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Contests & Activities: February 17, 2021 Issue [#10622]




 This week: It's A Big World
  Edited by: Leger~
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
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6. Ask & Answer
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About This Newsletter

The purpose of this newsletter is to highlight some of the current contests and activities on the site, help educate members on how to host contests and activities, and provide clues to submit quality entries to contests. Write to me if you'd like something in particular covered.

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Letter from the editor

It's A Big World


Here in the US, some of us are being socked hard with ice and snow. I'm in FL right now, so it feels unreal. But it brings to mind a reminder for everyone on our site; or any site for that matter. The weather you are having right now, isn't everyone's weather.

The same for holidays, some are US holidays and some are not. Canada has Thanksgiving like the US but not on the same day. And of course religious holidays like Easter and Christmas aren't celebrated by everyone. So when you're creating a contest or activity, try to remember that not everyone knows about the holiday in detail. You might need to explain what Lent is, or where traditions of Christmas came from. It may not be important to the activity or contest, but why not educate people along the way? Take numbers for example. When I play roulette, I play 17 first. Why? Its just a 'thing' I do to be lucky. Do I win more that way? Probably not. But numbers have different meanings in different cultures. Some research revealed:

3 Most people believe in the adage that “all good things come in threes.” This is particularly true in Sweden, where people consider the 3 as a very lucky number. It is considered as the luckiest number in Korea. The association is different to what the people in Sweden believe. In Korea, the number three symbolizes control over ground and heaven because 1 represents the sky while 2 represents the earth. So adding the two numbers produces 3.


Italians associate the number 3 with balance and strength, which is represented by a triangle.

However, the Japanese and the Vietnamese avoid taking photos if there are only 3 people because of an old superstition that death will come to whoever is in the middle of the photo.

4 The Chinese consider the number four an unlucky number since its Chinese pronunciation sounds like the Chinese term for ”death.” Therefore, buildings in China do not have a fourth floor, well, not physically, but in the buildings’ elevators, number 4 is not included. Instead, they use the letter F. The same belief is true in Japan and South Korea, and other Asian countries where Chinese is spoken.


But the belief is not applicable to Germany where the number is considered lucky, because it is associated with the ”four-leaf clover” which is a symbol for luck.

6 In Cantonese 6 sounds like "good fortune" or "happiness" (祿, 樂 Cantonese Yale: lok6). Therefore six is considered a good number for business.



7 In countries like Japan and China, the favorability of a number usually comes from the way it is pronounced or how it sounded in the local language. But in Korea, a number is considered lucky because of its concept. For example, 7 means lucky, which is why it is used frequently in the gambling areas in the country.


In most western countries, such as the Netherlands, France, United States and the United Kingdom, 7 is a lucky number as well. They associate it with the 7 planets, 7 wonders (ancient world), 7 deadly sins and God needing only 7 days to create the entire universe.
But in countries that came under Chinese influence such as Thailand and Vietnam, the number 7 is an unlucky number. It’s because it represents the month of July, which is the time people pay respect to their dead relatives. People in these countries offer food items and various fruits in the hope that they would not be haunted by the dead.

8 Many religions around the world, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Taoism consider 8 an auspicious number. Chinese people are particularly fond of the number 8. The number translates to bā, which sounds like the Chinese word fā, which means to generate wealth. The association of the number 8 with wealth is very strong in China that properties with the number 8 are considered highly valuable possessions.



9 The sound of the number 9 in Japan is very similar to the Japanese term for ”torture.” It’s avoided because it is considered an unlucky number. Airlines and hospitals in Japan avoid the number for this reason.



However, in China, it is a lucky number as it’s considered as the emperor’s number. Norwegians consider it a sacred number because its folklore contains many stories with the number 9.

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3 In many countries around the world, including developed countries such as Norway, Sweden and the UK, the number 13 is considered an unlucky number. Did you know that the fear or avoidance of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia?




This month's question: What experiences have you had learning something about another country? Send in your answer below! *Down* Editors love feedback!


Editor's Picks

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ACRO*BATICS  (13+)
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The Lighthouse Short Story Contest  (E)
This is a faith-based contest where you can share your experiences with others.
#2229244 by LegendaryMask💗

Excerpt: This contest will allow you to share with others the experience you have had with God and your testimonies of how He has worked and works in your life. You will have the opportunity to write about your blessings and express your thankfulness that He is and works in your life.

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A Writing Exercise  (18+)
For those wanting to improve their story writing, overcome writer's block or just practice
#2219764 by A E Willcox

Excerpt: Write a scene in the genre of your choice with a protagonist who needs to get some information regarding an important item from an innkeeper or bartender. The innkeeper/bartender is reluctant to give up the information. He/she gets increasingly hostile

 
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Quotation Inspiration: Official Contest  (ASR)
Use the quote provided to write a story and win big prizes!
#1207944 by Writing.Com Support

Excerpt: Quote Prompt for February 2021: "Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth
or burn down your house, you can never tell." -- Joan Crawford


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WEIRD TALES CONTEST  (18+)
A Contest Inspired by the Old Pulp Fiction Covers of Weird Tales Magazine
#2083492 by Beacon-Light Forever

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The Humorous Poetry Contest  (18+)
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Ask & Answer

This month's question: What experiences have you had learning something about another country? Send in your answer below! *Down* Editors love feedback!

Last month's "Contests & Activities Newsletter (January 20, 2021) question: Do you have a task list?


Dave : Yes, but listing and doing are two different things entirely. *Sad*

Lilli ☕ : I sure do!

Wednesday's Task List:
1. Drink Coffee
2. Vanquish Foes
3. Wreak havoc
4. More Coffee
5. Have a snack

Dr. Alex Dolittle : Yes and I tend to get very upset when I don't get everything done when I wanted it done. I end up making a to do list each day of the week but end up smashing them all together for a weeks work then I get it done in, like, a week to two weeks instead.

Tina Stone : I have a never-ending, ongoing task list that gets added to daily. Sometimes things get done and some days, nope, they fly right out the window. Either way, I like knowing I've got what I need to do written down somewhere.

Robert Waltz : Sure, it's gotta be around here somewhere...

Jolan MC's Odd music awards : I hate leaving jobs undone

Plaid : I often don't give myself the benefit of lists. Actually, thanks to my dissociative disorder, I don't have to remember. Someone else can remind me.

jdennis : Task List: 1. Cancel all tasks, it's the first of the year so there is plenty of time to pick them up later.

Tannus : The older I get, the more I need....what were we talking about?

Steven, Rejected By All : Nope. I just fly by the seat of my pants in life...

TheBusmanPoet : Yes it's inside my head so my wife doesn't find out. *Rolling*

Krista the Red Queen : The act of writing something down gives my memory a boost, so I keep a list. In fact, I keep several. At the end of the month, I write out everything that needs to be done the next month. Each Sunday, I make a list from that for the upcoming week. From that list, I make a daily list. Anything not checked off just gets moved. It sounds complicated, but it works for me. I've learned that Monday is my least productive day, Tuesday is my busiest, and Saturday is my most productive day.

Starling : I don't set aside any certain time, just when it is quiet. I have never been able to write when it is nice and I have nowhere I can set up any type of Writing Cave. I only work part-time so that helps.

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Thanks for all your replies! Leger~
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