400 followers, 400 great posts!

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It doesn’t seem very long ago that I wrote excitedly to a friend, to tell them that I had fifty followers! Now, just over 18 months after starting my blog, the number is over 400!

So, thank you very much to all those who have followed my blog, To Cut a Short Story Short, a site where I feature my ‘flash fiction’ tales.

A number of followers regularly ‘like’ and/or comment on my stories, so a very sincere ‘thank you’ to those people, I really do appreciate it.

When I receive an e-mail about a new follower there is a list of three posts they’ve made (unless it’s a brand new blog). So, to celebrate having reached 400 followers, I’ve picked the most intriguing-sounding of the three posts for each follower and listed them below, both by follower and by date followed. Please note that the links are as per the date of the ‘follow.’

Where there were no posts listed for a particular follower, I’ve given a link to their website, where they may well have subsequently posted. Please note that I haven’t checked every link, so apologies if they don’t all work.

If you are a follower and have an alternative link you’d prefer, then please let me know via my contact page and I’ll be pleased to change it.

So I hope you will find this a fascinating resource, and please feel free to share it!

Please note that the links column may not appear if viewed on a phone. The tables are best viewed on a tablet or computer.

Best wishes, Simon.

1, By follower name

2. By follower date (ascending order)

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Followers by name:-

follower

date

link

1

‘Deleted’

14/11/2016

Tip of the day

2

365daysofkindness

25/08/2016

Blog post title

3

3sistersabroad

05/12/2016

Paris – Tour of the City

4

A.M. Sanders

20/07/2017

Maverick: Chilean Resistance Fighter

5

Aak fictionspawn

04/12/2016

The End of Days

6

AATIF

16/09/2017

promote your poetry blog with us

7

Abbie Lu

27/11/2017

Quick Getaway Reads

8

ActressInReality

10/07/2017

Ocean in Reality

9

addie north

15/11/2016

Life on the Island… So Far

10

adityabhartiyamathur

21/11/2016

An advice for aspiring authors

11

AggieSoon

01/06/2017

Don’t burn that piano. Not yet.

12

Akhil Sreedhar

11/09/2017

Friends with benefits

13

Alex Kolaczek

11/12/2017

Wake Up and Smell The Stench of Humanity

14

alexandranicolesmith

22/07/2017

Who do YOU say I am?

15

Alexis Chateau

22/08/2016

A Year of Blogging on WordPress: What I Learned

16

AlittleBitof’SoMuchOfMe’

23/08/2017

Human Being

17

allfiveinone

24/02/2017

Me and the grass

18

amaan2017225

30/01/2017

So.. if I had a Dragon..

19

amanda

05/02/2018

PanOptic Voices

20

amber

18/01/2018

The Journey Begins

21

amberreneerussell

10/09/2016

The Big Scary Scale

22

Ancient Beauty

06/03/2017

Best Known Indian Beauty Secret and More

23

Angie

02/09/2017

The Old Green Singers

24

Anna

21/11/2016

An Ode to Halloween

25

anniebaruah

14/11/2016

Bumla & Sungstar lake

26

Anu’s Creative Journey

17/10/2016

Achieving, Right or Wrong!!

27

Anuj !

06/02/2018

Hit Me Up.

28

anuragbakhshi

13/11/2017

My Best Friend’s Murder

29

apocketfullofwanderlust

17/07/2017

Game: what is the weirdest thing you’ve ever done during a trip?

30

April FL

02/10/2016

Funny Text Messages (Wrong Person)

31

Aquileana

20/07/2017

Psicoanálisis: Sigmund Freud: “Complejo de Edipo no Resuelto y Homosexualidad”.-

32

Arrowhead Freelance and Publishing

06/02/2018

Nauru: The World’s Least Visited Country. — The Wakaholic

33

Ashutosh Gursale

24/01/2017

About the Fables

34

ashutoshrg

17/04/2017

Writing Tips #5(First Person/ Second Person/ Third Person Narrative)

35

askriverbed

03/10/2016

Dream a Better Dream

36

Asra

01/11/2017

THE ANTI-CAT BRIGADE IN EVERY CAT PERSON’S LIFE

37

Author Mikki Noble

16/11/2017

The Car Ate My Key!

38

authorsinspirations

28/07/2017

Oh, humble, hubristic blogger

39

Ayesha

23/01/2017

Big lad 

40

AZ Pascoe

09/09/2016

The Truth About Rehab

41

bad301

28/01/2017

341 days, 4 hours, 38 minutes ago…

42

bahmanmalwan

13/09/2017

Musa on the brink

43

Bare Nights

22/06/2017

Hens Night Ideas Melbourne | Hens Night Packages – Bare Nights

44

Beach Books

27/01/2017

no website

45

Becca Barracuda

16/01/2017

The Lawful Brothel: Creating Sad Boys Since 2008

46

beerenitynowdoug

23/01/2017

Man things…

47

belikewaterproduction

04/09/2016

Blonde Bombshell Courtney Stodden- HOT or NOT?

48

Bernadette Otieno

17/11/2016

Bedtime Stories – Urban Kenyan Style (PART I)

49

bethanjonessite

09/01/2018

flower drawings

50

Bhavana Jha

27/02/2017

You’re Beautiful

51

Bildhauer

09/02/2018

http://austrianbildhauer.wordpress.com/

52

birgundemba

28/08/2017

Geri döndüm ! // Yeni kararım – I am back ! // My new decision 

53

bittmordant

06/07/2017

Too good tbt

54

BlookUp

21/07/2017

Interview : Visitez le Chili en livre avec Mathieu !

55

booandlittleman

26/07/2017

Normon in Disgrace

56

bookishendeavors

01/05/2017

Fangirl

57

Books n All

14/08/2017

Books n All Book Promotions – About

58

braveandrecklessblog

21/11/2016

Bodies in Rest and Motion                  October 28, 2016

59

Bryntin

29/09/2017

Abdullahi Muhammed follows me

60

burtonhebron

11/05/2017

About

61

Butterbee

17/07/2017

One body , One soul and Double Role !!

62

calebhintonblog

21/08/2017

The Aokigahara Forest

63

camille2800

05/01/2018

no website

64

Cari

15/05/2017

Wander, Wander…

65

Carol J Forrester

10/10/2016

A Call For Guest Post Writers!

66

Carrie Villarreal

28/11/2016

A Wintered Heart

67

cathreignn

02/01/2018

no website

68

Chaudron Consulting

20/05/2017

The Bully Pulpit: The Customer Isn’t Always Right

69

ChloeAshWriting

08/05/2017

The Apprentice

70

Chris

17/04/2017

Please Don’t Tell My Momma, This Ain’t Marijuana

71

Christina Lydia

20/09/2016

Bell Hooks’s Response: What Makes Beyoncé’s Lemonade A Strong Topic For This Generation’s Feminists?

72

cimarocks.com

22/05/2017

https://cimarocks.com/

73

Claire

03/07/2017

Crappy Ramen Secrets, Okonomiyaki by Stove Light, & A New Poem

74

claireklingmarieME

09/12/2017

U Prince Series

75

Claudiu Lodromanean

10/02/2018

https://lodro.gallery/

76

clintnixwood

10/07/2017

‘Sea of Diamonds’: A Mover’s Story

77

confabler

23/09/2016

I’ll meet you behind closed eyes

78

consideringcoldcases

13/09/2017

Dorothy Jane Scott: Killed by Mystery Stalker who Taunted her Family for Years Afterward

79

Cooperate Headquarters

08/11/2017

Brainstorming with professionals

80

Cristian Mihai

23/08/2017

What I learned in five years of blogging

81

crystalamayy

05/02/2017

Tree with an open wound.

82

cureonlinepahrmacy

30/12/2017

Ativan 2mg online at cureonlinepharmacy.com

83

Damyanti Biswas

26/09/2016

#InternationalWomensDay Pisses Me Off ! Here’s Why.  #WhatWomenWant

84

Darie.T

29/05/2017

The hostess with the mostest

85

Deepika

17/10/2016

Adulthood Of A Child

86

delaneyr10

24/01/2018

Movie of the Month: The Greatest Showman

87

delicatefighter

05/12/2017

4 surefire ways to achieve your resolutions.

88

dianedeexclana

25/11/2017

Attempting to bark in a Doggy Dog world.

89

diannedodson

15/07/2017

Dianne Dodson Editing First Book Excitement

90

diaryoftheghost

02/01/2017

https://diaryoftheghost.wordpress.com/

91

Didi Oviatt – Author

10/08/2017

Supportive Bloggers, 1st poem

92

Diganta Misra

15/05/2017

Of Shadows and Xenodochy

93

Dire_diarist

13/10/2017

Book review #1 : Who moved my cheese?

94

DirtySciFiBuddha

26/08/2016

Echo Chapter 1

95

Divya Gupta

12/02/2017

Dark is the new bright.

96

dogslegs

08/11/2016

29. How dangerous are Vietnam’s roads?

97

domainworldtower

05/05/2017

Waterford Designers: Jo Sampson

98

Dominik

03/09/2016

Dwayne Johnson Wraps Filming on ‘Fast 8’; Starts Playing ‘Jumanji’ in Two Weeks

99

Dr. Joseph Suglia

24/01/2017

AGAINST “BIZARRO” FICTION

100

echoliteraryjournal

11/08/2017

Welcome to “echo literary journal” blog

101

Ed A. Murray

13/08/2017

We could all learn from Jim Harrison

102

Ed Black

19/01/2018

The Dreaded Journey to Uganda. Part #1

103

editorbtglass

08/01/2018

WHO IS AMANDA?

104

efidon

03/09/2016

Blog

105

ehsanalikhan

27/01/2018

First blog post

106

elbycloud

27/09/2017

Ditto

107

Eliza

18/07/2017

Book Review : The Art of Piano Fingering

108

ellenbest24

16/09/2017

The End of Summer.

109

elonjlerlow

01/08/2017

http://wealthyimagination.wordpress.com/

110

EluminoraCreations

19/12/2017

http://eluminoracreations.wordpress.com/

111

Emily Raper

29/01/2018

A Short Story, Ask My Imagination About Labor Day

112

Essen

16/01/2018

White page

113

estellalynch

17/04/2017

Thank you! My Black Cat Blue Sea Award

114

eternalwakingbeauties

24/05/2017

Embrace Your Gifts

115

Evelina Di Lauro

04/03/2017

Tilt

116

evenburntwoodfloats

26/09/2016

Gravity and Me

117

everydaystrangeblog

08/01/2018

Strange Wednesdays: Turning Schemes into Actuality

118

everythingsouthbound

22/09/2017

Top 10 Movies of All Time

119

existentialtableau

23/02/2018

Existential Tableau

120

Eyes Straight Ahead (Shell Vera)

27/09/2017

I Already Am…

121

Flash-365

24/12/2016

The Big Beautiful Cock

122

flaw rainlight

14/06/2017

Wait. What’s this?

123

Fragments of Fiction

08/06/2017

I am Unmoored

124

Fred Rock

27/09/2016

Friday Fictioneers – Grandma and Teddy – Short Short Story

125

future advocate shubham modi

01/02/2017

General laws rules whose knowledge should be must for all people.                     

126

G D

15/11/2017

Adam: Essence of Time

127

Gabe Burkhardt

14/02/2017

(Almost) Unsalvageable

128

gabigraceblog

05/04/2017

Tumbling with rattlesnakes…

129

Ganesh [ Bhaalchandra] Dabhole

18/11/2016

Personal Memoranda

130

Gastradamus

08/08/2017

Purge brings Bubba back from the dead

131

Gayle Marie

04/10/2016

In Plain Sight

132

geelayo

01/05/2017

Yellow

133

genorainfotech6

17/07/2017

Want To Create An App? App Developing Companies Are Your Solution!

134

Girl711

07/03/2017

….but i won’t. 

135

gnarlyshanti

10/07/2017

The Homeless on Happiness – Pt 2 – Jack

136

godboyisdead

28/06/2017

panoptes

137

hannahway

03/10/2016

Summer Holiday☀️

138

harshita29

21/06/2017

For Dad…

139

Heath Lympaney

24/01/2017

Are You Average?

140

Henrietta Watson

03/02/2017

Repurpose

141

Her Chubby Talks

09/09/2017

http://herchubbytalks.wordpress.com/

142

hi

21/11/2016

Fear

143

His Perfect Timing

18/11/2017

Tell Me Something Good Monday – the Beauty of Darkness

144

hiteshmk

03/07/2017

#3 The New Girl

145

Hoodlum Gray

27/11/2017

UpChuck

146

howtoraiseanadult

18/09/2017

The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep.

147

Humanity Lives On

24/10/2016

Talk #02: Surviving or Living?

148

Iain Kelly

09/01/2017

A COG IN THE MACHINE

149

IAmMe

04/04/2017

My Birthday

150

illuminatiofficail

27/01/2018

http://illuminatiofficail.wordpress.com/

151

ilovetobeinvisible

03/07/2017

Symphony of Nature

152

Imani-Amour

15/08/2017

Share Your Own Work + Get Feedback

153

Imran Saeed

06/10/2017

Microfiction Monday #7: The New Trend Kills.

154

inkspiredng

06/08/2017

SILENT RUST

155

irinaaleksandrova

09/10/2017

Poem 24: How I embraced solitude 

156

irumismail

19/06/2017

 UNPARENTING

157

J. A. Allen

24/05/2017

8 Things You Must Do BEFORE Buckling Down to Write that Novel

158

J. E.

31/01/2017

All I Have Asked, I Have Been Given

159

J. Evan Ramos

12/02/2018

Technology Woes

160

J.C. Wolfe

31/01/2017

If I Had Wings

161

Jade M. Wong

05/06/2017

Weekend Coffee Share: The One Where I Start Again

162

jahdielsimon

05/01/2018

(IYANGA) DEFINING BEAUTY….. A MUST READ FOR EVERY AFRICAN WOMAN

163

jaipureader

26/02/2018

Sunday Book Review: The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo

164

James Munro

25/05/2017

Maybe you are actually something special.

165

janowrite

05/08/2017

About Ghosts and Things that Go Bump

166

jaymoorestah

02/01/2018

Hopeful without hope

167

jburton227

04/02/2017

Prices

168

jedi dad

11/12/2017

Meditation poem series: #2

169

jessicaannebreisnes

23/08/2017

If You don’t have Anything Nice to Say…

170

Jessie’s Crafty Quilling

05/03/2018

Mistakes happen and how I fix them

171

Joanne Mulley

03/04/2017

Malala Yousafzai

172

Jon Yolo

29/01/2018

What I Wish My College Advisor Told Me Before Becoming a Finance Major

173

josepgoded

01/03/2017

Netanyahu: The Criminal Who Is Still Free

174

josypheen

18/09/2017

Cycling in Vancouver

175

jrusoloward

09/02/2017

My Adventures in People Watching:  Breaking all the Rules by Making Eye Contact and Talking to Strangers

176

JugglingTheJenkins

09/04/2017

120 Days In-My Time In Jail.  Chapter #16.

177

Jussi Laasonen

19/12/2016

Making a simple adventure game with App Inventor

178

justaplatypus

17/04/2017

Murakami for Beginners: My Take on Birthday Girl

179

justasimplegirl26

27/09/2017

no website

180

k2ktails2

07/03/2017

https://k2ktails2.wordpress.com/

181

Karen W.

20/11/2017

Halloween Unmasking

182

karna

27/01/2017

For Grad

183

katd28

29/12/2016

PT is life

184

Katie H

12/12/2016

no website

185

KavaraStories

12/09/2016

Tied with Bayknot 

186

Kenyan Miss.

26/11/2017

Daddy Issues .

187

Kerine Wint

27/02/2017

Talking Sex with ShanBoody [Inspiration District]

188

khabar7

23/02/2018

Ghaziabad News

189

ki

03/10/2016

dawn

190

King Pan

19/02/2018

About :  History of King Panwars

191

Kiran Âthrey

15/01/2018

Traveling with the time

192

kkatch22

28/02/2018

I Was “Catfished”

193

kristin miller

30/11/2016

The Outdoor Kitchen/Bath: Every mother’s wet dream

194

L. A. Vockins

15/06/2017

Inspiring Quotes For Writers

195

Lady Inkling

08/07/2017

Happiness is you !!

196

Lashini

16/12/2017

The day I reached 20 followers and Robin Sharma responded to my art!

197

LdG luciledegodoy

20/09/2017

Why do I Write? 

198

Lebana

06/09/2017

Chased by the Waves

199

lexiebrookeblog

23/08/2017

How Harry Potter Saved My Life

200

Liam

04/12/2017

The Indigo Bar – Day 1

201

lif3slittlethings

05/03/2018

How to stop caring what others think

202

lifecatetal

10/02/2018

Before,There was Just a Girl With No Cat

203

lifepunchesback

06/11/2017

My Husband the Maid

204

linh13

05/11/2017

School, life, and controversies (2): Rules are created to be broken??

205

LittleFears

03/02/2017

The Little Fears

206

lizzylizabeth

29/04/2017

Swerrt- it’s what you don’t say

207

Lochan

30/11/2016

Bad Habits die hard…

208

LOGO DESIGN

22/01/2018

http://fu9club.wordpress.com/

209

lookingforbritain

20/02/2018

THE LATE NIGHT SHOWING

210

Lorna

07/07/2017

10 Things I’ve Learned in 7 Years of Blogging

211

Lou

12/10/2016

Trying to think of something to say

212

Lourrey Saflor

03/06/2017

Ten European Towns That Captured My Heart

213

Luke Atkins

20/09/2016

How to Make Your Blog Famous

214

M. Avery

16/11/2017

Hello

215

M. R. Gavin

17/01/2018

11/22/63 Review

216

Madekesiworld

02/01/2018

No longer followers or subscribers, just family

217

magicquill17

16/08/2017

Sleepless nights- A Conversation with my brain

218

Mahika

28/11/2017

An Eternal Polyseme

219

Makayla Nielson

11/10/2016

Ancestor Photos & Stories

220

Malaika

10/01/2017

New Year, Same Me

221

Manisha

29/05/2017

Thunderstorm and magic 

222

manishasingh14

21/02/2018

http://wonderfulday14.wordpress.com/

223

Maria Klug

02/11/2017

http://maria90266.wordpress.com/

224

Marigold blooms…

11/09/2016

Castle Peephole

225

Mark Leiker

11/02/2018

What to do when you just don’t know what you should be doing…

226

Mary M-D

11/02/2017

Nice Things

227

Matt

31/03/2017

Changing Perspectives; Mind over Money Part 1

228

Matthew

11/04/2017

Writer, Rulebreaker, Homewrecker: The Many Faces of Hank Moody

229

meetmeinnevada

03/10/2016

What Do You Call a Friend Whom You Are No Longer Friends With?

230

Melanie Gabrell

16/01/2018

Doodles- Hermione Granger

231

Melting Ice Towers

15/05/2017

BRUNT:  THE PIMP’in VOYAGE

232

meredithinks

14/07/2017

Cactus

233

midnightmusings2065

08/03/2017

#1 Let me be 

234

milieux01

28/08/2017

Khutulun: It’s normal to be a badass girl

235

Miri Elm

10/11/2017

Because You Let Me

236

miscellaneousthoughts08

18/12/2017

http://miscellaneousthoughtsdotcodotin.wordpress.com/

237

Mohamad Al Karbi

28/04/2017

Home is where the heart is.

238

Moosmosis

28/08/2017

http://moosmosis.wordpress.com/

239

Mozalfa Ilyas

20/01/2017

Blackpool, Family and Rock

240

Mr.X

27/09/2016

Up all Night to get (Un)Lucky

241

mroseberry6

18/12/2017

Garden art is a nice addition to any garden

242

msarora

22/11/2017

Come… fall in love

243

munabanana

01/01/2018

To everyone I walked away from…

244

Muskaan Aga Khan

29/01/2018

 YEAR’S EVE’ 2k18

245

Muthu

04/10/2016

Learning to un

246

mydaisydaze

02/01/2018

Does your village know you love them?

247

Naaria

05/12/2016

Relax

248

nadiaharhash

05/12/2017

يا ستي يا ختيارةيا زينة كل الحارة

249

Nadine Banna

05/04/2017

The definition of Love

250

namingmyvoice

26/02/2018

LETTER TO LITTLE ME

251

nataliemath

04/05/2017

https://nataliemath.wordpress.com/

252

natalieslovelyblog

27/08/2016

100 Things To Do If You’re Sad

253

Người Đến Từ Bình Dương

15/04/2017

Lịch sử và truyền thuyết về tổ Bồ Đề Đạt Ma

254

Nicholas K. Jaynes

22/01/2018

My First Blog and what is planned

255

Nicole

19/12/2016

rory sucks

256

nijah52

05/01/2018

Holiday Rocky Road Pudding!!

257

nikolainukomet

19/07/2017

https://nikolainukomet.wordpress.com/

258

Nis

17/02/2018

carnival

259

Niveditha Prabhakar

02/01/2018

The power to make them powerless.

260

nomaddernomadder

08/01/2018

I’m Shocked!

261

Nostalgia Diaries

20/02/2017

Week 3: Find Your Must | Everyday Nostalgia

262

nuacras

10/07/2017

At My Funeral

263

Nusrath Sariffo’deen

24/05/2017

Icebreaker

264

NuStrength Personal Training

26/01/2017

Group Training Holland Park – Groups and Nutrition Coaching | NuStrength

265

O

15/10/2016

Story Time: Abattoir (Part 1)

266

Off The Grid Life

07/09/2017

Shipping Container Chop Chop

267

Oriyomi Isaac

08/01/2018

Lucky’s Amazing Story

268

outdoorexplorer

24/08/2017

Tanegashima

269

Patla Manob

29/11/2016

মিশন অফ ব্যাকমাইক্রো ফিকশন

270

Patric

09/05/2017

British Table: A New Look at the Traditional Cooking of England, Scotland, and Wales

271

Peace Kathure

06/04/2017

Blue 

272

Pearl

26/07/2017

My First blog post

273

pearlsandgrit

26/02/2018

Make a House Your Home in 5 Easy Steps

274

pearsonfiction

31/10/2017

Graham Graft – The Stone Man

275

Penny Pinkerton

30/08/2017

Imaginary Dream

276

petoilin

10/12/2017

Without her

277

Pinakin

10/01/2017

Twitter wars – The Dirty Dozens

278

Pooja Thapliyal

17/07/2017

Beauty ?

279

poojaparkash

23/08/2017

http://poojaparkash.wordpress.com/

280

poorvikhare

31/01/2017

So, you are just a mum!!

281

primefitnessweb

10/11/2016

no website

282

princemcadams

11/12/2017

Conscious Entertainment Presents

283

Putting the Dog to Sleep

31/10/2017

LEAF EULOGY

284

Q I U Δ

17/11/2016

Nightfall

285

questingauthor

03/10/2016

“A Price for Dead Men” Part 1

286

R.D. Maya

22/12/2016

Tragedy: part one of the Cafe Journals

287

rahimsuleiman

17/11/2016

https://rahimabookies.wordpress.com/

288

Ramon

28/06/2017

http://ramonopoly.wordpress.com/

289

Random litte things

17/07/2017

My Journey through Books.

290

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296

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299

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303

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304

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305

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312

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314

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315

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316

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317

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318

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319

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327

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30/05/2017

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328

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329

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26/08/2016

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330

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331

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23/08/2017

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334

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336

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337

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338

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339

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351

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357

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358

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360

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367

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378

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379

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381

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388

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389

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390

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394

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08/11/2017

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401

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405

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407

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408

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23/11/2017

You Should Be Dancin’, Yeah

410

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29/09/2017

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411

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The Blue Sky Tag

412

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414

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07/06/2017

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415

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416

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A LETTER TO THE DOPEST FIFTEEN YEAR OLD I’VE KNOWN. (Somewhat)

417

Zainab Hashmi

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28

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03/10/2016

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46

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47

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48

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49

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56

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79

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91

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99

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100

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101

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102

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104

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110

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114

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117

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120

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121

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122

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123

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124

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125

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126

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127

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128

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129

stateofbiafra

20/03/2017

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130

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20/03/2017

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131

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132

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133

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134

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135

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136

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137

gabigraceblog

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138

Nadine Banna

05/04/2017

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139

Peace Kathure

06/04/2017

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140

JugglingTheJenkins

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141

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142

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143

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144

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145

S J Kearney

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146

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17/04/2017

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147

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Please Don’t Tell My Momma, This Ain’t Marijuana

148

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149

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150

romanbuffalo

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151

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152

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154

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155

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156

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157

nataliemath

04/05/2017

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158

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159

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160

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161

Sherina Harris

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162

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163

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164

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166

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167

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168

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169

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170

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174

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176

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177

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178

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Text is Dead

179

tnkerr

29/05/2017

Ghostly Ship With A Spectral Crew

180

SmileAwhile242

30/05/2017

Dear Canada, Can We Please Discuss Poutine?

181

AggieSoon

01/06/2017

Don’t burn that piano. Not yet.

182

Victoria

02/06/2017

Taxidermy

183

Lourrey Saflor

03/06/2017

Ten European Towns That Captured My Heart

184

Jade M. Wong

05/06/2017

Weekend Coffee Share: The One Where I Start Again

185

Yamini

07/06/2017

My Unwanted Love

186

Fragments of Fiction

08/06/2017

I am Unmoored

187

Richard Klu

09/06/2017

Who are the Cenobites

188

UNLIMBITED TREE SERVICE, INC.

11/06/2017

Tree Service Ellicott City – Professional, Expert, Tree Removal Company

189

Thomas Kønig

12/06/2017

A Letter to My Hypothetical Daughter: Why We Broke the World

190

flaw rainlight

14/06/2017

Wait. What’s this?

191

L. A. Vockins

15/06/2017

Inspiring Quotes For Writers

192

trustmeifucan

16/06/2017

Review-Sita by Amish 

193

irumismail

19/06/2017

 UNPARENTING

194

thelonelyreaderblog

19/06/2017

BEYOND THE TREE’S – THE GHOST

195

harshita29

21/06/2017

For Dad…

196

Bare Nights

22/06/2017

Hens Night Ideas Melbourne | Hens Night Packages – Bare Nights

197

throughthecolouredglass

24/06/2017

Life in a Moment

198

godboyisdead

28/06/2017

panoptes

199

Ramon

28/06/2017

http://ramonopoly.wordpress.com/

200

Claire

03/07/2017

Crappy Ramen Secrets, Okonomiyaki by Stove Light, & A New Poem

201

hiteshmk

03/07/2017

#3 The New Girl

202

ilovetobeinvisible

03/07/2017

Symphony of Nature

203

sneha

03/07/2017

Being her. 

204

theloyalbritwit

03/07/2017

Carrier bag

205

smackamusements

04/07/2017

Mechanical Bull Hire Brisbane: The most Unmissable fun Component for your Kid’s Party

206

Yoly

04/07/2017

Racing through Life

207

bittmordant

06/07/2017

Too good tbt

208

Lorna

07/07/2017

10 Things I’ve Learned in 7 Years of Blogging

209

shannonblackwater

07/07/2017

Welcome

210

Lady Inkling

08/07/2017

Happiness is you !!

211

Savanna Shirk

09/07/2017

Beneath the Surface

212

ActressInReality

10/07/2017

Ocean in Reality

213

clintnixwood

10/07/2017

‘Sea of Diamonds’: A Mover’s Story

214

gnarlyshanti

10/07/2017

The Homeless on Happiness – Pt 2 – Jack

215

nuacras

10/07/2017

At My Funeral

216

The Shining Gem

13/07/2017

Why I believe in reincarnation

217

meredithinks

14/07/2017

Cactus

218

diannedodson

15/07/2017

Dianne Dodson Editing First Book Excitement

219

apocketfullofwanderlust

17/07/2017

Game: what is the weirdest thing you’ve ever done during a trip?

220

Butterbee

17/07/2017

One body , One soul and Double Role !!

221

genorainfotech6

17/07/2017

Want To Create An App? App Developing Companies Are Your Solution!

222

Pooja Thapliyal

17/07/2017

Beauty ?

223

Random litte things

17/07/2017

My Journey through Books.

224

Eliza

18/07/2017

Book Review : The Art of Piano Fingering

225

nikolainukomet

19/07/2017

https://nikolainukomet.wordpress.com/

226

A.M. Sanders

20/07/2017

Maverick: Chilean Resistance Fighter

227

Aquileana

20/07/2017

Psicoanálisis: Sigmund Freud: “Complejo de Edipo no Resuelto y Homosexualidad”.-

228

BlookUp

21/07/2017

Interview : Visitez le Chili en livre avec Mathieu !

229

alexandranicolesmith

22/07/2017

Who do YOU say I am?

230

texaslawstudent

23/07/2017

First Year of Law School

231

booandlittleman

26/07/2017

Normon in Disgrace

232

Pearl

26/07/2017

My First blog post

233

authorsinspirations

28/07/2017

Oh, humble, hubristic blogger

234

WarriorTraveller.com

29/07/2017

The Intelligent Traveler.

235

The Wild

30/07/2017

This Is Why You Haven’t Seen A Baby Pigeon

236

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01/08/2017

http://wealthyimagination.wordpress.com/

237

janowrite

05/08/2017

About Ghosts and Things that Go Bump

238

inkspiredng

06/08/2017

SILENT RUST

239

topalto

07/08/2017

https://www.nancyrichy.com/

240

Gastradamus

08/08/2017

Purge brings Bubba back from the dead

241

Didi Oviatt – Author

10/08/2017

Supportive Bloggers, 1st poem

242

echoliteraryjournal

11/08/2017

Welcome to “echo literary journal” blog

243

Ed A. Murray

13/08/2017

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244

Books n All

14/08/2017

Books n All Book Promotions – About

245

Imani-Amour

15/08/2017

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246

magicquill17

16/08/2017

Sleepless nights- A Conversation with my brain

247

twogalsandabook

16/08/2017

Review of The Silent Land, Interview With Author David Dunham, and Giveaway For a Copy of The Silent Land!

248

SimStory

17/08/2017

Chapter 1.0 – New Beginnings

249

Robin Brodrick

18/08/2017

Debt Detox, Take 2

250

calebhintonblog

21/08/2017

The Aokigahara Forest

251

roseviewslife

22/08/2017

EASY TO GO LUNCH IDEAS

252

AlittleBitof’SoMuchOfMe’

23/08/2017

Human Being

253

Cristian Mihai

23/08/2017

What I learned in five years of blogging

254

jessicaannebreisnes

23/08/2017

If You don’t have Anything Nice to Say…

255

lexiebrookeblog

23/08/2017

How Harry Potter Saved My Life

256

poojaparkash

23/08/2017

http://poojaparkash.wordpress.com/

257

Soul On Rice

23/08/2017

The Run-Down

258

Thomas Edmund

23/08/2017

The Great Creative Writing Conspiracy (not really)

259

outdoorexplorer

24/08/2017

Tanegashima

260

vlogrijal

25/08/2017

Mumbai – Beauty and the Beast

261

birgundemba

28/08/2017

Geri döndüm ! // Yeni kararım – I am back ! // My new decision 

262

milieux01

28/08/2017

Khutulun: It’s normal to be a badass girl

263

Moosmosis

28/08/2017

http://moosmosis.wordpress.com/

264

trilli7

28/08/2017

Back to Cancellara

265

Penny Pinkerton

30/08/2017

Imaginary Dream

266

thailegalconsultants

31/08/2017

Civil Case

267

Angie

02/09/2017

The Old Green Singers

268

Lebana

06/09/2017

Chased by the Waves

269

Off The Grid Life

07/09/2017

Shipping Container Chop Chop

270

Her Chubby Talks

09/09/2017

http://herchubbytalks.wordpress.com/

271

Akhil Sreedhar

11/09/2017

Friends with benefits

272

bahmanmalwan

13/09/2017

Musa on the brink

273

consideringcoldcases

13/09/2017

Dorothy Jane Scott: Killed by Mystery Stalker who Taunted her Family for Years Afterward

274

AATIF

16/09/2017

promote your poetry blog with us

275

ellenbest24

16/09/2017

The End of Summer.

276

howtoraiseanadult

18/09/2017

The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep.

277

josypheen

18/09/2017

Cycling in Vancouver

278

sigmund22

18/09/2017

Lunch Break (60 Minutes or less!)

279

vastimbecility

18/09/2017

Frank Created a Black Hole

280

LdG luciledegodoy

20/09/2017

Why do I Write? 

281

Raschael

20/09/2017

Imposter

282

everythingsouthbound

22/09/2017

Top 10 Movies of All Time

283

Sage

22/09/2017

You are not who others say you are

284

thekintsukuroilife

26/09/2017

The End is Near-ish

285

Winta

26/09/2017

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling Japan (for Beginners)

286

elbycloud

27/09/2017

Ditto

287

Eyes Straight Ahead (Shell Vera)

27/09/2017

I Already Am…

288

justasimplegirl26

27/09/2017

no website

289

Bryntin

29/09/2017

Abdullahi Muhammed follows me

290

Wouter D’haese

29/09/2017

Updated Version! How to deal with Social Anxiety?!

291

Whippoorwill

04/10/2017

Love From Beyond episode three

292

Imran Saeed

06/10/2017

Microfiction Monday #7: The New Trend Kills.

293

irinaaleksandrova

09/10/2017

Poem 24: How I embraced solitude 

294

Stuart M. Perkins

11/10/2017

That’s Noody

295

thefictionaflictionaa

11/10/2017

To Tickle A Sitar

296

thehomeplaceweb

11/10/2017

The Vintage Corner

297

theoneonethree

12/10/2017

If I Wasn’t a Celebrity, Would You Still Want to Be With Me?

298

Dire_diarist

13/10/2017

Book review #1 : Who moved my cheese?

299

sasywalia

13/10/2017

A DAY IN MY LIFE

300

Sakshi Gour

16/10/2017

The Pluviophile

301

Severus Snape

16/10/2017

Write Away.

302

wunderlifestyle

16/10/2017

The Forgotten Island

303

Undertones

21/10/2017

Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives – Oh My!

304

ventingthoughtsblog

24/10/2017

The Mystery Blogger Award

305

pearsonfiction

31/10/2017

Graham Graft – The Stone Man

306

Putting the Dog to Sleep

31/10/2017

LEAF EULOGY

307

Asra

01/11/2017

THE ANTI-CAT BRIGADE IN EVERY CAT PERSON’S LIFE

308

Maria Klug

02/11/2017

http://maria90266.wordpress.com/

309

TM

03/11/2017

Reflections: Blog Briefs

310

linh13

05/11/2017

School, life, and controversies (2): Rules are created to be broken??

311

lifepunchesback

06/11/2017

My Husband the Maid

312

short-prose-fiction

06/11/2017

In the last second of your love

313

Cooperate Headquarters

08/11/2017

Brainstorming with professionals

314

veradoku

08/11/2017

http://veradoku.wordpress.com/

315

Miri Elm

10/11/2017

Because You Let Me

316

anuragbakhshi

13/11/2017

My Best Friend’s Murder

317

G D

15/11/2017

Adam: Essence of Time

318

Author Mikki Noble

16/11/2017

The Car Ate My Key!

319

M. Avery

16/11/2017

Hello

320

His Perfect Timing

18/11/2017

Tell Me Something Good Monday – the Beauty of Darkness

321

Karen W.

20/11/2017

Halloween Unmasking

322

msarora

22/11/2017

Come… fall in love

323

Word Guru

23/11/2017

You Should Be Dancin’, Yeah

324

dianedeexclana

25/11/2017

Attempting to bark in a Doggy Dog world.

325

Kenyan Miss.

26/11/2017

Daddy Issues .

326

Abbie Lu

27/11/2017

Quick Getaway Reads

327

Hoodlum Gray

27/11/2017

UpChuck

328

Mahika

28/11/2017

An Eternal Polyseme

329

Liam

04/12/2017

The Indigo Bar – Day 1

330

delicatefighter

05/12/2017

4 surefire ways to achieve your resolutions.

331

nadiaharhash

05/12/2017

يا ستي يا ختيارةيا زينة كل الحارة

332

Sakhi

06/12/2017

GURUDEV’S JUICE AND MY DINNER

333

claireklingmarieME

09/12/2017

U Prince Series

334

petoilin

10/12/2017

Without her

335

Alex Kolaczek

11/12/2017

Wake Up and Smell The Stench of Humanity

336

jedi dad

11/12/2017

Meditation poem series: #2

337

princemcadams

11/12/2017

Conscious Entertainment Presents

338

The Chad

12/12/2017

All Moved In.

339

thestrangerontheroad

12/12/2017

The difference between minimalism and poverty

340

Lashini

16/12/2017

The day I reached 20 followers and Robin Sharma responded to my art!

341

miscellaneousthoughts08

18/12/2017

http://miscellaneousthoughtsdotcodotin.wordpress.com/

342

mroseberry6

18/12/2017

Garden art is a nice addition to any garden

343

wildsoundreview

18/12/2017

Read over 150 short screenplay loglines in 27 genres

344

EluminoraCreations

19/12/2017

http://eluminoracreations.wordpress.com/

345

valkibet

23/12/2017

MATTERS ENVIRONMENT,INTRODUCTION.

346

Rich

26/12/2017

Phenibut and Piracetam: The Charisma Combination

347

ravi

27/12/2017

http://motiv8851739577.wordpress.com/

348

cureonlinepahrmacy

30/12/2017

Ativan 2mg online at cureonlinepharmacy.com

349

munabanana

01/01/2018

To everyone I walked away from…

350

cathreignn

02/01/2018

no website

351

jaymoorestah

02/01/2018

Hopeful without hope

352

Madekesiworld

02/01/2018

No longer followers or subscribers, just family

353

mydaisydaze

02/01/2018

Does your village know you love them?

354

Niveditha Prabhakar

02/01/2018

The power to make them powerless.

355

Svasti Dutta

02/01/2018

Free Falling

356

shabanalam

03/01/2018

http://shabanalam.wordpress.com/

357

camille2800

05/01/2018

no website

358

jahdielsimon

05/01/2018

(IYANGA) DEFINING BEAUTY….. A MUST READ FOR EVERY AFRICAN WOMAN

359

nijah52

05/01/2018

Holiday Rocky Road Pudding!!

360

editorbtglass

08/01/2018

WHO IS AMANDA?

361

everydaystrangeblog

08/01/2018

Strange Wednesdays: Turning Schemes into Actuality

362

nomaddernomadder

08/01/2018

I’m Shocked!

363

Oriyomi Isaac

08/01/2018

Lucky’s Amazing Story

364

Sim

08/01/2018

Good grief! Harmattan is here! 

365

toberead123

08/01/2018

The Apartment

366

bethanjonessite

09/01/2018

flower drawings

367

silvawaiganjo

09/01/2018

Nomadic Sunshine

368

Tim Miller

12/01/2018

Index of New Poets

369

Kiran Âthrey

15/01/2018

Traveling with the time

370

Essen

16/01/2018

White page

371

Melanie Gabrell

16/01/2018

Doodles- Hermione Granger

372

theyeppeunyojareviews

16/01/2018

Book Review : The Tenth Avatar by Dr. Kanchan Joshi

373

Tripti Charan

16/01/2018

Ibis Aerocity

374

M. R. Gavin

17/01/2018

11/22/63 Review

375

amber

18/01/2018

The Journey Begins

376

The Creative-T!

18/01/2018

The Here And Now of Forever And After….

377

Ed Black

19/01/2018

The Dreaded Journey to Uganda. Part #1

378

LOGO DESIGN

22/01/2018

http://fu9club.wordpress.com/

379

Nicholas K. Jaynes

22/01/2018

My First Blog and what is planned

380

Taylor Lyon

23/01/2018

Micro-fiction #1: Flood

381

delaneyr10

24/01/2018

Movie of the Month: The Greatest Showman

382

ehsanalikhan

27/01/2018

First blog post

383

illuminatiofficail

27/01/2018

http://illuminatiofficail.wordpress.com/

384

Emily Raper

29/01/2018

A Short Story, Ask My Imagination About Labor Day

385

Jon Yolo

29/01/2018

What I Wish My College Advisor Told Me Before Becoming a Finance Major

386

Muskaan Aga Khan

29/01/2018

 YEAR’S EVE’ 2k18

387

amanda

05/02/2018

PanOptic Voices

388

Southern Ohio Vaping

05/02/2018

Promise I’m not gone

389

Anuj !

06/02/2018

Hit Me Up.

390

Arrowhead Freelance and Publishing

06/02/2018

Nauru: The World’s Least Visited Country. — The Wakaholic

391

The Pensieve

08/02/2018

99 Luftballons

392

Bildhauer

09/02/2018

http://austrianbildhauer.wordpress.com/

393

ranierabarbisan

09/02/2018

My work

394

Claudiu Lodromanean

10/02/2018

https://lodro.gallery/

395

lifecatetal

10/02/2018

Before,There was Just a Girl With No Cat

396

The Tale-Teller

10/02/2018

Colours

397

Mark Leiker

11/02/2018

What to do when you just don’t know what you should be doing…

398

J. Evan Ramos

12/02/2018

Technology Woes

399

Universe Theyself

15/02/2018

If Your Child Shows Any of These Signs They Are A Natural Born Empath by Simple Capacity

400

Nis

17/02/2018

carnival

401

Zainab Hashmi

18/02/2018

http://prospectivepedagogy.wordpress.com/

402

King Pan

19/02/2018

About :  History of King Panwars

403

lookingforbritain

20/02/2018

THE LATE NIGHT SHOWING

404

manishasingh14

21/02/2018

http://wonderfulday14.wordpress.com/

405

existentialtableau

23/02/2018

Existential Tableau

406

khabar7

23/02/2018

Ghaziabad News

407

sammyjoswritebits

23/02/2018

http://samanthalaight.wordpress.com/

408

jaipureader

26/02/2018

Sunday Book Review: The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo

409

namingmyvoice

26/02/2018

LETTER TO LITTLE ME

410

pearlsandgrit

26/02/2018

Make a House Your Home in 5 Easy Steps

411

the britchy one

26/02/2018

So here we are..

412

kkatch22

28/02/2018

I Was “Catfished”

413

Rina Tim

02/03/2018

Russian Trains Are Legendary… Try One Some Day!

414

storiesyounevertell

02/03/2018

THE EASTERN CHATTERJEE FLOOR

415

Jessie’s Crafty Quilling

05/03/2018

Mistakes happen and how I fix them

416

lif3slittlethings

05/03/2018

How to stop caring what others think

417

thestrongpineapple

07/03/2018

http://thestrongpineappleblog.wordpress.com/

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Comic Tragedy

Monks at Pluscarden Abbey prepare for Christmas

(900 words)

Monastic life had its ups and downs. At first it had been quite exciting, rising at 4.30 in the old Abbey in the summer, seeing mist covering the expansive lawns, whilst a golden glow on the horizon diffused over the orchard.
Opening a window with it’s ancient leaded panes and breathing in that air, the air of creation. Taking it deep, deep into the lungs, holding it, thanking God for this life, and exhaling with gratitude.
As the months went past and summer turned to autumn and autumn turned to winter, it wasn’t quite so exciting. The attraction of getting out of a warm bed onto stone cold flags, seeing your breath misting in the candlelight, not so appealing. Then a trip down a dimly lit corridor to fetch a jug of hot water for washing and shaving. Today, there was something wrong, the water was freezing cold, an ordeal to do my ablutions.
Then out into the cold wind of the cloisters to the church and Vigils, the first service of the day. Brother Cecil greeted me, his double chin wobbling beneath his round pink face.
“Having a lie-in Brother Paul?”
“No, the water wasn’t heated, it took me longer.”
Brother Cecil’s laugh sounded like a dog barking. “When I was a novice the water was never heated!”
I looked at his fat smirking face with disdain, then mentally asked God to forgive my uncharitable thoughts.
The day proceeded as usual, 6.15, a bowl of tea, bread, butter and marmalade, then Lauds, half an hour of praising God. My thoughts had changed over the last months. Surely a supreme being who designed the universe didn’t need to be adulated? It was rather like making a vivarium for an ant colony. Yes, you’d like to observe them busying themselves with making tunnels, attending to the queen, and doing whatever in God’s name ants do, but you’d hardly need them to be singing hymns and worshiping you!
Anyway, after Lectio Divina, Terce, and Mass, I felt zombified due to lack of sleep. I’d prayed for God’s help, but he was obviously off on a mission somewhere else today. I felt truly knackered.
“Come along Brother Paul, no more slacking today!” the dulcet tones of Brother Cecil rang out. “Cellar duty for you!”
My four letter reply stayed in my mind, the Lord be praised! I looked at a clock on the wall, 10.05, three hours to go, until after dinner I’d be able to retreat to my chamber and ‘crash out’ for half an hour before None, the fifth service of the day.
“Come along, come along, Brother Maurice is down there already!”
Down in the cellar, it was my and Brother Maurice’s task to brush mould off an area of wall with heavy wire brushes. Then to paint the area with limewash. Cold, damp and unpleasant work.
“Good Lord!” I heard Brother Maurice exclaim.
“What’s up?” I went over to where he was working to find a brick had become loose, revealing a cavity. “Is there anything in there?”
He removed the brick and fished around, pulling out a small book, some candles and a wide cardboard tube about a foot long. “It’s a diary, written in Latin,” he said, examining the book. “It talks about Father Jeremiah. That was before the war!”
I took the tube, and prised off the cap. There was something inside. I extracted it to find a roll of some kind of waxed paper. I unrolled it on a nearby table. “Look at this!” Inside was a copy of the Beano!
We both stared at it. Why on Earth would anyone have secreted a comic behind a wall?! Brother Maurice smoothed out the curled, but still brightly coloured paper. It showed the antics of an ostrich and a monkey in six frames. A red oval contained white lettering, BIG EGGO. “Good Lord, this is number one!”
The cover advertised a ‘Whoopee’ mask. He shook the comic and a thin black cloth mask with two elastic loops to go behind the ears tumbled out.
“Brother Maurice, Brother Paul!” called a familiar voice. The staircase creaked under the fat, brown-robed form of Brother Cecil.
We exchanged glances. There wasn’t time to hide the comic.
Later, after 1 p.m Sext, a short hymn and some prayers, I proceeded to Dinner. Today mutton stew, served with chips, roast parsnips, and wholewheat rolls and butter – a most welcome repast!
“Brother Paul, Brother Paul!” It was Brother Maurice.
“What?”
He led me to one side. “That comic we found. It’s worth … it’s worth …. He was visibly shaking.
“What? How much?”
“Twenty to thirty thousand pounds … with that mask!!”
“What?!! Look we’d better find out what Brother Cecil did with it.”
“No need!” Brother Cecil’s booming voice interrupted as his rotund form came into view. “I was intending to speak to Father Abbot, I thought it might be worth a pound or two and suitable for our Christmas auction, but just then I heard that Brother David had a bad case of diarrhoea, and there was a severe shortage of toilet paper. Brother Cedric had just gone for a supply. That, er, comic was an excellent substitute!” He looked at our ashen faces with surprise. “Apparently there wasn’t quite enough, unfortunately, so he had to use that mask thingy to ‘finish off.’ “Praise be to God that you found it!”

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I’m excited to announce that my book, To Cut a Short Story Short: 111 Little Stories, is now available as an audiobook. It comprises the ‘best of my blog’ up to June 2017, and is over six hours long. It is narrated by Angus Freathy, who has narrated 15 audiobooks to date (http://adbl.co/2m3lPDa). His ‘voices’ really bring the stories to life and I’m very pleased with the result!

I have a limited number of promotional codes (worth £16/$20 each) to give away for free copies! They can ONLY be used on either Audible.com or Audible.co.uk, but you should be able to use either site from most countries.

So if you would like a free copy of To Cut a Short Story Short: 111 Little Stories in audiobook form, please contact me via my blog contact page (only) and I’ll be pleased to send you a promotional code whilst they are still available. Let me know where in the world you are or otherwise please indicate your preference as to which of the above two sites you’d prefer (the codes are only valid for one or the other, not both).

UPDATE – 29TH NOVEMBER 2017

I’m now pleased to announce that Bound in Morocco, a short story (NOT on my blog), is ALSO available on Audiobook, again narrated by Angus Freathy. I also have some promotional codes for FREE copies of this title, which I’m happy to send on request, see details above. This is only 50 minutes long (as opposed to To Cut a Short Story Short: 111 Little Stories, which is six hours 20 minutes) but is, I think, an entertaining and enjoyable adventure, set in Morocco. Use the link given below to go to the first title, then there is a link lower down the page to go to this one.

BASIC INSTRUCTIONS

To get your free audiobook once you have the code, you need to create an Amazon account (if you don’t already have one) then you go to Audible and create an Audible account (if you don’t already have one). That doesn’t commit you to anything BTW, you DON’T have to become a member. Then you follow some simple instructions to ‘purchase’ and download your audiobook. Full instructions are given below for reference.

There’s absolutely no catch, I would just ask that you leave a positive review on Audible’s site if you enjoy the book, but that’s up to you.

You can play it in iTunes or Windows Media Player and download to your phone etc. etc. Audible audiobooks are also currently compatible with:

  • Fire phone
  • Fire tablet
  • Kindle for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
  • Kindle for Android
  • Kindle for Samsung
  • All New Kindle Oasis
  • Kindle Touch
  • Kindle Keyboard
  • The Audible apps for iOS, Android and Windows
  • Audible software for PC and Mac
  • MP3 players and other devices compatible with Audible’s file format

DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS

1. Go to my book’s page on Audible.com or Audible.co.uk (where you can also listen to a sample).

2. Add the audiobook to your cart.

3. If you are prompted to sign in, please create a new Audible.com or Audible.co.uk account or log in. Otherwise, proceed by clicking “Do you have a promotional code?” beneath the cover artwork of the audiobook.

4. Enter the promo code, and click “Apply Code.”

5. A credit for the audiobook will be added to your account. Then click the box next to “1 Credit” and click the “Update” button to apply the credit to the purchase.

6. After you select “1 Credit” and click “Update” to modify your shopping cart, the price for the audiobook will change to $0.00. You may proceed through the checkout by clicking “Next Step” and “Complete Purchase” on the subsequent page.

TO DOWNLOAD ON A MAC  (very simple)

TO DOWNLOAD ON A WINDOWS COMPUTER (requires one extra step)

 

The Magic Onion

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(650 words)

Heidi came in with a string bag of onions and dumped them on the kitchen table. I looked up from my computer screen. “What’s with all the onions?”
“The guy on the market was giving them away!”
“What?! Couldn’t he sell them?”
“They were packing up. There weren’t any customers really and it was starting to rain. It was cold too. I think he just wanted to get rid of them.”
“Oh. Would you like some tea?”
She took off her navy blue fleece, tossing her long brown curls back, and hung it up. She smiled. “Yeah, thanks, that’d be nice.”
I got up and filled the kettle. I ignited the gas ring, watching the blue flame hiss and burn for a moment, enjoying it’s warmth, then put the kettle on.
Heidi came over and put an arm round my shoulder, kissing my cheek. “What are you doing?“
“Oh, just writing e-mails. Boring stuff.”
“I remember grandma used to have a lovely recipe for eggs. She’d cut a big onion ring and fry it on one side. Then she’d turn it over and crack an egg into it. She’d add some water and cover it for a few minutes. We’d have them on toast. I learnt how to do it myself and I’d eat three at a time!”
“Greedy guts! You’ll have to make me some.” The kettle was whistling. I put teabags into a large brown pot and poured boiling water onto them, inhaling the familiar, comforting odour. “My dad used to clean spoons with them!”
“What?”
“Yeah, he’d get an onion, slice it, then crush the slices. He’d put them in a pot with a little water and leave it for a while. Then he’d dab a cloth in the mixture and rub it on the spoons until they were clean and shiny. I used to clean my penknife blades with it. I had one of those Victorinox things.”
“What, were you in the Scouts or something?”
I laughed “Yeah, I was always prepared!”
We both sat at the kitchen table. I closed my computer lid. Heidi took some scissors and cut the string bag. She selected an onion, shut her eyes and held it to her nose, inhaling deeply. “I think people are like onions.”
She could be deep could Heidi. “How d’you mean?”
“Well, on the outside they can be a bit rotten but inside they’re OK.”
“True.”
“Then, there are translucent layers, but you can only see through a couple. You don’t know what’s really inside. You think they’re kind to animals, peel a layer off and it turns out they put a hamster in a microwave. That kind of thing.”
“That’s horrible!”
“People’ve done it. Then sometimes they’re hard on the outside but soft, rotten in places, on the inside.”
I poured the tea into two large blue enamel mugs. “Mum was like that.” I took a bottle of milk from the fridge and poured some into our cups. Neither of us took sugar.
She continued, “Sometimes there’s like another layer of skin inside, like an onion inside an onion.” She sipped some tea and smiled. “That’s like a schizo I suppose!”
I cupped my mug in my hands, enjoying the warmth and looking into Heidi’s green eyes. “I’ll tell you something. Just you and me, right?”
“Yeah, sure.”
“Well you remember my dad’s funeral?”
“Yeah, of course. You were well upset. Don’t blame you though.”
I took an onion, rolling it slowly between my hands. “Not exactly, I had one of these – cut into pieces and wrapped in foil. In a jacket pocket.”
She sat up. “What d’you mean?”
“Well every now and then I’d go somewhere private, get a piece out and put it up to my eyes.”
Heidi looked shocked.

“Dad was like an onion all right. Nice on the outside. Different layers for different folk. Bitter at the core.”

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Don’t forget to check out some of the other stories on the blog. There are over 180! 

Payback Time

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(850 words)

Melt down in thirty minutes’ time, that’s what his mother would do if she didn’t get her ‘anti-anxiety meds.’ The traffic lights turned red. Damn! Joshua waited, his foot slipping forward on the clutch. To his right, he noticed a small pub with a thatched roof. Why had he never been in there? The Coach and Tiger. Hmm, unusual name!
Put it in neutral, get your foot comfortable, he thought. He applied the handbrake. Sooner than expected, the light turned green and the one solitary car in front, a dirty white Honda Civic with a nodding dog on the back shelf, sped off. Maybe he/she was a racing driver in their spare time? In Joshua’s haste to get going he forgot to take the handbrake off and the engine stalled. The car behind hooted. Fuck it!
He looked in the mirror to see the driver, a bulky thirty-something male, looking belligerent. Joshua felt himself sweating. He tried the engine again. Thank God! The car started forward and he turned left, glad to see that the individual behind carried straight over the junction, doubtless cursing him as he did so.
That was the story of his life, he thought. So many false starts. Every time things were looking up – job, girlfriend, health, money – something would go wrong and it’d all come crashing down. Now, having moved to rural Shropshire, hoping for a new beginning, he’d become a servant to his nagging old mother.
He pulled out of town, accelerating, so that he sailed past the signs indicating the end of the speed restriction at sixty miles an hour. The stretch of road was clear so he kept his foot down until he was doing eighty, guiltily noticing a red sign on the left with the number of people killed on Shropshire’s dangerous single carriage roads so far that year – 79. Well, if they would drive like maniacs. Then he supposed that a good number of those killed were by the maniacs. You could never account for that. You’d be driving along, minding your own business when a car coming the other way decides to overtake a tractor on a bend, and BANG, that was the end.
He signalled left, changed into second gear and took the turn, imagining his driving instructor, Natalie’s, sexy voice. “Engine braking, nicely done.” He smiled at the recollection.
Twenty minutes to go. He’d be back in under ten. No need for the old bag to blow a fuse! The road became rural, narrow and winding. Now he turned a bend to find a horse box stopped ahead. There was no visibility past it at all. Unbelievable!
He sat fuming. Suddenly his mobile phone rang. He looked at the number. Mother! Let her leave a message!
It was her fault for mixing up the dates. “Those idiots at the doctors don’t know what they’re doing, losing my prescription. I posted it through the letter box on Sunday. Two working days, they say. It should have been ready by Tuesday!”
He’d pointed out it was two clear working days, therefore Wednesday, but had been given short shrift. Her medications had been out of stock at the doctor’s dispensary, so he’d been dispatched post-haste to the branch in town to get them. She was bad enough with them, Heaven help him if she ran out!
Fifteen minutes to go. He got out and walked past the horse box to a white Subaru Forester SUV. A woman was seated in it, staring blankly through the windscreen. Joshua recognised her. Helen. Helen Robinson. He played pool with her husband Trevor.
He rapped on the window and she sat up, as if waking from a trance. She wound the window down. A song was playing quietly on the radio – Evergreen. “Josh, I’m so sorry. I had one of my … er, turns. I’m not really fit to drive. Trev’s away at a conference and I didn’t know what to do.” She sounded tearful.
“Look, show me how to drive this thing. I’ll pull my car off the road, run you home and walk back, it’s not far.”
Helen’s smile lit up her face. She put a hand on his arm. “Josh, that’s so kind of you.”
Joshua remembered a time, not too long ago, when he’d had no money for his asthma prescriptions. The days had gone past and the wheezing and coughing had grown worse. His mother had doubtless noticed, but having no compassion for neither human nor animal alike, hadn’t offered to help. Finally, as she was about to go on holiday, he’d ‘given in,’ and asked, almost pleaded with her to get his medicine for him.
Reluctantly, she’d agreed but had dillied and dallied until it was the doctors’ lunchtime, then had deliberately taken as long as possible once they’d reopened, before finally going in the late afternoon, appearing to enjoy seeing him suffer in the meantime. ‘Punishing’ him for being short of funds, he’d surmised.
Well, ‘payback time!’ thought Joshua. ‘Let her melt down.’ Hopefully she’d melt right through the floor and come out in China!

Don’t forget to check out some of the other stories on my blog. There are over 160! 

If you are interested in joining a fortnightly 400 word story group please contact me and I’ll send details.

Also, I’m very pleased to announce that ‘the best of my blog,’ To Cut a Short Story Short: 111 Little Stories, and a short story, Bound in Morocco, are now both available as paperbacks and Kindle eBooks. Please see Shop in the menu above for full details.

Blind Hope

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(500 words)

Hard as winter ice, soft as summer grass. Her mind and fingers played with the forgotten contents of a bottom drawer. She fluttered her fingers over a mixture of bric-a-brac and clothing, plucking out something silky. She held it to her face and inhaled the faded scent of roses. A blouse! Yes, one she’d worn when she was young, twenty years earlier. She held it to her cheek, sensing the vibrations. Red or purple. Yes, of course, the blouse she’d worn to her grandmother’s eightieth birthday party!
She pictured a photograph – herself, Flora, with a group of cousins, fifteen in number, all her grandmother’s second generation offspring. They all stood before a huge fireplace. The fire wasn’t lit, it being summer, and the group had lined up in two smiling rows, symmetrically placed between two enormous bookcases that reached up to the high ceiling. She’d stood at one end, her cousin Maurice, recently divorced, encroaching her space, touching her shoulders with his, showing an interest in a relationship with her perhaps? But she’d had her own beau then, Hector, Hector Simons. That was after the birth of Emma, but before her … accident. She supposed she should feel sadness, loss, or something, but she felt nothing – empty, hollow, all longing and hope knocked out of her all those years ago. She wondered when she had last cried. At the death of her last guide dog, Billy, six years ago, she supposed. Six long years.
She wondered if the blouse would still fit. She took off a cardigan, then a T-shirt, feeling the air on her bare midriff and shoulders. Suddenly, for no reason, she unclipped her bra and threw it across the room. She sensed the weight of her small, hard, pointed breasts. She slipped the blouse on, feeling her nipples stiffen at the touch of the shiny, soft fabric. Yes, it fitted perfectly! Then she remembered that the curtains were open over the window to the street. Oh, what the hell, she didn’t really care if any passersby saw her naked. She realised that was maybe the reason she didn’t have net curtains.
The doorbell rang, and she heard Flossie stir in her basket. Normally she never answered the door, but she felt confident and curious. She felt the dog rubbing her leg, and reached down, holding its tail and letting the animal guide her through the door and down the corridor. There wasn’t time to find and attach the harness. The bell rang again. “Just coming!”
She reached the door and undid the chain. Opening it, she felt a comforting blast of warm spring air in her face.
“Flora, it’s me, Hector!”
She stepped forward and threw her arms around him, noticing the distinctive smell of coal tar soap that she remembered so well. She laughed. “You still use the same soap!”
“Emma told me where you lived,” he said. “I’ve missed you.”

Flora, hugging him tight, could say nothing more. Six long years were over.

Don’t forget to check out some of the other stories on my blog. There are over 160! 

If you are interested in joining a fortnightly 400 word story group please contact me and I’ll send details.

Also, I’m very pleased to announce that ‘the best of my blog,’ To Cut a Short Story Short: 111 Little Stories, and a short story, Bound in Morocco, are now both available as paperbacks and Kindle eBooks. Please see Shop in the menu above for full details.

Memories of Oscar

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On Sunday 1st October 2017 I lost Oscar, ‘my little friend’ and companion of the last fifteen and a half years, after a short illness.

I took in a stray cat, Cleo, in 2001 and she had four kittens on the 27th March 2002, coincidentally the same day as my own birthday! Here they are at just a few weeks old.

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From front to back they are Ginny, Lily, Tiffin and Oscar.

I kept them all. Ginny died in May 2004, Cleo in September 2004, Lily in July 2016 and Tiffin in February 2017. So Oscar was the only surviving cat of the family of five. All the siblings had gentle, friendly natures and were very well behaved.

So as a ‘tribute’ to Oscar I’ve listed some happy memories of him, in no particular order.

• Oscar had relatively recently discovered a taste for sandwiches and toast. He liked cheese and/or ham sandwiches with mayo and wholemeal bread and butter. And he was very fond of paté on toast, Ardennes and chicken liver especially.

• He would sleep on my bed and sometimes ‘knead’ my head in the night. I had to keep his claws cut short!

• He liked me to lie on my side in bed and crook my arm, then he would come under the quilt and rest his head on my arm and sleep with me for a while. That was something he learned to do only after Tiffin passed away.

• Once, at the vets, Oscar jumped off the table and started ‘exploring,’ even going into the stock room. He rubbed around the vet’s legs and the vet said he was ‘exceptionally friendly’!

• He recently grew to like the hot air stream from the hairdryer and in recent weeks would sit on my bed when he heard it going, in order to be ‘dried’!

• Oscar would STAND at a birdbath and drink water from it (watch full screen with full volume!) [N.B. There was a problem with embedding this video so I’ve added a link in case the video doesn’t appear.]

video of Oscar drinking from bird bath

• In the evening I often go for a walk round my village. When he saw me putting my shoes and jacket on, he would sit by the door, waiting to come outside with me. Then when I came back about 30-40 minutes later he’d be waiting on the drive for me.

• My cats had their dry food in some ‘feeding tubes,’ to reduce and slow their eating. Lily could do it straight away (she was the clever one), Tiffin learnt in a couple of days but poor Oscar just couldn’t get the hang of it and had to be trained over a full week! I would put a tube on its side, and a piece of food just outside the opening to start with, gradually putting the food further into the tube and increasing the angle over a few days until it was vertical. Once he’d learned how to do it, he’d sit for several minutes at a time, happily fishing Go Cat out of the tubes.

• Oscar liked me to leave the under-stairs cupboard door open so that he could explore. He would often rummage around in there and once found a pair of glasses that had been missing for several days!

• Once I got up at 2 a.m. to see him sitting on top of a tree in my front garden in the pouring rain! The tree was maybe ten feet high at the time.

• To stop him rolling on my computer desk when writing etc. I’d ‘sacrifice’ my comfortable chair for him to sleep on, whilst I sat on a plain, hard one.

• None of my cats made any noise. Then when Lily died, Tiffin ‘found his voice’ and started to miaow. Similarly, when Tiffin died, Oscar started to miaow, sometimes quite loudly.

• When he was a little kitten he couldn’t stop sneezing one night. I phoned the vets at midnight and they asked if he was dehydrated. I had to pinch the skin behind his neck and see if it stayed up or went down. It went down and I knew he’d be OK.

• In my previous house Oscar would growl like a dog if someone rang the doorbell at an unusual time! If it was a pupil for guitar lessons he would sense that from the time and my activities, and not worry.

• When he was very young I remember him coming back under the fence from our neighbour’s garden with a long piece of blue rope that he had ‘stolen’!

 

Related:

A very helpful guide, if you’ve lost a pet.

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/grief/coping-with-losing-a-pet.htm

An online tribute I left for Lily.

http://www.cat-lovers-only.com/lily-from-tetford.html

Don’t forget to check out some of the other stories on my blog. There are over 160! 

If you are interested in joining a fortnightly 400 word story group please contact me and I’ll send details.

Also, I’m very pleased to announce that ‘the best of my blog,’ To Cut a Short Story Short: 111 Little Stories, and a short story, Bound in Morocco, are now both available as paperbacks and Kindle eBooks. Please see Shop in the menu above for full details.

 

Keeping It in the Family

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(700 words)

“Hard to imagine he’ll get away with it,” said my sister Donna.
“Well, he says if we both stick to the story, they can’t prove anything.”
Donna looked thin and pale, not surprising, considering the strain we’d all been living under. “I still can’t believe it, that poor woman!”
“Look, I know it’s awful, but nothing we can say or do’s going to bring her back is it?”
Donna sighed. “I suppose not. But it’s not justice is it?”
“What’s justice at the end of the day? Just someone’s opinion over someone else’s. Where’s the sense in him spending years in prison. He’d lose everything, and it’d destroy mum.”
Donna turned away, saying nothing, busying herself with preparing lunch. I collapsed into an old armchair.
 –
My brother Matthew and I had gone to see a play. Donna was coming too, but had cancelled, feeling too ill after a minor dental procedure. On the way home, with Matt driving, a woman had walked out onto a zebra crossing, just as we were coming out of town on the main high street. Matt had been pontificating about the main female role, in his view the only one who could really act, never mind that she was a pretty blonde thing with large breasts. He wasn’t concentrating and the car ploughed into the woman with a loud thud, sending her flying. We got out and stood in horrified silence, looking down at the attractive face, blood now leaking over it from a crack in her head where it had hit the road. In the orange street light the vital fluid began to resemble a black veil.
“Listen Sarah, she ran out in front of us, I didn’t have time to stop,” said Matt, staring into my eyes.
“What?!”
“You heard.”
We looked around. It was gone eleven and the streets were deserted in the quiet town. There was no other traffic.
Then a window opened above a shop by the zebra crossing. A woman looked down. “Oh my God!”
Matt whispered, “She ran out in front of us, remember!”

Reluctantly, I nodded, just as a door opened to the right of the shop and a middle-aged woman clutching a mobile phone rushed out in slippers and a coat, hurriedly thrown over a nightie. “I’m a nurse,” she said, then bent to test the woman’s pulse. “She’s still breathing!” She phoned for an ambulance.

Later, we’d heard that the woman, 33 year old Sylvia Barnes, had died on the way to hospital. I’d felt totally gutted and mad at Matt. He’d said he was sorry, but he’d always had a ruthless streak and seemed to be taking the whole shocking affair in his stride. I’d needed to confide in someone, so I’d told Donna. I could trust her to keep it in the family.
We’d been taken to the police station and breathalyzed. Fortunately, Matt had only drunk coke at the interval. I’d had a large glass of Pinot Grigio. The car was in Matt’s name and I wasn’t insured to drive it, so they’d believed him when he said he was driving.
Then we’d both been interviewed the next day. I’d been asked the same question in twenty different ways. What exactly had I seen? My answer: “Nothing.” I’d been looking in my handbag for my mobile phone and just been aware of a crash and being restrained by my seat belt as I jerked forward under the impact. In the end I’d come to believe it myself.
The police had appealed for witnesses but no one had come forward, and there was no CCTV, thank God! It had all come down to Matt’s word against the suspicions of the police and Sylvia’s family.
Then yesterday had come a bombshell. I’d read that Sylvia had recently given birth to her first child, a girl they’d named Emma. I hadn’t known. A thought came into my mind, ‘It’s never too late to do the right thing.’
“What are you thinking?” asked Donna, putting a plate of ham and tomato sandwiches on the table.
I took one, and opened it, looking at the juicy thick-cut local ham. “Oh, just wondering if there’s any mustard.”

Don’t forget to check out some of the other stories on my blog. There are over 160! 

If you are interested in joining a fortnightly 400 word story group please contact me and I’ll send details.

Also, I’m very pleased to announce that ‘the best of my blog,’ To Cut a Short Story Short: 111 Little Stories, and a short story, Bound in Morocco, are now both available as paperbacks and Kindle eBooks. Please see Shop in the menu above for full details.