Two lovers, here at the corner, by the steeple,
Two lovers blow together like music blowing:
And the crowd dissolves about them like a sea.
Recurring waves of sound break vaguely about them,
They drift from wall to wall, from tree to tree.
The House of Dust by Conrad Aiken

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene, poem, or haiku that includes a memorable kiss.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most memorable kiss you’ve ever had and what made it so special.

Art Prompt: Kiss

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the humorous or touching story of your first kiss.

Photo Credit: Linh Nguyen on Flickr


In 2015, Penn Ph.D. candidate Robert Hegwood, a scholar of Japanese/American cultural relations in the mid-20th century, purchased a rather innocuous looking “Scrap Book” at a used book store during a stay in Tokyo. Inside this commercially-produced scrapbook is a collection of postcards, welcome booklets, travel ephemera, and training documents collected by an unidentified Japanese sailor of the Renshu Kantai 練習艦隊, the Japanese Imperial Navy’s Training Fleet, during a 1936 voyage to the United States. From 1903 to 1940, the Renshu Kantai took such training deployment cruises almost every year, with graduates of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy, the Naval Engineering Academy, and the Naval Paymasters Academy spending several months traveling around the Pacific Ocean, occasionally venturing as far as the Mediterranean Sea or the East Coast of the United States. The 1936 cruise (lasting from June 9 to November 3) saw Vice-Admiral Zengo Yoshida commanding the ships Yakumo and Iwate as they sailed across the Pacific Ocean from Yokosuka to Seattle, down along the West Coast and up through the Panama Canal as far as New York City. –Japanese Naval Cruise Books and the Renshu Kantai by Michael P. Williams

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a character that finds a vintage scrapbook that uncovers a mystery.

Journaling Prompt: How do you save things that you want to remember?

Art Prompt: Vintage Scrapbook
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the value of keeping memorabilia and how they can easily and inexpensively get started.

Photo Credit: Charlton Clemens on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for September 25, 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.

The Creative Mindset

LiAnnah Jameson presents Creativity in 140 Characters or Fewer posted at IFIDIENOWWHOWILLFEEDMYCATS.

CS Lakin presents 5 Tips to Keep You from Being Overwhelmed posted at Live Write Thrive.

Kristen Lamb presents Emotional Toughness—How Haters & Hurt Feelings Can Be GOOD for Us posted at Warrior Writers.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt


In response to Prompt #139: First Line of the Week – Long Dark Teatime of the Soul:


In response to Prompt #211 First Line of the Week – Hunter S. Thompson:






Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Playground Lies posted at View from the Winepress.

Jena presents The City Moose and the Country Moose posted at Painting with Words.

Creativity Quote of the Week


Writing Tips

Mark Nichol presents How to Write a Book Review posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Janice Hardy presents Should You Have an Alpha Reader? posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents Whom Should You Be Writing For? Yourself or Your Readers? posted at WordPlay.

Jody presents Ten Techniques for Getting Tension on Every Page posted at Jody Hedlund.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Emotional Peaks: How to Make Sure They’re in Your Scenes and Chapters posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Rayne Hall presents Writing Scary Scenes posted at Romance University.

Anthony Ehlers presents Write Your Novel In A Year – Week 20: Getting To The Heart Of The Story posted at Writers Write.

Jill Williamson presents #WeWriteBooks, Post 16: Dividing Your Book Into Chapters and Scenes—And How to End Them posted at Go Teen Writers.

Julia Reffner presents Every Day You Get Our Best: Lessons in Viral Marketing from One of the Nation’s Top Supermarkets posted at The Writers Alley.

Angela Ackerman presents Let’s Get Sensory: Powering Scenes Using The 5 Senses posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.


Steff Green presents Blogger for Hire: How to Find Blogging Jobs posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Jennifer Brown Banks presents 3 Legal Issues That Can Enhance Your Blogging Efforts posted at Pen & Prosper.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Elemental Thriller Q&A.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Comebacks, Engagement and Spousal Support (with Robert Scanlon).

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Creating and Keeping Ideal Creative Habits.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Two Different Approaches to Successful Pre-Orders.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Writing Lesbian Fiction With Clare Lydon.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Brooding Cityscapes Painted with Oils by Jeremy Mann posted at This is Colossal.


Debra presents Three Fun Lists To Write For This Monday Night posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Rachelle presents How to Get Published posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Carol Tice presents How Freelancers Get Hired Online: The Essential To-Do List posted at Make a Living Writing.

Callie Oettinger presents Write Your Bio (a.k.a. an answer for Michael Beverly) posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Susan Spann presents Publishing Deals: A Warning About Nondisclosure Clauses posted at Writers in the Storm.

Penny Sansevieri presents Metrics Are Worthless…So What Should You Focus on Instead? posted at BookWorks.

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: Chris on Flickr


“Say again, Control. Should I cut the red or the blue wire?” –CUT THE BLUE WIRE BY PATRICK MAHON

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: What’s the worst emergency that  you’ve ever had to handle? How do you feel you did?

Art Prompt: Bomb!

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a day in the life of the bomb squad.

Photo Credit: Jonathan on Flickr


jorum n

  • (countable) A large vessel for drinking (usually alcoholic beverages).
  • (countable, figuratively) A large quantity.
  • (countable, uncountable) The contents, or quantity of the contents, of such a vessel.


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

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about people who drink large quantities of alcohol?

Art Prompt: Jorum

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

Photo Credit: Sarah E. Bond on Flickr


Arnie Schwartz had always looked for ways to make an easy buck. He was generally lazy and thus, strongly believed in the concept of getting as much as possible for the least effort. He didn’t hide this fact and often boasted that this was the main reason why he had gone to work for the government. Decent gains for little effort. –The Consultant: A Vigilante Series crime thriller by Claude Bouchard

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a lazy person who works for the government.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone at work you know who is lazy and how they get away with it.

Art Prompt: Bureaucrat

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how they can be more effective and productive in their jobs.

Photo Credit: Michigan Municipal League on Flickr


The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall. It threatened but did not reach the aristocratic district of Westminster, Charles II’s Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul’s Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City’s 80,000 inhabitants. The death toll is unknown but traditionally thought to have been small, as only six verified deaths were recorded. This reasoning has recently been challenged on the grounds that the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not recorded, while the heat of the fire may have cremated many victims, leaving no recognisable remains. A melted piece of pottery on display at the Museum of London found by archaeologists in Pudding Lane, where the fire started, shows that the temperature reached 1250 °C –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story that takes place during a city-wide disaster.

Journaling Prompt: What is the worst disaster you’ve ever been in? How did you handle it?

Art Prompt: Fire

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the Great Fire of London.

Photo Credit: the lost gallery on Flickr


Divis Flats had been constructed in the late nineteen-sixties, in one of those fits of architectural utopianism that yield dystopian results. A “slum clearance” program had razed a neighborhood of narrow, overcrowded nineteenth-century dwellings, replacing them with a hulking complex of eight hundred and fifty units. –Where the Bodies are Buried by Patrick Radden Keefe

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in a tightly populated high rise.

Journaling Prompt: Describe your living situation and what you like/don’t like about it.

Art Prompt: Dystopian architecture

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how architecture affects quality of life.

Photo Credit: Diego Sideburns on Flickr


A unique prehistoric Pueblo culture thrived in the high desert of Chaco Canyon about a thousand years ago. Scientists have known about polydactyly among these people for years, based on images and skeletal remains showing extremities with extra fingers and toes. But past research revealed only hints about its importance to the ancient culture.

Initially intrigued by the divine powers attributed to polydactyls among the Maya, researchers led by anthropologist Patricia Crown of the University of New Mexico conducted a comprehensive review of evidence for the condition at the canyon’s sacred Pueblo Bonito site.
The findings, published today in American Antiquity, indicate that the society did not view six-toed individuals as supernatural, but this form of polydactyly did grant them exalted status in life and in death.

“We found that people with six toes, especially, were common and seemed to be associated with important ritual structures and high-status objects like turquoise,” says Crown, who is also a past National Geographic grantee. –Extra Fingers and Toes Were Revered in Ancient Culture by Aaron Sidder

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a religion for your world that reveres some physical attribute that few people have. 

Journaling Prompt: What part of your body do you wish you could change?

Art Prompt: Polydactyly

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the Pueblo culture of Chaco Canyon.

Photo Credit: ReSurge International on Flickr