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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.┬áSo are these other sentences. While they may be grammatically correct, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you want […]

Fun for Friday: Drawlloween as Writing Prompts

| September 28, 2018

Normally, today’s the day when I would post my list of prompts for the month of October. But October is Drawlloween, which is a great month of prompts for artists to draw a spooky thing every day of the month. And I like to use Drawlloween prompts as writing prompts, because I love spooky things! […]

Fun for Friday: A New Sci-Fi Photo Prompt

| September 21, 2018

I found this photo when looking for a photo prompt for today, and it’s astonishing. I think it may be mocked up, because I thought drones were much bigger than this. Still, it makes for a good sci-fi writing prompt. What kinds of mischief could tiny little drones like this, if they became self-aware, get […]

Fun for Friday: Panlexicon

| September 14, 2018

Sometimes, you need just the right word to make your story sing. Some might turn to a thesaurus, but thesauruses don’t always help you find the best word for what you want to convey, and sometimes they can actually lead you down the wrong path. A useful tool that I had pointed out to me […]

Fun for Friday: Sepia-Tone Photo Prompt

| September 7, 2018

For today’s Fun for Friday, I thought I’d go with an old photo–this one is from 1895, and features a seated man and a standing woman, both dressed in the fashions of that time. The woman appears to have a book in her hand … wonder what it’s about? While this couple most clearly fits […]

Fun for Friday: September Writing Prompts!

| August 31, 2018

It’s already September, and I hope that my readers in the Northern Hemisphere are seeing cooler temperatures after the scorcher of a summer than many of us had. I’m sure the parents among you are looking forward to the kids going back to school. This month has some prompts inspired by the back-to-school time, some […]