8:33 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Gumboots by Paul Simon
Hello, all. I have the Weather Channel on in the background and feel as if I should duck and cover. It’s nervous making when they use words like unprecedented, never in the last two centuries, Frankenstorm. I messaged both my kids to make sure they have emergency supplies. One lives in Washington DC and the other in Vermont. I know! Of course, I don’t have supplies and what am I doing tomorrow? Skip and I are driving towards the coast [!!!] to attend a BBQ festival in North Carolina. Here is our emergency supply of prompts to lay in.
At The Poetry Mixtape Donna tells us she attended a reading by Seamus Heaney. I am so jealous. The poem she gives us is one Heaney likens to a Dutch interior: a poem that wants to be a Vermeer. Head over to read more. As with all Saturday prompts, the new prompt will be up tomorrow, or you can wait for next Friday! Whichever, visit.
Again with the jealousy. In Reverie Forty-two: the shoulders of giants, Joseph tells us he spent the whole day at the Academy of American Poets’ Chancellors Talks. He listened to poets such as Gary Snyder(!), Mark Doty(!), Jane Hirshfield(!), Naomi Shihab Nye(!), and others including Sharon Olds and Carl Phillips. I may have to move to New York. The good news is that Joseph, as he always does, is sharing what he has learned. Head over to read. If you don’t have time, bookmark this one [after you have read it. You have time for that.], or do one of the options and save the others. Yes, there are several offerings.
Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele describes her reading at the recent Dodge Festival. The prompt focuses on something magical, so visit to see what she means by that. Adele has some good tips towards the end of the post with regards to writing about magical moments.
At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda says, This week’s words come to us from Barbara Yates Young. She culled them from a listserv bulletin board. These were a fun grouping of words. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.
At Carry On Tuesday, Keith gives us an entire quote from the controversial Indian Guru Sai Baba. He also provides the link to see a short video about the man. Head over.
Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Look around while you are there. She calls it a humour blog for a reason. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy. It doesn’t much matter if you don’t want to write a limerick; reading them brightens a day. Fact.
Visit Magpie Tales for our first image prompt, a close up of part of the American dollar bill. The part which includes the pyramid and the eye. Intriguing as a prompt. I can hear the excitement from all you masons and neo-templars out there.
At Poetry Jam, Dani wants us to write about a great love, or passion. She lists many possibilities to give us a start and includes a bunch of illustrations. Visit to read the prompt.
Have a problem conveying a truth pithily? Visit Elizabeth’s site, Musical Notes. The new song will go up every Tuesday. This prompt is fun to play and tinker with, not only because the inspiration is a song, but because the response must be done in 15 words. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? It is. Show up next Tuesday!
This week I am giving you a Monday in the life of Carolisle’s blog. I loved the photograph. The quote is lovely, offering an interesting philosophy, and dovetails nicely with Adele’s magic moments. Head over and check it out.
At imaginary garden with real toads, Mary’s Mixed Bag promises fun, even a chance to let off steam, as we consider our pet peeves. There are other interesting challenges. Wander through the gardens. Go play with the toads.
We Write Poems asks us, Why do you write?. They would like our answers in the form of a list poem and give an example to start us off. Go on over and read the prompt, as well as the example.
At dVerse, visit with Samuel Peralta and his discussion of the art of the villanelle in Form for All. Wander around. Visit. Stay awhile; it’s such a friendly place.
Patricia K. Lichen, Author, in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks has at least one article, and one photograph to use as prompts for a haiku, or a limerick [and if it sparks something else, wonderful. Just because you can’t post other, doesn’t mean you should ignore inspiration. Am I right?]. The images of flowers, alone, are worth the visit. Patricia’s site has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest. A comforting feel to it.
Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.
If that is not enough, look straight up, at the top of the blog and you will see a new tab: Freeforall: Even More Prompt Sites. The sites won’t always be up-to-date, but the links will get you there.
If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. So, post!
I shall see you Tuesday for an image prompt; and next Friday for another roundup. Are all you NaNoWriMo writers ready?
Happy writing, everyone.