The Writer

Take my hand and I promise you art.

You will be the canvas of my prose. I’ll dip my pen into the ink of your eyes and engrave myself onto your heart.


Shreya Vikram (alias Natalie Swift) is a writer who prides herself on her ability to blur the lines between poetry and prose, intensity and elegance.

She aims to create beautiful literature with an underlying theme of ‘never lying, nothing true’: taking inspiration from her own life and morphing it into fiction.

She hopes that in the process, you’ll find something that speaks to you.

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195 Comments Add yours

  1. Arshya Gaur says:

    Really deep and so profound… great going!

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    1. Thank you, Arshya!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Some great stuff!

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  3. Sonderwriter says:

    Love your writing! So glad to have found it 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much. This means a lot 🖤

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  4. Sarah says:

    Absolutely lovely!

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  5. Enchanting images. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you, Spencer

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  6. ideasflyhigh says:

    You have a very well designed page. Looks really artsy.. Wow! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Glad you’re enjoying it<3

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  7. Nadia Khan says:

    Which theme have you used? You have an amazing blog. I just started a week ago.

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    1. I use the Dyad 2 theme, Nadia. Thank you!
      Oh? How is it going so far?

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  8. -Eugenia says:

    Your blog is very enjoyable, Natalie!

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    1. Thank you so much. I’m delighted to hear that<3

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    2. -Eugenia says:

      You’re welcome!

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  9. KT says:

    Love your writing! It’s very vivid and powerful.

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  10. poetdidntevenknowit says:

    your website is so pretty! your poems are just so intriguing as well!

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you’re enjoying my work ❤

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  11. Fascinating stuff. As I’ve said elsewhere, I’m not much into prose or poetry. That said, writers like you could make me a convert! Keep it up!

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    1. Haha it’s funny because I thought the same thing until people started calling what I wrote poetry… I suppose it just grew on me.

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  12. Cathy Cade says:

    alluring mission statement

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. That means a lot.

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  13. Michael Vito Tosto says:

    You have strong, unique voice. I enjoy it.

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  14. Reodan Madarao says:

    “The soul and wisdom entwined formed a beautiful masterpiece”

    It’s an inspiration to read your work.

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    1. Thank you. That truly means a lot ❤

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  15. orkidedatter says:

    I didn’t need to read much of your magic words until you caught my soul and warmed my heart❤️ Thank you so much, You are a role model, source of inspiration and a writer of words I feel gives me a journey in my mind and I am in your story and everything is alive.

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    1. Thank you. That means so much to me, more than you could ever know.

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    2. orkidedatter says:

      You always kindly welcome.

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  16. judybarton says:

    well, I like your way to write

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  17. obbverse says:

    All writings reveal the person. Pen names are a great way of putting yourself out there but retaining a bit of distance. Thanks for dropping by.

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  18. What a nice description of your philosophy in life.

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  19. clinock says:

    Just found you and love your work and want to join but it’s difficult for me to break the sacred number of followers you are at tonight: 11,111 but however and of course I did.

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    1. Haha, I just noticed. I should probably print this out and hang it along with my (mostly non-existent) list of awards and honors but alas…

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  20. Hello Shreya, Your writing profoundly witnesses and translates from life to fiction. Truly enjoyed reading several of your posts.

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    1. Thank you so much. That truly means a lot ❤

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  21. Tom Austin says:

    Dear Shreya, Why did you choose Natalie Swift as your pen name? Did the book “Tom Swift and his Electric Pen” have anything to do with your choice of a pen name?

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    1. Mmm no, I haven’t read it. Is it something you would recommend?
      It was a completely impetuous decision, to be honest. WordPress asked for my name, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be associated with my site yet, so I typed in the first thing I thought of. I can’t even remember where I saw it.

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  22. antoniazen says:

    I love what you say about prose and poetry converging. It’s something I was trained out of a bit by being told my words were too flowery. I’ve ended up separating them but sometimes they creep back together, especially in free-form verse or descriptive writing. You’re creating or re-forming an artform with exceptional eloquence and it makes me want to dive into the form.

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    1. Mmm I can definitely relate to that. I used to draw a line between an indulgence in purple prose and something more suitable to today’s writing. But I find that florid language is my strongest link, so I try to blend it in whenever I can.
      I hope you find a middle-ground for yourself as well. ❤

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    2. antoniazen says:

      Thanks, I now find different forms each open different doors, shifting my perspective. You’ve helped re-open one door whose hinges had become somewhat rusty. Keep creating. As for purple prose – purple is a lovely colour! 🙂

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  23. Rupa Rao says:

    Shreya-Lovely play of words -uplifting and beautiful!!! Just clicked to follow you -Looking forward to reading your pieces as I go along!! Good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rupa. I hope you enjoy reading.

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  24. Lesh says:

    “I’ll dip my pen into the ink of your eyes and engrave myself onto your heart.” Beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my cyber home so I could discover yours 🙂

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    1. My pleasure. Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment, Lesh. ❤

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  25. Ganglari says:

    I love your work, such artistic eloquence and passion! Thank you for finding me, that really was a long shot.

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    1. Thank you so much. That truly means a lot. ❤

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  26. I’m totally blown away by your writing!
    Powerful, heart-felt, thought-provoking and mind-boggling – just the way I like it!

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    1. Thank you. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. ❤

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    2. Not sure how you found me but glad that you did – for I found you 💞

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  27. Wow! We read only one post and we’re believers already! Can’t wait to let our eyes to feast on each one of these delectable works of art!

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  28. waynelyons2 says:

    Building the community one smile at a time!! Peace and Blessings!!
    Love Conquers All!!

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  29. mywritings21 says:

    Elusive, awesome and mysterious! Love your writing!

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope you have an incredible 2019 ❤

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  30. “Hello this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!”

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  31. Anand Bose says:

    I feel so happy and proud of you. Keep it up. Anand Bose from Kerala

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    1. Thank you so much, Anand. That truly means a lot ❤

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  32. jfkaufmann says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for following me. Your blog looks beautiful and your witting style resonates with me with its warmth, intimacy and elegance.

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    1. I’m so glad you felt that way. Definitely the theme I was going for. I hope you enjoy reading as much as the style!
      And it was my pleasure ❤

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  33. sefiros2211 says:

    I’m glad you liked the post, Natalie. I look forward to reading yours,

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    1. Thank you so much for the nomination, Shalini! I’m honored you thought I deserved it.
      However, I’m afraid I won’t be able to put up an acceptance post as I’m trying to keep the site an award-free zone.
      I truly appreciate the gesture. Thank you so much, again. It really means a lot ❤

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  34. M.T. Bass says:

    When I go to share any of your blog posts on Twitter with the button on your site, I get the following message:

    “The profile you’re trying to view has been suspended. Why not try a search to find something else?”

    You might check the sharing options in WordPress to make sure it’s set up with the correct Twitter @account.

    I don’t have issues with other blogs.

    Good luck.

    Mudcat

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    1. Thank you so much for pointing that out. I’ve updated my account on WordPress and I believe it’s working now. Thanks again! ❤

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  35. M.T. Bass says:

    Just curious why your Twitter account got suspended.

    B/R

    Mudcat

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    1. Ah, I’ve got this question before, and I honestly don’t get why so many people think my account has been suspended (maybe you could clarify?)… you can still find me at https://twitter.com/Midnight_Embers though I’m not very active on Twitter save for the regular blog update.

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  36. Sparkyjen says:

    I’m fascinated by your themes which emphasize ‘never lying, nothing true.’ It makes me wonder where you go when you write, and the mental tools you use to keep it real. Cool beans!

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    1. Haha I’m so glad you thought so! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment! It really means a lot ❤

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    2. Sparkyjen says:

      You are very welcome!💥

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  37. LillianC says:

    So nice to meet you. Thank you for following my blog. I must say, you have a beautiful design here. Well done!

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    1. Glad you like it, Lillian! And good luck with NaNoWriMo! ❤️

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  38. Nicolene says:

    Your work intrigues me. Will keep visiting.

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    1. Glad you liked it, Nicolene! Thank you so much!<3

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  39. bakshis says:

    Hi Natalie.. i like your posts. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. That means a lot to me. Thank you so much! ❤

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  40. grumpytyke says:

    That sounds so like my claim: “not everything factual I write is true; not everything fictional I write is fiction”. 🙂
    Thanks a lot fro the ‘like’ and follow.

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    1. Haha love the way you put it! ❤

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  41. Annette Lawniczak says:

    You have a unique voice and that is very attractive to me. I love people who can express themselves so eloquently. Thank you for visiting my blog site and following me. p.s. would love to put a face to this voice!

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    1. Thank you so much, Annette. That really means a lot to me. ❤
      Haha, well, I think I'm clinging just a tad too much to my anonymity at the moment to step out of the shadows… there is some comfort in knowing that whatever your write isn't going to be directly reflected on you and I honestly don't think I'm personally ready yet.
      And I just wanted to point out: the link you've given WordPress in your profile as your site address doesn't exist anymore? Was that intentional?

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    2. Annette Lawniczak says:

      All good Natalie. Oh thank you for pointing that out. I shall check into it.

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  42. You are an amazingly expressive writer! Just lovely. And thank you so much for following my blog.

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    1. Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤
      And I just wanted to point out that the link you've given WordPress in your profile as your site address isn't right?
      You've said: belladonnax60.wordpress.com but the actual link, I think, is https://inspiredwriter.blog/
      I'm just unable to access your site from your profile so I just wanted to let you know…

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    2. Thank you! I had changed it but I must not have saved it. I’m completely new to this so I’m learning as I go.

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  43. Thanks a lot for your response, I get you completely

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  44. Hi Natalie, please elaborate on the meaning of “never lying, nothing true”, especially the latter.
    I am a bit puzzled, even though I am a Poet myself.
    And when you do get a chance, please comment with your thoughts on the Dr Phil Valentine vs Dr Degrasse matter on my Greenankhworks.wordpress.com

    Thanks in advance

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    1. Well, all creative work is to some extent: fiction, isn’t it? No matter how you label a piece, as a memoir or a blog, when life comes down to paper, there will always be hyperbole, embellishment, a romantasized, exxagerated state of affairs that only reflects off reality. I think one huge misconception about the entire of the writers community, or any creative pusuit for that matter, is that we live only what we write. For me, that couldn’t be farther from the truth, and that was what I was referring to.
      Keeping a blog suggests that you’re putting the entire stretch of your life onto paper for the world to see, but this site is like mismatched bits and pieces of a puzzle that will never make sense without those missing chunks. There are no half-truths, but I can’t say that all of these are downright lies either. People who know me in ‘real life’ will never relate me to this, and neither will the people I’ve met online recognize me.
      Where will it fit in then?

      And I’ll definitely check it out as soon as I can, though it may take a while. ❤

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    2. Over Soil says:

      When Natalie responded with the word “hyperbole”, all I could think of was hyperbolic space crochet and I had to look the word up. Now I know, learnt something new again. As my son says”Everyday is a school day” and this proves it. greenankhworks, all fiction is nothing true and also as it’s from the mind so is never lying. Perhaps it’s just putting a different more creative perception on things in there, a swimmer becomes a mermaid and something cleverly done becomes magic!

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    3. Haha, trust me: I know that feeling.
      That was such a beautiful way to put it! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! It really means a lot ❤

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  45. Ravisingh says:

    My pleasure,Natalie!

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  46. Ravisingh says:

    Superb! loved it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ravi! ❤

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  47. davidjrogersftw says:

    What a great old plain Natalie Swift take me or leave me name you have. Plain as mine. My writing ambition, probably like yours, has always been to write beautiful prose, prose such that you and readers say, “My goodness, isn’t that beautiful?”. So beautiful that as you write it and the words appear you cry.

    Thank you for following my blog. I wrote one called “How to Write Mesmerizing Prose” that contains wonderful examples of beautiful, mesmerizing prose. You may want to take a look at it.
    \
    It is very early in the day here in the American mid-west and being an insomniac I got little sleep and so am going back to bed. I swear to you Natalie I that will explore your work when I am more or less fully awake. I’m looking forward to it.

    I hope we become friends because you seem to be the kind of writer who is serious about her craft. These are the kind of writers and artists who tend to follow me, and I enjoy their follow and friendships that have developed.

    Mt best to you, David

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha I’ll definitely take a look, David. And I hope you’ll enjoy my work as well.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by and comment! That really means a lot to me.
      I feel the same. Looking forward to seeing you around! ❤

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  48. Hi Natalie!

    Your way with words is beautiful. Expression at its best. Its good to connect with you.
    All the best!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤

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  49. Nadson Warwick says:

    I see pride, selfishness and narcissism in the castle. Just another human being. It’s not going to challenge the status quo and inspire social change. None of us is going to find themselves in that shallow surface of our inner self. We’re all in the same boat. Slowly sinking. Bounded by fate and oblivion.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      You make a valid point.
      It appears my objective has greatly shifted from when I’ve started the blog, and this page seems to be stuck in the lofty ideals of the past. I’ll definitely be updating it soon.
      That’s an intruiging perspective, and we’re all equally entitiled to our own…
      At the same time, I cannot presume to know what the rest of the world experiences. I am only chronicling my own. Whether that is of any value to everyone else, is not for me to say…

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  50. ofinkedchaos says:

    Hello Natalie,
    I’m stopping in to thank you for following my blog. Not only that but to also tell you that your writing is fantastic. I look forward to reading more of your work.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤

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  51. Natalie Swift says:

    It’s my pleasure ❤️
    Thank you so much! Glad you think so!

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  52. Hi Natalie,

    I just want to say that your work is captivating. Thank you for sharing it.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Natalie Swift says:

      That really means a lot to me. Thank you so much! ❤

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  53. Natalie Swift says:

    Sure! Shoot.

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  54. beccyink says:

    Good to meet you – enjoying your writing!

    Liked by 2 people

  55. yy Lam says:

    Yes, we are all walking in the dark. Wish we can share light to each other.

    Liked by 2 people

  56. wordandink says:

    Hi Natalie! Finally had time to check out your writing, and now I’ve spent an hour reading…your words are always so thought-provoking. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I’m really looking forward to your next post!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot to me ❤
      BTW I just wanted to point out that you've given the URL of your site as wordandink.wordpress.com, which apparently no longer exists… do you have to update it?

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  57. saimcheeda says:

    “just another writer trying to make sense of the world around her and find herself in the chaos of her life through prose.”

    Yup. Know that feeling very well! 🙂

    Very well written.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha, don’t we all?
      Thank you so much, Saim! Glad you liked it ❤

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  58. Hey, Natalie, you sound like a kindred spirit. Many blessings on your mindful journey.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha thank you so much! You too ❤

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  59. JWCMaher says:

    Hello, Natalie, lovely to meet you. I think you summed it up perfectly with ‘trying to capture the chaos through prose.’ Looking forward to reading more of your blog, and your writing journey!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Natalie Swift says:

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment! ❤

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  60. da-AL says:

    am much enjoying your great site — wishing you joy & success here 🙂

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  61. Hi Natalie,

    I am in love with your writing style. Your thoughts resonate so well with my own. I really liked your “The truth about Selfishness”. It’s a gem. Though the ones I’ve read till now are all masterpieces.

    I look forward to reading more of your works!

    It amazes me that you found my blog and started following it. I am a newbie at blogging, but I hope you like my work.

    Cheers!
    Roshwin
    http://sarcasticbibliophile.home.blog

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading my work! It really means a lot to me ❤
      Haha, it was my pleasure! I absolutely enjoyed your writing as well… your style is just so engaging and I simply loved reading it!

      Lots of love ❤
      Natalie

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  62. helo there nathalie,
    thank you for give me a feed to my wordpress. and of course here’s my feedback! to be honest your blog is definitely awesome. you did a great job in a way to image your blog to be the mysterious ones! im not reading it yet, but i’ll read it, it make me curious too be honest. keep going.

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  63. YOur work your words and your perspectives seem awesome. Looking forward to getting to know you.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤

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  64. Code Baker says:

    Hi Natalie!

    I love your writings, and the whole “atmosphere” of your blog…

    Your post “faceless” was amazing, and really made one think.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot to me ❤

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  65. Hi Natalie,

    Thanks for following my blog.

    As early as now, I can already tell that I’m gonna love what you have written. The overall vibe of your blog just inexplicably resonates with me. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.

    Cheers!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thank you so much, Magnus! That really means a lot to me ❤

      Like

  66. Soul Gifts says:

    Hey Natalie, I finally made it here. I always try to pop over to everyone who starts following my blog just to say hello, thanks, and have a read. It’s an amazing world and I have found so many amazing bloggers just by doing this one simple little thing. i have so many good friends all over the world now who I will only ever meet through the blogs. But I get to armchair tour and learn so many interesting things. I just wanted to comment too about image credits – I do that by adding a caption under the image with a link to the photographer.

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    1. Haha true, I can definitely agree with that.

      I want to add image credits but WordPress won’t let me for featured images… apparently, captions aren’t allowed if you’re using the picture as your featured one. Any ideas?

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    2. Soul Gifts says:

      Gotcha – the only thing I can think of is to put the credit at the tail end of your post.

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    3. That’s what I plan to do from now on… thanks anyway ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  67. Hadas Bat-el says:

    I love your blog Natalie! You are extremely talented! I added your blog to my blogroll because it’s just that amazing!

    Hope you have a great day!

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! They really mean a lot to me, more than you could ever imagine ❤
      Lots of love!

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  68. magnoliajem says:

    Goooood morning! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for The Blogger Recognition award. https://magnoliajem.com/2018/07/23/the-blogger-recognition-award/

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    1. Thank you so much! You have no idea how much that gesture means to me… unfortunately, I’m not in the place right now to put up a post to accept it and I’m so sorry about that.
      Thank you so much again, all the same! ❤
      And congratulations on being nominated yourself! You deserve it ❤

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    2. magnoliajem says:

      You’re welcome. Not to worry about not posting. I know what a burden this sort of thing can be, so I don’t care whether anyone plays along or not. I really just wanted to let you (& the others) know that I read & enjoy their blogs!

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  69. Kirsy Rivera says:

    Your blog is so interesting!! Looking forward to read more from you!!

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much, Kirsy! ❤

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  70. Nishita13 says:

    Hey there,
    Your blog is aesthetic and heart touching.
    Thankyou for following my blog and appreciating my writing. ❤

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thank you so much, Nishita!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
      It was my pleasure ❤

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    2. Nishita13 says:

      You’re welcome. Pleasure. 💛

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  71. Jaya says:

    Loving this! Thanks for the follow. Nice to be connected! 🙂

    ~ Jaya

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Back at you, Jaya! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  72. Von Smith says:

    You have a lofty future to create. Thank you for investing yourself. Thanks for taking time to read my poetry.

    status quo

    there are many eyes
    status quo, has many minds
    many inventions

    to change someone’s mind
    open it, before trying to
    add, subtract, divide

    someone must suspect
    you hear and understand them
    before they listen

    changes you suggest
    must exist somewhere, persist
    until they can see

    your candle must be lit
    bright, so they can regard it
    and rely on it

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    1. That was such a beautifully written piece!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and share your thoughts with me… it really means a lot ❤

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  73. Sasanka MSD says:

    Hi Natalie,
    Your blog has been filled with enigma of emotions and every sentence you have written is cutting deep into the heart. Your Writings resemble my Thoughts.
    You are doing a Marvelous Work!!!
    Looking forward to read more from your blog and waiting for another article that chills down my spine.
    With respect,
    Sasanka Msd
    thoughtsntruths777

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    1. Haha, it was my pleasure.
      Thank you so much, Sanaksa! I’m so glad my words resonate with you.
      It really means a lot to me than you could take the time to visit and share your thoughts so thank you again for that! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Oh, I just realized I switched the letters around… sorry for the typo!

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  74. dave1y says:

    Hi Natalie. I am enjoying your thought provoking writing, please keep it up. Looking forward to your next post!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thank you so much!
      I’ll definitely be looking forward to reading more from you as well, Dave! ❤

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  75. Ron Yates says:

    Thanks for visiting my site, Natalie. You’ve got some cool stuff here. I look forward to spending more time with your words and images!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thank you so much, Ron! ❤
      Haha, the words are all mine but the images, I'll have to credit to Unsplash. They have some great work out there and it's just beautiful.

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  76. mauruschka says:

    Wow that words is amazing it is as if I could have said it. I love your blog and has already started reading. Keep up the good work.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you so much!
      Glad you enjoyed reading ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  77. David says:

    Hi Natalie. Chaos comes a goes, but the trick is to let it go and concentrate on the light beyond. If in doubt leave it behind in the bowels of the computer and tread your own path regardless. Love, David

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    1. Beautifully said, David! ❤
      If only it was that easy to leave self-doubt behind and keep moving…
      Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and share your thoughts! It really means a lot to me ❤

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  78. Apparently all the really good authors refer to themselves in the third person, so you must be on your way….

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    1. Haha, I’ve noticed… honestly, I’ve never really got why, but fake it till you make it, right? 😉

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  79. sahitipenna says:

    Hi Natalie, Thank you for visiting my blog and reading through my poems. 🙂 I enjoyed going through your writings as well and am looking forward to reading more in the future! Hoping to stay in touch through our writings. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad you liked them! ❤
      It was my pleasure… looking forward to seeing you around as well!

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  80. The Hinoeuma says:

    Hi, Natalie. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Bloggers Award. I love your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I truly appreciate the gesture and it really means a lot to me that you thought I was worthy of it ❤
      Unfortunately, I'll have to decline this time, because I an't put up a post about this at this point.
      Thank you so much for the gesture! It really means a lot to me.

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    2. The Hinoeuma says:

      Hey. No worries, love. I was surprised to be nominated. I’m thinking it is just a thumbs up kind of thing from the blogging community. Keep doing what you’re doing. We hear you.
      🌹❤😎

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    3. It definitely is. I love the way the ‘awards’ here are so holistic instead of the usual competitive ones online
      It’s so much more encouraging and personal. I’ve met some of my most closest blogging ‘friends’ through being nominated or nominating someone else and its amazing how you can forge these relationships with people you haven’t even met ❤

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    4. The Hinoeuma says:

      The blogosphere is a different community in comparison to Facebook. There are trolls out there but, for the most part, there is more respect. And…WordPress people will actually “talk” to you & assist. Facebook…good luck getting any help with anything.

      I have discovered some incredibly talented & kind people “out here”…awards or not.

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  81. Howdy, Natalie! I wanted to take the time to pop in and give a proper thank you. I almost never (ever) stop by anyone’s place and actually “thank them” for following my blog and I’ll tell ya why. Because it just seems so darn pretentious. Like I’m supposed to be holding a bouquet of roses and waving my hand sideways in a slow, silly fashion and saying, “I’d like to thank…” (etc.) Ick. I’d rather notice YOU- because I am, after all, at your place! How self-absorbed must I be to take the time and go to another person’s site and then thank them for “whatever it is that has to do with “my site”. Natalie, these are the things that keep me up at 4:55 a.m., apparently. My guy’s porn addiction also does, and that’s why I can’t sleep. Apparently. You may wonder why I took the time to comment here when I usually don’t if someone follows me, and I’ll tell you plainly: You have a rocking place here! It’s all like- doomy and gloomy and I love that crap! (No really, I do. Haha…In a romantic-like way.) Let’s just say, it speaks to me. Especially right now. I’m betting your featured images are borrowed from other people on the web, and if that’s the case, that’s pretty standard these days. But if there’s even a snowflake’s chance in hell that they’re yours, well then I’m beyond impressed. Anywho- wanted to pop in and say, “Hey!”

    “Hey!” 😉

    -Birgitta <<< ( Feel free to call me by my first name.)

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    1. Haha, I’m completely with you on that…people follow your blog because they want to read more from you; not to do you a favour!
      I’m so glad you liked my blog and that you could resonate with it!
      And I wish I could say the pics were mine, but unfortunately, I suck at anything related to the camera. (I tell myself that writing can make up for the pictures, or the lack thereof.)
      I select the images on my site from Unsplash… they have some pretty amazing photos on the site and all of it is open to the world. I wish I could find some way to credit the artists but WordPress only allows that on normal pics apparently; not featured ones.

      Back at you!
      Looking forward to seeing you around, Birgitta! ❤

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  82. Welcome!

    I wrote this haiku for a Follower yesterday as an answer to his question, “Why blog””:

    Encore! encore! to
    Deepening stillnesses:
    Ultimate Word?

    As you and some of your followers say, writing is a magic.

    Keith.

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    1. That was such a beautiful piece!
      I simply loved it. ❤
      Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and share this, Keith!

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  83. Hey, thanks for checking out my blog. I really love how you layout your work! It’s such a good way to emphasis points and getting the reader to focus on the important parts.

    I’ve only really started experimenting with things outside of bold and italics… I know I’m a novice. Anyway thanks again!

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I’m glad you like it ❤

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  84. Dylan Raines says:

    It’s an honor to connect, Natalie. Have you made sense of the world around you, yet? 🙂

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    1. The pleasure’s mine ❤
      Will we ever, though?

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    2. Dylan Raines says:

      Maybe in trying to make sense of the world, the world is trying to make sense of us.

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  85. Beautifully engaging ‘About’ Natalie. Thank you for finding my blog. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Jane!
      I’m glad you liked it ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  86. Always good to find a fellow writer. And I LOVE the photo, by the way.

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    1. Thank you so much! ❤
      I feel the same… having such a great community is something I'll always be grateful for.

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  87. Your “About the Author” page is well-written and compelling!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thank you! ❤
      I'm glad you like it!

      Like

  88. 623greenway says:

    Yes of course we have to challenge the status quo in our writing, in our lives and work for social justice and our planet every day. Let us try to connect through words and deeds. If we have a clear vision and focus then we will create positive possibilities all around us despite the current evil that stalks the land (especially but not just in the USA).

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    1. Agreed. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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  89. Hello Natalie!

    Thank you so much for chancing upon my little world of writing and following me. I have to say I love your blog name and the cover picture. It speaks volumes. Also, I have been reading your blog and find myself agreeing with a lot that you wrote. Looking forward to read more from you.

    Best,
    Parikhit

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thank you so much, Parikhit! ❤
      That really means a lot to me…

      Liked by 1 person

  90. Léa says:

    Enjoy the adventure and embrace the wonder of it all.

    Liked by 4 people

  91. You’re welcome, Jenny! ❤
    I'm glad I did!

    Liked by 1 person

  92. Forrest Pasky says:

    I’m looking forward to reading your blog Natalie.
    Have a nice day.
    Forrest

    Liked by 3 people

    1. I hope you enjoy it ❤
      Thank you for taking the time to comment… it means a lot to me!

      Like

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