Friday, February 23, 2024

Friday Writings #115: The Power of Discipline

Hello, Word Artists and Admirers! I know you were expecting Magaly this week, but she needed a substitute (and I wanted an excuse to get an extra large helping of mangĂș the next time I go to visit her), so we're switching hosting duties.

So, I’ve been part of a local writer’s group for over a year now, and recently we got a new member, Darling Eldest. He’s taking his time getting to know everyone and especially enjoying the free write sessions. In the last free write session the mod that week presented us with a big challenge—write a short story in just five sentences.

When we discussed it later, Darling Eldest told me was pretty impressed by the pieces that were shared out loud and how well they were done. I told him that those five sentence stories had the power of lots of writing practice behind them. Everyone there who shared a story had spent lots of time honing their craft in all sorts of ways. And sometimes even very rigid exercises like the one we tried can provide just the framework we need to challenge our skills and fire up our imagination.


So to keep with Magaly’s intention for our optional prompt this week, I shall ask you to consider the following quote: “Through discipline comes freedom.” I’m taking fiction and non-fiction, prose and poetry. Just remember, one entry per person and please keep it to 369 words or fewer.

Next week,
Magaly will be taking over my prompt which will ask you to write about someone who made an impression on you as a child (for good or ill).

Friday, February 16, 2024

Friday Writings #114: Keeping secrets


Hello again, dear Wordsmiths.

How many of you are keeping secrets? I guess we all have some, whether large or small.

Having published my memoir, which reveals one of mine, known to almost no-one even among my closest friends – it's disconcerting that not very many people, so far, have bought the book.

How ironic! What an anti-climax! My deepest secret, kept private for decades … and no-one wants to know. Couldn’t get it on the 7 o’clock news if I tried, not even if I paid them. Clearly, I need to learn the secrets of marketing in the digital age.

It made me wonder – what have other people experienced after divulging their secrets? Shock, fascination, horror, sympathy … indifference?

And what happens if we tell someone else’s secret? When is that gossip? Does it constitute betrayal? Is it sometimes a good, or even a necessity?

So your prompt this week is ‘telling secrets.’ If you don’t want to disclose an actual secret, perhaps you could address the topic in a more general way.

Or you might consider different kinds of personal secrets: ‘The secret recipe handed down from my grandmother.’ ‘The secret to growing healthy roses.’ ‘The secret of my success.’

Then, too, we've just had Valentine's Day. Nowadays Valentines are often signed, but traditionally it was the time for expressing a secret love. Part of the fun was trying to guess whom a Valentine was from. So you might like to write about a secret love, or create a poem which is in itself a Valentine.

And, need I add – your poems and stories can be fictional!


You’re free to write to the prompt or to ignore it and give us something else.
We accept poetry or prose, new or old.

Word limit: 369 (excluding title and BRIEF notes).

Link ONE post per person on Mister Linky: the particular post, not your whole blog.

 Next week, the wise and wonderful Magaly will invite us to write poetry or prose inspired by the following quote: “Through discipline comes freedom.”

Friday, February 9, 2024

Friday Writings #113: Modern Marvel

 Hello, Word Artists and Admirers! I was diagnosed with sleep apnea recently. It didn't come as a shock because I had been suspicious for a bit I might have the condition so it didn't come as a shock. Though the speed at which the doctor moved to get me a C-PAP was alarmingly quick (apparently my blood oxygen level on the test was Quite Concerning). 

It's been a few weeks now... and I LOVE my C-PAP. Sure, it took me a little bit to get used to it. But I wake up in the morning feeling like I'm in my 30's again. 
Better living though science!

So that leads me to today's optional prompt. In honor of my C-PAP machine I'd like you to write about your favorite modern convenience or invention. Poetry and prose are welcome, as are fiction and non-fiction. Just remember, one piece per person and please keep your pieces to 369 words or fewer.

Next week Rosemary will ask us to write about telling secrets.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Friday Writings #112: Silver Lining

Greetings, word lovers. How are things in your bit of the world? Are they as gloomy and desperate and frustrating (with wild hints of awesome) as in my own bit of our planet? I hope so. Because living a life that offers us no joy ((even tiny ones) just won’t do, not when we have words, relationships, imagination, and defiance to throw in misery’s face.

So, with that thought in mind, for today’s optional prompt, I invite you to write poetry or prose that includes a silver lining, or an advantage that comes from a difficult or unpleasant situation.

Required: Add the direct link to your response to Mister Linky. One post per participant, please, 369 words maximum (excluding title), for prose and for poetry.

Optional: You may share old or new pieces of poetry or prose, and you may write to the prompt or to a topic of your choosing.

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

for next week, Rommy will invite us to write poetry or prose about our favorite modern convenience or invention.