Prompt & Link: “Unexpected”

9:00 AM Friday morning, June 6th 2008, on the U.S. West Coast, is quickly approaching — so… here I am with a new Prompt! This week’s, and the thirty-eighth Writer’s Island prompt is: “Unexpected”.

That word paints some startling and exciting images for me. Where does Unexpected take your imagination? Share with us what you envision.

We turn to an honest and touching movie, When Did You Last See Your Father,
for our nineteenth and twentieth Matinee Muse prompts.
The first is: “Overshadowed”.
Does that put you in mind of someone/something being unseen or overlooked?
Perhaps you envision the idea of being unappreciated.

The second is: “Reconciliation”.
Does this spark for you a sense of reuniting, maybe even healing?
Maybe it stirs an uplifting or meaningful 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, surprise you with ample inspiration to write your very best — write from your heart! We can’t wait to see what you create.


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51 responses to “Prompt & Link: “Unexpected”

  1. in our country, engineers are often overshadowed by other profession. here’s the reason i prefer working abroad

  2. for unexpected, how a magazine article lead me to this heavenly place

  3. Here is my response to Overshadowed. I used one of my pics to complement the poem.

    Shadowy Light


  4. And here is my response to Reconciliation. This time, a pic of my beloved Mornington Peninsula accompanies the poem.

    Playground Truce


  5. This whirlwind was most certainly unexpected, and regrettably — so sadly missed.

  6. The bohemian beats overshadowed by the rockers: Bohemian Nightfall

  7. Paris Parfait

    Back from my travels with something “unexpected.”

  8. Hello Islanders!

    Returning from my absence last week, here’s an old post I thought perfect for this week’s matinee muse: “Reconciliation.” Some of you must have read it lready, but the prompt just ring a bell in my heart to my enduring love affair and to my Reconciling With Poetry”

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

  9. an unexpected encounter with a squirrel and the last poem in my personal prayers cycle…

    agnus dei

  10. writersisland

    Greetings Islanders –

    Remember, just because the prompts are once monthly in July, August, and September — you can still write and post weekly in each of the monthly prompts. The comment section will be open 24/7.

    There will be multiple prompts in each monthly post, just as with the weekly posts. So just tackle one prompt each week — and do your favorite prompt twice.. 😉

    your ever humble moderator

  11. our democratic nomination…to some, unexpected; to others, not.
    Time For A Change

  12. I just had to write a 3rd response. This time it is a poem for Unexpected.

    Unexpected Characters and Smiles


  13. I have one titled :”The Argument” that so aptly suits the prompt “Reconciliation”, that I would like to put up though I had written it much earlier .

    It is short . Hope you find it sweet 🙂

    P.S. I really liked the idea of doing one prompt a week and doing the favorite one again for the fourth week !

  14. Many of you will know about ‘My Friend Rosey – the stories of a confused twenty-something’

    Something unexpected happenedto her at the swimming pool!

  15. Look for “A Sneeze” by J(ae)D Brames in the Fiction category. This story was unexpectedly published in, my first sale. The story went in an unexpected direction when I was writing it. And the protagonist definitely experiences some unexpected wrungs on his way up the ladder. That’s, like, triple the unexpected. I hope you enjoy it.


    The speech by Hillary Clinton was unexpected and was directed at reconciliation. The Bitter Hinterlands feels that this speech has given the election to the next president of the United States, Barack Obama.

  17. I’ve been away from the computer a bit, so I’m a little tardy – here’s my contribution:

    Til the next prompt! 😀

  18. I love remembering this unexpected event!

  19. i wrote something unexpected today,i didn’t expect to write that…but otherwise there is no connection,so anyway this is my post

    it was complete unexpected 😀

  20. I have posted a piece that fits “Overshadowed”. It is about sibling rivalry which exists because of one of the sister’s sense of always being overshadowed by the other.

    Here it is:

    Queen of the Game

  21. i think this poem fits rather nicely for the prompt overshadowed….much like j.c. mine is about my sister and myself….

  22. Same author, different band. Which for many of you is as unexpected as what happens. Read on!

  23. Sorry, very late posting this. Weekend was much too nice to spend at the computer.

  24. Finally was able to get this posted. My weekend just wasn’t long enough to get everything finished.

    Unexpected Night

  25. Here is my story for the Matinee Muse prompt, Reconciliation. It has the rather unimaginative title of:


    Have a great Tuesday!

  26. Hello Islanders!

    After almost a week of worrying, I finally got the chance to write again after a knock in the door freed me of worries that occupied my mind from

    Turn Of Events Unexpectd

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

  27. I unexpectedly got it done! 🙂

  28. Hi all, posting late but my PC was down. Here is my take on “unexpected”


    My Poem

  29. This is in response to transformation. 2 pics I took just this morning fitted the prompt just nicely.

    What Ugliness?

  30. Bec

    Yes, I know, late… Am so behind in everything. Unexpected

  31. I wrote this but forgot to post it. six years old

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