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On Resolutions, 2020 and 2021

For a number of years I've posted new year's resolutions on the Themself, along with reflections on how I've got on with them. I didn't do that last year, even though I was sure that I had.  Making Resolutions There's been a theme to previous resolutions, they've covered reading, writing and being healthier. The theme is about being a better person, although there's a level of subjectivity about what constitutes 'better'. On the whole being happier with who I am is probably the thing I should have 'm not going to make retrospective resolutions for 2020, the whole point of making new year resolutions is setting yourself some aspirations for the future. As I write 2020 is a few days from being history. Thankfully. Reflections on 2020 Global pandemic and massive recession aside, things haven't been all bad about 2020.…
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Into Darkness [WW2 SOE] – June Write Club Story

Into Darkness is the story I wrote for June's Write Club, which is a local group to encourage us to write and share feedback with each other. There were eight stories this month, which is the third time the group has met, but the first time I've managed to join. I did submit a story for the first time, and wrote one for the second time but it got way over the word count and I didn't send it in. I found it a very friendly and supportive group, and it was a pleasure to read the stories that the others had written. The theme was to write something involving a letter. Write Club meets on the second Saturday of the month, with the stories due in a week before that. Right now it's meeting via zoom, although that wasn't…
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My Life with the Stars – Sizzling Secrets Spilled! [Guest Post]

Front Cover of Tony Flood's book 'My Life With the Stars' (image: Tony Flood) GUEST BLOG by TONY FLOOD, the author of celebrity book MY LIFE WITH THE STARS – SIZZLING SECRETS SPILLED!, spicy crime thriller TRIPLE TEASE and fantasy adventure THE SECRET POTION. As a former Fleet Street journalist and Sky Television executive, I fully appreciate that authors need more than writing skills to produce a successful book. It is vital to carry out extensive research and to engage with people - particularly non-fiction writers who need to conduct interviews in order to write stories about others' experiences. This was the case with the new edition of my celebrity book MY LIFE WITH THE STARS – SIZZLING SECRETS SPILLED! Sizzling Secrets Spilled! It applied both when I was encouraging showbiz stars such as Des O'Connor to pass on amusing…
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Targeting Online Traffic with Facebook Ads

Woman using a laptop (Photo by Kaboompics .com from Pexels) If you’re a marketer, you might already know that Facebook Ads are a very useful tool. By providing you access to approximately billion active monthly users, the platform gives you an opportunity to reach many potential customers. That’s not to say you’re taking full advantage of this marketing resource. Facebook offers an extremely wide range of marketing features. Odds are good you’re not leveraging all of them. For example, this guide will teach you how to target referral traffic with your Facebook ads. This helps you develop marketing content that aligns with your audience’s needs, tastes, and behaviors. How to Monitor Referrals on Facebook You’ll need to use the Facebook Pixel to track how guests are being referred to your site. This line of code can be inserted into various…
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Chasing Lines by James McLaren [Guest Post]

This week's post is a from James McLaren, who wrote Chasing Lines about his epic 4,000 mile cycle ride across Europe. You can see some of his pictures on Instagram and read the book to find out more. Chasing Lines Cover of Chasing Lines by James Mclaren, the story of an epic 4,000 mile cycle ride across Europe (image: James McLaren) The alarm goes off in my hotel room in Ufa. Better get used to that. I’ve had my day of getting ready so here we go, all the planning and training is done, it’s real, it’s right here in front of me. Clothes on, eat snacks and get breakfast. Bike and kit all ready, it’s time to wheel it out into the elevator of my nice hotel room. I come out the elevator into the reception, head to toe…
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