I love using the daily word prompts that a number of bloggers post daily and weaving together a piece of flash fiction. In addition to my own FOWC with Fandango prompt, I frequently craft posts that incorporate prompt words from the Word of the Day Challenge, Your Daily Word Prompt, the Ragtag Daily Prompt, E.M.’s Random Word Prompt, The Daily Spur, and My Vivid Blog’s Daily Prompt.
But sometimes the bloggers behind these word prompts seem to want to fuck with us. For example, just yesterday, the Your Daily Word Prompt word was “gasconade.” Seriously? Have you ever heard of that word, much less used it in a normal conversation?
Or how about yesterday’s Word of the Day Challenge prompt word, “pareidolia”? Just rolls off your tongue, doesn’t it?
And not to be outdone, The Ragtag Daily Prompt word yesterday was “frowzy.” Come on. Frowzy?
Even I am guilty. My own daily prompt word yesterday was “per se,” which had a number of bloggers a bit flummoxed. And the day before yesterday my FOWC with Fandango word was “bodacious,” which is not that unusual of a word, but some of you, based upon a few comments, were not big fans of bodacious.
So, I want to make one thing clear. I will not jump through hoops or twist myself into a pretzel trying to write posts that incorporate such unusual, archaic words like gasconade, pareidolia, or frowzy. It hurts my head too much.
I don’t mean to offend those who chose these words, but the idea of prompt words is to inspire, not to frustrate.
So, I leave my fellow daily word prompters with this piece of advice…
Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the word is “clear.”