Post where I tell you why I've been a bad writer.
I've had a few nudges to see 1) why I haven't asked for new prompts in 3 weeks and 2) where the other stories are. I figured you guys deserved answers.
Let's talk about prompts. When I first started FoW, I asked for daily prompts. I didn't have many people on my page at the start and those that were on there had lives. Turns out coming up with a daily prompt was a bit much for the handful of stalwart friends.
I started asking for weekly prompts. That worked pretty well! New things every Monday and I had a full week to write them out. Things went great on the prompt giver side but broke down on the writer side.
The stories HAVE been written. I'm trying to get back into a daily writing habit so even if you haven't seen the story posted, it has been written.
Why aren't you seeing them? Because formatting and posting is about 10x harder than writing. Some of the stories were hand written, which means I have to type them up then format them for the blog.
Let me be perfectly honest. I am lazy by temperament. The phrase 'I am the most incurably lazy devil that ever stood in shoe leather' from Doyle's (in)famous detective immediately springs to mind. Being lazy comes naturally to me so I am often at odds with my own nature.
What have I been doing? Writing, knitting, running, weight training, super secret project I can't talk about, working 8 hrs a day at my 'real' job, being a friend, puppy parent, partner. Overall, I'm just trying to get through each day while still having time to sleep a few hours.
What does this mean for you, dear reader? Frankly, I'm not entirely sure. Without getting an unpaid intern, things probably won't improve this or next month. I still have a few races left this season, holiday traveling and more gift knitting to finish.
I WILL STILL BE WRITING during all of this. I may not be posting. I want to give you guys the best, even if I joke about how I don't care if my writing is good or not. The best can't happen overnight. I've been hesitating to put up new stories until I get my new logo and get some kinks worked out with the formatting on the blog. The best I can tell you right now is that I am still writing. I will keep accepting your prompts and I will write you the best story I can in a week.
2018 will bring newer challenges but hopefully some good things. I'm on target to get a newsletter in your inboxes (which may help when I can't get stuff on the blog) and I even have a fun Inktober challenge lined up with an artist whose work will far outshine anything I could write.
I ask that you stick with me through the teething troubles. I took on a ton this year and am struggling to get all the pieces lined up. They are starting to fall into place and I hope to bring you bigger and better things in the coming months!
And yes, I am going to ask again for Movember donations! If nothing else, please, please, PLEASE start important health conversations with your male loved ones. We need everyone to know that talking about mental and physical health is important. NO ONE should die from embarrassment.