Friday Freeforall

14 Sep

9:48 a.m. — Atlanta

Routine does change when a partner is home at an unusual time, doesn’t it? I’m not listening to anything right now [our flat is tiny and I dislike ear/headphones] and I’m a trifle late in getting this going. But, I am here, so let’s rock and roll.

On The Poetry Mixtape Donna has a post that particularly intrigued me. She says, In every poetry workshop I have ever attended, I have been warned to stay away from the “of machine”. Go on over to find out what and why, to read a poem by Elizabeth Bishop, and to be tempted by a fun of machine challenge prompt. As with all Saturday prompts, the new prompt will be up tomorrow, or you can wait for next Friday! Whichever, visit.

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Thirty-six: a matter of perspective where he asks us to apply the elements of cubism to poetry. Fascinating, yes? He tells us, What is arguably most important in Cubism is the fracturing of perspective, and looking at an object from multiple directions at once. This is fun. Go read and then play with this. Imagine your poem sounds like a Cezanne, or Picasso, looks.

Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele wants us to explore the days of the week: Most importantly, capture the essence of one day of the week in a poem. To read all the possibilities, and to be given links to corresponding poetry, visit.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda found our words from a wonderful children’s book, 14 Cows for America. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

At Carry On Tuesday,  Keith gives us the opening of a quote from Aristotle. Head over to see the subject matter.

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 first image prompt, a painting by Fernand Leger. Can you say, Cubism? If you are not struck by an idea right away, make sure you have read Joseph’s prompt and check Leger, or cubism, in Wikipedia.

Mary M, at Poetry Jam, reminds us that small moments, while they can get lost against the background of large events like 9-11, can play as important a part in the direction of our thinking, our lives. She tells us to pick your moment…any moment…and capture it poetically. Visit to read the prompt.

Have a problem conveying a truth pithily? Visit Elizabeth’s site, Musical Notes. The new song will go up every Tuesday. 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? It is. Show up next Tuesday!

Wonder Wednesday gives us a photograph of the rainbow man. Visit to see what Carolisle says about him and her suggestions for writing. Visit just to see this wonderful character. Carolisle’s blog post that follows tells a little about him.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads, we have A Word With Laurie where she has a particularly lovely and fun word to challenge us. Head over to read what she says. There are other interesting challenges. Wander through the gardens. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems wants poem leftovers. Yay! Go on over to read the rest of the prompt. This requires serious playing!

dVerse is wonderful for many reasons, not the least, their discussions on form. This week they tackle the sonnet, known amongst poets [in the past] as the queen of poems, because it is so difficult to write a good one. What a reward when one does. Stay awhile; it’s such a friendly place.

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. The images of flowers, alone, are worth the visit. Patricia’s site has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest. A comforting feel to it.

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. The sites won’t always be up-to-date, but the links will get you there.

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 truth and memory; next Thursday for a serendipity of whatever; and next Friday for the Roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.


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6 responses to “Friday Freeforall

  1. Hannah Gosselin

    14/09/2012 at 10:59 am

    You’re right about that…extra peeps in the house can really change the timing of things! I listened to a little Amy Winehouse today…it would have been her Birthday today…

    Thank you for all the wonderful prompt sites…as usual, Margo!!

    BIG smiles to you!

    • margo roby

      14/09/2012 at 11:08 am

      I shall put on a little Amy. Skip will understand. I like that way of honouring someone, Hannah.

      You are always welcome.

      And, always smiled at.

      • Hannah Gosselin

        14/09/2012 at 1:39 pm

        Such kind sentiments surely warm my heart, Margo…thank you so much. ((hug))

  2. val dering rojas

    14/09/2012 at 3:24 pm

    I will have my kids this weekend, so I probably won’t get to any of these until they are back in school, which will be Tuesday –eek!

    I did start Joseph’s prompt, so maybe I can get that one to go somewhere today. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

    • margo roby

      14/09/2012 at 4:28 pm

      I’m right behind you, Val. Sending cyber support your way 🙂


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