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.

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