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Poetry Month – 20 Words or Less Contest

fine-lineFor this contest, submit a short poem no greater than 20 words in length. Any theme and any number of words less than 20. You can use as many punctuation marks as you wish. Using the same word twice counts as two words. For example: Hello there! How is the weather there? = 7 words.

Submissions: 4/16/13-4/25/13 @ 11:59pm EST.

The Prizes
1st= $20 Amazon.com giftcard
2nd= $10 Amazon.com giftcard

The Rules
1) Each member can only submit 1 writing per contest.
2) The writing submission must be your own work.

This contest will run until 4/25/13 @ 11:59pm EST. Afterwards, a poll will be opened for 5 days in the current contest forum for everyone to VOTE for a winner! The top 2 rated writings will then be judged by judge(s) of our choice. When the winners are determined they will be sent a private message that contains the Amazon giftcard numbers on our site. The winners will also receive forum badges and their writings will be added to the featured section.

Contest Forum

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Thoughts April Newsletter

Happy National Poetry Month to all the poets, poetesses, and 

poetry enthusiasts out there!!

 

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Poetry Month Contest
Topic: The contest theme is free writing for inspiration. Set aside a minimum of 30 minutes to free write whatever comes to mind. Then take your favorite lines, phrases, or words and turn them into a poem or the title of a poem.
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Upcoming Contest
20 Words or Less Contest
Topic: a short poem no greater than 20 words in length.
Submissions: 4/16/13 – 4/26/13
The Prizes:
1st= $20 Amazon.com giftcard
2nd= $10 Amazon.com giftcard

 

Featured Writing

Pianistic Power- by Night_Sky_Of_Feelings

Self Portrait- by SerenaLantha

Back To The World- by MyLittleWhiteRose

Masquerade- by TheKitten

Awareness Week-by Ritski

Talk with my Brain- by stargazer5

Festival- by tlhopkinson

simple life- by c4a1g

 

Monthly Writing Quotes

I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me. -Ray Bradbury

It is a delicious thing to write, whether well or badly – to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating. -Gustave Flaubert

 

who_are_youWhat’s In A Name? -by Forgewright

You’ve worked a character to perfection. What he wants, what his strengths and vulnerabilities are, his secrets, even his blue eyes and broad sloping nose. He is honorable and brave. A hero living in medieval times and his name is…. Larry.

Ok, this could work. After all, Fred and Wilma lived in prehistoric times…. Read more

 

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What’s In A Name?

who-are-youYou’ve worked a character to perfection. What he wants, what his strengths and vulnerabilities are, his secrets, even his blue eyes and broad sloping nose. He is honorable and brave. A hero living in medieval times and his name is…. Larry.

Ok, this could work. After all, Fred and Wilma lived in prehistoric times. This was a cartoon and was meant to be funny. If you’re going for a great adventure story with action and romance then perhaps a bit more research is necessary, but how do you start looking? Well, I’ll give you a hand. To make this clear to everyone we will create a name here and now.

Find names from the era of the story. Medieval… Ok. I Googled, “Medieval names” and picked a site called, http://medieval.stormthecastle.com/medieval-names.htm. This shows a list of male and female names that were popular in this era. I like many but for now I’ll go with Cedric.

Research the root of a name to help match it to the personality of the character. My character is a good man and will at some point become king. I researched the meaning of Cedric and discover it means “kind” or “loved. Hmmm…. Not bad for a king. It’s of Saxon or German origin and ties well into my story. Further research uncovers the name “Cedrych”, meaning “Bounty”. This sounds good too. We can play with the spelling later to get it just right.

Need a last name now? What type of work does this character do? Our good Cedrych was the son of a farmer known for growing hay. English, Hay or French, Heah meaning “tall” or “high” then there’s Haye meaning “hedge” but this has a more Spanish origin.

Also, I like the standby way of choosing names. The Latin translator. I tried many characteristics of hay and found that ‘Golden” is “Aureous” . Now I am thinking that our hero Cedrych comes from the town of Aureous which was named after his great-great-grandfather, Jaren Aureous.

Say it out loud. How does it sound? Does it roll smoothly? We can add a” vin” or “wyn” meaning friend. I’ll shorten the last name and get, Aureowyn. Play with the letters till you feel good about the sound and flow. I worked out…… Cedrick Areowyn. “A golden bounty of kindness.” Hey, it is a fictional fantasy character.

Your targeted audience will recognize the “feel” of the name from being familiar with names and meanings of the era. If the name flows well, those unfamiliar will like the sound of it and play along.

On a side note, I’d like to tell you a bit about my Avatar name here at Thoughts Inc. In the early 1980’s I found a nerdy little game called “Dungeons and Dragons.” Then, it was played on table tops with paper and dice and imagination. I developed the name” Forgewright” from a character I had made named “Nathaniel Forge” He was a blacksmithing dwarf that made weapons.

I have used Forgewright as character names in many online games since the beginning of online games. Now if you look up Forgewright online it belongs to World of Warcraft for a long dead dwarven blacksmith that can still be visited if you are dead. His legendary weapons are also discoverable to use.

Is there a connection? Conspiracy theorists like to think so….. Well, I do anyway.

Thanks for reading,

The one, The only, Forgewright.

About The Author

Robert 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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Frost In April

robert-frost-writingRobert Frost was born in California in 1874. His mother moved the family to Massachusetts to stay with his grandfather when his father died when Robert was 12 years old. Later, Frost was married and struggled as a business man trying several endeavors, all proving to be unsuccessful. One such venture brought him to the countryside as a poultry farmer, where although the business was not successful, he did become accustom to the rural setting and found a talent for poetry using this setting.

In the 1906 he published two poems but was unable to find publishers willing to put any of his other works to print. In 1912 Robert moved his family to England believing more publishers would find appreciation for his writings. This proved to be true. Within just a few months, Frost found a publisher who would put his first book of poems, A Boy’s Will, followed by North of Boston, to print.

Robert met Ezra Pound and Edward Thomas and his new friends read his work and gave him encouragement. Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” was inspired by Edward during long walks along the landscapes near their home. Thomas tended to fret over decisions about the choosing of paths. The poet was disappointed in his friend’s not recognizing the poem was written about him.

WW1 began and Frost moved back to America and was met well by publishers. Many of his works written in England were published. Those that had rejected him earlier were now interested and Frost, of course, sent them copies of the works they had rejected.

In 1916, Frost settled once again on a farm and began teaching English and continued for more than 45 years always working on his poetry. He received over 40 honorary degrees and 4 Pulitzers for writings during his lifetime of 88 years.

Frost died in January of 1963 and his ashes lie in the landscape of Vermont.

I find Robert Frost poems to be written in a truly original style. These captured moments require skill to finesse their meanings and his personality shows in subtle words and lines that can be overlooked and we can draw the wrong conclusions of exactly what he is writing. His desire to write in his own way and reject popular styles and rules of writing gave him the ability to thumb his nose, so to speak, at those who thought he would fail. This is my opinion.

See what you can learn about this early American writer at: http://www.frostfriends.org/

About The Author

Robert 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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3/24/13 A Year and a Half Journey

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This March marks Thoughts Incorporated’s first year and a half online! As always we would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who has supported our community over this time. Much gratitude goes out to Thoughts Inc. members, visitors, moderators, developers, those who follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere! Due to the continued support the site has received Thoughts Inc. will remain free and open for writers and readers of all levels to use. On the lighter side of things, here are some of the website stats as of 3/23/13:

Visitors from 125 countries have visited the site! The countries with the most visits are as follows: 1. United States, 2. Canada, 3. United Kingdom, 4. Romania, 5. Switzerland, 6. Ireland.

The site has received over 164,000 pageviews!

The site has been visited on 210 different types of mobile devices. The most frequent include: 1. HTC Incredible, 2. Apple iPhone, 3. Motorola RAZR, 4. Apple iPad.

Over 7,411 posts made in the writing forum!

113 writings were featured!

Sincerely,

Thoughts Incorporated

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Thoughts March Newsletter

 

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The Road Not Taken Kindle Fire Contest
In celebration of Robert Frost’s upcoming birthday on 3/26, Thoughts Inc. is hosting a contest dedicated to the poet!
Topic: In response to or inspired by Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”
The Prize: 1st place= Kindle Fire
Submissions: 2/19/13 – 3/18/13 @ 11:59pm EST.

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greeting-card-contestThe Valentine’s Greeting Card Contest has concluded! All of the works entered into the contest this month were exceptional and Thoughts Inc. would like thank everyone who wrote or voted in the contest!

1st: For the Polyamorous Partner- by Suoaei
2nd: Forever Valentine- by Killerelite
3rd: Spicy- by tlhopkinson

 

Featured Writing

A Few Days Gift- by thatkid508

Mordred, Son of Avalon by eternallyyours.kcaylix

Hell Hounds by TheKitten

Ripples- by stargazer5

 

Monthly Writing Quotes

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use. -Mark Twain

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

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Members can now twitter style @mention other members in forum posts. If someone is mentioned they will be notified at the top of the forum. In order to mention a member in a post enter the @ symbol and then then the members name. Once you start to type the members name you are mentioning a drop down menu of close names will be displayed that…. – Read more 

 

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The Road Not Taken Writing Contest

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In celebration of Robert Frost’s upcoming birthday, Thoughts Inc. is hosting a writing contest dedicated to the poet!
Topic: In response to or inspired by Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”
Format: Open
The Prize: 1st place= Kindle Fire (amazon gift card $159.00)
Submissions: 2/19/13 – 3/18/13 @ 11:59pm EST.
Poll: 3/19/13 – 3/25/13 @ 11:59pm EST.
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