Thursday Fun: Watcher Story Prompt

Okay, y’all. It’s time for our monthly story/ poem prompt! Regular readers will remember that last time, we used Maxfield Parrish’s image “Daybreak” as our prompt. This month we wracked our brains for at least an entire two minutes to come up with a new prompt, and we decided that since we did an image last time and a poem before that, this month we’re going to give you a dictionary definition.

So here’s the challenge. Using the definition as inspiration, write a story or poem (or heck, if you’re an artist, you can draw something), post it on your blog, and then comment here so that everyone can wander over and stare at it.

Are you ready for the definition? For suspense, it’s . . .

spirit (definition from
spir·it  Pronunciation Key[spir-it] –noun

1. the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul.

2. the incorporeal part of humans: present in spirit though absent in body.

3. the soul regarded as separating from the body at death.

4. conscious, incorporeal being, as opposed to matter: the world of spirit.

5. a supernatural, incorporeal being, esp. one inhabiting a place, object, etc., or having a particular character: evil spirits.

6. a fairy, sprite, or elf.

7. an angel or demon.

8. an attitude or principle that inspires, animates, or pervades thought, feeling, or action: the spirit of reform.

9. (initial capital letter) the divine influence as an agency working in the human heart.

10. a divine, inspiring, or animating being or influence. Num. 11:25; Is. 32:15.

11. (initial capital letter) the third person of the Trinity; Holy Spirit.

12. the soul or heart as the seat of feelings or sentiments, or as prompting to action: a man of broken spirit.

13. spirits, feelings or mood with regard to exaltation or depression: low spirits; good spirits.

14. excellent disposition or attitude in terms of vigor, courage, firmness of intent, etc.; mettle: That’s the spirit!

15. temper or disposition: meek in spirit.

16. an individual as characterized by a given attitude, disposition, character, action, etc.: A few brave spirits remained to face the danger.

17. the dominant tendency or character of anything: the spirit of the age.

18. vigorous sense of membership in a group: college spirit.

19. the general meaning or intent of a statement, document, etc. (opposed to letter): the spirit of the law.

20. Chemistry. the essence or active principle of a substance as extracted in liquid form, esp. by distillation.

21. Often, spirits. a strong distilled alcoholic liquor.

22. Chiefly British. alcohol.

23. Pharmacology. a solution in alcohol of an essential or volatile principle; essence.

24. any of certain subtle fluids formerly supposed to permeate the body.

25. the Spirit, God.


26. pertaining to something that works by burning alcoholic spirits: a spirit stove.

27. of or pertaining to spiritualist bodies or activities.

–verb (used with object)

28. to animate with fresh ardor or courage; inspirit.

29. to encourage; urge on or stir up, as to action.

30. to carry off mysteriously or secretly (often fol. by away or off): His captors spirited him away.

31. out of spirits, in low spirits; depressed: We were feeling out of spirits after so many days of rain.

30 thoughts on “Thursday Fun: Watcher Story Prompt

  1. Spirit!!!! Maggie, did you pick this word for me? It’s 12.30am here, I’m going to bed. Grrr, fighting the new kitten. Surprisingly kitten claws are sharper than hairy stomach man flesh. I could cheat and copy something from my lj, but I’ll write a fresh one.

  2. Flesh is meat
    Meet is a race
    race is a color
    Color is a shade
    Shade is a ghost
    Ghost is a spirit
    Flesh made spirit

  3. Oh, I love the tone of this! Very moody and ethereal–and it’s so much fun to see where you went with such an open prompt 🙂

  4. They’re open ended! Sometime before the next watcher prompt at the end of next month? *grin*

  5. I decided to go with “hurried typing” instead of “well thought out narrative.”

    As usual.

  6. This might take more thinking than I’d originally anticipated. My post will be slightly (hopefully) delayed.

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