Odd Prompts

Welcome to the new year, and a new challenge. This blog is here to host the weekly writing prompts for More Odds Than Ends as we work on whetting our skills as wordsmiths.

The rules:

Submit a prompt (with your preferred pen name for credit) at the beginning of the week to this email: oddprompts@gmail.com. All submitted prompts will be randomly assigned to participants, and a table of assignments will appear here on the blog for those who want to take part. Prompt posts will be put up on the blog on Wednesday, starting with January 1. Prompts should be submitted no later than Tuesday if you want to participate that week.

Prompts should be more than just a word. They may be a phrase, a sentence, a question, a line of poetry, an evocative image… Something that can spark the imagination.

Submissions can be of any length. They could be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essay, vignette, art… whatever your prompt sparks for you. There is no word count length here. Just that you create something. If you choose to string all your prompts into a novel by the end of the year, wonderful! If you wind up just honing your craft, that’s sufficient.

The submission can be at any point in the week. If you get your prompt Wednesday and finish it Thursday, post it then. If you don’t finish by Tuesday night, put up what you do have. It’s ok, that is why the group is more Odds than Ends, we all have trouble with ends.

Publish your submission anywhere you like: social media, your own blog, the comment section on our weekly prompt post. Once you have done this, put a link in the blog comment section for that week’s prompts so we can all see what you’ve written. If you have your own public platform, and you can link to your prompter, and promptee, we recommend that as a way to spread the reader love around, too.

Please try to make a few helpful comments and critiques on other’s posts, and keep in mind that by doing so, you gain insight into your own work. Keep it helpful and respectful, as always.



  1. Should this page have something like this?

    Prompt Submissions: prompt and pen name to oddprompts@gmail.com by Tuesday each week.

    They will be randomly turned into a table of assignments posted on Wednesday for those who want to try them.

    Response submissions: whenever. Wherever. Whatever you like. You can post as a comment to the weekly prompt post. If you post it somewhere else, please post a link as a comment so we can all see what you have done.

    Comments/critiques: when you can, please make helpful comments or critiques of other’s posts.

    Keep the ball bouncing! Prompts by Tuesday, Responses as they come, and let people know when you read their work!


  2. Blood Moon Rising

    It was thirty-one years ago tomorrow that I first met the Rat. You have to understand, her beauty hit me like a bolt of lightning to the heart. And, though she later told me that she thought of me as a kind of brother, I was smitten from the start. We first encountered one another in a dive called the Monkey Bar on Terrafesh — the one and only Earth-class planet of a nether star called Aglaia, out by Farbond in the Seagoat reach.

    Now, Terrafesh was a lot like most Earth-class planets — 6,500 km mean diameter, orbiting Aglaia at roughly one AU, with a tidally-locked moon in an orbit about 400,000 km out. Two-thirds liquid water. It had been settled by elements of the People’s Liberation Army Space Navy of China, on old Earth.

    The nation of China was a melting pot. There were dozens, if not hundreds, of nationalities, ethnicities, and races/sub-races which populated the aggregate empire, which had grown in the conquests of more than twenty-five ruling dynasties over three-thousand years. Since the founding “dynasty” — i.e. the People’s Republic (Communist China) was a despotic totalitarian state, it may be assumed that the settling populations of Terrafesh were not universally willing volunteers. There was constant turmoil, churn, and revolution among the subject population, with protests and agitation demanding various degrees of self-determination and independence from both the on-world government and the home world motherland. All of which met with varying degrees of success — if at all.

    (to be continued)

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