TGI Friday Freeforall

08 Jun

7:37 a.m. — Atlanta

Hi, everyone. How are you? I continue to successfully avoid packing. Heck, we don’t leave ’til Sunday morning. This whole uprootedness for two months gets harder every year, but I enjoy seeing family and friends. Our son and his wife are hugging each other in anticipation: their first night out sans baby! The grandparents are coming! Meanwhile, to play:

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape, where we meet Ocean Vuong and a poem from his chapbook Burnings. The topic is heritage, a subject almost all of us think about in its different guises. Head over to read the poem and Donna’s suggestions for our own poems.

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Twenty-two: ten by ten. I really thought I would manage this one. If you haven’t tried your hand at a decima, it’s an interesting exercise. Go on over and read the prompt. Reading Joseph’s prompts, alone, are worth the visit!

Over at Adele’s, The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog we have another topic that has been focused on in the past few weeks. For some different approaches to looking at choice versus chance, read Adele’s suggestions. Adele’s prompts are always more than the sum of their parts. To read all the possibilities, visit.

Something is in the air over at Poetic Bloomings. Visit to read what our hosts say and to read their poems in response to the prompt. Marie Elena and Walt have plenty to announce, so stop by their home page, as well.

Have you whirled? At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda and The Whirl give us our wordle words from Lone Wolf, by Jodi Picoult Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. The responses have been an interesting assortment.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the opening words of Brian De Palma’s 2002 movie, Femme Fatale. Head over to read the line and for a link to see the trailer.

It’s that time: Limerick-off Mondays. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. Stay to shoot the breeze. She calls it a humour blog for a reason. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy. It doesn’t much matter if you don’t want to write a limerick; reading them brightens a day. Fact.

Talk about an interesting visual to work with. My brain screamed in terror, but I notice 76 people had no problem. Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt and to read how others approached this image.

Shawna, over at rosemary mint, has her word list up. She has taken her list from the June edition of Elle. Shawna’s approach to word lists: ‘To participate, write a poem or short passage/story using at least one of the words listed below. Feel free to use word variations (e.g., “chancing” rather than “chance”) as necessary.’

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Peggy, who asks us to think about water. So many possibilities. As Coleridge’s speaker tells us: ‘Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink.’ Have you read Elinor Wylie’s personification of water in ‘Sea Lullaby’? If not, take a side trip. Now there’s a view of water I have never been able to shake.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. This week’s introduction has quite an alliterative take on U.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are bulky, mist, and resign. Hmmm. Not an easy looking threesome. You might try writing down the first thoughts that come into your head as you read these words, before you go on to visit the site for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads, Izy gives us a new challenge, Out of Standard. My reaction on reading the first, was: ‘Cool!’ Head over to find nifty new ways to play. Laurie’s Word comes with an interesting post to do with a topic concerning us all, along with some links to check. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems asks for a not a cento cento. Yay! Sorry, personal bias. The prompt comes with a twist. This isn’t the usual cento we play with. To find out what is different, visit. I already have two different possibilities working…

At Poets United, we are told we can revel in all things Tim Burton!  For the rest of the prompt, head over. The images are fun and we are given several links, so that we can wallow in Burton, if we wish. If you have never read Burton’s poetry, you are in for a treat. Who can forget Matchstick Girl and Oyster Boy?

At dVerse’s Meeting the Bar, Chaz challenges us to try a new perspective. He suggests that our results be a small dedication to Ray Bradbury and his incredible legacy. As always, explore the pub while you are there. They offer so much on their menu. You might find several of us propping up the bar. They make us feel welcome.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author, in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us several options to use as resources. Bruce Springsteen anyone? An interesting possibility, she suggests, is to look at the comments and pull a poem from them. Visit for the possibilities and because it’s fun to wander through the site.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck. Remember that we often get a possible direction along with the image.

The final posting is for Trifecta, I have given you the link to the Instructions page. They have an interesting shtick. Visit and find out what.

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!

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? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along for Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts. While Thoughts is going down for the summer, I would love to build for Autumn. What do you have for me?

I may see you next Friday for the roundup. It depends on how settled I feel and whether the internet is behaving. HAHAHAHA. Otherwise, I shall see you Tuesday the 19th, to see how you are doing with the summer rotation of Tryouts and to discuss cinquains.

Happy writing, everyone.


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2 responses to “TGI Friday Freeforall

  1. teri

    10/06/2012 at 8:33 am

    Boy there sure are a lot of prompts out there! You do a great job wrapping them up. But here is my real reason for commenting-

    I do not see a way to contact you, other than commenting on your blog. SO I thought I would back track and place my request here. Could I ask you to do me a great favor? At your convenience could you read through my latest wordle -Lessons from a Willow – and give me your thoughts on structure and punctuation? I am such a fish out of water. I am looking for feedback to edit this piece. I started with the three line “stanzas” only because it help me not get lost while I wrote it. I did not try to keep the “stanzas” similar because I was focused on images. (such a photographer) So that is my explanation of the pieces form as it stands. As for punctuation, only an English teacher would know. 🙂

    It made me quite happy to write and interestingly it made me quite happy to read aloud. I am available at …if you would be interested/comfortable doing things that way. Or we can just work here or over on my blog. Thanks!

  2. margo roby

    15/06/2012 at 2:59 pm

    Yikes! Five days? I am sorry. I read this on my phone while on the way from Atlanta to New Orleans, but haven’t had a computer until today. Short answer is yes to all the above. I’ll send you a couple of possibilities on our gmails. Give me a couple of days, but I already see a couple of things to try. I love doing this kind of thing, Teri. Talk to you soon. Meanwhile, I am



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