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Harrogate 190714 cropped*** For details of the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, ending 5th November, click here ***

Scroll down below this post for the latest item…

Hello and welcome. I’m Morgen Bailey, ‘Morgen With An E’, and I started this blog on 31st March 2011 with the intention of posting the occasional item about writing (pretty much my sole interest since 2005 which became my career March 2012) but it soon built to what it is today… 800+ interviews, 300+ author spotlights, 300+ guest blogs, 100+ Flash Fiction Fridays and batches of 6-word FFFs (which are later podcasted), and 100+ post-weekend poems… 2,600+ posts generating 200+ views a day, to-date 220,000+ hits. If you’d like to take part, click here.

I’m now running local (Northampton, UK) writing / I.T. courses and plan to have the equivalents online early 2015, so watch this space.

If it’s information you’re after, then you’ve come to the right place (or one of them anyway), there are competitionsreviews/reviewerssubmission info.writing 101 (tips), writing groups, how to create free book trailer videos and eBooks, as well as feedback, courses (which will be in person and online), you can take part in my online writing groups, go and buy books: other people’s and there’s an Ask Me facility if there’s anything you want to know about writing (I’ll try my best to help you). I also have Other stuff including Quotes and eNewspapers. If you’d like to know more about me, there’s my writingbooks: mine and Morgen With An ‘E’. If you’re looking for an editor, I offer that service (various levels) along with other facilities.

This blog’s usual schedule is (it can vary depending on content received)… Monday – poetry; Tuesday – guest blog or spotlight; Wednesday – book review (either by myself or a guest); Thursday – guest blog or spotlight; Friday – batch of 6-worders or <500-word short story; Saturday – an interview or spotlight; every fourth Sunday – short story podcast (the FFFs). On weekdays I also post writing exercises on/from the Online Writing Groups.

And now for the latest item (below)…

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in writing

 

“This Is Us” – a poem

morgenbailey:

A romantic poem for a Monday morning…

Originally posted on I Love Romance Blog:

This Is Us

I can’t explain how we fit together so well,

skin against skin,

swaying to the rhythm of our hearts,

our bodies entwined.

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I can’t explain the connection,

the link between our minds,

No matter our differences we still get each other.

I can’t explain the sense of completion as I look into your eyes,

the safety of being near you,

being held by you.

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I can’t explain the strong passion that wasn’t there with others,

the race of my blood,

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the urge within to be closer to you,

as close as possible.

I can’t explain how content I feel when you caress my cheek or kiss my forehead,

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how right it feels to be at your side.

There is nothing like it in the world.

I can’t explain my racing heart or my lips that need to be kissed,

or even these eyes that crave the…

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in writing

 

Wantage (Oxfordshire) Literary Festival 25 Oct – 2 Nov

If you’re in the Oxfordshire area of UK in the next few days, do take a look at the Wantage Literary Festival, which runs from 25th October to 2nd November.

Events include the following, taking place on Saturday 1st November:

Other speakers include Katie Adie, Nikky Arding, Ciaran Murtagh, Andy McNab and Jenny Lewis. Links to the specific events above and the main page is www.wantagebetjeman.com.

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in events, writing

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 17 October 2014

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 464: Friday 17th October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

464 keys 838417Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: year, three, war, culture, ghost
  2. Random: calling out his name
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: private

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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Story Writing Exercises 468: Friday 17th October

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Posted by on October 17, 2014 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 16 October 2014

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 463: Thursday 16th October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

463 a-pair-of-pears 908373Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: drink, drive, find, mango, two
  2. Random: the other sister
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: Anita Boleyn

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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Story Writing Exercises 467: Thursday 16th October

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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Free eBook today only: INTRUSION: A boyhood rivalry in World War Two

imagesRosalind Minett‘s first book in the ‘Relative Invasion’ series is free today on Amazon. The book’s description is…

In 1937, as the adults worry about the onset of war, Billy’s has just begun. He so wanted a play-mate but it came in the form of a manipulative cousin, the frail and artistic Kenneth. The adults only see the porcelain looks of Kenneth and not his darker soul. Emotionally neglected or misunderstood by parents and aunt, and bullied by uncle and cousin, Billy imagines he owns the precious Cossack sabre of his father’s work colleague. This sabre becomes an icon that sustains Billy through Kenneth’s psychological invasions, through disruption and evacuation and then the shock of war, but might this icon damage as well as protect?

It’s available from http://www.amazon.co.uk/INTRUSION-boyhood-rivalry-Relative-Invasion-ebook/dp/B00NW97US6 and http://www.amazon.com/INTRUSION-boyhood-rivalry-Relative-Invasion-ebook/dp/B00NW97US6.

I shall be reviewing it on 12th November – see Book & Story Reviews for the other books and stories reviewed to-date.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in ebooks, novels

 

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