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Good Friday Freeforall

9:02 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, everyone. How nice to have a holiday. I had a bit of a lie-in and have now had my first coffee, so let’s get to it and see what we have to help you with your poems-a-day.

A couple of small announcements. Stop by Kelli Agodon’s blog for a list of all those participating in the Poetry Giveaway. She has the links in a column to the left as you arrive at her site.

Poets & Writers suggests a rather nice thing to do for National Poetry Month, which is to memorise one poem a week. There is something special, a bond that arises with a poem memorised, so consider four poems to bond with.

Don’t forget you have homework, so to speak, for my prompt next Tuesday.

Alright, we start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape, where she gives us a wonderful poem by Adrienne Rich and a prompt based on the structure of Rich’s poem.

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Thirteen: Turning the Hourglass, which starts with three freewrites which might provide us with material for more than just this particular prompt. I must make time to get to that today. Must. Go on over to read the whole.

Over at Adele’s, The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog gives us something a little different for the month: ‘I offer you an inspiration word or phrase and a related poem for each of April’s thirty days. You may wish to read, write, or do both. Keep in mind that writing a poem a day doesn’t mean that you have to “finish” each poem immediately. You can write a draft each day and set your drafts aside to work on later‘. Adele has the entire month listed and waiting. To read all the possibilities, visit.

This week on Poetic Bloomings we are asked to, Head for the nearest telephone booth, don your cape, and meet us here. To find out more and to read our hosts’ tongue in cheek poems, head over. Marie Elena and Walt also offer a post on the tanka form.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda tells us the words are from Richard Walker, who gives us a set of words with multiple meanings. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. I had fun considering the words in all their incarnations and Richard has two poems, one of which uses both meanings of each word.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the title of a Beach Boys’ song and a link to watch a video performance. I am so back in my music era. While the song is not one of their best, there is nothing quite like this group’s sound, and, of course, the occasionally screaming girls. Hmm. The link lets us listen to a few songs. Well, yay!

Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. 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 image prompt. This week’s image is a photograph which continues the vein of surrealist images in which Magpie has been indulging. This one makes me laugh each time I look at it, although it’s not a humourous image, per se. Head over to see what we have.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Mary, this week. She wants us to think about the topic of tools. Go on over to see what else she says. The possibilities might include using a tool group metaphorically.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. The introduction introduces us to contributor Gattina, but go for the cartoon. I’m chortling [yep, chortling] thinking about it.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are growl, hype, and justify. Interesting. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. You might try writing down the first thoughts that come into your head as you read these words, before you go on to visit the site for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two for one visit. First, we have The Sunday Challenge with the work of Laura Hegfield. Visit to meet her and her work. We also have Kerry’s Wednesday Challenge ~ The Oral Tradition and an intriguing prompt that suggests we Imagine it is a poem to be told to an audience seated close to the knee of the storyteller. Visit to read the prompt. Check the rest of the week too. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems starts with, Something simple, something light? Just right for April. Visit to see what it’s about. Also, WWP is one of the sites offering a place to post your poems for the month.

At Poets United, we are asked to think about escape, a topic that offers so many possibilities that one way I would approach this would be to list all the possible types of escape and then jot notes next to each… For the rest of the prompt, and some lovely images, head over. For something interesting, check the etymology of escape [my reaction was, Well, I’ll be damned.]

Over at dVerse’s Form For All, we are introduced to linked quatrains and to the Rubaiyat quatrains and offered a chance to try both. Quatrains are useful to have around as stock, so give this a try. As always, explore the pub while you are there. They offer so much on their menu.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us the usual three options.  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.

The final posting is for Trifecta, I have given you the link to the Instructions page. They have an interesting shtick. Visit and find out what.

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!

Remember: If you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along for Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts.

I shall see you Tuesday for a prompt based on your having done some prep work; on Thursday I shall see you for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone. Those who have a three-day weekend, enjoy.

 
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Posted by on 06/04/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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It’s Fridaaaaay and That Makes This a Freeforall

8:04 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, all. How are you? Shall we get to it? First though, a moment or two to think about Adrienne Rich who has died. For you readers who do not know her work, do a little Googling today, and those of us who do know her work, well we might do the same.

I need to make a correction to an announcement. I had the wrong Trifecta. I know. Thank goodness, Paula checked the site, probably puzzled when I said it’s a busy looking site. You will see why when you visit, but first:

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape, where she introduces us, this week, to Patrick Rosal. She says: [His] poems are full of music, visceral and tender at the same time. I am realising that Donna’s ‘prompt’ posts are of such value because of the poets she chooses. Many are writers I have not read, but Donna picking them gives me a first taste and I know whether I want the whole cake. Head over to meet this week’s poet. I have one of last week’s books winging its way towards me.

Joseph Harker’s Reveries, is even more fun than it usually is, asking us to write on the ephemerality of something not thought of as ephemeral, writing the poem on something like a paper napkin, book of matches, postcard… then posting the poem somewhere in our worlds, taking a photograph of it in place and posting the photo on our blogs. I felt exhilarated carrying this Reverie out and heard the same excitement in others who did this. Remember that it’s never too late to do this exercise. Go on over to read the whole.

9:11 a.m. — This is what happens when I get distracted while visiting the sites I write about here: I stopped by Joseph’s and while scrolling down to the Reverie link, spotted his ‘Fairy Tale,’ which I have been meaning to comment on. Oh well, a quick minute… the phone rings. My son for our weekly chat. I wander back to the computer, finish the remark and look to see what else I need to do… Oh, Good God, I’m writing a blog post.

And, then there is Adele’s blog, where I get caught up in both the prompts and the comments. One of the lovely things about Adele’s blog is the links to specific poems, that she suggests, that connect to the prompt either as context, or example. The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog has several options revolving around stones. To read all the possibilities, visit.

This week on Poetic Bloomings we are challenged with a photograph. To find out more and to read our hosts’ poems, head over. I have read several lovely responses to this photograph, already. Also, this fortnight’s interview is with mike Maher., so stop and read.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda tells us she pulled the words from an article in Bon Appetit magazine. I’ll have to reread my copy. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. Not such an easy grouping this week.

Carry On Tuesday gives us a quotation from Robert Browning. To read it and several other quotations from Browning, head over.

Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. 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 image prompt. This week’s image is a photograph and a strange one. The effect is weird. Head over to see what we have.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Peggy, this week. She wants us to put yourself in the place of someone whose concept of God and/or how the world works is different from yours. Go on over to see what else she says. The possibilities are endless and fascinating for this topic.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. The introduction made me laugh.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are fragrant, jostle, and remnant. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. You might try writing down the first thoughts that come into your head as you read these words, before you go on to visit the site for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two for one visit. First, we have Ella, who discusses a fascinating strategy for writing poems. She also talks about yet another book I must have. Head to the Garden to find out what. We also have Fireblossom Friday and a series of fascinating photographs centering on bodies. Visit to read the prompt. Check the rest of the week too. They have a lot going on, including an interview with Hedgewitch. Go play with the toads.

Happy Anniversary, We Write Poems and thank you for all the pleasure you give us. If you haven’t checked out the WWP tribute to its followers, go look.This week we are asked to give back, by sending a prompt we think will be fun for the group to play with in the months ahead.

At Poets United, we are asked to think about music, a topic that could take weeks, months, and we would still be conversing. For the rest of the prompt head over.

Over at dVerse’s Meeting the Bar, their prompt says, Let’s take the challenge to be totally alive in the present and write to our perceptions. It says a lot more and for that you will need to visit. You will find, as you read the article a familiar theme, one which bears repetition.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us the usual options. Sometimes I feel the need to share one of the options: boomers/mountain beavers. You know you want to find out. Visit for the possibilities and because it’s fun to wander through the site.

Flash fiction fans: I love the photograph Hannah is offering us over at Flashy Fiction, and the post’s title offers another possibility for a direction in which to take the poem. Hannah is good at that!

The final posting is for Trifecta, the correct Trifecta. I have given you the link to the Instructions page. They have an interesting shtick. Visit and find out what.

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!

Remember: If you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along for Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts.

Remember to throw your name in for the chance at a couple of free books of poetry for the Great Poetry Giveaway. I shall see you Tuesday for a prompt that should offer everyone’s particular favourite aspect [What? In one exercise? MUAHAHAHA] and I shall set some prep work for the following week. On Thursday I shall see you for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.Gird your loins: Poem a Day is almost upon you.

 
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Prompts Rounded Up: Friday Freeforall

7:25 a.m. — Atlanta

Weekend! Well, almost and some of you are about fourteen hours closer. Yesterday, I saw the list of countries where you all live. I’m not sure why I was startled at the spread, but I like knowing the part of the earth everyone inhabits. Wordgathering has gathered several new readers recently; I’d like to extend a welcome and hope to hear your voices joining in.

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape, where she introduces us to Jack Gilbert and his poem ‘The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart’. She describes reading his poetry as, A feeling in the pit of the stomach, in the well of the throat, your whole body on the edge of something, not knowing whether it is about to fall or fly. I feel this way every time I read Jack Gilbert’s poetry. I read the poem and ordered his book. Go read. The prompts are fun, too.

Joseph Harker’s Reveries, titled ‘not enough time,’ says: What we’re going to do is akin to connect-the-dots: describe that significant event without describing it outright. The exercise is intriguing, as we are asked to focus on the insignificant as the significant event of the moment while it happens, while the significant fades into the background. Go on over to read the whole.

One of the lovely things about Adele’s blog is the links to specific poems, that she suggests, that connect to the prompt either as context, or example. The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog has several options revolving around our various ancestries, our different nationalities, our people – our “roots”. To read all the possibilities, visit.

This week on Poetic Bloomings we are challenged to Write a “new” poem. To find out more and to read our hosts’ poems, head over. You don’t want to miss the contrast of Marie’s bunny poem and Walt’s ode 🙂 Also, this fortnight’s interview is with Janet Martin, so stop and read. In an embarrassment of riches, we also have a new form to play with, the Parallelogram de Crystalline. Yes, quite a mouthful, but a new form to play [new to me] with is always exciting.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda tells us she pulled the words from the Montana Forensics Educator’s Association Committee Proposals — poems can be found anywhere! Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. As always, we have a fun group of words to work with.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the first few words of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem ‘My Shadow’. To read the line and for a link to read the poem, head over. Anything by Stevenson catapults me into my childhood.

Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. 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 image prompt. This week’s image is a photograph which made me think of a Charlie Chaplin movie.  The close-up is fascinating. Head over to see what we have.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Mary, this week. She wants us to think about connections. If you think about it, we live the word in all its forms. Even to breathe is to connect to oxygen. Go on over to see what else she says.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. If you don’t usually visit, go to see the lovely illustration of Joy.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are amateur, diligent, and nurture. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. You might try writing down the first thoughts that come into your head as you read these words, before you go on to visit the site for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two for one visit. First, we have Mary, who suggests we Think about some of the ordinary tasks, items, aspects, annoyances, joys of our lives. Head to the Garden to find out what to do with your thoughts. We also have Kenia’s Wednesday Challenge which introduces us to Manoel de Barros, a 94-year-old contemporary Brazilian poet. Go. Read his poetry. I am enchanted. Another poet I must have in my collection. So many, so many…  Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems asks us to write a fairy tale poem. Head on over to read the rest of the prompt, because, you know there is a rest of the prompt at WWP.

At Poets United, we are asked what we think of when we hear the word light. For some cool photographs and the rest of the prompt head over.

Over at dVerse’s Poetics, their prompt goes hand in hand with We Write Poems. Visit to read the article and a chance to write, or rewrite, a fairy tale.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us the usual three options. Visit for the possibilities and because it’s fun to wander through the site.

The final posting is an offer for those among you who write, or are trying out, flash fiction. I love the photograph Hannah is offering us over at Flashy Fiction, and the post’s title offers another possibility for a direction in which to take the poem.

Enough? 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!

Remember: If you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along for Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts.

I shall see you Tuesday for an image prompt (and prep work for the following week — this time you will get it); Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone. If I haven’t mentioned it in a while, I appreciate your visits and love ‘chatting’ with you when you do.

 

 
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Posted by on 23/03/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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Prompts: Friday Freeforall

7:25 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, all. Yay! Weekend! Yay! Well, Yay! Almost weekend! Yay! does not have quite the same punch. I’m preparing. I’m preparing. Here we go.

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape where she shares with us Katie Ford’s poem “Colosseum”. As Donna says, here is a successful long poem, one that I read and then reread. Very few long poems hold me for one reading. The exercise is fun and can be done in a shorter poem, so don’t feel overwhelmed by the length of Ford’s. Head over to read the poem and see what Donna suggests we try.

Joseph Harker’s Reveries may have some of you shaking your heads, but I promise you, that if you work your way through and give it a try, the exercise is an important and worthwhile one. Joseph asks us to write a poem, as short as possible, using every sound in the language. The post looks intimidating because of the phonetic marks. Ignore them [the linguists out there may revel] and concentrate on the sounds we are asked to reproduce. If you can only manage a few, that’s fine; you will get the idea of what needs to be considered. By the time you read this, we might be into Reverie #6. Go back and try the phonetics, if you haven’t.

I was hoping that dVerse would have their new Poetics prompt up. Alas. Instead, I am sending you to look at their form for this week, which is French Ballades II, a little less cryptic than last week’s FB I, as a clear step by step is offered. The examples, by Dudley Randall and Dorothy Parker, are wonderful.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt ask us to consider the concept old. To find out what they suggest as possibilities, head over to read the full prompt and our hosts’ responses. While there, check in on this week’s form which is a cento, something many of us love tinkering with.

At The Sunday Whirl, this week’s words come from the poem “Kalashnikov Staccato,” by Matthew Kaler. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. As always, Brenda has picked a fun group of words to work with.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the the first few words of “In the Park,” by John Koethe. To read the line and for a link to read the poem, head over. The line is fun, in the sense that there are several possibilities, to include dividing it at the comma.

Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. 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. I smile as soon as I see the site next on my list.

Over at Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is the military, soldiers, veterans, or poetry dealing with physical, mental, and emotional healing. The caretakers of the Garden are taking a three week break and suggest that we post at any time during that period. They will return refreshed, March 1st.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. They are featuring a grave at the Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow. If you have not seen the image yet, be ready to jot down your immediate reactions/thoughts. I’m keeping myself in check until this post is finished before I see what else I can find from that cemetery.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Mary, this week. Between the photographs and her words she had me salivating. Think food and drink, or maybe not. You had better visit to find out what.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday presents us with a music video to watch and listen to, Ozzy Osbourne’s Dreamer. For the rest of the alliterative intro, head over.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we have Kerry’s Wednesday Challenge which offers a prompt to do with magical realism. Head over for an explanation and for some interesting illustrations, each of which can be a prompt. I need to go off and study some more to see where this and surrealism bleed into each other.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are control, flesh, and razor. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. You might try writing down the first thoughts that come into your head as you read these words [creepy are they?], before you go on to visit the site for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words. Reading the definitions allows me to see possibilities and connections.

We Write Poems asks us to look at our hands, more specifically, Hands are a place where fingers take bloom. That’s such a lovely image. Visit to read the rest of the prompt. You might, during one day, list every thing you do requiring fingers. Uh huh. I think the only reason we sleep is so fingers can.

At Poets United, we have no Thursday Think Tank this week. Instead I shall link you to their night owl prompt, as you can post anytime during the week. The Midnight Snack is a photograph. There’s something about it… Visit and see.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks has the usual three options. Despite needing to get this post written and out, I always find myself checking the links for the three options. It might be fun to connect the three in a poem. This week’s seem to go together particularly well. The photograph of the flower, as always, is stunning.

That should keep you busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. 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!

Remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along for Your Serendipity at Thursday Thoughts.

See you Tuesday for a prompt [not mysterious; undecided at this moment]; next Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Posted by on 10/02/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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Prompts Scrimmage: Friday Freeforall

8:32 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, all. Welcome to the new people following and those who have wandered by. A note about the sites below. I have them in chronological order, starting with Saturday, so if you want to be in with the rest of the scrum, you’ll need to write and post quickly. On the other hand, if you find a prompt you like and are slow like I, you can post later, or have the satisfaction of knowing you have another poem to add to your repertoire. Let us begin.

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape where she says of this week’s  poem: This is one of my favorite poems of the past few years partly because something about it remains just out of reach. I loved the poem the minute I read it and the prompt offers a couple of different possibilities that follow the idea of the poem, rather than its content. Head over to read the poem and see what the possibilities are.

Joseph Harker’s Reveries offers us another way of approaching our writing: we’re going to grow a poem instead of shaping it. He uses the tree as his analogy and takes us through the steps. And, they work. At least, they work for me and the others who have posted, so if you have been feeling leery about this method, give it a try. It does not have to become the method by which you write poetry, but it can become another way to approach how you write a poem when you have an idea, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Visit to read the details and give it a try.

Did you know there is a Martian school of poetry? Neither did I. It’s an enchanting thought. Head to the bar at dVerse, to learn more. Then, you can try your hand at martian poetry.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt ask us to: develop a personal motto. To find out what to do with your motto, head over to read the full prompt and our hosts’ responses. While there, check in on this week’s interview with Jane Penland Hoover, writer and photographer.

At The Sunday Whirl, this week’s words come from the poem “One Day You Wake Up,” by Ann Hunkins. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. There are many fresh and original uses of some of the words.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the the last six words of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. To read the line and for a link to read a snippet on Mitchell, head over.

I smile as soon as I see the site next on my list. Now, having just read Madeleine’s limerick, I am grinning. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. 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.

Over at Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is no theme! Next week has a fairly wide open theme: the military, soldiers, veterans, or poetry dealing with physical, mental, and emotional healing.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. They are featuring a Kandinsky painting. Don’t be put off by the abstractness of it. Look over it as you would any other image and jot notes about what you see. Exactly what is there? Then, what might be there? You can also ignore the painting and respond to the title.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Peggy, this week. She offers a prompt to do with a specific sensory feeling. This particular sensory feeling can be literal, metaphorical, and symbolic, so we are given a wide scope in which to play.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday introduces us to another contributor who asks us to, Come and gather your Cs. For the rest of her alliterative intro, head over.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two possibilities with one visit. Ella’s Edge on Tuesday offers a prompt to do with the movies. Buy a ticket and find out what. It is Fireblossom Friday and we are invited to play. Are you tempted? Go on over and enjoy the prompt, which comes with illustrations for those of us who need a little visual push with this topic.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are detach, jolt, and surge. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. You might try writing down the first thoughts that come into your head as you read these words, before you go on to visit the site for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words. Reading the definitions allows me to see possibilities and connections.

We Write Poems features a prompt from Donald Harbour that he starts with: I have the foolish dream that one day there will be no… To find out what, head on over. You will also find a link to Donald’s blog and the original post, if you don’t already have him on speed dial. Visit Donald’s blog to see his header photograph, if for no other reason. It made my day, when I first saw it.

At Poets United, it’s time for Ella’s photo prompt. Say YES. And, go visit. Also, stop by for this week’s interview with Heaven [I kid you not].

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks has the usual three options. Despite needing to get this post written and out, I always find myself checking the links for the three options. It might be fun to connect the three in a poem. This week, among other things, we have PeopleTowels… I promise you I stopped writing this and went to check it out.

And, one announcement from Julie Catherine, which is time sensitive. She says: “I interviewed James Hutchings, who writes Dark Fantasy poems and short stories; plus I reviewed his book, The New Death and Others, and would like to give him some exposure.” If you are curious investigate the links. I have been to James’ blog and he has a wide range of interests.

And, if you haven’t seen my interview with poet James Brush, why, go there first!

That should keep you busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. 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!

Remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along for Your Serendipity at Thursday Thoughts.

See you Tuesday for another place prompt — we’ll be looking at a poem; next Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Prompts Scrum: Friday Freeforall

8:18 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, all, and a Happy Australia Day. Plus, the weekend approacheth, so let’s go.

Let us start with Donna and visit The Poetry Mixtape where she discusses the poetry of song lyrics, through Simon and Garfunkel’s The Boxer. She suggests we: Try taking some of your favorite song lyrics and relining them as poems. To read her post and example head over. I can tell you, now, that it’s a lot of fun and might be used as a step off for a found poem, or an erasure poem.

Joseph Harker’s Reveries takes us into the land of symbols where he encourages us to frolic. There is, in Joseph.’s words, a first part, a tricky part, a trickier part, and an added challenge. Visit to read about symbolism and what he suggests we do to stretch that writing muscle and to read the responses of the people who have been frolicking already.

Over at dVerse, we are asked: For this week’s Poetics, let’s cross some borders with our pens. The lead-up to this is an interesting discussion of borders and when I think of how full of borders my life is, I find a wealth of material to write about, using borders as a start point. Head over to dVerse and try not to get lost in the ballade form waiting in another room.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt ask us to: Colour My World (and we don’t even care if you stay within the lines!). Head over to read the full prompt and our hosts responses.

At The Sunday Whirl, this week’s words come from Alice Hoffman’s book, The Story Sisters. Visit to see the wordle [40, Brenda!] and to read what others have done. Go crush those ashen sisters and scatter their shards…whoops, sorry, I didn’t manage to come up with a poem. My brain picked this out while I was looking at the wordle, just now.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the title of a musical soliloquy by Peggy Lee. To read the line and for a link to hear Lee sing the song, head over. I stopped for a moment to listen. Lordy, what a warm and lovely voice.

I smile as soon as I see the site next on my list. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. 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.

Over at Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is to try a headline poem. They provide links and images from several New York Times articles. Looking towards next week: no theme! A freeforall, you might say.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. LOVE the image. At first I was startled, then amused, then intrigued. I have left the site; the image has not left my mind.

Poetry Jam, provides us with a prompt from Dani, this week. She talks about sensual poetry and, as sensory imagery is vital to a poet, it is vital you visit. Were you aware there are other senses? Several other senses? Me either. But it makes sense and opens up sensory imagery to even more possibilities.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday is doing something new with their introductions: they are introducing their contributors with a mini-interview. This week is Berowne, whom some of you will have stumbled across in our cybering world. I gave you a link to his blog because he uses many of the prompt sites we do, in a completely different way. Visit him, if you haven’t. Your submission does not have to be written. You can submit a photograph or illustration that fits the letter of the week.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two possibilities with one visit. On Wednesday Kenia introduces us to Turkish poet Nâzım Hikmet. Then, she asks us to write a futuristic poem. Sounds like fun and different, so go over and read what it’s about. Mary’s prompt for Friday not only asks us to try a conversation poem, but gives wonderful examples. Even if you don’t think conversation is your thing [you might be surprised — there are so many ways of approaching it], visit to read the Naomi Shihab Nye poems, especially the second one. Tidbit: When someone recognizes you in a grocery store/nod briefly and become a cabbage. I know!

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are bubble, lumber, and wreck. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. Reading the definitions allows me to see possibilities and connections. Visit the site for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words.

We Write Poems titles their prompt, Kissing the Ceiling. I figure that’s enough to get everyone to visit.

At Poets United, our focus is roads. Where to start? Think about it. Roads is huge. For now head over and read the prompt and look at the gorgeous photographs. Oh, and while you are there you can read this week’s interview, if you aren’t up to your eyebrows in things you know about me.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks has the usual three options. Despite needing to get this post written and out, I always find myself checking the links for the three options. It might be fun to connect the three in a poem. This week, among other things, we have e-stewards

That should keep you off the streets, busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. 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!

Remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along for Your Serendipity at Thursday Thoughts.

See you Tuesday for an image prompt; next Thursday for an interview with poet, James Brush, if we get it done in time — if not, we have announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Prompts for Your Delectation: Friday Freeforall

8:40 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello all. Yes, a little late this morning. I was ordering a car seat for my soon to be born, first grandchild and got distracted by baby toys.

Let us start with Donna and visit The Poetry Mixtape where she talks about a Frost poem, this week. The accompanying suggestion is to try a sonnet, but along nontraditional lines, to break the sonnet into stanzas, as Frost has done, and a couple of other suggestions that you will have to visit to read. For those of you, like me, who are buffaloed by the sonnet as a form, this is one way to make your mind think it’s writing something else.

Joseph Harker’s Reveries gives us a fun technique to play with, this week: climbing rhymes. I had more darn fun with this, and I feel like I moved a whole step up with my writing. Is it easy? No, but worth the struggle. I made the comment to Pamela that: I think we need to treat Joseph’s prompts like a creative writing classroom, where what we post might be a first draft, or only half the exercise, and talk about our processes more fully. I am going to try that with the next prompt, if I have difficulty. I should have done it with the last one, which I could only do part of. If we have difficulty and post and talk about our difficulties, we can help each other. Make sense?

Over at dVerse, we are given a posting on imagism, something every one of us needs to take heed of. Visit to read the discussion of this style, in particular, Ezra Pound’s description of it. Then, try your own imagist poem.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt ask us to: Take an eye-catching line from one of the poems posted ahead of you at Poetic Bloomings.  Although the prompt changes tomorrow, it is always fun to craft a poem using someone else’s lines, so do it, and visit to see what others have done, as well as reading the hosts’ offerings.

At The Sunday Whirl this week’s words and wordle appearance come from Barbara Yates Young. She gives us a baker’s dozen from Thoreau’s Walden, the “Pond in Winter” chapter. Visit to see the wordle and to read  what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the opening line of a Beckett novel. We can wax quite philosophical with this one…or go existential. To read the line and for a link to read some of Beckett’s one liners, head on over. He must have been fun at a party.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. I smile as soon as I see the site as next on my list. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy.

Over at Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is Spring, Colors, Trees, and New Lives. Looking towards next week, they will be asking us to try a headline poem, something which is great fun. Head over to read Kay’s instructions.  You might also visit their form this week, as it is quite an intriguing exercise.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. LOVE the image. Compelling. And, it’s not just the expression on the sculpture’s face, but the fact there are other sculptures around her. Cryptic? Why, yes. Go visit.

Poetry Jam, provides us with a prompt from Mary, this week. Her theme is You Can Go Home Again. For her discussion of the theme, head over. For a reason I know not, the link takes us to the bottom of the comments, so scroll up. For those Blogger owners who have been having problems with receiving comments, you will find a suggestion of what you can do at the end of Mary’s post.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday starts its 10th round. We have so many photographers and artists among the poets, that when I noticed something about the ABC Wednesday I had not noticed before, I wanted to tell you: The submission does not have to be written. You can submit a photograph or illustration that fits the letter of the week. Sounds like a fun alternative.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two possibilities with one visit. On Wednesday Grace offers the chance to learn a new form and, maybe, to save it from extinction. Visit and learn about the tanaga. Several people have posted, so you will have examples to study. The prompt for Friday gives us a chance to let loose of seriousness and indulge in nonsense. If you head over, you will see that Laurie had entirely too much fun with this post, while offering us a wealth of nonsensical possibilities.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are downhill, freak, and sliver. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. Reading the definitions allowed me to see fascinating possibilities and connections. Visit the site for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words.

We Write Poems offers us a prompt from Gautami Tripathy, who suggests another approach to writing about memories. Head over to read the prompt.

At Poets United, we are told: Goodbye! To see the illustrations and read the rest of the prompt, visit.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks has the usual three options. Despite needing to get this post written and out, I always find myself checking the links for the three options. It might be fun to connect the three in a poem. And, if not a poem, how can one not wander through a site that features: aging parents, tiny frogs, sledding crows. I mean, can you? This is one of the few Blogger blogs I have visited today, that does not leap immediately to the comments section.

That should keep you busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. 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!

Remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along for Your Serendipity at Thursday Thoughts.

See you Tuesday for Place; next Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Blogger: Get your act together.

Happy writing, everyone.

 

 
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Prompts: Friday the Thirteenth Freeforall

8:00 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello all. I have no faith that this post will get through in one piece. You will recall, those who are subscribed, that a rogue post appeared in your boxes yesterday. Today my keyboard refuses to work. I called my husband who gave me directions [you should see his closet] to a USB keyboard in his closet. It’s working…for now. However, a window randomly opened as I typed this, so no promises. You  will get this in some form, though.

Let us start with Donna and visit The Poetry Mixtape where she says: Write a poem that breaks the rules of grammar and mechanics. Well, after that kind of statement, you have to go read the rest of the post, which involves a discussion of a cummings’ poem [what? you thought there was someone else?].

We have a newcomer in this spot: Joseph Harker’s Reveries. Syn(aes)thetic gems is the focus of the first reverie. For those who revel in metaphor, you will revel in this. For those who find difficulty with metaphor, as I do, the exercise is worth doing for as far as you can go. You might surprise yourself. Head over and read the first reverie in the series and read what others have done. Joseph will be changing the prompts Saturday-ish.

Over at dVerse, we are given a posting on onomatopoeia. Sound in a poem is a rich sensory image that we tend not to use as often as we should, and this type of sound is even less used. The prompt asks us to write a poem using at least one onomatopoeic sound.  dVerse also provides a link for a great list of onomatopoeia. Visit to read the discussion of this technique.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt provide us with a photo prompt.  It’s an interesting image, as they have chosen a photo that focuses more on colours than anything else, so allows us more scope for a response. Head over to see the photograph and the hosts’ offerings.

At The Sunday Whirl this week’s stumper was ‘thatched’ but the creativity with which many of you are using the word is inspiring. Brenda ‘found’ the words in a poem by Vietnamese poet Thich Nhat Hanh. Visit to see Brenda’s wordle and to read  what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the first line of a Frank Sinatra song. To read the line and for a link to hear the song, head on over.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. I smile as soon as I see the site as next on my list. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy.

Over at Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is Children’s Stories, Riddles, Counting Songs, and Rhyming Lyrics for Young Kids. Looking towards next week, they will be asking us to focus on Spring, Colors, Trees, and New Lives.  The garden has a lovely new look, so visit.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. LOVE the photograph. I spent quite a bit of time staring at it. So much is going on, that if you had an instant response and wrote a poem, it’s worth going back, starting at one of the corners, going over the image like a detective looking for a cigarette butt, and jotting notes as you go. I notice the site has changed its name. In the hopes that magpies are still associated and that they don’t know about me, I will continue to refer to them by the name with which we are familiar [okay, until they ask me to make the change].

Our second new entrant, Poetry Jam, is a site kept by four people, providing us with prompts which vary according to each person’s style. This week we have Chris, who has provided us with a photograph to which we are asked to respond. I love Chris’ haiku response. For a reason I know not, the link takes us to the bottom of the comments, so scroll up.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday asks whether any of us would like to introduce one of the 26 letters in the next round. If you think it would be fun to alliterate like mad, a certain letter, visit and let them know. Otherwise, the last letter of this round is Z. Try that one.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two possibilities with one visit. On Wednesday the prompt starts with a fascinating discussion of clichés and the origin of the word. Naturally, the prompt has to do with writing a poem about a clichéd topic, without it being clichéd. Head over to find out what the topic is and to read about clichés. The prompt for Friday is unclear, but if you like Tom Waits, visit. You can make up your own prompt to do with him, or the colour green [I apologise if the prompt is there and I missed it].

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are brutal, sullen, and trust. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. Visit the site for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words.

We Write Poems tells us what the prompt is not: So this prompt is not about climbing a mountain, or why this was one response to that great and tragic war, not about those sorts of details. Head over to read the rest of the prompt and find out what the prompt is. It is quite a challenge.

At Poets United, we are told: You’ve chosen to read today’s prompt so now the choice is yours to write or not write for it. Combatant? Belligerent? Not at all. Go over to read the prompt and look at the photographs [themselves each a prompt]. I would kill, okay maybe hurt someone a little, for one of those doughnuts.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks has the usual three options. Despite needing to get this post written and out, I always find myself checking the links for the three options. It might be fun to connect the three in a poem. And, if not a poem, how can one not wander through a site that features: Clawed, cats and/or ships, Washed Ashore, beach cleanup, gyres.

That should keep you busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. 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!

And, remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along and it will go into the Thursday Thoughts pile.

See you Tuesday for the things we don’t say; next Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts. Okay, spelling checked, links checked, categories, tags, title…hold my breath.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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First Prompt Roundup 2012: The Friday Freeforall

7:25 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello everyone. A couple of notes to add to yesterday’s post about the content of future Thursday Thoughts. Oh, and if you are a walker by rather than a subscriber, and don’t know about yesterday’s post, you might stop by and give it a look.

ViV and Pamela were back quickly with announcements for next week and I realised I had not talked about how you might get announcements to me. You may, as they did, put the announcements in the comments, or, you can email me at: margoroby[at]gmail.com. If any of the announcements are time sensitive, let me know, as, if I receive many items, I might divide them up.

Now for the roundup. Hi, all you prompt sites! I have missed visiting you.

Let us start with Donna (Yay!), who has a new format for her Saturday posts. Visit The Poetry Mixtape where she tells us: Each week, I will share a poem that has held special meaning for me or taught me something about writing or the world. After a brief explanation and the poem text (or link to text), I may offer a question or point to consider for writing your own poem. Visit to read the post and the first of the poems Donna will share with us.

Over at dVerse, they offer something a little different this week: We have no Mr. Linky, but an apportunity to submit your poem and possibly have it featured in the February issue of M:/P MAG. Race over and read the rest of the post. There is a time crunch.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt suggest we consider ends before we get stuck into beginnings.  Head over to read the prompt and the hosts’ offerings. I’m still shaking my head over Walt’s. And, I’m laughing.

AtThe Sunday Whirl we battled plums this week. Marianne from *elle ecrit* provided this week’s wordle words. She lifted them from Barabara Crooker’s poem, The Meteorology of Loss. Visit to see Brenda’s wordle and to read  what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the first line of Elinor Wylie’s poem ‘The Church Bell’. To read the line and for a link to the poem, head on over. If you haven’t read Wylie, do. And, stick with the poem. Wylie’s work has twists.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. I smile as soon as I see the site as next on my list. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy.

Over at Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is a clean slate/new beginnings.  And looking towards next week, they will be asking us to focus on Children’s Stories, Riddles, Counting Songs, and Rhyming Lyrics for Young Kids.  The garden has a lovely new look, so visit. I’m just happy that jingle is back in the title!

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. The scene is quite idyllic. Visit even if you don’t usually write from an image, and look at the painting for a moment. Why? Because it’s lovely, and because we will be looking at idyllic poetry on Tuesday.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday asks: And will YOU be saying YES to ABC Wednesday, Round 10 this YEAR? Visit to read the rest of the introduction and also to follow links to a couple of Y songs.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two possibilities with one visit. On Wednesday the prompt says: I do love the idea of taking objects and renaming them, symbols to use in writing a poem. I thought this could add another element to our poetry. The prompt for Friday asks Ever have a day when you weren’t quite yourself, or maybe you felt like more than your usual self? Head to the site to read more on both prompts [I am having to speak sternly to myself to finish this post, before racing off to try the Wednesday prompt.], as well as to explore, if you have not visited before.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are naughty, tactic, and zenith. That looks tough, but the ideas often spark when looking at the three definitions together. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given word.

We Write Poems asks: Tell us about what things a person can do as a member of a group or community. Head over to read the rest of the prompt while thinking of all the different sorts of communities you belong to.

At Poets United, it is time for Ella Wilson’s Reflection Photo. Given our focus on the Surreal, this week at Tuesday Tryouts, I found the shell intriguing, and surreal.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks has the usual three options. Despite needing to get this post written and out, I always find myself checking the links for the three options. It might be fun to connect the three in a poem.

Elizabeth Crawford is taking some time off, so you will no longer see her anchoring this post.

That should keep you busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. 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!

And, remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along and it will go into the Thursday Thoughts pile.

See you Tuesday for a look at the idyllic; next Thursday for the first of the community announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Last Prompt Roundup of 2011: The Friday Freeforall

7:25 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello everyone. Are you shopped, wrapped, candled, decorated, eggnogged, and all the other things that go into the next couple of weeks? I haven’t even packed and I leave far too early tomorrow morning. But, first, my second cup of coffee.

Let us start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck where she says: There are patterns everywhere in nature. And, there are. Scientists have discovered that nothing is without pattern, including chaos [mathematicians, of course, have always known this.]. Yes, you will need to visit to find out what the options are. Two more tow-trucks.

Over at dVerse, in a bit of synchronicity, the prompt revolves around quilts and quilting. Can anyone say patterns? Head over for the article on quilts and to read the options for writing a poem.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt ask us to look at preparation and being prepared, especially given the time of year. Head over to read the prompt and the hosts’ offerings. You can also enjoy the poinsettias in their header, if you have not yet bought yours.

AtThe Sunday Whirl Brenda gives us words chosen from Billy Collins’ poem ‘Christmas Sparrow’. Visit to see Brenda’s wordle and to read  what others have done. She provides a link, so that we can read the poem. I had forgotten how lovely it is.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the first line of a poem by Robert H Smith entitled ‘The Clock of Life’. To read the line and for a link to the poem, head on over.

It looks like Susan May James might be back with us and she has a novel idea for a series of prompts revolving around sound. Visit Scribble & Scatter to read the prompt [I wanted to stop writing this and try the exercise she gives in addition to the sound clip] and what she proposes to do.

My guaranteed weekly smile. I even smile when I read my opening sentence. I hope Madeleine never becomes tired of writing these. Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. I smile as soon as I see the site as next on my list. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy.

Over at The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is PhotosNostalgia, Memories, and Families.  And looking towards next week, they will be asking us to focus on Snow, December, Winter Vacations, and Wildness.  Down here in Atlanta where it will reach 70 degrees today, we’re not feeling the winter so much.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. The painting is a little weird, but that allows us to be a little weird with our responses. Or, we can ignore the weird and focus on other aspects. But, the weird is hard to resist, if only to see how to deal with it.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday offers a short introduction to Vancouver. Head over to read and to take up the torch for V.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two possibilities with one visit. On Wednesday the prompt revolves around the epistolary form and choosing a character or characters from literary history. The prompt for Friday asks to use the ideas and images in Ron Sexsmith’s “Strawberry Blonde” as jumping-off points. Head to the site to read more on both prompts and to hear the song, as well as to explore, if you have not visited before.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are immobile, proximity, and retribution. That looks tough, but the ideas often spark when looking at the three definitions together. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given word.

We Write Poems Window faces. That’s it. Yes, I know that was last week’s prompt. Head over to read why it’s here again.

At Poets United, Robb says: We look forward to reading your off the cuff poetic exploration. What can he mean? You will have to visit to find out, but the exercise is interesting, and yes, I did it.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks has no new posting, so she may have gone dark for a few days. If you haven’t visited the site and wandered around, do. It’s quite lovely.

And, finally, stop by and add your voice to Elizabeth Crawford’s discussion site Writers Speak  where she asks writers of all genres to stop by and talk about the life of a writer. She posts new topics every week around Friday. This week Elizabeth invites us to play. If unscrambling words is your forte, or just something you love to try, go on over. We don’t get many chances to talk to each other about our craft. Here’s a chance. If you haven’t gone over, go, before Elizabeth changes the topic! Even then, there is no reason you can’t contribute to a past discussion.

If you have not been over to look at Joseph’s and Tessa’s first issue of Curio, do. It’s a gem of an issue and maybe you will be inspired to submit.

That should keep you busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. 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! And, remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know?

Wordgathering is going dark for two weeks, while I am celebrating Christmas with family, out in California. I shall see you for the first Tuesday Tryouts of the new year, on the 3rd of January; and the following Friday for the first Friday Freeforall roundup of prompts.

Happy writing and happy whichever holiday you celebrate, everyone. Stay safe.

 
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