Prompt & Link: “Extravagant”

9:00 AM Friday morning, May 30th 2008, on the U.S. West Coast, is quickly approaching — so… here I am with a new Prompt! This week’s, and the thirty-seventh Writer’s Island prompt is: “Extravagant”.

That word paints some powerful and engaging images for me. Does Extravagant take your imagination to grand and wondrous places or things — perhaps an extravaganza? Maybe it makes you reflect on a darker meaning, such as unnecessary excess? Share with us what you envision.

This week we turn to a bittersweet, but true story, Savage Grace,
for our seventeenth and eighteenth Matinee Muse prompts.
The first: “Class”.
What does this conjure for you – societal stratus, or maybe an elegant demeanor?
Perhaps it brings to mind an academic gathering or subject.

The second is a phrase: “Fall From Grace”.
What tragic, or sad image or circumstance — or series of choices or events
does this stir in your soul?
Maybe it revisits a woeful devastating personal experience or memory.

The Matinee Muse prompts are now a regular weekly offering, so please enjoy!
Remember — this, and every week, click the poster to learn about the movie.

Feel free to use any one, or all, of this week’s prompts — or use your own, 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, lavish you with inspiration to write your very best — write from your heart! We can’t wait to see what you have for us…



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48 responses to “Prompt & Link: “Extravagant”

  1. wedding preparation is extravagant itself.. one of them is the pre-nuptial photoshoot… here’s my gift to my friends who i guess is planning to get married soon 🙂

  2. as for the fall from grace prompt… here was my reaction after learning Martina HIngis was tested positive of cocaine use

  3. Thank you in advance to all those who venture into the Bitter Hinterlands. This blog is only a week old and is about rants and essays dealing with the Big Problems and the little people we elect. This link however is to a piece of fiction called “The Farmer’s Daughter and the City Slicker.”



  4. Nothing stirs my soul more than this tragic photo. It will stir yours as well. For fall from grace.

  5. Here’s something I’ve always thought was extravagant…

    Extravagant Creation

  6. Talking about Class Please take the time to check this out……

  7. If this posts multiple times it is because I can’t make it work.

  8. writersisland

    Greeting Islanders 😉

    Nice to see you all here. Some of you, from time to time, post a comment with your link embedded, and it doesn’t show on the blog immediately — even if you’ve posted before… and understandably, it frustrates you.

    One overriding reality about blogging; every post has the potential to get tossed in ‘spam jail’ by a spam filter, especially a filter that is as powerful as Akismet – the one we use on the island.

    This filter is essential to be able to keep the Island open. Akismet catches over 20,000 spam attempts per month for us. The blatant spammers never get through. If they did, the overwhelming task of having to constantly sort and moderate that volume of comments, would make it impossible to operate Writer’s Island — so Akismet needs to stay.

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    One key thing to consider, is that your computer may have a concealed virus, such as one that allows spammers to distribute spam through your computer — without you ever knowing it is happening. This is not as rare as we all wish it were. If a virus like this, or others concealed, which create disruptive outreach — a good spam filter, such as Akismet, will block posts from a computer with this viral condition. You may want to investigate.

    We love when you visit the Island. If you ever get held by Akismet, please know that I will ‘de-spam’ you, and free you from ‘spam jail’ as quickly as I possibly can. Your patience is appreciated.

    Write on!

    your ever humble moderator

  9. Something a bit different this week.

    How To Explain Middleclass


  10. here is my piece, entitled, bag lady

    i offer it in response to the prompt,, fall from grace…

  11. an extravagant silver bird falling from grace…
    a poem titled Herons by Mark Roper

  12. my link did not work when pasted in here again. perhaps this is a error caused when pasting wordpress links into wordpress comments for wordpress blogs?. anywho… click on the website for my name and it will take you to the entry.

    an extravagant silver bird’s fall from grace
    a poem titled Heron by Mark Roper

  13. This week, being extravagant, I have Two essays on revising poetry Self-Inflicted Wounds, and Telling Little Stories.

  14. I wrote to the “class” prompt this week:

    The Shape of Hope.

  15. This response relates to the prompt Class.

    Classroom Wisdom?


  16. Here is a second response. This one relates to the prompt Extravagance.



  17. Extravagant word, my favorite actually.



  18. Here’s a link to my extravagant lyrics!
    Thanks for the prompt Rob.

    I’ll try and get back later to read everybody elses stuff!

  19. I tried posting twice yesterday, still not seeing it. Third time’s the charm?
    My extravagant contribution. Two essays on revising poetry for the week. Essay One – Self-Inflicted Wounds – Revising Poetry Part I

  20. Thank you Rob! I needed this prompt! Chose “Fall from Grace”, but I just might try the other very soon! 🙂

  21. …just another day in paradise… picture perfect

  22. Here is my poem for the ‘Fall from Grace’ prompt.

    Fall from Grace

    Have a great week everyone!

  23. And here is one for the ‘Class’ prompt.

    No Class

  24. There’s a little extra in this post:

    Tony On Law, Homes & Richness


  25. I can’t help myself. Now I have a 3rd response. This one is for Fall From Grace.

    Does grace have a public key?


  26. Hello again my friends. I just got back. My short vacation turned ton a much longer stay. Had agrear time and read two book late at night, What fun. Upgraded to business class and the drinks were free!!!!
    I think I’m a bit rusty as while in Georgia had no poems on my mind. I don’t know what this is and did not follow prompt but here it is. Will try hard next time.
    Hope you will forgive me Rob but I love your Island.


    my poem

  27. That did work. Also I still can’t type. Sorry.


    My Poem

  28. Mine is a bit of a memoir
    Wishing you all joy and creativity

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