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  1. Hello to all the readers and writers out here!

    Poetry has always helped me understand my own beliefs and feelings better. It has always helped me portray the strongest of feelings in their best forms.

    I recently wrote a poem which talks about winter! Let me know what you think about it!

    Here’s the link:

    https://thescribblingssite.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/a-darkened-spectre/

    Also, do you like to write/read poems? Let me know if you do!

    Would be glad to receive feedbacks!

    With love,

    Meher

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  2. Hello everybody, Simon from To Cut a Short Story Short here with my latest ‘flash fiction’ post (1300 words). A missile is going to land on your house in 20 minutes’ time. What do you do?!

    https://simonjwood.wordpress.com/2017/12/15/cruising-down-the-river/

    Also, there are just 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). They are both narrated by Angus Freathy. If you’d like one whilst still available, 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.

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  3. Good day to all my fellow swimmers/waders/divers,
    Today, marks nine months on the road crisscrossing America, in search of…!
    The weeks have flown by, generating so much fodder for pictures and words.
    Last week was unusual for its highs and lows, which I attempted to convey in my posts.
    A visit with Dad on his 93rd birthday proved melancholy and bittersweet:
    https://streamingthruamerica.com/2017/12/15/happy-birthday-dad/
    So I decided to lighten up and have some fun with a hike of a different kind:
    https://streamingthruamerica.com/2017/12/16/top-of-the-world/
    As always, your comments mean the world to me.

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      1. Your blog is perfect for aspiring bikers. It shows how much there is to see on 2 wheels. For now, I will stick to biking in the summer in perfect weather conditions on paved roads. Hahah. But you are definitely someone to look up to in the future.

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    1. Your blog is informative, inspirational and brings the US to life. I am South African married to an American and we have always said that when we retire, we will travel the width and breadth of America. I think we will follow in your footsteps.
      You write beautifully and your photos really capture the essence of your words.

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      1. I’m delighted to have you along as we search for the special in an especially diverse landscape across my country. There is no higher compliment than your recognition of my work, for if it informs and inspires you, then I have made the ultimate connection, and for that I am grateful. It’s a pleasure to have you as a reader. Good luck and good health in the coming year and in your future retirement.

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    1. Wow, that is an interesting story, Ida, a turning point in your life. He could have accepted your e-mail decision, I guess, and things would have turned out very different perhaps. The last paragraph was intriguing.

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      1. Thank you! I’m so glad he didn’t. I can be very stubborn and inflexible at times, but luckily he can be even more stubborn. He also knows how to remind me that my feelings are important; that sometimes the reasonable thing to do is *not* the right thing to do…

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  4. I love meaningful abstracts and also create some(not necessarily meaningful). This virtual space is going to be filled with articles on random topics (mostly unrelatable or out of any living person’s concern) and in case I am feeling a bit too artistic, then you may be able to witness some poetry too(not necessarily bounded by the rhymes). Anyways don’t bind yourself with any expectations.
    Here is link to my latest post:
    https://dvthapa.wordpress.com/2017/12/07/castle-of-lost-war/
    Please review my blog here!!

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  5. How’s everyone’s Monday going so far? Swimmingly I hope! 😅😁

    I run a creative writing blog with daily posts, specifically about the British English language. Basically I post a word or phrase of the day, define it, and give an example. Unlike any dictionary definitions, my “examples” are the creative writing bits and are all original content.

    Today I’ve started a new mini series. It’s a twist on superpowers.

    https://britwitblog.wordpress.com

    Now I’m off to swim around and see everyone else’s blogs! All the best! 💫

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    1. I was wondering why I couldn’t comment too (with a similar reaction… “nooo”)

      I loved this post. I left you a comment on your blog. 😀

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    1. So interesting! Not a style of blog I thought I might be interested in, when I started reading I was attached to the tadpoles and wanted to watch them grow! Thanks for sharing

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    1. I like your approach. I have never made formal resolutions for the New Year. I just make realistic challenges to myself, and usually in relation to the previous year. For example, this year I did not see much live music, so I want to change that for next year. It seems more realistic than ‘Lose 10 lbs, take up skydiving, write a novel…
      PS, nice blog by the way.

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    2. Great blog! I just finished making my New Years resolutions as well! Not something I usually do either but I figured I’d take the time to write down exactly what I want to work on and all of my goals I need to achieve! I went ahead and followed you😇

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  6. Hi all!
I hope you had a great weekend.
For those of you I know, I look forward to seeing what you have to share today : )
For those who I don’t, I can’t wait to see what stories you have to tell! I myself write short fiction, draw, and ramble occasionally.
Here is a flash fiction piece I wrote this week based on a dream and a drawing I made of my husband and I as Harry Potter characters which I tried digitally:
https://thestoryaddict.blog/2017/12/16/fear-fire/
https://thestoryaddict.blog/2017/12/15/weekend-doodles-melanie-a-gene-harry-potter-edition/


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  7. Hello Everyone,

    This community is becoming an increasingly important part of my life. With that in mind (and whether or not you’re celebrating anything in particular over the next couple of weeks) – I’d like to wish you all the best over the forthcoming festivities – and I hope you all have a great year in 2018.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and thanks for all your feedback. Here’s an old post – showing one of the best contemporary buildings I’ve ever visited.

    https://dynamicstasis.blog/2017/06/09/the-casa-das-mudas/

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  8. Looks like it’s a small class for us in the pool today! Hi, all!

    I’m soliciting feedback on the re-blog. I’ve been so busy with work, I haven’t had time to post much of my own stuff. However, I think there’s merit in setting up a reblog with a mini essay. Here’s my latest in the reblog introductory essay genre. What do you think?

    https://rustbeltgirlblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/14/re-post-from-belt-magazine-and-musings-from-a-would-be-do-er/

    I’d love feedback, and will be happy to check out your posts, too! Happy swimming. ~Rust Belt Girl (Rebecca)

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      1. Checked out your site, too. So nice– really great pics and advice. Especially important to take care of our skin this time of year. And I do forget about my hands, which really do show age if not taken care of! Thanks–I needed a little self-care in my Reader. I’m following!

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    1. I.LOVED.YOUR.POST!!!!!! ♥️🎉 really, can’t say enough about it! (I also have a favorite mini series I write on my blog where the little girl character’s name is Zoey and learning your daughter’s name made me smile! Random info, I know!) I can’t wait to explore more of your blog. How I’ve managed to not stumble upon your work prior to this moment, I DONT KNOW; but I plan on rectifying it! Thanks again! 😄

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  9. To the men in blogosphere:

    Have an incredible idea or a desire to make a difference? Make it happen!
    Check out today’s Manhood Monday post: How to set good goals. (2 min read time)
    https://wp.me/p876wZ-UN

    Excerpt:
    “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” -Andrew Carnegie

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  10. Hello!
    I love to read! Apart from writing poems and my reveries, I also write book reviews and other bookish stuffs. I recently posted a spoiler-free review for my favourite book- Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen! I would love to know what you think about it!

    Here’s the link:
    https://thescribblingssite.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/bustle-bout-books-book-review-pride-and-prejudice-by-jane-austen/

    Have you read the book? If not, would you like to read it now? Let me know about it!
    With love,
    Meher

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      1. Oh, I can totally get you!
        I haven’t yet read any modern retellings of Pride And Prejudice but, I do want to read Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange. And, have you heard about Pride And Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith?! Well, that’s probably one book I surely want to get my hands on!

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    1. Good for you–a well-done collaborative site. Since you’re homeschoolers, I’ll be interested to see how that impacts your experience as learners. As far as blogging advice, I can only say that the “Pool” is a great place to start. Be sure to chime in here, connect, and discover new followers and followees. It’s really all about connecting–and it’s a lot of fun!

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