"Mount Doom Status Update" sounds both ominous and awesome at the same time! I'll keep it quick so I don't bore everyone - basically I have the project working as expected on a daily basis and runs like a charm. I'll make a full post sometime on the weekend (when I get some time) and share the full project files and everything; I'm kind of thinking of tweaking it to tell me only when I've hit major landmarks - but more on that later.
The other day, my good Internet friend (from a considerable distance) Wil Wheaton re-posted a story he had written, at the time inspired by listening to Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars; this time, inspired by the death of David Bowie. It's a pretty good story for 1024 characters. I enjoyed it, and so did many others - his post inspired people to write prequels and sequels of their own in the comment section. I haven't read through them all yet - I'm going to have to try to catch up with them and read them all later.
I posted at the end of 2015 about the ficlets that I wrote back in the day. For reasons I won't get into right now, I had to delete my External Monologues podcast - I have all of the audio files, and I'll get around to re-posting them. But I don't think I'm going to continue with it, at least not for the moment. Apologies, if somehow you were following it. Bringing things back on point, I just find it odd that some of these things that I've dug up are floating back to the surface at another completely different point on the web.
Apparently, there's a new website called Ficlatté. I haven't browsed around it very much, but I think it's something I'd contribute to. I expressed a desire a while back to get back into writing these, but I feel more apt to do it when there's a built-in audience already. I think I'm going to just personally label 2016 the Year of The Ficlet. Let's see what I can cook up in the next year.