Are We There Yet? The Friday Freeforall

09 Dec

8:10 a.m. — Atlanta

And already it’s that kind of day! Hello everyone. I hope all is well.

Let us start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck where she says: Since I am 49 years old, I am designating this Tow Truck post (the 49th one) as our “golden” post. So for today’s prompt, use the word golden in one of the following ways: Ahah! Yes, you will need to visit to find out what the options are. Donna, we are growing used to the idea of you shifting focus, but are you going to have an image as cute?

Over at dVerse, we are asked For today’s prompt, I invite you to dip your pen into the ink of emotion. dVerse always has a bounty from which to choose. This post deals with an issue all writers face at some time: How do we deal with emotions and not sound like Hallmark?

This week on Poetic Bloomings Elena and Walt ask us to look at traditions, especially given the time of year. Head over to read the prompt and the hosts’ offerings. And, if I may, I was honoured to be a guest of Marie Elena’s and Walt’s at their Web Wednesday. I discovered I talk much more on paper, so if you are curious…

AtThe Sunday Whirl Brenda says: This week’s words are challenging. Grapple with them. Let them seep into your pores. Rise to the words. Now, if Brenda is telling us the words are challenging…I looked: they are, but what fun to try and make them work. Visit to see Brenda’s wordle and to read up on how it works, if you wish to post responses. Be sure to go over to see what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the first line of a  seasonal  poem by Edward Kofi Louis called Dark Winter Blues. To read the line and for a link to the poem, head on over.

I am going to give the single word prompt sites a rest for a few weeks. It’s difficult not to give you the prompt in which case why visit?

My guaranteed weekly smile. I hope Madeleine never becomes tired of writing these. Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. I smile as soon as I see the site as next on my list. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy.

Over at The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is My Life in free verse.  And looking towards next week, they will be asking us to focus on PhotosNostalgia, Memories, and FamiliesWhat’s the difference between this and the single word posts, you ask? A gazillion people continue to submit, which means they visit.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. I love the painting. As soon as I post I am going to investigate the artist. Look at the expressions on the faces we can see. Look at the body language.

For you alliterationists out there,  ABC Wednesday says, in part: UNITE UNDER the ABC Wednesday UMBRELLA. Head over for the rest of the alliterative paragraph.

We have a new entrant. You know I could not resist anything with the name imaginary garden with real toads. And we get two possibilities with one visit. On Wednesday the prompt revolves around a gift, but with a twist. The prompt for Fireblossom Friday has to do with arrivals and departures. Head to the site to read more and to see the images, as well as to explore if you have not visited before.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are flag, might, and passive. 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 Window faces. That’s it. Are you going to tell me you don’t feel a compelling urge to go look? Head over to read the rest.

At Poets United Robb is asking us to focus on place, but not the pretty pretty of the country; rather the gritty grey of the city. Head over to see the photographs and read what else Robb has to say.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks has its usual unusual combination of possibilities. While I know the options are listed as separate focuses, I love seeing them together. One of them, this week, is Kepler 22-b. Head over.

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 posts new topics every week around Friday. This week gives us a chance to talk about the influence our reading has had on our writing. If you have been hesitant to add your voice, go over and note that your voice can be as short or as long as you wish. When I stopped by to get the URL link, I ended up staying for a minute to add my voice. We don’t get many chances to talk to each other about our craft. Here’s a chance. 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.

For those of you who do not get me in their in-boxes, I posted a Thursday Thoughts, yesterday. Stop by and read about Joseph’s and Tessa’s new online poetry journal Curio, or go straight to the horse’s mouth.

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, the people whose blogs you visit 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. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know?

I shall see you Tuesday for a painless prompt, my last before I go dark for two weeks; and Friday for the roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.


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7 responses to “Are We There Yet? The Friday Freeforall

  1. brian miller

    10/12/2011 at 12:04 am

    so cool that you capture all of these…thanks for including us at dverse as well. smiles.

    • margo roby

      10/12/2011 at 10:29 am

      Brian, it is my pleasure. dVerse is an incredible resource.


  2. The Happy Amateur

    12/12/2011 at 10:56 am

    Hello Margo,
    I’m new to blogging, and I really appreciate what you do, thank you! I have a ‘technical’ question: I’d love to support your blog by becoming a follower, but I’d rather not receive emails, is that possible? My inbox is overflowing, and I’d prefer to just go to your blog and read the posts. Could you help me out, please?
    Thank you,
    Alexandra (a.k.a. The Happy Amateur)

    • margo roby

      12/12/2011 at 11:02 am

      Hi Alexandra,
      I’m not sure how helpful I will be. Technology is at the bottom of the list of things I can do, but let’s try. I understand what you mean by an overflowing inbox. I finally set up a separate account for some things! But if you just want to show your support and not get the email, click on the like button and the +1 button, both of which should be at the bottom of each post. I can’t see them because I’m the ‘owner’. Let me know if they are not there and I will have my husband access the blog.
      Thank you, by the way, for wanting to show your support. I appreciate it. So you know the blog’s schedule, I post on Tuesdays and Fridays, regularly, and warn if I am not going to post. Sometimes I post on another day if I am posting a poem to another site’s prompt, or on Thursdays with things I am thinking about to do with the poetry world. The most time would be saved by you if you checked once, even twice a week and scrolled down to see if there are other postings.
      Whew! A lot of words to answer your question. I only started blogging a year ago, so I know what you are going through.


  3. The Happy Amateur

    12/12/2011 at 11:25 am

    Hi, Margo,
    I did find the buttons, but they either required setting up a wordpress account or updating google, so I just went ahead with the email subscription. I think I managed to become a follower, and opt out of receiving emails after all. Could you check if I’m among your faithful followers now? 🙂
    Thank you!

    • margo roby

      12/12/2011 at 12:15 pm

      🙂 You are indeed among the faithful, Alexandra! And, from your comments, I think when people click on follow, that is exactly what it must mean. To have emails, people subscribe. Well, good. Now I understand a little more.


      • The Happy Amateur

        12/12/2011 at 1:17 pm

        I did subscribe to your blog, but then there was a box to click on to block the emails (somewhere in the settings.) No emails so far, I guess it worked. Thanks again!


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