Image Prompt #1


Today is an Image Prompt day.

I’ve always been exceptionally fond of prompts that start with a picture because that’s what started me on the path to become an author.

In sixth grade, my teacher put an image up on the overhead projector (does that reference reveal my age yet?). The picture was of a great big tree full of green leaves. Our assignment for the day was to write a story related to the picture. I wrote about triplets who stayed too long in their tree house (in that amazing tree) who had to be rescued by their parents when wolves surrounded their tree.

It was silly and juvenile and I’m too embarrassed by it to actually show it to you, but that was the first piece of fiction I remember writing. And that was the piece that made me realize that I loved telling stories, I wasn’t that bad at it, and I could get better. It’s what made me decide to be an author, so image prompts will always be close to my heart.

I’ve included two images to work from today. Pick one (or both if you’re feeling ambitious) and write something inspired by the image. You can use something in the image, the feeling it invokes, or whatever the image makes you think of.

If you write a piece and end up posting it somewhere online, please link back to it here on a comment so we can all enjoy it too.

I’ll be posting my own piece next week.

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Where I’m From: 2015 Edition


Here is the first edition of the “Where I’m From” prompt I’ll be doing annually. I look forward to sharing this with you every year and reading some of your attempts at the prompt that you can find here on last week’s post.


I am from spiral notebooks, from Super Gel pens and homemade jewelry.

I am from a box-filled, cluttered ,mess with a hidden black cat, no couches, and a half-butt kitchen.

I am from the heather filled moors, the clover and thistle of highland hills.

I am from lifelong learners and blue-collar workers, from Carol Anne and Hadyn and Cameron.

I am from the inability to be on time as a group and the meticulous organization of desks and computer files.

From share with your sister and don’t talk to strangers.

I am from wooden crosses, open fields, comforting ritual, and solitary practice.

I’m from Pennsylvania and Scotland, pretzels and “turkey” stew.

From the lecture tour five-great-grandfather Brown took back to Scotland as a Canadian MP, the evangelizing of a better life in Northern America and the drive to always keep learning after finishing each degree.

I am from the digital realms and shoeboxes in closets, from 8mm films and video cassette tapes.

I am from remembrances of places grandparents visited and we later learned.

I am from the little moments frozen in time with birthday candles, summer pools, and forever friends.

I am from memories, friends, mementos, family, music, and laughter.

Where I’m From: The Prompt


I came across a really neat prompt for blogging recently, and I like it so much I’d like to share.

You can find the original prompt with its author’s version of the filled in prompt here.

They started with a cool quote: “If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll have a hard time saying where you’re going.” Wendell Berry

The prompt is based on a poem by George Ella Lyons called “Where I’m From” and can be found at the end of the post ready for your to fill out. I’d love to hear everyone’s responses to the prompt. Post it on your blog and leave me a link in the comments, or on the comments next week when I post the 2015 edition.

I really like this prompt and it has a lot of room for creativity, so I’m going to make it a tradition of sorts. Once a year I’m going to do the prompt again and post it to the blog to see where I’m from that year that might be different from the year before or the year after.

The “Where I’m From” Prompt:

I am from _______ (specific ordinary item), from _______ (product name) and _______.

I am from the _______ (home description… adjective, adjective, sensory detail).

I am from the _______ (plant, flower, natural item), the _______ (plant, flower, natural detail)

I am from _______ (family tradition) and _______ (family trait), from _______ (name of family member) and _______ (another family name) and _______ (family name).

I am from the _______ (description of family tendency) and _______ (another one).

From _______ (something you were told as a child) and _______ (another).

I am from (representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description.

I’m from _______ (place of birth and family ancestry), _______ (two food items representing your family).

From the _______ (specific family story about a specific person and detail), the _______ (another detail, and the _______ (another detail about another family member).

I am from _______ (location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their worth).