Week 18 of Odd Prompts

The Year proceeds apace. By the time I come back to post again, it will be May. Spring has fully sprung in the Northern Hemisphere. The world has turned upside-down for months, now. Writing, and reading, continue to be important as avenues of escape and focus on something other than the oddities of daily life.

Write on, my friends, write on.

Remember: no wordcounts, no judgements. It doesn’t have to be fiction, or even captured in words if you prefer a visual medium. Here, you have the freedom to create, with no pressure.

Prompter Prompt Ad Libbing
Kat Ross Grounded! (image on site) Shuttle Discovery, not too long after she came to the Udvar-Hazy Center. Leigh Kimmel
nother Mike The ad claimed that this gadget would let your pet really talk to you. When you get it, what does your pet want to tell you?
Cedar Sanderson
Cedar Sanderson You inherit an old oil lamp from your grandfather. The tall glass ones you fill with oil and use a wide wick, from the 1800s. When you rub it, what emerges? Kat Ross
Fiona Grey You’re at a drive-up diner, eating your meal, when up next to you sidles a bison. She gives you a polite nod, and orders a cheeseburger. becky Jones
Becky Jones “So, he found a dead body when he was wakeboarding off of Jersey.” Nother Mike
Leigh Kimmel The Mad Hatter asked Alice, “How is a raven like a writing desk?” Poe wrote, “quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore.'” Could the key to the Mad Hatter’s riddle lie in Poe’s verse? Fiona Grey


Kat Ross’s visual prompt “Grounded!”

The next visual is a spare prompt for anyone who’d like to spark something from it.

“Maze Ship” by Cedar Sanderson

Spare Prompts! Free to a good home!
Take one. They’re small and don’t eat much. You won’t regret it!

spare 1 The cookbook that came in the mail was titled, “Crackpot Cooking” and the recipes were cracked…
spare 2 A mysterious group has been paying college women to act as surrogate mothers, but none of the college women ever saw the babies. However, one of them has hired a PI to track down just what is going on… and what were those babies?
spare 3 You open the old book you got from the library, and mashed in the middle is a key…
spare 4 You ordered seeds online. They looked a little strange when you opened the package, but you planted them anyway. When they sprout…

That’s about it for this week. See you in the comments. Looking forward to another week of wonder and worlds as seen through your eyes!

Header image: “Rally Arena” by Cedar Sanderson



  1. This week’s prompt at was simple. Those are always fun!

    “So, he found a dead body when he was wakeboarding off of Jersey.”

    A little brainstorming…

    Who is he? What kind of dead body? Wakeboarding… who was driving the boat? What kind of stunts was he performing?

    Oh, what the heck, let’s get back to our chef in a monster hunting outfit…

    Can I have some of that?
    By Mike Barker

    Gil was relaxing, working the line, dipping out portions as people walked by, when he heard someone tell another guy, “So, he found a dead body when he was wakeboarding off of Jersey.”

    He shook his head, then smiled at the man.

    “What did you say? What’s wakeboarding?”

    You can read the rest at https://mbarker.dreamwidth.org/234252.html

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  2. Mine is now up on my LiveJournal at https://starshipcat.livejournal.com/741767.html. It takes place somewhere between the Expulsions and the events of Shepardsport Pirate Radio (assuming that will end up being canonical — right now it’s just an experimental work in which I get to play without worrying about formal structure, etc).

    And a note to myself — in the future, make sure that if I write a character’s name down on a random slip of paper, that I note who the character is, so I’m not stuck looking at several different names, fairly sure that this is the page where I wrote those names, but feeling that not a one of them is the right name for this character.

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