Experiments | Daily Prompt: To-Do? Done!

Quickly list five things you’d like to change in your life. Now, write a post about a day in your life once all five have been crossed off your to-do list. 1. Get hired by a certain government office for a certain job 2. Travel abroad by myself 3. Finish writing just one of the…

A Bladeless Hilt | Daily Prompt: Opening Lines

What’s the first line of the last song you listened to (on the radio, on your music player, or anywhere else)? Use it as the first sentence of your post. He’s fought and he’s fallen. From where he lay on the cold, hard, stone floor, the bloodied and beaten William could see him. Despite the…

#DrugsAlcoholandothervices | Daily Prompt: Uncanned Laughter

A misused word, a misremembered song lyric, a cream pie that just happened to be there: tell us about a time you (or someone else) said or did something unintentionally funny. Humans benefit from anonymous confessions. Back in college, one of the ways I know it was done was through the student council’s popular Crushes’…

As big as evil itself | Daily Prompt: Off the Shelf

Take a look at your bookcase. If you had enough free time, which book would be the first one you’d like to reread? Why? The first title that popped in my head: A Separate Peace by John Knowles. While some know of it because it was a high school or college reading material, I did…

Always with Hope | Daily Prompt: Matters of Taste

When was the last time a movie, a book, or a television show left you cold despite all your friends (and/or all the critics) raving about it? What was it that made you go against the critical consensus? A force called out to me. When I first saw it on the book shelf, I thought…

I am the obscure | Daily Prompt: A Bookish Choice

A literary-minded witch gives you a choice: with a flick of the wand, you can become either an obscure novelist whose work will be admired and studied by a select few for decades, or a popular paperback author whose books give pleasure to millions. Which do you choose? Obscure is me. Yes, a good number…

Sailor of Sedov | Daily Prompt: Edge of the Frame

We often capture strangers in photos we take in public. Open your photo library, and stop at the first picture that features a person you don’t know. Now tell the story of that person. It was starting. Cold January winds chased each other over the masts, desperately trying to liberate the tied-up sails. But to…

Peanut Butter and Rice | Daily Prompt: Unlikely Pairing

Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it. Peanut Butter and Rice! Yes, you read that right: peanut butter and rice. And how did I discover it? As a…

Second Hand | Daily Prompt: Sudden Downpour

It was sunny when you left home, so you didn’t take an umbrella. An hour later, you’re caught in a torrential downpour. You run into the first store you can find — it happens to be a dark, slightly shabby antique store, full of old artifacts, books, and dust. The shop’s ancient proprietor walks out…

Uncertain | Daily Prompt: On Bees and Efs

Do you — or did you ever — have a Best Friend? Do you believe in the idea of one person whose friendship matters the most? Tell us a story about your BFF (or lack thereof). Frankly, I’m on a fence about this one. The people who have answered the question fall under three categories:…

Night Parade | Daily Prompt: Can’t Get it Out of My Head

Have you ever become obsessed with something? Tell us about something that captivates your attention like nothing else. I ended up in the middle of a parade. And it’s no usual human parade. It’s the march of demons, ghosts, and other creatures of the night. How did I end up there? Some years ago, there…

A Whole Other Selection | Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo

What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes? There were two main musical influences when I was a kid. First were my parents. On weekdays, folk rock and acoustic music was their choice. The best I remember is…