First Monday Writing Contest Prompt Ideas for October : )

If we hike up the mountain far enough,
You and I will discover the shipwrecks,
The beautiful grottoes where orchids
Have grown in the boneyards.

From “Hiking by Moonlight,” by Tino Ramirez, Bamboo Ridge, The Hawaii Writers’ Quarterly, No. 1, December 1978, New Moon (https://dspace.lib.hawaii.edu/handle/10790/5207)

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There was a clock on each face of the tower.  The one facing Ala Moana Center hadn’t worked properly when Yumi had left Honolulu. Now, years later, it still read 5:10. Yumi mused upon the fact. One could take it to mean 5:10 in the morning or 5:10 in the evening. There was a difference of twelve hours between the two times that time might have frozen.  How strange, to have time stop, and still to have twelve hours.

From “Evening Breeze,” by Yuko Saikawa, Bamboo Ridge, The Hawaii Writers’ Quarterly, No. 2, March – May 1979, First Quarter

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Use these to inspire a piece of writing, any style, any length.  Or, as always, any other prompt you come up with : )  Let’s write!

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