Family Begins Here

After the Winter FicLympics, many of you, I included, seemed to take a hiatus.
Kudos and many thanks to those that stayed and maintained vigilance over the Ficly site!

It is time to wipe the dust off my pencils and start handing some out.

It is time to write about every exciting or mundane moment in my life.

It is time, dear friends and precious Ficly family, to carry the torch back to its home, right here.

Good writing starts with you. Family begins here, in positive comments, in sequels, and in lovely notes.

I have missed you all. I have missed my muses.
This website needs people. I need people.

Send me suggestions for blog posts, Guest posts, ideas, thoughts, and warmth.

Without us, this place is cold and dark and lonely.

Join me in fighting for Ficly Family.

Pick up your pencils and write!


  • Jae

    After about four years of writing here, I find it’s not unusual to drift away now and again, but I always come back. Ficly is too convenient to leave unattended, too fun to abandon, when there are so many stories to write and read.

  • 32 ^2

    If you’ve been gone for awhile, such as myself, reach out and meet others that arrived in your absence and don’t take it too hard when a close family member is away. xxoo

  • ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Awesome advice, 32!

  • HSAR

    Torch-holders unite!

  • Cariad Ceffyl

    HoooRah for Ficly!

  • inky blue

    I’ve messaged the people I know from my time to still be active. It’s wonderful to return along with the family spirit. I remember talking to Elsha about it, and I hope we can talk more, Elsh, my darling. Force me. I need it.

    I hope anyone who wants to talk to me feels they can. I so need to help rebuild this place, because it was glorious.

    We had debates that strung on down the page, and consoled and helped and corrected each other’s grammar without taking it personality. Perhaps we weren’t always punctual, but we sent links to each other’s inboxes asking for feedback because we all wanted to be the best that we could, and we were getting there.

    I miss all my old Ficliteers: Someday, Gabriel, Mostly Harmless, Abby. We all went through a lot together, and we were all the same age. I hope we can all find our way back to the place which helped create us.

    Much love x

  • HSAR

    I feel a bit between times – I arrived at the end of the old guard, but am older than most of last two generations.

    Mostly Harmless and Abby, I definitely remember. I miss them! They were talented writers and great critics.

  • Cariad Ceffyl

    As I am new to ficly, I must say I have found kindred spirits here. I feel I have grown in the short time here and am growing as writer – of both stories and poetry, thanks to the excellent advice and encouragement of those here.

    Thank You All for accepting me into your family.

  • Alexa Reed (LoA)

    I still go to my Ficlets graveyard and read all pieces from time-to-time; which is part of my advice to Elsha. Dust off your pencil, re-read something old (something borrowed . . .) and see if you could add to it or improve it; pick up something that you didn’t know how to finish. And read things that are posted here by people you love or by strangers, write comments (LoA!), and soon words will come back to you.

  • Alexa Reed (LoA)

    Recommended book is The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (easy to find in bookstores), but only if you do it with the workbook (not so easy to find) and a standard notebook.

  • ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Thanks Alexa, I just spent a day on the Ficlets memorial site reading old things. 1. Most of them that I loved turned into short stories which may or may not be published. 2. The rest of my writing was pretty crappy. 3. I found where a group of us interacted on a long series that was pretty awesome and I nearly cried!! 4. I wrote a blog post (personal blog) and found a character that I want to explore, so some of your advice worked. :) But not in the way that made me write a ficly series… yet.

  • Robert Quick

    Thanks to Kevin’s techno-wizardry behind the scenes, I have been able to return.

  • Eloquent Mess {(LoA)}

    I’m coming back. I’ve been bad about sticking around, but I’m nearing the end of my college career, and I hope to be writing professionally soon, so I ought to get some practice. Besides, I know absolutely everyone missed me. You don’t have to say it. I know it’s true.

  • Abby (LoA)

    I was so young when I started out here, and this site (as well as the people on it, of course) have been a very big part of my growing up. I think nobody ever really leaves it. It’s a community – more than that, it’s a family. I’ve never met anyone from this site in person but I feel as though I know you all. I haven’t had the time to write for a few months (coursework shakes fist) but I’m looking forward to diving back into it now. I can’t wait to meet any new folks and reconnect with old friends.