Sunday, November 4, 2012

Flicker of Inspiration Prompt and Linkup #63: Storm

After soliciting ideas for prompts last week, you guys really came through! I'll be using each idea proposed in the coming weeks. If you have any more ideas, please feel free to let us know in the comments section. This community started off small and intimate with a focus on its members and community, and what better way to reflect that focus than by letting our members choose the prompts?

As we attempt to get back on track, I'll be posting a prompt and linkup every Sunday. You'll have through Wednesday to post a response.

This week's prompt comes from community member Allison of Rambling Follower. In light of the Super Storm Sandy and her victims on the East Coast, Allison proposed that we tackle the following prompt:


I believe this prompt also fits in with the rainy season that this blog has been through lately, so I think it's pretty darn fitting. We'd like you to take the word "Storm" and write a blog post around it. It can be a response to the devastation of Sandy or a reflection on the stormy days of life. You can share fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.

Remember, you have until Wednesday night at midnight Eastern Standard Time to linkup.

Hope you'll join us!!! And thanks for the prompt idea, Allison!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

We're Not Dead!

Hi, bugs! It's been awhile. Too long, I know. I thought it was high time I posted something to let you all know that we're still alive and that The Lightning and the Lightning Bug is still alive as well. Just taking a hiatus of sorts.

The Summer and Fall of 2012 have been long and eventful, and Jeremy and I lost much of our focus towards our blogging endeavors. Jeremy's in school and has a better excuse than I do. My excuse consists mainly of an extended period of writer's block coupled with a depressing few months. Can't seem to snap out of the mulligrubs. Y'all know how that is.

Anyway, we do plan a triumphant return, and I do appreciate anyone who has hung around through our silence. I love this community and hate that we've let you guys down like this.

If anyone has any suggestions for prompts, please feel free to let us know. We'd love to hear from you!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Flicker of Inspiration Prompt and Linkup #62: Lost and Found

A deaf cat wandered onto our porch several months ago. She's now a part of our family, but I often wonder where she came from, if she was lost when she showed up at our house or just dumped there by someone who no longer wished to care for her.

What kind of journey had she been on when she happened across my family? If she was lost, what was it like for her to be found?

This mystery made me think of this week's prompt: Lost and Found. For this prompt, we'd like you to tell the story of something that was lost (an animal, an item, a person) and then found. Use 500 words to take us on a short journey of discovery. You can share fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Flicker of Inspiration Linkup #61: Flash Finish

Hey all! The prompt this week is a Flash Fiction challenge! Get to writing now! Your goal is 300 words! Start with the word "Finish"!

Then link up! Same rules as always! Don't forget to comment! GO! Get writing!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Spark Note #9: Kitty says "Write More"

Do you have trouble motivating yourself to write? I do. I don't always lack ideas; sometimes, when I get started, I write down ten words and just completely freeze up. Sometimes, I just can't self-motivate to keep going past that initial block.

Well, today, I've learned about the solution. Well, a solution.

(the relevant part is :50 in or so, but the whole thing is great.)

The site mentioned is Written? Kitten! and it rewards you for writing by giving you kittens! With a tool like this, you can resolve that pesky "motivation" problem instantly. 

You're doing it wrong!

Use cats to power your writing engine! It worked for Hemingway, it can work for you too!!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Flicker of Inspiration Linkup #60: I Like

I like fishing and camping, video games and comics, building things and fixing things, grilling and baking, music and movies, cards and dice, pie and more pie. I like a lot of things; I like liking a lot of things, and I like to think about the things I like. It's all very positive; it can be very engaging to think and talk about things you dislike or hate, but I wouldn't call it "fun" generally. It's a lot of fun to talk with friends who like some of the things you like, or sharing things you like with people who didn't know about it. I just discovered the web comic Dresden Codak - have you read it? Sci-fi comic fans out there? just me? Allrighty then.

Back on topic, the theme this week is "I Like" and your task is to start your post with those words. Pretty straightforward; tell us about something you like. Not "like" as in Facebook; "like" as in "ooh, yeah, that's cool." Facebook is trying to steal one of the basic words of the English language for their own evil purposes, and we need to keep that from happening. So link up and share your "like" story with us and keep it alive and healthy!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Flicker of Inspiration Prompt #60: I Like

Do you like us? Of course; we're very likable, and the fact that you're here implies that you probably like us. But do you like like us? You ought to; it clues you in whenever we post something on our Facebook.

But to me, as popular as the "like" button is now, it doesn't really mean "like" the way I mean it. When I like something, I just like it. I don't necessarily need to publicize my liking of it, but I often do; that's what the "like" button used to be for. Now, when you "like" something like a brand name or a company's page or whatever, it's usually because they're giving away free cars or something to people who go on and like their page (leading to a meaningless inflation of their supposed status and a lot of ads in your news feed). That's a different thing entirely. I still hit the button on posts I think are fun sometimes, but it feels empty now.

So what I want you all to do this week is re-take the word "like". Take it back from Facebook and their corporate advertisers; take it back from teenagers who, like, use it as random, like, pause breaks in the middle of, like, sentences. Use the word as it should be: a vague but entirely positive feeling! (or in a simile, because that is also valid, but not the meaning I'm necessarily looking for)

Start off your post for Sunday's linkup with the words "I like" - write about something you like. Or several things. We'll set a word limit at about 500. See you here Sunday for the linkup!