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  1. Hello everybody, Simon from To Cut a Short Story Short here with my latest flash fiction tale. The past and present collide in Three Lives, just 550 words this tine. I hope you like it!

    https://simonjwood.wordpress.com/2017/12/10/three-lives/

    Also, I have a few promotional codes left for FREE copies of my new audiobooks, To Cut a Short Story Short: 111 Little Stories, the ‘best of my blog’ (up to June 2017), and Bound in Morocco (a short story). If you’d like one, please click the ‘Free Audiobooks!’ link in the ‘recent posts’ sidebar on my blog. That gives you full details of how to obtain and download them. They are both narrated by Angus Freathy, who has done 15 audiobooks to date, and whose ‘voices’ really bring the stories to life!

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    1. Hello Ida, sorry to hear about your health…sometimes I wish we could sit our “health”s down and have a ‘heart to heart’ chat about timing and consideration.
      I’ve read almost all your reviews…great work.

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    1. Omg, my internet is so slow, that I almost gave up on viewing your blog, but I love Scotland and really wanted to see the photographs everyone was raving about! Very nice. Your photography gives such a tranquil feel. My favourite is this: Long exposure at midnight, from Cille Bhrighde, South Uist. Magnificent! I’d gladly hang a print of that in my house! You have a talent!

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    2. You’ve taken some fantastic photographs there! Love the feeling of knowing that they were taken here in Scotland. You could maybe think about getting prints of them made? (if you haven’t already)

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      1. Interesting posts, and brilliant challenge! Liked and commented there.
        Please do visit my blog when time permits. I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on one of my most recent posts, thanks in advance and see you there 🙂

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    1. This is a wonderful post because, honestly, it’s so good to get a positive message to get us back on track. There are so many to choose from that a blog is a perfect place to turn to for suggestions. It’s one of the reasons I visit blogs.

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    2. I think I may give “One-Minute Workout” a try. We did a bit of HIT with my cross country team and I’d love to give this a go!

      My blog is only about six days old and I love how supportive everyone is!

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    3. Wow.. thanks for this Keith! I was not aware that there are so many bestselling self-improvement books in 2017 alone! I liked the way you provided a brief summary along with podcasts of your interviews with the authors. I also appreciate how you have managed to breathe new life into others after the life changing gift from your sister. Anyway, here is my blog, hope you like it: https://abravenewscience.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/realities-the-girl-child-and-retinoblastoma-treatment-in-india/

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      1. Loved your blog, liked and commented there.
        Please do visit my blog when time permits. I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on one of my most recent posts, thanks in advance and see you there! 🙂

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    1. Loved your blog, liked and commented there.
      Please do visit my blog when time permits. I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on one of my most recent posts, thanks in advance and see you there! 🙂

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  2. Hiya swimmers new and old! 😁 Hope each and every one of you had a splendid weekend!

    I run a type of language blog, specially exploring British English words and phrases (with a side order of Irish, Scottish, Australian, and New Zealand) through creating writing! I generally write flash fiction companion pieces to the day’s word; but lately I’ve been exploring the poetry genre. Please come check it out!

    https://britwitblog.wordpress.com

    Now I’m out to the deep end to explore some new blogs. Thanks for stopping in! 💜💫

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    1. Loved your blog, liked and commented there.
      Please do visit my blog when time permits. I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on one of my most recent posts, thanks in advance and see you there! 🙂

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      1. Loved your blog, liked and commented there.
        Please do visit my blog when time permits. I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on one of my most recent posts, thanks in advance and see you there! 🙂

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      1. Loved your blog, liked and commented there!
        Please do visit my blog when time permits. I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on one of my most recent posts, thanks in advance and see you there! 🙂

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    1. Loved it! Left a comment on the blog and you definitely earned a new follower in me. Excited to read more and was happy to see on of your most recent posts under “50 States” was Cleveland, Ohio (my hometown!). Keep writing, your awesome!

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  3. My latest post for my history blog! Would love you to follow 🙂
    Started in September 2016 and finished yesterday! I admit adding 14 photos to look professional was very long winded and took a hell of a lot of editing, even now, I can see where it should be amended further, but the actual writing page on WordPress has the photos perfect, it’s only when you publish they are off centre, etc.
    You will see – I gave up! Enjoy a little bit of Victorian postal history 🙂

    https://historianruby.wordpress.com/2017/12/10/the-victorian-fluted-pillar-box-in-england/

    Liked by 13 people

      1. The plot thickens! I had 2 rows of 3 pics lined up . . .they’ve landed in a V shape. There’s another 3 – 2 vertical (left and right) and then a horizontal one underneath. They have not settled in the correct place. The last 2 have a large gap between the text and photos as in my writing page if I move the text up anymore the text sits partly between the photos!
        Next post back to the usual format of one pic at a time. 🙂

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  4. Happy Monday everyone! In my last post I wrestled with the struggle of daring to hope for change in the midst of difficult situations, dealing with disappointment, and balancing falling back on proper acceptance. Knowing when and how to hope can be so difficult, especially because no one wants to be disappointed… I would love to hear your thoughts about the post! Thanks.
    https://feelingsuicidalblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/to-hope-or-not-to-hope/

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  5. Goooooood Morning and happy swimming WP lovelies!!

    My post for the day is pretty epic. I have written about EVERYTHING you should try to eat when you visit Japan: https://www.awalkandalark.com/japanese-food-guide/

    Although it might be good for people who’d like to order new things at their local Japanese restaurant too. 🙂

    I hope you guys like it!

    I keep thinking of more crazy things to add, so I might do a second post for more adventurous eaters.

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    1. I loved the quote you added, it went along well. only thing I would critique on is making the writing more conversational, its kind of a personal topic something you’d talk to a friend about so making it more conversational I think would make it even more relatable, and more likely to come back to the site.

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      1. Thanks staywoke!
        Are you sure you posted this in the right place? It sounds like a helpful comment, but I didn’t really have any quotes in my post, so I have a feeling this is meant for someone else!?

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    1. Loved your blog, liked and commented there.
      Please do visit my blog when time permits. I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on one of my most recent posts, thanks in advance and see you there! 🙂

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    2. Writing regularly takes time and commitment, so good luck! I read your most recent post, and I suggest adding more images in to break up text. You have subheadings, which helps, but pictures are a bit more visually appealing.
      Happy Blogging!

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    1. Loved your blog, liked and commented there.
      Please do visit my blog when time permits. I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on one of my most recent posts, thanks in advance and see you there! 🙂

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    1. Hi, quick tip. Make sure to put a space after any punctuation, including commas and brackets. I kept getting distracted while reading your post because my eyes kept finding these little things, and I imagine other readers feel the same.

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    1. Couldn’t you make yourself rich by having political power. I sure would try. Also, couldn’t you get political power while being ridiculously rich? Look at all the Hollywood stars and tech giants dabbling in politics.

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    1. Loved your blog, liked and commented there.
      Please do visit my blog when time permits. I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on one of my most recent posts, thanks in advance and see you there! 🙂

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      1. Content is great . . . you’re promoting something crucial. Now when it comes to drawing other bloggers into your site to read your post, like on Community Pool, say a little bit about the post to pique their interest. 🙂

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    1. Loved your blog, liked and commented there.
      Please do visit my blog when time permits. I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on one of my most recent posts, thanks in advance and see you there! 🙂

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      1. Thank you!! I looked at your blog and I love reading a bit recipes from cultures I do not typically hear about. Especially including a background story on the significance of the dishes to the related culture. Your readers get a two for one, a recipe and quick history lesson

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    1. Such a great post. My job takes me into care homes for the elderly and I always make an effort to have a chat. You don’t know their stories and they could have very little visitors and a little communication goes a lot way to cheer someone up 🙂

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    1. Loved your blog, liked and commented there.
      Please do visit my blog when time permits. I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on one of my most recent posts, thanks in advance and see you there! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person