2021 · 4 Comments

Friday Picture Writing Prompt – Shoes Take You Places

They can be magical like Dorothy’s ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz or mud-caked and work-worn like the boots painted by Van Gogh They can reveal character. Think of … Continue reading

August 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

A Spinster Too Shy to Speak Seeks the Help of Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan is the celebrated housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE who offers advice on love, life and SILK dresses (sometimes) Will I always be the bridesmaid and never the bride?I struggle … Continue reading

August 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

Theft in Poetry – T.S. Eliot QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his … Continue reading

August 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

Friday Picture Writing Prompt – leap into the fantastic

This photograph stopped me in my tracks. There’s something delicious about the colours and the lines of the uniform. Out of context the men might be taken for actors or … Continue reading

August 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Are you One of the Wishing Sisters? Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper can’t help wondering…

Mrs Finnegan – the celebrated housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE – advises on love, life and (for one day only) parrots My name is Polly and I’m a housemaid.Amongst my duties … Continue reading

August 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Writing Advice that Covers Every Situation – Dr Louise Tondeur QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Often advice for writers assumes that 1) you want to be published and 2) that you’re only writing one particular thing, which isn’t necessarily true. But there is one piece … Continue reading

August 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Friday Writing Prompt – give a voice to the quiet

The title of this quiet painting is Nordic Summer Evening. If you were there, standing on the balcony watching this couple, you’d probably only hear sounds from the water: a … Continue reading

August 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

Even Mrs Finnegan likes a man in uniform…More from the Chronicles of Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan is the celebrated housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE and most days can be found in her room writing to readers. Now that some of her heavy duties have lifted … Continue reading

August 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

Writing for Children – International Competitions for New Authors

If you have always wanted to write for children then consider entering one of these three competitions.Searchlight Awards have a rolling programme of new opportunities for aspiring children’s authors. Bedtime … Continue reading

August 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

Write what you REALLY see – Louise Doughty QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The first thing any art teacher tells a child is draw what they really see, rather than what they think something ought to look like. The same is true of … Continue reading

August 1, 2021 · 3 Comments