A beautifully written piece on a growing problem that gets pushed from the minds of those who could make a difference. Is Christianity a following of Christ’s teachings, or is it just another decoration on a tree?


Christmas carols waft through the crisp Manhattan air as the steady ringing of the bells of Salvation Army Santa sets the pace for shoppers hustling from store to store. The magnificent Rockefeller Center Christmas tree heralds the promise of Yuletide celebrations ushering in the season of love and joy.

But for thousands of homeless people in New York city, the season is a harbinger of struggle. Huddled in alleyways, bus terminals, doorways and other temporary hovels, attempting to ease the chill of winter, they find no joy.

Some keep their faces to the ground, too hungry and lethargic to honor the Christ child’s birth. Others glance upward, perhaps searching for a special star to offer solace to a life of misery, but more likely hoping for handouts–a dollar or two to stem the ever-present gnawing of a tortured empty stomach. Years ago, it was a nickel, but inflation has reached…

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Don’t Miss Christmas

Don’t miss this Christmas by falling asleep.

I know the Queen is boring but at least there’s nothing to bleep.

Bad language has its place I guess in films and on the screen,

But with the speech from the Palace at least you know it is clean!


Don’t miss this Christmas by getting drunk then falling down.

There are enough out there already who play the fool and clown around.

Pubs are great and wine bars too certainly have their place,

But you really are an embarrassment with blood all over your face.


Don’t miss this Christmas by staying out too late the night before.

Remember loved ones who might need your help. Don’t be a selfish bore!

Having fun and laughter is what you should share,

With those you want to be with and you know who really care.


Don’t miss this Christmas by things that you could circumvent

And never eat the last Brussel sprout without someone’s consent!

Have a Great Christmas and share a laugh or three

Surrounded by those who love you and give their love for free.


Merry Christmas to you all.

© 2017 Daniel Kemp

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WRITE BY THE BEACH – the Brighton Writing Conference is back in 2018


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And tickets are selling faster than ever before…

I am so proud to be associated with such an inspiring event.  It’s inspiring to meet and learn from so many great writers; it’s inspiring to get to know so many new writers and be part of the buzz on the day, and it is inspiring to be part of such a kind and funny and talented team of professional writers working behind the scenes to make it happen.

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Our tag line is inspiration to publication…and this is what we have lined up on:


After our two sell-out writing conferences in 2016 and 2017, we are returning with all the best-loved features  including:
Talks and workshops with top authors including Sunday Times bestseller of psychological thrillers Erin Kelly

Erin KellyHer first novel, The Poison Tree , became a major ITV drama. In 2014 Erin wrote the novelisation of the…

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Percy Crow

Percy Crow, the sequel to The Desolate Garden, has been featured on this site today.


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The Late Elephant

I cannot find a Reblog button on this site but I can highly recommend it.



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…be your most powerful self…Laini Taylor QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Very powerful sentiments


Be an unstoppable force. Write with an imaginary machete strapped to your thigh. This is not wishy-washy, polite, drinking-tea-with-your-pinkie-sticking-out stuff. It’s who you want to be, your most powerful self. Write your books. Finish them, then make them better. Find the way. No one will make this dream come true for you but you.
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Win a writing competition that offers a complete publishing package as first prize

Could this be of help to you?


Reading a bookWriting Magazine has teamed up with Lulu.com and Authoright to offer their competition winner a complete publishing package, including marketing and PR

They are looking for a previously unpublished novel manuscript, in any genre, which has “obvious mass appeal “.

Lulu.com will publish the winning book in 2018, with cover design, marketing and PR support from Authoright.

To enter, submit the first chapter, or up to 2,000 words, a one-line teaser or strapline, a one-page synopsis and one-page marketing plan (in a single doc, docx, pdf or txt file).

Although they are not asking for full manuscripts at this stage, your novel must be finished, and between 60,000-100,000 words.

The closing date is 31 January 2018.  More details HERE

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FUDGERY Chapters 1-4 Comedy/Love story

A great short story.

Authors will do anything to become famous.

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Written by Vonda Norwood


Seven weather weary authors trudge the wilds of West Florida in search of literary fame, while an injured member of the US Army Special Forces is hot on their trail, determined to force his wife to eat a cheeseburger.


Vonda Norwood


Glittering Sales Publishing is the name on the window of a corner building at a strip mall in Miami, Florida. Behind its glass door is a small, square space where Irma Gutierrez, clutching a red folder on her lap, sits in front of a dark brown, bureau-style desk, and across from the head publisher, sixty-year-old, Beatrice Campbell, who is staring at her tan blouse. Beatrice buttons its top button. Her shoulder-length, blond wig slides, inching over her forehead. “Eighty-nine-dollars and it won’t stay put.”

Irma drops her stare to a cellphone…

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A Word

If one adds a word to a blank sheet of paper but it’s left on its own it means nothing. If it’s joined by another word it could start to gather momentum. Now if several words are placed together creating meaning and then sprinkled with soul one could have developed purpose. Look into that purpose and you may find the writer.
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Bonding through Kent and the WhitLit Festival

A very interesting account of Ian Fleming and his affection for my father’s home county of Kent.

Artistic Licence Renewed

PrintThe 3rd annual Whitstable Literary Festival in Kent this year, took on a spy theme and in particular Ian Fleming and his many Kent connections.

Fans of the genre were delighted to witness some of the best names in the literary espionage trade, including many who we have interviewed in the past such as Matthew Parker, Michael Smith, Steve Cole and Andrew Lycett. The organisers of the festival can also take great pride in welcoming Ian Fleming’s step-daughter and daughter of Ann Fleming – Fionn Morgan.

So in the spirit of Ian, I took off for Kent with the golf clubs in the boot and copies of Moonraker and Goldfinger for inspiration.

Friday Night is Bond Night

Kicking off proceedings was young Bond author Steve Cole, whose infectious energy had the packed out hall of children and adults enjoying every minute. He was there to promote his latest young Bond…

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