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October 15, 2013 at 9:31pm
October 15, 2013 at 9:31pm
#794530
The following winners for the September 2013 running of "Quotation Inspiration were chosen from the 11 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Quotation Inspiration. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "Twelfth Knight, or What the Hell?"   by Rip Van Inkle
*Bullet* Second Place - "Suffer Not A Witch"   by BluEyez
*Bullet* Third Place - "Collector"   by Professor Q: 15 in WDC Years!

Thanks also to the judges for the time spent reading and deciding on the winners. Smile

*Right*   October's Contest is: "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest
October 15, 2013 at 9:10pm
October 15, 2013 at 9:10pm
#794527
Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH!!

*Star* First ($100): Review of "Cutting the Cord" by Rhonda
*Bullet* Second ($50): Review of "Jealousy" by Dave
*Bullet* Third ($25): Review of "Secret of Your Fingertips" by Enbah Nilah

To select the winners, we randomly choose 10 of the entries to the contest and then SMs, SM and I individually rank those 10 reviews according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. I combine our rankings and from that we get our top 3 winners. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered this month.

Diane
October 6, 2013 at 10:19pm
October 6, 2013 at 10:19pm
#793547
*Bookopen* November is National Novel Writing Month! *Bookopen*
"NaNoWriMo"


What is NanoWrimo?
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. Read more:
          http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/whatisnano

Prepare for NaNoWriMo
Many of our Writing.Com members are gearing up and prepping for this annual event. To make things easier for all of you, we've assembled a variety of items to help you along your novel-writing journey!

1) Are you Prepping?
Grown to more than 200 participants since 2008. Come see what all the fuss is about.
October NaNoWriMo Prep Challenge  [13+]
Prepare for NaNoWriMo and win prizes!
by Mrs. Brandiwyn‚ô™



2) 5th Annual NaNoWriMo Write-A-Thon
A fundraising competition to write NaNo novels and earn GPs for great Writing.Com groups at the same time!
NaNoWriMo Write-A-Thon  [ASR]
A NaNoWriMo fundraiser... compete as a NaNo writer or donate by sponsoring one!
by Dr. Jeff-yll & Mr. Hyde



3) 30 Days of Character Building!
Gearing up for NaNo? Confused on how to build your character? Sign-up for this contest and watch your character form before your eyes!



4) NO NOVEL NANO!
Join the fun! Goal 50K in November but NO NOVEL.
Write what you want and count your words.
Prepare now. Build up momentum. Aim high and have fun.
Thinking about NanoWrimo - Rebelliously!  [18+]
"writing a memoir, a script, a nonfiction book ... or something else that's not a novel."
by ruwth



5) Writing.Com Lounge
From Nano-Newbies to Nano-Oldies, introduce yourself, exchange ideas, ask questions, etc. Groups and individuals are welcome to post links to their nano groups and nano activities.
The WDC NanoLounge  [13+]
A nano place to chat about NanoWrimo...
by The StoryMaster



Activate your NanoCounter by clicking the following URL:
          http://www.writing.com/main/my_account/action/update_nano/nanocnt/1
Your NanoCounter helps you keep track of how many words you've written for this year's NanoNovel. Remember your goal is to write 50,000 Words between November 1st and November 30th. When you update your NanoCounter, your count stats will be updated on the Nano'er List located at:
          http://www.writing.com/main/authors/action/nano
October 2, 2013 at 3:52am
October 2, 2013 at 3:52am
#792947
*Bulletg* Authors will now receive notifications in the left column's    when they receive a new rating on any of their items.

*Bulletv* Ratings are no longer anonymous by default! The notification will include the giver's user tag just like the other notifications. (Past ratings-only remain anonymous and are not affected by this change.)

*Bulletb* Members with a paid membership do still have the option of checking the "Make Anonymous" box to leave an anonymous rating. In this case, the notification will show "Anonymous" rather than the giver's information.

*Bulletr* The first time you "rate-only" something, you'll receive a pop-up warning reminding you about the change. This is a one-time only warning and is only for members with accounts created prior to today. (Newer members will not receive this notice.)

*Bulletg* Nothing about reviewing has changed. This update effects the action of leaving a rating without a review only. Review emails will continue to come for reviews and no new notifications have been added for the ratings that come with a review; the email continues to be the singular notifier for those.



This has been well test, but if anything seems out of place, please drop a line in "Bug Reporting.

Write on,
~~SM
September 26, 2013 at 10:13pm
September 26, 2013 at 10:13pm
#792444
I'm not sure how many of you know this, but Writing.Com is a family-business, run by a husband and wife team. We are known on Writing.Com as StoryMaster and StoryMistress, a play on "webmaster" and "webmistress" way back when. Thirteen years ago, we started and built our writing community with everything we had and we're still going strong. It means the world to us.

We received a video tonight from members of our online community... I can't even begin to put into words what this did for our hearts. Seriously, I can't. I was welling at less than a minute and then the "thank you" closer really got me. So, a huge shout out to the Writing.Com fans who put this together secretly and just so beautifully...




THANK YOU.
We are humbled and grateful
and we really wanted to share this with all of you.

*Heart*

- The StoryMistress and The StoryMaster
September 16, 2013 at 1:59pm
September 16, 2013 at 1:59pm
#791618
The following winners for the August 2013 running of "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 26 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "Horse Feathers: Blistex Tex II "   by Rip Van Inkle
*Bullet* Second Place - "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor
*Bullet* Third Place - "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor

~Diane

*Right* September Contest "Quotation Inspiration
September 16, 2013 at 12:40pm
September 16, 2013 at 12:40pm
#791612
Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH!!

*Star* First ($100): Review of "Time" by Sparky
*Bullet* Second ($50): Review of "Eventide-Prologue" by JMRobison
*Bullet* Third ($25): Review of "THE HEAT" by Past Member 'lekkis'

Remember, we randomly choose 10 reviews entered into the contest and then The StoryMaster , The StoryMistress and I individually rank those 10 reviews. I combine our rankings and from that we get our top 3 winners. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered this month.

~Diane

September 7, 2013 at 12:00am
September 7, 2013 at 12:00am
#790822
*PartyhatO* Day 7: September 7, 2013
For our seventh celebration day, building blocks plus a few odds and ends!
*Block* *Blockb* *Blockbr* *Blockg* *Blockgray* *Blocko* *Blockp* *Blockr* *Blockv* *Blocky*   *Bookstack2* *Bookstack3*   *Dragon*   *Picnictable*   *Plug*   *Pot*

*Block* is {e:block}
*Blockb* is {e:blockb}
*Blockbr* is {e:blockbr}
*Blockg* is {e:blockg}
*Blockgray* is {e:blockgray}
*Blocko* is {e:blocko}
*Blockp* is {e:blockp}
*Blockr* is {e:blockr}
*Blockv* is {e:blockv}
*Blocky* is {e:blocky}

*Bookstack2* is {e:bookstack2}
*Bookstack3* is {e:bookstack3}

*Dragon* is {e:dragon}
*Picnictable* is {e:picnictable}
*Plug* is {e:plug}
*Pot* is {e:pot}

We hope you've all be having a great time! Bigsmile
~~SM & SMs
September 6, 2013 at 12:08am
September 6, 2013 at 12:08am
#790719
*PartyhatV* Day 6: September 6, 2013
For our sixth celebration day, how about a cup of tea? No? Well, we have other beverages...
*Tea* *Teab* *Teabr* *Teag* *Teagray* *Teao* *Teap* *Tear* *Teav*
*Teapot* *Teapotb* *Teapotbr* *Teapotg* *Teapotgray* *Teapoto* *Teapotp* *Teapotr* *Teapotv*
*Bottle2* *Bottle3* *Bottle4* *Bottles* *Bottles2* *Bottles3*
*Glass* *Glass2* *Glass3* *Glass4* *Glass5*

*Tea* is {e:tea}
*Teab* is {e:teab}
*Teabr* is {e:teabr}
*Teag* is {e:teag}
*Teagray* is {e:teagray}
*Teao* is {e:teao}
*Teap* is {e:teap}
*Tear* is {e:tear}
*Teav* is {e:teav}

*Teapot* is {e:teapot}
*Teapotb* is {e:teapotb}
*Teapotbr* is {e:teapotbr}
*Teapotg* is {e:teapotg}
*Teapotgray* is {e:teapotgray}
*Teapoto* is {e:teapoto}
*Teapotp* is {e:teapotp}
*Teapotr* is {e:teapotr}
*Teapotv* is {e:teapotv}

*Bottle2* is {e:bottle2}
*Bottle3* is {e:bottle3}
*Bottle4* is {e:bottle4}
*Bottles* is {e:bottles}
*Bottles2* is {e:bottles2}
*Bottles3* is {e:bottles3}

*Glass* is {e:glass}
*Glass2* is {e:glass2}
*Glass3* is {e:glass3}
*Glass4* is {e:glass4}
*Glass5* is {e:glass5}



Party on!
~~SM & SMs
September 5, 2013 at 12:02am
September 5, 2013 at 12:02am
#790640
*PartyhatR* Day 5: September 5, 2013
For our fifth celebration day, color your world... and then some!

*Crayons**Crayons2**Crayons3**Crayons4**Crayons5**Crayons6**Crayons7**Crayons8**Crayons9**Crayons10* *Hotair* *Hotair2* *Hotair3* *Medical* *Medicalblack* *Medicalblue*

*Crayons* is {e:crayons}
*Crayons2* is {e:crayons2}
*Crayons3* is {e:crayons3}
*Crayons4* is {e:crayons4}
*Crayons5* is {e:crayons5}
*Crayons6* is {e:crayons6}
*Crayons7* is {e:crayons7}
*Crayons8* is {e:crayons8}
*Crayons9* is {e:crayons9}
*Crayons10* is {e:crayons10}
*Hotair* is {e:hotair}
*Hotair2* is {e:hotair2}
*Hotair3* is {e:hotair3}
*Medical* is {e:medical}
*Medicalblack* is {e:medicalblack}
*Medicalblue* is {e:medicalblue}


Color on,
~~SM & SMs

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