A Bittersweet Friday Fictioneers

One of the most difficult things in the world is to come up with something unique, and one of the most satisfying things in the world is when that idea grows into something beyond your wildest dreams. In doing so, it can come to consume your life. Add to the fact you have a full-time job that pays the bills, and something has to give.

Friday Fictioneers, founded by Madison Woods, is evolving. Madison has decided to give up the reins to focus more on her own writing. This is something I totally understand. I gave up my dream job and retired to do the same. I should say that Friday Fictioneers won’t be the same without her inspiring photos and her unsurpassed enthusiasm, but in fact it won’t be the same. Change requires adjustment, but it is always good. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, a Friday Fictioneer from the beginning, or close to it, will take the baton and run with it, and she’ll be a winner.

Madison will still participate as a writer, which is good because I look forward to her 100-word stories as much as I’m looking forward to buying the book she is editing, but I still get a sad sense of “The Queen is dead; long live The Queen.” One thing will always be true: There would have been no Friday Fictioneers, no on-line writing community with that name, no challenge to tell a story in 100 words, and a lot fewer writer friends I’ve made without Madison. This is something she can look back on and declare, with pride, “I did that.” And for that, we Friday Fictioneers are all forever grateful.

Probably because it’s the season, today’s story involves some political commentary. If you’re offended by knee-jerk, bleeding-heart liberalism, then you probably shouldn’t read it–just remember, flame me, and you end up as a character in a story, and in that story you’ll meet a nasty end. Just kidding. A little.

The story is “An Inverse Relationship,” and if you’re the first one to guess, and provide the answer in a comment, which classic work of fantasy I derived the title from, I’ll send you a free copy, signed and personalized, of my book Blood Vengeance. 

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2 thoughts on “A Bittersweet Friday Fictioneers

  1. Oh I was right, you did make me cry. But then you got me hooked on guessing the origin of your story idea… I guess Margaret Atwood, Handmaid’s Tale :)

    As for my future plans, focus on my writing is a large part of why I’m ‘cleaning out the closets’ these days, but also because in the coming year I plan to be able to quit my dayjob. That means I need to organize my game plan for work from home that produces at least a little income. Writing is one prong of my three-pronged plan. Consulting is another, and getting my farm in working order is the third. The farm will require tremendous amounts of time and labor but it’ll pay off in reduced grocery expenses in the long run, and perhaps it’ll generate some income as well. “The Farm” isn’t only going to produce food, it’s also going to produce medicine (of the herbal variety). Which will lead to videos and instructions and workshops…

    Thank you for being part of this Friday Fictioneer project from the beginning. It wouldn’t have been the same without you!

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