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Having Lots of H*O*T* Fun with Picture Prompts

Updated on June 27, 2013

There was such a favorable response to my last H*O*T* picture prompt article that I thought it would be a nice touch to write another one.

For those who are new to the concept, H*O*T* is an acronym for Hawaiian Odysseus Tutorial and represents a collection of my personal writing experiences, tips, and niches. These hubs are dedicated to the hard-working writers of the HubPages community and to our readers.

The business of writing can be long and arduous. There are times, just as I've experienced myself during the stressful process of the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, when one is faced with the totally bothersome and nagging question: Just why in the world are you doing this?

Many a better person, let alone writer, than I have answered this question by making the decision to leave HubPages in order to find greener pastures...and by greener, yes--you bet!--I am referring to the color of paper currency.

I no longer have any illusions, or should I say, delusions, of making bank by writing for HubPages. Oh, maybe someday, when I have a thousand hubs under my belt, I might just start seeing a monthly payout like some of you are already experiencing. But until then, I'm okay being a tortoise because I know from having read that Aesop's fable that the green plodding reptile finished the race.

So that's my goal: To finish the race.

And let me be clear. I'm not racing against any of you. I'm racing against whatever time I have left by God's grace before I graduate to writing in the next life. I'm racing against the temptation to quit. I'm racing against the anguish of physical pain and mental exhaustion. I'm racing against the only person I will ever find the greatest satisfaction in beating...


So kick back, my friends, and enjoy the next few minutes as I share with you a tutorial by example of what fun one can have by utilizing picture prompts.

Ryder in the Pen
Ryder in the Pen | Source

In the Pokey

Yeah, I was doing 7 in a 5 mph daycare zone.

Ryder After Getting Pulled Over
Ryder After Getting Pulled Over | Source

Didn't see the motorcycle cop hiding in the shade of the mango trees.

He gave me a breathalyzer test.

AUWE! It measured me at 2.40!

THREE TIMES the legal blood coconut syrup level in the state of Hawai'i!

I tried explaining that I had missed lunch, was hungry like the dickens, and had just stopped at Kapa'a Starbucks for a quick Coconut Frappucino!

He didn't go for it.

Judge Watanabe gave me 1 hour in the slammer.

I did some serious thinking while I was doing time.

I'm gonna change my ways.

Next time, I'm going to Dutch Bros. Coffee instead and getting myself an EXTERMINATOR!

The Effervescent Kalaunuiohua Emerging from Eden
The Effervescent Kalaunuiohua Emerging from Eden | Source


Livingston, I presume?

Five of the Six Scenarios Herein Took Place in Hawai'i

Ryder in a Classic Football Stance
Ryder in a Classic Football Stance | Source

Huddle Up!

On the field, I'm a formidable presence.

I'm an imposing middle linebacker on defense as well as a field goal kicker for your favorite football team.

But the special mark of any memorable professional football player is that he can be a terror to opponents on the field and a perfect gentleman off the field.

I look men in the eyes, and I'm very tender with the fairer gender.

My parents brought me up well and modeled on a daily basis the very standard of good citizenship that they expect of me.

So when you see or hear my name in the various forms of media, the word scandal won't be used in the same context.

I'm just a simple, down to earth, easy to talk to, and good-humored island boy.

But one thing's for sure.

Being a DECENT HUMAN BEING isn't synonymous with being boring.

So, whether you're a fellow athlete, an armchair quarterback, or an enthusiastic fan of the game, I wish you happiness and lots of aloha!


Ryder aka BULA

(The preceding has been a public service announcement dedicated to HubPages writer, bdeguilio,for his ongoing commitment to promoting athletes of good character.)

Zayn Sharing Important Info with Cousin Kira
Zayn Sharing Important Info with Cousin Kira | Source

Sincerest Form of Flattery

YES! Kira, check this out! I just made 10K!

Wow, Zayn! How did you know it was time to short sell Exxon Mobil?

That's EASY, cuz! I imitate my main man--


Fresh Tilapia at Uwajimaya in Seattle
Fresh Tilapia at Uwajimaya in Seattle | Source

Tilapia Hookup at Uwajimaya Store

Hey, Eddie! Can you move your butt a little to the left?

Whassamatta, Julio? Can't you see we're stuck in a traffic jam?

Yeah, yeah, I know, pal! But cut my bait and call me deep fried, there's a bonita tilapia three fish lengths up ahead, and I just gotta hook up with her!

Sure, I understand. Okay, here goes nothing. Be sure to cut into the express lane ASAP. You got a fake siren and red flashing light? I used that gimmick last summer to catch up with my Camille!

I got no props, Eddie. But I sure got a lot of fish testosterone, and I'm putting it all into overdrive!

Good luck, my friend!

Hey, check out that stupid looking human to our right!

Oh, you mean the doofus with the UW sweatshirt and the blue backpack?

Yeah, yeah, that's him! Check it out! He's about to take a photo of this tank! He's my ticket to my honeymoon with gorgeous chickie of the sea!

Whaddaya talking about, Julio?

As soon as that flash goes off, I'm surgin' outta here at Warp 5! The other suckers in here will be temporarily blinded.

Great idea!

See ya later, my friend! I got me a hot date!


Hawaiian Rock Cod at Poipu Beach, Kaua'i
Hawaiian Rock Cod at Poipu Beach, Kaua'i | Source

What am I? Stupid?

So, let me get this straight. If I cop a plea to 3rd degree pilfering of bait, the prosecutor will give me probation?

Yep, you'll be cut loose immediately.

And if I choose to fight it?

Death penalty, for sure!

You mean, lethal injection?

Nope, they'll FRY you, man!

Well, then, it's a no-brainer! I'll take the plea!

Smart fish! Now, remember...there'll be conditions to follow!

Oh, yeah? Like what, man?

Well, for one thing, you can't associate with any known CONVICT TANG (manini).

No worries, I hang with my own gang.

And, please, whatever you do, don't be seen lurking around shrimp schools. The vice squad has some very clever SERGEANT MAJORS (mamo) posing as CONVICT TANG, and they'll bust you in a Poipu minute!

What? Wait a second...I don't got no problems with minors!

Yeah? Try telling THAT to the gentrified surf and reef neighborhood! There'll be posters hung on every corner coral notifying everyone that you're a registered kidnapper of baby shrimp!

Wow! That's raw, man!

Yep! That's why they call it SASHIMI!

You guys just crack me up!
You guys just crack me up!


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  • hawaiianodysseus profile imageAUTHOR

    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Jim!

    My grand-nephews and grand-niece make this particular niche very easy for me to get creative with.

    Have a wonderful day, my friend!

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    Jim Higgins 

    5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Very creative way to get our interest and accomplish another step on your way to the finish line Joe. Well done!

  • hawaiianodysseus profile imageAUTHOR

    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Jaye!

    I had to go for a walk this morning. Just got back a half hour ago. 8.7 miles today, just enough to generate some ideas for hubs today and tomorrow. Thanks for understanding about the time crunch. I do appreciate your feedback about how you responded to my attempts at humor. That is the best kind of payoff a writer could ever receive. Aloha, my friend!


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    Jaye Denman 

    5 years ago from Deep South, USA

    What a delightful hub, Joe! The children are so adorable I want to hug them, and your humorous writing about each photo made me laugh out loud. (Provoking loud guffaws is the mark of a terrific humorist.)

    Whether you're wearing your "funny" hat or your "serious" one, your writing is exceptional. I, along with your many fans, am glad you share your talent with us on HubPages.

    Don't worry about replying to this comment while you're writing to beat the clock this weekend. Good luck!


  • hawaiianodysseus profile imageAUTHOR

    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, torrilynn! I love your name!

    Yes, I love writing this particular niche of hubs because the very nature of these cute grandnephews and grandniece elicit the "young at heart" humor within. But even in the more serious genre of photographs, hard copy or digital, the point is that visual aids can be extremely helpful in getting the creative juices flowing.

    Thank you so much for your visit and gracious comments. Aloha, torrilynn!


  • hawaiianodysseus profile imageAUTHOR

    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Oh, Mary, how I would love to word-fence with you! Ha-ha! You are so clever! I'm honored that my writing has been promoted to Mary's Hub Prompts.

    Thank you so much, my friend, for your lighthearted banter. I never forget that you (and other Hubbers) have so much else going on in life and yet still take the time and make the effort to acknowledge and support other writers in this community. Seriously, you don't know how very close I came to quitting this past month. Your visits to my hubs supplied me with the literary aloe vera I needed at just the right moments.

    I'm definitely past my temporary negative cycling, and I'm good to go. With less than 48 hours and 10 hubs to go, I am certain of one thing...there's always a little bit of fuel in this jalopy.

    Have a great weekend, Mary!


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    5 years ago

    @hawaiianodysseus thanks for the article. It really does help how you break down the ways to make a picture or even an article humorous. Thanks for the great information. Voted up and shared!

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    Mary Craig 

    5 years ago from New York

    Okay, we have a few things to go over here..."at your age"? So, what, that makes me ancient? Really, I am older than you and only use the "at my age" card when I screw up something.

    Next, these children are adorable and I just want to hug them. What wonderful nephews they must be with those cute, innocent faces.

    Next, this hub is adorable and no, I don't want to hug the hub. I do want to praise your creativity though.

    You may think of yourself as a "green plodding reptile" if you'd like because we know darn well you will finish the race AND you will finish it with style my friend!

    Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, and shared.

  • hawaiianodysseus profile imageAUTHOR

    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, WND!

    I'm making a solid effort, but it will still take a miracle. Thanks for your support. The rain finally left, and now we're having typical summer weather. Very muggy, though. Here we go into the final home stretch...

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    5 years ago from Alabama

    Oh, this is so creative with the cutest pictures and the funny stories.

    You are doing on awesome job on the challenge, but then you always do an awesome job.

    What little you got left to do is just a snap of the finger!

    Best to you.

  • hawaiianodysseus profile imageAUTHOR

    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    No wonder, Liz, that he has those dimples! The boys will be three later this year. I can't believe how quickly the time has flown by. Hope you had a productive and lucrative week. If you have not done so already, look up thequeenofauctions on eBay. She's written a few books and turned her humble start into an empire, all while raising her children. She may have videos on YouTube, but if not, they're certainly accessible via her newsletter and maybe her website. Happy hustling this weekend! Aloha!


  • hawaiianodysseus profile imageAUTHOR

    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    I love that you shared the account of the little 2-year-old. Aging doesn't mean that we have to ever let go of that wondrous joy, curiosity, and imagination we had as youngsters. That's why I'm so big on picture prompts. I also use inanimate objects and serious subjects as well, of course, but nothing brings out the playfulness as going over these cute pix of my grand-nephews and grand-niece. Thanks for reading and sharing your uplifting words, Sally! Aloha!


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    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ha-ha! I hear you loud and clear on the underwear, Bill!

    No worries, buddy. You and I are in the same frame of mind. I feel a twinge of guilt because I haven't been able to give more of myself to other writers as well. That said, it is crunch time, and I'm sweating coconut water as the deadline approaches. I have a few ideas, and now it's about tweaking and making them all come together. I'm sure you have satisfied customers who appreciate the fine work product you gave them this week, and so I'm happy for you in that regard. The eBay sales have trickled in, and I'm grateful for each and every one of them. Thanks for stopping by, my friend! I'll talk to you soon! Aloha!


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    Liz Davis 

    5 years ago from Hudson, FL

    Nickelodeon's got nothin' on you, my friend. Your stories crack me up.

    And Baby Rider looks like he must get his cheeks pinched more often than he would like.

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    Sally Gulbrandsen 

    5 years ago from Norfolk

    I love the pictures, I love the kids. I went to the beach yesterday with a little two year old boy - when he saw the beach he was just oh so excited. He kept on saying 'Sharks, Sharks' and then he kept on picking up stones to throw into the sea - just so cute - just like your little ones. You are sure going to get lots of ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh's today Joe! Hang in there!

  • Kathryn Stratford profile image


    5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    I love your photo prompts! Especially when those most adorable kids are in it. You must have so much awesome material for these kinds of stories.

    Great job being creative with these prompts!

    ~ Kathryn

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I feel bad, buddy, because I haven't been able to give your hubs quality comments. This has just been a wild week. Even today, which is usually my gear down day, is busier than normal.

    Loved this hub; so very clever and so very talented.

    Gotta run. The heat arrives today; five days of changing underwear several times a day. LOL



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    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks for stopping by, Marie! I had fun with this one. My grand-nephews are the cutest guys. I will have to burn the midnight oil for the next two days in order to come in "under the gun" at midnight on Sunday. I'll give it my best shot! Aloha, Marie!


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    5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

    This is "HOT." Love the pictures and all the little stories. Good luck on the next 11. I know you can do it.

  • hawaiianodysseus profile imageAUTHOR

    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    I write to celebrate the fact that I'm alive, Heather. At my age, it's so good to wake up and think that there's a 1000 possibilities waiting for me to experience in a given day. I won't get to them all, as might very well be the case of the remaining hubs, but I sure am up for a good try! Thank you for your words--they provoke me in a nice way to think about why I write. I appreciate you, my friend, and your encouragement. Aloha, and have a good night's rest!


  • HeatherH104 profile image


    5 years ago from USA

    H*O*T*!?!? Clever.

    I imagine from your hubs that although it would be great to get rich from writing, you don't soley write "to see green". There is something wonderful in expressing yourself or sharing an idea.

    11 more to go, good luck!


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