Prompt & Link: “Lost Highway”

9:00 AM Friday morning, April 4th 2008, on the U.S. West Coast, is quickly approaching — so… here I am with a new Prompt! This week’s, and the twenty ninth Writer’s Island prompt comes to us from one of our fine Islanders, Marilyn Maciel — and it is: “Lost Highway”. Thank you Marilyn! Anyone else have a prompt idea?

That two word phrase conjures so many images for me, but I don’t want to sway your take on this week’s prompt. On what journey does Lost Highway” send your imagination? Please share with us where this prompt leads you!

••> This week we turn to the new movie release, Leatherheads, as the source of our seventh Matinee Muse prompt — “Rivals”. See if you can tackle this one.


The Matinee Muse prompts are now a regular weekly offering. So please enjoy! <••

Feel free to use either, or both, of this week’s prompts — or use neither if you so choose. Whatever moves your soul this week is what we all want to read.

So, create your poem, prose, short story, essay, commentary, or whatever — and post it on your blog. Feel free to include recordings of you reading your work — and any photo, artwork, or graphic representation you feel is relevant.

When you have finished your piece, please return here to this post and place your link to your work as a comment — and as you know, just the link, not the piece.

Please realize there is no need to rush, this post will be open to receive your links for the entire week, leading up to the next prompt.

May your muse, this week and every week, never leave you lost, but rather, steer you to write your best — to write your heart! We can’t wait to see what you have for us…


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66 responses to “Prompt & Link: “Lost Highway”

  1. Here’s an older one that sort of covers both prompts… I’ll try to be back later with a new one. Shouldn’t be hard, given what I write about!

  2. I’m second! And I thought I was late this week. Can’t have taken the turn onto this highway, after all

    Lost Highway

  3. “Lost Highway,” as written by Leon Payne and performed by Hank Williams is easily one of my top ten all time favorite songs. I thought that before we got too far down the road you might be interested in reviewing this two minute thirty second American masterpiece.


    You can hear Hank on YouTube here, although the still picture is totally out of focus: Lost Highway

    See ya later…

  4. This time my muse simply refused to move:

    crossed connections

  5. This was the first thing I though of when I read Rivals. Short and hopefully sweet!

  6. i lost interest in taking photos for a while but i was able to get back on track…

  7. It was a street, not a highway. But what the hey.

    Piper Road

  8. A highway story circa 1971 excerpted from a memoir-in-progress. Longish, but I hope enjoyable:

    The Kindness of a Sunday

  9. Here is my contribution for this prompt :-

    hope everyone has a good weekend!

  10. Hello Islanders?

    Do you still remember your first real bestfriend?

    I remember mine with sadness, for my memories of my first real bestfriend bring me back to

    The Narrowed Road

    We lost the highway we were about to build together as friends early on. It is sad.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

  11. this was a one-act play i wrote a couple of years back of two sisters (rivals) at the cusp of crossing over to their truths….and it is filled with the multiple layers of truths, lies, religion and family that fills a life….

    The Crossing

  12. An inspiration to participate, using this particular prompt doesn’t seem to be the order of the day!

    I would like to suggest a few prompt ideas though:



    autumn leaves

    black and white

    Hope one or more of these will be helpful as an upcoming prompt.


  13. just a little detour on the long lost highway of life…..

    for rent

  14. i think my first comment got spammed… heres my entry

    for rent

  15. i am having problems posting comments with links on blogs… this is my link, if it will take it

    for rent

  16. i forgot to try like this, maybe it is just the whole href thing it doesn’t like…..

  17. Earlier was a wrong link address. click here
    Titled: 777 out of 777

  18. a poem by Lucas Howell called “Primitive Road” which reminded me so much of the song (and life) of Hank Williams “Lost Highway”

  19. Brilliant site, read it every day. I am trying to think of a poem with “torrid” in it.

  20. When I travel, my soul remains behind. Here is another experience.


  21. A travel story from me this week:

    The Road to Cinque Terre.


  22. I figured out how to use both prompts! Not well, but something is better than nothing…

    Can’t wait to read everybody’s stuff this week.

  23. UL

    here after a long long time, loved these prompts, worked perfect for my NaPoWriMo

  24. Absolutely loved this prompt on “Lost Highways”. I had so many ideas. But finally, it all came down to just one.

    Giant Staircase


  25. Thanks for the inspiration. Here’s my Rivals limerick.


    I could’ve gone in MANY directions on this great prompt, just like being on a wonderfully winding lost highway.

    enjoy your week everyone. may you all find your way onto a lost highway to take in the medicinal scenery

  27. Pam

    Here is my offering, a series of haiku called, Lost Again.

  28. Ooh, I found another good one in my archives! I’m still playing with ideas for something new, though.

    ShapeShifter Fans

  29. Hello everyone …
    I’d like to put up one of my older ones titled “Competition” for this week’s prompt “Rivals” … its a little unusual sort of rivalry !! 🙂

    Hope you enjoy it !

  30. Hello everyone …
    I’d like to put up one of my older ones titled “Competition” for this week’s prompt “Rivals” … its a little unusual sort of rivalry !! 🙂

    Hope you enjoy it !

  31. Hello,

    I did not think that I would post to this prompt after I first read it on Friday, and then a few days later – and an event – a road taken, and then OH my, I was lost on a highway…

  32. Matthew

    Been awhile since I’ve visited these shores. Thanks!

  33. Here’s how I lost the highway:
    Lost Highway

  34. a good soldier’s lament on sanity’s lost highway #13

  35. okay… this shows a VERY bad side of me.. but I got caught up in the passion of the prompt!

  36. When I read lost highway all I could think of was Bon Jovi. So I chose the rivals today… if I think of the other, I’ll be back. 🙂 I had fun with this – made my husband laugh.

  37. Hello. This is my first time at Writer’s island. I would like to post a small piece from my short story.

  38. Neat prompt – thanks – it scattered my mind in so many directions, I almost gave up.

    Sand and Silence

  39. Hi everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The lost highway is now up and also I have been tagged for the poem a day for the month of April if you get bored please read through and leave comments. Thanks

  40. Posting here for the first time…

    here goes my link

    hope all of u enjoy it!! 🙂

  41. i’m new to this one and thought it is worthy to try it. here’s mine.

  42. I took the second prompt, but I’m thinking this is a work in progress: The Challenge

    Still, I wanted to keep NaPoWriMo going.

  43. I am not sure if this is the final draft, but thought I would share anyway! Very intriguing prompt for me!

    Jo Anne

  44. A bit late, but this is for “rivalry”:

    Edgar on Time

  45. rel

    This road is there on the island. Have you found it yet?


  46. noahthegreat


    The moment when you realize a friend isn’t.

  47. Between being a little under the weather with allergies and dealing with work stuff, I’m a whole week late to my own prompt…embarrassing. 🙂 Thank you for using my prompt. Here’s a little something I wrote for it…

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