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Characters  Holidays are approaching, and the days are getting shorter, the weather colder. At least here, in Canada. It's a time of year to stress our character, and our relationship with others. For better or worse.

Write a story examining a character, and the way they manage their stress. Use this random generator to give them three character traits.  1000 words max, due by Friday, November 22.  

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Ravens

Somehow I don't think this story is going to happen. Or others, for now.
I'm re-thinking my writerly pursuits.

Joyce Juzwik

That's very distressing news, Mike. Perhaps you need a break from writing certain things, or just from writing in general. You have so much talent for story-telling, it would be a sad state of affairs if you stopped telling them. I've taken a break from everything for now - so much happening. Sometimes we need to get off life's crazy merry-go-round and get our balance back with our feet on the ground.

I'm not sure why you're re-thinking this writing thing, but I know for me, sometimes, I wonder why bother. I mean, I'll never have an agent, and all the books I've had published were published by a small publisher and went nowhere. I've withdrawn them all and am re-working them to resubmit somewhere else. No, I'll never be famous, and maybe I'll only sell a copy or two, but once I crawl out of the self-pity pit I fall in now and then, I realize that it doesn't matter. I like what I've written, and that's what matters most. So, I pick up the pages and go at them again.

I'll keep checking back and following your work, and in all honesty, I really do hope you continue. But, you have to do what's right for you. So, take a breather. Time will tell.

Joyce Juzwik

This is a new computer, and my dates and times are all off. Today is 12/8/19 and the time is 10:01 PM. That's when I posted the above comment. My others were posted yesterday. I really need to fix that, but I'm not sure now!

Ravens

Joyce - thx for the words of encouragement. I think my expectations/dreams were that lots of people would want to join me in crafting a weekly FF story, and we would form a group that would offer weekly constructive criticism not only after the fact but sometimes even during the week while the story was being crafted. But that's not reality.
I look at my several draft novels - all good stories, all in need of editing and a publishing process.
And my 170 short stories - all were fun to write, some are pretty good too. They could be fired off to magazines for publication and hopefully feedback.
And the FFF idea - I have more prompts in mind.
And podcasting of my stories - I have the framework and site, but nothing recorded yet.
All the above will take time, and I'm not motivated enough. I like writing, and I like being a writer.
Maybe the podcasting idea is a new enough thing for me to focus on.
Sorry - just thinking out loud here.

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