From the monthly archives: November 2011

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Photo by JelleS.

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Welcome to the November 27, 2011 Carnival of Creativity. Thanks to everyone who re-sent their links. I still haven’t received a response from BlogCarnival.com regarding the lost emails, so keep submitting to me via the link at the end of the post.

Resources/Tools

Abeach Cottage presents Beach Cottage ~ 7 Tips for Easy Coastal Decor Style ? for your Table posted at A Beach Cottage.

Sharing Our Work

Marcy L presents My First (and Second) Confession posted at (Don’t Be) Too Timid and Squeamish, and invites other writers to link up a story about their religious upbringing.

Pamela Jorrick shares her goal toward becoming an Artsy Mamma Part 1 of Art (Almost) Every Day posted at Blah, Blah, Blog. Pamela, those bottle cap charms are adorable!

NaNoWriMo Inspiration

We’re in the home stretch, so here’s a final inspiring quote for you: ““Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.” -Alan Watts

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

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Photo by jurvetson.

Family portrait atop a skyscraper

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To my friends in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving! To my friends across the world, I am taking today off to remember all the many blessings in my life. Your prompt today is simply “Gratitude.”
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Photo by juliejordanscott

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Are your friends a bad influence on you? 

The rewards outweigh the risks — when you’re in a group, anyway. A new USC study explains why people take stupid chances when all of their friends are watching that they would never take by themselves. According to the study, the human brain places more value on winning in a social setting than it does on winning when you’re alone.

“These findings suggest that the brain is equipped with the ability to detect and encode social signals, make social signals salient, and then, use these signals to optimize future behavior,” Coricelli said.
As Coricelli explained, in private environments, losing can more easily be life-threatening. With no social support network in place, a bad gamble can spell doom.

In group environments, on the other hand, rewards tend to be winner-takes-all. Nowhere is this more clear than in sexual competition, where — to borrow a phrase from racing legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr. — second place is just first loser.

“Among animals, there are strong incentives for wanting to be at the top of the social ranking,” Coricelli said. “Animals in the dominant position use their status to secure privileged access to resources, such as food and mates.” –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene that demonstrates the subtle peer pressure of making decisions in a group.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time that you made a risky decision that was influenced by the presence of a group of friends.

Art Prompt: Risky decisions

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about a time when you made a risky decision.

Photo Credit: Dana on Flickr

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – Aboard a HUMVEE, Soldiers of the 115th Military Police Company patrol, patrol a dirt road while performing external security duties at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Feb. 29, 2010. JTF Guantanamo conducts safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees, including those convicted by military commission and those ordered released by a court. The JTF conducts intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination for the protection of detainees and personnel working in JTF Guantanamo facilities and in support of the War on Terror. JTF Guantanamo provides support to the Office of Military Commissions, to law enforcement and to war crimes investigations. The JTF conducts planning for and, on order, responds to Caribbean mass migration operations. (JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st class Marcos T. Hernandez) UNCLASSIFIED – Cleared for public release. For additional information contact JTF Guantanamo PAO 011-5399-3589; DSN 660-3589 www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil

When you hear the word “couple” you probably think of romance. But there are all kinds of couples in the world. From the partnerships in the police department to writers and editors, I call these non-romantic couples “odd couples.” Here’s an excerpt from a Rolling Stone essay about war that features an odd couple.

“Shut up, Person,” Colbert says, peering intently at the dust-blown expanse, his M-4 rifle pointed out the window. Colbert and Person get along like an old married couple. Being a rank lower than Colbert, Person can never directly express anger to him, but on occasions when Colbert is too harsh and Person’s feelings are hurt, the driving of the Humvee suddenly becomes erratic. There are sudden turns, and the brakes are hit for no reason. It will happen even in combat situations, with Colbert suddenly in the role of wooing his driver back with retractions and apologies. -Evan Wright, >The Killer Elite

Writing Prompt: Write a scene with an odd couple. Focus on their dialogue and interaction.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time you were part of an odd couple or about an odd couple that you know.

Art Prompt: Odd Couple

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about an odd couple you were part of.

Photo Credit: The National Guard on Flickr