A Homage to an Incredible Community.

My writing journey began not so long ago. Although writing from a young ages, sharing the products of hours spent with my pen and paper was something very much limited to my immediate family or possible a close friend. Almost two years ago I struck up a conversation with a friend of a friend, it turned out to be the beginning of a journey which is still continuing today. This friend introduced me to the wonderful world of The Inkwell writing forum. This incredible community of writers covered any genre you can think of. I was a late arrival to what was a vibrant and quirky forum. I began to write poetry on a more regular basis from then on, with inspiration from all the wonderful poets I found on the Inkwell. I published my first piece! Comments made on anything were always helpful and constructive. There was never a bad word said only suggestions and positive feedback. My personal journey on this forum was one full of inspiration and exploration.

The main protagonists of the forum, Silver and Lilith were the life and soul of The Inkwell. Their constant innovative ideas brought the forum to life, even when to numbers of users began to dwindle. Personally, their writing was an equal source of inspiration to their enthusiasm and energy, both within the genre of poetry and beyond. A huge part of life in The Inkwell was the infamous Half Hour Challenge (HHC). I’m sure that this was a huge part to many of the inkwellians around the globe. Another part of the puzzle is the connection the forum has to the online magazine Inkblots and Typing Spots. The excitement when my first piece was published here was phenomenal! It is an online magazine which publishes content from young and aspiring writers from across the globe, in a variety of writing genres and it is fantastic!

So why a homage to this wonderful community? After much consideration and deliberation it was recently decided that the forum will close. The numbers have dwindled too much and the work to keep the site running has become to great a task. It will be such a loss to those who are part of it but at the same time it was a privilege to be a part of. It is where I first christened myself as Ashcloud, the writer and poet. It is a place where so many of us made friends and shared with each other the joy of our own writing. Many debates were had and much fun was had. Thankfully Inkblots and Typing Spots will continue to run but we lose a great ally in The Inkwell. It will close in December but for now we can enjoy it a while longer. Our writing is open to the public to view, there is something for everyone so please feel free to look around the site (click here).

Being first and foremost I wrote a poem to commemorate The Inkwell and all those involved called Farewell to the Inkwell. And I shall leave you with that as my farewell from this post..

Adieu mon ami,
For now it must be
The end, our farewell, our adieu

Adieu mon ami,
Forever we will be,
A team beyond any description.

Adieu mon ami,
Full of fond memories,
Of our friendship and time spent together.

Adieu mon ami,
In our hearts you shall see,
The impression you left through your wisdom.

Farewell to the Inkwell,
You shall be missed dear,
Though your legacy shall continue,
Through the ones you held near.



One thought on “A Homage to an Incredible Community.

  1. Colette (SSF) says:

    Thank you, Ashcloud! Those are such lovely words. 🙂 I’m glad you managed to get so much out of the forum. It was definitely a journey!

    I’ve linked through to your blog on Inkblots and I will try to remember to do so every time we publish a piece of yours on there. 🙂 If I don’t speak to you again before the new year, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! – Silver

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