Virtually All Sorts pick of the blogs ~ round-up 20

Weekly round-up 20 best blogs

It’s been a busy, busy week at Virtually All Sorts and in all honesty, I haven’t had much time for reading because the writing’s come to the fore, which is good! But I would still like to share this post that I really enjoyed -

An incredible piece of history in an incredible piece of flash fiction from ElmoWrites.

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…and Chrissie at MuddledManuscript  and MummyTries both linked up with #WonderfulWorldofWriting this week with their posts about word counts versus being ‘in the flow’ (and a new word thrown in too!), and what’s to ‘like’ or not on facebook, respectively.  Do take a few minutes to read their posts and the comments…

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What was your favourite post of the week?  Share by commenting or sending a tweet @AllSortsHere

Psst… If you like quotes, you will love my ‘Footnotes and Anecdotes’ linky, you can read all about it here.  The next post is up tomorrow :)

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“Are women better at parenting than men?” Discuss!

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Us women are amazing.

In the last 10 minutes I have helped our little one find a toy.

While cooking tea.

I have put nail varnish on the same little one.

While cooking tea.

I have tidied up.

While cooking tea.

I have changed a DVD.

While cooking tea.

And I have updated my social media statuses.

While cooking tea.  (A tea that hubby will eat (if it’s edible… ;)  ) when he comes home from work after shift.)

I’m not sure a man could do all that at once!

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A light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek look at The Prompt with Sarah at Mumturnedmom .  

The Prompt being:

“Are women better parents than men?”

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I say light-hearted because I know for certain that there are tons of hands-on dads who do an amazing job of parenting, which is hands-down the hardest job going!  It makes running a country look like a walk in the park ;)

What do you think?  Do women have the parenting ‘knack’ more than men?!

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“He had started off with good intentions…” ~ Flash Fiction

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Flash fiction

He had started off with good intentions.  But the world had changed and so had the company; into a big, money-greedy corporate.

No matter.  The time had come anyway.  He had made his choice to retire.  And there he was, a figure in his likeness, on top of his retirement cake.  Complete with the old tools of the trade.  No machinery.  The nuts and icing sugar looked authentic, just like the layers of salt plains he had worked on but he would still leave with a bitter taste in his mouth…

 

 

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Main picture source: Dawn Q. Landau via FridayFictioneers

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with Rochelle Wiseoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt

Please do feel free to comment but likewise, please do note that I would prefer not to

receive constructive criticism.  

(This time anyway…)

Thanks in advance…

Carol Cameleon

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How to get more out of blog comments ~ #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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How to get more out of blog comments #WonderfulWorldofWriting

So, we all know that reading lots and lots (and lots) helps to develop us as writers. And I would include reading blogs in with that.  When I really enjoy reading a blog post, I feel compelled to comment but this week my commenting habit has changed somewhat.  And I’m not entirely sure why.  But it has.  This week I’ve found myself reading other peoples’ comments, not just scrolling down to eagerly post my comment.  The downside (if you want to call it that) is that my thoughts are often influenced by others’ comments.  I try not to let this happen but it invariably does.  Sometimes I even feel compelled to reply to a comment already made.  I’ve written before about how sharing can improve your blogging experience.  But this week I’ve come to the realisation that actually reading the other comments too is just as beneficial.

Blog comments – do you read other comments or do you just have your say and call it a day?

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A regular feature on my blog…

My favourite will be mentioned in my weekly-roundup on Sunday.

Tweet #WonderfulWorldofWriting and I’ll retweet :)

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Is it someone’s birthday and you don’t know what to do?

Let me write a personal rhyme especially for you.

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A personal rhyme from you to them,
it’s unique, bespoke and easy.
Get in touch today, waste no more time,
It’s really easy peasy…

“Bespoke Rhymes

…for those personal times”

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My #NextBigThing Writing Project ~ under starters orders!

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Despite time not being on my side (when is it?!), things have moved in the right direction on my #NextBigThing writing project.  Like the picture, I have been negotiating the traffic (virtual and real-life), overcoming obstacles and maintaining a steady speed.  Perhaps more importantly, I am reaching lofty heights and letting the light in…

The main body of the project has been broken down once and the next step is to get an illustrator on board!

So, all in all a very productive time here at VirtuallyAllSorts :)

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Footnotes and Anecdotes ~ Week 11 quotes ( sin the ultimate addiction )

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…for the love of words ~ quotes (sin the ultimate addiction)

“All sin tends to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is what is called damnation.”
W. H. Auden, 1907-1973, British poet.
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Which ‘Footnote and Anecdote’ would you like to add?
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Here’s the original ‘Footnotes’ post explaining how it works.

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Crystals ~ All That Shines

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I’ve written before about my intrigue with crystals. Not the chandelier type! I’m talking about the incredibly versatile mineral formations that are crystals (which I’m still learning so much about). In previous posts I’ve touched on the healing properties and the energising properties of some crystals. Some, like Pyrite or ‘Fool’s Gold’, can help to protect against pollutants and negative energy. With its amazing reflective, brassy surface, pyrite activates, cleanses and clarifies. With these properties and its shiney surface, do you see how I sometimes turn to fool’s gold in the right circumstances?

With thanks to Sara at Mumturnedmom for The Prompt “shine”.

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Virtually All Sorts pick of the blogs ~ round-up 19

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It’s time to mention some of the blogs that I’ve enjoyed reading in the past week or so…  I hope you find them as interesting as I did:

Chrissy at My Sparkly Life opens up about her ‘Invisible Illness’.  It’s an intriguing read and I certainly learnt something…

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…and Chrissie at MuddledManuscript linked up with #WonderfulWorldofWriting again this week with her post about keeping journals.  The comments that followed covered the topics of teenage diaries, depression and positive thinking.  Do take a few minutes to read her post and the comments…

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What was your favourite post of the week?  Share by commenting or sending a tweet @AllSortsHere

Psst… If you like quotes, you will love my ‘Footnotes and Anecdotes’ linky, you can read all about it here.  The next post is up tomorrow :)

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One of the reasons I love writing…

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One of the reasons that I love writing (and therefore blogging) is quite simple.  The ebb and flow of words.
This week has been no exception.  Often-times I find myself with so many ideas conjuring up in my little brain, that they trip over themselves to get out!  It’s as if they’re saying, “Me, me, me. Pick meeeee!”  I’ve been working on a new book idea which you can read about here. #NextBigThing
At the same time, I’ve been reading a great book from my reading pile called “A Cruel Fate” by Lindsey Davis.  It’s right up my street being based on real-life events in the English Civil War.  And it’s a ‘Quick Read’.  Perfect!  Not so quick that I’ve finished it, mind you!
One of the other things I’ve done is create a couple of new blog badges to compliment features and categories on my blog.  I do love photobucket opportunity :)
Given all the creativity, reading and writing that’s been occurring, my word of the week is ‘flow’.  Most certainly not ‘ebb’!
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Is it someone’s birthday and you don’t know what to do?

Let me write a personal rhyme especially for you.

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A personal rhyme from you to them,
it’s unique, bespoke and easy.
Get in touch today, waste no more time,
It’s really easy peasy…

“Bespoke Rhymes

…for those personal times”

How I was prompted to start a new writing project…

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So as a blogger, I take part in a few ‘linkys’. I enjoy getting involved, commenting on others’ blogs and have begun to regularly follow many of the regulars’ ‘non-linky’ blog posts as a result. But what I really love about blogging, from the point of view of this Virtually All Sorts blog, is the writing inspiration it gives me. That moment when reading a prompt gives you a flash of inspiration! There’s nothing quite like it as a blogger and writer.
That is exactly what happened when I read ‘The Prompt’ from Sara at Mumturnedmom.

“Everything in moderation”.

 

This prompt has given me such a massive light bulb moment that it has, in fact spurred me on to start, actually quite a big writing project. A book. Potentially a series of them! I can’t wait to get stuck in because the topic is something I firmly believe in and am very passionate about.

I won’t say any more than that at this stage but I will be posting updates on my new project :)  All I will say is that the idea just came to me when I started to break the prompt down…

Thanks Sara ;)

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