Sunday, December 26, 2021

Writing Prompt: The Reindeer Offseason

With Christmas over, it's officially the offseason for Santa's elves and reindeer.  The elves won't have to build toys like crazy for a few months.  The reindeer won't have to fly around the world overnight for another year.  So how on Earth do they pass the time?

Reindeer by Johan Christian Dahl (circa 1850)

For today's writing prompt, spin us a tale of -

what the elves and the reindeer do in the offseason!

Monday, December 13, 2021

Writing Prompt: Mystery at the North Pole

It's almost Christmas and a season of celebration and good cheer.  But, just as Grinches roam mall parking lots looking for unsecured loot, there can be crimes and mysteries among the celebrations.  For today's writing prompt, spin us a tale of --

 mystery and intrigue at the North Pole.  

With a workshop full of mischievous elves and talking reindeer, the place seems perfect for a light hearted cozy mystery. What could go wrong at the North Pole?  Lots of things.  Where is Santa's sack of toys?  Who painted Rudolph's nose blue?  Who tripped Prancer?  There could many mysteries in the Christmas village.  Try something light or sinister and serious.  Your imagination is the limit!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Adventure Writing Prompt: Delivering Supplies

We hear more and more about supply chain issues and disruptions on the news.  We are also starting to see store shelves empty of a few items from far away places.  Whether it's food, medicine, or household goods, supplies are important.  They come to use via plane, train, truck, and more.  We want our stuff!

Forest Service Pack Mules prepare to deliver supplies to firefighters in 2014, Pacific Southwest Region 5, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

For today's writing prompt, write a story about logistics.  Write a story about a time when -

Supplies had to get through!

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Adventure Writing Prompt: A Rescue

Doctors know that getting seriously injured people to trauma centers within an hour is critical. It can be a matter of life and death.  Throughout the world, first responders like firemen, paramedics, and Coast Guard personnel risk their own lives in order to get people to help quickly.  They pluck people from mountainsides, rush into burning buildings to rescue people overcome by smoke, and dive into raging seas to get the shipwrecked to safety.

For today's writing prompt, write a short story about --

a rescue.

An Air Ambulance sits on a Landing Pad at a hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee


Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Writing Prompt: The Old Shed

Everyone wants to know what's behind a locked door.  Everyone wants to know what's in an old building.  It's probably why photography forums like Abandoned Virginia or Abandoned Georgia are so popular.  When we see an old building or a ramshackle outbuilding, it brings out our inner explorer and wakes our sense of adventure.  We can't resist.  We want to know.  What's inside?  What do they keep in there?  Have you ever seen someone use it?  Are there snakes?  Are there critters?  Are there creatures?  

For today's writing prompt, write a short piece of fiction that answer the question:

What's in this old shed down in Florida? 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Setting Writing Prompt: Shipwrecked

Tropical islands can be a paradise.  However, things can get serious if you are shipwrecked and stranded on one far from civilization. So many questions get urgent:  Where would you get water?  Where would you get food?  How could you get help?  How could you get back to civilization?  

For today's writing prompt, write a short story that features 

survivors stranded on a tropical island.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Writing Prompt: A Top Gun Tale

The original Top Gun movie was released in 1986. The F-14 Tomcat is a museum piece now. But, Top Gun is coming back to the theatres with a new installment. You can almost see the afterburners and hear the faint echoes of the Kenny Loggins' Danger Zone theme song.

Revvin' up your engine
Listen to her howlin' roar
Metal under tension
Beggin' you to touch and go

Highway to the Danger Zone

Ride into the Danger Zone

Headin' into twilight
Spreadin' out her wings tonight
She got you jumpin' off the deck
Shovin' into overdrive

Highway to the Danger Zone!

For today's writing prompt and in celebration of a new Topgun Movie, write a story involving a -

fighter plane and pilot!

Writing Prompt: The Reindeer Offseason

With Christmas over, it's officially the offseason for Santa's elves and reindeer.  The elves won't have to build toys like craz...