The Writer Bit

10 Jan
A portrait of the Bohemian writer Franz Kafka ...

A portrait of the Bohemian writer Franz Kafka shot in Atelier Lotte Jacobi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Franz Kafka said, “we ought to read only books that bite and sting us.” What’s the last thing you read that bit and stung you?

I’m into phrenology. There was this Black Widow Spider…

Oh, I’m sorry: I thought you said ‘we ought to read only bugs…’


Your personal sculptor is carving a person, thing or event from the last year of your life. What’s the statue of and what makes it so significant?

Inquiry: the last year as in 2012?  

Or the last year as in, There was this Black Widow Spider…?


Do you have a favourite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

‘Don’t put it down; put it away.’

It helps avoid clutter and unnecessary cleaning.  And hidden spiders.


Write a Q&A-style interview with an inanimate object.

Tilly Bud: So, Black Widow Spider, what does it feel like to be flattened with a hammer?

Black Widow Spider:  … … … …


Write about anything you’d like, but make sure the post includes this sentence: “I thought we’d never come back from that one.”

My lower back hurts this morning and I want to get off the computer as soon as possible.  The funny has had to be teased out of me like a magician’s hanky string.  When I wrote, I’m into phrenology.  There was this Black Widow Spider…, I knew this was going to be a lame post.  I thought we’d never come back from that one.

I was right.


Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did you last feel like that? 

When the best I could come up with in answer to a prompt was an insect.

And what did you do about it?

Stopped writing.




15 Responses to “The Writer Bit”

  1. viveka January 10, 2013 at 12:12 #

    ‘Don’t put it down; put it away.’ – Brilliant – BRILLIANT … that I will remember – today my second day of cleaning – floors to be done .. and I’m going to start now – have put it away for over 8 weeks I think, and now it has to happen.


  2. judithatwood January 10, 2013 at 12:46 #

    I love this post, but then again, I am afraid of Black Widow Spiders!


  3. vivinfrance January 10, 2013 at 13:04 #

    That don’t put it down mantra has been part of my life for ever.


  4. Pseu January 10, 2013 at 13:16 #

    A spider is not an insect. It is an arachnid. You only have to count its legs to know that 🙂


  5. McGuffyAnn January 10, 2013 at 14:11 #

    *augh* I hate spiders. But you can even make a unique post with them.


  6. colonialist January 10, 2013 at 14:58 #

    The book title: I spied a crushing defeat of a Black Widow?


  7. mairedubhtx January 10, 2013 at 15:59 #

    Once again, you have managed to dispatch a number of Daily Prompts succinctly in one amazing post. Why aren’t you Freshly Pressed? Those people don’t recognize true creativity when they see it is the only answer.


  8. Three Well Beings January 10, 2013 at 17:06 #

    I simply admire the initiative it takes to give the Daily Prompt a go! I think your creative nature might struggle against the mandate, but this was quite inspired. Weaving Kafka into it was even better! 🙂


  9. Elaine - I used to be indecisive January 10, 2013 at 18:07 #

    Very good – as always. It made me smile, and cheered up the chilly, dark evening. 🙂


  10. laurieanichols January 10, 2013 at 18:45 #

    Was the Hub out saving spiders again? I never heard the phrase “Don’t put it down, put it away” I like it. I only heard in French the last part “Put it Away!” Range ca. is the French version.


  11. Robin Coyle January 10, 2013 at 18:54 #

    And are you the Black Widow?


  12. SchmidleysScribbling January 10, 2013 at 21:59 #

    Thank goodness you are okay. I was thinking about the “post-a-day” thingy but couldn’t figure out how to upload the label-badge-whatever. Just as well. If I write every day, I am really lame.Poor old Kafka, even he had off days now and then.



  13. rebecca2000 January 10, 2013 at 23:46 #

    Spiders scare me!


  14. Grannymar January 11, 2013 at 22:28 #

    My phrase was “Put it back where you got it and then you will know where to find it next time”!


  15. eof737 January 16, 2013 at 08:35 #

    I thought that was an interesting prompt… I never think of books in that way… 🙂


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