Come and Get Your Friday Freeforall

24 Aug

8:14 a.m. and listening to Christmas music. Wait. What? It’s okay, everyone. I’m transferring music from disks to cloud.

Hullo. Last week, I mentioned that our list of sites is growing. I don’t want sites lost because there are too many. If you look straight up, at the top of the blog, you will see a new tab: Freeforall: Even More Prompt Sites. I chose sites that have a regular following, or where the information doesn’t change from week to week. I’ll adjust balance over a couple of weeks. If this ‘solution’ drives you nuts, for whatever reason, let me know. Meanwhile:

Donna and The Poetry Mixtape: One of my favorite of these “modern” sonnets is from one of my favorite collections of the past few years – Rough Honey by Melissa Stein. Visit to read the sonnet and what else Donna says. As with all Saturday prompts, the new prompt will be up tomorrow, or you can wait for next Friday!

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Thirty-three: muddy hymnal where he asks: Why are there no prayers or hymns for these minuscule, common experiences that we all enjoy, or fear, or avoid, or feel bad for? Visit and read Joseph’s thoughts on this, as well as his explanation of what he wants us to try. Wander around while there. Visiting Joseph’s blog is like visiting him as he sits sipping coffee in his cafe. Join him for a cup.

Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele talks about shadows. 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. This week, she gives us a bonus video.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda says, It’s been awhile since I turned to Wallace Stevens for inspiration. This week’s words come from his poem ‘The Auroras of Autumn.’. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

To read the lyrics and hear Celine Dion and Frank Sinatra sing a duet of All The Way, head for Keith’s Carry On Tuesday. Also, to find out the sparking line.

It is time for Limerick-off Mondays. Limericks are fun; good limericks are addictive. Really. I just caught myself settling in to read several. 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 first image prompt, a painting by Adolphe Valette. It’s quite lovely and offers as one possibility, writing about the mood it engenders.

Dani at Poetry Jam offers an interesting exercise with many possibilities for fun. The topic has to do with genres. Visit to discover what.

For a different type of prompt, visit Elizabeth’s new venture, Musical Notes. The new song will go up every Tuesday, and your response can be posted Thursday. I will leave this in as a continued reminder. This one is fun to play and tinker with, not only because the inspiration is a song, but because the response must be done in 15 words. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Show up next Tuesday!

Wonder Wednesday gives us a photograph of a Mayan gourd. Visit to see what Carolisle says about it and her suggestion for writing.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads, Ella’s Edge has a very cool offering. She has discovered a new art form and offers some examples as the prompts towards poetry. Fireblossom Friday gives us several stills and a link to a video, all to do with two people in love. Visit to find out more and to wander through the gardens. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems has as its title: Colour Us a Poem. Wonder what the topic is… Go on over to read the rest of the prompt. Any excuse to pick up the Crayolas is good.

Visit dVerse to read what Meeting the Bar offers us on the subject of writing characters. As always, we are given a thoughtful and interesting essay, along with the prompt. Stay awhile; it’s such a friendly place. I think they have Irish Coffee on offer this week.

I was just wandering around Patricia’s site. It has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest. A comforting feel to it. Patricia K. Lichen, Author, in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us several options to use as resources. She has at least one article, and one photograph to use as prompts for a haiku, or a limerick. 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.

If that is not enough… Yes, My face is straight. Why? Okay, I lie, I’m grinning as I write, but you never know. The other sites are under the Freeforall tab.

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!

Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts is back. This means if you have something you want announced: publication of your work [because you are shy about saying anything on your blog, or because you need us to buy your book!], an article you think we will enjoy, or find interesting, a writing contest, a workshop… anything to do with writing, really, send it along. If it is time sensitive, be sure and tell me. You can give me your announcements either in the comments section, or email me:

The other use for Thursdays is to discuss an aspect of writing that you want to discuss, or know about. Send topics, or questions!

I shall see you next Tuesday for an image; next Thursday for a serendipity of possibilities; and next Friday for the Roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.



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11 responses to “Come and Get Your Friday Freeforall

  1. ladynimue

    24/08/2012 at 12:02 pm

    any time i feel i have no ideas , or mostly no good ideas [ 😀 ] , i head here .. so much to elarn and read 🙂
    And to experiment and write !

    thank you !

    • margo roby

      24/08/2012 at 12:08 pm

      Lady N. It is always good to see you.

      I grinned at what you wrote, as I tend to forget all these sites when I am looking around for something to write about! But, as I look at most prompts as an idea warehouse, not as something I have to do now, they’ll be there.

      Enjoy! 🙂

  2. val dering rojas

    26/08/2012 at 3:53 pm

    Oh my, my stockpile is really growing this week. I’ve got lot’s of work to do!!

    My Tuesday blog will have the results of Joseph’s (Harker) prompt of writing a haiku though. I’ve been so lethargic when it comes to writing, that the haiku turned out to be just what I needed, but several of these are next in line.

    I’m so grateful that you wrap up all of these cool prompts all nice and neat for us to un-wrap at our leisure. 🙂

    • margo roby

      26/08/2012 at 4:00 pm

      I love the way you put it, Val: ‘wrap up all of these cool prompts all nice and neat for us to un-wrap at our leisure’. My stockpile… well, never mind; it would take me into the next century at my pace.

      I’ll be posting my haiku tomorrow. I agree with you, it was lovely to have something I felt I could get done.

      • val dering rojas

        26/08/2012 at 5:36 pm

        Yes, the haiku seems to have been a jump-starter for me. I’ve actually written a couple more poems today since taking in the breath of fresh air that the haiku turned out to be. (and which is more than I’ve written in weeks, lol)

        Looking forward to seeing your haiku tomorrow!

        • margo roby

          27/08/2012 at 11:38 am

          I know what you mean. Not being able to write a wordle for five weeks, now, seems to be just the tip. I enjoyed crafting the haiku, but even those came from images I have in my image stockpile. I do have a poem I have been working on for… months, which last night showed signs it might start gelling. Maybe.

  3. val dering rojas

    27/08/2012 at 4:24 pm

    That’s great! I’m sure your poem will come together beautifully. Glad you are writing!! I read your haiku and I loved them. I did some more writing last night too (finally!!), and seriously, I think it’s because the haiku was something I didn’t have to agonize over just because they are short (although I’m sure mine are not pure haiku, following all of the rules etc haiku looks way easier than it is ) and that gave me the push I needed.

    • margo roby

      27/08/2012 at 5:08 pm

      I look forward to seeing your haiku [yes?]. Another short form I like because, as you say, the shortness makes the poem writing not quite so anguish-making, is the shadorma. I love them and their only rules are words per line and number of lines.

      • val dering rojas

        27/08/2012 at 7:32 pm

        I agree. That’s another good one. Somehow the restriction of form actually facilitates the writing, I think. I should do more of those. It’s good “exercise”, lol.

        Yes, my little haiku will be on my blog tomorrow. They’re just okay. But fun to do.

  4. Patricia Lichen

    30/08/2012 at 1:30 am

    Thanks, Margo! i love it when you send folks my way!

    • margo roby

      30/08/2012 at 7:49 am

      Always my pleasure, Patricia. I am very fond of your site.


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