A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017 – Days 11-20: The Links

We are over half way through the challenge now and the end is almost in sight!  I hope you’ve all been enjoying the prompts.  The responses have been amazing; you folk are a talented bunch of writers and poets and I’m ever so grateful to you all for joining in.

Here are the links to the responses that have been posted so far.  If I have missed any off, get in touch and I will add it to the list.

Also, don’t worry if you are late to the challenge, I will still add your link to this post once you have written your response as long as you have published it during September.  That means there is still plenty of time to join in!

Day 11: Write a story in 100 words or less set in the ocean.

Day 12: Write a poem about boundaries or a boundary.  Any length.

Day 13: The prompt is “another planet”.  Format and length is your choice.

Day 14: Write a story in less than 10 words about a dream..

Day 15: Write a 50 word story set in the year you were born.  You don’t have to declare what year that was 😉

Day 16: Write a poem on the theme of echo.  Any length

Day 17: Write a 50 word story on the theme of memory.

Day 18: The prompt is “shopping list”.  The format and length are your choice.

Day 19: You’re on your way to work and a new, strange-looking shop has opened over night.  You are drawn to it and go in but what – or who – is inside?  Tell us in less than 100 words.

Day 20: Write a poem in under 20 lines inspired by a myth, legend or fairy tale.


Echoes Through Time

Endlessly repeating

Chanting mysteriously, in this

Hollow, cavernous space, words I can’t catch

Over and over they go, lost to time

Written for Day 16 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017: Write a poem on the theme of “echo”.  Any length.


Life is nothing like I dreamed it would be…

Written for Day 14 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017: Write a story in less than 10 words about a dream.

I like the term “wool-gathering”, which the Oxford Dictionary defines as, “indulgence in aimless thought or dreamy imagining; absent mindedness”. (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/wool-gathering)

The Frozen City

I had never seen anything like it.  A city made of crystal, that shimmered in the light of the sun, moon and stars. So different and bizarre to my eyes was it, that I could have been on another planet.  Perhaps I was.  Or perhaps it was the same planet, but a different time; a different reality.  I could not say.  I was puzzled by many things, the chief of which was how I came to be here, a mystery I had yet to find the answer to.

To look at it from a distance – and I did, for I was so taken by its beauty – you would see a collection of upside down icicles.  Some ended in sharp points.  Others appeared as if they had been broken, their tops snapped off, leaving either strange jagged protrusions or else being weathered smooth by the passage of time.

It looked cold, a city of winter in the heart of a forest that stretched for thousands of miles in every direction.  But looks can be deceiving.  There was warmth there and much jollity to be found.  The people were quick to laugh and slow to anger.

It was a pleasant place to stay, but I wasn’t from there.  I wasn’t one of them and this wasn’t my home.  I was stuck here, unable to return, no different from being stranded on another planet…but I could imagine worse places…

Written for Day 13 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017: The prompt is “another planet”.  Format and length are your choice.

Weekend Writing Prompt #20 – Resting

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes (it’s not a competition) but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt


Photo Prompt



Prose Challenge – Write a story in 100 words that includes three elements from the photo prompt (e.g. bench, pylon and trees, or grass, sky and bench, etc).

Poetry Challenge – Write an acrostic poem, where the first letter of the first word of each line spells out “resting” as it is read from top to bottom.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!


I stand here

At the boundary

The border between

Here and there

Insignificant to look at

But deadly important

On one side

I’m safe

Free to come and go

As I please

Though knowledge be limited

But the other side

Not so safe

Where I would be trapped

Stuck, unable to return

But where magic is boundless

So I linger here

Between places

Neither in one or the other

Enjoying the benefits of both

Until the day

I have to choose

Where I belong

Written for Day 12 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017: Write a poem about boundaries or a boundary. Any length.

Sea Magic

The waves sparkled in the sunlight, glimmering, glittering and glistening as if each crest was crowned with silver-white gemstones.  The sea looked magical.

We had been on the boat for a few hours when I noticed that there were creatures in the water, following us. But they never broke the surface. At least, not when anyone was watching.

“What are they?”

“Seals.  Dolphins,” the captain grunted, annoyed at being disturbed.

“They don’t look like seals or dolphins to me,” I mumbled.

Overhearing, a crew-mate replied, “He’s hardly going to admit to a stranger that he believes in mermaids, is he?”

Written for Day 11 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017: Write a story in 100 words or less set in the ocean.