Humor Writing Prompt #4: Five Words

Humor Writing Prompts

Like the tail of the thawing opossum peeking from a deep puddle of slush, I could feel the start of a bad case of shingles coming on. “Don’t fret,” she said to me. “If they don’t look good on our roof, we can always donate them to Goodwill.”

In an ongoing attempt to jump-start your attempt to pen something uproariously funny, or at the very least amusing, here’s another jolt of inspiration for you creative types to use as you will.

Five Words. Choose three of the following five words to include in a single paragraph. Form of the word is okay. For instance, “donates” and “donated” are fair game. As an additional challenge, use your paragraph in a story. #FiveWordsHWP

  • Opossum
  • Donate
  • Fret
  • Slush
  • Shingles

Share your results, or a link to your results if they’re longer, in the comments, if you feel so compelled. Happy writing.

Muselist No. 77: Lucky #


Music has always come hand-in-hand with putting together each issue of the National Pasquinade, inspiring the content and creation. Hell, “muse” is even part of the word!

What follows here are some tunes that are inspiring me during the creation of the upcoming Lucky #. Maybe they’ll also inspire you to create and submit your own comic masterpiece.

If you’d like to listen on Spotify, I’ve created a playlist just for you (note that not all of the songs listed below are available).

  • “With a Little Luck” (Paul McCartney and Wings)
  • “(Believed You Were) Lucky” (‘Til Tuesday)
  • “I Bet My Life” (Imagine Dragons)
  • “You Got Lucky” (Tom Petty)
  • “Happy Go Lucky Me” (Paul Evans)
  • “Some Guys Have All The Luck” (Rod Stewart)
  • “Casino Queen” (Wilco)
  • “Lucky Star” (Madonna)
  • “Knock On Wood” (Amii Stewart)
  • “Tumbling Dice” (The Rolling Stones)
  • “The Lottery Song” (Nilsson)
  • “The Turn of a Friendly Card” (The Alan Parsons Project)
  • “Lucky Man” (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
  • “The Joker” (The Steve Miller Band)
  • “Queen of Hearts” (Juice Newton)
  • “Lucky One” (Michael Penn)
  • “Casino Royale” (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass)
  • “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” (Arctic Monkeys)
  • “Junior’s Farm” (Paul McCartney and Wings)
  • “Viva Las Vegas” (Elvis Presley)
  • “Lucky Strike” (Maroon 5)
  • “Money For Nothing” (Dire Straits)
  • “Lucky Devil” (Carl Dobkins, Jr.)
  • “Atlantic City” (Bruce Springsteen)
  • “Beatin’ The Odds” (Molly Hatchet)
  • “The Gambler” (Kenny Rogers)
  • “Chances Are” (Johnny Mathis)
  • “The Luckiest” (Ben Folds)
  • “Show Biz Kids” (Steely Dan)
  • “Born Under A Bad Sign” (Albert King)
  • “Take a Chance On Me” (Abba)
  • “Fortune Cookie” (Los Straitjackets)
  • “The Lucky One” (Mary Lou Lord)
  • “Guaranteed” (John Hoskinson)
  • “You Better You Bet” (The Who)
  • “Gambling Man (My Odds Are Stacked)” (The Worst Cover Band Of The World)