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popsprocket
March 1st, 2015, 01:40 PM
This month goes out to Joshybo, who did his WF family proud by completing the parts of the newsletter that I thought would be too much effort.

February, the month that plays host to the single most important day of the year: pancake day. To celebrate, there's absolutely no pancake themed content whatsoever. But, there is a whole bunch of news, some of it sad, and an apology or two that needed to be made. On top of that there's a lot of Facebook stuff this month, including our most popular post ever made, and the entries we received in our Romance is Hard, Poetry is Harder (http://www.writingforums.com/threads/154264-Romance-is-hard-poetry-is-harder-VALENTINE-S-DAY-COMPETITION) competition scattered about the place. To cap things off there's Terry D (http://www.writingforums.com/members/43140-Terry-D)'s winning entry to January's cash-prize LM challenge and a little something from the resident lovers Kyle (http://www.writingforums.com/members/13710-Kyle-R) and Sunny (http://www.writingforums.com/members/45573-Sunny) which defies description except by using the text emoji ":3"


WiFs 8 - February 2015



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February is that time of the year for all things love-heart shaped and sickeningly sweet. As a special treat, this month’s newsletter will start off with a history lesson: Valentine’s Day is made up.

Yes, I know, you’ve heard it before somewhere: it’s that anecdotal piece of information that bitter singletons like to toss out into the restaurant crowded with lovers on dates just to see how many people take the bait. Well, regardless of the fact that it’s most common use is to rile up those happily in love, this tidbit of information remains true. Valentine’s Day is attributed to not one, but several Saints, who existed according to church histories, but who had nothing to do with a day reserved for displays of affection. It wasn’t until much later in the life cycle of humans that Valentine’s Day became associated with love.

Still with me? This is the part that you can throw back at the people who claim that Valentine’s Day is the invention of evil corporations who just want your money. It turns out that February the 14th has been the date for the exchanging of Valentines for nearly three hundred years. For those whose history is a little fuzzy, Hallmark weren’t around back then to invent a holiday for the sole purpose of turning a profit. If they were then I'm sure they would have tried but as it stands you can't hold this whole thing against them no matter how much you would like to.

What is the upshot of this? The upshot is that it doesn’t really matter if Valentine’s Day is made up. Its evolution from a simpler feast to a day for lovers happened a long time ago and the fact of the matter is that there’s just nothing wrong with setting aside a day of the year where we each remember to treat a loved one to something special.

There you go, even though being bitter about the whole thing is a lot of fun, I managed to keep it to myself and offer instead a newsletter filled with wonderful Valentine's Day poems and the sweetest article ever from our Resident Lovebirds Kyle and Sunny.

<-- January Newsletter (http://www.writingforums.com/threads/154257-WiFs-No-7-January-2015-Newsletter?p=1825219#post1825219)

mrmustard615
March 1st, 2015, 01:50 PM
Nice newsletter as usual. Very nice artwork, Pips :D

popsprocket
March 1st, 2015, 02:22 PM
All photography this month is courtesy of our piglet overlord: PiP (http://www.writingforums.com/members/51566-PiP)

I am informed that you should all feel free to bask in her glow.

joshybo
March 1st, 2015, 06:55 PM
Thanks, as usual, to everyone who contributed their works for this issue! We're happy to have such talented writers/artists/photographers at our disposal.

escorial
March 1st, 2015, 09:19 PM
top stuff

TKent
March 1st, 2015, 10:19 PM
Great newsletter!

TJ1985
March 1st, 2015, 10:26 PM
All photography this month is courtesy of our piglet overlord: PiP (http://www.writingforums.com/members/51566-PiP)

I am informed that you should all feel free to bask in her glow.

Some tasks can be daunting, but others are really simple. This one is very pleasantly simple for me.

An excellent product all around, Pops. You've got a lot to be proud of there.

PiP
March 1st, 2015, 10:52 PM
I felt honored to be asked if you could use the photos, pops. *PiP does happy dance to see her pictures in print*

am_hammy
March 1st, 2015, 11:01 PM
This was a lovely newsletter. I have all fuzzy warm feelings from reading about Kyle and Sunny, and their contribution this month. Such a lovely story and some amusing insights on love, haha.

The whole letter was great.

I want to say too that these are put together so well. They look clean, have great writing, and do an awesome job of reminding us of all the amazing events that happen around the forum. Everyone involved did a great job with this! You all do a great job with all of them :) Already looking forward to the March newsletter!

And PiP, your photos are amazing!

popsprocket
March 2nd, 2015, 08:52 AM
I felt honored to be asked if you could use the photos, pops. *PiP does happy dance to see her pictures in print*

The photos are brilliant, I was very happy to discover a whole set of them neatly wrapped that could be used to decorate.

Let this be a demonstration to the rest of our wonderful members that if you take good photos, there's a good chance I will put them in the newsletter, which is the world's most popular literary publication*.

*This is definitely true and not in any way an exaggeration

rcallaci
March 3rd, 2015, 04:35 AM
Brilliant!

aj47
March 3rd, 2015, 06:01 AM
What they all said and more!

Those photos are amazing. Thank you, PiP for sharing them with us.

(the rest was amazing, too, but I have a special thing​ for photos I can parse.)

Ideduce
March 9th, 2015, 10:36 PM
This was well put together! I enjoyed the read thank you for the newsletter. I feel like I'm part of something grand. Which I am. Thanks for putting this together n_n.

bazz cargo
March 16th, 2015, 02:15 PM
Kicking...
I even found my way back to facebook and posted a link, y'ere onde wold wide web honey.

No pressure.

Mistique
March 19th, 2015, 08:57 PM
When I first saw this post Wifs 8 and I saw Bazz's name with it my first thought was: huh, is Bazz writing a post about wife number 8. He has 8 wives? Hihihihi It didn't take long for me to see my mistake.