Thursday, July 30, 2009

Request for Poems: Midnight

Sorry for the late prompt, TOPers: it was 106 degrees at my house yesterday afternoon, and computers don't like that kind of heat.

Linda and I will be retiring as the hosts of Totally Optional Prompts: her last month will be September and mine will be October. I think TOP's had a good run, and has accomplished some good stuff, but it's time for us to move on. So: if anyone, or several, are interested in taking over as host, let me know at tielansari AT gmail DOT com. Otherwise TOP will end October 31st. (Seems like the right date for it.)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Totally Optional Prompt: Midnight

Midnight. What might happen at midnight? Besides the date changing, a new day starting, a deal with the devil, the witching hour, a half-moon rising, clocks chiming?

Let us know, if you decide to follow this week's
Totally Optional
prompt! And if not, leave us a link anyway-- on Wednesday or Thursday.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Request for Poems: Planning/Spontaneity

TOPers, did you make a break this week with your usual way of doing things? Let's see the results!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Totally Optional Prompt: Spontaneity/Planning

This week's prompt is: Spontaneity. Or its converse, planning. Do you write off the top of your head? Or do you sit down and plan it out?

Whichever you usually do, try to do the opposite this week.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Request for Poems: Random stuff

TOPers, sorry, I'm late putting this up. Random links in the comments please!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Totally Optional Prompt: Some random stuff

For this week's prompt, try writing a poem about one, some, or all of the following:
black mice
durien sherbet
a rust storm
blinking lights

Or none of the above. After all, it is
Totally Optional

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Request for Poems: Fireworks

OK, TOPers: let's see some brilliant links!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Totally Optional Prompt: Fireworks!

Yes, there were plenty here last night! But for this week's
Totally Optional
prompt, I'd like you to explore some pyrotechnic language.

Go for some really over-the-top images. Pull words you don't normally use out of the dictionary. Or use perfectly ordinary words in combinations you wouldn't expect. Grasshopper soda? Deep travel?

Come back Wednesday evening and leave us a link!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Request for Poems: Weather

Good? Bad? Ugly? What sort of weather did we have, TOPers? Leave us a comment!