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    Mr. William Kensley

    Enter into the world of Garden of the Midnights, where the gardens are rich with fragrance and the terrain is green and sloping. If you chance to wander from the manor, in the early morning fog, and take a stroll to the stables…you just might meet a young gentleman by the name of Mr. Kensley. Mr. William Kensley Lady Flora Willoughby watched as the young man entered her bedroom. It had been months since she had called for him, and she was displeased all over again at how handsome the lad had become. It hardly seemed fair. Her own son Horace was dumpy with tufts of red hair about his beet-red…

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    A Thought on Life

    Man can never derive contentment from what others give him. He can never be truly satisfied by the praise of mortal lips, or the caress of loving hand. There is nothing that can be held, seen, or touched that will ever grant him happiness. At the end of the day, it is nothing in this world that has made him complete. Only God in Heaven can reach one’s soul—and the soul is the only place joy can penetrate.

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    Writing My First Bucket List

    Everyone talks about their bucket list. At some time or another, probably everybody has sat down and penned one down. Literally. E-v-e-r-y-o-n-e. And you know what? I haven’t—which could possibly be embarrassing because I’m a writer, and writers should write about everything, and by everything, I certainly mean bucket lists. So, here is my first attempt at writing a bucket list. Or two. I think I should definitely do two, because one will be normal and the other will be…well, let’s just see what happens. Normal Bucket List Get married to the sweetest, godliest man on the face of the earth Have six of the most darling children ever Find…

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    Lady Isabella Gresham

    Enter into the world of Garden of the Midnights, 1802 England. Sit down at your ordinary couch—imagined to be a damask settee—with your charming cup of tea and your own little dish of Devonshire cream. Now close your eyes and meet the daughter of an earl, Lady Isabella Gresham. Lady Isabella Gresham At the tender age of nineteen, she held all the characteristics of a blooming young woman. Graceful, elegant, soft—and yet she retained an unbounded sense of mischief that seemed to leak out in every perfect smile. Edward recalled with no small amount of pain the likeness she bore to his wife. The same dark, bouncing curls that framed…

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    I’m Falling in Love with a Stranger

    “There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.” “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” Jane Austen I have never met him. I have never lifted my gaze to find his eyes already watching me. I have never shared a warm smile with him, nor brushed my fingertips against his hand, nor listened to the sound of my laughter mingling with his. But I love him. Inconceivable, isn’t it? That my heartstrings could tangle with something so intangible as a person I have never met? Only I can’t help myself because every time I think of him, I slip a…

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    I Murdered So Many People

    Have you ever just sat back and thought to yourself, “I wonder how many people I’ve killed?” Sounds morbid, insane, wicked. But you know what? I’ve killed so many I can’t even count. Think about the westerns. The gunslinger enters the scene, gun belt low, fingers sprawled…then he fires. The unfortunate opponent tumbles to the ground. And then what? The gunslinger puts notches in his gun!  Now—I do hope there are some writers reading this, because I do not wish to feel alone in this thought—but figuratively speaking, how many notches do you have on your quill? 

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    12 Ways to Know if You’re a Bluestocking

    What in the world is a bluestocking? And how do you know if you are one? Don’t worry. It doesn’t mean you have a weird obsession with wearing blue socks. In the Regency Era, women who’s interest and passion was found in books were often dubbed “bluestockings”. Blue·stock·ing (ˈblo͞oˌstäkiNG): An intellectual or literary woman. Dictionary Presently, you may have heard such creatures called bookworms, intellectuals, or even worse…nerds. So how do you know if you are such a person? Read through the checklist to find out: You have a pile of books somewhere in your room You take a book to every doctor’s appointment, road trip, or vacation You lay…

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    To Be a Lady

    What designs a lady? Could it be morals? Monetary possession? Style? Beauty?  Perhaps. Who am I to say?  Only the more I think, the more I wonder. What makes a lady? What truly, truly fashions her and elevates her from the rest of womankind? 

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    Why Regency?

    “In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen My very first introduction to the Regency Era was many years ago, when I sat down to a bowl of popcorn and a movie called Pride and Prejudice. I rather hate to admit it, but I am fairly certain I fell in love with dear Mr. Darcy. But how can I be blamed? I could not resist the romance of his cape blowing in the wind, the sound of gentle piano notes, and the rise of…