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Fun for Friday: Merfolk Inspired Images

| May 13, 2022

For this week’s Fun for Friday, it’s image prompts, all on a merfolk-related theme without being just about merfolk! The first image is a forest scene with a lightbulb-shaped vessel holding water and a very small merfolk, along with a ladybug perched atop the bulb and an ant to the left. The second image is […]

Fun for Friday: Images for Hidden Treasure!

| April 22, 2022

This week’s Fun for Friday images are all related to hidden treasure! The first image depicts a simple treasure map with a person’s hands visible holding the map. The second image depicts a person with very dark hair on their arms wearing a button-up shirt, which they are holding unbuttoned and separated at the chest […]

Fun for Friday: A Few Random Images

| April 8, 2022

This week, I’ve got three somewhat random images, but which I think might fit together for an interesting story. The first image shows an unusual rock formation above placid water, with a cloudy sky and mountains, and a single, unforking lighting bolt in the background. The second image shows about a dozen lit tea lights […]

Fun for Friday: A Trio of Images

| March 11, 2022

It’s time for more image prompts! The first image is a partial view of a cat’s paw. The cat is orange and white, and the paw pads are pink. There’s a blue blanket or towel covering part of the cat’s paw. The second image is a hilly terrain covered with fog and trees, primarily conifers. […]

Fun for Friday: Dragon Images

| February 11, 2022

This week, I’m using the awesome search on Unsplash to find Creative Commons licensed images for inspiration. I decided to see what sort of options they had for dragons, and the options did not disappoint! The first dragon is a white dragon with blue eyes. The whole of the dragon is not visible, but the […]

Fun for Friday: Sci-Fi and Post-Apocalyptic Images

| January 21, 2022

This week’s Fun for Friday is sci-fi and post-apocalyptic images! The first image is an illustration from the mid-twentieth century speculating on what space travel would be like. It depicts three men, two of whom are seated at a table and one of whom is floating horizontally toward the table. They appear to be engaged […]

Fun for Friday: New Image Prompts!

| January 7, 2022

It’s time for another batch of image prompts! The first image shows a hexagonal framed structure that appears to be observation areas for a cityscape. The second image shows fireworks exploding behind the Eiffel Tower at night. The third image shows the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York skyline on a cloudy night, with the […]

Fun for Friday: Winter Photo Prompts!

| December 24, 2021

This week, I’ve got some winter themed image prompts that might also work for speculative fiction. Maybe they’re all related, and maybe they’re three very different places! The first image depicts a large but very slender crescent moon above the sun, which is above a bank of clouds or low hills, above a reflective surfact. […]

Fun for Friday: Photo Prompts for the Darkness!

| December 10, 2021

We’re approaching the solstice and the darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, so here are some dark speculative-inspired images to use as prompts! The first image depicts a tree-lined suburban street lit by a single streetlight. A human figure stands opposite a bench that is illuminated by the streetlight, and a mecha […]

Fun for Friday: Three Images for Autumn

| November 12, 2021

Time for another round of image prompts! The first image portrays a person dressed in black with exposed legs, who appears to be taking a selfie with a smart phone. The background is slender trees with yellow leaves and a bit of fog, while the grass below is green. The second image is of a […]