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Fun for Friday: Red Pandas Eating!

| December 7, 2018

Hey, we can’t always have writing-related content, right? Today’s Fun for Friday is this 2 1/2 minute long video of red pandas at our local zoo having some food. This is a momma and her two daughters, who were born at the zoo this summer. The red pandas are some of my favorite critters to […]

Fun for Friday: December Writing Prompts

| November 30, 2018

December begins tomorrow, which seems far too near. But it also means that this year is almost over, which is something of a relief. The prompts this month are taken from December holidays and words associated with winter. As always, feel free to interpret the words in the way you like. I’ve tossed in some […]

Fun for Friday: Letterlocking

| November 23, 2018

Instead of the usual prompts or etymology this week, I’m sharing a neat article that I found on Atlas Obscura about letterlocking. In a time before there were envelopes, this was the technique used to keep letters secure from prying eyes, or at least to alert the recipient if the letter they were receiving had […]

Fun for Friday: Hundreds of Writing Prompts

| November 16, 2018

If you’re stuck in a rut or need a prompt to get you started on a new story, have you checked out Penguin Random House’s Writer’s Academy prompt list? The list includes prompts for fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, and sci-fi, and you could always pick elements from multiple lists if you want to do something […]

Fun for Friday: Autumn Writing Prompts

| November 9, 2018

If you’re looking for some seasonal writing prompts for autumn, check out this list from Bustle. Not all of them are speculative fiction oriented, but you could take some of those non spec fic prompts and twist them a little to point them in the direction you want to go. They also invite you to […]

Fun for Friday: Band Name Origins

| November 2, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered how famous bands got their name, look no further! Wikipedia has you covered with this list of band name etymologies! It’s interesting to see the prevalence of names that come from dreams and also from Tolkien. Take a look through and see if your favorites are mentioned!

Fun for Friday: November Writing Prompts

| October 26, 2018

November is still almost a week a way, but not quite. So it’s time for November’s writing prompts. The prompts this month are taken from November holidays, words associated with autumn and the month of November, and words derived from the word “November.” As always, feel free to interpret the words in the way you […]

Fun for Friday: Spooky Photo Prompt

| October 19, 2018

Okay, this isn’t necessarily the spookiest of photos, but you could definitely take this photo prompt in a spooky direction. You could also make it seem like you’re going in a spooky direction but then do something entirely different. Either way, or any other way that your mind wants to take this phrase, I think […]

Fun for Friday: Speculative Fiction Writing Prompts

| October 12, 2018

If you’re looking for a list of speculative fiction prompts that can last you a good long while, check out this list from author Eric J. Krause! There appear to be maybe 100 different prompts here, and they’re all over the place in terms of theme and content! This is going to become my go […]

Fun for Friday: Grammatically Correct Sentences That Sound Wrong

| October 5, 2018

English is weird, difficult for non-native speakers to master, and confusing even to native speakers. Case in point, check out the diagrammed sentence to the right. I can’t exactly explain what it means, but it’s apparently grammatically correct. So are these other sentences. While they may be grammatically correct, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you want […]