What Plot Does This Photo Prompt?

To follow this month’s theme of plot, I’ll be choosing photos to inspire them. What plot does this photo prompt?

The woman or girl playing the violin looks contemporary. But why is she playing beside a gap in the rocky cliff on a misty day? The moisture can’t be good for her violin. Since I haven’t done a speculative fiction prompt in awhile, I’ll take the photo prompt in the that direction.

A savage, mysterious beast lurks among the clefts of the cliff. It’s been coming into the nearest town and attacking people. Scientist can’t even catch a glimpse of it on trail cameras. The woman’s grandmother remembers a similar incident when she was a girl and that the beast disappeared when a young man ventured to the cliffs and played his guitar. The young man disappeared too. The woman and her grandmother conduct more research, and then the young woman heads to the cliffs.

Or the woman is playing in the secluded area because in her world, music had been outlawed. Music is the most powerful form of magic and the rulers keep the art to themselves. When the woman plays by the cliff, she unleashes a special kind of magic. Once she understands its potential, she has to learn how to blend her music with it in order to overturn the government.

Or the woman could be evil. She knows if she plays this cursed violin at this spot on a particular day, the violin will be enchanted with the power to control people when she plays it.

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Now it’s your turn. What plot does this photo prompt?

Help Me Finish This Poem of Faith

While I was biking one morning, the lines of a poem began forming in my head. The first lines can take the poem in several directions, and I thought it would be fun for you to help me finish this poem of faith.

I’ll give you the first two lines and then you can take it from there and add your lines in the comments.

Each bud sings of your glory.

Each blade holds your commands.

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Who Do You Identify With From the Bible?

With so many different kinds of people represented, who do you identify with from the Bible? When I first considered this question many years ago, the first person who popped to my mind was Saul. Not Apostle Paul, but crazy, old King Saul. I understood perfectly how insecure he felt. He let that insecurity create panic, which caused him to sin stupidly. Then he’d panic again and sin even more stupidly.

I was pretty depressed with my identifiction. Then one morning, while I was walking, Gideon came to mind. He was timid like Saul, but his story is one of triumph (Judges 6-8). What I love about Gideon’s story is that God chooses him to drive out oppressive raiders while he was still timid. God’s message comes to Gideon as he’s hiding in a winepress, trying to thresh wheat in secret so the raiders won’t take the food. But because God knows what Gideon can do if he relies on Him, so He picks Gideon. I also take a lot of comfort in the fact that when Gideon is unsure of God’s message and himself, God shows great kindness in His reassurance. Once Gideon has that, he’s all in for God’s plan.

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Who do you identify with from the Bible?

Naming Game for Characters

Finding the right name for characters is critical to me. Something about their faces or personalties suggests suitable names. So for the last prompt for this month’s theme of characters, I offer a naming game for characters.

Look at the photos and the brief, character descriptions. Then tell me how you would name these characters.

Demanding high school English teacher
youth adult, fragile with tough exterior

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