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Mental Health in 2020

2020 has been a wild, terrible year. If you’re feeling pretty terrible because of it too, please feel free to reach out and chat, or reach out to your loved ones and friends. Everything is better when we share with our communities, and support others in turn.

Feelings of anxiety and helplessness are extremely high right now, and if talking it through with your family isn’t helping, then it’s not weakness to seek professional support. Trained professionals can not only help you right now, but they will also give you the insight and skills to help you in future crisis’ as well, with things such as stress management and learning to recognise and understand your thought processes.

Mindfulness can also help, and although we’re encouraged to stay indoors during the pandemic, exercise is important, and vitamin D even more so.

Whatever you’re feeling or going through, remember that you’re not alone, we can make a difference, and we will all get through this.

#7DayTale

What is #7DayTale?

It’s a monthly prompt game run on Twitter! The goal is to create a story in 7 Tweets, tweeted across 7 days. The game starts the first Monday of each month, and finishes the following Sunday. The theme will be announced the week prior. As well as the theme, there are optional words you can try to work in throughout your story.

Make sure you tweet your story using the hashtag #7DayTale! It’s also good if you can create a thread of your story (ie. add each instalment as a “comment” on your previous one), so that people can easily read the whole story at the end!

Your story can be a new piece of flash fiction, a poem, or an excerpt from a work in progress, either old or new! All genres welcome.

Please keep stories respectful. Remember that compassion and empathy are at the heart of good storytelling.

This game is about writing and finding inspiration together. Ian and I are looking forward to reading your stories!

2021 schedule:

January 11th                                                   July 5th

February 1st                                                    August 2nd

March 1st                                                         September 6th

April 5th                                                           October 4th

May 3rd                                                             November 8th

June 7th                                                             December 6th

Questions?

Contact Ian or myself, here or on Twitter, if you have any questions!

FAQS (jk, nobody asked, this is additional information just in case you’re wondering)

  • Q: Can I play the game on other platforms?

Absolutely! Just let one of us know so we can support you there. Also keep Twitter’s character limits in mind.

  • Q: Something something about rights?

All rights to your stories are yours. But be aware that by posting things into a public space, others might be inspired by your ideas.

  • Q: How creative can I get with interpreting the prompts?

We really do not mind, have fun!

  • Q: What if I want to use a word, but conjugate it or spell it differently?

Go for it, please. Ie. Colour -> color, colours, colouring, coloured. They’re all good! It’s great that you’re using the words! If you interpreted colour as cooler though that would be interesting and different, you can try if you’d like.

  • Q: Can I post any time of the day? What about timezones? What if I miss a day?

We are very relaxed. Tweet on the day in your timezone, catch up if you fall behind, don’t get put off if your timezone is a day ahead or behind.

 

Thanks for reading. Have a great 2021, and we’re looking forward to writing and creating with you!

ArtYear

January: Golden, Ring, Broken, Shard, February: Keep, Tough, Saviour, Finish

There are so many great art prompt lists out there, especially for October! There’s sure to be one to interest any artist! However, after joining in #ArtoberFest in 2020, I found it too stressful. With full time work as well as a daily painting, I was so artistically drained by the end of the month that I barely painted anything in November.

So, I thought of a yearly prompt idea instead: #ArtYear. This prompt list is very casual, having 4 prompts per month. And as you can see, you can read them all right now! This gives you the ability to pick just one if you’ve got a busy month, or just 2, or do one in advance if you either don’t have time or would like to take your time. Or, in the cases where months have strong themes (such as Animal April or Avatar August), you’re perfectly welcome to composite all four prompts into the one image! Whatever you’d like. Also, you can use whatever media you’d like.

I hope this list will help anyone. 2020 was such a shocking year, I hope everyone pulled through it okay. We’ll make 2021 a better year by painting/creating through it!

You’re welcome to say hi using either the contact form here, or finding me on social media, I’m very friendly. We’ve got a discord server too, message me if you’d like to join. I’ll be browsing the # on Instagram and Twitter through the year, I’m looking forward to seeing your artwork!