A Podcast in Each Hand

Toasted Cheese presents A Podcast In Each Hand: original exercises and writing prompts from our archive to inspire you for the week ahead. Each podcast is briefer than the time it would take to sizzle up a toasted cheese sandwich. If you use any of our exercises or prompts, we’d love to hear about it!

Producer: Stephanie Lenz
Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org

July 2015
Daily Writing Prompts

  1. A Pen In Each Hand“It’s different for people like me.”
  2. He quietly helped hundreds of children escape…
  3. Write about something very out of fashion
  4. Use these 5 words: itchy, public, scratch, crazy, spaceship.
  5. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: wants, mole, three, toppled, remember
    2. Fill in the blank: “Last time this happened, you _____.”
    3. Write about a fruit.
  6. historians are baffled
  7. Cooking things right out of the garden
  8. There’s something extremely surprising about…
  9. On this date in (year)…
  10. Use these 5 words: high note, vanquish, point-blank, asleep, investigation.
  11. Write about a stain
  12. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: alter, dying, brush, strength, toadstools.
    2. A character makes harrumphing noises.
    3. Use the phrase, “I have too many toys.”
  13. “Do it like that, except…”
  14. beautiful worms
  15. “Where did you put that thing that was here?”
  16. “You mean to tell me…”
  17. Too many funerals.
  18. Use these 5 words: questions, effectively, teaching, break, smile.
  19. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: poetry, hear, found, noon, built.
    2. A character considers leaving in a huff after an argument.
    3. Use the phrase, “That’s not a problem.”
  20. You have to believe the experts are evil.
  21. A wintery day in the summertime
  22. “If I text you, could you text me back?”
  23. If that happens while we’re fixing this…
  24. Use these 5 words: explore, solitude, listening, patience, washing.
  25. I wish somebody would just take care of that.
  26. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: women, lunar, incantations, secret, corner.
    2. A character says “I am not sorry.”
    3. Use the phrase, “Tell me sweet lies.”
  27. “We’re working on that right now.”
  28. shark attack reported
  29. All expenses paid. Except…
  30. a parent who disapproves of the person their child is in love with.
  31. “I can’t do this any more.”

A Podcast in Each Hand

Toasted Cheese presents A Podcast In Each Hand: original exercises and writing prompts from our archive to inspire you for the week ahead. Each podcast is briefer than the time it would take to sizzle up a toasted cheese sandwich. If you use any of our exercises or prompts, we’d love to hear about it!

Producer: Stephanie Lenz
Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org

June 2015
Daily Writing Prompts

  1. A Pen In Each Hand“Try to get it right this time.”
  2. Use these 5 words: thunderstorm, scared, anniversary, party, cloud.
  3. Rapidly falling temperature
  4. Start with: If he had the chance…
  5. Watching advertisements with the sound off
  6. Use this line: “It’s time for me to reflect on my choices.”
  7. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: wheelbarrow, fading, secret, began, poetry. If you don’t like those, try these: song, screams, crepe, librarian, eating.
    2. Write about fabric (literal or figurative).
    3. Fill in the blanks: ______ is okay if ______ is unavailable.
  8. Use these 5 words: zipline, teen, twisted, diploma, promise.
  9. A stilted reading of lines that should be spontaneous
  10. Start with: A small part of me fears…
  11. “I can give you three minutes.”
  12. Use this phrase: “how the universe works”
  13. It’s easier if you’re left handed.
  14. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: silence, inside, which, women, stamp.
    2. Fill in the blank: “I’d like to take advantage of this awkward situation to _____”.
    3. It’s not time for dinner yet.
  15. Dinner is popcorn tonight.
  16. Open any social media app, scroll to the 7th post & use it as inspiration.
  17. Was it a Tuesday or a Wednesday?
  18. Use these 5 words: protests, club, flame, elected, panel.
  19. “You can see where the foundations were.”
  20. Start with: The seven stages of ____ are…
  21. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: shall, roads, said, marry, prevent.
    2. Fill in the blank: “I never promised you _______.”
    3. “We’ll be back tomorrow.”
  22. Use this line: “He stayed remarkably composed, all things considered.”
  23. First holiday without a loved one.
  24. Use these 5 words: altruism, performing, prison, sane, library.
  25. A little of every spice in the cabinet.
  26. Start with: Another thing I’ve been doing is…
  27. He/she’s coming unraveled.
  28. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: alter, broken, beside, blues, ourselves.
    2. A cultural reference goes over someone’s head.
    3. Write about a consistently mispronounced word.
  29. Living situation violates zoning rules.
  30. Use this phrase: “a risky and record-breaking journey”

A Podcast in Each Hand

Toasted Cheese presents A Podcast In Each Hand: original exercises and writing prompts from our archive to inspire you for the week ahead. Each podcast is briefer than the time it would take to sizzle up a toasted cheese sandwich. If you use any of our exercises or prompts, we’d love to hear about it!

 

Producer: Stephanie Lenz
Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org

Toasted Cheese 15:2

The June 2015 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Carl Boon, Wayne F. Burke, Natasha S. Garnett, Lowell Jaeger, Erren Geraud Kelly & Kristina Spear; flash by Gretchen L. Dietz, Windy Lynn Harris, Jenny Irizary, Dorothy Mahoney & Roger McKnight; fiction by Rebecca T. Florisson, Louisa Adjoa Parker, Nancy Nau Sullivan & Bonnie Thompson; and creative nonfiction by Ron Riekki.

TC 15:2 also includes the Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Sarah R. Clayville, Urvashi Bohra & Tara Kenway.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews The Scholar,The Sphinx, and the Fang of Fenrir by A.R. Cook, A.R. Cook reviews Thirty Seconds by Heather MacPherson and Salvatore Marici reviews Temporary Champions by Darren C. Demaree.

This issue’s Snark Zone is by Stephanie “Baker” Lenz.

The cover image is by Kimberly Appels, with additional photos by photographers around the world, all of whom have generously made their work available for use under Creative Commons licenses. Please click through and check out their photostreams.

Congratulations to all. Happy reading!

A Podcast in Each Hand

Toasted Cheese presents A Podcast In Each Hand: original exercises and writing prompts from our archive to inspire you for the week ahead. Each podcast is briefer than the time it would take to sizzle up a toasted cheese sandwich. If you use any of our exercises or prompts, we’d love to hear about it!

 

Producer: Stephanie Lenz
Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org

A Podcast in Each Hand

Toasted Cheese presents A Podcast In Each Hand: original exercises and writing prompts from our archive to inspire you for the week ahead. Each podcast is briefer than the time it would take to sizzle up a toasted cheese sandwich. If you use any of our exercises or prompts, we’d love to hear about it!

 

Producer: Stephanie Lenz
Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org

May 2015
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. MAYDAY! MAYDAY!
  2. Use these 5 words: athlete, sinuous, restless, science, breathing.
  3. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: machine, prefer, dotted, coffee, sideways.
    2. A character runs out of something at an inopportune time.
    3. Someone repeats something they’ve said before.
  4. Perhaps he will learn.
  5. Start with: “Whoops, I didn’t mean to do that.”
  6. Apparently I can’t count.
  7. Marching in [city].
  8. A supersaturated solution
  9. Use these 5 words: zillions, getaway, mint, foundation, organized.
  10. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: street, o’clock, author’s, skeleton, convulsive.
    2. Write about a difference of a few degrees.
    3. “Is that what you really want?”
  11. First one through makes the rules.
  12. Start with: “None of you think I’m cool anyway.”
  13. Besides that, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?
  14. Resisting temptation.
  15. Trying to make everything fit, with a few extra pieces.
  16. Use these 5 words: digital, releases, podcast, iconic, graphic.
  17. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: bone, mother, gone, synthesis, white.
    2. Write about a physical blunder.
    3. Write about interrupting somebody who’s busy.
  18. The rocks remember.
  19. Start with: “Wait. What?!”
  20. Picking gravel from a wound
  21. Revealing private details.
  22. Where’s the odd job person?
  23. Use these 5 words: crucial, stark, madness, embryos, analysis.
  24. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: repeat, notebook, throw, least, quickly
    2. Write about a spurious correlation.
    3. Refer to someone’s horoscope, fortune cookie fortune, or tarot reading.
  25. But that never happened.
  26. Start with: “Just wanted to get outta there.”
  27. Drop everything and write a haiku.
  28. A spark of danger.
  29. There’s a story behind this…
  30. Something money can’t buy.
  31. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.