Thanet Creative: Writers

Snow vs Writer Events

March 2, 2018 in events by Matthew Brown

In case it had not escaped your notice the roads are pretty icy due to snow. We at Thanet Creative value the safety and well being of our members and guests. We would rather you stay home rather than try to come to events if there is a risk of harm.

snowPlease do not attempt to travel to writing events unless you are 100% confident you can do so safely. Writing meetups are not so important that it is worth risking harm to get to them.

Have fun. Play in the snow, if you like. Or, if you are like me, stay inside with the heating on, a fluffy dressing gown, and a hot drink. The snow angel is from a post on Thanet Star – there are lots of great snow pictures over there.

Snow time is a great opportunity to get on with some writing. You have a ready-made reason not to go out – the snow. This is the one time of year when you get that excuse, so make the most of it.

Tea and chat will still be here when the snow melts. In fact, Tea and Chat (in a reduced capacity) will be here during the snow for those crazy few souls that want to make the trip (or live really close by). However, do not take the risk. I would rather you skipped a few weeks and came back safe and well than risked falling and hurting yourself.

Seriously, stay safe.

Maybe look in on any elderly neighbours you might have but please, stay safe out there.

Now, over to you – how are you finding all this snow? Is it fun and exciting or cold and miserable?

Final Week of Platform Building

February 21, 2018 in competitions by Matthew Brown

We are now in week four of the Awesome Blogger awards – that’s right one more week of platform building prompts.

If you missed week 3, here it is.

February’s four weeks of blogging are almost over. Have you been an awesome blogger this month? If you have, give yourself a pat on the back – you deserve it.

February Topics

Here are one more week’s worth of topics linked to the date. Pick them up, run with them. Do what you will.

22nd of February

A little outside Thanet, on this day in 2006, at least six men stage Britain’s biggest robbery, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or €78 million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.

This is also the birthday of actor and screenwriter, Nigel Planer.

23rd of February

This year, this day is International Stand Up to Bullying Day which is a special semi-annual event in which participants sign and wear a pink “pledge shirt” to take a visible, public stance against bullying. Say no to bullying.

24th of February

I’ve not found much for you to talk about this day but, in Thailand, it is National Artist Day. Writers are artists and art should be celebrated so I think this makes a great theme.

25th of February

On this day in 1836, Samuel Colt was granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver. Given the discussion on gun violence, this may be a timely topic.

26th of February

This day is National Wear Red Day in the UK. Wear Red day is a day when many people wear red to show their support for the awareness of heart disease.

27th of February

This day is Anosmia Awareness Day – a day to spread awareness about Anosmia the loss of the sense of smell. Given how underused this sense is by writers, what a great time to put the focus back on smell.

28th of February

This is the last day of the month (this year). It also marks the end of the Awesome blogger awards. I hope you have marked out at least one blogger for some praise and if not, this is your last chance to do so.

29th of February?

Ah, caught you napping. There is no 29th. Try to keep up, Double-Oh-Seven.

Let’s see what you make of that little lot, then.

Awesome Blogger Awards – February Week 3

February 14, 2018 in competitions by Matthew Brown

Tomorrow sees the beginning of Week 3 of the February Awesome Blogger awards. so far we’ve already seen some really interesting contributions to cooperative blogging in Thanet. Keep up the good work. If you have questions check out the FAQ.

Week Three Topics

15th of February

On this day in history in 1971, the decimalisation of British coinage was completed on “Decimal Day”.

This day is also Chinese New Year Eve.

16th of February

This day is Chinese New Year

17th of February

This year, this day marks the end of Random Acts of Kindness Week.

18th of February

In Eastern Christianity, this day is the Sunday of Forgiveness. Forgiveness spreads peace and love. Why not mark the day by doing the same?

19th of February

I’ve got to level with you. I could not find anything particularly relevant to put for this day. There were a lot of births, deaths, and historical events of course. My challenge to you, make the 19th February remarkable for Thanet’s writers for something good.

20th of February

World Day of Social Justice is this day. You could mark the day by addressing a social justice issue (such as poverty).

21st of February

On this day in 1952, the British government, under Winston Churchill, abolished identity cards in the UK to “set the people free”. To celebrate let’s look at freedom as a topic.

Awesome Blogger Awards – February Week 2

February 7, 2018 in competitions by Matthew Brown

As we enter week 2 of our (February) awesome blogger awards we’ve seen some interesting discussion themes starting. Now, let us look forward to the second week.

Facts about February

Here is a list of the “best” books of February 2018. Do you agree with the list? Do you agree with lists like this at all? What are your best books of the month?

The story of why February has only 28 days is an interesting one. Lots of people fiddling with things is the short story. Why not let your readers know the full story?

Keep blogging, keep being awesome. For an overview of February as a theme, check the week one post.

Week Two Topics.

This week has a lot of food-related themes. So our week-long theme is food. What’s not to love about that?

In a related note, this post should have been up yesterday but I realised too late I had made a scheduling mistake. I apologise for not having this to you yesterday.

8th of February

Today is something called Fat Thursday. It is a traditional Catholic Christian feast marking the last Thursday before Lent and is associated with the celebration of Carnival.

Starting on the 5th and ending on the 11th are Doppelganger Week and World Interfaith Harmony Week. Surely there is a good short story in there somewhere? A week where people look just like you…

9th of February

In the USA they celebrate National Pizza Day. I always thought that was Friday. I’d be interested to see if someone writes a story about pizza.

What does pizza mean to you? What is your favourite pizza? Do you even eat pizza?

10th of February

Today is Shabbat Shekalim in the Judaic calendar while in Eastern Christianity today is Saturday of Souls.

For me, Saturday has generally been a day to hang out with friends. What about you?

11th of February

In the UK, this day is known as Autism Sunday. The International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger Syndrome. You don’t have to be religious to use this day to raise awareness for autism.

The 11th sees the kick off for Random Acts of Kindness Week. You might like to think about how to use your blog to celebrate that. I recommend rewarding a deserving blogger with high praise.

This day is also International Purple Hijab Day. It is an international day of remembrance for those who have experienced domestic violence. International Purple Hijab Day is observed on the second Saturday each February. It is most often celebrated by Muslims, with women donning a purple hijab, but anyone may participate by wearing a purple item of clothing on the day such as a scarf, tie or Kufi

12th of February

The 12th is known in some parts as the start of Cheesefare Week. I love cheese. I will love blog posts about cheese. In Scotland, it is known as Meal Monday. Mmm, food.

This day is also known as Shrove Monday. The same thing but by another name, this day is known as Collopy Monday, Rose Monday, Merry Monday, and Hall Monday – it depends on who you ask.

13th of February

This is the day known as Shrove Tuesday. Also known as Mardi Gras or Pancake Day, this is another foodie day. I do like to talk about food I love. Do you?

14th of February

For the last day of the week, I thought I’d remind you to pick up on things others are blogging and extend the conversation to your own blog. This is what we mean by cooperative blogging.

This day is also National No Smoking Day in Ireland as well as being the start of Lent. What are you giving up for Lent?

The Thanet Canute cybersquats

February 6, 2018 in opinion by Matthew Brown

The Thanet Canute is a person (or group of people) that seem to have a problem with variety. This is the story of The Thanet Canute and the cybersquatting.

pantsToday is say no to bullies day. They say that in order to rob a bully of their power you must be brave enough to bring what they are doing into the light. Bullys thrive when they can make you feel too ashamed to admit what you have experienced.

For me, the feeling of “airing one’s laundry in public” has always felt shameful. However, in the interests of honesty here are some smalls flapping freely in the wind.

It is time to publically admit that we have been the victim of a bully.

The best choice of domain name

A domain name, like, is something you need to register if you want to run a website. Generally, names are registered on a first come first served basis. If you happen to be a downright nasty person, this can be abused.

Domain squatting, which is also known as cybersquatting, is the act of registering a domain name with the purpose of getting a monetary benefit from the trademark belonging to someone else. ICANN define it as “bad faith registration of another’s trademark in a domain name”.

Once upon a time, Thanet Creative was called Thanet Creative Writers. Our writing group still is. It would make sense, therefore, for us to register or maybe

We could not do that because The Thanet Canute got there first.

The image to your right is the WHOIS record for the domain name. As you can see, when it was registered some porky-pies were told. redirects to redirects to thanetwriters.comThis name has been registered by someone. That someone has claimed that they are Thanet Creative and they live in Cecil Square, Margate. they even went so far as to create an email address to match.

However, if you type into your address bar, you do not end up on our website. You end up at

You can see the redirect path as shown by this public online tool.

Thanet Writers are a group we try not to talk about. You can now maybe see why there are some hard feelings there. Generally, if there is nothing nice to say we are better off saying nothing at all.

Now, before someone tries to accuse me of starting something, I’m not saying that this Thanet Writers group are responsible for the bad faith registration. Just that they are the ones that benefit. Which I have shown.

Do the right thing

Rather than end this post on a down note, I’d like to end with something positive. The Thanet Canute has not stopped Thanet Creative having a nice website. They have just shown they are petty and have too much time and money on their hands.

I’d like to close this out by calling on Thanet Writers to join us in taking a stand against this form of cyberbullying. I would like to think that Thanet Writers would hate to benefit from the victimisation of others.

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