Finally Friday’s Freeforall

29 Jun

2:24 a.m. — San Antonio

Hello, everyone. Two in the morning is an ungodly time to be up, much less writing a blog post, but I have a medical procedure I am prepping for that requires me to drink half a gallon of liquid at this hour. Apparently, writing after the procedure is not good as I will be woozy, so here we are. Let’s see what we have this week.

Donna and ‘The Poetry Mixtape should be back tomorrow, so stop by and check. Donna has been giving us her day at the writing workshops. You will find music, books, mini-discussions, tips, lots of interesting stuff, especially if you have wondered what writers do at workshops. For anyone who has not visited Donna’s blog, Put Words Together. Make Meaning, I will leave a link here so you can visit and explore.

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Twenty-Five: the omniglot’s delight. Just to discover what omniglotting involves, you know you have to visit. For all who love language even beyond its poetic possibilities, this is for you.

Over at Adele’s, The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog the topic is silence and its power. Adele’s prompts are always more than the sum of their parts. To read all the possibilities, and to be given links to corresponding poetry, visit.

At Poetic Bloomings we complete the elements with the earth. Visit to read what our hosts say and to read their poems in response to the prompt. Stop by to read the latest update on Walts condition and for his email. I suspect he would love to hear from people. There is a request to keep all chat off Facebook, as not all relatives have been told.

Have you whirled? At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda and The Whirl give us our wordle words, as selected by some of us from the poems of Yusef Komunyakaa. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us a long quote from Charles Dickens. Head over to read the line and for a link to read more Dickens’ lines.

It’s that time: Limerick-off Mondays. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. Look around while you are there. 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.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt and to read how others approached this powerful and possibly disturbing image.

Shawna, over at rosemary mint, gives us a mid-week list. 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 Dani, who gives us a discussion of mood, before providing suggestions for writing. Head on over and read what she has to say on the subject.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. This week’s introduction also gives us the logo for the next round which is fast approaching. Visit to see it and perhaps participate.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are hamper, pulverise, and taunt. 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. TWW has a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words.

We have a new entrant. It has been a while since we have had a photo prompt. Wonder Wednesday gives us a photo and, if we wish, a word. Visit to meet Carolisle and have a look at the photograph and what she has to say about it.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads, we start with Kerry’s Wednesday Challenge, where we are taken to play with Shakespeare. Go revel with the language. We also have a musical prompt. Spend some time with the Jayhawks and see where it takes you. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems gives us a prompt from the community. Hannah asks us to try our hand at a tanka and gives us an image to work from.

At Poets United, we are asked to try a fractured fairy tale. Remember those? Go on over and look at the variety of possibilities and to watch one of the tales.

At dVerse’s Poetics, Claudia writes about logophilia. As long as we are omniglotting with Joseph, and visiting Shakespeare with the toads, we might as well make language our theme. 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. 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?

When I next talk with you I shall be in Walnut Creek, California, with my mother. We are all crossing our fingers I can get an internet connection. I shall see you at Tuesday Tryouts and talk a little about list poems; then, Friday for the next roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.


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16 responses to “Finally Friday’s Freeforall

  1. rosemary mint

    29/06/2012 at 11:14 am

    I hope the procedure goes well. And I think writing while woozy is the very best approach. 🙂

    This is my most recent word list (although I’ll probably post a new list today):

    All words from my recent trip to the hippie market!

    Have I ever told you that I’m from San Antonio? It’s a fantastic place to be if you need medical treatment; you are blessed.

    • margo roby

      30/06/2012 at 8:33 am

      Shawna, I don’t think you have! I graduated from Trinity, way back. My husband’s family have been here for ever. With all our travels this seemed a good place to have as a ‘return to’ place and to eventually settle.

      A hippie market. Sounds like great fun!

  2. markwindham

    29/06/2012 at 11:28 am

    ewww, dont like the ‘drink lots of nasty liquid’ procedure…but with my family history no real choice. Hope everything come out ok. 😉

    could not resist

    • margo roby

      30/06/2012 at 8:35 am

      I knew you couldn’t resist, if you made a remark. At least my doctor said I could add Crystal Lite powdered lemonade to the mix. That helped.

      This too shall pass 🙂

  3. Annette Mickelson

    29/06/2012 at 11:40 am

    The prep is the worst part of that procedure. Ugh!

    • margo roby

      30/06/2012 at 8:35 am

      Annette, I know. The procedure itself was a snap!

  4. Hannah Gosselin

    29/06/2012 at 4:10 pm

    Hmm…I don’t like the word procedure when paired with medical. Hope it all pans out well, Margo…thank you greatly for putting this post together for us…I can feel the love in it!! Warm smiles to you!

    • margo roby

      30/06/2012 at 8:37 am

      Hannah, I did pause when choosing how to say something, not alarm people,and not over-sharing!

      ‘Hope it all pans out well,’ — no pun intended 🙂

      • Hannah Gosselin

        30/06/2012 at 10:09 am

        Well you did well because I didn’t feel overly alarmed but a tinge of concern for you, my poetic friend!! :)’s

  5. Madeleine Begun Kane

    29/06/2012 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks so much for including me and for your always helpful resource for weekly prompts!

    • margo roby

      30/06/2012 at 8:38 am

      Madeleine, just seeing your name when you drop by makes me smile.

  6. vivinfrance

    30/06/2012 at 1:16 am

    Margo, as I’m reading this late, it may be that your ordeal is over. I do hope so, and that there was a loo in the theatre (I’ve had that one too, and sympathise greatly) You are a noble soul indeed to pull all this together for us.

    • margo roby

      30/06/2012 at 8:41 am

      ViV, I knew a couple of you would recognise the bit of description I gave! The procedure was a piece of cake and the med team wonderful.

  7. Kathleen Kirk

    01/07/2012 at 10:13 am

    Glad to hear the procedure went well. (I’ve be prepping tonight and woozy tomorrow!) Thanks for all the great links.

  8. Kathleen Kirk

    01/07/2012 at 10:13 am

    That’s “I’ll be…” It appears I’m woozy already.

    • margo roby

      01/07/2012 at 9:13 pm

      Kathleen, practicing wooziness ahead is above and beyond! Hope all went well with you.


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