The Blog Propellant Redux #9

I used to maintain a writing prompt blog called The Blog Propellent. It was a lot of fun and these days, fun is what we need! Every so often, I will repost former TBP or WP prompts, or maybe a new one.

The point is this: Write a post! Fiction, poetry, even a true story based on the following prompt. When you are done, include the URL address of this post in your post. Simple! All those who read this post will have a link to your post, and all those who read your post will have a link this one. More readers = more followers (so they say). Regardless, it is fun to share.


This week’s prompt:

During the holidays, stories are fantastic. Even the dull and routine undergo a fanciful transformation, like the winter storm that dumps tons of snow causing widespread disruption, horrible car wrecks, and hours of backbreaking labor, magically becomes

* “The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow / Gave a lustre of midday to objects below…”

So, as we take out our  garlands, strings of twinkling lights, glittering wreaths, Sugar Plum Fairies and Elves on Shelves from storage, let’s also take everyone on a journey through the back of our magical wardrobes into a fantastic world of miracles and wonder.


[ TNKerr detected a bit of monoku in this post. Not knowing what is a monoku, I looked it up. It is a variant of haiku: 17 or less syllables, typically in one line. Now, I don’t venture into poetry-land but I decided to analyze the post above (with the help of an online syllable calculator) and decided to try my hand at re-constructing in monoku form. For what’s it’s worth, here goes…]

Redo of Redux #9

During each and every holiday, our stories become fantastic.
Even the dull and routine undergo fanciful transformation,
like the storm that dumps buckets of snow, causing widespread disruption,
car spinouts, and hours of backbreaking labor shoveling driveways,
magically becomes a glittering winter wonderland:

“The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below” *

So, as we take out our garlands, strings of twinkling lights, glittering wreaths,
Sugar Plum Fairies and Elves on Shelves from our closets, let’s also
take our readers on a trip through the back of enchanted wardrobes
into a phantasmic world of marvelous imagings and wonder.

* From “A Visit from St. Nicholas“, or as it is more commonly known, Twas the Night Before Christmas.

The Blog Propellant Redux #8

I used to maintain a writing prompt blog called The Blog Propellent. It was a lot of fun and these days, fun is what we need. Every so often, I will repost former TBP or WP prompts, or maybe a new one.

Write a post! Fiction, poetry, even a true story. When you are done, include the URL address of this post in your post. Simple! All those who read this post will have a link to your post. And, all that read your post will have a link this one. More readers = more followers (so they say).


This week’s prompt:

This is one of the very first prompts I posted. I changed it up just a little bit. Create a story, or tell a true story, about work/job/career. The following are some ideas for a story:

  • What was the impact of the first job held?
  • What was it about the best job held that makes it stand out from the others?
  • What about a job that fell short of hopes, dreams or expectations?
  • The job lost: What was going on that lead to a dismissal, or what happened as a result?
  • The boss, colleagues, co-workers, business partners, customers, clients, guests…What about them?
A TBP follower took this picture of a skeleton on a tricycle to share with me. So I made it one of my TBP “mascots”.

The Blog Propellant Redux #7

I used to maintain a writing prompt blog called The Blog Propellent. It was a lot of fun and these days, fun is what we need. Every so often, I will repost former TBP or WP prompts, or maybe a new one, like this week’s prompt.

Write a post! Fiction, poetry, even a true story. When you are done, include the URL address of this post in your post. Simple! All those who read this post will have a link to your post. And, all that read your post will have a link this one. More readers = more followers (so they say).


This week’s prompt:

Maybe some of you read the magazine, The Writer. If so, you saw the following. I figure, since they allow sharing, I’d do just that! Use one or more of the following prompts to START or END a story or poem:

  • Though she wasn’t one for gossip, Mrs. Jamison knew exactly who had started the fire.
  • One thing was certain: The mission was doomed from the beginning.
  • Keisha hesitated for only a moment before slipping the note in the locker.
  • He’d been wildly, savagely hungry for as long as I’d known him. 


The Blog Propellant Redux #6

I used to maintain a writing prompt blog called The Blog Propellent. It was a lot of fun and these days, fun is what we need.

Write a post based on the following prompt. Fiction, poetry, or even a true story! When you are done, include the URL address of this post in your post. Simple! The point is this: Share creativity.


This week’s prompt (based on an actual event):

A driver, driving through a familiar neighborhood of houses and condominiums, comes upon the completely out-of-place site of a two-tiered semi for car transport parked in the left-turn median. The truck is full of newer models of various cars. Nothing cheap, but nothing special. A generic, new-ish model sedan with its hazards flashing is stopped behind the tractor/trailer. What catches the driver’s attention is the young man standing on the sidewalk, taking pictures with his phone of the sedan. Another young man walks over to give the man a pat on the shoulder. The truck driver, who is also standing on the sidewalk, flicks his cigarette into the street and walks back to the truck’s cab.


HAVE A HAPPY, and without saying, SAFE HALLOWEEN!

The Blog Propellant Redux #5

I used to maintain a writing prompt blog called The Blog Propellent. It was a lot of fun and these days, fun is what we need. Once a week (or maybe once every other week) on this blog, I will repost former TBP or WP prompts, or maybe a new one.

Write a post! Fiction, poetry, even a true story. When you are done, include the URL address of this post in your post. Simple! Then all those who read this post will have a link to your post. And, all that read your post will have a link this one. More readers = more followers.


This week’s prompt:

I’ve been looking back over all my old prompts and I forgot how many Picture Prompts I posted. So, this week is a throwback to those prompts. Three images from which to select. Bonus points if you can identify the one used before!



The Blog Propellant Redux #4

I used to maintain a writing prompt blog called The Blog Propellent. It was a lot of fun and these days, fun is what we need. Once a week on this blog, I will repost former TBP or WP prompts, or maybe a new one.

Write a post! Fiction, poetry, even a photo post. When you are done, include the URL address of this post in your post. Simple! Then all those who read this post will have a link to your post. And, all that read your post will have a link this one. More readers = more followers.


This week’s prompt:

Objects in a Box: Write a post about the five things below you/your character find in a box.

  • A framed photo of an unknown woman in a WWII military uniform with 4 medals on her uniform holding a rifle.
  • A very worn pair of pink ballet slippers.
  • A cracked ceramic mug
  • A copy of the novel “Letters from the Earth” by Mark Twain with a handwritten note in an unfamiliar language on the inside cover.
  • A small, strange decorative brass box shaped somewhat like a clover, with a hinged lid and a three-inch panhandle

The Blog Propellant Redux #3

I used to maintain a writing prompt blog called The Blog Propellent. It was a lot of fun and these days, fun is what we need. Once a week on this blog, I will repost former TBP or WP prompts, or maybe a new one.

Write a post! Fiction, poetry, even a photo post. When you are done, include the URL address of this post in your post. Simple! Then all those who read this post will have a link to your post. And, all that read your post will have a link this one. More readers = more followers.


This week’s prompt:

The “Four Food Groups” of a sentence game was fun! How to play: Create your own prompt by mixing/matching one phrase from each column. Example: On a ski trip, a deceitful novelist accidentally reveals a secret.

The Blog Propellant Redux #2

I used to maintain a writing prompt blog called The Blog Propellent. It was a lot of fun and these days, fun is what we need. Once a week on this blog, I will repost former TBP or WP prompts, or present a new one.

Readers have two choices: Re-post your former response, or create a new post. The thing is, it is all about writing, so, whatever you decide … edit or create!

When you are done, include the URL address of this post at the end of your post. Simple! Then all those who read this post will have a link to your post. And, all that read your post will have a link this one. More readers = more followers.


This week’s prompt:

Think of a time that you/your character let something slide, only for it to eat away at you/your character later. Tell us how you/your character would fix it today. Write a fictional story, or a tale based on actual facts, or a poem in any form you wish.

Pounds, Pence and Pesos

In response to my writing prompt

I started with a tarnished quarter, and then remembered a handful of British coins I found among my father’s things after he died. But, I’ll start with a 1000 Chilean Pesos bill.

We were in the process of packing to move to another office space when I found the bill tucked into the cover of a book. I asked my manager about it, but she had the book for so many years, she couldn’t remember where it even came from. We decided most of the books on the shelf could go to the local Friends of the Library book sale, but we should keep the odd find. It is now prominently pinned to the partition wall in our new office. 1997 is the year on it. The year I bought my condo. Also the year I had my first “real” full-time career oriented job. Six years on from my divorce, it had taken all that time to finally land on my feet. What I didn’t know was 1997 would not be the beginning of something wonderful, but the start of the next tumultuous phase of life.

1971 two-pence coin: That year I was in grade school in southern California and every bit youngest child of upper-middle class suburbanites. And a beach bum, if you can call a little girl that. A friend lived next to an access stairway down a steep cliff to a beach only locals knew about. I remember time spent on those beaches as the happiest of my childhood.

1984 sterling pound coin: College. I lived in an apartment with a roommate I barely knew at the time, but who would become one of my closest, life-long friends. By that year, I had figured college out, what I wanted from it, and had come to know myself well enough to lay out some personal boundaries in regards to family, friends and the boys who came sniffing around. I was not reckless, but I had no fear. I wasn’t a know-it-all, but I was confident, as only a person who has not yet been truly kicked about by life can be.

1990 five-pence coin: Yeah, well. The year I realized it was falling apart, and from which I was forced to rise from the proverbial ashes.

Which brings me to the tarnished quarter: 2000. Pushing 40 by then, I started that year in a strange juxtaposition of being very ill with the flu, but going in anyway for my first day at a new, exciting job. I was determined to keep moving forward, though exactly in which direction, I was not sure.

Looking back makes me think of that thing people ask: If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger self? I used to shrug and say that I wouldn’t change a thing. But, now? Maybe it is because of the effect of this year’s constant state of crisis and spending so much time at home by myself that I can finally answer the question. (Smiling secretly to myself) I know exactly what I would say.

Welcome to LRose Weekly Prompts

Long ago and far away… around 2012… I used to maintain a writing prompt blog called The Blog Propellent.

(Drum Roll, Please…)

TBP is back!

Once a week on this blog, I will “repost” former TBP or WP prompts

(Yeah! the crowd roars)

Readers have two (that’s 2…) choices: Re-post your former response to the posts, or create a new post. The thing is, it is all about writing, so, whatever you decide … edit or write!

When you are done, include the URL address of this post at the end of your post. Simple! Then all those who read this post will have a link to your post. Here’s why that is important: More readers = more followers (so they tell us).


THE PROMPT:

Dig through your couch cushions, purse, wallet, pants pocket, loose change jar, or the floor of your car, blah, blah, blah, and note the year printed on the first coin you find.

Nonfiction: Tell us the story of you or your family or friends that year.

Fiction: Tell us what you think you, your friends, family, associates, or your neighbors were doing that year.

Poetry: Seriously? You have to ask?