I have been writing my Fortune Cookie Friday posts for five years. That’s a lot of cookies. I enjoy writing from prompts plucked out of Chinese take-out desserts. I never know what I will get each week, and sparking ideas in this fashion is an excellent practice for writers.
Although the fortunes give me an abundant source of content, my time is limited, and my other projects have somehow taken a backseat to my weekly post. Fortune Cookie Friday was never meant to be a huge endeavor. It started as a whim, and I used it to fill in the time between book ideas. Now, as I desperately try to write and edit three different books, work on a series of illustrations, partake in conferences, and sneak in some reading of other authors, I realize I was filling up on too many cookie posts.
So, I have decided to go on a bit of a Fortune Cookie diet. Instead of a post each Friday, I will post on the first Friday of each month. My loyal readers will still get a taste of how the cookie crumbles, but it will be a little less frequent. This change will allow me to stretch my creative wings and finish up my other tasks.
The extra free time will also give me a chance to write a few blog series that I have been considering for some time. Topics such as tools of my trade, better researching for writing, and getting to know your characters are just a few that I plan to cover.
In the meantime, if you feel the need for some pastry prognostication, head on over to your local Chinese restaurant, enjoy a nice meal, and finish it off with a fortune cookie. Maybe that fortune will encourage you to write something creative too.