December 2021 Year of the Ox Writing Contest Prompts : )

Okay, November entries were great, so let’s try this.  Either choose something else in the space where you write that triggers another piece of writing, or go into another room/area next to where you write and choose something there.

Right next to my computer is a picture of a place called Cafe Bon Bon.  It’s gone, but the building it was in is still there at the corner of Merchant and Alakea.  I have that picture here becasue it shows the second floor on top of Cafe Bon Bon.  That was my dad’s office back in the day.  As a kid, I spent many hours up there, and in Cafe Bon Bon, too.  I knew everyone in the place. They made the best rootbeer floats.  Nobody cared about calories back then.  If you are what you eat, then I’m a large part rootbeer float.  Loved that vanilla ice cream with the tiny ice crystals, the way the foam would form.

Please include a mention at the end of what it is that prompted your piece.

Or, as always, feel free to ignore the prompts and write about anything you want to write about.

Let’s go 500 words max again.  Poem, short story, essay, play, monologue, hybrid — anything is good.  The more experimental, the more intriguing maybe.  You never know : )

Remember, your piece may be selected by the editors for publication in a future issue of the Bamboo Ridge Journal.  You never know about that either : )


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