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Fun for Friday: Etymology and Spelling

| October 18, 2019

Ever wondered why English has such unusual spellings when it comes to some words? Some of it can be blamed on etymology, and others can be blamed on false etymology. This article talks about the origins of the English language dictionary and how etymology and false etymology impacted spelling. It’s a fascinating read, and lots […]

Fun for Friday: Three Spooky Images

| October 11, 2019

It’s the spooky time of the year, so today’s three images are all spooky ones–a night time scene of a woman dressed in nineteenth century clothing, holding a parasol, with her back to the camera; a hallway with unusual shadows cast by the iron bars in the distance11; and a steam-shrouded train engine, viewed head […]

Fun for Friday: Scary Story Prompts

| October 4, 2019

With it being October, it’s time for some spooky story prompts. As a warning, if you scare easily, you might want to skip these links. Here, you can find 101 terrifying horror story prompts in a general list, and here, you can find 101 MORE terrifying horror story prompts in various categories, some of which […]

Fun for Friday: October 2019 Writing Prompts

| September 27, 2019

October is my favorite month of the year, because it culminates in Halloween. It’s also a month with a whole lot of art challenges themed to the spooky season. So this month’s writing prompts come from Mab’s Drawlloween Club, Inktober, and Sari’s Artober. There’s a little bit of repetition amongst the lists, but for most […]

Fun For Friday: A Huge List of Word Roots

| September 20, 2019

For all of the etymology nerds out there (and I count myself among you), check out this page of word roots. It will tell you a ton about prefixes that often get tacked on to words to change their meaning, but it goes back to the roots of those prefixes. It also breaks down which […]

Fun for Friday: A Trio of Photos

| September 13, 2019

It’s time for another three photos to inspire your writing! This week, we’ve got an interesting sci-fi scene in which scientists are working near a tube with what appears to be bodies inside, and more observers, or possibly bodies, are on the outskirts of the room. The second image is an ibex with impressive antlers, […]

Fun for Friday: What 3 Words

| September 6, 2019

I’ve seen the what3words website pop up a few times, but one of my author friends posted about using the three words associated with a given location as a writing prompt for microfiction, and I think it’s a fantastic idea! The premise behind what3words is that they’ve assigned three words to every 3 meter square […]

Fun for Friday: September 2019 Writing Prompts

| August 30, 2019

After doing months of my writing prompts as images, but no longer having access to the image creation software I once used, I’m changing things up a bit. First, I won’t have the writing prompts in a cute little image. Second, I really like doing things in threes, so … I’m changing to a list […]

Fun for Friday: Fantasy Writing Prompts

| August 23, 2019

If you’re looking for some inspiration for fantasy stories, check out this list of 50 fantasy plot ideas. There are a wide range of possibilities here, whether you want to write something short or long. I’m even going to consult this list for poetry ideas, since I’ve got about a week left in my August […]

Fun for Friday: A Three Image Montage

| August 16, 2019

Here are three images to put together into some sort of story–a stone staircase leading toward a full moon, a medieval castle perched at the edge of water, and a technological looking labyrinth. Enjoy!