Week 38 of Odd Prompts


Welcome back to week 38 of More Odds Than Ends! Whether you’re joining us for the 38th time or the first, hopefully the eclectic collection of prompts will inspire your creativity. The work we’ve seen has been amazing so far, and as we head toward the end of the year, I can’t wait to see how much better it can get.

Here’s how it works. Submit a prompt by Tuesday night to oddprompts@gmail.com. You can trade submissions directly, or put “spare” in the subject line and we’ll know to keep it up for open grabs. Post your inspired work in the comments, as a link or full copy/paste. Art in any form is welcome – but a heads up that WordPress doesn’t allow graphics directly in comments. Non-social media to keep it open to all, please!

And away we go!

Prompter Prompt Prompted
Becky Jones The metal rose sculpture on the end table turned into a real rose. nother Mike
Fiona Grey The sunrise happened in black and white that day.
Cedar Sanderson
nother Mike In the box was a plastic butterfly, large colorful dots spreading across its wings as it started to move… Fiona Grey
Anne Guglik You wake from a dream about the white rabbit from “Through the Looking Glass” and realize that you have five minutes to do five hours of work. Leigh Kimmel
Leigh Kimmel Appearance of an ancient god in a lonely and archaic place—prob. temple ruin. Atmosphere of beauty rather than horror. Subtle handling—presence revealed by faint sound or shadow. Landscape changes? Seen by child? Impossible to reach or identify locale again? Becky Jones
Cedar Sanderson As you drive down a small country road, you see a semi-circle of cows in a field, all of them looking at something. What is it? Anne Guglik

Grab a spare, or two, and make something out of spare parts. You know you want to! 

Spare The moon is rusting
Spare When they pulled up the cushions in the sofa in Dr. Frankenstein’s living room, they were surprised to find… (suggested by https://www.thefarside.com/2020/09/10/3 )
Spare That Halloween was different, with households firing bags of candy with homemade trebuchets out to the children standing with waiting nets to catch their favorites…
Spare The blind man was carrying a bloody knife in a purse…
Spare When you started talking to the monster hiding under your bed, you never expected it to tell you what it was hiding from…

See you in the comments!



  1. This week I spotted a fun looking spare : “When you started talking to the monster hiding under your bed, you never expected it to tell you what it was hiding from.”

    While I was working on it I happen to spy this weekly word prompt on Sarah Hoyt’s page: Your writing prompt this week is: Wide-eyed. It fit in perfectly with finding a monster under your bed.


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  2. Becky Jones prompted

    The metal rose sculpture on the end table turned into a real rose.

    WIth a bit of playing, this is where I ended up…

    The Artist’s Eye (320 words)
    By Mike Barker

    Helverson shook his head, and stared at the sculpture. It was so close to his imagination, but not quite right…

    Mandel, his agent, looked at the sculpture, and smiled. “Yet another masterpiece! I’m sure it will win awards, and sell for more than your other works.”

    Helverson grimaced. No doubt it would, but…

    “Okay, what does it look like to you?”

    Mandel grinned. He knew Helverson would ask this question. Mandel looked over at the sculpture, then walked around it, looking at various sides and distances. Finally he shook his head and looked at Helverson.

    “A horse’s head.”

    You can read the rest at https://mbarker.dreamwidth.org/236650.html

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