7:27 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Fire and Rain by James Taylor
Hello, all. NaNoWriMo-ers, are you hanging in there? You are past the halfway mark. November seems to be racing past. Christmas in five weeks. I’m usually cosily confident in my readiness. Not this year. This year, I can’t seem to find the get up and go. Yet, still, it approacheth. Meanwhile, prompts to divert ourselves with:
At The Poetry Mixtape Donna introduces us to Andrea Witzke Slot and her poem ‘Terra Incognita’. Donna makes an interesting point about poem endings and a revision suggestion that is nice and easy to do and might shift a not quite working poem into a new animal. 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.
In Reverie Forty-five: finder, keeper, Joseph wants us to play with found poetry: where whole lines of other beautiful poems are specifically stitched together. We’re going to appropriate a few different ideas for the construction of our found poem, which will only be kind of a found poem. Joseph has many suggestions for possibilities, so head over and read. Found poetry is limitless fun. I know, as I just submitted two found poems. Let’s see what you do. Visit.
Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele talks about one of the things she discovered during Sandy: the significance of being connected, or not. Her prompt for us revolves around connections and she has many suggestions for possibilities, as well as a link to an interesting article [possible found poem, anyone?]. Head over. Remember that Adele is always a good source for poems to read, even if a prompt doesn’t jumpstart your mind.
At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda chose the words from a poem and gives us the link to read it. I thought it particularly fun, as the poem is short, to see what others did with the words. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.
At Carry On Tuesday, Keith gives us a line by Mahatma Gandhi. Head over to see the line and for a link to more statements by Gandhi..
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 painting, Verdun, 1917 by Felix Vallotton. Before I even glanced at the title, I thought, Looks like WWI. However, you are allowed to ignore titles and write about aspects that you see, which may have nothing to do with the subject. Don’t forget that you can write about parts of images.
At Poetry Jam, Mary M. is taking us to the circus. Even if you have never been to one, there are few people who have not had a circus in their lives, in some form, even if it’s hearing about circuses through their lives. Visit to read the prompt.
For November, Elizabeth says: the Musical Note Prompts will probably return after the new year. At this point in time, I would like to offer image inspiration for the November PAD (poem a day) Challenge, beginning November 1st. Each of the images is the result of my creative play with digital art and will be offered separately (one a day) through the month. Each image will include a title which may be used, or not, as part of the prompt. We have only missed one day so visit to see what it’s about.
Yes, I have shifted us to another part in the life of Carolisle’s blog, Light Words. I was caught by the Simic poem, but even more, by the photograph and Carolisle’s suggestion that we try inhabiting stones. Neat. Go on over.
At imaginary garden with real toads, Kerry’s Wednesday Challenge is quite a challenge and compelling.Wander over to read what she says about the fourth wall. Along with her interesting prompt, she provides links to a couple of things to help us with our discoveries.There are other interesting challenges. Wander through the gardens. Go play with the toads.
We Write Poems offers another challenge: perfect sentences! Limited amounts of perfect sentences. Wrestling with the definition of a perfect sentence should provide entertainment for everyone. Head over to read the exercise.
We are Meeting the Bar at dVerse with Victoria. She would like us to play in the fields of literary allusions, so go read what she says. Visit. Wander around. Stay awhile; it’s such a friendly place. I saw them bringing out the marshmallows for hot chocolate.
Patricia K. Lichen, Author, in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks has at least one article [read this week's!]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 another narrative based exercise. I have enjoyed reading the prose pieces this week. Whether you have tackled the exercise, or not, visit and read the pieces. Yes, you will find a couple of poems. It’s always about what wants to be written. Friday will be dark. I’ll be in D.C. celebrating with my daughter, my sister-in-law, and my niece.
Happy writing, everyone.