Writing Prompt: Lost World

Today’s writing prompt comes from Lothar Zhou. You can find more at his DeviantArt page or his site.

I wonder what future civilizations, thousands of years from now would make of the relics of our wars.

Lost World, by Lothar Zhou

Lost World, by Lothar Zhou

Musings on ‘Real Jobs’

So, as I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I started a new day job recently. It’s… OK, at best, and that is OK, because that’s what I expected. I also got (get) a lot of “at least it’s something” or “hey, it’s a job” from very well-meaning friends. Yes, it is both those things. But why is it so different?

I’m quite sure it’s a refrain that most starving artists have heard- and to a point, it’s true. A steady source of income is a good thing, it keeps food on the table and a roof over it. The thing I don’t say to the people who lend that supposed comfort is that the same week I took this job, I turned down two others, both of which were far more lucrative. One would have driven me completely insane (anyone who was around for this time LAST year will attest to my mental state from THAT job. This was a continuation of it). The other would have required a lot of travel- not something I dislike by any means, but would basically mean I had no set writing schedule. So the job I took won’t make me rich, but it will keep me fed and allow me to focus on writing.

It’s something.

I went and saw Marian Call on Friday, and she was predictably fantastic, but more than her music, it really inspired me to push through some of my own mental blocks. Readings to only a few people, for example. It’s part of the process, and I have to be better about it. I’m adjusting my routine, as I mentioned the other day, to wrap up the three projects I’m working on in a timely fashion. So, yeah. Something.

I want more than something.


Writing Prompt: Two Moons

This weeks writing prompt is a bit different. This time, it’s a concept: What if the Earth had two natural satellites?

World of Two Moons, Vitaly Zaporozhenko

Since this is just a for-fun writing prompt, I’ll let you choose how you want to handle this, but here are some talking points if you want more:

  • What is the effect on mythology?
  • What about the tides? And Earth’s orbit?
  • Are they twins, or different?
  • Which one do we visit first and why?

Have fun!

Writing Prompt: Blick von Oben

I am introducing a new feature here: A writing prompt. Personally, I love them in all their forms- visual art, songs or just a sentence or a word. So I’ll be posting a different one every week.

The Rules: This is fairly free-form, so feel free to do whatever. Let’s keep it short, but it doesn’t have to be flash. Post on your blog or where-have-you and post the link in the comments. I’ll send the best submission a mystery box* of awesomeness**, plus a digital copy of 3024AD: Short Stories Series One (assuming you didn’t buy it from that link like you should have).

Here’s your writing prompt for this week, by Blick von Oben. I’ll announce the winner in next weeks post: