Friday Freeforall

27 Jul

7:33 a.m. — Walnut Creek

Hello! How many of you are already hunkered down in front of television sets watching the Olympics? I have just tied my brain in knots trying to workout how the NBC folks, who have already seen the Opening Ceremonies, can present us a programme where they talk about tonight, as if they have not gone through it. Much easier to deal with the prompts that will keep us busy while watching, or not watching, the Olympics.

Donna and The Poetry Mixtape discuss ceremonies and family. As with all Saturday prompts, the new prompt will be up tomorrow, or you can wait for next Friday!

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Twenty-Nine: d.i.y. where he says make things (including words!) do what you want them to do. (I also call this the Humpty-Dumpty principle, after Lewis Carroll’s version.) Visit and read Joseph’s thoughts on this, as well as his suggestions. Wander around while there. Visiting Joseph’s blog is like visiting him as he sits sipping coffee in his cafe.

Over at Adele’s, The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, she talks about friendship. Read her discussion and her warning to steer clear of sentimentality. She offers, as always, many approaches. 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.

Poetic Bloomings talks about betrayal, and not necessarily by another person. Visit to read what our hosts say and to read their poems in response to the prompt. You might look around and check out their latest in-form prompt, and their interview .

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda and The Whirl give us our wordle from the poetry of Dorothy Parker. She was an interesting woman. Check out the links on The Whirl’s Facebook page if you want to explore a bit of her work. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

In honour of the Olympics, Keith gives us a quote from Dean Karnazes a best selling author and Ultramarathon runner. Check Carry On Tuesday for the line and a link to other quotes by Karnazes.

It is time for 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, a painting that is rather abstract. If I had time I’d come back to see how everyone deals with this image!

Dani at Poetry Jam wants us to play with magic. She gives us a song to listen to, a video to watch, an image…

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. This week, B is for Butanding. You have to find out what that is, don’t you? Go on over.

The three words for Three Word Wednesday are cut, endanger, and hazard. 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.

Wonder Wednesday gives us a sculpture and a painting and a couple of directions we might take with the idea of ripening. Visit to meet Carolisle and have a look at the image and what she has to say about it.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads, we start with a new monthly feature from Mama Zen. Go on over and read what that’s about. We also have Transforming Friday brought to us by Hannah. She gives us a long look into the Arctic and asks us to play with point of view. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems gives us a Joseph Harker prompt asking us to look at and describe something… differently. Head over to read the rest of the prompt.

At Poets United, we are asked to play with sound, either literal sound, or sound as a technique.

As dVerse gears up for its second year, I’ll give you their home link, so you can get an idea of all their offerings and the categories. Stop by the bar and say, Hello. A number of us are always there. It’s such a friendly place.

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?

Mom’s internet is acting up. I hope to see you at Tuesday’s Tryouts. If I don’t show, you are going to do the same thing with a winter image as you did with the summer image. I will be on the road, literally, next Friday, so will next see you Tuesday the 7th of August.

Happy writing, everyone.



Posted by on 27/07/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing


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5 responses to “Friday Freeforall

  1. wanda

    27/07/2012 at 3:30 pm

    WOW! Now where do I begin…

    • margo roby

      27/07/2012 at 3:41 pm

      Wanda, Whichever one made your brain say “Oooh!”

  2. valderingrojas

    27/07/2012 at 6:06 pm

    Omg, so much good stuff this weekend!! I think I will have to do a few. I needed a little push, and here it is! Now, how do I choose…Hmmm…. I was like, “oooh, friendship…” Then just below, I was like, “ooooooh, betrayal…” Lol. Great stuff. Thanks.

    • margo roby

      27/07/2012 at 6:21 pm

      Laughing, Val. I know what you mean. I visit each site, to see what’s what, decide what to say, get the address… but sometimes I find myself remaining as I think, Oooh! Then I remember I have a blog waiting on another tab!

      • valderingrojas

        27/07/2012 at 6:25 pm

        Now, I’m laughing! That’s exactly what I do!


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