December 2015 NaHaiWriMo Writing Prompts

 

Selected by Marion Clarke

 

1

Xanadu (an idealized place of great or idyllic magnificence and beauty) (All prompts for this month have the letter “x” in them, although they don’t all start with that letter.)

2

fox

3

mirepoix (roughly chopped onions, carrots, and celery used raw, roasted, or sautéed as the flavor base for stocks, soups, stews, and sauces)

4

exit

5

Xhosa (a member of a Nguni people of East Cape Province, South Africa, or the Bantu language of the Xhosa)

6

hoax

7

saxophone

8

xenia (ancient Greek concept of hospitality, translated as “guest-friendship,” which in Latin means “gifts”; or  a genus of photosynthetic soft marine coral resembling a mushroom, with “arms” coming out from the top that end in many-fingered “hands”)

9

Bordeaux (the largest wine growing area in France; any wine produced in the Bordeaux region)

10

xenophobia

11

flux (the action or process of flowing or flowing out, or a state of continuous change)

12

vortex (a whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it toward its center; a place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it, and hence being inescapable or destructive)

13

axis (lots of possibilities)

14

box

15

xanthous (of, relating to, or designating races with yellowish hair and a light complexion; of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something resembling the color of an egg yolk)

16

lynx

17

minx

18

hex

19

toxic

20

onyx

21

six

22

axe

23

sphynx/sphinx (I don’t mean to restrict the prompt to cats!)

24

pixie

25

Xmas or (for my Gran) Christmas (I wish everyone a very happy and peaceful time over the holiday)

26

galaxy

27

exhilaration

28

faux

29

toolbox

30

exhale

31

x (however you wish to interpret it—Happy New Year to everyone)