Autumn’s Coming and It’s Friday Freeforall

21 Sep

7:24 a.m. — Atlanta

I am listening to Dan Seals Rage On.

Hello, all. I hope you are well. I’m going to start with something a little different: an introduction to an e-zine trying to get itself established — The Plum Plum. Unusual name, no? If you head over to see what’s what, you will find a lovely and lovingly cared for site. Read the story behind the name, visit the submissions’ page, and check the beginnings of their archives to see what they like and whether you might want to submit your work. They are looking for submissions right now for their winter issue.

On The Poetry Mixtape Donna asks us: How can you not like a poem whose first line invokes both an octopus and Vishnu? Right? So, head over to check it out. As with all Saturday prompts, the new prompt will be up tomorrow, or you can wait for next Friday! Whichever, visit.

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Thirty-seven: more charm bracelets where he offers us another take on his previous charm bracelet prompt. These are such fun. I have notes everywhere. Now, I just need to follow the directions for actually writing. Joseph raises an aspect of this I had not considered: that there will be some elements shared between different people’s works if they pick the same charms. If you can’t wrap you head around the instructions, break them up and think only of one at a time.

Raise your hands. How many of you had, or have, a kaleidoscope? Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele has a challenge for us involving the word and staying away from cliché. To read the possibilities, and to be given links to corresponding poetry, visit.

At The Sunday Whirl, Walt gives us our words this week with a little twist: From the thirteen words, choose one word to use as a part of your title. That word becomes your “theme” for your wordle.Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

At Carry On Tuesday,  Keith gives us a line from a poem by Emily Bronte. What makes this one particularly fun is the repetition of a phrase. Head over to see the line and to read the whole poem.

It is time for Limerick-off Mondays. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. 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 by Salvador Dali. Can you still say, Cubism? The painting is one that invites telling a story, the story, so head over to look and, possibly, write.

At Poetry Jam, Peggy reminds us that, The close-up world can be pretty amazing. A change of perspective can bring us whole new worlds. 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 one 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!

Wonder Wednesday gives us a photograph of a couple. She lets us see them at three distances, in colour, and black and white. What can we tell, from what we see, about who they are, what they do, what’s happening? Tell their story.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads, we have Mary’s Mixed Bag where she talks about fences. She has mixed in a fun addition to her prompt. Head over to read what she says. There are other interesting challenges. Wander through the gardens. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems talks to us about epistolary poetry. If you have never written one, try this. It’s fun. If you are having a hard time coming up with something, go through past poems and see if one lends itself to tweaking. You don’t have to write in the form of a letter but you do have to address someone, or something.

This week on dVerse, at the Bar we find Claudia discussing solitude. Stay awhile; it’s such a friendly place. Mmmmm, I smell pumpkin spice. That’s right, this is a coffee bar, too. Come on over.

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!

Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts is if you have something you want announced: publication of your work [because you are shy about saying anything on your blog, or because you need us to buy your book!], an article you think we will enjoy, or find interesting, a writing contest, a workshop… anything to do with writing, really, send it along. If it is time sensitive, be sure and tell me. You can give me your announcements either in the comments section, or email me:

The other use for Thursdays is to discuss an aspect of writing that you want to discuss, or know about. Send topics, or questions!

I shall see you next Tuesday for an image prompt; next Thursday for links and the next discussion point; and next Friday for the Roundup.

Happy writing, everyone. I’ll be doing my writing in front of the television. I have the FedEx final to entertain me for the next three days. That would be golf, not a competition among mail carriers.


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9 responses to “Autumn’s Coming and It’s Friday Freeforall

  1. val dering rojas

    22/09/2012 at 12:20 am

    Oh so many good ones. Since I’m already behind, I will start with the wordle to get me going. It’s anyone’s guess at this point what I’ll get done this weekend!

    • margo roby

      22/09/2012 at 1:23 pm

      Val, that’s one of the reasons I try and do the wordle, weekly. That’s the one I can post. The prompts I want to get to I save. The folder is bulging.

      • val dering rojas

        22/09/2012 at 4:44 pm

        Yep, I have tons of prompts, just can’t seem to move forward. Worked on the one good draft I have last night. It’s weird– it’s like a pile of beautiful porcelain skin right now, but it just sits there, it needs some bones under it. So I’m working on the bones. 🙂

  2. sorrygnat

    22/09/2012 at 12:54 pm

    Are you listening to Dan Seals of England Dan and John Ford Coley (Seals)? if so, he’s wonderful. If you haven’t listened to his “we are One,” go for it. He passed about a year or 2 ago; we used to hear him locally as he was and is a Baha’i and the Baha’is had the bounty of hearing beginning musicians a lot. He’s Jimmy Seals of Seals and Crofts’ brother. Enough said; hope all is well in your young world.

    • margo roby

      22/09/2012 at 1:21 pm

      Absolutely, Esther. I’ll check out the song. Thank you. I have one of Seals and Croft’s albums. I’ve loved them from the start.

      My young world? Young at almost 60? I’m laughing.

      • sorrygnat

        22/09/2012 at 2:17 pm

        you don’t look it, and I am 74 (my writing voice is 35 for some reason)

        • margo roby

          22/09/2012 at 2:42 pm

          That would be because my hair is now salt and pepper, but I love this photo. The rest of me does look like that. Alright, seveny four, while ten years younger than my mother, May can me young, which is still not to say you are old, just -ish.

          • margo roby

            22/09/2012 at 2:43 pm

            Ignore the typos. I have a new phone that I have not bent to my will yet.


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