Friday Freeforall: Prompts a la Groundhog Day

07 Oct

9:59 — Atlanta

Hello again. I have been over on another tab working on genealogy, or not working on it, as the internet keeps conking out. In one of the periodic connections, I read the comments to my earlier disclaimer (?). ViV had a brilliant suggestion: Put last week’s post up and people can go to the homepage for the latest prompts. I have done so. Don’t be confused when you think you have seen a prompt before. You have.

Let us start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and a prompt that says in part: Round things rule. And circles are also symbols of connection, of cycles, of continuing. So today we will use this simple shape to inspire a poem in one of four ways. To find out what those four ways are head over for the rest of the prompt.

Over at dVerse, they have: Today we are going to ask you to do the taboo and break the rules and do something most magazines frown upon and would not publish. You know you are going to check that out. When you get to the page, the exercise is down at the bottom after emmett wheatfall’s introduction. emmett will be writing commentary for the Poetics postings. You might want to bookmark his page.

Poetic Bloomings prompt saysYou were given a box of artifacts once belonging to your Great-Grandfather who you’ve never known. Visit the site to read the rest of the prompt, and the poems by the hosts in response. Sounds like fun and the idea can be transferred to other ancestors, a famous person [you found the box at a garage sale], someone you thought you knew [until you saw the contents of the box…]

The next site is The Sunday Whirl. The words for this week’s wordle are from ViV, who sent Brenda a wordle to use. Visit to see Brenda’s wordle and to read up on how it works, if you wish to post responses. Otherwise, enjoy a weekly wordle and be sure to go over to see what others have done.

Carry on Tuesday gives the title from Mary Hopkins’ song Those Were the Days My Friend.  To hear the song, head over to the site for a link. I have it playing in the background as I type. I do love the songs from that time period.

Someone has a sense of humour. Sunday Scribblings’ prompt is: Plan B. Should be fun to see what others wrote. And One Single Impression offers amuse, a contribution from Mad Kane, whom many of you know from her limerick blog.

At Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Sunday Snaps’ Susan May James continues her sea themed offerings. Head over for a look and to explore.

Had a rough week? Need a laugh?  Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides.

Over at The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is to write a poem to do with Mythology. Head over to the site for background, examples, and links. And looking towards next week, they will focus on love and loss.

Visit Magpie Tales for another image prompt. This week they have an interesting photograph, which appears to include a magpie [alright, it could be any large black bird].

For you alliterationists out there,  ABC Wednesday seems to be experiencing difficulties, but if you are keeping up or are particularly enamoured of the letter K, they have a comments section to post your poem or link. Of course, they may have changed their format. We will know next week.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are cherish, guarantee, and nausea. Well, that should result in some interesting poems. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given word.

We Write Poems starts: We invite you to write using your “other” (non-primary) hand (right-handed folks, use your left, and likewise reversed if you’re left-handed please). Now there’s a challenge. I have already failed, but look forward to reading others’ results. Head over to read the rest of the prompt.

Poets United asks: What is red to you?  When you see the color or read the word what pops into your head?  It’s an easy enough word to write about.  Below you will see a few interesting facts about the color red. Read through them and let it stimulate your pen. I love the colour red. And, as you know, Robb gives us plenty in the way of possible paths. For the rest of the prompt and some photographs, visit.

Weekend Haiku has added limericks. What I like about this particular blog is that they focus us in an unusual way. Head over to see what I mean.

And, finally, stop by and add your voice to Elizabeth Crawford’s discussion site Writers Speak  where she asks writers of all genres to stop by and talk about the life of a writer. She will post new topics every week around Friday. This week’s topic has to do with collecting and/or using quotes. If you haven’t gone over, go, before Elizabeth changes the topic! Even then, there is no reason you can’t contribute to a past discussion.

That should keep you busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. If you have questions ask. If you write in response to any of these, both the people whose blogs you visit and I would love to read your responses. So, post! And, remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources. At the moment I have prose poems  as a possible topic.

I shall see you next Tuesday for a form, really; and next Friday for another week’s roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.

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