The Mantle of the Old Guard

“The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.” ~H.L. Mencken

If you’re reading this, welcome. And by that I don’t mean welcome you not to the site. That’s been done. No, I welcome you at this point to the status that will be inevitable as you continue in your ficly ways. You are here at the beginning. Yours are the stories that will build the foundation of what is to come. Yours will be the pennames routinely on the ‘Most Active’ and ‘Most Popular’ lists. You are the Old Guard.

As human beings, social creatures, we seek out hierarchies and measures of status. In this setting, those measures will be the things I just mentioned. The momentum inherent with having been here longer, having more contacts, having published more stories, all will imbue you with an aura of importance. To newcomers, please be aware that for all your foibles and shortcomings, you will appear to be the wise elders of our new society of storytellers.

That is your mantle. Take it up with full knowledge of what it is and what it means. The neophytes will look to you. If you peevishly create your own monoliths, they will do the same. If you leave constructive, meaningful comments, they will strive to do the same. If you bluster about in an attitude of megalomania-driven self promotion, they will do that in spades. If you work together to create complex, cooperative tales of wonder and imagination, they will want to play too.

You are the Old Guard. My you wear the mantle well.

14 comments Posted 2009-05-29 Author: THX 0477


  • ElshaHawk (LoA)

    “my you wear the mantle well”
    bats eyelashes
    well, thank you!
    but what you say rings true and straight to the heart
    we are the ones to be looked up to
    scary, huh? (snickers)
    okay, okay, back to seriousness…
    I will take my mantle and wear it proudly, to bring harmony and peaceful interactions between the “new ones”

  • The Note Writer

    This mantle is heavy! Can I trade it for a styrofoam one? Thanks. takes styrofoam mantle

  • blusparrow (LoA)

    =D well said THX. I’m so glad to be here. let the writing begin.

  • Elisabeth L. Davis(LoA)

    Excellent. I missed everyone.

  • Elisabeth L. Davis(LoA)

    Oh… um… =previously Mask By The Moon=

  • NightMaiden

    I second blusparrow. Extremely glad to be here. My username hasn’t changed, but I have a whole lot, and I’m really determined to leave more comments than I did on the other site! I’ll do my best and try and help the new site and users. Let this feeling of community never die. :) A job well done! The writing, that is. :D

  • Ana Cristina

    So happy to be back! :-D

  • Rusty Awkward

    I only found out about Ficlets when I heard about it being shut down, but I’ve been waiting for that “open for business” email with anticipation. Now that it’s arrived, I’m pretty excited to be a part of it.

  • uselessness

    I’m thrilled to be part of the Oldish Guard. I’ll do my best to wear the mantle proudly!

  • nomiddlename

    So, is there a hierarchy of Guards? I signed up for Ficlets back in the good old days, so I’d like to know what colour mantle I should wear – the cerise one? or is that for people who signed up for Ficlets just before it got shut down? I’ll wear the pale goldenrod one for now, until I get official confirmation.

  • Fyora Cartagan

    I feel bad that I left Ficlets for months, then returned only shortly before it was shut down…

    I’m scared no one remembers me. o.o At the same time, I’m not sure I want them to. But, for those that insist upon it, I will do my best to bring the best writer in me to be the best role model I can be!

  • wytherwings

    I’m so glad to be back! =]

  • THX 0477

    So embarrassing to have a typo in there. Ah well, it’s still amazingly nice to see so many familiar names and some new ones too. Woohoo, and let the games begin!

  • ALRO613 (LoA)

    I am so happy that we are brought together again because of our art of language ..