Friday Freeforall: A Free Day Weekend

18 Jan

7:57 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Ain’t That a Kick in the Head with Robbie Williams [My God, he’s good]

Whoo hoo, blue sky and sunshine! We haven’t seen the sun in weeks. Hi, everyone. To those of you under snow, or not such fun weather, I am sorry. My brother in Bagram swears a polar bear strolled by the can he lives in [yes, can, a giant tin round thing]. Here we go:

tow-truck1Today, on Put Words Together. Make Meaning, Donna, who has her ‘first full-length collectionA House of Many Windows, scheduled to be published late in 2013 by Sundress Publications‘, answers ten questions to do with elements of the collection and the process. For any of us contemplating publishing, and those who are just curious, visit. Donna also gives us a writing opportunity on the previous post, to do with memory based on place. Check it out.

At ‘The Refinery,’ Joseph takes us through a poem by Barbara Young. This is quite something. I have been making notes all week for several poems I have in the revision process. One of the best ways to revise our own poetry is to revise someone else’s. Or, if revision is not a strength, to watch someone going through a poem. Go over for a look and consider sending in one of your poems.

Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele gives us bonuses on top of bonuses. The prompt is to do with mystery. Along with a full explanation of her thoughts, and suggestions for possible directions, and example poems, this week, she gives us some tips for writing with or about mystery. I find that almost all the tips apply to writing poetry, in general, so hop on over.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda brings us words from a poem by Charles Baudelaire. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done, as well as a link to Baudelaire’s poem.

At Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has chosen  a quote from Victor Hugo. It’s an interesting line to play with. Remember that you can break the line up. Go on over to view the line and a link to other quotes from Hugo.

Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. I love this week’s starter line. Look around while you are there. I visit because I know I will laugh and laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt, a photograph by Vincent Fournier. Even if you don’t usually visit, the photo will startle a laugh from you, so go. I stopped for a few minutes to read what people had done with it. Head over.

At Poetry Jam, Mary puts us in the way of danger. Visit to read the prompt.

Elizabeth, of 1sojournal, says of her new posts, I found the very beginnings of my own story as a serious writer. Discovered me, making notes about finding my own path for the next twenty years. The things that worked, and the ones that didn’t… I believe they contain that first eye-opening energy of the beginner, that one who has finally grasped a much wider concept than she has allowed herself in the past. It’s an energy I wish to share.

At Carol’s blog, Light Words, this is one of those weeks when she has several posts that look fun. I am giving you the general address and you can scroll through to find your fit. Certainly, stop a moment and listen to Nilsson singing Put a Lime in the Coconut. It’s a giggle.

At imaginary garden with real toads, Hannah is back with ‘Transforming Friday‘. The point of Hannah’s exercises is to learn to speak as another thing, an animal, a tree, a body of water… mostly animals, while we learn a bit about one of the world’s ecoregions. She does all the work for us. All we have to do is write a poem from another point of view, than ours. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems challenges us to write about unexpected moments. I had one, when, as I read the prompt, my brain started without me. By the time it was through, I had a rough draft of a poem down on paper. Go read what Julie says about these unexpected moments.

At dVerse I have given you the general address, as this week’s Meeting the Bar has not been posted yet. Visit. Wander around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author: Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us a choice of  any topic discussed on her blog in the past week, as well as the comments, for a possible source. I love this week’s nature quote. Her topics focus on aspects of nature. Patricia’s site has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest.

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!

I shall see you Tuesday for a prompt; Thursday for Your Serendipity; and next Friday for the usual.

Happy writing, everyone.


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8 responses to “Friday Freeforall: A Free Day Weekend

  1. Donna Vorreyer

    18/01/2013 at 9:58 am

    Thanks, Margo. If you go back one post, there is also a suggestion for writing based on memory of place. Cheers!

    • margo roby

      18/01/2013 at 10:03 am

      Thanks, Donna. Funny. I read that when it came into my inbox and then didn’t make note of it.

  2. Hannah Gosselin

    18/01/2013 at 11:13 am

    Sweet!! Sunshine and smiling happy people…holding hands!! I haven’t thought of THAT song in a looonng time. 🙂

    Glad you’re getting some rays, Margo!! 🙂

    Thanks always for all this link sharing…YOU do all the work for us!! 🙂

  3. barbara_y

    18/01/2013 at 11:27 am

    Pretty here, too. There was an actual sunset last night. Feels like a month, though I know better.

    For anyone nervous about Joseph’s critiques: while he doesn’t sugar coat, he isn’t harsh.

    • margo roby

      18/01/2013 at 11:47 am

      I agree re Joseph’s critiques. He is absolutely honest about what he sees and hears. If people want or need direction with a poem they think has legs, but they’ve reached a dead end, send it in!

  4. Julia Dean-Richards

    20/01/2013 at 8:58 am

    Wow, what an interesting blog. Came here on a recommendation from

    I’ll be back.

    • margo roby

      20/01/2013 at 9:22 am

      Welcome and thank you, Julia. I’ll look forward to seeing you again.


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