Prompts and Circumstances

The illness made me feel unable to swallow
Leaving my velvet vocal tones voiceless
However, I shall proceed in a purposeful way
And write a post using these six prompts words

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (illness), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (swallow), My Vivid Blog (velvet), Ragtag Daily Prompt (voiceless). Your Daily Word Prompt (however), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (purposeful).

Before anyone tells me how sorry they are that I’m sick, I am fine. I’m not ill. I haven’t lost my voice. I am merely using today’s prompt words for this post.

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — April 1st

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 1st) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on April 1, 2019.

Great Minds Think Alike


It took ten months, but sooner or later it was bound to happen. Three of the four daily one-word prompts I follow — my Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, the Your Daily Word Prompt, and the Ragtag Daily Prompt — chose the word “fool” in recognition that today is April Fool’s Day. The one outlier was the Word of the Day Challenge, where the word is “down.”

Hey, I’m no fool, so I’m down with that.

Three Fibbing Friday Additions

In today’s Fibbing Friday prompt, Di (aka Pensitivity101), gave us ten unusual words and asked us to come up with our own definitions of those words. My definitions are here.

Coincidentally (perhaps), three of the daily word prompts today also seem to be unusual weird words:

  • Poltroon from Ragtag Daily Prompt.
  • Pismire from Word of the Day Challenge.
  • Vesicle from E.M.’s Random Word Prompt.

Normally I take the prompt words from five to eight bloggers who host these daily prompts and try to weave them into a tight, cohesive bit of flash fiction. But to be frank, these three weird words are words that I’d never heard of before and I have absolutely no clue how I might come up with a story that incorporates these words into it without it sounding totally contrived.

So, instead, I have decided to follow Di’s Fibbing Friday lead and come up with my own definitions for these weird words.

  • Poltroon: In the U.S. Army, the poltroon is the small group of men who are responsible for raising and lowering the American flag on the flagpole each day. The bugler plays Reveille when the flag is raised each morning and Taps when it is lowered each evening by the designated poltroon member of the day.
  • Pismire: This is the name for a severe urinary tract infection that causes excruciating pain when you try to take a leak.
  • Vesicle: This is a brand name of a manufacturer of electric bicycles.

How about you? How would you define these three unusual or weird words?

Truthful Tuesday — Change

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. Frank is changing things up a bit on this Truthful Tuesday prompt. Instead of asking us specific questions, he is giving us a topic and asking us to discuss it. This week’s topic is “change.” But interestingly enough, after explaining that he wants to make this prompt a bit more fluid, he ultimately ended up asking some pretty specific questions. Frank wants to know…

If you run a prompt, how much have you tweaked and modified your prompt from what it initially started as?

If you don’t run a prompt, what deliberate changes have you made to your blog since you first started blogging?

In either case, have there been any unintentional changes that just sort of happened on their own?

I host a handful of prompts. When I started this blog, I never intended to write prompts for other bloggers, but I enjoyed responding to the WordPress Daily Prompt. Then WordPress announced that it was no longer going to be posting a daily prompt and I decided to try to fill that void with Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (“FOWC With Fandango”). That prompt hasn’t changed since I started it in June 2018.

As to the other prompts, I tend toward consistency and unless I find a compelling reason to change things up with any of my prompts — and I haven’t yet found a compelling reason to do so — I’m leaving well enough alone.

I don’t believe in change for the sake of change. Hence, with respect to the part of the question about deliberate changes to my blog, I’d say there have been none. My blog has no specific niche, so I write and post about whatever occurs to me. I write a lot of flash fiction in respond to prompts and I express my opinions and perspectives about what’s going on in my life and in the world around me.

So, from the perspective of changes to my blog over time, it’s pretty much the same as it’s always been.

Blogging Insights — Turn on the Faucet

For her weekly Blogging Insights prompts, Dr. Tanya provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from Louis L’Amour, an American novelist and short-story writer known primarily for his Western novels.

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned.”

Except for my own writing prompts, which I usually schedule anywhere from a few days to a few weeks in advance, most of my posts are spontaneous. I might read, see, or hear something that will trigger an idea for a post and I’ll start writing about what it was.

I also often write posts in response to word or photo prompts from other bloggers and, in many cases, I don’t know until I wake up and start my day by reading what was posted by bloggers I follow while I was sleeping, what those prompt words or photos will be. I then leverage whatever inspiration those prompts provide me and start crafting posts around them.

So, in the context of Louis L’Amour’s quote, writing prompts to me are the faucets that other bloggers open for me in order let the words flow from my mind onto the keypad of my iPhone and end up as posts on my blog.

Does that make any sense?