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

Three Cheers and a Tiger Science Fiction / Fantasy Writing Contest

The Fall 2014 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest is now open. The deadline for entries is Sunday, September 21 at 5pm ET.

This fall’s topic is: What Went Wrong?

Write a story under 5000 words about that time that a promising hypothesis was disproven, a step missed in a procedure, or some crucial ingredient was omitted that seemed obvious to the person who wrote the recipe, but not to the one who was reading it.

Be sure to read both the Three Cheers and a Tiger contest rules and the general contest guidelines before submitting your entry.

Your 48 hours start now. Good luck!

Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is 30 seconds or less.

If you like these questions, you might also like the Friday FUM.

Be sure to check out our longer A Podcast in Each Hand writing-inspiration podcast on Mondays. If you like the minicasts and podcasts, please let us know! Like, share, comment and all that good stuff. Thanks :)

 

Answer in the comments or link back here if you post your answer on your own blog. (If you’d like to record your response and are looking for somewhere to host your audio file, try SoundCloud.)

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

Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is 30 seconds or less.

If you like these questions, you might also like the Friday FUM.

Be sure to check out our longer A Podcast in Each Hand writing-inspiration podcast on Mondays. If you like the minicasts and podcasts, please let us know! Like, share, comment and all that good stuff. Thanks :)

 

Answer in the comments or link back here if you post your answer on your own blog. (If you’d like to record your response and are looking for somewhere to host your audio file, try SoundCloud.)

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

Toasted Cheese 14:3

The September 2014 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Mariel Alonzo, Sandra Fees, Dovile Mark, Karen Powell, Katia Raina & Graham WW Young; flash by Rori Leigh Hoatlin, Tim Love & Gretchen Tessmer and fiction by Judy Darley, Jack Herbert & Clare Kane.

TC 14:3 also includes the 2014 A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest winning stories by Krista Varela, Alexander Drost & Eric E. Wallace.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews Out of Dublin by Ethel Rohan.

This issue’s Snark Zone is by Theryn “Beaver” Fleming.

The cover image is by jeffreyw, 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!

Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is 30 seconds or less.

If you like these questions, you might also like the Friday FUM.

Be sure to check out our longer A Podcast in Each Hand writing-inspiration podcast on Mondays. If you like the minicasts and podcasts, please let us know! Like, share, comment and all that good stuff. Thanks :)

 

Answer in the comments or link back here if you post your answer on your own blog. (If you’d like to record your response and are looking for somewhere to host your audio file, try SoundCloud.)

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

August 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Remote won’t work and there’s a cat in my lap.
  2. Have a character act unpredictably.
  3. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: beach, light, dress, nothing, beating.
    2. Use the phrase, “I have too many already.”
    3. Write about breaking a habit.
  4. A maniacal laugh.
  5. Unexpected side-effect of an injury
  6. No one gets your MC’s sarcasm.
  7. “I actually did think about that.”
  8. Deliberately breaking the rules.
  9. A travel SNAFU leads to a chance encounter
  10. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: eaten, looking, seducer, broken, message.
    2. Use the phrase, “Please go away for a while.”
    3. Write about something imperfectly cromulent.
  11. Cleaning up a mess
  12. A character is wrong, but very, very certain they’re right.
  13. “Remind me of your name again?”
  14. Use an old family photo as a prompt. #tbt #throwbackthursday
  15. Ides of Aug: Write about an unusual calendar
  16. A character’s cooking gives others food poisoning.
  17. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
  18. Jealousy leads to chaos.
  19. Making up nicknames for other people
  20. Everyone in your story thinks your protagonist is actually the villain.
  21. A child greeting an adult.
  22. “Have you no compassion?!”
  23. Your ideal writers’ getaway
  24. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: skeleton, mother, curve, press, thought.
    2. Write about a changing of the guard.
    3. “We’re not going to make it, are we?”
  25. Coming home to an unpleasant surprise.
  26. A character is proud of being frugal.
  27. “What’s that in teaspoons?”
  28. “_____ is such a troll.”
  29. In my day we didn’t start school until…
  30. Can your MC trust their best friend?
  31. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: broken, seducer, shakes, famine, wrong.
    2. “How much does the free stuff cost?”
    3. Write about a day when everything just works.

Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is 30 seconds or less.

If you like these questions, you might also like the Friday FUM.

Be sure to check out our longer A Podcast in Each Hand writing-inspiration podcast on Mondays. If you like the minicasts and podcasts, please let us know! Like, share, comment and all that good stuff. Thanks :)

 

Answer in the comments or link back here if you post your answer on your own blog. (If you’d like to record your response and are looking for somewhere to host your audio file, try SoundCloud.)

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