Are first anniversaries more significant than the following ones?
In a way, yes. During the first year, you don’t know what you’re doing. You’re learning all the time. You find out which of your expectations are on the money (not all that many) and you discover stuff you’d never have imagined. You find out if you can do this.
And maybe the highs seem higher, the lows lower in this first year-long roller coaster ride?
From now on, you’ve been there before. You have a history. You’re not the rookie anymore.
Look like you know what you’re doing, will you?
Hello to everyone who followed recently. I’m terribly behind checking out all your blogs and I want to apologise. I’d love to spend all my time messing about on WordPress, but that’s not how life works, is it? There are Mslexia guest posts to write (which take a lot longer than I anticipated), Blogging 101 courses to moderate (I volunteered, I can’t complain too much…) and real life people to be looked after. I’ll be over soon.
If you’ve come here for the Saturday Serial, I’m afraid it is taking a break this week. Cos you know what today is?
Today is Only 100 Words’ first anniversary (I should say this latest iteration’s anniversary – the blog itself will be ten years old in May. Yes, 10! If only I’d known what to do with it then, I might be a bestselling author now…). I want to thank all of you for reading, liking and commenting, and especially for sticking with me through my poetry experiments (I know my poems are poor, but they are lots of fun to write).
I did it. I posted a one-hundred word story every day for a year (okay, there was one day in June I missed when the WiFi let me down, on National Flash Fiction Day of all days… But with 2016 being a leap year, I still published something for 365 days with an unscheduled day off almost half-way through it).
I’m not exaggerating when I say I didn’t expect I’d still be at it a year later when I published Beware of the Dog on 23 January 2015. I’d just come out of hibernation (have I mentioned that I hate January? I hate January…) and I felt the need to do something to kickstart the writing year.
I chose 100-word stories for the blog because I wanted to become better at writing them. I thought my flash fiction was okay, but I struggled with the really short ones. I think it’s fair to say that my super-short stories have improved a lot. And, if I’m honest, the challenging element of writing 100-word stories has gone away a bit and I want a new challenge. I love a boundary. A boundary forces you to approach the way you do stuff in a different way. But I’ve become to comfortable with my 100-word boundary. I need to set myself new ones.
So I will mix things up a little bit. From tomorrow on, there won’t be a 100-word story every day. Don’t worry, there’ll be at least three a week. And with the exception of the odd special occasion (like anniversaries), nothing I’ll post will be longer than 100 words – I harbour no illusions about the allure of this blog being that the posts are quick reads. I promise that when I veer into poetry territory, I’ll still tell a story (okay, I’ll try…).
The TL;DR: expect six-word stories, haiku, three-liners and other short stuff. This is the new schedule, roughly – as usual, I’m making it up as I go along, so it’s bound to change:
Miscellaneous Monday – could be anything from six to 100 words
Tuesday – 100-word story for FFfAW
Writing Prompt Wednesday – might be the Daily prompt, Prompt Stomp or Literary Lion, but I’ll take cues from you, too – tell me what you want me to write
Three Line Thursday – TLT recently shut up shop, so I’ll TLT by myself; feel free to join in!
Friday – 100-word story for FFfPP
Saturday Serial: Gwen the Wanna-Be Superhero
Short ’n’ Sweet Sunday – six-word stories, haiku, that sort of thing
Your feedback – as always – will be crucial. Be honest – tell me if something doesn’t work for you, if you don’t get a story, if you think a piece is sub-par. I care about your opinion, so let me know what you think, okay?
Here’s to the next twelve months!