Hello and welcome.

It is hard to be a writer. It is lonely work, thankless work. It is work that gets sidelined as we age, forsaken for more pressing matters but always rocking back and forth on the bench, trying to get our attention. Not writing leaves us guilt-ridden but time accelerates at such a pace that our intentions are easily outpaced. All those stories decaying within us as we postpone their release for a more opportune occasion, be it the weekend, or summer vacation, after retirement, or in our next incarnation.

I know this because I have been procrastinating writing forever. At least most of this lifetime and probably a few before. If you know my biography (summary: working, somewhat single mother raising four kids overseas), then you know that I have rather valid excuses for not writing. And yet that is never a solution: my frustrated imagination will fester and infect my mind with a toxicity that generates anxiety and depression. I do not simply want to write: I have to write. I know I am not alone in this so I decided to start a new project for this new year. Mercurial Stories.

Starting next Monday, a writing prompt will be posted. Those writers who wish to use it and stay within the five hundred word limit can submit their completed stories by Thursday at 8 am EST (mercurialstories@gmail.com). Stories that are readable will be posted on Friday. And then the cycle repeats itself.

Mondays: new prompts are posted
Thursdays: deadline for submissions
Fridays: stories are posted

There is no fee to submit and no payment for those stories posted. This is a project designed to get writers writing. And with any luck, giving us all some good weekend reading. If you have any questions, please feel free to write to me either in the comments or via the email address above.

Please check in next Monday, January 1st for the new prompt. And in the meantime, enjoy your last days of 2017.

See you next year.

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