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Monday, February 20, 2012

(Finally) A Poll


Happy Monday everyone, and thank you all for your well-wishes. After about a week of feeling like my head is going to explode, and my limbs weighing about as much as a small car, I'm finally feeling something like my usual self. I've got some catching up to do so apologies for not responding to your comments, or reading your blogs over the last few days. I have nearly 700 blog posts on my feeder, so it could take a while! (And no, I'm afraid I'm probably not going to read every single one).

I felt awful about not putting any Musical Stories up last Friday, I think it's the first week I've missed, but they'll be back this week. For those new to the blog, this is the first one I did, which has an explanation of what the series is about. There are two more weeks to go and then we've come to the end of another series so I'd like to know what you want to see next. I love doing them, this isn't me looking for a way out, but I only want to carry on if you're still enjoying them. I did wonder about dropping the number of songs down to two. I know we all like to read a lot of blogs, and maybe three songs a week is just too many.

I've added a poll to my sidebar at the top, which will be there for the next ten days. I'd really appreciate it if you'd take a few moments to complete it for me. You'll notice there's a vote for the 'synopsis idea'. Laura at Daily Dodo had a really interesting idea. She suggested I get you to send me a short pitch or synopsis of your story, and I'll pick a song or two that I think suits it. I love this idea, but obviously I'd need some audience participation to make it work! If you have any other ideas you think might work, feel free to drop me an email or leave a comment below. Thanks guys.

Now to catch up with you all :-)

90 comments:

  1. Glad you're feeling better! I like the synopsis idea. And I hope no one says they don't visit on Fridays! That's rude.

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  2. I'm so glad you're feeling better, Sarah! And I like that synopsis idea very much, too. Now, off to vote on your poll :-).

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    1. Thank you Margot, if it wasn't for your suggestions, I don't think I could have run the stories for as long as I did :-)

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  3. I like the synopsis idea, too -- it would help you choose your songs, too!

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    1. Well, upright and conscious at least.
      Baby steps, Vic. Baby steps :-)

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  5. I like the synopsis idea. I'm putting the finishing touches on my book's blog tour, and I can't go on tour without music, so I'll offer you my pitch for your series. Let me know, and Rock on ...

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  6. Synopsis sounds like a cool idea :)

    I'm very happy you're back to your usual self :)

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    1. It seems to be popular, and thank you :-)

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  7. Yes, I am liking synopsis idea. I would submit something if you do end up doing this.

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    1. Excellent! My worry was that people would like the idea but nobody would want to submit :-)

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  8. Hope you get on the mend soon! I like the synopsis idea - putting a song to a story sounds good to me :)

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    1. All better now Jamie, thanks. This is either going to brilliant or terrible :-)

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  9. Ohhh I like your music blogs... but I also like the synopsis idea... I just voted:)

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    1. I know, I love the synopsis idea, but I'll miss the stories.

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  10. I voted for the synopsis idea too - but, boy, it sounds difficult!

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    1. Yes, I'm starting to wonder if I'm creating a monster :-)

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  11. No need for apologies, Sarah - you were ill, it happens to us all, And it blogs remain unread - so be it. Glad you're feeling human, at last.

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  12. Glad to hear you're feeling better. You're still doing better than I am with with your blog reader, though. I've been at 1000+ posts for over a month now, and no matter how many I read, I can't seem to get the counter below 1000.

    That's why I've started to use email subscriptions to keep track of the blogs I want to read on a regular basis. Have you considered adding an email subscription for your blog?

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    1. Thanks for the reminder Ken, I've been meaning to do that because of the imminent changes to google. I'll get to it!

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  13. Does that mean you were on your way to becoming a Transformer?

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  14. Glad you're rejoining the world of the healthy. Don't even try to catch up with all those posts -- therein lies madness. Do what you can, and don't stress the rest. (That's my motto, anyway.)

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  15. I love what you've been doing, but also like the synopsis idea. Maybe one of each a week?

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    1. Possibly. It depends how long it takes me to come up with a song for the synopsis :-)

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    1. You're going to hate this, but the first song that came to mind when I read your blurb was 'Two Tribes'. That was without thinking though, so don't hold me to it!

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  17. Synopsis idea sounds great and I think that you would get plenty of participation :)

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    1. Thanks Josh, it's looking like a winner so far :-)

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  18. yay - glad you're better... looks like the synopsis idea's going to float then :) Hope you have a go - I'd send you mine!
    Love Laura xxx

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  19. Oh, Sarah. As a few have said, there's no need for apologies. 'Tis life my friend and it's same for many of us (apologies for not visiting for SUCH a long time!)

    Hope you are feeling better and stronger. All any of can do is keep going, as best we can

    x

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    1. Debbie, you really don't need to apologise, it's just lovely to see you back. Take care of you.

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  20. Glad you're feeling better.

    Love the synopsis idea. If you do this please (pretty please) can my book be one of those you use. Maybe those people who haven't written a book could send a synopsis of one they've enjoyed reading instead.

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  21. Ugh. Catching up sucks. Like it's not hard enough to keep up when you're keeping up!

    I'm glad you're feeling better.

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  22. What a fun idea! *rushes over to click on the poll*

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  23. My daughter told me that you have been under the weather, (she reads your blogs too even though she does not have a blogger account). I am glad that you are feeling better. I have had some catching up to do too. I am not like I used to be with reading. I think it is the "getting old part" that is slowing me down. One of these days, I shall be up to date. Meanwhile take care of yourself.

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    1. *Waves at Munir's daughter*
      That's made my day :-)

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  24. Hi Sarah. Sorry you haven't been feeling well. I hope you're soon back as good as new. Musical Stories is a great concept. Even though I voted to keep it as is, the synopsis idea flies too. D.

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  25. I'm sorry you haven't been well, but glad to hear you're on the mend. You've been missed!!!!!

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  26. Glad to hear you're starting to feel better. Good luck on the catch-up!

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  27. 1. Sarah I'm so glad you're feeling better. And go catch up!
    2. I'm off to Poll right now!

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  28. I voted to keep it as is. I like the three song selection. Some I'll recognize and there will be some new ones too.

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    1. If it goes, it won't be forever - I love it too much :-)

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  29. Yay. You're feeling better. :)

    I voted.

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  30. Glad you are feeling better! I voted but didn't see any poll results come up. Hope you can see them!

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    1. That's my fault - one of the options was too long, so you have to slide the bar across the bottom to see the results!

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  31. Oh my goodness...I'm so sorry you've been sick, but I'm glad you're on the mend!

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    1. Thanks Julie. I think I'm as normal as I'm going to get now :-)

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  32. Glad you're feeling a bit better, and don't worry at all about giving yourself some slack. We all need it, and we all understand. Excited for more musical stories :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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    1. Thanks Sarah. Why is it we understand completely when it happens to our friends but then beat ourselves up over it?

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  33. I'm glad you're feeling better. I haven't been around much either so don't feel bad. I've been busy with revisions and doing a crit for a friend...Takes me away.

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    1. Ah, when I saw your response to me I was worried you'd been ill too. Glad that's not the case, you've been being productive :-)

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  34. Glad you're feeling better. I like what you're doing. You've brought back some good memories for me with the songs and reminded me of others I'd totally forgotten. As long as the synopses aren't long, then I won't mind reading what others have going. I voted.

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    1. Thanks Joy, yeah, I think I might impose a word limit ;-)

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  35. It sounds like you've had a real dose of the flu! (Would that be each leg weighing like a car or both legs together? *tongue pushed in cheek*)

    Do let me know what you'd like me to promote on my blog as a runner-up prize to the quiz. Or if you'd like to hold it over for a while then that's fine.

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    1. No, it's normally both legs together - this was definitely each ;-)

      That's lovely of you about the promotion - I'd like to hold it over until I do something productive if that's ok!

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  36. So glad you're feeling better! Sounds like you had the same thing a lot of people here have had.

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    1. Thanks Caryn, it's definitely the time of year for it!

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  37. The synopsis idea sounds great!
    Good to hear you are feeling better too :)

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    1. It's either going to be awesome or a disaster ;-)
      Thanks Lynda,

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  38. The synopsis idea definitely sounds interesting! Glad you're feeling better :)

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  39. Hey, sorry to hear you've been sick, but I'm glad that you're feeling better. It seems like there's some kind of bug going around 'cause I had to deal with 2 sick kids this week, plus hubster and myself. At least we're finally starting to get better.

    You know, I don't know a lot about music (or I never paid much attention, I guess), so I've always enjoyed your musical stories. But then again, the synopsis idea sounds good, too. I guess it'll depend on the poll result, eh? ;)

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    1. Aww, I'm sorry to hear that - it's so much worse when you have to look after others as well as being sick yourself. I hope you're well on the way to being better now.

      It looks like we'll be running with the synopsis idea, but I suspect the Stories will be back eventually :-)

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  40. Glad to hear you're feeling better. I've missed you!

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    1. Hey Julie, I've just read a whole bunch of your posts in one go. All caught up now :-)

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