Tuesday Tryouts: The Wonder of Everyday Things

15 Jan

9:06 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Billy Joel and It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

Hi, all. Yes, I am a trifle late. We haven’t seen the sun in days and that does something to the will. I think I’m growing fangs, too.

For this year, I plan to thread narrative prompts and ‘found’ prompts [those belonging to other people, with all due credit, of course] with mine. I’m working on stretching mine as far as possible. Our prompt, today, is based on a Georgia Heard idea.



birch coaster

birch coaster

Wander through your house, or office. Look around you. You are looking for an ordinary object from your everyday life, inside or out, something you are fond of, love, feel passionate about, or get a kick from, despite its everyday-ness. You might start with two or three possibles, as we sometimes don’t know what will, or will not, work.

comb/brush holder

comb/brush holder

Choose the object because it pleases you, moves you, or because you find beauty. What you choose should have a wonder about it for you, or a story, or a memory. And if it doesn’t, but you want to write about it, make it up!



As with anything we write, once you have notes, or a draft, consider whether you want to tell about the object in first, or third person. Some stories are better told in the third. As for form, consider the object and the forms you know and pick what goes together best. Short forms might be fun with this [then, you can write several].

Consider taking a photograph of the object to accompany the poem. Writers, post your

squid whisk

squid whisk

links in comments; readers, come back in a few days and read what is here.

That’s it. WHAT!? you say. Never this short. I wanted to show you I could! I shall see you Thursday to give a ‘brief’ synopsis of how the blog’s Thursdays and Fridays work; Friday for the roundup; and next Tuesday for another exercise.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 15/01/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing


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36 responses to “Tuesday Tryouts: The Wonder of Everyday Things

  1. barbara_y

    15/01/2013 at 10:20 am

    Not only permission to pull out the Canon, encouragement. My house is chock-a-block with adorable trash. Maybe there’s something with a new story for me.

    • margo roby

      15/01/2013 at 10:26 am

      Hey! I had to stop taking photos of all my ‘toys’ when I realised they weren’t everyday objects, as such. Hm. Maybe I’ll do another prompt focused on all our ‘adorable trash’. I sit surrounded by it and am enchanted.

      • barbara_y

        15/01/2013 at 12:23 pm

        Okay. Ordinary, easily ignored adorable things then.

  2. markwindham

    15/01/2013 at 11:10 am

    amen on the Atlanta weather, bleh. Now there is a prompt idea: look out the window on a day like today pull a cheery poem out of it…maybe if I saw someone slip and fall…no, no, that would be wrong. πŸ˜‰ bleh

    • margo roby

      15/01/2013 at 11:18 am

      No kidding, bleh. It would be different if the temperatures were brisk. My mother has the opposite: 25 degrees! Blue sky and sunshine. I offered to trade a bit.

  3. barbara_y

    15/01/2013 at 12:25 pm

    My weather kvetch is: If everything is going to be covered with ice, why bother if the sun isn’t going to come out and let it sparkle. Matte gray. bletch.

  4. Misky

    15/01/2013 at 12:39 pm

    Okay. He’s everyday because I say good morning to him every day.

    • margo roby

      15/01/2013 at 12:43 pm

      I like your reasoning. If anyone else is stuck, now there is another everyday use.

  5. margo roby

    15/01/2013 at 12:39 pm

    Exactly… in response to the weather comments.

  6. Carol Carlisle

    15/01/2013 at 2:06 pm

    This is just for you just What the Doctor Ordered. A little Lime in the Coconut song and poem.

    • margo roby

      15/01/2013 at 4:03 pm

      I can’t wait, carol. I’ll pop over in a sec.

  7. Emma at LLM Calling

    15/01/2013 at 2:34 pm

    I only found you today and I’ve already bent the rules, I hope I don’t get thrown out for insubordination.

    • margo roby

      15/01/2013 at 4:04 pm

      Welcome, Emma. All insubordination highly approved of. If you are a rule-breaker, you have found just the place.

  8. julespaige

    15/01/2013 at 3:49 pm

    While I haven’t quite figured out photo-play yet…and this only semi-links with the topic of ordinary things, via the word ‘inspiration’ itself and the joy I get from writing everyday…, I think it is a at least a partial fit (written before reading the prompt…)

    • margo roby

      15/01/2013 at 4:05 pm

      Of course, Jules. Margo laughs.

  9. markwindham

    15/01/2013 at 3:56 pm

    Unfortunately, this kind of fits the ‘bleh’ theme…..

    • margo roby

      15/01/2013 at 4:06 pm

      I always do say, write it out. Not that I’ve noticed any great change in the weather, Mark! I’m coming over.

  10. Hannah Gosselin

    16/01/2013 at 12:44 am

    Your squid wisk!? Wicked cute!!

    Smiles…late night smiles. I watched my weekly program, “Parenthood,” love that…and wanted to post for you on a….drum roll…Tuesday!! πŸ™‚

    Speaking of programs…this isn’t one but this documentary that I watched on Netflix is amazing!! Craigslist Joe!! I loved it!

    Okay, here’s my poem…I’ll be quiet now…I’m scaring all the mice with all my excessive exclamation points! πŸ˜‰

    • margo roby

      16/01/2013 at 7:26 am

      I knew you would like that, Hannah!

      Yay! I think I have posted on the same day as a prompt, once!

      Craigslist Joe added to list. Thank you. I love a good documentary.

      Grin. You would have had trouble in my classroom with those points!!! πŸ™‚ I find that in online speech, they are needed as a pointer to tone.

      • Hannah Gosselin

        16/01/2013 at 1:07 pm

        You know me!! You’ll love this one, Margo and yes…phrases online can be so lackluster if one doesn’t exclaim them. Like, “that’s a great poem, ” has a whole different tone than, “THAT IS A GREAT POEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

        Bwahahaha!! Sorry, just having fun! My desk faces a window now! So good. πŸ™‚

  11. rosross

    16/01/2013 at 2:24 am

    This was a great prompt. A reminder to look closely, to appreciate.

    • margo roby

      16/01/2013 at 7:27 am

      Thanks, Ros. I loved wandering through my flat, looking at things from this perspective.

  12. vivinfrance

    16/01/2013 at 6:29 am

    My piano is my most precious possession and I’m giving it to my daughter and grandson. It should have gone by now,. but the carriers let us down, and it is scheduled to leave on 28th Jan. Here is the poem I wrote when departure was imminent:

    I will do another one, if I can find the right object!

    • margo roby

      16/01/2013 at 7:30 am

      Ah, ViV. It will be like cutting off part of yourself. I do love that an everyday object can be precious. I hadn’t thought of something large like a piece of furniture, but of course. Our son, now has our piano. I miss knowing it’s sitting in our house.

  13. vivinfrance

    17/01/2013 at 3:07 am

    Here are a couple more everyday things for you:

  14. barbara_y

    17/01/2013 at 9:45 am

    Well. This isn’t much of a poem, but I think it carries the point

    • margo roby

      17/01/2013 at 9:51 am

      Uh huh. I should have such visions.

  15. purplepeninportland

    18/01/2013 at 2:29 pm

    A favorite of mine is posted.

  16. purplepeninportland

    18/01/2013 at 11:04 pm

    Margo, I keep clicking on that squid whisk. It even sounds fun.

    • margo roby

      19/01/2013 at 9:29 am

      Sara, I know! I adore him. Found him in Covent Gardens, London!


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