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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: 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: 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: Sci-Fi Photo Prompt

| August 10, 2018

This image is just so chock full of promise, I don’t even know where to begin! There’s the gorgeous sci-fi city in the background, of course, but the girl in the foreground is what draws my attention. Is she a robot? Is she a cybernetically enhanced human? I think it could go either way, which […]

Fun for Friday: Creepy Photo Prompt

| July 13, 2018

While not everyone will find this photograph of an abandoned bus in the woods creepy, I think this photo prompt is a horror story waiting to happen! Take a look, and see what it inspires in you!

Fun for Friday: Photo Prompt

| June 22, 2018

While the photo in today’s photo prompt is a still photograph of a video exhibit, it’s still a really cool image, with many individual screens within a neon outline of the United States.  The piece is called “Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii,” by Paik Nam June, and it is on exhibit at the Smithsonian […]

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: Rainy Day Photo Prompt

| April 6, 2018

It’s almost always rainy in Seattle, especially this time of year. So today’s Friday fun is a photo prompt of a rainy day. What I love most about this photo is how the figure in it is completely out of focus and obscured. That means it could be pretty much anyone! Maybe you want to […]

Fun for Friday: Spring Photo Prompt!

| March 23, 2018

This week’s Friday fun is a writing prompt in the form of a photograph. It’s clearly spring in this photo, and there’s a very nicely maintained path amidst the flowers and blooming trees. So where does this path lead? What’s just out of sight in this photo? Who’s about to walk down this path? The […]

Fun for Friday: Unusual Tree Photo Prompt

| February 16, 2018

For this week’s Fun for Friday, here’s a photo prompt. I love the carefully made hole through which this tree is growing. But what is the wall for? Is it keeping something out? Or is it keeping something in?