#ThursdayThoughts #ThursdayTen ten word photo prompt: Painted?

Human/AI collaboration DALL-E.

You probably know by now how fascinated I am by AI “art.” I think what intrigues me isn’t how it gets things right; it’s what it gets wrong. There’s something a little creepy about it, a little off.

Today’s prompt was inspired by the style of Edward Hopper and a machine imitating his views of people and human isolation really reveals the stark contrast between art and a computer generating an image.

While I wouldn’t hang it on a wall, it does offer a lot of interesting quirks to inspire a 10 word story which is why we’re all here! I assume.

ANYWAY, using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story. EXACTLY ten words.

Feel free to focus on its, um, idiosyncrasies.

Ready? Here’s mine:

As her friends gathered, Jen readied the Tree Removal Ceremony.

#ThursdayThoughts #ThursdayTen ten word photo prompt: Moment

Photo by Beyza Kaplan on Pexels.com

It’s THURSDAY which means it’s time for a ten word story, or our #ThursdayTen as the cool kids say.

Using the image above as a prompt, write a 10 word story. EXACTLY ten words.

It’s not like you’re new at this or anything. Unless you’re new at this.

Then welcome!

OK, OK, enough delay. Ready?

Here’s mine:

The past gone, she wondered if the future was too.

#ThursdayThoughts: A bit of a breather


No writing prompt today, taking a little bit of a blog break, only for today. I hope you have a lovely, lovely Thursday, though.

Nothing to worry about, I just need to recharge my creativity!

#ThursdayThoughts #ThursdayTen photo prompt: Snapshot


It’s AI collaborative art again, because as you know, I’m fascinated by it. And why not start off the new year with a little computer-generated ridiculousness?

Using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story.

EXACTLY ten words.

Hopefully this one will get the ideas flowing. I had a hard time choosing among the results this week!

Anyway, ready?

Here’s mine:

Ghsksto couldn’t resist photobombing Xyowatoinwk showing off her new magnosled.

#ThursdayThoughts #ThursdayTen (photo prompt): Tale


Today’s ten word photo prompt, aka #ThursdayTen, is another collaboration with Dall-E, the AI drawing software. In this case, the style was that of a fairytale, and I think that it works.

I know there is a great deal of controversy about using AI art images, and I’m not sure what I think about it. I don’t think I’d use it to replace art that I’d need an artist to create, but that said I have some very inspirational images among all of the weirdness I got playing with it this month.

So who knows. It’s a tool that’s here and it’s staying and we have to figure out how it is used going forward.

But I digress.

Using the image above write a ten word story. EXACTLY ten words.

But you knew that.

Ready? Here’s mine:

The Widas Touch, he soon found, was deliciously wheat based.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Wiped.

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

It’s THURSDAY! Which means it’s time for our #ThursdayTen!

Using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story! EXACTLY ten words.

A lot of us will be snowed in so what else is there to do?!

Well probably a lot and probably a lot aren’t going to be snowed in, but still.

ANYWAY, ready?

Here’s mine:

87 yule logs later, Annie was finally finished. Christmas complete.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Floaty

Photo by Tembela Bohle on Pexels.com

It’s THURSDAY! Which means our #ThursdayTen!

And this week, I’m going to try posting this on twitter AND and on post! (I’m on Post!) So pick your place or play in both, that’s fine with me!

Anyway, using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story.

EXACTLY ten words. Easy as that!

Which is kind of difficult but whatever.

Ready? Here’s mine:

“Why do they complain about Earth?” thought AXiodnONatoxgn. “Nice assignment.

#ThursdayThoughts #ThursdayTen: Unexpected


Trying out a new headline…what do you think? Ten word photo prompt easier? Harder?

Today’s image again comes to us from a DALL-E me/AI collaboration. I don’t think it understood what I asked for, and yet I really like this strange result.

So using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story.

EXACTLY ten words.

I hope your imagination is more vast than the AI’s. Or maybe the AI’s imagination is vast indeed.

It’s really hard to tell.

Ready? Here’s mine.

Danni hesitated, remembering the Pied Piper, then began her ascent.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Internal


It’s THURSDAY! Which means it’s time for our #ThursdayTen and today I am excited to bring to you an image created by me and DALL-E, an AI program that uses word prompts to create images.

This was not what I was aiming for, but I think she is hilarious, especially with the unexpected details, and couldn’t resist sharing her with you for the prompt.

If you want to play around with the image-making but don’t want to sign up for the full site, check out Craiyon,

Fun, right?

Anyway, using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story. EXACTLY ten words.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Hyperlia posed for the tourists. Revenge wouldn’t be long now.

#ThursdayThoughts AND #WednesdayWisdom: Scale it down


Wow, I wrote this and never published it yesterday. So you can have it today, when I was going to go postless. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!

And the actual post:

I had plans for a semi-complicated dessert to make for tomorrow. But then I decided…


I didn’t feel like the work. I didn’t feel like hassling with a cheesecake water bath. So I decided to scale down. I’ll probably make cheesecake bars, all of the taste, less of the work.

Not sure why it’s easier, but it is.

It’s a strange time of the year, and the pressures are constant. But we don’t have to accept the pressure, we don’t have to give into it or live with it.

We can just do something else.

It’s OK to do something else.

Some years I’d enjoy the challenge of something more complicated, but I can say without reservation this is not one of those years.

So I’ll go easier. Maybe I’ll go completely different.

We’ll see, I haven’t yet settled.

But whatever it is, I will give myself permission to scale down. And so should you.

Have a great holiday tomorrow if that’s your thing, and a bearable one if great is out of the question. Not sure yet if there will be a prompt.

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