the speakeasy at yeah write #169 is open

spectacular summer series

The summer series consists of an unmoderated summer grid, where you can link up fiction, non-fiction, and micro writing of either persuasion—or poetry, if that’s your thing. Every week, your editors will post articles on specific writing-related topics, such as incorporating conflict into your writing, building killer sentences, and figuring out verb tense, just to name a few.

Along with our summer grid, we are also offering three levels of writing/critique workshops, including an opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to work with a professional editor (Natalie and Suzanne). So what are you waiting for? Go get yourself registered!

this round’s on me

Have you ever noticed that there are times when life just works together in synergistic ways that make you smile? This week’s prompts constitute one of those moments for me. Pink Martini has been a favorite of mine for nearly a decade, so when they were selected for the musical prompt this week? I raised my glass. Why do I love Pink Martini so much? Everything they do is unexpected and fresh and completely, utterly original — even their covers. Kind of what we want to see from y’all this last week of the regular speakeasy grid.

Bring us inventive stories. Bring us subtly nuanced poetry. Bring us creativity that rockets us into another world. Bring us language that oozes like golden honey into the crevices of our brains. Tease us. Tantalize us. Slap us around a bit, if you’re into that. But don’t bore us and don’t phone it in. We can tell when you do.

a-one, a-two, a-one-two-three-four

20 entries unlocks the editor’s pick. 30 entries unlocks the extra vote. 41 entries calls the cops and gets us busted for violating fire code because we’ve got too many entries on the grid.

the prompts, with a twist of lime

This week’s sentence prompt, provided by last week’s winner, Suzanne, can be used ANYWHERE in your piece. And the media prompt is the song Over the Valley by Pink Martini, which you will find below.

“It was the only thing she regretted.”

the rules: shaken, not stirred

  • Your post must be dated July 6, 2014, or later.
  • Submissions must be 750 words or fewer.
  • Submissions must be fiction or poetry.
  • You must include the following sentence ANYWHERE in your submission: “It was the only thing she regretted.”
  • You must also include a reference to the media prompt.
  • The speakeasy is for submissions written specifically for the grid. Please don’t submit an entry if you intend to showcase it to another blog link-up. Such posts are deleted without notice and you are forever branded a trollop.
  • Please don’t post long explanations before your post. We want your writing to be the star of the show. If you need to clarify anything, feel free to do so at the end.
  • The badge for your speakeasy #169 post is found in the sidebar. Add the code to the html/text view of your post before publishing.
  • And don’t forget to come back on Tuesday and add your link to the Inlinkz grid!

Remember to think outside the box when you write your piece. Exercise those fabulous writer’s muscles! Think about how others might use the prompts, then go in a different direction. If you need a little guidance, check out our Flash Fiction Guide.

the grid


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9 Responses to “the speakeasy at yeah write #169 is open”

  1. DragonSpark July 8, 2014 at 12:48 am #

    Badge isn’t working.

    • Suzanne July 8, 2014 at 9:47 am #

      Thanks for the heads up! It’s working now. :)

  2. BCIJo (aka Joanne Edith) July 10, 2014 at 12:00 am #

    Thank you for turning me on to Pink Martini. The video prompt blew me away. Not only was it great inspiration for my poem, but I’m now obsessed with watching utube clips of pink martini! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  3. J. Raven July 10, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Just wanted to say it has been a great dip in the Speakeasy pool this week. As a first-timer here (I had written a story previously but didn’t get it up in time), I was a little apprehensive of the process but it’s much easier than it seems at first glance. Thanks to all for the great comments! Good group!!

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