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September 3, 2015 at 12:06am
September 3, 2015 at 12:06am
#859043
*PartyhatG* Day 3: September 3, 2015

Introducing... the rainbow emoticon shortcut:
{e:rainbow} brings together *Rainbowl* and *Rainbowr* to create a full...
         *rainbow**Rainbowr*

This is only the second shortcut, joining {e:hug} --> *Hug1**hug**Hug2*

Plus.... 35 more new emoticons!

Insects:
*Ant* = {e:Ant}
*Antl* = {e:AntL}
*Antr* = {e:AntR}
*Butterfly* = {e:Butterfly}
*Dragonflyb* = {e:DragonflyB}
*Dragonflyg* = {e:DragonflyG}
*Dragonflyo* = {e:DragonflyO}
*Dragonflyp* = {e:DragonflyP}
*Dragonflyr* = {e:DragonflyR}
*Dragonflyv* = {e:DragonflyV}
*Dragonflyy* = {e:DragonflyY}
*Grasshopper* = {e:Grasshopper}
*Ladybug* = {e:Ladybug}
*Scorpion* = {e:Scorpion}

Supernatural:
*Dragon2* = {e:Dragon2}
*Fairy* = {e:Fairy}
*Fairy2* = {e:Fairy2}
*Fairy3* = {e:Fairy3}
*Mars* = {e:Mars}
*Monster11* = {e:Monster11}
*Saturn* = {e:Saturn}

Nature:
*Baretree3* = {e:BareTree3}
*Lightning2* = {e:Lightning2}
*Lightning3* = {e:Lightning3}
*Tornado* = {e:Tornado}

The Asterisk:
*Asterisk* = {e:Asterisk}
*Asteriskb* = {e:AsteriskB}
*Asteriskbr* = {e:AsteriskBr}
*Asteriskg* = {e:AsteriskG}
*Asteriskgr* = {e:AsteriskGr}
*Asterisko* = {e:AsteriskO}
*Asteriskp* = {e:AsteriskP}
*Asteriskr* = {e:AsteriskR}
*Asteriskv* = {e:AsteriskV}
*Asteriskw* = {e:AsteriskW}
*Asterisky* = {e:AsteriskY}



Party on!
*Smile*
September 2, 2015 at 12:01am
September 2, 2015 at 12:01am
#858940
*PartyhatB* Day 2: September 2, 2015

A whole bunch of new animal emoticons!

*Bat1* = {e:bat1}
*Bat2* = {e:bat2}
*Bats* = {e:bats}
*Cow* = {e:cow}
*Elephant* = {e:elephant}
*Fox* = {e:fox}
*Lizard* = {e:lizard}
*Mouse* = {e:mouse}
*Owl1* = {e:owl1}
*Owl2* = {e:owl2}
*Owl3* = {e:owl3}
*Owl4* = {e:owl4}
*Owl5* = {e:owl5}
*Peacockfeather* = {e:peacockfeather}
*Peacock* = {e:peacock}
*Rat* = {e:rat}
*Scallopo* = {e:scallopo}
*Scallopr* = {e:scallopr}
*Scallopy* = {e:scallopy}
*Scallopt* = {e:scallopt}
*Seahorsebr* = {e:seahorsebr}
*Seahorsegr* = {e:seahorsegr}
*Seahorsey* = {e:seahorsey}
*Seahorset* = {e:seahorset}
*Shark2* = {e:shark2}
*Turtle1* = {e:turtle1}
*Turtle2* = {e:turtle2}
*Whale1* = {e:whale1}
*Wolf2* = {e:wolf2}
*Zebra* = {e:zebra}


Enjoy! *Bigsmile*

September 1, 2015 at 3:40am
September 1, 2015 at 3:40am
#858860
Happy Birthday, Writing.Com!

It's official, ! Today (September 1st) Writing.Com turns 15 years old!
Soon, it's going to be asking for the keys to the car... and we have to start looking at colleges!

We are older than Facebook, have more years than Twitter and were here long before the first iPhone. And we are still going strong, better than ever, and enjoying every second of building this website to be the absolute best online writing community writers could imagine. Every year we hit a bigger milestone and it gives us goosebumps of pride every single time.

We have some exciting site updates, a list of amazing community-run contests and activities, and an all-around wonderful week of festivities ahead!



*Balloonv* The Biggest Writer's Block Party EVER!
From September 1st through September 7th, Writing.Com is hosting the biggest online block party for writers of all interests and levels! Contests, activities, increased daily rewards, reviewing challenges and rewards, new releases, and a 10% back sale... don't miss a single thing at "Writing.Com Party Central 2019!!

         Party Central Signature


*Balloonb* The Writing.Com 15th Birthday SALE!
For every order placed in "The Writing.Com Shop during September 1-7, 2015, we will manually send you back 10% of your order's total in Gift Points!* Purchase a one-year Premium membership at the regular price and you will receive 139,950 in Gift Points. Buy a 3-month Upgraded membership, and you'll receive 19,950 back in Gift Points. Buy 1 million Gift Points, and you'll receive an extra 100,000! And if you order tangible items like mugs, t-shirts, journals and more, we'll even include your shipping in that 10% back. We're that excited to be turning 15!
          Party Central Header: 10% Gift Points
* 10% back only when paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money orders. Orders paid with Gift Points are not included in this offer. This process is not automatic and we'll try to get the bonus Gift Points back to you within a day.


*Balloong* NEW: "Writing.Com Anniversary" Merit Badges!
We've added brand new yearly "Writing.Com Anniversary" merit badges into our shop for all of our members! As soon as any member hits a milestone anniversary, he or she will automagically receive a Writing.Com Anniversary merit badge from us as a congratulations! Your merit badge will correspond to your anniversary year. Merit badges will be sent for your first, third, fifth, tenth and fifteenth anniversary. These particular badges come from Writing.Com only and may not be sent by members of Writing.Com.
         http://www.writing.com/main/badges

*Note* If you've already hit any of these milestones, you will receive the appropriate badge(s). Just give us some time to get caught up. *Smile*


*Balloono* NEW: Emoticons Revamped!
Over 1,000 Writing.Com emoticons have been completely revamped and given a new look! Our original icons, which we started creating in the year 2000, were based on small pixelated files. 15 years later, with better screen resolutions and fast connections, we had to start from scratch, recreating each and every icon in more detail... But the change was well overdue! We are very excited that your fun little emoticons won't look pixelated and outdated any longer on screen or mobile. And we are excited to bring you over 250 new ones to play with this week, so stay tuned and check "Writing.Com Party Central 2019! every day through September 7th to see what's been added!

*Geek* NEW Emoticons!
To kick off your birthday week:

*Angelic* = {e:angelic}
*Crazy* = {e:crazy}
*Devilish* = {e:devilish}
*Gag* = {e:gag}
*Geek* = {e:geek}
*Greetl* = {e:greetl}
*Greetr* = {e:greetr}
*Golucky* = {e:golucky}
*Ha* = {e:ha}
*Headbang* = {e:headbang}
*Hungry* = {e:hungry}
*Inlove2* = {e:inlove2}
*Irritated* = {e:irritated}
*Jamming* = {e:jamming}
*Martian* = {e:martian}
*Meh* = {e:meh}
*Proud* = {e:proud}
*Rant* = {e:rant}
*Rolling* = {e:rolling}
*Shock2* = {e:shock2}
*Sleeping* = {e:sleeping}
*Sleepy* = {e:sleepy}
*Smirk2* = {e:smirk2}
*Sob* = {e:sob}
*Temp* = {e:temp}
*Think* = {e:think}
*Vomit* = {e:vomit}
*Whistle* = {e:whistle}

*Glasses* Watch "Site News & Announcements and "Writing.Com Party Central 2019! each day through September 7th for our daily new releases, which will open around Midnight (WdC time) each night. Keep your eye on the community newsfeed to see what surprises might pop up and be sure to add Writing.Com Support as a favorite so that you don't miss a thing!



*Balloonp* NEW: Notification Updates!
We've given your Notifications area a brand new look! When you click your Notifications link in the side column navigation, you will now find sections which break down your notifications by type: All, Likes, Tags, Forum Replies, Ratings, and Birthdays/Anniversaries.


*Balloonr* Costumicons Available!
Costumicon subscriptions are available for purchase! This subscription will last through 11:59pm on September 30th, 2015. Subscribe to or change your current costumicon from the "My Account" area or directly at:
          http://www.Writing.com/main/my_account/view/costumicons

         *Gifto* NOTE: You can gift costumicons to your fellow members and friends! To gift a subscription, head to your My Gifts Points page:
          http://www.Writing.Com/main/my_gifts/tab/shop


*Balloony* DON'T FORGET: One FREE Badge Every 30 Days!
Every paid member can send one free virtual Merit Badge every 30 days! Choose a member, choose a badge and send it. It's that easy. If you are eligible for a free badge at the time, the Writing.Com system will automatically know this and discount the badge you wish to send. (You can not defer the free badge; the system will always use the free one first when giving badges.)
         http://www.writing.com/main/badges

* Physical merit badges are not free and are the same additional cost.


*Heart* Thank YOU!
We are so proud to reach this milestone. FIFTEEN years! Thanks to all of you, our members, for your support and participation. We love hosting this online home for writers... here's to the next 15 years! *Bigsmile*

We hope you have a great time celebrating with us this week. We look forward to seeing many of you around the site... invite every writer you know to come and join the party!


Cheers!
The StoryMistress and The StoryMaster
August 19, 2015 at 12:33am
August 19, 2015 at 12:33am
#857780
The following winners for the July 2015 running of "Rhythms & Writing: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 17 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Rhythms & Writing: Official WDC Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

         *Star* First Place - "The Sound Shell"   by Sparky
         *Bullet* Second Place - "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor
         *Bullet* Third Place - "The Bulwer-Lytton Resolution"   by Jeff

*Thumbsup*,
~~ The StoryMaster
August 5, 2015 at 3:34am
August 5, 2015 at 3:34am
#856525
Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH!!

*Star* First ($100): Invalid Review by Anonymous
*Bullet* Second ($50): Review of "Bite of Vengeance" by Just an Ornery Jyo!
*Bullet* Third ($25): Review of "Sethos - The Prince's Tomb" by Antonia Ryder

To select the winners, 10 entries to the contest are randomly selected and then The StoryMistress , Jeff and I individually rank those 10 reviews according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. I combine our rankings and from that we get our top three winners.

Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered this month.

Best wishes,
~~ The StoryMaster
August 1, 2015 at 12:03pm
August 1, 2015 at 12:03pm
#856060
Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH!!

*Star* First ($100): Review of "Moving Back to the Farm" by Anonymous
*Bullet* Second ($50): Review of "Dark Energy" by Writer's Blockhead
*Bullet* Third ($25): Invalid Review by Anonymous

To select the winners, 10 entries to the contest are randomly selected and then The StoryMistress , The StoryMaster and I individually rank those 10 reviews according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. I combine our rankings and from that we get our top three winners. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered this month.

~Diane
July 15, 2015 at 10:23pm
July 15, 2015 at 10:23pm
#854467
The winners for the June 2015 running of "What a Character! : Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 26 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "What a Character! : Official WDC Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "Nobody Loves Me"   by Just an Ornery Jyo!
*Bullet* Second Place - "Beast of Chicago"   by Shannon
*Bullet* Third Place - "Humpty Dumpty - The Conspiracy"   by woody

Thanks also to the judges for their time spent reading and determining the winners!

~Diane

Contest for July *Right* "Rhythms & Writing: Official WDC Contest
June 19, 2015 at 9:12pm
June 19, 2015 at 9:12pm
#852014
Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH!!

*Star* First ($100): Review of "Beyond Caring" by Elle
*Bullet* Second ($50): Invalid Review by Anonymous
*Bullet* Third ($25): Review of "Sitting on The Sidewalk" by Dave

To select the winners, 10 entries to the contest are randomly selected and then The StoryMistress , The StoryMaster and I individually rank those 10 reviews according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. I combine our rankings and from that we get our top three winners. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered this month.

~Diane

June 17, 2015 at 10:33pm
June 17, 2015 at 10:33pm
#851849
The following winners for the May 2015 running of "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest were chosen from the 36 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "Oasis"   by Blueyez
*Bullet* Second Place - "Knowing Her"   by Elle
*Bullet* Third Place - "Forever (To my wife of 40 short years)"   by Oldwarrior


~Diane

*Right*   The contest for June is: "What a Character! : Official WDC Contest*Left*
May 31, 2015 at 10:56pm
May 31, 2015 at 10:56pm
#850726
The following winners for the April 2015 running of "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 16 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 - "The Sun will Follow"   by Graham B.
*Bullet* Second Place - "The City of Angels"   by CJ Reddick
*Bullet* Third Place - "A Morning Smoke"   by jsouthcross

~Diane

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