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    1. I loved your post, I could almost imagine spending the weekend on a beach. Alas! Growing up on a hill station, I’ve never been to a beach in my life, looking forward to visit some day though. 😊😊

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  1. Hello fellow bloggers!

     

    I hope you are all well.

     

    My name is Mark. I am a keen writer, author and lover of all things positive in life. I am currently working on my second novel, the first in a new crime series to be released in the next few months. I would appreciate as much support as possible from as many of you as possible.

    Come and jump on this literacy train and join me on my journey!

     

    I look forward to hearing from you soon!

     

    Mark

     

    http://www.markdraycott.com

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    1. I wish the very best for your book. I loved your post on “why write”, hopefully someday I can name a book authored by me as well.
      All the best for your future endeavors. A book hoarder like me would love to have a book by an upcoming author on my shelf. Much love💜

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  2. Hey all! Hope you guys are having a great monday!

    https://thegoldenlands.wordpress.com/

    My blog is all about supporting my fellow bloggers and authors through posting pep-talks, writing/blogging tips, and sharing my own personal endeavors from time to time.

    I’m always looking for feedback and opinions. Read a post or two and tell me what you think!

    If there’s anything I can do to return the favor, please let me know!
    -Dom

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  3. Anyone have a feel for the “lifespan” of a blogger? I’ve been posting steadily for 3.5 years now, and I doubt I’m going to stop any time soon. But many of those I follow have intentionally quit or have dwindled down significantly from their prior output. It’s like losing friends. Have you seen similar drops?

    How long have you been blogging?

    My post this week is a mostly fictional short story about a person, who coincidentally, is just like me.
    https://jefftcann.com/2017/04/23/the-blue-trail/

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    1. I have been blogging for roughly the same amount of time. In my opinion, slow and steady wins the race. Not that writing is actually a race, but I see a lot of people who lose steam and give up, while others continue to present new material and new ideas. Its human nature I guess!

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    2. I can understand it, it’s probably like anything else where people go through phases of enthusiasm. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen to anybody I follow though!

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    3. Only a couple months here but I imagine life probably gets extremely busy for some or maybe they all got professional writing gigs and are on to bigger things!

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  4. Hey guys!!

    Would love some love on my blog! I spice it up with bits and pieces of paintings, poems and short stories with a pinch of dark sparkles!!
    Come say hi if you’ve got a min!

    Much love!! 😏✌

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      1. Hi, and thank you very much! Some advice I received from a writing magazine in a critique was “I wasn’t convinced by the dialogue. Imagine each scene and get in character, then read your dialogue out loud. Better still, read it and record it, then listen back. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you pick up where the dialogue falters.”

        I admit that I haven’t actually done that yet, but I do have my computer read the stories out loud to me, which is a start!

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      2. Yes, it’s from a judge who’s read thousands of stories, so I guess she knows what she’s talking about!

        I also read advice from Sol Stein to read dialogue with a flat voice. That sounds a bit odd, but again, he was a top editor. Good luck anyway!

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  5. I am writing a three part story about my experience being mentally ill in Asia. I was living and traveling alone at the time at 24 years old. I’ve already written parts one and two of three. Find part one at https://birdflight.blog/2017/04/23/mental-chaos-half-across-the-world-part-1-of-3/ . There is a hyperlink to part two in that post, or the part two can be found at the top of my Recent Posts list. I plan to post part three either tomorrow or Wednesday.

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    1. Hello! I don’t know if this is the right way to put it, but, I thoroughly enjoyed reading both parts of your true story. I am looking forward to part 3. Your writing is both cohesive and engaging. It’s good that you are giving an insight into bi polar and the struggles such an illness create – I understand it a bit better. Keep on writing and keep well 🙂

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      1. Thank you so much, Victoria. I do hope you will read part 3 of my Mental chaos half across the world series. I have part of it written, but it will require a lot more work. Part 3 is the most intense part, in my opinion. My time in Thailand was both a wonderful dream and a bit of a nightmare.

        I just responded to one of your posts. The question about healing was something I could relate to so well.

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    1. As someone who has lived a culture completely different from his own, I can see where this woman is coming from. People view NA as a place of obscene wealth, fact of the matter is its all relative (for the most part). High pay comes with high rent and bills. The price of food is sky rocketing. Long gone are the days where a family of 4 eats for $100 a month. Granted, that is better than parts of Africa, but I know what she means where its hard for them to understand. If she said ‘dont spend so much’ they wouldn’t understand. All they know is their African world. They simply dont understand.

      Great post, thought provoking.

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    2. This is a fantastic portrayal of its title. It’s a sad tale, but because it is relevant, it’s also an eye opener and I’m glad you shared it. True/real events and peoples lives that we think about in one way and turn out to be another, makes great reading. Good job 🙂

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      1. chaos-xd — I’m sure your intentions were good, but on questions about the policies of this site, it’s best to wait for someone from the WordPress.com team to weigh in, rather than share information that isn’t correct. In this case, as I stated below, we actually discourage sharing mature content, since we aim to keep this forum welcoming for people of all backgrounds and ages.

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