Hello, dear Wordsmiths! This is Rosemary, who rejoices to be your Coordinator as we move forward together.
In November we move into a new format. Instead of two posts a week, Weekly Scribblings on Wednesdays and Writers’ Pantry on Sundays, we’ll combine them into one a week – when you may respond to a prompt, or post on a topic of your own choosing.
We thought of 'Sunday Scribblings' but then realised – with some input from you, our community – that many people are busy with other prompts on Sundays. However Wednesday is a bit tricky for some of us on the team, so we're giving Friday a whirl. We'll begin doing so on the first Friday in November.
It dawned on us that, with only one post a week, we don't need a subtitle at all. No need to specify Friday Scribblings or Friday anything, when Friday is our only day!
How is this a forward move?
~ More time to write, read and comment. ~
~ More freedom in what to write. ~
1. We don’t like being the Poetry Police or Story Squelchers – unlinking posts that don’t conform to a prompt, in order to be fair to those who follow it scrupulously. We’d rather give you more choice and have it all be OK.
2. Our behind-the-scenes team of three has turned out to be remarkably harmonious. We think we're the dream team! Our various gifts and skills combine well; and when we do (rarely) have differing ideas, we work it out very quickly by consensus, with unabated goodwill. So we don't at present contemplate adding anyone else to this sublime mix, to share the work. Yet we all – like the rest of you – lead busy lives on and offline. Once-a-week posts will have things flow even more smoothly, for us and we trust for you too.
For now –
Sorry to disappoint, but you don’t get carte blanche just yet; this is advance notice.
We do ask you to adhere to a prompt today. Please write something on the theme of ‘Forward Movement’, in whatever way you choose to interpret that. We’re accepting new pieces of poetry or prose (written in the last month – or, if older, extensively rewritten). If it’s prose, your upper limit is 369 words, excluding title.
Link us, below, to your specific blog post; link that post back to us if you will; read each other; leave comments here and there….
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