Inspiration Monday: waking up to silence

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Happy New Year! Now we have to get used to writing “12.” Will the world end this year? Impossible! The second Hobbit movie won’t be out yet.

I’ve been busy with weddings, retro toys, and a ukulele. Oh, and some delightful writing! Go and read it! 


Chris and another!




The Rules

There are none. Read the prompts, get inspired, write something. No word count minimum or maximum. You don’t have to include the exact prompt in your piece, and you can interpret the prompt(s) any way you like.


No really; I need rules!

Okay; write 200-500 words on the prompt of your choice. You may either use the prompt as the title of your piece or work it into the body of your piece. You must complete it before 6 pm CST on the Monday following this post.

The Prompts:

Waking up to silence
Not in my job description
Empty baggage
Forgot my own name
Bomby weather*

Want to share your Inspiration Monday piece? Post it on your blog and link back to today’s post; I’ll include a link to your piece in the next Inspiration Monday post. No blog? Email your piece to me at bekindrewrite (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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Happy writing!

*I was reflecting today on how warm and relaxed the word “balmy” makes me feel, despite the fact that it sounds like the word “bomb,” which makes me think of mushroom clouds and nuclear winter. So let’s play with it!

About Stephanie Orges

Stephanie is an award-winning copywriter, aspiring novelist, and barely passable ukulele player. Here, she offers writing prompts, tips, and moderate-to-deep philosophical discussions. You can also find her on and Pinterest.
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  1. First cab off the rank this week, eh? Sitting here with my two best friends (Roget’s Thesaurus and the Oxford Book of Quotations) having a whale of a time at 12:32am after eight hours work…still, nothing like drinking vino from the bottle to keep one perky…

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  3. Here is my rather little effort:

    Great to be back here at last after a chaotic few months of change (for good and bad). Thanks for keeping the tips and prompts coming.

  4. My post is at :

    Wishing everyone a Year of Happiness and Prosperity in 2012

    Siggi in Downeast Maine

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  6. A great set of prompts to start of the new year.
    I thought I would write a short, 25 word story, for each prompt.

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  8. Howdy,

    Back after a week of self-imposed internet exile,

    here`s to a great year of writing.

  9. Thank You for the special mention 🙂
    Here is my post for this week 🙂

  10. If the world ends before I get to see all of The Hobbit, I will be “Most seriously displeased.” …and nobody wants to see that.

    • Maybe there’ll be a special screening in Heaven? I call dibs on sitting next to Tolkien!

      • That’s the last place I’d want to sit! Can you imagine the running commentary and restless shifting? I’d rather sit with MacDonald, or pretty much anyone who isn’t the author.

        • Ah, you’re right. I suppose I’d want to see it alone first, let it stew for awhile and then sit next to Tolkien the second time I see it, so I could get his take on what went wrong, and possibly smooth over any beef he had by pointing out the things they did get right.

          But I’d imagine fans of the book can be just as bad (or even worse) so sit next to as the author. I watched Dawn Treader for the first time with an open mind, but by the second time I was irritated, and now I can work myself up to livid. I felt like they gutted the story and Eustace was the only part they got right. But the LOTR movies are thus far better than the Narnian movies (I think), so I have high hopes for the Hobbit. My main fear right now, however, is that they may try too hard to make it like LOTR, too dark, and lose the simple charm of the book.

  11. That could work.

    Yes, indeed. Fans are always dangerous, one way or another. I watched the first of the Narnia movies and I haven’t watched one since… there were bits and pieces right, but unlike with LotR, they didn’t get the spirit of it right.

    From what I have heard, Jackson realizes that the Hobbit is not and should not be LotR. I hope he keeps that in mind. I think Bilbo was perfectly cast, though, which makes me happy!

    I grew up on the Tintin books, and I must say I was quite impressed with the recent film. I was very worried going into it.

    • I disagree on the first Narnia. I thought it captured the spirit, and aside from some unnecessary added drama, was really good. The second one, however, had an annoying little romance between Susan and Caspian (#%@&!!!). The third one was too short and they made some changes that just sucked all the mystery and tension and FUN out of the story. But Eustace was perfect. And at least they’re doing them in the right order. : /

      I with you agree on Bilbo, though! He’s perfect.

      I haven’t read Tintin, but the movie looks amazing.

      • There were parts that had the spirit I recall from the books, but as a whole it left me flat. I ought to watch it again and see if I feel any better about it.
        I heard about the Susan/Caspian weirdness… aigh! Why does the film industry feel that an audience can’t enjoy a film unless there is a romance shoe-horned into it?! And yes, that is a rhetorical question… *angry mumbling*

        Most of the people I know who are unfamiliar with the books enjoyed the film. Spielberg and Jackson seem to make an excellent team. From reading a few of the reviews of people who didn’t like it, I’d say that most people who did not like it were either fans of the comic who expected the film not to deviate at all from the original stories, or people who were holding the story, characters and humor to modern expectations rather than understanding that the books on which the film is based were written in the early 40s. For me, it was great seeing the characters done right and no attempt made to unnaturally modernize the story.

        • You make a great point about spirit. You can’t judge it page-by-frame; you have to judge it by the integrity of the feeling both the book and the movie give you. If that makes any sense.

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  13. Sorry been MIA for a month! Went overseas for holiday! Will catch up on writing asap :)) Once i get adjusted from the jet lag/ weather :))

  14. Makes perfect sense, and is true about many things. I’ve been contemplating a blog post about something relating to the spirit of works. Hmm

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