It’s Time For Friday Freeforall

31 Aug

7:33 a.m. — Atlanta

— listening to The Kingston Trio singing Where Have All the Flowers Gone — that made a whole bunch of you feel instantly nostalgic, didn’t it?

Hi, all. How are you besides jubilant about another weekend, especially teachers? A couple more weeks, you’ll get your sea-legs back. Meanwhile:

Donna’s prompt on The Poetry Mixtape is great fun and involves titles and the question of balance. If you haven’t stopped by, race over before she changes it. Then, stop a while and play. She gives us a stunning example. 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-four: a sensation of space where Joseph gives a clear, cohesive, articulate essay on haiku. Even if you aren’t going to write one, go read the essay. I mean it. Go.

Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele suggests we try writing a phone poem.To read all the possibilities, and to be given links to corresponding poetry, visit. I was intrigued by the one about Shakespeare texting… .

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda and the Wordlers [sounds like a 50’s band] tried something different. We met on Facebook, where much hilarity ensued, as we came up with the words.  Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

To read a bit about Dante and see an excerpt from Longfellow’s translation, head for Keith’s Carry On Tuesday. Our line comes from Dante’s Inferno.

Oh dear. Where was I? A phone call from our son: His wife got a job in Vermont [they live in Texas] and they are very excited. They love everything they have read about the place. Now, we have a reason, as well as an excuse, to visit the area.

It is time for Limerick-off Mondays. Limericks are fun; good limericks are addictive. Really. 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 Andrew Wyeth. I thought it was a photograph when I arrived at the page. Incredible.

Mary, at Poetry Jam, talks to us about letters. You know, the kind that lift our hearts when we see one in the mail; the kind we have to open with a sharp edge; the kind we can pull out, or unfold; the kind we can hold in our hands. Remember those?

Visit Elizabeth’s new venture, Musical Notes. The new song will go up every Tuesday, and your response can be posted Thursday. 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 fun photograph of a bike rackwith its own cosy [you have to look] and a menu with interesting offerings. Visit to see what Carolisle says about them and her suggestion for writing.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads, Mama Zen talks to us about power images: A power image is an image that a writer returns to time after time. Head over to read what else she says. Hannah is back with Transforming Friday where she takes us to a part of the world and asks us to take the persona of something, or someone, in that world. She has several photographs to help us. Visit to find out more and to wander through the gardens. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems asks What do hands do? Go on over to read the rest of the prompt. Any excuse to pick up the Crayolas is good.

Visit dVerse to read what Form For All offers us. If you have not written a tritina, give it a try. The challenge, as with other -inas, is to have the repeat rhyme not sound like a repeat rhyme. The directions are clear, the form is fun, with just enough challenge. Stay awhile; it’s such a friendly place. I think they have sake bloody marys 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. This week we have : National Parks subway map, fracking, baby manatees. I don’t usually mention all the topics, but look at the offerings. Patricia K. Lichen, Author, in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks  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, look straight up, at the top of the blog and you will see a new tab: Freeforall: Even More Prompt Sites.

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 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 a prompt on self; next Thursday for a serendipity of punctuation; and next Friday for the Roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.


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18 responses to “It’s Time For Friday Freeforall

  1. Hannah Gosselin

    31/08/2012 at 11:49 am

    *Nodding…yes, nostalgic…pretty somber song…

    Thank you for this…looks great, Margo! BIG smiles to you!

    • margo roby

      31/08/2012 at 12:13 pm

      mmm… it is, but sung by such lovely voices

      Smiles back to my smile lady.

  2. val dering rojas

    31/08/2012 at 2:26 pm

    Used to listen to my parents Kingston Trio record when I was little. Loved it. Now my kids don’t even know what a record is!

    I did the haiku from Joseph’s prompt and it is up at my blog. I also did the image prompt over at Magpie Tales (from last week) and dVerse’s tritina– which was fun! I will have the latter two up next Tuesday.

    Thanks again for rounding it all up for us!

    • margo roby

      31/08/2012 at 3:48 pm

      You are welcome. I’ll be over in a bit to read your haiku. I’m glad you tried the tritina. I have one I did a bit ago but want to try another.

      • val dering rojas

        31/08/2012 at 4:24 pm


        Yeah, the tritina was fun. I’ve always been afraid of those forms, but now I’m going to try the sestina just for the heck of it.

        • margo roby

          31/08/2012 at 4:38 pm

          Ooooh! Let me know. I haven’t tackled that yet. I love forms because they are tangible, if that makes sense. I can grab hold of a form and wrestle it and my content until they work. Pantoums are my favourite.

          • val dering rojas

            31/08/2012 at 4:43 pm

            Okay, I’ll let you know when I tackle it! I do know what you mean about writing in forms. It’s sort of like outlining an essay before you write it– there is some structure there.

            I haven’t tried the pantoum…anything with rhymes don’t work out well for me. I end up sounding like Dr. Suess. LOL

            • margo roby

              31/08/2012 at 4:45 pm

              No rhymes in pantoums, but, yes a repetition of lines and that is tricky, but when it works, joy!

              • val dering rojas

                31/08/2012 at 4:55 pm

                Oh, well then, I was misinformed. Hmmm. Couldn’t hurt to try then!! (This will either all work out really well, or I will be pulling my hair out by next weekend, ha ha)

  3. wanda

    31/08/2012 at 2:43 pm

    I love that you do this. It gives me something to ponder every week. Thank you again.

    • margo roby

      31/08/2012 at 3:49 pm

      You are welcome. If I ever take a day off and you need pondering material, let me know; I promise I have links I’ll never find unless looking for someone!

  4. carolisle

    31/08/2012 at 10:11 pm

    So much fun under a full moon. I tried a blue moon haiku what the heck it wasn’t much of a success 😉


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