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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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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 ;)

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Thought Quotes Revamped

thought-quotesThoughts ever-growing database of quotes was recently revamped! The database currently houses over 600 categorized quotes written by authors, philosophers, and artists. The revamped site includes:

  • An improved search tool
  • Multiple navigation methods
  • Some fresh paint

There is also a form on the right side of the site where you can submit a quote to the database if you would like. Check it out @ Thought Quotes

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Thoughts Inc August News

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ticket25 Words or Less Contest Underway!
Topic: For this contest, write a free verse poem
(no rhyming) that is 25 words or less in length.
Submissions: 08/07/13 – 08/16/13
Voting Poll: 08/17/13 – 08/22/13
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7_line_writing_contest7 Line Contest Winners!!
The Seven Line Writing Contest has ended!

1st: To my dad- by Jamboree
2nd: The Spirit of the Trees- by Aj-anba
3rd: Wish for worse- by tudoricus

 

[column col="1/2"]Featured Writing

Masquerade-
by SerenaLantha 

How to Get a Black Eye at the Circus- 
by Killerelite

Slipping Away-
by Chohns

[/column][column col="1/2"]Monthly Writing Quotes

The golden rule of writing is to write what you care about. If you care about your topic, you’ll do your best writing, and then you stand the best chance of really touching a reader in some way. -Jerry Spinelli[/column]

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. -Plato

 

Call Me Melville- by Forgewright
moby-dick-illustrationAugust is a great month to be born. The amount of literary talent born into one of the hottest months of the year is huge and includes everyone from Lord Alfred Tennyson to Mary Shelley. Herman Melville, author of the classic Moby Dick, was born August 1, 1819 in.. Read More

 

New Resource Launched
resourceThis summer we have been busy creating a new resource section that was just rolled out! The new resource was essentially created to house FAQs explaining Thoughts features as well as poetry and writing resources. One helpful feature that was added to the resource is a predictive search tool. Another feature is…. Read More

 

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Call Me Melville

moby-dick-illustrationAugust is a great month to be born. The amount of literary talent born into one of the hottest months of the year is huge and includes everyone from Lord Alfred Tennyson to Mary Shelley. Herman Melville, author of the classic Moby Dick, was born August 1, 1819 in New York City. Well known for writing what is considered to be one of the greatest American novels ever written, there are many less known facts about him.

Born into a well to do, refined family, it became quickly evident that he did not fit in. His own father stated he was “backward in speech and somewhat slow in comprehension.” Sent out to sea as a cabin boy to earn money for his family after they were forced to file bankruptcy, he was unfulfilled with this position. Jumping ship with a friend, he was held for four months as captives by the cannibalistic Typee people in French Polynesia. He turned this experience into his first novel, Typee. This book brought him some success as a best seller but soon lost notoriety and he never recovered in his lifetime.

Melville worked diligently to write Moby Dick and was most likely thrilled when it was published in 1851. However, it proved to be a commercial failure thanks to the critics of the time.

“This is an ill-compounded mixture of romance and matter-of-fact,” wrote  the London Athenaeum.  “The idea of a connected and collected story has obviously visited and abandoned its writer again and again in the course of composition. The style of his tale is in places disfigured by mad (rather than bad) English; and its catastrophe is hastily, weakly, and obscurely managed.”

While he wanted to give public lectures on literature, this too was unsuccessful and needing to make ends meet, he became a customs inspector. This would remain his career until he retired.

Melville was all but forgotten by the literary world at the time of his death, but the 20th century Americans revived his works and Moby Dick is thought of as a masterpiece in world literature.

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.

This article is for use by Thoughtsinc.net

 

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New Resource Launched

Hi everyone, this summer we have been busy creating a new resource section that was just rolled out!

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The new resource was essentially created to house FAQs explaining Thoughts features as well as poetry and writing resources. One helpful feature that was added to the resource is a predictive search tool. Another feature is a thumbs up and thumbs down rating system. There have only been a handful of posts added so far but more will be added soon. In addition, it is possible for anyone to contribute by locating the “add a resource post” link on the right bottom corner of the page. Check it out! Thoughts Resource

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Thoughts Inc Summer News

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The Masquerade Writing Contest Winners!

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 The Masquerade Writing Contest has concluded! Without further ado the winners of the Masquerade Writing Contest are:
1st: Masquerade Ball- by Night Sky Of Feelings 
2nd: Phoenix- by Aj-anba
3rd: Smoke- by stargazer5

 

7 Line Contest Voting Underway!

vote-buttonTopic: Open
Submissions: 06/14/13 – 07/03/13
Voting poll: 07/04/13 – 07/12/13
The Prizes:
1st= $60 Amazon.com giftcard
2nd= $30 Amazon.com giftcard
3rd= $20 Amazon.com giftcard
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Featured Writing

Oh, The Righteous
Indignation-

by forgewright

FaceBook Follies- 
by forgewright

Beginnings-
by Aj-anba

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by c4a1g

Imagine Him in an
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by tlhopkinson

Monthly Writing Quotes

If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages. -Elaine Liner

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things. -T.S. Eliot

 

Plagiarism- You be You, I’ll be Me. – by Forgewright

copyright-symbol-300x300Writing has rules. Your ability to understand and follow these rules will determine your accomplishments as a writer. Knowing how to structure what you are writing with proper spacing and punctuation as well as spelling may determine your level of professionalism, but Plagiarism will ruin your chances of being respected as a writer and can land you in serious trouble. Read More

 

Facts About Fiction – by Forgewright

benefits-to-reading-300x250Leisure reading has fallen as a popular activity with people over the last two years. New studies in Canada have shown several benefits to reading fiction, especially in children.

The University of Toronto has reported that two new studies they have conducted suggest that this may have negative repercussions on children and adults. The main focus is on the Soft Skills; the personal attributes that enhance a person’s individual interactions, job performance, habits and overall friendliness. These are directly equated with the Emotional Intelligence Quotient or “EQ”. Read More