Di_Rossi

FRIENDS! Looking for some cool stuff? Try these....
          	
          	Do you want tips on character development? Do you want to hear some great stories? Episode 10 of the Weekend Write-In Podcast is up: Good and Evil. We are looking for submissions for Episode 11 School Days. https://anchor.fm/sovn-drake //// 
          	
          	The August edition of "Aspire" the zine from @TeamOfDreams is now out! Poetry, book recommendations, writing advice, motivational quotes, flash fic and more! Read all about it here: https://www.wattpad.com/story/234171350-aspire-magazine-august-2020-team-of-dreams ///// 
          	
          	And @The_Bookshop are looking for good ZOMBIE stories. Got zombies of 3k or less? Send 'em here. https://www.wattpad.com/930735192-writing-contests-by-the_bookshop-open-calling-all

Di_Rossi

FRIENDS! Looking for some cool stuff? Try these....
          
          Do you want tips on character development? Do you want to hear some great stories? Episode 10 of the Weekend Write-In Podcast is up: Good and Evil. We are looking for submissions for Episode 11 School Days. https://anchor.fm/sovn-drake //// 
          
          The August edition of "Aspire" the zine from @TeamOfDreams is now out! Poetry, book recommendations, writing advice, motivational quotes, flash fic and more! Read all about it here: https://www.wattpad.com/story/234171350-aspire-magazine-august-2020-team-of-dreams ///// 
          
          And @The_Bookshop are looking for good ZOMBIE stories. Got zombies of 3k or less? Send 'em here. https://www.wattpad.com/930735192-writing-contests-by-the_bookshop-open-calling-all

Di_Rossi

FRIENDS!  As you know, I'm the manager of @The_Bookshop profile. Due to the forum closure, we, like many other user-run profiles, have nowhere to advertise our events, contests, bookclubs and zines anymore. 
          
          This is why I'm starting a small group of active, reliable user-run profiles to work together to inform the WP community of what's on each month.  I'll be doing those here from my personal account as well. 
          
          Here's the first one...
          Do you want to get into the habit of writing a little bit every week? Then check out @The_Weekend_Write-In ? They offer a weekly prompt for a 500 word flash fiction piece, a chance to post it and get reads/comments. TWW-I is a pleasant, supportive profile for writers wanting to stretch their writing muscles a little bit at a time.

sleepingdraco

@Di_Rossi On behalf of @The_Weekend_Write-In, thank you very much for the shout out! Our weekly prompt AND our 10th podcast will release at midnight tonight GMT. Come visit us!
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Di_Rossi

FRIENDS!  The_Bookshop will be launching an international literature zine soon. The first volume will feature ZOMBIE STORIES and they are looking for good zombie stories of 3.5k or under.  Got any of those, or know someone who does? Submissions possible in 8 languages. (English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Swedish, Dutch and Polish)  Also, are you interested in writing an article about the zombie genre? They're looking for that, too. 
          
          Info and submission page here: https://www.wattpad.com/930735192-writing-contests-by-the_bookshop-open-calling-all

Di_Rossi

FRIENDS! Have you noticed like I have, that now with temps climbing, people are abandoning social distancing? Coughing openly without pulling up their mask or coughing into their elbow? Ignoring the reports that infections are starting to rise again and going on holiday to risk countries?  I'm seeing a 2nd lockdown coming straight at us. 
          
          
          BUT! This isn't the first time such a thing has happened. History repeats itself and we can learn from the course of the Spanish Influenza (1917-1920). Including expensive masks,  governmental mistakes and CIVIL UNREST. 
          
          If you want to know how the Spanish Flu started, spread -- and how the world bounced back from it -- this is a very informative new documentary that'll tell you all about it and show how shockingly LITTLE WE'VE LEARNED in 100 years. (35 minutes long)
          
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0AoRkmj9YM

Di_Rossi

@inkwellheart   The people's reaction doesn't surprise me as much as that those of the governments then & now are strikingly similar. The UK just last week issued a mask requirement, they were the last to close schools and were officially told that "the world looks to the UK in this crisis as we are at the forefront of dealing with it"... and have been one of the hardest hit in Europe. Same as when the governments falsified information and the newspapers didn't report on it in 1917-18. (Okay, there was the war, but that doesn't totally explain it) 
            
            Have you noticed the startling abandonment of social distancing where you are? I constantly have to turn around when I'm in line in a shop or somewhere and ask the person behind me to 'please keep the 1.5 metre distance'.  It's like when it got warm, they all now what to come and stand right up behind you. You'd think it would be the opposite, hot temps = distance. Apparently not!
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inkwellheart

@Di_Rossi it's fascinating to see the parallels between COVID and the Spanish Influenza. I listen to a medical history podcast, and they've compared the two events several times. It baffles me how cavalier people are about this pandemic. And yet, at the same time, it doesn't...
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Di_Rossi

FRIENDS! WP has just updated their official statement on the recent security breech. Makes for some interesting reading! 
          
          The only reason I know about this update is because I follow @AmbassadorsES  (That's the Spanish ambassadors). Since the English-language country profiles tell us very little and often ignore requests for information, I SERIOUSLY recommend -- if you can read Spanish at all -- to follow AmbassadorsES. Nobody else gets you information as fast, as good and as clearly!  
          
          Here's the update:
          https://support.wattpad.com/hc/en-us/articles/360046241911

gladhaven

@Di_Rossi Thank you! Very interesting.
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Di_Rossi

FRIENDS!  I'm recopying this from @Voyageavecmoi
          
          This week wattpad received news of a security breach and is investigating. They've quietly posted this in the known issues of the help desk indicating what hasn't been affected (stories, PMs) while being vague about what has. If you share a password between a wattpad account and the e-mail you used to sign-up I highly recommend changing your e-mail password immediately. I would highly recommend not logging out at the moment. 
          
          .... This also happened on Canva last year, but it seemed as if nothing was stolen there. WP has been VERY glitchy recently and there have been a rash of 'literature recruiters' sending PMs that they are interested in publishing your book on their site.  So, right now it's a good time to be doing much on WP!

inkwellheart

@Di_Rossi Just had a friend message me that she was notified by a have-you-been-breached website she uses that her account had been compromised. Pretty irresponsible that there's been nothing from Wattpad aside from the support page. I don't have the app anymore, and I'm only logged in via the desktop version, so I just had to redo my password when I signed in on a different device. I feel like an email should have been sent out as soon as they knew to at least tell users to change their passwords...
            
            Thanks for the heads up. Glad someone's looking out for Wattpad users.
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Di_Rossi

FRIENDS!  Because I'm a trend monkey like that, I decided to try a picrew of me. For a limited time only, check out Berengaria.  Is she what you've always imagined?

Di_Rossi

@BonaClese  I'm sporting tinsel, too! Half and half, at the moment, I'd say.  Well, October is only a few months away and Cruella is a great Halloween costume! 
            
            What's the attitude that goes along with red-head that I have?
            "Gingers" are made fun of in the UK and elsewhere, and historically they were supposedly in league with the Devil.  Do you mean I seem a bit in league with the Devil and witchcraft prone? *pondering face*   That's a legit question, I'm not being facetious!
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BonaClese

@Di_Rossi  That'll teach me to be a long-time no-show on Wattpad. Missed all the fun but redhead does not surprise me. You, um, have a bit of an attitude. Given Covid fever, I've not had a haircut since March. I now sport a ponytail and tinsel. I'm vying for Cruella DeVille.
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Di_Rossi

@Nicoismysenpai   Yep, it's red, but with a lot of silver streaks in it now. :-) Unfortunately, most of the picrews are of young people or the elderly. There's very little in between (that I saw).
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Di_Rossi

FRIENDS!  I'm putting together a Master Class for creative writing to host here on WP. I'll be taking on about 8 -10 interested people for it. 
          
           A Master Class is just when someone shows you how THEY do something. It's not meant to be a general CW class, nor does it promise to make you a better writer. It's only someone (me) showing you their techniques and tricks of how they get the effects they do.
          
          So, who might be interested in a ...oh....10 unit class (free!) and what topics would you like to see from me? What do I do in my stories that you'd like to know how it's done?  Let me know in the comments. :-)

GerritBigalski

@Di_Rossi Put me on the list!
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sleepingdraco

@Di_Rossi Yes, I please.
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Nyhterides

@Di_Rossi Count me in. :)
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Di_Rossi

RECOMMENDATION time! Do you like paranormal, somewhat strange, somewhat creepy, somewhat...bizarre short stories? Then check out THREADS, @Marigold91 's new project. Short, beautifully-written, ghostly-creepy-absurdist-deadly-dark stories that will have you clutching your hand to your rapidly-beating heart in delight.  
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/231334237-threads

Di_Rossi

@Marigold91  And I'm utterly convinced it's all true. Fab collection so far (and I'm sure it'll continue) and I promised you a shout-out when you got a few up.
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Marigold91

@Di_Rossi thank you for the shout-out, you're too kind:)
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