Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – October 2021

  • These 7 free methods of promoting your blog will get people reading your posts and leaving you comments.

Are You Struggling To Get People To Your Blog? These 7 Free Methods Will Help

  • This year’s trip to Brighton beach would very different for Adrian. But were the answers to the rest of his life without Richard in front of him?

A Matter Of Life And Death

  • Does a game of Sardines hold secrets Richard doesn’t want his husband to know anything about?

Sardines

  • Wanted: Detectives and readers to help solve a mystery many have already tried to solve. Read the post for more details.

Can You Solve The Mystery Of A Blackmailed Missing Husband And Father?

  • This is the reason why you should think twice before responding to calls for help coming from behind certain doors.

Thursday Doors – The October Door

  • Are you following too many blogs? 7 common mistakes to look out for before following a blog.

7 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Deciding Whether To Follow A Blog

  • Now there’s an easy way to add PDF files to your blog posts on WordPress. Blogging expert Natalie Ducey shows us how.

Reblog: How To Upload A PDF File In WordPress For Viewing And Easy Downloading

  • What’s buried in the thick mud?

Buried

  • Are you making use of pinned tweets to help drive traffic to your blog?

Pinned Tweets: Why Every Blogger Should Have OneTo Help Drive Traffic To Their Blog

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Thursday Doors – The October Door

Warning: It’s not a good idea to respond to calls for help coming from behind doors that were made specially for the Halloween season.

Why? Well, when you read what happened to me recently upon responding to calls for help coming from behind the rather scruffy door in the image below, you’ll believe me.

Photo of a scruffy door in need of a lot of repairs.
The October Door

“HELP! GET ME OUT OF HERE. HELP!”

Those were the words I could hear coming from the other side of the October door.

With its light blue paint having almost peeled away and signs of having been kicked from the scuff marks along its bottom, the door looked unloved and old. People passed me and the door by without taking any notice. Was I the only one who could hear the calls for help?

I watched as the flap of the letterbox lifted and two eyes appeared. They looked shocked when they saw me.

“I’m trapped. Please, you need to get me out. Just turn the knob to the left, then to the right, and once more to the left, and the door will open. I’ll be truly grateful for your help. It’s jammed. I’ve been stuck in here for over forty years.”

As the flap closed, I questioned what I had just heard. Forty years? That should have told me not to open the door, but the writer inside me said this would make a great story.

“Hold on. I’m coming in. Step away from the door,” I announced, as I approached it.

“Left, right, and left again,” I muttered under my breath, as I tried the door knob. The door opened without any problems, but I hesitated before stepping into the black void that now faced me.

“Hello,” I called out, as I took my first step inside.

Nothing but silence met my ears. Even the world behind me seemed to go to sleep. I hesitated and wondered if I should take a step back; to maybe get some help?

“In here,” came a voice, “please help me.”

On my fifth step in, the door slammed behind me.

Turning, I ran towards it, but it wouldn’t open. I told myself not to panic and to feel for the door knob, but there wasn’t one. Then, I heard a terrifying sound from something behind me. I banged on the door hard with both hands, hoping that somebody on the other side would hear me.

“HELP! GET ME OUT OF HERE. HELP!”

As the sound behind me got nearer, I had a strange feeling that somebody on the other side of the door had heard me. Then I remembered that the door had a letterbox. I bent down and pulled open the flap. My eyes opened wide with shock.

I hadn’t expected to see myself staring back.

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This week’s door is located in Llandeilo, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.

Have you ever come across a door that isn’t all it seems?

Linking to the weekly photography challenge ‘Thursday Doors,’ hosted by Dan Antion who blogs at No Facilities. Click here to join hundreds of other participants with your Thursday Doors.

If you’re enjoying the pieces of flash fiction I’m including with my Thursday Doors posts then you may like Glimpses, my first book of flash fiction and short stories.

The above piece of flash fiction features in Glimpses.

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28 short stories and pieces of flash fiction that take the reader on a rollercoaster of twists and turns.

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – September 2021

  • Are you a blogger? If so, join me in answering a few questions I have for you about your blog.

Questions About Blogging: How Many Is Too Many Or Too Few Blog Posts?

  • Would you accept an invitation to another time and another place?

Thursday Doors: Door To Another Time, Another Place

  • If you’re an author of a published book, this is how creating a reusable block for your book will put it in front of hundreds of new visitors to your blog.

How To Create And Use A Reusable Block For Your Book On WordPress

  • Have you ever found yourself going back to somewhere you never visited?

Thursday Doors – Going Back

  • How this little known about block will help get visitors to the parts of your blog that are craving visits.

Are You Using This Little Known About Block That Helps Promote Your Blog?

  • Why does Richard’s memory of a big, black horse take him in the wrong direction?

Blizzards Of The Mind

  • What’s your favourite season or favourite time of the year?

Autumn Equinox #WordlessWednesday #photography

  • Will Adrian’s birthday gift to Richard spark new ideas or give reasons to be concerned?

Seat Of Horror

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Thursday Doors – Going Back

Have you ever been through a door that wasn’t there when you were going back to exit it?

It happened to me. It was back in 2017 when I first published a Thursday Doors post that included these doors.

Photo of a black opened door that shows a painting of two slightly jarred opened glass-panelled, white doors that look out on a white cat sat on a balcony that looks towards the sea

When I pressed the publish button, I was transported through the doors and could not get back.

The white cat was very friendly, but everything else wasn’t as it seemed.

Somebody mentioned who or whatever passed by me into my world when places got traded carried on with writing and publishing posts on my blog.

You may have thought it was me who left you a comment or two but was it?

Thankfully, when Terri Webster Schrandt posted ‘Going Back‘ as the theme for this week’s Sunday Stills prompt, who or whatever was here took up the challenge and got transported back through the doors.

I’m happy to say that I instantly found myself going back to where I should have been for the last four years.

My fingers are crossed that I won’t be going back through those doors when I push the publish button.

Did/Will you miss me?

This week’s doors are located in Hove, East Sussex, in the United Kingdom.

Have you ever come across doors that have transported you back to another time and another place?

Linking to the weekly photography challenge ‘Thursday Doors,’ hosted by Dan Antion who blogs at No Facilities. Click here to join hundreds of other participants with your Thursday Doors.

If you’re enjoying the pieces of flash fiction I’m including with my Thursday Doors posts then you may like Glimpses, my first book of flash fiction and short stories.

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Thursday Doors – Door To Another Time, Another Place

When I first noticed the street art on the wall in the photo below, it was the door next to the painting that caught my attention a lot more.

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Another Time, Another Place

Blue! I love blue. But this shade of blue spoke to me. It was as if the door was inviting me to walk through into a different world – another time, another place.

The tiled floor that the door opened onto, almost matched the colours on the street art. And I wondered if the blue panel above the door is a sheet of glass that was painted the same colour as the door.

The two figures in the street art called out my name several times, but I declined their invitation to join them by walking through the door. I decided that the time and place I was currently in is right for me. I’m not ready to move on yet.

If you saw the last two doors I published for ‘Thursday Doors’, the ‘Open, Sesame!‘ door and the door to ‘The Tower Of The Ecliptic‘, the ‘Another Time, Another Place’ door is only a ten minute walk from them.

All the doors in my last three ‘Thursday Doors’ posts are located in Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom. You can check them out further down on this post.

Would you have accepted the invitation from the figures in the street art to walk through the blue door to another time and another place?

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – August 2021

  • The residents’ of Annabelle’s hometown were not as safe as they thought they were.

When Death Comes Quickly #flashfiction

  • When was the last time you took a closer look at what’s in your garden?

It’s A Small World #WordlessWednesday

  • This new feature on WordPress is something you may have missed and will want to use.

New: WordPress Screen Options Button – Where, Why And How To Use It

  • What if what was on the other side of the open door wasn’t what he was expecting?

What If? #flashfiction

  • This is how I dismissed those that told me (and still do) that I can’t read or write because I’m dyslexic.

New At The Carrot Ranch: What To Do When You’re Told That Reading And Writing Are Not Your Friends

  • Would you enter The Tower Of The Ecliptic?

Thursday Doors: The Tower Of The Ecliptic

  • Have you ever considered turning off comments on your blog? Join the conversation with hundreds of other bloggers who have already had their say.

Flashback Friday: Why Are Some Bloggers Killing Off Comments Being Left On Their Blogs?

  • This block is something every blogger should insert on every blog post they publish. Why? Read on for more details.

Is This New WordPress Block The Best Way To Help Promote Your Blog For Free?

  • The Collector has an important message for the people of the planet Earth. Will they listen?

The Collector

  • What do you think is on the other-side of the ‘Open, Sesame!’ door?

Thursday Doors – Open, Sesame!

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Thursday Doors – Open, Sesame!

“Open, Sesame!” is a word I’ve wanted to use since I first heard the magical phrase being spoken in the story of ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’ in Antoine Galland’s version of One Thousand and One Nights.


Ali Baba is a poor woodcutter who secretly watches as 40 thieves hide their treasure in a cave, the door to which can be only opened by the verbal command of “Open, Sesame!” He later uses this magic phrase, steals riches from the cave, and lives a prosperous life.

I’ve never spotted a door I thought ‘Open, Sesame!’ would work on. However, when I happened to stumble upon this door that begged the words ‘Open, Sesame!’ to be shouted at it, I wasn’t pleased when my vocal efforts failed. Why had those words worked for Ali Baba and not me?

Photo of a blue door decorated with some mystical symbols
Open Sesame

Nothing would open this door. I pulled it, I pushed it, but it wouldn’t open. Maybe it was locked? I couldn’t even spot a keyhole, but I loved the handles.

I never found out what was behind the door, but given the look and style of it, I imagined it led to a mystical world that could only be reached by a ride on a magic carpet. Would anyone like to join me? That is, if we can open the door.

If you saw the door I published for ‘Thursday Doors’ last week, the ‘Open, Sesame!’ door is only a short walk from ‘The Tower Of The Ecliptic‘ in Swansea, South Wales.

Let me know if you manage to open it.

What do you think is on the other-side of the ‘Open Sesame’ door?

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Thursday Doors – The Tower Of The Ecliptic

Although we’ve lived in Swansea in South Wales for the last five years, it always amazes me when we take a walk off the beaten track and come across something you had no idea was there.

This is the door to ‘The Tower Of The Ecliptic’. 

Photo of a green door that has paint peeling off it and which has a porthole in it.
Door to The Tower Of The Ecliptic

And it’s on this building that you’ll find the door. Can you spot it and any other doors?

Photo of The Tower Of The Ecliptic in Swansea
The Tower Of The Ecliptic – Swansea

If you think of me standing in front of that door taking the photo, you’ll get an idea of how big this building is. How on earth have I managed to miss a big building like this in the city where I live?

What is The Tower Of The Ecliptic? 

It’s an observatory that houses the largest telescope in Wales. Designed by architect Robin Campbell in 1989, the building opened in 1993 for the local astronomical society.

Sadly, in 2010, the building was closed to the public due to a disagreement with the Swansea City Council regarding the building’s rental terms. The Swansea Astronomical Society now holds regular observing sessions at the University College of Swansea. I’ve no idea if they took the telescope with them. Do you think they did? 

For more information about The Tower Of Ecliptic, click here.

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – July 2021

  • What’s Hugh’s Record Of The Week For Week Commencing 3rd July, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – Katy Perry – Firework

  • Adrian has a question. Does an old photograph hold the answer?

Symbols #flashfiction

  • Reblog: Paul Ariss shares the work involved writing his new song – New Day Coming.

From Scribbles To Spotify – The Uncomfortable Birth Of A Song

  • What floats your boat?

Afloat #WordlessWednesday #photography

  • What’s Hugh’s Record Of The Week For Week Commencing 10th July, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – Spice Girls – Spice Up Your Life

  • Have you ever considered turning off comments on your blog?

Why Are Some Bloggers Killing Off Comments Being Left On Their Blogs?

  • What is the source of the strange coloured feathers on the stairs?

Follow The Feathers #flashfiction

  • What have the dogs spotted?

What Is It? #WordlessWednesday #photography

  • What’s Hugh’s Record Of The Week For Week Commencing 17th July, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You

  • What had caused George’s meltdown? Could things get any worse?

Nightmare In Spring #flashfiction

  • Reblog: Looking for ways of getting your blog posts noticed and read? Check out this must read post from blogging expert Janice Wald.

Blog Description Example: How To Make Easy Choices About Your Blog, 6 Ways

  • Are you always running out of time when blogging? Here’s how to reclaim some of that time back.

Looking To Save Time When Blogging? Here Are 5 Things That Work For Me

  • When is a tree no longer a tree?

To Tree Or Not To Tree? That Is The Question #WordlessWednesday #photography

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – June 2021

  • Sometimes, even the tiniest things can turn a person to commit murder.

Murder In Picnic Wood #flashfiction

  • How would you answer these questions I got asked about blogging?

Will Any Of My Answers Give You The Inspiration You’re Looking For?

  • This simple method will show you how to use images and photos in your blog posts to drive even more traffic to your blog, website and book page.

How To Make The Images In Your Blog Posts More Powerful

  • Rusty always wants to please his owner, and today isn’t any different.

Woof! #flashfiction

  • What’s Hugh’s Record Of The Week For Week Commencing 12th June 2021?

Something For The Weekend – Bananarama – I Heard A Rumour

  • Stella’s new office wasn’t all it was supposed to be – until she pushed the button.

Push The Button #flashfiction

  • Shadows aren’t only black and white.

Shades And Shadows #WordlessWednesday #photography

  • This easy setting change on the dashboard of your WordPress blog will result in more traffic to your blog.

How Changing This Setting On Your WordPress Blog Will Help It Gain More Views

  • What’s Hugh’s Record Of The Week For Week Commencing 19th June, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – Village People – In The Navy

  • Adrian’s world was about to change. Would his best friend join him?

Edge Of Summer #flashfiction

  • What’s Hugh’s Record Of The Week For Week Commencing 26th June, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? Take On Me – A-ha

  • Three houses. Which one would you choose? Rainbow has the answer.

Three Houses #flashfiction

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – May 2021

  • What’s Hugh’s record of the week for week commencing 1st May, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head

  • We had the same name. We had the same future. It was love at first sight. Or was it?

Flash Jacks #flashfiction

  • What’s Hugh’s record of the week for week commencing 8th May, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

  • Would you like the chance to get your writing put in front of a brand new audience? Marsha Ingrao has all the details.

Story Chat: Building Your Confidence One Short Story At A Time

  • Can you spot Toby the dog in this photo?

Walking The Dog #WordlessWednesday #photography

  • What’s Hugh’s record of the week for week commencing 15th May, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – Jane Wiedlin – Rush Hour

  • Has a comment left on one of your blog posts had you questioning whether you witnessed an event you were not at?

How A Comment Left On One Of My Posts Got Me Questioning A Previous Life

  • Searching for ways to get more people to your blog? These are seven methods I implemented to get more readers and followers to my blog.

These 7 Methods Will Help Get More Readers To Your Blog

  • How many shades of grey are there in this photo?

Looking For The Dog #WordlessWednesday #photography

  • What’s Hugh’s record of the week for week commencing 22nd May, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland – When Love Takes Over

  • Who wants to join us?

Playing With The Dog #WordlessWednesday #photography

  • Have you discovered these 5 cool photo editing tools on WordPress?

5 WordPress Photo Editing Tools Available To Use On The Block Editor

  • What’s Hugh’s record of the week for week commencing 29th May, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – M People – Moving On Up

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – April 2021

  • What’s Hugh’s record of the week for week commencing 3rd April, 2021?

Something For The Weekend – Elton John – I’m Still Standing

  • It was a night nobody would ever forget.

A Night To Remember #flashFiction

  • Have you ever had one of your blog posts reblogged? Did you do anything to return the favour?

Do You Know What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Gets Reblogged?

  • What’s Hugh’s record of the week for week commencing 10th April, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – Olivia Newton John And ELO – Xanadu

  • What fate awaited an innocent woman?

No More Heroes #flashfiction

  • Your chance to catch up on 6 blog posts from me that contain blogging tips.

6 Recent Blogging Tips Post That You May Have Missed

  • Can you guess what bright things are emerging in these photos?

Emerging #WordlessWednesday #photography

  • Have you added your blog to your Gravatar? No? Not sure? Then you could be missing out on hundreds of new visitors to your blog.

Why Every Blogger Should Ensure They’ve Attached Their Blog To Their Gravatar

  • What’s Hugh’s record of the week for week commencing 17th April, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars

  • What awaited the pilgrims onboard the ship the Mayflower when it landed in the new world?

Pilgrims – #flashfiction

  • What’s Hugh’s record of the week for week commencing 24th April, 2021?
  • Something For The Weekend? – Van McCoy – The Hustle

    • They thought they had gotten away with first-degree murder, but the victims had other ideas.

    How To Save The Earth – #flashfiction

    • What do you see when looking skyward?

    Skyward – #WordlessWednesday #photography

    • Are people unfollowing your blog for any of these reasons? Why would you unfollow a blog?

    Are These The 7 Main Reasons Why Your Blog Is Losing Readers?

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