Inspiration Monday: fresh smoke

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I thought of something really clever and funny to say last night but now I can’t remember it. But if I did remember it, I’d probably realize it wasn’t that clever. Such is life!

Lots of good stuff to read this week! Be sure to join us next week, too.


Chris and again 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:







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Happy writing!

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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. I love the prompt “It’s pronounced ‘Smith!'” Love it, love it, love it. Probably can’t use it…THIS MONTH!

    • That was one of Pete’s! I’ll be happy to read and link it whenever you DO get around to using it. : )

  2. Stephanie
    I love you, love you all at ‘’ – what a fantastic name by the way.
    Accidentally [adverb already?] I bumped into your site – what a surprise! What a treasure trove of hints, probes
    and prompts to help the aspiring writers. Love you all – for all your kind efforts for the needy like me. I love these prompts too and look forward to the future one.

    • Arun, your comment made my day! We’re so glad to have you around – hope to see you join the Inspiration Monday challenge soon!

  3. Here’s my first (part of my series on Under-represented Monsters for the A to Z Blogging Challenge):


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  5. “IT’S PRONOUNCED ‘SMITH’” wouldn’t happen to be a Wodehouse reference, would it?

    • Not that I know of (I had to look that one up). It’s something my uncle says. He has a very unusual last name (so do I, I know…but he’s my uncle by marriage), and people are always asking him how to pronounce it, so he tells them “Smith” just to mess with them. It was my brother’s idea to use it as a prompt. Who knows, my uncle might have gotten it from Wodehouse/Psmith, though.

      • Hm, well it seems the tv-tropes “trope” was named for Wodehouse, which makes me grin like an idiot.

        Moreover, YOU HAD TO LOOK UP WODEHOUSE?! *takes a moment to compose self* Apologies for the all-caps. Stephanie, as a friend, I advise you to find a copy of either Joy in the Morning, or Heavy Weather and start reading. If necessary, I will send you copies. You can usually find unabridged copies on audio book at the library, too. They’re quick, easy, entertaining, and very possibly some of the most precise and skillfully constructed nonsense ever created in the English language. 😉 Wodehouse is one of the Great Masters, rarely recognized because he writes pure comedy, but no less masterful for that.

        • I’ve heard of Wodehouse, just haven’t read him. We can’t all read everything, you know. Do you need a paper bag to breathe into? Very well: as it’s so important to you, I’ve ordered both.
          We shall see. : )

          • It is true, we can’t read everything. There are several good reasons to absorb at least a little Wodehouse, though. 1. he was very specific about his language. If you want examples of writers who meticulously found the right word for the right place, he is high on the list. 2. while he didn’t have a variety of voices, the ones he developed are brilliant. 3. he’s darn entertaining. 🙂

          • I believe you! He’ll be next on my list when the books arrive.

  6. Hi,
    Long time! Hope you are doing well.
    I used the prompt – fresh smoke.


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  11. It’s been far too long since I’ve participated in Inspiration Monday — good to be back!

    Here’s my contribution:

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