tuesday grill

…smells have the power to evoke the past, bringing back sounds and even other smells that have no match in the present. Tita liked to take a deep breath and let the characteristic smoke and smell transport her through the recesses of her memory. –Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s memories are triggered by a smell.

Journaling Prompt: What smell brings back good memories for you.

Art Prompt: Your favorite smell

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story that appeals to their sense of smell.

Photo Credit: Gino on Flickr

Monday LizzieBorden

Women who commit deadly violence are different in many ways from male perpetrators, both in terms of the most common victims, the way in which the murder is committed, the place where it is carried out and the perpetrator’s background. This is shown by a new study that also investigated homicide trends over time in Sweden…

“There were more pronounced differences between male and female perpetrators with adult victims compared with when the victim was a child (under 15 years). The adult victims of female perpetrators were more often male and an intimate partner. The victims were often under the influence of substances at the time of the crime and they died mostly due to knife violence,” said Thomas Nilsson, Researcher at Sahlgrenska Academy.

Another difference was that previous violence between the victim and the perpetrator was more common in cases of female perpetrators than male perpetrators, and that women more frequently committed crimes in the home environment. The home was the most common murder scene for all cases but it was even more common for female perpetrators, where the murder took place in the home in nearly 9 out of 10 cases.

Women were assessed to have carried out the crime under the influence of a severe mental disorder more often than men. Crimes committed by women were more frequently classified as manslaughter or infanticide (due to the fact that only women can be convicted of infanticide), while crimes committed by men are more frequently classified as murder or involuntary manslaughter by assault. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a violent woman and her crime.

Journaling Prompt: Do you judge violent men differently than violent women? Why?

Art Prompt: Violent women

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of an infamous female killer and her crime.

Photo Credit: LizzieBorden.jpg on Wikimedia

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 21, 2016. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.


My Twitter friend, Radhika Maira Tabrez, has published her book to great acclaim. Take a look at the description, and I think you’ll be sold.

Twenty years ago, Susan Pereira had to send her only child Matthew, to a faraway boarding school. That one decision brought their relationship to a cul de sac, which she still hasn’t been able to break out of. Matthew is too distant and too angry to relent. Meera Vashisht’s misguided love left her bruised, shattered, and abandoned, only to be found and healed by Susan. Set on a fictional Indian island paradise called Bydore, In The Light of Darkness is a journey of broken souls looking for closures and new beginnings. Does Susan manage to win back her son? Does Matthew find the future his mother hoped he would? Does Meera finally get away from her past?

Unfortunately, I can only find it on Amazon’s India site, but I know she’s working on wider distribution.

The Creative Mindset


Jennifer presents The Indispensable Creative Importance of Being Witnessed posted at Jennifer Loudon.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt




In response to Prompt #1821  Death was a Soft Thing:


In response to Prompt #1433 Visual Prompt of the Week – Camping:






Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents That’s The Difference posted at View from the Winepress.

N. West Moss presents The Absence of Sound posted at Neworld Review.

Liz presents My Dysfunctional Relationship posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week


Writing Tips

Melissa Donovan presents Daily Writing Leads to Better Writing posted at Writing Forward.

Janice Hardy presents Eliminate Unnecessary Repetition posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents A Reactive Protagonist Doesn’t Have to Be a Passive Protagonist! Discover the Difference posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Jody presents A Pep Talk For Writers Struggling to Find Writing Time posted at Jody Hedlund.

Mark Nichol presents 3 Common Comma Errors posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Mary Carroll Moore presents How Long Can My Timeline Be? Story Arc Questions and Answers posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Anne Marie Gazzolo presents The Power of Story — Telling a Story Within a Story posted at Mythic Scribes.

Jill Williamson presents #WeWriteBooks, Post 14: Where To Start posted at Go Teen Writers.

Marcy McKay presents Do THIS to Improve your Writing posted at Positive Writer.

Mia Botha presents All My Friends Are Fictional posted at Writers Write.

Shawn Coyne presents Always be Closing posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Ali Luke presents How to Get Back On Track When Your Writing Plans Go Awry posted at Aliventures.


Hal Licino presents Top 5 Strategies For Efficient & Effective Blogging posted at Daily Blog Tips.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Elemental Mystery is Everywhere.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about How to Write 5000 Words Per Hour with Chris Fox.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Serial, Macmillan and Rights.

This week’s podcast at Writers Group Podcast is all about “Welcome to Writers Group” – Rewriting, Sharing Pages and How To Give Feedback.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Animal Sculptures Made from Shattered CDs posted at This is Colossal.

The Business of Creativity

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Could a Crisis Cripple Your Freelance Business? posted at Pen & Prosper.

Rachelle presents When You’re Missing the Mark posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Carol Tice presents 5 Benefits of My Pro Writing Degree — That You Can Get Free posted at Make a Living Writing.

Lauren Tharp presents 4 Reasons Cheap Freelance Clients Aren’t Worth Your Time (Even if You’re Desperate for Cash!) posted at LittleZotz Writing.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for next week’s Carnival of Creativity by Friday at midnight!



Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Bernhard Friess on Flickr

winter man

The Night Man walks the winter dark, trailing mist and shadows, too tall and thin for an ordinary man and slightly translucent around the edges. –THE NIGHT MAN AND THE FIRST SNOW BY KELLA CAMPBELL

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the creepiest person you ever saw and how he/she made you feel.

Art Prompt: Night Man

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic story set at night in the winter.

Photo Credit: Boris Thaser on Flickr


Copious adj

  1. Affording an abundant supply; plentifully furnished; lavish.
  2. Large in quantity; plentiful, profuse; abundant.
  3. Full of information or matter.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when something was copious in your life.

Art Prompt: Copious

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

Photo Credit: Viewminder on Flickr

thurs death

And death was a soft thing, soft and black, cool and sweet and gracious. He slipped into it as a swimmer slips into the surf and it closed over him and held him and he felt the pulse and beat of it and knew the vastness and sureness of it. –Time and Again by Clifford D. Simak

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a character and what happens after he/she dies.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe the process of death will be like?

Art Prompt: Death

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about near death experiences.

Photo Credit: Design_Ex on Flickr


The garrison of the Vellore Fort in July 1806 comprised four companies of British infantry from H.M. 69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot and three battalions of Madras infantry: the 1st/1st Madras Native Infantry, the 2nd/1st MNI and the 2nd/23rd MNI.

Two hours after midnight on 10 July, the sepoys in the fort shot down the European sentries and killed fourteen of their own officers and 115 men of the 69th Regiment, most of the latter as they slept in their barracks. Among those killed was Colonel St. John Fancourt, the commander of the fort. The rebels seized control by dawn, and raised the flag of the Mysore Sultanate over the fort. Tipu’s second son Fateh Hyder was declared king.

However, a British officer escaped and alerted the garrison in Arcot. Nine hours after the outbreak of the mutiny, a relief force comprising the British 19th Light Dragoons, galloper guns and a squadron of Madras cavalry, rode from Arcot to Vellore, covering sixteen miles in about two hours. It was led by Sir Rollo Gillespie – one of the most capable and energetic officers in India at that time – who reportedly left Arcot within a quarter of an hour of the alarm being raised. Gillespie dashed ahead of the main force with a single troop of about twenty men.

Arriving at Vellore, Gillespie found the surviving Europeans, about sixty men of the 69th, commanded by NCOs and two assistant surgeons, still holding part of the ramparts but out of ammunition. Unable to gain entry through the defended gate, Gillespie climbed the wall with the aid of a rope and a sergeant’s sash which was lowered to him; and, to gain time, led the 69th in a bayonet-charge along the ramparts. When the rest of the 19th arrived, Gillespie had them blow open the gates with their galloper guns, and made a second charge with the 69th to clear a space inside the entrance to permit the cavalry to deploy. The 19th and the Madras Cavalry then charged and sabred any sepoy who stood in their way. About 100 sepoys who had sought refuge inside the palace were brought out, and by Gillespie’s order, placed against a wall and shot dead. John Blakiston, the engineer who had blown in the gates, recalled: “Even this appalling sight I could look upon, I may almost say, with composure. It was an act of summary justice, and in every respect a most proper one; yet, at this distance of time, I find it a difficult matter to approve the deed, or to account for the feeling under which I then viewed it.”.

The harsh retribution meted out to the sepoys snuffed out the unrest at a stroke and provided the history of the British in India with one of its true epics; for, as Gillespie admitted, with a delay of even five minutes, all would have been lost for the British. In all, nearly 350 of the rebels were killed, and another 350 wounded before the fighting had finished. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where servants rebel.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about the “justice” meted out in this incident? Would you have done anything differently?

Art Prompt: Mutiny

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Vellore Fort mutiny and the lessons it can teach us today.

Photo Credit: Vellore Fort moat, Tamil Nadu on Wikimedia


One famous charioteer was the Roman Emperor Nero, who in 67 A.D. competed in the chariot race at Olympia. It was hardly a fair contest. Nero entered the four-horse race with a team of ten horses. He was thrown from his chariot and was unable to complete the race, but he was proclaimed the champion on the grounds that he would have won had he finished the race. –Olympic Games We No Longer Play by Nick Romeo

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story where the conflict flows from the reaction to someone who cheats and wins because of his/her position.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about cheaters who feel entitled to win?

Art Prompt: Charioteer

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about Nero or about the ancient Olympics.

Photo Credit: Paestum Quadriga1.JPG  on Wikimedia


Pennyslvania’s laws on booze had been, up until recently, among the country’s most restrictive, in part due to the state’s Quaker heritage, and the penalties for importing wine under the old laws could get very, very serious. A judge in the state last year, for example, ordered over 1,300 bottles of wine to be poured down the drain to penalize a man who allegedly illegally imported the wine from California and Germany, among other places. (He struck a deal to keep 1,000 other bottles.)

Elsewhere, America’s liquor laws don’t get much more rational. In Massachusetts, for example, happy hours are illegal. In Utah, home to the country’s most specific prohibitions, no beer on tap can be more than 4.0 percent alcohol, you have to order food with your booze at restaurants, you can’t order doubles, and, for restaurants open after July 2012, cocktails will be mixed only out of the sight of customers. In Maine, you can’t buy a drink after 9 a.m. on Sundays, except when that Sunday happens to be St. Patrick’s Day. In Louisiana, you can buy a daiquiri in a drive-through but can’t drive with it if a straw is inserted into the cup. In Nevada, you can drink pretty much anywhere and public drunkenness simply isn’t a crime. –The Weird and Very Long History of State Liquor Laws

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which the conflict is driven by strict regulations on recreational compounds.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about liquor laws?

Art Prompt: Liquor laws

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of liquor laws in your town and state.

Photo Credit: Aaron Gustafson on Flickr