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About morgenbailey

Writer of 'dark and light' (crime / checklist) fiction since 2005, WordPress blogger since March 2011, freelance editor (£6/K) since March 2012, and creative writing tutor since January 2014.

Morgen’s quirky mystery novella ‘After Jessica’ arrives 7 years late!

after-jessica-cover-front-smallHello everyone. A quirky mystery novella I wrote in 2009 has finally been published. This is not because I’ve been submitting it to anyone who would pay attention and they’ve all rejected me but because it’s been sitting on my computer until now (although it did go out to a publisher I’d met a few times who said he was very tempted but after several months pondering eventually  declined).

It was published on Tuesday this week and has already received a 5-star rating! The novella is available from https://www.amazon.com/After-Jessica-mystery-Morgen-Bailey-ebook/dp/B01LWY36LK at 99c, https://www.amazon.co.uk/After-Jessica-mystery-Morgen-Bailey-ebook/dp/B01LWY36LK at 99p, and available in your country at the equivalent rate.

This is the blurb…

Jessica is an ordinary girl who comes across extraordinary circumstances and pays for them with her life. As well as identifying her body, her brother Simon then has to wind up her affairs but gets more than he bargains for. Who is Alexis, and why are Veronica and Daniel searching for her? Why is there a roll of cash in Jessica’s house, and what’s the connection between Simon’s sister and Alexis?

I wrote it after a true event (and to whom the book is dedicated) but, as we writers do, decided to put my own twist on it and Jessica, Alexis and Simon were born.

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I am currently making final tweaks to another novella, a lad lit crime, which originally started life in 2008 as the first act of a college course play, about a trainee hitman, and this should be available early October. Here’s the cover…

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Posted by on September 24, 2016 in ebooks, ideas, novels, short stories, writing

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 23 Sept 2016

*** If you enjoy these prompts, or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript, do take a look at my seven online courses… six currently half price (coupon codes on the online courses page) and one FREE!, and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in eBook and paperback format!

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. As you’ll see by the heading numbers, you may have missed a few but the links are listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there. So here are your poetry and short story exercises…

Poetry Writing Exercises 962: Friday 23rd September

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

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.

962-christmas-tree-231503Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: everyone, father, wife, sums, live
  2. Random: not lost but home
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: thanks

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 966: Friday 23rd September

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using coupon codes) and the other is FREE!

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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in ideas, novels, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 22 Sept 2016

*** If you enjoy these prompts, or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript, do take a look at my seven online courses… six currently half price (coupon codes on the online courses page) and one FREE!, and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in eBook and paperback format!

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. As you’ll see by the heading numbers, you may have missed a few but the links are listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there. So here are your poetry and short story exercises…

Poetry Writing Exercises 961: Thursday 22nd September

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

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.

961-chocolate-cake-854527Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: mother, notebook, four, forbidden, number
  2. Random: the body returning to the earth
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: Part of Us

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 965: Thursday 22nd September

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using coupon codes) and the other is FREE!

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Posted by on September 22, 2016 in ideas, novels, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 21 Sept 2016

*** If you enjoy these prompts, or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript, do take a look at my seven online courses… six currently half price (coupon codes on the online courses page) and one FREE!, and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in eBook and paperback format!

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. As you’ll see by the heading numbers, you may have missed a few but the links are listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there. So here are your poetry and short story exercises…

Poetry Writing Exercises 960: Wednesday 21st September

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

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.

960-china-220046Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: yes, fire, pathetic, crisis, priority
  2. Random: a good man
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Losing his family…

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 964: Wednesday 21st September

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using coupon codes) and the other is FREE!

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Posted by on September 21, 2016 in ideas, novels, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 20 Sept 2016

*** If you enjoy these prompts, or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript, do take a look at my seven online courses… six currently half price (coupon codes on the online courses page) and one FREE!, and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in eBook and paperback format!

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. As you’ll see by the heading numbers, you may have missed a few but the links are listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there. So here are your poetry and short story exercises…

Poetry Writing Exercises 959: Tuesday 20th September

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

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.

959-candle-200558Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: cause, deficient, tolerate, excess, high
  2. Random: no link between two relatives
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Leaving Tomorrow

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 963: Tuesday 20th September

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using coupon codes) and the other is FREE!

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Posted by on September 20, 2016 in ideas, novels, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 19 Sept 2016

*** If you enjoy these prompts, or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript, do take a look at my seven online courses… six currently half price (coupon codes on the online courses page) and one FREE!, and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in eBook and paperback format!

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. As you’ll see by the heading numbers, you may have missed a few but the links are listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there. So here are your poetry and short story exercises…

Poetry Writing Exercises 958: Monday 19th September

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

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.

958-calculator-686254Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: above, gas, dial, concentrate, people
  2. Random: connected along the ground
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: first-person poem about a dog

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 962: Monday 19th September

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using coupon codes) and the other is FREE!

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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in ideas, novels, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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My Fifty 5pm Fictions Collection eBook is free 18th Sept!

Fifty 5pm CollMy Fifty 5pm Fictions Collection eBook, 250 short stories & flash fictions is free Sunday this weekend, 18th Sept!

The five ‘Fifty 5pm Fictions’ (the stories featured on my 5pm Fiction slot) are available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk (and other Amazon countries) at just $0.99 / £0.77 per collection – details below (word counts in brackets) or the whole collection is available this Sunday for free!

This consists of all five collections…

Fifty 5pm Fictions (Volume 1), featuring Tony Tibbenham, available from SmashwordsAmazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, containing the following stories:

  • KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERALife in the Old Dog (447 words), Strange Little Girl (425), The big black one with the space in the back (655), First impression (266), Joining the 21st Century (365), They always look at the shoes (223), Like out of space or something (173), Until Daniel (377), Too beautiful for words (356), Phonetics – A Winter’s Tale (670), Just that extra (297), The innocent brick (158), How’s your mum? (221), Our Joanie (240), Family heirlooms (227), Art theft (185), The Chelsea bun (240), An alien hum (110 one-sentence!), Scratch at the door (67), Thin enough (300), Having something in your mouth (166), Cold feet (145), Under (467), Same time tomorrow (587), Once the love’s gone (626), a prequel to my free eShort April’s Fool, Thinking big (228), Sometimes I forget (357), Funny peculiar (359), Varying degrees of German (346), Light – a guest story by my sci-fi writing friend Tony Tibbenham! (163), Raven hair flying – by Tony again (243), Getting off lightly (141), Quirky boots (60), Oh brother! (948), Double trouble (112), A woman by comparison (270), Stalemate (371), I knew a Joyce once (285), Every days (155), Weapon of choice (573), My one regret (335), Bath for two (147), Her eyes have never been bluer (176), Not even as affection (227), Just desserts (112), Carry on with the show (886), Not imaginary like Jack’s (402), Feeding the Father (658), Are you going to tell her or shall I? (347), and Not visiting day (100). Total word count: 15,994.

Fifty 5pm Fictions (Volume 2) available from SmashwordsAmazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, containing the following stories:

  • Fifty 5pm Fictions (Vol 2) cover smallNo threat to customers (398 words), We all have to start somewhere (1,919), The one she’d bought the dress for (582), This is my mother we’re talking about (202), Nita readings (286), It brought him luck last time (188), Whatever Aunt Agatha has in store for you (318), Once living and pink (182), Stuffed (44), A good deal really (221), Human maybe (126), Unexpected especially (323), Belt up (227), Gripped (268), Ruby’s revenge (252), Trillpower (155), Sharp edges (142), Hot for a man in uniform (137), A goatie to go with it (321), Yes, Mildred (212), Biological is all it is (531), Sticky red hands (176), Home visit (305), No faded circle of skin (373), Good with his hands (428), Just a shame they have to die (263), Who indeed? (280), Three keys (276), It’ll be over soon (220), More Laura Ashley than Magnum P.I. (288), Sort of funny (228), Master of the house (135), Legs and confidence (443), Cheapskate (188), Dowdy is a let-down (454), Exotic spice (313), Playing safe (242), They never do (263), Modern-day Cleopatra (393), Cardboard box in a field (435), Off the back of a lorry (328), Standing room only (548), Waiting for the number 12 (459), Rosie an afterthought (262), A mountain to climb (361), Not a house or car (94), Popped out for a pint of milk, or something (417), The light on the ceiling (185), Empathy, sympathy, sorrow (326), and Josie’s wings (237). Total word count: 16,015.

Karen reviewed this collection on Amazon November 2015 and gave it 4*: “Love reading these stories good selection Morgen x” Thank you, Karen!

Fifty 5pm Fictions (Volume 3) is available from SmashwordsAmazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, containing the following stories:

  • Fifty 5pm Fictions (Vol 3) cover smallTwo short (551 words), Dog collar (60), Just like Christmas (213), He doesn’t look right (133), Neighbourhood Watch (219), Daddy’s girl (200), Red suit and all (150), African grey blues (360), Cry Baby (284), Chalk and fromage (part 1) (251), Chalk and fromage (part 2) (339), Most people (114), The picture on the mantelpiece (199), Like a newborn (347), Hand-painted £2.50 (451), Just a couple of initials (264), Without knowing (470), Until the red light (306), Not listening (198), Dad’s Army (264), Others would knock (214), Not red like I asked (465), Stage left, Henry! (262), Everything that doesn’t remind you of him (342), A glint of gold (133), She’d expected a whooshing sound (338), Less than green these days (240), Something borrowed (159), To no-one in particular (225), Idiosyncratic (133), Almost (233), Knew better (429), Such a pterodactyl (215), Valentine’s Day (157), A figure to die for (200), Thud on the floor (332), Thistle (222), Feeling stupid (338), A different kind of speechless (330), It’s ’ot in ’ere (378), As if a new-born (385), Stupid is (170), Doing a job I love (533), Rumbled (100), Not the wisest of actions (251), Do his best (167), Scream like a girl (354), Warped out of recognition (294), Easy to compare (226), He’ll know what to do (294). Total word count: 13,492.

Fifty 5pm Fictions (Volume 4) is available from SmashwordsAmazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, containing the following stories:

  • Fifty 5pm Fictions (Vol 4) cover smallThe Accident (393 words), Black paint like tadpoles (314), A blue one (418), Something portable but durable (239), Nutcase (136), A different ending (184), Just as the number 12 pulled in (171), Travelling in parallel (273), It too hides my features (245), Not the most comfortable in town (234), Like Mother Like Son (270), Where Matt came from (171), Warning flag at the rapids (244), Charm just as bright (171), She favoured compassion today 253), You’ve got male (215), A Breed Apart (346), And no Lucy either (93), I’m sorry, you’ve been kidnapped (162), Left by the wayside (232), Let’s face it (148), Escapism (and Twitter micro fiction) (28), Centipeding a distinctive diagonal line of dust (279), Like a scene from a Hammer movie (122), Who’d have teenagers? (168), Colourful. Loud. Exotic. (118), Consequences attached to being brave (137), Leaving isn’t demure (148), Gasping for breath (528), The day Lillian learned to drive’ / Camp NaNoWriMo lift-off! (318), Surrounded by it in life, surrounded in death (432), A stranger would understand (331), Cobblers (234), A heartbeat to be attached to (451), Have a heart (260), Wait, listen and wait some more (576), Not life or death (487), No junk, no bills (403), Treacle Tart (578), Boston, Lincolnshire or Massachusetts (352), Until the shaking happened again (128), The curved soul (120), L’homme avec les yeux bleus (165), Their world was lacking (386), Pet Shop Blues (174), Like a Sergeant Major (220), Not a very grand job (490), Twenty-seven minutes (448), The Eye of the Tiger (290), Ticking? Clicking? Dripping? (240). Total word count: 13,523.

Fifty 5pm Fictions (Volume 5) is available from SmashwordsAmazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, containing the following stories:

  • Fifty 5pm Fictions (vol 5) smallI could have cried (491 words), Even the dog is borrowed (302), Me, myself and I (895), Transparent (433), The ghost of the half-empty bed (622), Andrew would have been proud (330), Furry like a dog (698), Passion Wagon (60), All he wanted (198), Best in Show (795), Two backwards, one forwards (476), Full Moon (166), Eddie’s Fault (454), Getting to seven (204), Smile (140), Incessant Vera (194), Elimination (294), Lock jaw (29), Hold On (725), They try to with the food (670), Just getting started (60), An American Werewolf in London (710), No joke (127), A lot to learn (933), Sentimental keepsake (547), Ocean Drive (321), Police escort (619), Spice of life (238), Giving Gene Simmons a run for his money (55), Two Rows (567), Half-human (292), A Bad Feeling (300), Off by Heart (120), Hot Air (55), Write what you know (141), How hard can that b- (55), All Heart (504), Through (111), Curved into a smile (663), Tumble Turn (167 words), Bringing Work Home (87), Muddied By Misfortune (163 words), A Right Miss Marple (333), Mum Thinks It Was Me (210 words), Trust Me (391 words), Attracting Airheads (427 words), Erlina Didn’t Mind (94 words), First Day (151 words), Cleaning Up The Town (71), Holding Hands (400). Total word count: 16,998.

Other volumes to follow… A list of these and my other eBooks can be found here.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2016 in writing