This week, crossword number 200, marks almost four years of The Stickler Weekly. I must admit I didn’t know how long it/I would last, but I think four years is a good effort. The hardest thing is to keep motivated, which gets increasingly more difficult as my other crossword work continues to dwindle. Counter-intuitively, the more work I had, the easier it was to focus on crosswords. You’d think more time would mean a more relaxed, keenly-crafted crossword, but it doesn’t. I have so much time I can’t sustain the concentration required do to a productive job. I used to be six weeks ahead with The Stickler in The Daily Telegraph, that’s 36 crosswords, now The Stickler Weekly is a just-in-time effort.
For me, probably more surprising than reaching the 200 Stickler Weekly milestone, is the uninterrupted production of a weekly spiel. Who’d have thought there were that many things to talk about in the crossword world? It’s hard coming up with something different each week so please submit any crossword topics you’d like me to talk about, or perhaps a past topic that you’d like me to expand on.
As with the production of The Stickler Weekly, other planned tasks are slow to complete. Indexing of past spiels hasn’t gone very far and a comprehensive links page isn’t past the initial stages. I’ll get there eventually…
Thanks for all the support, feedback and comments.
Best and thanks.