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PROMPTuesday #238: I Survived…

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Upon looking back on one’s life, one might marvel at how he (or she) survived certain events. For instance, one’s 46-year-old self may wonder why his (or her) 18-year-old version got into a Tijuana stranger’s car at 2AM in a drunken bid to get back to the U.S. before curfew. Or a person may rethink […]

PROMPTuesday #237: Regretful

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

  In 2008 I “launched” PROMPTuesday, a series of weekly creative writing prompts designed to stoke the writing fire. The whole idea was to get me – and whoever read my blog – writing without the mind weight of perfection, judgment, or inner criticism.   As I wrote back then, my intention was to encourage […]

PROMPTuesday #236: Back to Spooky

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

  It’s my favorite time of year: spooky movie season. I troll the Lifetime network and the Chiller channel obsessively from October 1 through Halloween, hoping to happen upon a cheesy, ghosty, scary show I can tuck into with full abandon.   Even better is when I’m in bed, the lights are off, and everyone […]

PROMPTuesday #235: The Songs

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

We’d been waiting for the new parish center for years. Father Duffy brought its construction up at every mass and the fundraising was epic, as were the sales pitches: the auditorium would double as a roller skating rink, the young adult groups would have a place to meet, offices would be expanded allowing St. Mary’s […]

PROMPTuesday #234: The Road

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

I wrote this before, but am including it now – again – because I’m on a road. Slowly, inexorably putting one foot in front of the other, but there it is: a a foot and then another. For the on and on.   And so today’s writing prompt is: write about your road. What stretch […]

PROMPTuesday #233: Tell Your Story

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

“I don’t think you love me!” She twisted and turned and flailed in her bed. She was tired, I knew that much, and a touch sensitive that day, but here it was again: questioning our devotion.   Many times I respond with irritation as if it should be obvious – of course we love you, […]

PROMPTuesday #232: Facing the Fear

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

I’ve done an informal observation of the first few weeks of 2014, and have noticed many people moving past their old beliefs of themselves and pushing the boundaries. This might mean returning to the core of who they are, or fighting beyond self-imposed restrictions and self-limiting perceptions that keep them tied to the same old […]

PROMPTuesday #231: My Weird Quirks

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

It occurred to me the other day as I was triple-checking the locked status of every door in my house, that I have a series of mild OCD routines that may or may not be big-time OCD routines. I don’t particularly get freaky if I can’t perform these little “quirks,” but I just thought about […]

PromptTuesday #230: The Surprise

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

  I’d always been the youngest person in my grade, which didn’t particularly bother me until I made it to college. I transferred to a four-year liberal arts university halfway through my sophomore year, and by then everyone was well on their way to 21 (or had a fake ID). Most of the time, I […]

PROMPTuesday #229: Slow it Down

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

  I spent some time over Thanksgiving in dark rooms with candles trying to calm my head. There’s something about the flickering light that my brain waves try to emulate, which ends up slowing us both down. Overall, I find myself withdrawing more to the quiet to shut out all sound and time demands. I […]

PROMPTuesday #228: The Job Interview

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

  The human resources manager tried to warn me in a roundabout, politically correct fashion that the woman who was about to interview me for a public relations position was structured and by the book. I took the news with a grain of salt because by that time, I’d been interviewing for two months and […]

PROMPTuesday #227: Fall Favorites

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

My guilty pleasure is reading what other people use and love, pretending I can buy everything they recommend, adding it all to my virtual shopping cart, leaving it there, and then suffering through endless reminder emails like, “San Diego Momma! We noticed that everything Sephora sells is still waiting for checkout” and “This is Anthropologie. […]

PROMPTuesday #226: The Thank-You List

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

You may know the “thank-you list” as “giving gratitude” and it is exactly what you think: writing down the people, places, and things you are grateful to have in your life. Gurus (and Oprah) advise that speaking your gratitude to the universe is a powerful exercise that enacts a simple but fundamental shift in thinking […]

PROMPTuesday #225: Write a Review

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Well there. I gave it all away in the title. But yes, lately I’m obsessed with reviews from real people who’ve used the real things and can tell me whether or not whatever it is turned out to be a good purchase, read, or visit.   And for some super clothes coveting fun, read all […]

PROMPTuesday #224: The Years

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

A therapist gave me the upcoming as an assignment once: write down the major events of each year, including but not limited to memories, impressions, mental photographs, and anything else that defined that year for me. At the time, I was only 30 and so this exercise didn’t take too long because my memory still […]

PROMPTuesday #223: Prom

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

When taking the kids to camp this morning, an old Bryan Adams song popped on the radio and BAM! I was gone in my head, motivating Toots to finally ask, “Was this your prom song?” Despite wondering how a nine-year-old could make that immediate assumption (repeated High School Musical viewings?), I had to acknowledge that […]


Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

The long and meandering response to this week’s PROMPTuesday…   Eight months after I graduated from college, I took a job as a receptionist at a Milwaukee law firm. It wasn’t what I wanted to do, but after living with my parents for a brief time in San Diego, I decided to really be a […]

PROMPTuesday #222: California

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

  I think it’s only right to resurrect PROMPTuesdays if I’m to go whole hog with this one-post-a-day effort. Plus, I’ve missed making up prompts that only I do or don’t do and is anyone out there anymore?   It’s OK. Sometimes it’s good to write in a vacuum.   So here’s the original post […]

PROMPTuesday #220: Questing

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

  My favorite books as a kid always involved a voyage of some sort – usually to a wondrous land full of magic and possibility that desperately needed the main character to save it from encroaching darkness and leave the place better than he or she found it. Of course, the protagonist had to leave […]

PROMPTuesday #219: Secret, On Repeat

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

I’m re-posting this prompt from 175 Tuesdays ago because it’s a favorite.   Here we go: Tell me a secret. Of course, I’d prefer it be a true secret. And about you. But I know where that can lead, and perhaps you’re not prepared for it. So let me addendum this: If you’d rather, write […]

PROMPTuesday #218: The Moment

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

  Today’s writing prompt is inspired by this uplifting story at KirstyTV.   What was the moment when you knew your life had to change?   Please post your response in the comments or write about it on your blog and leave me the link.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. […]

PROMPTuesday #216: The One Thing

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

  The question caught me by surprise. “Mom? When are you going to finish your book?”   I deflected. “Soon.” My brain raced through the reasons for my answer: too much work, health issues, rapid time slippage, not enough days.   “Have you written anything in it this year?”   I calculated the month – […]

PROMPTuesday #214: Happy Trails

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

This is a repeat prompt that I’m posting again because we just returned from a vacation to Southern Utah and I’m quite certain it’ll be one of those trips my kids remember forever, probably because we stopped in VEGAS! first and once we arrived in the mountains, it was the coldest my San Diego kids […]

PROMPTuesday #213: Kodachrome

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

I wrote the below a year or so ago and it often makes me think of indelible moments – those mass of seconds you remember forever, down to the vinegary smell of just cleaned counters and the temperature of the hot chocolate your mom pressed into your little hands as you watched the Banana Splits […]

PROMPTuesday #212: Where Will You Be?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

  This prompt is a 3D vision board of sorts. Imagine yourself at this time next year. Where will you be? What will you have accomplished? What long-put-off dreams are on their way to becoming real?   Write your life as it will be in exactly one year from today.   Add your post/comment/prompt answer […]

PROMPTuesday #211: The Rock and the Hard Place

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

  Today’s PROMPTuesday is simple in pronouncement, but perhaps not in execution:   What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?   Include the link to your answer in the comments or feel free to leave your submission here, also in the comments section.   Meanwhile…to bone up on PROMPTuesdays, read a bit about […]

PROMPTuesday #210: All in the Family

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

  It’s holiday ramp-up time! And what better way to usher in the season than to share our most dysfunctional family stories? I originally posted the story below on my “other” blog several years ago, but it still stands as my most shared seasonal delight.   Meanwhile, What’s your favorite family holiday story?   Include […]

PROMPTuesday #209: The Crazy

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

  (NOT a happy chucklehead.)   “The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone’s neurosis, and we’d have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads.” ~William Styron, 1958   I posted this on Facebook the other day and heaved a […]

PROMPTuesday #208: The Thanking

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

  Times have been tough lately for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is this damn economy. I’ve been working hard to stay afloat on all levels and sometimes you just get tired, you know?   It occurred to me that the best thing to do is make my gratitude list to […]

PROMPTuesday #207: Who Was Your Believer?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

In February 1978, my family moved to Buffalo Grove, Illinois from Foster City, California. Recently battered by a grumpy blizzard of legendary proportions, Chicago looked in February how I felt: tired, beat up, and gray. I’d turned 10 in November a few months earlier and hated my life. My dad took us from my beloved […]

PROMPTuesday #206: A Re-Do

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

This writing prompt was originally posted in 2008, but this picture continues to hang in my living room and uncover stories, so I present it once again for your own telling.     (Painting by Rebecca, and drawn from a dream.)   This PROMPTuesday, make up a story inspired by the picture above. Include the […]

PROMPTuesday #202: Scary

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

  Hey ho!   Which is way different than “Hey, Ho!”   Speaking of punctuation, what scares you?   Nuclear war used to scare me, but now I’ve settled on not dying before I do what I need to do.   And finding the thing I need to do so I can do it.   […]

PROMPTuesday #201: More Music

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Do you remember your first concert?   Can you describe it? What do you remember?   Write it for me? I’d love to hear all about it.   A few caveats: 1) Keep it to 500 words or less. 2) Don’t take any longer than 10 minutes to write. 3) Do not edit, censor or […]

PROMPTuesday #200: Beloved

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Let’s keep it super simple today, and focus on one word for inspiration:   BELOVED.   Tell us about someone in your life, or that stuffed animal you couldn’t put down as a child, or your life’s passion, or whatever comes to mind when you hear the word, “beloved.”   A few caveats: 1) Keep […]

PROMPTuesday #199: Recollect

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

I’m not giving PROMPTuesday up, by God! I almost wrote I’d be taking a hiatus, but no sir, I’m hanging onto the end with my near and dear. So in the spirit of keeping on with the keeping on, today’s creative writing prompt is:   This one time in high school…   I like the […]

PROMPTuesday #198: About Last Night

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Creative writing prompts for people who like creative writing prompts.

PROMPTuesday #197: Absurdities and Oddities

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Man, I’d love to write regularly here again, read you all, and comment. I suppose I must realize that as a freelancer, I’ll never have enough time and that the word “free” is both evil and a Godsend.   So you know how some days you’re just done and sit in front of the TV […]

PROMPTuesday #196: Road Trippiness

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

  For today’s writing prompt, tell us about a road trip you’ve taken…in your head.   Where would you go? Who would you take with you? What would happen?   This is an awful lot like PROMPTuesday #151, but hallucinatorier. Or more imaginaryey.   For reference, this was a real road trip I took, but […]

Depression Firsthand

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

  We sat around the patio table and I felt alone. Usually, I’m up for girl gab and friendship but all I wanted to do was close up shop and huddle in bed with a TV, a book, or complete silence. For the past few months, I’d run that way. Not wanting to talk, not […]

PROMPTuesday #195: One Word Again

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Every now and then I like to issue the one-word prompts because it leaves so much room to write what and how you feel most inspired. That’s what I’m going to do today. But first, I realize how behind I am in commenting on previous PROMPTs and most ghastly of all, doing my own. There’s […]

PROMPTuesday #194: This One Time At…

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

  It’s end-of-the-school-year time this week, and the girls are twirling around in a tizzy. Even I, usually not given to hysteria, feel the buzzing in the trees and backyard pools. Last night, from between tangled bedcovers Toots whispered, “I’m so excited,” right before her face collapsed into a pillow, wet with frantic post-happy-dance sweat. […]

PROMPTuesday #193: Things I Am Afraid to Tell You

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

This ought to be a doozy. I read about it here at Life in Every Limb, which will give you the history and background of this exercise. (The whole thing began at this blog.)   So let’s PROMPTuesday it. I’m willing to be brave and do it, although I may need to temporarily blind my […]


Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Radio static, converged voices blaring white noise buzz that takes me to lives where I don’t live   I went there, see me here detail in 3D, vintage-framed because that’s what you do to remember   Please see me, please see me Megaphone glued to fingers tapping My insides crave your outsides   Late nights […]

PROMPTuesday #192: Empty

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Photo credit: clarita from   For today, take a look at the above picture and write a story or poem that includes the word, “empty.”   Post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a […]

PROMPTuesday 191: Balance

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

  KERSPLAT!   As you may or may not have guessed from my lack of posting, inability to continue serial posts, and general word invisibility, I’ve been busy with kids, work, life, calls, visits, editing, meds-withdrawing, and wordsing* in places not my own.   SO, I feel it’s only right that today’s prompt be about […]

PROMPTuesday #190: Still

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Whoa, this post title reminds me of the Commodores. Crap, I could do this all day. I’m coming to see that song wrings me out, in a good way, and allows me to access some…stuff…I hadn’t expressed before, as evidenced by a little girl’s memory below.   SO, since I can’t let this go, I’m […]

PROMPTuesday #189: A Life in Song

Monday, April 30th, 2012

  It’s been too long since I’ve posted a PROMPTuesday. I swear, it took me all last week to put myself back together after a bout of 12-hour days that stretched into oblivion. It’s as if I suffered from a work hangover, and it was sublime lovely but you know when your body tells you […]

PROMPTuesday #188: The Two of You

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Inspired by yesterday, please describe your connection with your partner, be he/she/it be a spouse, colleague, or creature.   Post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. Want to see what’s […]

PROMPTuesday #187: Stolen/Found

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

This writing prompt is simple: Have you ever stolen anything?   Tell the story.   Or if you prefer, a flip side: Tell us about something you found.   I have tales to tell of both.   Post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog […]

PROMPTuesday #186: Which Movie was as Good as the Book? (+Giveaway)

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Giveaway is closed! And #20 — Dora — is the winner! I’ll email you Dora!   The other day on Facebook, Julie asked what we thought about the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, if we’d seen the movie and how the two compare. I loved Extremely Loud, the book, a quirky and touching adventure […]

PROMPTuesday #185: Belief

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

  I believe: 1. You can tell a lot about a person based on how they treat people who can’t do anything for him or her. 2. Writing is fumbling around a dark room searching for the light switch. 3. Imagination is more valuable than reason. 4. Comparing yourself to others saps your focus and […]

PROMPTuesday #184: Way Back When

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Dull lights twinkled in the grey distance, illuminating the jagged skyline. I watched it blur by as I sped along Route 55 in my white Hyundai, heading home late from my bank job in Southside Chicago. It was 10PM and my roommates waited for me at our apartment. We were 25, and it was never […]

PROMPTuesday #183: Chicago, Etc.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Today I’m doing something a little unorthodox with PROMPTuesday: I’m sending you somewhere else.   This prompt comes from the Write Practice, and asks that you write inspired by the word, “Chicago.”   I left my submission there. I’d love to read what you write, too. You can say I sent you. Or not. You […]

My Prime: And Don’t Let Life Pass You By

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The Rock and I recently joined our good friends for a casual dinner, ordered a hefty order of pub food, and settled in for some easy conversation and laughs.   I expected silly talk mostly, because a long week just passed behind us and we all seemed prepared to empty our minds of the drivel […]

PROMPTuesday #182: Get it Out

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

What’s the one thing you’ve alway wanted to tell someone but never have?   Maybe it’s a profession of love or a confession of guilt. Perhaps it’s something you need to get off your chest. Or words you’ve practiced in front of a mirror that you never delivered to the person for whom they were […]

PROMPTuesday #181: The Prime

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

The other day at dinner, a friend asked when I thought the prime of my life “happened.” I scanned my memories and tried to come up with an apt answer, which I did, and will post in answer to the below shortly.   As for you, when is/was the prime of your life?   And […]

A Terrible Waste

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

I knew it was over when he told me he’d been killed. I received the email at work, the Monday after Thanksgiving, a day usually reserved for catch-up and slowly easing into the week. I grabbed my coffee from the break room like I always did first thing and settled at my PC, ready to […]

PROMPTuesday #180: Another Finisher

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

This week’s prompt asks that you finish the below sentence with a story or a line or a paragraph:   “I knew it was over when…”   The “over” doesn’t have to be a relationship, it can be a phase in your life, a job, a party, or a discussion.   Or anything for that […]

PROMPTuesday #179: The Senses

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

PROMPTuesday is a weekly creative writing prompt from San Diego Momma blog.

PROMPTuesday #178: Hair Atrocity

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Something befuddling happens to me every five years that I’m hard put to explain. I get a most strange tingling in my hair follicles and am compelled to cut everything off my head. In other words, I go short. And every single solitary time, I hate it, and every time I forget I hate it […]

PROMPTuesday #177: Finding Your Bliss

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

(Photo from here)   I absolutely know I’ve posted different flavors of this PROMPT over the years, but I’m revisiting it now. Becoming who I’m meant to be is way on my mind these days because I’ve been fuzzy and auto-piloty for awhile. Like forever. I just did stuff. I let life lead me mostly, […]

The 2011 Favorites: Book, Album, MORE!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

I hope you’ll check out some of the great recommendations from this week’s PROMPTuesday. There were several new-to-me book and song suggestions that rocked my boat, not to mention the inclusion of 2011’s inspiring lessons and 2012’s roads ahead for so many of you. Meanwhile, I played my own PROMPT game and answered the below […]

PROMPTuesday #176: The Recap

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

I came across this 2011 recap yesterday and just dug it to kingdom come. I love the idea of cataloguing the year’s bests in one place (especially when there’s fashion involved), and decided it’d be something I’d like to do myself.   So for neatness sake (you know what my good friend told me yesterday? […]

PROMPTuesday #175: Your Childhood Friend

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

  I’m going to write a book someday!   It struck me the other day as I was riffing with my writing partner that I loved the creative process. Even if the messiness of it gets to me sometimes. You know that without-hope part when you’re kicking ideas around and there’s too many — or […]

PROMPTuesday #174: Bawdy Holiday Prose, the Fourth Installment

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Hi! It’s that special time of year! A happy month of merrymaking and holiday cheer. Of friends, family, and fruitcakes. Of gifts from the heart and trees from the forest. Of chestnuts and golden balls.   Which brings me to…   The fourth installment of Bawdy Holiday Prose.   As I wrote back in December […]

PROMPTuesday #173: Found

Monday, November 28th, 2011

  Have you ever organized your desk, scoured the attic, or browsed garage boxes and found old letters from lovers, high school friends, or…yourself? Encased in dust, scourged by yellow, or just plain unread for years?   I did recently, and was amazed at how so much — and so little, really — has changed. […]

PROMPTuesday #171: Stolen Property

Monday, November 7th, 2011

I’ve completely absconded with this week’s writing prompt from Toasted Cheese (an amazing online literary journal).   Last week, I noticed Toasted Cheese tweeted a prompt and I loved it so much, I’m stealing it, but being honest about the theft.   So it’s not technically creative property burglary, right?   Here it is: Write […]

The Phone Call

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

I was driving to my dentist appointment when the phone rang.   My stepsister, Karen, got the words out right after hello. “Your dad is in the hospital.”   I blanked out for a moment and didn’t say a word in response. This was the moment I’d semi-prepared for and avoided thinking about since my […]

PROMPTuesday #170: The Call

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Oh my loves. I apologize for dropping the PROMPT ball these last few weeks. I need to catch up on your submissions and general amazingness. And I will — Because it looks like today is a good day for catching up.   In the meantime, today’s PROMPT is:   The phone call.   Write about […]

Top Five Songs That Speak to Me

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

At one time or another, I’ve referred to all of “my” soul songs. These tend to be my go-to songs that center my heart and brain and blood. I listen to what they tell me and everything becomes still. And then my gut buzzes in my ears.   That’s how it should be, right? We […]

PROMPTuesday #169: Top Five

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Today, I want a list! A Top Five list. Give it to me, baby. Here’s some ideas:   Top Five Worst Movies of All Time Top Five Fashion Faux Pas (es)? Top Five Products You Cannot Live Without Top Five Most Inspiring Quotes You’ve Ever Heard in Your Whole Entire Life Top Five Reasons You […]

PROMPTuesday #168: Auld Lang Syne

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Remember this song?     (You blocked out the graphics, right?)   Meanwhile…for today’s writing prompt…Let the music marinate a bit, and then write starting with this line:   “I hadn’t seen him since high school…”   (Feel free to change the gender.)   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your […]

PROMPTuesday #166: The Unreliable Narrator

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Do you know those people who seem too good to be true? Or who are so extraordinary, you find yourself thinking “really?” As in “Really? You cured cancer while climbing Mt. Everest with prosthetic legs and a homeless Sherpa strapped to your back?” “Really?”   So right, I know those people, and many of them […]

PROMPTuesday #165: It’s Divine

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Write a letter forgiving someone/some people for something they did. You never have to show it to him/her/it.   But write it anyway.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. Want to see what’s been written in the past? Catch up on the PROMPTuesdays archive here.  

PROMPTuesday #164: Reading Club

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Let’s make it Book Review Day! Here’s one I wrote for The Book Thief awhile ago.   You do one too! Or if you’ve already written one, link it up here.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. Want to see what’s been written in the past? Catch up on the […]

The Day

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

There was this one day. Before I knew it was one of the final days, but after I began to think it might be. My mom was confined to her bed, and we all thought she’d be up again. I’d come home to San Francisco from Los Angeles, a little drunk because I hate to […]

PROMPTuesday #163: Going Back

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

It’s been awhile! But PROMPTuesday is back. Some things I miss too much.   Here’s today’s writing prompt:   You can re-live one complete day in your life. Which do you pick? Why?   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. Want to see what’s been written in the past? Catch up […]

PROMPTuesday: Take Your Pick

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

You know? If I went chronological, we’d be on prompt #163 today, which got me thinking: I should post some of the old classics from years gone by.   If you’re looking for a little writing inspiration, check out these PROMPTuesdays from the archives, see if one resonates, and let your brain nosh on it. […]

PROMPTuesday #162: The Truth Helps

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

As usual, I’ve got a lot to say about this one…   But time and the cold sting of facing my demons precludes storytelling this morning. So again as usual…I’ll be back to write my soul in a day or two.   As for you…   Tell me about a time someone told you the […]

PROMPTuesday #161: Summer Memories

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

We piled into the ubiquitous Buick Estate Wagon. Glitter cherry red punctuated by plastic wood and bike scratches. I took the back seat facing the disappearing road and threw the finger-peace sign to drivers avoiding my eyes. My parent’s best friends followed with their children a few station wagons behind us and I kept track […]

PROMPTuesday #160: It Must Have Been A Misunderstanding

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Me, texting another mom: Playdate today?   Mom: I’m sorry. Who is this?   Me: Toots’ mom. You want to get together later?   Mom: Toots who?   Me: Ha ha! If you want just you and me can have a playdate. After 5.   Mom: I’m not sure who this is.   Me: San […]

PROMPTuesday #159: The River Flows

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Sip by Lydia Ondrusek   When the rain doesn’t fall, it’s only all right for a little while. The planted stuff bargains with the ground.   Drawings made with brown crayons on crumpled grocery sacks. A constant phantom smell of burning.   When the rain doesn’t fall, and doesn’t fall, you begin to wonder if […]

I Can’t Believe the Time I…

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

It was 1994. My flying phobia filled every part of me, but it was Christmas and I wanted to go home for the holidays. A few weeks before I decided to fly to San Francisco from Chicago, a plane corkscrewed into a midwestern farm field with hundreds of people aboard and I couldn’t sleep for […]

PROMPTuesday #158: Spill It

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Hello! It’s summer vacation over here. Playdates and pools and no time oh my! So what I’m trying to say is this week’s prompt will be pretty much here it is, goodbye. Because kids running ramshod all over my house.   Meanwhile… Today’s writing prompt is:   I can’t believe the time I…   First […]

PROMPTuesday #157: What Comes After Again

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

“I hate to tell you this,” he said with the hint of a grin, “but…”   But what?   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. Want to see […]

PROMPTuesday #156: The Easiest PROMPTuesday Ever in EverEverLand

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Tonight I plan to take my friend out for her birthday, a feat that is amazing considering the scheduling back-and-forths of five other people. Because see, my friend’s birthday was last Monday. Last LAST Monday. But what matters is that we finally did it! God stars sprinkle from the heavens! At any rate, we will […]

PROMPTuesday #155: Former Life

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

In this day and age of Facebook, I thought I’d ask a possibly relevant question:   Have you ever received a letter/email/friend request from a former lover? (This can be fictionalized)   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   […]

PROMPTuesday #154: Celebrity Encounter

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Pretty self-explanatory, right? My new pal Surfer Wife writes these celeb encounters so deliciously you ask for extra blueberry syrup on her outrageous prose pancake.   That didn’t sound proper in the least.   As for me, I lived in Los Angeles for several years and you better believe I got some stories. Coming soon, […]

PROMPTuesday #153: Drifter

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

I still need to post my PROMPTuesday submissions for the last two weeks (prompts: “hoarder” and “road trip“), but in the meantime? Today’s PROMPTuesday is:   Is there someone in your life you let go who you wish you could reconnect with today?   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your […]

PROMPTuesday #152: One Word Again

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

I’ve posted the “one word” prompts before, but I think they can be very helpful trigger words to spur stories or posts. So today? The one word is:   HOARDER.   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First […]

PROMPTuesday #151: Road Trip

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Do you remember this?   Now it’s YOUR turn. Write about a road trip you’ve taken. Heartbreak optional.   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. Want to see […]

PROMPTuesday #150: Follow the Trail

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Good God, it’s been three years of PROMPTuesdays almost to the day. That’s a long time of me sticking to something.   So let’s celebrate with some good old-fashioned storytelling!   Take a look at the picture below, and write a story in 10 minutes using the words “detective,” and “150.” (I returned to the […]

PROMPTuesday #149: Flash Fictionize

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I wrote this awhile ago for a Fiction Workshop, and just discovered it again. It needs work, but that’s the thing about flash fiction: It’s a great starting point for fleshed out stories. A fire starter of sorts. So…Today’s PROMPTuesday is:   Write a piece of flash fiction (write 1,000 words or less, don’t edit) […]

Protected: I’m Out

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

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PROMPTuesday #148: The Road Less Taken

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Many of my prompts lately have shared the same theme and I hope you’re all cool with that angsty fact. Self-examination is healthy right? Until it becomes obsessive?   Not that I’d know anything about that.   So this week’s prompt comes from a good friend who I love dearly and with every cell. She […]

PROMPTuesday #147: Proceed As If

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

This Saturday, I’m auditioning for something where I have to get up in front of people and talk. Boy am I nervous. I’ve written before that my fortes are pen, paper, and the keyboard. Say my words? Yikes. Sure I did it once before, but before I even began to talk I stood shaking for […]

PROMPTuesday #146: Books as Life

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Today? This is your creative writing prompt mission:   If you could live within any book for a week, which one would it be?   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit […]

PROMPTuesday #145: Tried and True

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Honestly? For the last few months or so, I’ve given much thought to retiring PROMPTuesday. There’s so many outstanding prompt websites out there, many which I visit regularly, that do it RIGHT. Stuff like full-on websites devoted to the prompting, Twitter parties, newsletters even. AND with all the prompt excellence, I don’t want to be […]

PROMPTuesday #144: Return to the Classics

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Boy. First of all, I’m LATE. I know. It’s Wednesday. Secondly, I haven’t updated much lately. I’ve been other places, but still. I miss my space here. Thirdly, I am once again re-running a “Greatest Hits” prompt. This one originally came from May, 2009. But I love it, I really do, and I plan to […]

PROMPTuesday #143: Which is Really #17

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

  I sit here with a high-fevered little girl and to-do list stuffed to the gills…so I am re-running a PROMPTuesday from many moons ago. I hope you find it enjoyous.   Today’s PROMPTuesday is lifted from Naomi Epel’s The Observation Deck, and is:   Show, don’t tell! — a cardinal rule of writing — […]

PROMPTuesday #142: To Forgive is Divine

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I tell myself you bleed like I do. I say that a lot. Over and over like a totem; a psalm to ground me. Same color blood. Same color blood. Same color blood. You hurt. You defend. You love. You need. You live in the same world. Same world. Same color blood. Same. Same. Same. […]

PROMPTuesday #141: Electric Life

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I’m sure you’re all familiar with The Secret, right? Manifest your destiny? Make your dreams real? Wish for a cup of coffee and it appears? That kind of thing. And you’re probably all over the Vision Boards, too. You know, cut out magazine pictures of how you want your life to look, paste them on […]

I Am…

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

{{My PROMPTuesday submission…}}   I am angel heart and devil fire Seeing eyes and burning soul   I am trapeze and open hands   I am mother and motherless   I am gravel and soil Pasture and sheep   I am traveler I am home  

PROMPTuesday #140: Where I Am

Monday, February 7th, 2011

This PROMPT is based on one I wrote in 2008. As I said then: “I think this started as a meme. I’ve read several outstanding versions of it over the last year, and I thought I’d like to offer it as a PROMPTuesday, so…   I am.   This week, tell us who you are, […]

PROMPTuesday #139: Remember Me Well

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

It was Spring 2006 and I was eight months pregnant with Booger. I’d signed up for a weekly discussion group through my church and showed up for the first meeting a little nervous and a lot unsure. I knew I wanted to connect with people in my community, and church seemed a good a place […]

PROMPTuesday #138: In a Flash

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Way back in April 2008, I introduced PROMPTuesday. Looking back, I see that I never ever not ever issued the prompt included in that introduction. So now I am:   It’s a doozy. You ready?   Write some flash fiction (write for three minutes, then stop.) These are your prompts:   “Egg” and “Horror genre.” […]

PROMPTuesday #136: Done

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

For today, something simple. Maybe. Probably not.   Either way, please consider the prompt:   What have you always wanted to do, but haven’t done yet?   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read […]

PROMPTuesday #135: Your Someone’s Playlist

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Dear Mom:   Do you remember when you and I were driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 1996? And I told you that if dad died, I would play Power of Two at his funeral? And you nodded when I told you the lyrics, but also felt a little sad — I could […]

PROMPTuesday #134: Bawdy Holiday Prose, Part Trois

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Hi! It’s that special time of year! A happy month of merrymaking and holiday cheer. Of friends, family, and fruitcakes. Of gifts from the heart and trees from the forest. Of chestnuts and golden balls.   Which brings me to…   The third installment of Bawdy Holiday Prose.   As I wrote back in December […]

PROMPTuesday #133: The First Sentence

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Last Thursday, I attended a friend’s White Elephant gift exchange, and stole the most perfect gift ever: The Writer’s Toolbox. I have to tell you: It was touch and go there for awhile. I very nearly resigned myself to not owning this most fabulous piece of magical wonder, but then as luck would have it, […]

PROMPTuesday #132: Scintillation, in the Family Way

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Courtesy of my friend, Paul: Today’s creative writing challenge should you choose to accept it, is to:   Write an everyday, “boring,” straightforward activity as if it were p$rn. Make it scintillating, but not too p#rny. We’re a family blog over here at San Diego Momma.   HA HA!   I make me laugh.   […]

PROMPTuesday #129: Your First Crush

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Do you remember him or her? I do — to a T and completely.   I was a fourth grader at a Foster City, California public school that was a little Montessori and a little rock and roll. Our hippy dippy principal made sure we took music class every week with Dennis, a friendly pothead […]

PROMPTuesday #128: Let it Go

Monday, November 1st, 2010

{{This prompt is inspired by Ellie…}}   Your writing challenge today?   (Photo from this place. While you’re there, check out the poem too.)   Write about surrender.   Whatever that means to you.   Please post your response in the comments and write about it on your blog and leave me the link.   […]

PROMPTuesday #127: Either/Or

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Write a story about a vice.   Not a vise.   Or a vise.   You know. We’re pretty open over here at PROMPTuesday.   Please post your response in the comments and write about it on your blog and leave me the link.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. […]

Glass on the Inside

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

This is my PROMPTuesday submission for today.   He sat in a shredded leather recliner, something shabby he’d hauled from apartment to apartment for 20 years. The chair faced a mirror, an ages-old oxymoronic gold flaked monstrosity so out of place among the chipped wood tables and leaning bookcases that populated his tiny one-bedroom like […]

PROMPTuesday #126: Mirror, Mirror

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

  Today’s creative writing prompt: Look in the mirror for one full minute. Don’t flinch or look away. Now close your eyes. What words come?   Write them down. Perchance, tell a story using those words.   Please post your response in the comments and write about it on your blog and leave me the […]

PROMPTuesday #124: Where Do You Go Now?

Monday, October 4th, 2010

  Oh Autumn, my Autumn. How you dredge up images of misted lakes and overgrown roads. Of beany soups and plastic princess masks that stole my breath. I will never forget your drifting leaves and crackling fires. Your dry hay swirls and new schoolbooks. The way you make me want to tell stories.   And […]

PROMPTuesday #123: Like Sangria for Paella

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Just yesterday, as I was straightening my ill-used and under-utilized cookbook pile, a piece of parchment fell to the floor. I couldn’t tell which book it’d shaken loose from, and I didn’t recognize the script, the recipe, or the name written on it. I hadn’t bought a cookbook in many moons, and as far as […]

PROMPTuesday #120: What Comes in the Spaces Between

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

  Before I left for the mountains Saturday morning, I’d been feeling a bit out of sorts; caterwauled, twitterpaited. For months, I’d been a receptacle for millions of megabits of input from hundreds of other people, mostly via various social media channels. Information kept hitting me upside the head from all sides, begging for response, […]

PROMPTuesday #116: The Voice Within

Monday, July 26th, 2010

When I was an eighth grader, I decided I wanted to be just like Julie Hinnegan. Athletic and popular, Julie had this amazing long, straight hair, even white teeth and a lispy girly laugh. Since I couldn’t be athletic OR popular and because my hair resembled chicken fluff, I only had the teeth and the […]


Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Hiya folks. No PROMPTuesday this week. But we’ll both be back.   Here’s a storytelly PROMPT from days of yore, if you want to check it out.   See you soon.   UPDATED: Here’s the story (from 9/08’s prompt). I feel bad for abandoning PROMPTuesday today and want to give you something.   He’d fallen […]

PROMPTuesday #109: What’s in the Basement?

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

You’re right. This story needs a good fictional ending. So please read it again and then tell me:   What’s in the basement?   Write the ending.   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? […]

PROMPTuesday #107: Not Flying in the V Formation

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Plain and simple, here’s this week’s PROMPTuesday creative writing prompt:   When is the first (or last) time you felt like a square peg in a round hole?   Post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? […]

PROMPTuesday #106: Turning Point, A Fork Stuck in the Road

Monday, May 10th, 2010

You know how you look back on your life and recognize certain moments that changed things forever? How you could have gone this way or that way, but you choose the way over there, and you’re a different person because of it?   For me, that moment was when I moved from Chicago to Los […]

PROMPTuesday #105: On Repeat

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

I don’t know why, I really, really don’t: But the lines I’m going to share below have repeated in my head lately. I first published this sometime in 2008 (PROMPTuesday #13 to be exact) and I want to provide the story starter again. I feel like it’s singing a siren song.   You get that, […]

PROMPTuesday 101: Slumber Story

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Today’s creative writing prompt is pretty cool, if I do blog so myself.   Check it:   Do you have a vivid or regularly repeating dream that stays in your mind long after you’re awake? Take some elements from this dream (or parts of a bunch of different dreams you remember) and write a story. […]

PROMPTuesday #100: WOW

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I admit it. I’ve given brief pause to retiring PROMPTuesday from my blog. What once used to be a joy and a challenge, has now turned into something “I must do” and that concerns me. But after careful reflection, I decided to be a tough old broad who hangs on until the last breath. You […]

PROMPTuesday #98: Lyrical

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Today? Please write a poem. Free form. Except…I do require one word be included: Halcyon.   Do it for me?   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. Want […]

PROMPTuesday #96: Where You At

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I am a girl from Chicago I shiver whenever the wind blows It reminds me of when The snow didn’t end And snot flowed freer than fro-yo   **************************   I live in a town with moms Sometimes it reminds me of prom Who goes with whom and what’s with the boobs Jewelry parties go […]

PROMPTuesday #92: 1,000 Words

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The Rock helped me out with this one. Tired and spent last night, I couldn’t put a PROMPT together for nothing. So my husband got on Ffffound and procured several images to inspire my thinking. I am including most of the pictures here. This week, I’d like if you were to pick one and write […]

PROMPTuesday #90: How-To

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Today? Teach us something. How do you flirt? Make a smoothie? Achieve balance in your life?   Step-by-step instructions please.   Thank you.   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about […]

PROMPTuesday #89: The Basics

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Let’s return to bare bones this week, what do you say?   I was given this exercise in a college writing class, and I clearly remember observing an older man who was eating alone. During my 15-minute study, I absorbed his every move and translated it to my writing. The way he carried the tray […]

PROMPTuesday #87: It’s Bawdy Holiday Prose Time!

Monday, December 21st, 2009

This is a companion piece to last year’s PROMPTuesday. Read the link first, then come back and give me what you got! (That’s what SHE said…)   I shouldn’t eat more Christmas dessert My intestines are really starting to hurt Though eat it I shall I’m that kind of gal Butt sure ain’t pretty under […]

PROMPTuesday #86: In The Name of Love

Monday, December 14th, 2009

What’s the grossest thing you ever did for somebody because you loved him/her/it?*   *Inspired by this weekend’s toenail-cutting adventure. Toenail cuttee will remain anonymous to protect my innocent dad.   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First […]

PROMPTuesday #85: What Moves You

Monday, December 7th, 2009

I’m having a hard time feeling the holidays this season. It’s bothering me, all this groping for meaning and coming up empty. So…would you share something that’s moved you recently? Or a spiritually uplifting moment you’ve experienced? Where were you? What happened?   I would love to know. I think it could spark something in […]

PROMPTuesday #84: I Never

Monday, November 30th, 2009

You know that game “I Never?” I’m the absolute worst at it. Mainly because I’ve never done anything outlandish or too illegal or controversial. I avoid the game at all costs without fail, because at the ripe old age of 41, I still end up looking like a lame Puritan. It’s embarrassing.   I mean, […]

PROMPTuesday #83: Sentence Starter

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

“In the thickest center of the woods, a circle of stones waited.”   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. Want to see what’s been written in the past? […]

PROMPTuesday #82: Is Almost 41

Monday, November 16th, 2009

  I’ve long been frustrated by my astrological sign. As a November 22 birthday, I dangle on the cusp of Scorpio and Sagittarius, and oft wish to be one or the other so I’m not loafing about in no man’s land. I feel identity-less, especially when people say, “He’s such a Taurus,” or “Well, what […]

PROMPTuesday #81: Open It Up

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Sometimes the simplest things nudge us irrevocably in one direction or another.   That’s my thinking this week as I introduce today’s PROMPT.   Start off with an uncomplicated, “I never knew…” and see what path you travel down as you write.   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog […]

PROMPTuesday #79: The Story Starter

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Here we go! This week, use the below in your first paragraph somewhere:   “You’re not going to win you know.” She couldn’t look at him when she said it.   “Maybe not. But I take heart in knowing that neither one of us will be the same when it’s all over.” He pushed the […]

PROMPTuesday #78: The Secret Cave

Monday, October 19th, 2009

So today my pediatrician says, “Influenza,” and I say, “Are you thinking H1N1?” and he says, “I AM thinking H1N1 because it is the only strain out there right now,” and I say, “But H1N1 isn’t supposed to be real…it’s supposed to be a construct of my imagination that slowly drives me insane until April,” […]

PROMPTuesday #77: Keeping the Towel

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Today, write about a time you almost gave up on something, but didn’t.   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. Want to see what’s been written in the […]

PROMPTuesday #76: Waz Up In There?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

It’s story time!   Today’s PROMPT is:   A new maid comes to your home to clean, and as you’re about to leave to run an errand, you find her to say you’ll be right back, but instead of dusting, you see her in your bathroom rifling through your medicine cabinet. Tell the rest of […]

PROMPTuesday #75: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Today’s PROMPT comes courtesy of Mama Mary, and it’s a doozy. In a good, thinkey kind of way.   I’m going to let her explain your mission for today (actually, you’ve got several days to do this…):   “Let’s say I am casting for a new reality tv show/web series called “Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda.” Either […]

PROMPTUESDAY #74: A Day in The Life

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

I’m itching for a good old fashioned style prompt and so I’m going to indulge myself today.   In 200 words or less, describe a day in the life of an obsessive twitterer.   I know it’s been done, but the Twits in Twitterland are so asking for it.   Please post your submission in […]

PROMPTUESDAY #73: Silliloquy*

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

After a recent evening out, The Rock and I arrived home at 12:06AM and wondered aloud what to pay the babysitter. She’d arrived at about 7PM and since we were between hours, the payment protocol was all off. Should we pay her from 7PM to 12AM? Or, 7PM to 12:30AM? Or 7PM to 12:15AM? And […]

PROMPTuesday #68: Hi From Nuts R Us

Monday, August 10th, 2009

You’re in a mental institution. What finally drove you crazy?   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   And also — First time to PROMPTuesday? Welcome! Read a bit about this weekly writing exercise here.   (Want to see […]

PROMPTuesday #66: Love, Me

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Once in my early 20s, a cheating buttwad of a boyfriend lent me his grey Toyota Tercel hatchback. I drove it from Los Angeles to my family’s home in San Diego and planned to meet him there because he was a marine and often stayed at my mom and dad’s place between his Camp Pendleton […]

PROMPTuesday #65: Come Here and You Will Know What to Do

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Three words today:   Ancient, visionary, coma   Extra bonus points: Incorporate words into a dream sequence.   Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.   And also — First time to PROMPTuesday? Welcome! Read a bit about this weekly […]

PROMPTuesday #64: Eeeeeevvvvvviiiilllll

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Lately, I’ve found my pockmarked brain really enjoying children’s programming. (Except for Yo Gabba Gabba. Do not watch Yo Gabba Gabba. My friend, Island Girl, is right when she says that show is like a kid rave.) That, and Kidz Bop, are why all our children are making out in second grade bathrooms.   At […]

PROMPTuesday #63: Looking Back

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Hi, it’s me. No, don’t worry. I’m fine. It’s just there’s so many holes to patch (oh, metaphor), and paints to brush, and cartons to pack, and whines to have, and frozen dinners to artificially warm that make me feel like less of a mom.   What? When will I ever not have an issue […]

PROMPTuesday #62: Whose Line is it Anyway?

Monday, June 29th, 2009

I got the below line from somewhere and can’t recall from where. Can you imagine a greater treason if you’re a writer? Still, it’s a great prompt starter and I can’t resist, even if I’m unable to give the original author credit.   So please, write a story using the line “Flying through the streets […]

PROMPTuesday #61: Imagine That

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

I’m scared to fly. Best of all and super exciting is that I get to do it next month for my brother’s wedding. In New York. (Can’t you people get married where there’s easier ground transportation? And in a city of closer proximity not necessitating air travel?)   For God’s sake.   At any rate, […]

PROMPTuesday #60: Lie to Me

Monday, June 15th, 2009

We got a meme this week, folks. And I’m going with it because the topic intrigues me and I love to lie for sport. So by way of Green Girl, this meme/PROMPT is as follows:   “Sometimes you can learn more about a person by what they don’t tell you, or from the things they […]

PROMPTuesday #59: Decisions, Decisions

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

The Rock and I are in the process of making some major decisions on our future. Really BIG decisions. Ones that can change lives. Alter the trajectory of our existence even.   We might move to the suburbs.   I know.   But this is good, right? Costco proximity? Cul de sacs? Girl scouts? Crazy […]

PROMPTuesday #58: We All Need One

Monday, June 1st, 2009

  We’ve got all kinds of friends, haven’t we? The serious ones, the anal ones, the silly ones, the lost ones, the distant ones, the ironclad ones.   Today, let’s write about the fun ones. Do you have a friend who makes you laugh and is a guaranteed good time? Write about this friend. Tell […]

PROMPTuesday #57: Your Novel

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

I imagine that every person in the world at one point or another, says, “I should write a book.” Whether it be a how-to parenting guide, a memoir about your life in the circus, or a good old-fashioned murder mystery, we’ve all thought it, right?   “I should write a book.”   Or maybe you […]

PROMPTuesday #55: Back to Basics, The PMS Edition

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I think I’m re-using PROMPTuesday titles. And I suppose I could check, but I’d much rather put my energy into posting this kick-ass prompt sure to blow your shirt up (a mentalist device otherwise known as “trying to convince oneself”).   Here it is, my pretty, pretty foxes (stands next to the curtain ready to […]

PROMPTuesday #54: Stay Classic

Monday, May 4th, 2009

  I’ll just put it out there this week:   What was your favorite toy as a child? Write a vignette about playing with it. (What did you feel? Who were you with? Where did you live?)   Let’s hopelessly date ourselves with this one. What do ya say?   Meanwhile, for any new readers, […]

PROMPTuesday #52: Craziest Travel Adventure

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Have I done this one before? I’m way too tied up with my soy taquitos to check. Also, The Rock has raging infections in both eyes and I’m trying to nurse him back to health by sitting way over here at the kitchen table while berating him to wash his hands and not fling bacteria […]

PROMPTuesday #51: Gonna be Startin’ Something

Monday, April 13th, 2009

This week, I wanted to return to the first line prompt, because I’m feeling all fictiony and sublime and I have no idea what that means, so ignore me.   Still here?   Oh good! I love you people.   Here’s PROMPTuesday #51: Please finish the story begun with these sentences:   She lifted the […]

PROMPTuesday #49: Pieces of Me

Monday, March 30th, 2009

  Hi-ho! Good to be here. Of course, my eyes water and the head swims from over-editing of businessy documents and such like, but I think I will survive with the creative salvation that is PROMPTuesday.   So, this week, let’s look in our purses and billfolds, poppets. Pull something out. Tell a story about […]

PROMPTuesday #48: L-O-V-E

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

UPDATED: If you left a link in the comments, consider leaving it here too, and participate in an online wedding proposal event!   This is a special one. Someone I dearly like a lot is going to get engaged soon — she just doesn’t know it yet. To celebrate, this PROMPTuesday is all about love. […]

PROMPTuesday #47: The Triumvirate

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Hi, and things have been hard. I’m waiting for my universe to right itself again. Or rather, I’m working to right it again, but meanwhile, I’m popping in with a PROMPTuesday.   Because gah, I’m sick of thinking about myself.   This week’s writer’s helper comes from Toasted Cheese, a website for writers founded and […]

PROMPTuesday #46: Humility

Monday, March 9th, 2009

(Amazingly beautiful photo from Chad Pollpeter)   I’ve got something to tell you…and will write it here tomorrow or soon after, but the gist is humility. So in honor of humbling myself today to (please God) be better, I’m adopting the theme for this week’s PROMPTuesday.   Here it is: Write a story about when […]

PROMPTuesday #45: You’re Published!

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

  So I’ve revived my manuscript-in-progress, quite surprised to find I’m further along than I thought. Plus, I’ve corralled the journals, scraps, and napkins that link my plot like a cotton candy locomotive, and I’m incorporating the airy tufts, making them real. Best of all, I started to muse again. Gosh darn, I love this […]

PROMPTuesday #44: Pastiche

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

So I’m putting PROMPTuesday up early this week. For two reasons. One: It’s pretty much done for me with the whole post tag team thing we’ve got going, and Two: I expect to be up all night busily searching boxes for old high school photos of me wearing pajamas to class (un-ironically and intentionally).   […]

PROMPTuesday #42: Remember When?

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Music — such lyrical salve. My cell nuclei thrums to beautiful, raw words set to pounding — or rolling — melody, and my white light positively beams at live shows, where I sit somewhere close to the amplifier, each piece of skin, bone, plasma, pulsing, exploding. I bear witness to a singer’s true face, soul […]

PROMPTuesday #41: Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

This week (all exhausting day-and-a-half of it) has been rife with ups and downs, bumps and glitches, despair and redemption, so I’m making this PROMPTuesday akin to comfort food. That means I’m returning to a traditional prompty set-up, where I issue a situation and a word and you go to writer town. Yes sir, I […]

PROMPTuesday #40: Phoning It In

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

So tonight I basically asked a man why he was in a wheelchair.* If “basically” were “I did.” And since I’m still toothpicking toenail shards from my teeth, I’m phoning in an easy PROMPTuesday this morning.   This week, tell us about your first job. As I recently twittered, I worked at the Jelly Bowl […]

PROMPTuesday #39: The Interview

Monday, January 19th, 2009

This week, let’s do something fun! And fakeducational! Or loopy! Depending.   My friend Kizz inspired this PROMPTuesday, even busy as she is working her way through all the PROMPTuesdays of yore.   So Kizz’s idea was to do something funny. And THAT came to her as she watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with Ricky […]

PROMPTuesday #38: My Awesome Things

Monday, January 12th, 2009

So obviously, I’ve veered from my typical PROMPTs these past two weeks. But that’s all part of being creative, right? Departing from the norm? Mixing it up? Puttin’ on the ritz? (I don’t analyze this stuff, folks, I just blog past my bedtime and hope it all makes sense in the morning.)   Either way, […]

PROMPTuesday #37: Book Club

Monday, January 5th, 2009

This is a little more unorthodox than my usual PROMPTuesdays, only because I recently saw a list of 101 Things For A Mom Blogger to Write About, and the starter “The Best Book I Ever Read Was…” jumped out at me. Now I know it’s not a fresh topic, nor bawdy nor random, but I […]

PROMPTuesday #36: The Senses

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Well, well, well, here we are again. It’s PROMPTuesday time already. I’ve got to tell you…this week’s is one of my favorites. For two reasons: the picture below has always intrigued me, and I love the song that accompanies it.   I know I’ve done the whole study a photo thing before, plus I’ve included […]

PROMPTuesday #35: The Secret

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

(One more day for the Stocking Stuff Giveaway!) It’s over, baby. **********************************************************************************   I apologize for delaying publication of this week’s PROMPTuesday. Thank you for the notes threatening me with non-specific injury to my person if I didn’t get on the stick. It’s just that I needed to know someone loved me. I know, I […]

PROMPTuesday #34: Bawdy Prose. Why? Because it’s the Holidays.

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Look, I’m sorry to do this to you, but it has to be done. Why, I can’t say. I don’t tend to examine my inspiration. It’s so often demented and idiotic.   What I regret perpetuating upon your writerly person is this: For today’s PROMPTuesday, please compose a holiday limerick.   As you may or […]

PROMPT: Too Long and Over the Limit

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

I often pretended Maura Dominiak’s nooks and crannies house were mine. Big, rustic, rife with wood, and usually empty of parental supervision. Full of antique stoves and stained glass and porcelain knobs. After fall’s football games, we’d drive up to the detached garage with the warped edges that never shut properly, park behind the Peugeot, […]

PROMPTuesday #33: Think Back

Monday, December 1st, 2008

I’m going for easy peasy lemon squeezy today. Emphasis on “squeezy,” because I KNOW we’ve all got something squeezy to share for this one.   So think back to when you were 15. Let the year play itself back to you. Pick one memory — even if it’s just a mere moment that stands out […]

PROMPTuesday #32: One Word

Monday, November 24th, 2008

I took today’s PROMPTuesday from One Word to keep it simple this week (especially after the labyrinth-like PROMPT from last Tuesday.   So this week, write on this:     Just look at the word. And write. That’s all. (Oh were but it that simple, right?) (Or — “but were it that simple?”) (Is that […]

PROMPTuesday #31: Faking It

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Let’s see if I can write this without getting my tongue tied:   This PROMPTuesday, write a story about someone faking a skill to gain the attention of someone else, which only forces him/her into a situation where s/he must use this skill in order to save him/herself from a bigger threat.

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PROMPTuesday #30: Over the Hills and Far Away

Monday, November 10th, 2008

  (Painting by Rebecca)   This PROMPTuesday, make up a story inspired by the picture above. Include the link to your story/post in the comments or feel free to leave your submission here, also in the comments section.   I’ll be back to submit my take on it tomorrow, but… meanwhile…to bone up on PROMPTuesdays, […]

PROMPTuesday #29: I Was There

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

History’s being made, can you feel it? The bubbles in the atmosphere? The sense that when they pop, the air around them will change? Or else the they’ll float into space, bouncing like sound waves, carrying the news of today into tomorrow?   So where were you when history was laid down? Was the TV […]

PROMPTuesday #28: Where I’m From

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I think this started as a meme. I’ve read several outstanding versions of it over the last year, and I thought I’d like to offer it as a PROMPTuesday, so…   I am.   This week, tell us who you are, what’s inside, where you’re from. Share your memory fragments, those visions in your head, […]

PROMPTuesday #27: Trippin’

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

  For today’s PROMPTuesday, I ask that you write about a trip or an excursion that left you changed in some way. Did you conquer a fear on your trip? Learn something about yourself? Learn something about another person? Break up? Get together? Consider hospital time for the largest walking blister this side of Manhattan? […]

PROMPTuesday #26: And We Shall Prevail

Monday, October 13th, 2008

In light of my upcoming trip this Wednesday, today’s PROMPT is short and sweet (and selfish).   Can you tell me a story of a fear you’ve overcome? Fiction is of course, welcome. As are poems. Or one-liners. In fact, anything goes.   Anything.   Go!   (And thank you.)  

PROMPTuesday #25: The Wine’s Drunk, But the Memories Remain

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Would you guys bear with me for a few more weeks? I’m sucking, I know. It’s just that I’ve been so busy. (And you know, panicked.)   Annnnyyywayyy.   Here’s the thing. My mom used to collect wine corks from dinners or parties with friends, which she’d ask everyone at the dinner or party to […]

PROMPTuesday #24: The One-Liner

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Excellent writer and super cool blogger, Tap Dancing on the Edge of Reason, provided me with her son’s writing prompt, which I think will work just fine for this PROMPTuesday. Just fine indeed.   It is:   “You are in a corn field, with your dog, when all of a sudden, a plastic…”   Imagine […]

PROMPTuesday #23: TV Pilot

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

I saw a pretty funny movie on Showtime this weekend. TV Set. Have you seen it? It’s not the best thing since a burn-free face, but it IS a delightful, fluffy romp. It’s about a writer whose TV pilot script is “revamped” and “restructured” by television producers who don’t know what they’re doing. In short, […]

PROMPTuesday #22: Writing Poetry

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Today, write a poem including the following lines in any order:   “I tie a ribbon in a foolish way”   “The delicious fragility of this travesty”   “Where we still laugh and wish” (Prompt courtesy of CreativeWritingPrompts)   Go for it! And really, you’re all so good, I don’t want to hear any about […]

PROMPTuesday #21: Tell Us A Story

Monday, September 8th, 2008

He’d fallen asleep at the wheel. Must’ve been just a second or two, because his truck never strayed from its straight course. Then again, since he crossed into Wyoming’s Great Plains, he’d been going straight. He shrugged his shoulders, squinted at the road, and stuck his left ear out the window as far as it’d […]

PROMPTuesday #20: Memory Description

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Today marks back-to-school time, and when I was a kid, I loved this time of year. It’s why I adore autumn. All summer, I anticipated the week before school, when I’d hurry out to buy my school supplies, stick pennies in my loafers, and carefully cover my textbooks.   But I was a geek.   […]

PROMPTuesday #19: Random Simplicity.

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Word: Egg. Genre: Romantic Comedy. What? Write a movie synopsis. Or a pitch? Maybe a snippet of dialogue. Perhaps a story. And include an egg(s). Go.   The Rules: You must write your entry in 10 minutes. This encourages top-of-mind, primal thinking before the ego and judgmental brain kick in. Just set a timer, make […]

PROMPTuesday #18: Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The fantawonderful couple, Paul and the Cocktail Maven, recently proposed a PROMPTuesday idea, which caught my fancy, so I’m making it official here.   As they wrote:   William Carlos Williams’s poem “This is just to say…” is basically about people who know they are supposed to say I’m sorry and apologize — but skirt […]

PROMPTuesday #17: Get Specific

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Today’s PROMPTuesday is lifted from Naomi Epel’s The Observation Deck, and is sponsored by the dog days of summer, the lethargy unleashed after consuming three urns of buttered popcorn, and menstruation-induced anemia.   So, from the Observation Deck: Show, don’t tell! — a cardinal rule of writing — is another way of saying “be specific.” […]

PROMPTuesday #16: Give ‘Em a Piece of Your Mind

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Dear Everyone,   You are all fabulous. You offer advice, bolster my confidence, provide support, say you’ll fly with me to New York to stall my inevitable nervous breakdown, AND play with me every Tuesday. I think you’re great. Also, those pants/Crocs/Underoos/chaps really bring out your eyes.   Thank you.   Love, Mrs. San Diego […]

PROMPTuesday #15: One Word Says It All

Monday, July 28th, 2008

New to PROMPTuesday? Welcome! Find out more here.   Meanwhile, today’s writing prompt is going to be simple (in name only).   Write about deception. Whatever that means to you. Can be fact or fiction.   As always, here are PROMPTuesday’s rules:   You must write your entry in 10 minutes. This encourages top-of-mind, primal […]

Never the Same Since

Monday, July 28th, 2008

The spider entrenched on my patio door provided an apt metaphor. Its metallic legs dug into my screen, seemingly attempting a break-in. I watched its bulk from the corner of my eye as I dialed number after number into my boyfriend’s pager. I’d been collecting these phone numbers for months. Either I’d seen them appear […]

PROMPTuesday #14: Use Your Ears

Monday, July 21st, 2008

I’m a big fan of using music for writerly inspiration, and so I thought I’d try that here, with you.   To evoke your own inspiration, listen to the song here, then write the pictures that appear in your mind. You don’t need to craft an entire paragraph, although of course you can. Rather, let […]

PROMPTuesday #13: Finish It

Monday, July 14th, 2008

First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. Want to see what’s been written in the past? Catch up on the PROMPTuesdays archive here.   In the meantime, for today’s exercise, I’d love you to add to the sentences provided below. Complete the paragraph and continue the story.   **********************************************************************************   “Wait!” I […]

PROMPTuesday #12: The Guest Hostess

Monday, July 7th, 2008

So my friend The Cocktail Maven, book clubber extraordinaire and creator of the ever popular “Cocktails in Historic Places” group, e-mailed me with the news that PROMPTuesdays inspired her to complete a 2,000-word short story.   And I was pleased.   So pleasured was I that I thought she should create this week’s PROMPTuesday prompt. […]

PROMPTuesday #11: The Infomercial

Monday, June 30th, 2008

This week, please humor me by writing an infomercial for this product:     OK, go! (But first: Are you going to make this an infomercial for a super-duper jumbo turbo vibratron? Really? Me too!)   Well, before you proceed, here are the “rules” (YAWNNNN):   You must write your entry in 10 minutes. This […]

PROMPTuesday #10: Dream Book

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Welcome to PROMPTuesday! Glad you’re here. So, lucky number 10, huh? Right? Holy cridoodle. There’s been 10 PROMPTuesdays already! You’re all growing up right before my eyes. Soon, you’ll be pouring whiskey into Clinique trial hairspray bottles and sneaking into the janitor’s bathroom during your high school homecoming game to get buzzed. But you’ll forget […]

PROMPTuesday #9: Poetic Inspiration

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Today’s PROMPTuesday keeps it simple.   Read this poem (one of my favorites):   Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock by Wallace Stevens   The houses are haunted By white night-gowns. None are green, Or purple with green rings, Or green with yellow rings, Or yellow with blue rings. None of them are strange, With socks of […]

PROMPTuesday #8: You Know What They Say About a Picture

Monday, June 9th, 2008

This PROMPTuesday is about what lies beneath. So this week, I’d like you to look at this picture:     …and very quickly write down the first three words that come to mind. Now, start writing, using those words anywhere in your story. (Be sure to name the three words in your post or comments […]

PROMPTuesday #7: The Story Spinner

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

  (Thank you everyone who called and e-mailed me, I’m humbled. I really am. I’ll update on my mental state soon. The news isn’t all bad.)   On to this week’s PROMPTuesday. So as I was thinking of what to do this time, my wise and creative friend, Kristine, reminded me of the “first sentence” […]

PROMPTuesday #6: Don’t Be Yourself

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Happy Memorial Day! Hope it was a good one. I, for one, percolated over PROMPTuesday. This time, I wanted to do something unique, something block-busting, something random and ridiculous…and I feel confident that what I came up with will confuse and befuddle you. But that’s OK! Because confusion leads to creativity! You’ve read that somewhere, […]

PROMPTuesday #5: It’s All in the Tone

Monday, May 19th, 2008

First of all, let me say, thanks. Your participation in PROMPTuesdays has been inspirational, fun, heartbreaking, thought-provoking and motivational. Just as good writing should be. And I appreciate it.   I also hope to appeal to the lurkers and encourage you to submit something for PROMPTuesdays. There’s so judgment here and we’d all love to […]

PROMPTuesday, Exercise #4: My First Love

Monday, May 12th, 2008

No intro today.   Just this: Write about your first love. Work the phrase, “Beauty in the shadows,” into the piece. This one can go to 250 words.   Other “rules” (air quotes implied and used ironically):   You must write your entry in 10 minutes. This encourages top-of-mind, primal thinking before the ego and […]

PROMPTuesday Exercise #3: The Door

Monday, May 5th, 2008

PROMPTuesday came around quick, didn’t it?   And here I was, just a few short hours ago, sitting at book club, innocently forgetting that shortly, a new writing prompt must be posted, so I, without a care in the world, poured myself another glass of wine…   But: I’m BACK, suckas! And as such, a […]

PROMPTuesday Exercise #2

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Allrighty oh! It’s PROMPTuesday again! Time to rev your writing engines. Lube your brain. Check your filter at the door. (What? I don’t know. I just blog here).   OK. For your background and historical reference, here is a primer on PROMPTuesdays. And here is the first PROMPTuesday exercise from last week.   And now, […]

PROMPTuesday Exercise #1

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Here we go! It’s out first PROMPTuesday! And remember: ANYONE can participate. This is for fun. Even if you don’t care a hill of beans for creative writing prompts or, for that matter, creative writing in general, you are welcome in this place of non-judgment and happy color rainbows! Yeah! Miss Mary/Barry Sunshines all over […]

PROMPTuesdays: Let’s Make Writing Fun Again!

Monday, April 21st, 2008

  Let Your Imagination Bear Fruit.   So I want to be a writer. How about you? Or, maybe you just want to play with words, take pleasure in the creation of something thought-provoking, humorous, insightful?   Either way, I’ve decided to do something on San Diego Momma to inspire me, flex my writing muscles […]