Hi there - your domain couldn't be auto-renewed as your credit card had expired. Since your domain was not manually renewed either, it expired on November 6, 2012. I've issued a $13 refund for the failed domain mapping of December 29 - it can take 1-2 weeks for the refund to be reflected on your account.
The domain writerschoices.com is currently in redemption. This means that the domain is deactivated, but has not yet been fully released. During this time, you can still renew this domain, but the process is more complicated than a regular renewal.
If you'd like to renew your ownership of this domain, you have several options:
1) We can renew the domain for you through our registrar. This costs $106, which includes $26 for the private domain and an additional cost of $80 for a late renewal. We have no control over this additional cost, as it is levied on us by our domain registrar.
2) Try to register the domain through a domain back-ordering service, such as Pool (Registering starts at $60 with Pool) http://pool.com/
3) Wait until the domain is out of redemption and becomes available for registration again. Then, you can register it again for the regular price of $26. This would run the risk of the domain being registered by someone else before you, or the domain not being released for registration at all. The exact redemption period and the release of the domain are at the discretion of our domain registrar and we can't control it.
If you want to have the best chance of getting your domain back, your best bet would be the first option. If you choose this option, please reply here, letting us know. We will then send you a direct request for payment and will contact our registrar on your behalf, asking to restore the domain.
Please note that time is of the essence here. Because your domain is very close to being cancelled, it may no longer be possible to recover it. If you pay for renewal and we are unable to recover the domain, you will be fully refunded.