Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Writing prompts for Autumn

1) Gods place a spell over earth so that humans cannot pollute the earth anymore...

"Against a deep blue sky you notice leaves in shades of hot red, glowing orange, vibrant yellow, and earthy brown. When the colors of autumn are in full splendor, do you notice an electrifying feeling in the air? Do the colors saturating the atmosphere have an impact on your mood or outlook? If so, how would you describe it?"
- Fall writing prompts

3) what do you associate with Fall?
For example:
- "Ruska" - the changing of colors in Autumn, Autumn leaves
- apples, plums, grapes, peaches, pears...
- harvest
- crisp, clean air, rains and storms, wind
- umbrellas and boots
- mushroom
- red hair, foxes
- acorns, nuts, pinecones
- apple picking, apple cider, apple pie
- pumpkins, pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie
- school, studies, learning

4) Mabon, Autumn Equinox celebration, Fall feasts - what ever you celebrate at Autumn
- write a story of a child's holiday

- Mabon by Citadel of the Dragons
- Mabon by Akasha
- Mabon by EarthWitchery

You really don't need to follow a Celtic tradition. Mabon is just another name for Autumn Equinox, and most Pagans I know celebrate that in some way or manner. If you don't, you should!

5) Falling for Autumn

6) "Mythical creatures include phoenix, gryphons, basilisk, centaurs, gnomes, minotaurs, sphinx, cyclopes, andamans and gulons."
What are these and how are they connected to Autumn Equinox. Write a story about your favorite mythological creature from this list.
You know, I have always been interested in mythological creatures. I find all the stories about vampires, angels and weres just as interesting as the next girl. I believe there to be potential for ALL the mythological creatures, not only to unicorns and dragons... So - do your best to make these creatures just as interesting, fascinating and sexy as any vampire. Gulons, btw, are wolverines...

7) paint chip writing
Here's a long and colourful list of colour names... You don't need paint chips.

8) Most of us have a dream-me, very different from the everyday-me... Write about her day. What would she do if she was sitting there by the computer now?
(The natural consequence of that would be that you realize your dream-me is not impossible, unattainable dream, but you dream of that life because it is what Goddess meant you to live... If you realize what your dream-me would do right now, and did it, you would have taken the first steps to becoming your dream-me... and wouldn't that be nice? Really... what's stopping you? Is it really that big a deal?)

9) "Youth is a luxury waisted on young people"... so... what if you were 18 again. What would you do? What would you study? What if you were young again, with everything you know now. What would you do differently?

10) Write about

- The smells of autumn
- The sights of autumn
- The sounds of autumn
- The touch of autumn
- The tastes of autumn
- fall writing prompts

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
~Albert Camus

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.  For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad. 
~Edwin Way Teale

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. 
~P.D. James

Bittersweet October.  The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.
 ~Carol Bishop Hipps

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.
 ~Stanley Horowitz

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.
~John Donne

October's poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter.
~Nova Bair

A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart. 
~Hal Borland

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
~George Cooper, "October's Party"

How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days. 
~John Burroughs

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!
 ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

The one red leaf, the last of its clan,
That dances as often as dance it can,
Hanging so light, and hanging so high,
On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. 
Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits. 
~Samuel Butler

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. 
~Elizabeth Lawrence

A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand.
I think, I too, have known autumn too long.
e. e. cummings

Autumn wins you best by this, its mute Appeal to sympathy for its decay.
Robert Browning Hamilton

But I do feel a little teeny right now that I'm just about ready to start, and winter is entering. Half past autumn has arrived.
Gordon Parks

By all these lovely tokens September days are here,
With summer's best of weather And autumn's best of cheer.
Helen Hunt Jackson

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
George Eliot

I love the fall. I love it because of the smells that you speak of; and also because things are dying,
things that you don't have to take care of anymore, and the grass stops growing.
- Mark Van Doren
 12) I live so high up North that summernights are light. We don't see the stars before Autumn comes...
"Stars blazed in the night sky."


14) "Johnny Appleseed, born Sept. 26, 1774, has been credited with establishing apple nurseries throughout the Midwest."
Write about a witch who starts planting trees all over your homecountry... recreating the medieval forests, from Northern border to the Southern, from East to West... Then go out and plant some trees.

15) What is your favorite fall memory?
Write about it. Be sure to tell who it involved, what happened, when it happened, where it occurred, and why it is a favorite memory.
- writing prompts for Fall

16) "Amazing things to do in Autumn"
Write your list. Then write a description on why it's amazing, or how your day would be if you did this and everything went just as well as you hoped for... even better... that something unexpected and amazing happened...
Nature oriented list

17) "As a transitional season, fall evokes many feelings about things such as the passage of time and the life cycles of nature. Write a few paragraphs about how autumn makes you feel or what it makes you consider."
Autumn writing prompts

18) It was Autumn and the family of the Little Pagan was canning and conserving the harvest. Little Pagan didn't want to do it. She hated the smell of vinegar and all the work with cutting and cleaning the vegetables, fruits and berries. She didn't even like gathering the harvest, there was too much of it, and she wanted to play and read and have fun, and not go out to fields or forests to pick and pluck and pinch and pull... So next time the family went to the forest to pick berries, she ran away...

19) You know the Christmas Carol... now, imagine a world where the Harvest feast is the time of generousity, sharing, coming together and having fun. It used to be. Think of a combined Halloween and Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah, if you find it difficult to think of such a day in Autumn. Now - rewrite the Christmas Carol, for Pagans and Autumn; "Songs of Harvest".

20) Three convicts escape from prison just before the Harvest Day, and arrive at a village. They go to a store, the only store that gives supplies on credit. While there, they notice that the roof is leaking, and offer to fix it. They do not actually intend to fix it, but decide to remain there, until nightfall, when they will steal clothes and supplies, and escape on the ship waiting in the harbour. As they stay in the store, they find that the family is in all kinds of trouble due to their kindness and generosity. They start helping the family, even conning people and falsifying records to make the store prosperous. In the end the three felons fix a wonderful Harvest feast for the family: mostly made of stolen items...

What kind of trouble does the family have? How do the villains manage to solve their problems?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


A potlatch is a gift-giving festival and primary economic system practiced by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

At potlatch gatherings, a family or hereditary leader hosts guests in their family's house and holds a feast for their guests. The main purpose of the potlatch is the re-distribution and reciprocity of wealth.

Different events take place during a potlatch, like singing and dancing, sometimes with masks or regalia, or the barter of wealth through material gifts. For some cultures, such as Kwakwaka'wakw, elaborate and theatrical dances are performed reflecting the hosts' genealogy and cultural wealth. Many of these dances are also sacred ceremonies of secret societies like the hamatsa, or display of family origin from supernatural creatures such as the dzunukwa. Typically the potlatching is practiced more in the winter seasons as historically the warmer months were for procuring wealth for the family, clan, or village, then coming home and sharing that with neighbors and friends.

Celebration of births, rites of passages, weddings, funerals, namings, and honoring of the deceased are some of the many forms the potlatch occurs under. Although protocol differs among the Indigenous nations, the potlatch will usually involve a feast, with music, dance, theatricality and spiritual ceremonies.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Symbol of God

"The entire universe is but one vast symbol of God."
— Thomas Carlysle

Sunday, July 10, 2011

They fight crime...

There used to be a writing prompt generator, "They fight crime..."

He's a lonely Amish hairdresser on the run. She's a mentally unstable tomboy stripper living homeless in New York's sewers. They fight crime! 

He's an unconventional overambitious cat burglar possessed of the uncanny powers of an insect. She's a cosmopolitan cat-loving stripper from a secret island of warrior women. They fight crime!  

What else could they be doing? 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mushroom, mushroom

What do you expect psilocybin mushrooms has for an effect?
Invent a drug with an amazing effect... does it have side effects? Would it really take you to another level? Time travel drug? Love potion?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Quality Store

"When I was a little girl, I made up a story about the store where they sell Qualities. More like a trading post or library than a department store or supermarket, we could go to the store where they sell Qualities to taste, try on, and sample various qualities."
-- J. Ruth Gendler

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


In about a month some Pagans will be celebrating the First Day of Autumn, Lughnasadh, which is also the first harvest feast. Think what the world might look if Lammas was as beloved and celebrated as Yule...

There are several descriptions of Christmas in Little Women. It starts with thoughts around Christmas, and the author ties it with another Christmas the next year in chapter 22 of First book.
Write something similar about a Pagan family at Lammastide.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill

Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill at Sunday Times

"Not only did he use his inherited wealth to amass thousands of objects, from Joshua Reynolds's portraits to an Aztec mirror used by the Elizabethan magician Dr Dee, he created a fantasy world in which to display them. In doing so he built the wildest, most extraordinary house in 18th-century Britain: Strawberry Hill. "

Monday, July 4, 2011


A lot of people don't believe in psychic powers, ESP, PSI and other such phenomenon.

What do you think should happen so that people would accept these phenomenons as real?

Write a story about when "it" happens.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Live Celebrities

Think time before moving pictures, television, radio...
Think back to Lady of Camellias... Opera, theater, variety would be the public entertainment, religious passion play, minstrels, what else? Think about Jo's theater activities in Little Women, and the theater activities in Mansfield Park. Think about playing piano, singing, reciting, reading out loud, and other possibilities people had to entertain themselves before radio and television.
Now, think about your favorite celebrity, and write about his/her life, what it could have been during time like this.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Creator's Soap Opera

I am a Theist Pagan. I believe in God, a Highest Power, the Creator, who is everywhere and who is keenly interested in Her Creation. She follows the happenings on this planet with all humans, other animals, plants and other life forms, as if it was Her favorite soap opera. She never misses an episode, and She loves all the characters. Write a bit about how part of one episode of this soap would look like, with you as one of the characters of the scene.

Pagan writing prompts?

I am Pagan. To me Pagan writing is something special. I would like to see more of that.

I know the name of this blog will turn away a lot of people, who in my understanding allow their prejudices make their decisions for them, but that will only harm them, not me.

If you are not Pagan, you can still use the prompts, if you'd like to. Just adjust them a little, to fit your faith, religion, beliefs, spirituality or lifestyle. Just edit out all the "offensive" words and ideas, and replace them with something you don't find offensive. Some don't need any adjustment at all, as Pagans are people too :-D