Don’t Tell Me I’m Lucky

Its never easy dealing with fools!!!

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

“Oh, aren’t you lucky to be doing the thing you love!”

A well-meaning yet slightly irritating woman pronounced this to me the other day and I bristled at her words. Of course, being unfailingly British in my inability to express the more robust of emotions (unless I’ve had a couple of gins, obviously) I simply smiled politely in response. But, actually, inside I was quietly incensed. Luck has played the most minor of roles in the continuing chronicles of my becoming a writer.

Without wishing to delve too far into the more personal aspects of my life, I can assure you that the sacrifices I have made in order to chase my dream have been substantial. In fact, to even give the dream a glimmer of hope of survival, I gave up pretty much everything I had – personally, professionally and materially. For reasons best left in the past, I…

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Thursday Doors

More from our Jean 😉 x

Jean Reinhardt


I just couldn’t resist taking some photos of this wee cottage for Thursday Doors. It’s near where we parked our car on our last visit to Killykeen Forest Park in Cavan (featured in last week’s post).


Nature is slowly reclaiming the space, as you can see from the image. I wonder where the descendants are now, of the people who originally lived there. I peeked inside the door but it was too dark to see anything clearly and I wasn’t adventurous enough to brave the creepy crawlies I knew would be lurking within, ready to pounce on me, at any moment. I could feel their eyes staring at me through the darkness – okay, so I’m exaggerating slightly, it’s the writer in me coming out.


The house we are living in now, and still renovating, wasn’t quite as bad as this one but it was getting there. You might have…

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The Curse of Time #YA #Fantasy #Offer 1.99 Amazon UK

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M J Mallon Author

Special offer 1.99xxx Take Two !!! I am reposting this to generate some more sales!!! So please share, reblog and the like. Thank you so much, my lovelies. xxx

I have some wonderful news, I have updated the kindle copy of The Curse of Time Book 1 Bloodstone with some new features – my logo, author photo, two amazing full colour images of Esme and The Creature plus a few minor changes and enhancements too.

xxx Yeah!!! I work hard to ensure that my readers are happy. xxx

The kindle is new and improved!

Below in the slideshow you can see my wonderful logo which is now a feature in the kindle copy. The logo was designed by Allie Potts:

It is a black dragon and a white unicorn doing a Kyrosmagica dance, twirling around. I absolutely love it. Allie very kindly created different colours for me and a black and white shadowed one too! Love…

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Thursday Doors

News from Jean’s part of the world…

Jean Reinhardt

I’ve been a bit hit and miss with my posts lately and with getting out of the house to capture some new Thursday Doors but I still have a few beauties from my last trip to Blackrock that I’d like to share with you.


Danny Hughes & Son on Main Street in Blackrock is where my daughter bought her electric guitar. The shop is home to Beat It Music and sells vintage, second-hand and new musical instruments and equipment. It even has a music school on the first floor. In the past, it was a seaside shop, selling buckets and spades, tourist souvenirs, religious items and ice cream. My grandparents had a similar shop a few doors up, so it would have been sacrilege to buy an ice cream from him but I do remember buying a black plaited wig that I even wore to bed for a while, I…

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Thursday Doors – Vintage

Automotive memories…

Jean Reinhardt

Some unusual Thursday Doors this week from a huge vintage event that was held at the Cavan Equestrian Centre last month. I reckon a lot of love and a ton of elbow grease went into producing the fabulous shine on these cars.

It makes me feel old to think we once owned a Mini and felt cool to have a fairly modern car, lol. By the time we bought a Beetle they were considered retro. Sadly, it never made it onto the road but our children had a great time driving it around the acre of land that we lived on at the time.

Next week I’ll step even further back in time with a few more vintage beauties. Thanks for stopping by and if you carry on over to Norm’s blog, you’ll find a wide and varied selection of Thursday Doors on offer. Click the blue ‘frog’ link…

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Greek Mythology: “Eros and Psyche”.-

Sit up straight kiddies,its time for you to absorb a drop of cuture…

⚡️La Audacia de Aquiles⚡️

►Greek Mythology: “Eros and Psyche”:


psy “The abduction of Psyche” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1894).



The myth of Eros and Psyche was originally a story by Apuleius, written in the 2nd century BC.

The Greek name for “Butterfly” is “Psyche”, which also means “Soul”. 

Hence Psyche represented the soul, being as she was an extremely beautiful Princess from Sicily.

Being jealous due to men’s admiration for Psyche, Goddess Aphrodite asked her son, Eros, to poison men’ souls in order to kill off their desire for Psyche.

But when he intended in vain to do that, Eros also fell in love with Psyche.

As Psyche was single, her parents became so desperate because of their daughter’s destiny and had no choice but to ask for an oracle, hoping that they would manage to solve the mystery and give a husband to their daughter.

The oracle said that Psyche would marry an ugly beast…

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Words in the Park 2017

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Beyond the Precipice

On Saturday, September 30, 2017, the annual Words in the Park event was held at Spark Gallery in Sherwood Park during the Alberta Culture Days weekend.

Over 32 authors authors attended. There were several book launches, an author readings corner, art displays, music, Scottish dance, food, interactive sessions, kids’ activities, and an appearance by Choo Choo the clown. The book fair and sale included a free prize draw.

Check out the slide show and video below!

This special event celebrated the 10th anniversary of Alberta Culture Days and Writers’ Foundation of Strathcona Country as well as Canada’s 150th anniversary with the release of this unique book: POSTCARDS FROM CANADA (Dream Write Publishing).

Can be purchased from Dream Write Publishing

Author Mandy Eve-Barnett’s prize basket for the book launch of her newest book, THE TWESOME LOOP.

Photo by Mandy Eve-Barnett

Many thanks to Strathcona County Library for the pick of…

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