Friday, November 24, 2023

Friday Writings #104: Small Kindnesses


Hello, Word Artists and Admirers! It's Thanksgiving season here in the United States. One of the things that I am most grateful for is all the people in the world who persist in doing small kindnesses. Even if I am not the recipient of the kindness, just hearing about an act of compassion helps me. Not just to believe that the world could be a better place, but also to inspire me to think about where I could be kinder in my interactions with others.

So for today's optional prompt, I am asking you to write about a small kindness, one you  have done, one someone did for you, or one you witnessed. As always, poetry and prose are welcome. So is fiction and non fiction. Just keep your pieces to 369 or fewer and one post per person, please. It would also be very kind of you to take a look at what other participants are doing and leave them an encouraging word or two.

Next week, Rosemary will ask us to be inspired by the song, ‘Starry, Starry Night’ and/or by Vincent Van Gogh.

Friday, November 17, 2023

Friday Writings #103: Life Is a Fairy Tale

 “Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother,
but the rest of the time there was none.”
~ Diane Setterfield

I’m rereading The Thirteenth Tale, a favorite book of mine. One of the main characters is a writer. She weaves fairy tales that start as expected and end terribly wrong. I love reading dark fairy tales, but I prefer when the endings spread some hope. The novel itself isn’t a fairy tale. But like in the stories the fictional author writes, horrible things do happen—in a very gothic manner—but, thank goodness, the novel ends in a more satisfying way (in my most hope-filled days, I wish for stories where the world’s current horrors end well). 

So, for today’s optional prompt, I invite you to write poetry or prose which explores current Global Issues through fairy tales (let the retellings be bright, be dark, or be both; the choice is always yours).


Required: Post the response to your blog, and add the direct link to that post to Mr. Linky. One post per person, please, 369 words maximum (excluding title), for prose and for poetry.

Optional: Share old or new pieces, in poetry or prose. Write to the prompt or to a topic of your choosing. If you wish to say hello or have questions, leave a note in the comments section below.

Requested (not compulsory but strongly recommended): Visit other writers and storytellers. Read their contributions. Share your thoughts on their words.

next week, Rommy will invite us to write about a “Small Kindness” we have done, had someone done for us, or just witnessed.

A Wee Note: As many of you know, Rosemary has been working on several books. Her hard work has come to fruit in the shape of a trilogy: Breaking Into Pentridge Prison: Memories of darkness and light, Blood from Stone, and Letters to a Dead Man. The official book launch is scheduled for November 25th. So, our Rosemary will be busy getting ready for the event. We’ll share information on how to grab the trio (I can’t wait!) as soon as they are available.

photo by Liana Mikah, on Unsplash

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