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Fun for Friday: Interesting Facts about English

| June 15, 2018

Grammarly has a neat little article including ten interesting facts about the English language, which you can read here. In it, you can learn all about pangrams, ambigrams, and ghost words! The most fascinating fact to me is the last one, which states that the word “girl” did not originally mean a female child, but […]

Fun for Friday: Random Word Generator

| June 8, 2018

Sometimes, you just need to find the right word. Sometimes, any word will do. If you’re in the latter situation, you may enjoy the Random Word Generator. It does exactly what it sounds like–generates a random word. Or words. You can specify things like the first and/or last letter, the number of syllables, or the […]

Fun for Friday: Art Prompts!

| June 1, 2018

Recently I was trying to come up with some prompts to give me ideas for a flash fiction piece, in preparation for some of the flash fiction contests I’m doing this summer. I figured randomly generating some ideas was a good way to practice in advance of getting the real prompts from the contests. In […]

Fun for Friday: June Writing Prompts!

| May 25, 2018

Can you believe it’s already almost June? Time flies when you’re having fun … or maybe when you’re super busy! June’s writing prompts are mostly about summer and vacation. Even though I work year round, rather than following an academic calendar, I can still tell when it’s June, because the streets of Seattle are flooded […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Prompts for Young Adults and Beyond

| May 18, 2018

Here’s a fun prompt that’s a mix of a photo prompt and text prompts. Exhibit A is the photo to the right, which, despite its lack of diverse characters, looks very much like the cast of characters for a young adult novel. (Or a horror movie, but that’s a different sort of setup.) Or maybe […]

Fun for Friday: Weird Flower Photo Prompt

| May 11, 2018

Somethings things are not entirely what they seem … The photo here is of a strange orchid, but to me, it looks like it could be a fish, or maybe an alien life form. It’s the sort of photo that could inspire all sorts of interesting creatures, plant life, or maybe something else. Do you […]

Fun for Friday: Generate an Espionage Mission

| May 4, 2018

In the course of working on a new story, I realized that I had the main character in mind, but I didn’t quite know what I wanted them to do. So I looked for a random espionage mission generator, and found an excellent one via NeverEngine. With this and the die roller on my phone, […]

Fun for Friday: May Writing Prompts

| April 27, 2018

May is on its way, and with it comes the May writing prompts! This month has more spring-themed words, along with some of the events that happen in May. And of course, you don’t have to go with a May-themed interpretation of these words! Check back on the last Friday of each month (or occasionally […]

Fun for Friday: A Writing Prompt a Day

| April 20, 2018

If you’re someone who wants to find writing prompts, but wants to be surprised by what they are each day, you might like A Writing Prompt a Day on Tumblr. It’s certainly not the only daily writing prompt supply, but this one has a wide variety of types of prompts–some that seem to encourage pieces […]

Fun for Friday: What’s So Bad About Friday the 13th?

| April 13, 2018

It’s Friday the 13th, a day that strikes dread into the hearts of many. But why? People who fear the number thirteen are said to have¬†triskaidekaphobia, and the fear of the number seems to stem from religious sources–Judas was said to be the thirteenth apostle at the Last Supper. But even for those who don’t […]