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November 27, 2021 at 2:17pm
November 27, 2021 at 2:17pm
#1022418
The following winners for the October 2021 running of "What a Character! : Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 12 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided below. Congratulations to the following three winners:

         *Trophyg* First Place - "Dead Boys"   by Sorji
         *Trophys* Second Place - "Eyes of the Beholders"   by L_P
         *TrophyB* Third Place - "Silent Wave"   by debmiller1


Thank you to our pool of official contest judges, and to Jeff for continuing to keep Writing.Com's official site contests running smoothly!
November 27, 2021 at 2:16pm
November 27, 2021 at 2:16pm
#1022417
The following winners for the September 2021 running of "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest were chosen from the 13 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided below. Congratulations to the following three winners:

         *TrophyG* First Place - "Aria's Song"   by L_P
         *TrophyS* Second Place - "Road to Somewhere"   by Cubby
         *TrophyB* Third Place - "Night Owl"   by AliceLvs2Write


Thank you to our pool of official contest judges, and to Jeff for continuing to keep Writing.Com's official site contests running smoothly!
November 12, 2021 at 2:36am
November 12, 2021 at 2:36am
#1021443
BIG NEWS... WE'RE MOVING!
During the afternoon of Wednesday November 17th 2021, Writing.Com will be making our final move to a new hosting facility and data center. The site will be unaccessible to members and visited for a scheduled downtime of approximately 3 to 6 hours. Planning for this move has been an ongoing backend process, beginning at the start of 2021, slowly and carefully duplicating and updating servers from our old, outdated original host to our brand new and technologically current host. This is a very exciting point for us at Writing.Com, for staff, our members, and your precious data! Read on below for more details...

         Scheduled Maintenance Window:
                   11/17/2021 - 3pm to 9pm WDC time



WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE MOVE ON NOVEMBER 17TH?
During the move, Writing.Com will go down into maintenance mode for approximately 3 to 6 hours and will be unaccessible at our current web host. This means you will not have access to your email, portfolio, items, etc while we carefully make this move. Rest assured that we will be doing everything we possibly can to make this move smooth and bump-free! (Imagine ALL THE BUBBLE WRAP IN THE WORLD for your precious glass data while we move it! We love your valuables as much as you do, if not more!)

If things don't go as expected at the new host, the StoryMaster will use the scheduled maintenance window to get it corrected at our new location. If he is not completely comfortable with issues that could arise, he will take Writing.Com down again and bring it back up at our current host until the problems are found and fixed. In other words, we'll reschedule the move for a later date.

Once we know Writing.Com is safe and sound at our new host, we will point the domain to our new web host! That will take some time to propagate, but as networks pick up on the change, our members will be able to log on to our new live site at our brand new host.


WHY IS WRITING.COM MOVING?
We've been in the same web hosting facility for our entire 21 years of existence and, unfortunately, our web host is still offering the exact same services they were offering over 15 years ago. Very little has changed and the technology offered to us has not improved. The support staff has also gone downhill with many of the old "regulars" moving on to other companies. The hosting company has been bought and sold a handful of times and now it's just a mess of legacy systems that do not offer what we want for the future of Writing.Com. We want Writing.Com to continue to grow and thrive and this web host is holding us back.

Moving a site that's been in the same place for over two decades is no small feat. The StoryMaster began his search to find a new home for Writing.Com in January 2021. After many months of researching, reading, seeking out recommendations, reading reviews, comparing offerings, researching more, speaking with company reps and then testing, testing and more testing... he finally settled upon a new host in early summer 2021.


WHAT BENEFITS DOES THE MOVE BRING?
Our new host is cutting edge, top of the line and a fan favorite amongst web developers, like StoryMaster. While we won't name the company at this time, they are the largest privately owned cloud hosting company in the United States and have a dozen data centers across the world. Of those data centers, we've chosen to use the data center in Atlanta, GA as it recently underwent a revamp and now has their most sophisticated hardware and networking infrastructure. They offer all the bells/whistles we need and want for Writing.Com... with an amazing client dashboard that helps him keep on top of everything we've got running (and we have a LOT running!)


WHAT BENEFITS DOES THE MOVE BRING?
We are beyond excited for this monumental move, but we need your patience and support during this time. Our newly formulated server infrastructure is already setup and running as it should with our data fully mirrored at the new location and servers humming along. This is a HUGE MOVE and your support means so much to us during this stressfully exciting time! Join us in excitement and bite your nails right along with us - we will celebrate with a house warming party when this is all done! LOL


DO MEMBERS NEED TO DO ANYTHING?
Nope! Just send us some good vibes and have a little patience with us during this move. Once the site becomes accessible again, members and visitors will still access Writing.Com the same way as before! Please remember that even if you can access the site during the maintenance window, it may become inaccessible again and/or if we were to revert to our old host, changes made during the maintenance would NOT follow us back to the old host. There will be a clear visual indicate in the left column that the maintenance window is open.


SCHEDULED MAINTANENCE WINDOW:
And one more time, just to make sure it doesn't get lost in the details:
         Wednesday, 11/17/2021 - 3pm to 9pm WDC time *Cool* *Thumbsupl*


Thank you for your support, Writing.Com! We love this community and we can't wait to give you a bigger, better home in which to grow!

The StoryMaster & StoryMistress

September 27, 2021 at 12:09am
September 27, 2021 at 12:09am
#1018113
The following winners for the August 2021 running of "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 13 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided below. Congratulations to the following three winners:

         *TrophyG* First Place - "The Vanishing Stars"   by Chris24
         *TrophyS* Second Place - "A Song for the End of the World"   by Roseille ♥
         *TrophyB* Third Place - "Life's Edge"   by L_P


Thank you to our pool of official contest judges, and to Jeff for continuing to keep Writing.Com's official site contests running smoothly!
September 22, 2021 at 1:33am
September 22, 2021 at 1:33am
#1017852
Following up on the previous "Good Deeds Get CASH! catch up...
This set of winners brings us up to date! *Smile*



*BalloonG* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in January 2021!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Kaiba's Prostitute - Part 16" by William Stafford
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "What Matters Most..." by A Thankful Sum1
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "The Climb" by Bryce Kenn


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in February 2021!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Knock-knock " by Jeannie
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "Dear Me" by Elle - on hiatus
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "The Mayan Conquistadors" by Dawn Embers


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in March 2021!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "A mistaken identity" by Max Griffin 🏳️‍🌈
*Bullet* Second ($25): Invalid Review by Anonymous
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "A letter to Cupid" by 🌻 pwheeler love, joy, peace


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in April 2021!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Entrance Fee" by Shaye
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "The Visit" by Roseille ♥
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "The Kiwi Dream" by Choconuts Roasting


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in May 2021!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Prism" by Roseille ♥
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "The Winners" by DMCarroll
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "Interview with LeeLoo" by Ms. Nixie Saint Nick


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in June 2021!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "When All Lights Go Out (You're There) " by QueenOwl ~ A New Day Dawns
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "Icon" by Lynn Nichole
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "Liar" by Blimprider


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in July 2021!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Endings and Beginnings Ch 1" by Max Griffin 🏳️‍🌈
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "To Love a Soldier" by Richard ~ Naughty or Nice?
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "A Bushy-Tailed Intruder" by Ms. Nixie Saint Nick


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in August 2021!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "A tribute to my grandma " by WriterAngel
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "Communion" by ♥HO HO HOOves♥
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "Last Flight" by DMT - THANK YOU WRITE.COM




To select the winners, 10 entries to the contest are randomly selected and then, with the reviewer's name and case hidden, individually ranked according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing.

Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered these past months and who continue to do so! *Heart*

Best wishes,
~~ The StoryMaster


September 21, 2021 at 7:32pm
September 21, 2021 at 7:32pm
#1017835
I'm well behind on calling "Good Deeds Get CASH! winners. The last post was up through May 2020.

I'm catching up a little here with June through December 2020. I will get fully caught up SOON. *Heart* *Smile*


*BalloonG* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in June 2020!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Let The Light In" by Blimprider
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "Kaiba's Prostitute - Part 11" by William Stafford
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "A Visit With Grace and Mercy" by Elycia ☮


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in July 2020!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "How Did I Get Here from There?" by GeminiGem💎
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "Queen of Hearts And Ace Of Spades " by deemac
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "VOICES" by ruwth


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in August 2020!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Penguin" by Ms. Nixie Saint Nick
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "The Hatchling" by 🌻 pwheeler love, joy, peace
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "The Black Cat's Tale" by Steven Dreading Xmas


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in September 2020!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "I wonder..." by Lili J. - On/Offline
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "From Manic To Melancholia 2" by Fangus
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "An Ordinary Life" by Elycia ☮


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in October 2020!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Incursion" by Niviradamus
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "Consumption (2nd revision)" by dog pack:saving4 premium renew
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "Creationism 101" by Zhen


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in November 2020!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Dinner Cull" by Tobber
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "Artist friends together" by Cubby
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "A Hitchhiker (Christmas Special)" by Dark Lady


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in December 2020!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Verse of Estoria Ballad of The Heavens" by Tombstone smasher
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "The John Doe Letters" by The Christmas Tale of Adore♥
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "To My Queen" by Annette




To select the winners, 10 entries to the contest are randomly selected and then, with the reviewer's name and case hidden, individually ranked according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing.

Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered these past months and who continue to do so! *Heart*

Best wishes,
~~ The StoryMaster

* As usual, I think it's all correct. This was a lot of judging and sorting. *Angelic*
September 7, 2021 at 12:07am
September 7, 2021 at 12:07am
#1016947
*BalloonP*NEW EMOTICONS
We are excited to release MORE brand new emoticons for everyone to use!
Today's release is:

*BearBl* = {e:bearBl}
*BearBr* = {e:bearBr}
*BearW* = {e:bearW}
*Ink1* = {e:ink1}
*Ink2* = {e:ink2}
*Ink3* = {e:ink3}
*Mermaid* = {e:mermaid}
*Mermaidtail* = {e:mermaidtail}

*BalloonG*NEW MERIT BADGES
Today's new addition to the Merit Badge Shop is below! Please check out our complete Merit Badge collection   to see these and many more badges available for giving!


WORD HARD DREAM BIG


Choose a member and give out this badge! For every day of our birthday week, you get to hand out one for FREE!

*BalloonV*GRAB A TRINKET


Here's a trinket you can grab over in "Writing.Com Party Central 2021!.
... be sure to click on to view Day 7!

Party Central trinkets will only be available this week!



Enjoy and we'll see you tomorrow more fun releases! *Smile*
September 6, 2021 at 12:17am
September 6, 2021 at 12:17am
#1016863
*BalloonP*NEW EMOTICONS
We are excited to release MORE brand new emoticons for everyone to use!
Today's release is:

*DartB* = {e:dartB}
*DartBl* = {e:dartBl}
*DartG* = {e:dartG}
*DartR* = {e:dartR}

*Comet* = {e:comet}

*Harp* = {e:harp}

*Movie* = {e:movie}

*Ufo* = {e:ufo}

*BalloonG*NEW MERIT BADGES
Today's new addition to the Merit Badge Shop is below!
Please check out our complete Merit Badge collection   to see these and many more badges available for giving!


PATIENCE


REMEMBER: For every day of our birthday week...
         ... you get to hand out Merit Badge for FREE!



*BalloonV*GRAB A TRINKET

Here's a trinket you can grab over in "Writing.Com Party Central 2021!.
... be sure to click on to view Day 6!

Party Central trinkets will only be available this week!



Enjoy and we'll see you tomorrow more fun releases! *Smile*


September 5, 2021 at 12:07am
September 5, 2021 at 12:07am
#1016795
*BalloonP*NEW EMOTICONS
We are excited to release brand new emoticons for everyone to use!
Today's release is:

*PaintBl* = {e:paintBl}
*PaintG* = {e:paintG}
*PaintO* = {e:paintO}
*PaintP* = {e:paintP}
*PaintR* = {e:paintR}
*PaintY* = {e:paintY}
*4leaf* = {e:4leaf}
*Toilet* = {e:toilet}

*BalloonG*NEW MERIT BADGES
Today's new addition to the Merit Badge Shop is below!
Please check out our complete Merit Badge collection   to see these and many more badges available for giving!




Choose a member and give out this badge! For every day of our birthday week, you get to hand out one for FREE!

*BalloonV*GRAB A TRINKET
Here's a trinket you can grab over in "Writing.Com Party Central 2021!.
... be sure to click on to view Day 5!

Party Central trinkets will only be available this week!





Enjoy and we'll see you tomorrow more fun releases! *Smile*


September 4, 2021 at 12:00am
September 4, 2021 at 12:00am
#1016726
*BalloonP*NEW EMOTICONS
We are excited to release brand new emoticons for everyone to use!
Today's release is:

*Cornucopia* = {e:cornucopia}
*Turkey* = {e:turkey}

*Pool1* = {e:pool1}          *Pool9* = {e:pool9}
*Pool2* = {e:pool2}          *Pool10* = {e:pool10}
*Pool3* = {e:pool3}          *Pool11* = {e:pool11}
*Pool4* = {e:pool4}          *Pool12* = {e:pool12}
*Pool5* = {e:pool5}          *Pool13* = {e:pool13}
*Pool6* = {e:pool6}          *Pool14* = {e:pool14}
*Pool7* = {e:pool7}          *Pool15* = {e:pool15}
*Pool8* = {e:pool8}          *Poolcue* = {e:poolcue}

*BalloonG*NEW MERIT BADGES
Today's new addition to the Merit Badge Shop is below!
Please check out our complete Merit Badge collection   to see these and many more badges available for giving!



Choose a member and give out this badge!

REMEMBER: For every day of our birthday week...
         ... you get to hand out Merit Badge for FREE!



*BalloonV*GRAB A TRINKET
Here's a trinket you can grab over in "Writing.Com Party Central 2021!.
... be sure to click on to view Day 3!

Party Central trinkets will only be available this week!





Enjoy and we'll see you tomorrow more fun releases! *Smile*



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