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TGI Friday Freeforall

7:37 a.m. — Atlanta

Hi, everyone. How are you? I continue to successfully avoid packing. Heck, we don’t leave ’til Sunday morning. This whole uprootedness for two months gets harder every year, but I enjoy seeing family and friends. Our son and his wife are hugging each other in anticipation: their first night out sans baby! The grandparents are coming! Meanwhile, to play:

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape, where we meet Ocean Vuong and a poem from his chapbook Burnings. The topic is heritage, a subject almost all of us think about in its different guises. Head over to read the poem and Donna’s suggestions for our own poems.

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Twenty-two: ten by ten. I really thought I would manage this one. If you haven’t tried your hand at a decima, it’s an interesting exercise. Go on over and read the prompt. Reading Joseph’s prompts, alone, are worth the visit!

Over at Adele’s, The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog we have another topic that has been focused on in the past few weeks. For some different approaches to looking at choice versus chance, read Adele’s suggestions. Adele’s prompts are always more than the sum of their parts. To read all the possibilities, visit.

Something is in the air over at Poetic Bloomings. Visit to read what our hosts say and to read their poems in response to the prompt. Marie Elena and Walt have plenty to announce, so stop by their home page, as well.

Have you whirled? At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda and The Whirl give us our wordle words from Lone Wolf, by Jodi Picoult Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. The responses have been an interesting assortment.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the opening words of Brian De Palma’s 2002 movie, Femme Fatale. Head over to read the line and for a link to see the trailer.

It’s that time: Limerick-off Mondays. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. Stay to shoot the breeze. 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.

Talk about an interesting visual to work with. My brain screamed in terror, but I notice 76 people had no problem. Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt and to read how others approached this image.

Shawna, over at rosemary mint, has her word list up. She has taken her list from the June edition of Elle. Shawna’s approach to word lists: ‘To participate, write a poem or short passage/story using at least one of the words listed below. Feel free to use word variations (e.g., “chancing” rather than “chance”) as necessary.’

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Peggy, who asks us to think about water. So many possibilities. As Coleridge’s speaker tells us: ‘Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink.’ Have you read Elinor Wylie’s personification of water in ‘Sea Lullaby’? If not, take a side trip. Now there’s a view of water I have never been able to shake.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. This week’s introduction has quite an alliterative take on U.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are bulky, mist, and resign. Hmmm. Not an easy looking threesome. 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, Izy gives us a new challenge, Out of Standard. My reaction on reading the first, was: ‘Cool!’ Head over to find nifty new ways to play. Laurie’s Word comes with an interesting post to do with a topic concerning us all, along with some links to check. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems asks for a not a cento cento. Yay! Sorry, personal bias. The prompt comes with a twist. This isn’t the usual cento we play with. To find out what is different, visit. I already have two different possibilities working…

At Poets United, we are told we can revel in all things Tim Burton!  For the rest of the prompt, head over. The images are fun and we are given several links, so that we can wallow in Burton, if we wish. If you have never read Burton’s poetry, you are in for a treat. Who can forget Matchstick Girl and Oyster Boy?

At dVerse’s Meeting the Bar, Chaz challenges us to try a new perspective. He suggests that our results be a small dedication to Ray Bradbury and his incredible legacy. As always, explore the pub while you are there. They offer so much on their menu. You might find several of us propping up the bar. They make us feel welcome.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author, in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us several options to use as resources. Bruce Springsteen anyone? An interesting possibility, she suggests, is to look at the comments and pull a poem from them. 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. Remember that we often get a possible direction along with the image.

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. While Thoughts is going down for the summer, I would love to build for Autumn. What do you have for me?

I may see you next Friday for the roundup. It depends on how settled I feel and whether the internet is behaving. HAHAHAHA. Otherwise, I shall see you Tuesday the 19th, to see how you are doing with the summer rotation of Tryouts and to discuss cinquains.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Posted by on 08/06/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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Freeday Freeforall

8:14 a.m. — Atlanta

Whoa! It’s after eight and I am just starting. Must be summer. Do you feel the stirrings? Those from the southern spheres, are you blissfully reveling in cold? Teachers, congratulations. Some of you are done; some are so close. One more school year down. Let’s see what we have for you to play with this weekend.

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape, where she introduces us to a poem by Aimee Nezhukumatahil, one of her favourites. Head over to read the poem and Donna’s suggestions for our own poems.

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Twenty-one: charm bracelet. Another lovely title, and a great analogy to the Pandora bracelets, if you have seen the ad. If you have never written fragments [one possibility], it can be liberating. More playtime, at Joseph’s. Go on over and read the prompt.

Over at Adele’s, The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog we are focusing on… well, go see. Talk about a serendipitous gathering of the forces over this last few days. Clearly, this topic is meant to be. Adele’s prompts are always more than the sum of their parts. To read all the possibilities, visit.

Do you lead, or follow, or a bit of both? Visit Poetic Bloomings to read what our hosts say and to read their poems in response to the prompt. Do not miss the interview with our [if I may] ViV.

Have you whirled? At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda and The Whirl give us our wordle list from me! Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the title and first line of one of The Beatles‘ most memorable songs. Head over to read the line and for a link to hear the song. I am playing it now and may be distracted for a few moments.

It’s that time: Limerick-off Mondays. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for a lot more besides. If she ever runs out of topics I shall go into mourning. 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.

I don’t know how I missed this painting when we were focusing on Hopper. Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. We are given a Hopper that looks like something out of a British country murder mystery. Head over to see what we have.

Shawna, over at rosemary mint, has her word list up. She has taken her list from the introduction to Sylvia Plath’s Letters Home. Shawna also gives us some excerpts from the introduction, which is written by Plath’s mother. Visit!

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Dani who asks us to focus on a few genres of painting. Along with the ideas she gives us for writing a poem, look at what Dani says about the styles. You might want to match your content to the form, so the form of your poem is the form of the painting.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. The introduction of this week’s letter reminds us we are almost at the alphabet’s end [So soon? Again? It has been 26 weeks? Really?]: ‘TALKING of teamwork – would YOU like to be involved with ABC Wednesday? Only a few more weeks to go before we reach ANOTHER Round. How about YOU writing an introduction, or becoming part of the TEAM?‘ Head over to take on T.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are error, jingle, and vindicate. Often, the challenge is to not use the words in an obvious way. 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 have Kerry’s Wednesday Challenge ~ Steampunk. I adore all things Steampunk. If it weren’t such expensive stuff, I would request a permanent Steampunk present on my birthday, and at Christmas, from my husband. Kerry gives us an idea of the style of language for this genre. You want to have fun? Write  your Steampunk poem in Steampunk language. Check the rest of the week too. Suzi Quatro is wandering around. I may never leave the garden. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems gives us a prompt that tells us to Face up to it! To discover what we are facing, head over to read the rest.

At Poets United, we are asked to consider the concept of possibilities. For the rest of the prompt, head over. The images, as usual, are lovely.

At dVerse’s FormForAll we have a post discussing free verse, something many think of as a style, rather than a form. Read the essay. As always, explore the pub while you are there. They offer so much on their menu. You might find several of us propping up the bar. They make us feel so welcome.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author, in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us several options to use as resources. An interesting possibility, she suggests, is to look at the comments and pull a poem from them. 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. Remember that we often get a possible direction along with the image.

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. While Thoughts is going down for the summer, I would love to build for Autumn. What do you have for me?

I shall see you next Tuesday for our summer prompt list; and next Friday for the roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Posted by on 01/06/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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Playtime: Friday Freeforall

7:23 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, everyone. C’mon weekend! To keep you company, a few prompts:

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape, where she introduces us to Kay Ryan, the U.S. poet laureate from 2008-2010. Ryan’s poem, ‘Crown,’ is an example of how much can be said in a short poem. Head over to read the poem and Donna’s suggestions for our own poems.

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Twenty: taste the rainbow. What a lovely title, although there was a brain cell that said Jim Jones? Cool aid? I have odd brain cells. Some of you will be old enough to remember. The prompt is great fun. I think all of us like playing with colour; it’s almost as good as a box of Crayolas. Go on over and read the prompt.

Over at Adele’s, The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog we are focusing on the number five. To find out what and why, visit. Adele’s prompts are always more than the sum of their parts. To read all the possibilities, visit.

This week on Poetic Bloomings we are asked to say, Enough! Visit to read what our hosts say and to read their poems in response to the prompt. Do not miss the latest interview with our [if I may] ViV.

Have you whirled? At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda and The Whirl give us our wordle list from three poems. Visit for links to the poems, to see the wordle and to read what others have done. The Everest climbers from Montana made the summit twelve hours ago! I have followed them since Brenda introduced them last week.

Carry On Tuesday has come roaring back. I told Keith he needs to nudge every now and then. This week, the line is the last in Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. Head over to read the line and for a link to other quotes from the novel.

Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. If she ever runs out of topics I shall go into mourning. 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. We are given a Chagall, with a few possibilities. We can write about the entire scene, do a portrait poem of one of the people, focus only on the foreground, only the background, the title… Head over to see what we have.

Shawna, over at rosemary mint, has her word list up. She has taken her list from an encyclopedic entry on butterflies. Shawna always has stunning images to accompany her posts. Visit!

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Mary. She asks us to focus on bullies and bullying. It might be interesting to do an internal monologue from the perspective of the bullied and the bully. Head over to read what she says on this relevant topic. She has a link to the trailer for the recently released movie.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. The introduction of this week’s letter involves a photograph. I was going through reading signs when I remembered I had left you all here.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are flesh, novice, and sear. Often, the challenge is to not use the words in an obvious way. 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 have Ella’s Edge where she taunts us with gorgeous photographs of food. The prompt? I have no idea; I am busy salivating. Go on over to find out why. Check the rest of the week too. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems gives us a prompt whose title suggests we get real. The premise is interesting. Head over to read the rest.

At Poets United, we are asked to consider honour. For the rest of the prompt, head over.

At dVerse’s Meeting the Bar we have an interesting essay and prompt on stream of consciousness writing. This of value to all of us, even if just to practice freewriting, good for what ails you when the ideas dry up. As always, explore the pub while you are there. They offer so much on their menu. You might find several of us propping up the bar. They make us feel so welcome. This was posted yesterday. Already there are 78 comments.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author, in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us several options to use as resources. ‘Elephants and goodbyes’ anyone? 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. Remember that we often get a possible direction along with the image.

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 next Tuesday for an image prompt; Thursday for announcements, or a topic [send them in if you have any]; and next Friday for the roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Posted by on 25/05/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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Friday Freeforall: Join the Party

7:44 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, one and all. Welcome new people. Let’s get to work!

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape, where she introduces us to aubades through Traci Brimhall and her poem ‘Aubade With a Broken Neck’. Lordy, it is beautiful. Head over to read the poem and Donna’s suggestion for our own poems.

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Nineteen: quantum entanglement. I find I am always smiling when writing about Joseph’s prompts. They are all so gorgeously complex and brain-stretching. Joseph assures us we are going to love this one, so head over and find out.

Over at Adele’s, The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog she is celebrating her 100th prompt! The prompt reflects what is being celebrated, as usual, in interesting ways. Adele’s prompts are always more than the sum of their parts. To read all the possibilities, visit. While there, scroll down on the right and watch the short video: How to Read Poetry. It’s barely post-first coffee and I laughed three times.

This week on Poetic Bloomings we are asked to come home. Visit to read what our hosts say and to read their poems in response to the prompt.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda and The Whirl give us our wordle list from the teacher resource page to do with a a current attempt to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. You might also check the link to the climbers. I have been thoroughly enjoying following them.

Carry On Tuesday tells us it is ‘Time to Say Goodbye’. To read Kevin’s reasoning, and to hear the song, go on over. This may be the last Carry On Tuesday prompt, although Kevin has revived before.

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. We are given a Gauguin painting, with several possibilities. We can write about the entire scene, do a portrait poem of one of the people, focus only on the still life parts, involve the colours… Head over to see what we have.

Shawna, over at rosemary mint, has her word list up. It is an unusual list in that Shawna has given us a link to a compilation of 100 words. I found the words fascinating. You all almost lost me there, but I’ll get this posted before I go back and wallow in words.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Peggy. She asks us to focus on forests. Head over to read what she says and to see the lovely photographs. There are forests and then there are forests.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. The introduction of this week’s letter is almost poetic.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are fawn, juggle, and navigate. 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 Kenia with an unusual challenge. We also have Mary’s Mixed Bag where we are given a chance to play with point of view. Check the rest of the week too. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems gives us a prompt from Donald Harbour. We are asked to consider roads taken and not taken. Sound familiar? Head over to read the rest.

Everyone seems to have coordinated prompts. We are engaging in a lot of looking back. At Poets United, we are asked to remember the playgrounds of our youth. For the rest of the prompt, head over.

At dVerse it’s Form For All time. Those of you with a good ear, this is for you, a poem to do with sprung rhythm. This, of course, is also for developing ears. Reading about metre makes me weep, so I’m heading for the bar. I’ll wait for you there. As always, explore the pub while you are there. They offer so much on their menu.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us our options to use as resources. What is it about coyotes? By the time you visit, this week’s blog may have turned over, so check.  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. Remember that we often get a possible direction along with the image.

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 next Tuesday for a prompt that looks at an aspect of self; Thursday for announcements, or a topic [send them in if you have any]; and next Friday for the roundup.

Have a good weekend. Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Posted by on 18/05/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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