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January 2014 Newsletter

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November Haiku Contest
Topic:  For this contest, write a poem about why you can’t write a poem! Be creative.
Submissions: 1/11/14 – 1/19/14
Voting Poll: 1/20/14 – 1/25/14

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Writing Contest Winners

The Holiday Writing Contest has concluded! As always Thoughts Inc. would like thank everyone who wrote for or voted in the contest.

1st) The Magic of Christmas- by Forgewright

2nd) Holiday Tanka- by tlhopkinson

3rd) A stranger’s kindness at Christmas-by Jamboree

 

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New Year Ode Contest Winners

The New Year Ode Contest has ended! As always Thoughts Inc. would like thank everyone who wrote for or voted in the contest.

1st) Ode to the possibilities of the New Year- by summergrace

2nd) Ode to the Coming Year- by SerenaLantha

3rd) Ode to the Acorn- by tlhopkinson

 

Featured Writing

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by c4a1g

Louder than sound, Quieter than silence 
by Ritski

Monthly Writing Quote

Write from the heart, what has meaning to you personally; have the patience and discipline to sit down and do it every day whether you’re feeling inspired or not; never be afraid to take chances, in fact, make sure you take chances. As soon as you become complacent, you become boring…. Read as much as possible, not simply in the genre, or what you think you’re interested in, but other things as well. ~Charles de Lint

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November Newsletter

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November Haiku Contest
Topic:  For this contest, submit a Haiku (a three line poem where the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables).
Submissions: 11/9/13 – 11/17/13
Voting Poll: 11/18/13 – 11/23/13

 

two-contestTurning Two! Contest Winners

The Turning Two! Writing Contest has concluded! As always Thoughts Inc. would like thank everyone who wrote for or voted in the contest.

1st) Shadows- by Aj-anba

2nd) In Dreams- by Grace C

 

 

Monthly Writing Quote

End with an image and don’t explain. ~Stanley Kunitz

A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise. ~Carlos Zafon

 

mobile-forumNew mobile version of the member forum!

A new mobile version of the members forum was rolled out! Now anyone visiting the members forum on a smartphone will see the design. The new mobile design is simplified and includes action buttons/icons for easier touch navigation. Please keep in mind that this is still a beta phase of testing…. 

 

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New mobile version of the member forum!

mobile-forumA new mobile version of the members forum was rolled out yesterday! Now anyone visiting the members forum on a smartphone will see the design. The new mobile design is simplified and includes action buttons/icons for easier touch navigation.

Please keep in mind that this is still a beta phase of testing the new design so any feedback you may have will help us develop, and improve on the design. All feedback is welcome in the help section.

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October to the Max

zombieIf you’re like me then you’ll want to spend some time this October reading scary stories. One comes to mind immediately as I think of what scares the younger generation and that would be zombies. For some reason it has become part of the belief system of today’s youth that an apocalypse is on its way. It is mentioned in a light-hearted manner but the thought itself is deeply rooted. This embedded thought can only fuel a good apocalypse story.

If you haven’t already gone out to see the movie then you’re in for a treat. The book, “World War Z,” by Max Brooks is a serious fictional account of a break-out of a virus that spreads around the world. Governments try to contain the wide spreading havoc but fails. It is a follow-up to his comical “Zombie Survival Guide”.

Max Brooks was born in 1972. He wrote for “Saturday Night Live” in 2002 and 2003. I find it amazing to have learned he is the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. He has written in two oddly matched genres, horror and humor, (in my opinion). He can make you wet your pants and laugh about it.

I want to add that World War Z is not your typically lame zombie rendition. Action packed from the start and filled with a horrifying adventurous plot. His descriptive story of the end of the world is far beyond the current beliefs of zombies.

So, when you’ve carved out the pumpkins and filled the house and yard with Halloween spooks and witches, settle down with a copy of World War Z. I guarantee that every bump in the night will have you looking over your shoulder.

About the Author


forgewrightRobert Hatfield hails from mid-western Ohio. Comedy and Adventure stories are his passion. Editing and Reviewing are the fields of work he enjoys. Writing has been an interest for the past 25 years and he now has the time to pursue it. As a Moderator on Thoughtsinc.net, he welcomes any questions or requests for help.

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Two Years Today: Thoughts Inc is turning two!

Dear world,

Thoughts Inc. is turning two! And like the adorable baby moving into the exploring toddler stage it’s growing and getting better every day, becoming larger with more options and features than last year.

This past year has been an intense one here at Thoughts Inc. with the addition of a quotes and resource section as well as the evolution of the network. Also the member count continues to grow and new people are showing up all the time.

As always much gratitude goes out to Thoughts Inc. members, visitors, moderators, developers, those who follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere!

Some interesting website stats

-We have had over 316,000 pageviews. (19% on mobile devices)
-There are over 500 members.
-Visitors from 129 countries.
  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Romania
  5. India

-There are 159 featured writings.

-As for quotes, those number 614.

Past Writing Contest Types

Open format
Poetry
Word
Story
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September News

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CMYK buckets isolated on whiteColor Poem Contest Underway!
Topic: For this contest, write a poem inspired by your favorite color, or any other color.
Submissions: 09/12/13 – 09/22/13
Voting Poll: 09/23/13 – 09/27/13

 

25_words25 Words or Less Contest Winners!!

The 25 Words or Less Contest has concluded! As always Thoughts Inc. would like thank everyone who wrote for or voted in the contest.
1st) Sky of the World- by stargazer5
2nd) Home- by Aj-anba

 

Monthly Writing Quote

I’ve learned that I get blocked when my subconscious mind is telling me that I’ve taken the work in a wrong direction, and that once I start listening to what my subconscious is trying to tell me, I can work out the problem and get moving again. -Walter Jon Williams

 

story_outlineStory Outlines: Who Needs Them? by Forgewright
Unless you’re writing your 10th book you might want to consider creating an outline of the story you are looking to write. Sitting down and writing by the seat of your pants may offer freedom to change directions in a story but it is more likely that a new…

 

thoughts-redesignThoughts Constuction
The last month or so has been quite busy here at Thoughts Inc. as the network was reimagined. We would particularly like to thank everyone for their continued patience over the last two weeks while the most trafficked areas of….

 

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Thoughts Construction

thoughts-redesignThe last month or so has been quite busy here at Thoughts Inc. as the network was reimagined. We would particularly like to thank everyone for their continued patience over the last two weeks while the most trafficked areas of the site underwent numerous changes. The newest incarnation of Thoughts Inc. is easier to navigate, includes many new features, and attempts to make it even easier to connect and share.

So take a look around!

And if you have any feedback on the recent changes or ideas on how the community can be improved please let us know in the writing forum or through the redesigned private message system.

p.s. there maybe one or two more features to come within the next few weeks ;)