How at last we find ourselves back here …
I can almost not believe this year began only three months ago. On one hand, “OMG, THREE MONTHS WHAAAT,” and then … it feels like “I have aged ten years and my life is over.”
It’s been a very long and very fast three months.
I have no idea where to begin with this …
So, I suppose with @AdeleSGray?
Her health is, at the moment, being managed.
We’ve come a long way since the beginning of February where everything was in hell, and fear became the crucial part of the daily grind, but there’s still so much ground to cover, too.
Her sight, we think, will never be what it was before.
Her tests and treatment had cost us a fortune, and we’ll be paying it off for a long, looong time, but life is priceless, so one way or another, no matter what, we will make it. Stuff in life is … weird, but wonderful, exhausting and exhilarating, bloody expensive and priceless, all at the same time. That’s a story for the future, but it’s going to have a beautiful ending, so worry not.
And now to the reeeally juicy matters …
It is the end of an era.
#FP and #200WT are ending.
*waits ten seconds*
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 aaaand … 10!
Right, so if you’re done panicking, we don’t mean we’re killing our darlings.
But, it is changing.
Like we mentioned before in early March, there was news about our program evolving and it begins here.
The last few months, from November, actually, creativity, life, and productivity have changed drastically. The old routines proved a little useless as things just … ground to a complete and total halt and to this day, they’ve not recovered. Less submissions for #200WT, less players and energy on #FP and we feel this is because of us, because we are not the old energies we once were, and this is b-a-a-a-a-d.
It was making us feel terrible that despite our efforts, things just didn’t pick up again. Our lack of energy and our struggle for emotional, financial and physical (health) survival meant that our will to engage just evaporated.
And we never wanted that.
There also seemed to be no solution for it, because it’s either waiting for a miracle or we let them go, right?
No, no, nope, we love them too much, we live for what we do. Letting it go was never going to be an option, but neither was letting them both struggle to the point where both programs just didn’t want to go on.
So, the answer to that was … integrating them.
The last few days of February, we put our heads together and found a way to give both #FP and #200WT a new lease on life.
Combining the two struggling blogs into one, into an all new, recreated, re-imagined, and revitalized magazine that celebrates the written word for the miraculous thing it is – to not divide two separately active communities, but to build each other up, not keep them apart! Stronger together, amirite??
This will be taking place a lot sooner than you think. In the next two weeks, life here is going to change to the point where we will not recognize it anymore, and it’s gonna take some guts to get there. Failing this time around is not on the cards and as we change, the projects will change, and all for the better.
#200WT and #FP, respectively, will go on, but just in another realm, in a new world. The Friday party will never end and Tuesdays still belongs to #200WT. That’s the way it’s always been, right?
That’s the way it’s going to stay.
You’ll still email your submissions to us, and we, that’s us GRAYS, want your #200WT stories, interviews, guest posts, inter-community interviews, short stories and how-to’s. We want ‘em all for the new magazine, for this amazing new project that we’re gonna give to the world and to all who find it!
For the first time in I don’t even know how long, change feels real and it’s a SICK THING that it had to happen under these specific circumstances, but hey, I’m not gonna complain now! It’s happening! It’s real!
MY MIND IS BLOWN!
And it’s just getting better.
So, you … you are still our reason for being here and you always will be, and anything that you want to share, share it.
Tell me, Lara, who writes these things, everything.
I’m here to hear it all.
The name of this new magazine, which I, in my super coolness, am code naming Operation AWESOME, is still a secret.
We’ll have a big party to reveal the name and all that jazz within the next two weeks, so guys, hold on, it’s gonna be a ride!
In the meantime, we love you, we love creativity, we love telling the world about it and we always will.
In that regard, things will never change.
You have our solemn word.
Now, it is time for tea. For you and for me.