Friday, November 26, 2021

Friday Writings #4: Pain in Ink

Greetings, my dearest poets and storytellers, and welcome to another Friday Writings session. I hope your weekend starts well and keeps getting better. Since, I have spent the last few weeks with physiotherapists, orthopedists, neurologists (and an awesome dentist) discussing pain, it was only fitting that when I thought about a topic for today, un-dear Pain came to mind. So, if your muse wishes for some inspiration, I invite her (and you too) to write poetry or prose that explores psychological or physical pain.

The dictionary defines pain as

a physical suffering or distress, as due to injury, illness, etc.

a distressing sensation in a particular part of the body. 

a mental or emotional suffering or torment.

I would tell you how I define pain, but I doubt this platform would allow that amount of profanity without shutting us down. So, I will leave it to your imagination; or not, since this is just a suggestion. If you rather stay away from the pain monster, feel free to write about a topic of your own choosing.   

Let your contributions be new or old, short or longish (if going for prose, the word count should be 369 words or fewer). One link per participant, please. Remember to take a minute or 3 to visit other writers, and let them know what their words say to your brain.

for our next Friday Scribblings, our Rommy would like us to write poetry or prose from the point of view of a secondary character in a story (book, movie, TV show…).


Friday, November 19, 2021

Friday Writings #3: A Different Interpretation

Hello, dear wordsmiths. Today’s prompt (should you choose to accept it) is to take one of several well-known sayings and interpret it differently from what we usually understand by it.

I found a bunch of them in an envelope recently when sorting through old papers. They must have come from some long ago off-line workshop I was running. Too good to waste, I thought.

So, try one of the following:

  • Tell us your recipe for cooking the books.
  • Describe someone who is knee high to a grasshopper.
  • Tell us a story about Sweet Fanny Adams.
  • Tell us about your endeavour to find rocking horse shit, which is very rare indeed.

Rocking horse photo © Rosemary Nissen-Wade 2020

  • Describe the scenery beyond the black stump. (This is especially for the Aussies among us, if they care to use it. For others, the closest translation might be 'at the back of beyond'.)
  • If none of those appeal, you're welcome to choose some other saying and give it similar treatment.

The prompt is optional. If it doesn't grab you, you are welcome to share any other piece of writing you care to, new or old.

As ever, it can be poetry or prose; if prose, no more than 369 words please. Add the link to your blog post, below, and enjoy each other’s writings too. The link will stay active all week, but we notice that earlier postings get the most readers, as not everyone sees the later ones. Hopefully, having a whole week will mean some of us get time in our busy lives to come back here and take another look.


For those who like prompts, next Friday Magaly would like us to write poetry or prose that explores pain.

Housekeeping: We now have a page for our badges – for Friday Writings, to add to our posts, and Poets and Storytellers United, to display on our blogs. If you’d like to use badges, that is. It’s not compulsory! To find our badges stop by Our Badges page, on the navigation bar. 

Friday, November 12, 2021

Friday Writings #2: Always Learning

Hello, word artists and admirers! I can’t say I’ve always embraced change as gracefully as I would have liked—especially if the change wasn’t my idea! But curiosity always wins out for me. Eventually I want to know more about the change and can even become enthusiastic about it, if there is something new to learn. While there was lots about my school days I didn’t like, learning new things wasn’t one of them. Have you learned anything new recently that made you light up?

Our new Friday Writings format means we are open to pieces on any topic, but if you’d like a little something to prompt your muse, I’d like to suggest drawing inspiration from a subject you studied at school. 

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Please share your poetry or prose, fiction or non-fiction, old or new. Just be sure to keep your prose pieces to 369 words or fewer. One entry per person please and thank you. 

A bit of housekeeping:

  • How do you feel about blog badges? Rosemary, Magaly and I discussed them in the past, and ended deciding that we weren’t going to use them. Okay, Rosemary and I didn’t really see the need for badges and Magaly pouted. So when Ornery Owl said she created a badge (thank you so much!) and we were welcome to use it, Magaly (the pouter) did a happy dance, while chanting, “See? I knew we needed some stinking badges!” And then she started sending us different versions of the blog badges she had created. We decided to keep this one (add it to your posts, we sure will 😊):

For those of us who like prompts, next Friday Rosemary will invite us to reinterpret a well-known saying.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Friday Writings #1: I Write with My Food

I love food—growing it, cooking it, eating it, discussing it—I just love it! So, for our first Friday prompt, I thought it would be tasty to invite you to write about food: cooking it, eating it, sharing it, craving it, dreaming of it… the choice is all yours.

Speaking of choices… if this prompt does not speak to you, feel free to share a poem or prose piece on a topic of your own choosing. If you go for prose, then your word count should be 369 words or fewer.

One link per person, please. After you add your yummy words to Mr. Linky, visit other word lovers, savor their writings, let them know just how delicious they tasted to you.

photo by Rebecca, on Unsplash

a wee note…

Some posts ago, we decided that naming our Friday feature didn’t make sense, since we would only post once a week. Then we noticed that the title looked much too naked without a number. So, we numbered it. Then we thought that if we’re going to number it, we might as well name it “Friday Writings”. So, we did.

for our next Friday Writings, Rommy would like us to use a subject we studied in school as inspiration. Or, as always (or since this week *cough*), we can choose our own topic.