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Noticing Newbies: July 09, 2014 Issue [#6422]

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Noticing Newbies

 This week: Hey you! Yes, YOU! Did you do this?
  Edited by: I like big books #2233315
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Table of Contents

1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

The Noticing Newbies Newsletter's goal is to make the newer members feel welcome and encourage them with useful information and/or links to make navigating Writing.com easier. Writing.com members of all ages and even veteran members can find useful information here. If you have specific questions, try visiting "Writing.Com 101 and/or "Noticing Newbies.

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Letter from the editor

Hey you! Yes, YOU! Did you do this?

I don't understand. I posted my work but I'm not getting reviews. Why?

When I sit down to write this newsletter, I pull up the newest posted work by clicking the "More Newbies" link that appears toward the bottom of the column on the left hand side of your screen with the heading that says "Read a Newbie". At the time of this writing, we've had 321 new members sign up and create 138 new items in the last 24 hours. There have also been 246 items rated (216 of those received reviews) and a whopping 763 new favorites added. Members actually clicked "Favorite" on over 750 items in the last day. That's a lot of favorites! Was one of those yours? If not, why not? What sets their work apart from yours? What makes people choose their work to read over yours?

Have you clicked the Read a Newbie link? Have you seen your work featured in the Newbies column? If not, do you know one of the reasons it wasn't there? If you don't rate your item when you create it, it can't be featured under that public heading or the "By Online Authors" section on the right side (when you're signed in). Did you know that? I know it's exciting to post your work and it may be easy to race through when you create an item, but taking your time and doing it right has many advantages.

Not rating your item properly can do more than keep you off the public listings. While I'm looking through items, often I find one I really enjoy and I get disappointed I can't feature it in our newsletter. The reason is because it's not properly rated. I can't feature items that aren't rated. The image below shows two views - the top is an item that is improperly rated and the bottom is where you would choose your rating as you're making or editing your item. Please, I can't stress this enough, go through your posted items and properly rate them. It can make a difference in getting more views and reviews. Maybe in the next 24 hours, one of those new favorites can be one of yours?

Select the Content Rating for your entire item. Do not leave your content rating as "-------" as this will cause your item to not be displayed in public listings. Correct and accurate content ratings on your items is required. Incorrect ratings may be changed by site Moderators or Staff.

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Also noted in the image above is the infamous "Other" category that your item will default to if you do not choose at least one genre category to list it in. We have 95 genres that you can choose from here at Writing.com, surely you can find one that matches your item. In the image below, you can see just where to choose the genre that matches your item during creation or edit.

Select Genres: Please choose from one (1) to three (3) genres for this item. Be sure that this item properly fits into each genre you select. You can update genres using the "Edit Item" tool once the item is within your portfolio. (Definition of genre: a category of literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.)

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Take the time to show your work and your portfolio in the best light (fill out those bio blocks!) and your items will receive the attention they deserve.

Write and Review on! ~ Brooke

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This month's links are educational items that help teach us about different things in our community.

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Writing.com could be dangerous to your health.

*StarP* "So much to learn, So little patience!"   by Dreamer73
Being green is tough on the ego!

*StarV* "Helping Links"   by Maryann
'Help Links' for Newbies and all other members who are still learning

*StarO* "The Newbie Research Center"   by Cinn
Gathering information to improve the experiences of people new to WDC.

*Starg* "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor
My column "The Newbie Corner" I tell how to do some of the simple things in Writing ML.

Editor's Picks

Check out these new members of our site. Don't forgot to welcome them to the site by leaving them a review!

 The Last Three Stores on Earth.  [13+]
My take on a writing prompt by just_ralls.
by Chivalry_lives

To set the stage, if I were limited to only shopping at three places for the rest of my life, I would have to survive on my wits and possibly the charity of others. People that really know me, know that Im a little paticular about a couple of trivial things in my life. First off, I have animals. Well, more correctly, I have pets and livestock. Secondly, I have a thing for socks. Ok, I hear whispering from the back of the room. No,I dont have a fetish for silk or fish net stockings. (well, not that Im aware of anyway, maybe I havent met the right woman...) Along that line, Im sure as heck not wearing them myself. When I say socks, I mean mens Gold Toe socks. Socks that you can wear more than three times before they meet their maker. Any way, they feel good and are cushy. Please scratch the cushy comment. Some statements like that may get my Man Card revoked.


 That Summer  [18+]
That that summer would be forever burned into my brain.
by AlVee

I hate the Fourth of July.
It was the summer of 2014, I was 18 years old and had just graduated high school. The last thing I wanted to do was spend the summer at the marina with my family, but I was forced to go. Both of my parents had a well-paying job, so my family had a summer lake house. It was fun when I was a child, but now, spending that much time with my family is just too much. Little did I know, however, that that summer would be forever burned into my brain.
That summer I met the love of my life.


 A Logic in Shadows  [E]
A logical report on Generation Y's declining social skills and what we can do to fix it!
by Ember

In the final cinematic scene between the two eternal archenemies, Robert Downing Jr’s Sherlock Holmes engaged the nefarious James Moriarty (played by Jared Harris) in a climactic battle of logic and theory, hypothetically testing each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and every factor that made them who they were. In this battle, the opponents took everything they knew about each other and challenged it, exploiting known emotional feelings, logic and theoretical actions, past behavior and components, and the very variables that made up their reason, deconstructing the other into the logical empirics that made them who they were and attempting to destroy it. Ever since I saw that scene, I was able to properly depict what my mind did on a daily basis, weighing the social rewards and consequences of my own actions while analyzing the crowd, my relationship to each individual, and trying to find the empirical logic that made each person tick.


 One Headlight  [E]
A brief and unsettling high school remembrance
by Writer420

We used to joke and keep points. We noticed that when we spotted one, most had the left headlight out, and fewer cars had the right headlight out, so lefties were worth only one point and righties were worth five. We kept a running total, we did, from one outing to the next. If we forgot, or thought the other had cheated, we would just start over.

Along with that little game, after a short time, we had come to a realization. Well, more like we were making up a story, you know, to give the game a little more history… that maybe the cars or trucks, or what-have-you, that lost the left headlight were like drones or pawns, the lower ranks... The ones sans the right headlight, we so studiously determined, were the leaders or generals that held command or domain over the lefties. We thought it was a grand little idea behind our game, and once in a while we added to it, making even more depth to the mythos of one-headlighted cars.


 The Dying of the Light  [E]
A free-form poem about the fall into depression.
by Mr. Palindrome

Colors of beauty once bright, now fading

slowly draining never gaining

always to fall into the darkness.

Sounds of life once sharp and clear

now muffled by the shadows of uncertainty

never ringing true the joy

now lost.


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by A Guest Visitor

The gravel crunched under her feet as she inched down the old driveway towards the ancient house. The hair on her neck stood to attention as she looked up at the blackened windows and soiled stairs that led to the front door. The house had once been a majestic display of gothic architecture that overlooked the fishing town below keeping it safe under the gaze of the owners but now all this was gone. What stood in its place was an old and decrepit building that struck fear into the hearts of the teenagers who dared to venture past the property line to prove themselves to their peers.


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by A Guest Visitor

Today he found an envelope of pictures he’d not seen before. He didn’t notice them in the past because they were tucked under a slat of the old family trunk. The photos were of his mother, in dated acid wash jeans and sky high hair. While the fashion was alien to him, that wasn’t the strangest accessory to these photos. In all these pictures of his mother she was holding a baby he could not place from all the other albums.


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by A Guest Visitor

"Meteor storm, bearing 70 mark 36 mark 23. Approaching fast," George's voice echoed in Pete's headset.

Pete swore. "On two!" he shouted, pulling up the indicated screen. A quick glance showed that the storm could neither be avoided nor outrun.

Pete placed a finger on the screen. "Turn ship to indicated bearing. Full thrust," he ordered.

"Into the storm?" Leta questioned, but she was already turning the ship as ordered.

"We're going to minimize our profile," Pete bit off in cryptic explanation.

"Fuel down to 12 percent," Janet reported.

Okay, now we roll the dice, Pete thought. "Leta, put our projected course on screen two, Eric, secure the ship for possible collision."


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Ask & Answer

I received some additional feedback to my last newsletter [#6320] "Your Brain is Lying to You to share with you.

From Eli
I really liked the last newsletter about all the 'facts' we believe in that aren't really true. I especially liked myth #5. I know that vaccines can have negative side effects but not autism. Most people with Autistic Spectrum 'Disabilities' are born that way. They just don't often show the symptoms until later, around when children receive their vaccinations. I know this because my little brother has autism and I could possibly have Asperger's syndrome so I've done a lot of research on the topic.

Thank you for writing in. That is a perfect point you bring up regarding the time many of these symptoms surface and how many parents mistakenly think the vaccines are the cause. Research rocks! *Smile* Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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From Glassboots
Wow, I got really excited when I saw my story in a newsletter. I'm glad somebody likes what I'm writing, thank you! :)

I'm glad being featured gave you a smile. I hope it got you some new fans as well!

From BIG BAD WOLF 34 on June 3 with "Save My Membership Auction - Closed
Of course, there are times one needs help maintaining a Membership. Thankfully, there's a few places that help out - or you can host an activity where part of the funds goes towards your Membership, and part of it goes towards helpful groups - win-win for everyone.

Thank you so much for writing in and commenting on the topic. I agree with you, there are many worthwhile groups like "RAOK Upgrade Brigade Group that do a wonderful job helping members maintain their memberships.

From Joy
Wonderful NL, Brooke. Very helpful.
So many newbies become confused when they first hear about gift points. Your likening them to virtual tokens and the detailed descriptions of what can be done with them are priceless. *Smile*

Thank you! Your compliment made my day. *Bigsmile* *Heart*

From Cinn with "The Newbie Research Center
Wonderful topic for a newbie newsletter! *Thumbsup* I did find it a little strange that "Newbie Welcome Wagon was not one of the related links. New people often find it less intimidating to review other newbies. At least, I have found that to be true. Reviewing fellow newbies and getting extra gift points for it? That's altogether awesome! *Wink*

I've featured the Newbie Welcome Wagon before and by no means meant anything bad by excluding them. The others just popped up in my creating the newsletter first. I appreciate you mentioning them and also highlighted The Newbie Research Center above. I think it's a great idea. *Thumbsup*

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