Prompt Me!

Lord Mettlebright’s Man. With the uptick in LMM chapters during 2022, I’m going to be going through prompts like crazy, so … prompt me MOAR! Most of the time, I ask for one-word prompts. They’re easiest to work in, and I usually need that flexibility. Especially when erudite readers toss me doozy-level words. My favorite prompts are interesting nouns (claxon, pinprick, sniffle) and strong verbs (vault, nibble, haul) or intriguing props (snifter, rosebud, collar). Emotions and colors are also the right kind of suggestive (vermillion, coy, fluster).

However, Lord Mettlebright’s Man is unique because I accept phrases. Yep, they’re harder to work in, but they’re also heaps of fun. Try to keep them short. Proverbs and idioms are excellent. (The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Out with the old; in with the new. Knee-jerk reaction.) Familiar sayings are good. (Home sweet home. Off and running. Like a hot knife through butter. Under the weather.) Interesting combinations have worked well. (Snips and snails. Duck and cover. Beck and call.) Literary allusions are welcome. (For want of a nail. Curiouser and curiouser.) Specific items that need more than one word to describe fit nicely. (Surprise party. Sunday best. Top shelf.) Scene direction and setting cues has been surprisingly effective. (Arriving late. Long walks by the sea. It happened on a Tuesday. In the end.) Song lyrics and movie quotes can work, within reason. (Shaken, not stirred. The eensy, weensy spider. Proof through the night. Love me tender.)

I suggest scrolling through past offerings before adding your own. The prompt post is located here >>

4 thoughts on “Prompt Me!

  1. Okay, let’s see if my Oklahoma rodeo/Southernisms are helpful, lol.

    Hell’s bells.
    To hell in a handbasket.
    Nervy as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
    Cloverleaf pattern (…it’s a barrel racing term)
    Mutton busting (…just, Google it)


  2. I enjoy learning new words from your prompts. Here are a few of my own
    “Feed a cold, starve a fever,” “Scrumptious,” “Auspicious,” “Oíche Rua” (Ee-ha Rue-ah. It’s Irish for “wild night”), “the heat of the day” (the hottest hours where activity should be limited), “[noun’s got you] by the short and curlies,” “The frogs are singing” (when someone undoes knit or crochet stitches, it makes a ribbit sound),
    Um… I will comment more when I think of them!


    • Got more for you, Forthy: in reference to tea “strong enough for a mouse to trot across the top,” and “that’s about as useful as a chocolate tea pot


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