From the monthly archives: April 2012

Road to the forest 2

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by Anton Novoselov on Flickr.

I Heart You

On Wednesday nights, I talk to my dead sister though a silver mirror. -Mari Ness, The Shadow in the Mirror (free to read online)

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene or poem using the first line above.

Journaling Prompt: Do you ever talk to your dead relatives?

Art Prompt: Ghosts in the Mirror

Photo Credit: Dia™ on Flickr


relict — n
1.ecology a. a group of animals or plants that exists as a remnant of a formerly widely distributed group in an environment differentfrom that in which it originated b. ( as modifier ): a relict fauna
2.geology a. a mountain, lake, glacier, etc, that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after a destructive process has occurred b. a mineral that remains unaltered after metamorphism of the rock in which it occurs
3. something left unchanged

Writing Prompt: Write a scene, story, or poem using the word “relict.”

Journaling Prompt: Write about something in your life that is unchanged.

Art Prompt: Relict

Photo Credit: Genista on Flickr


We have tried to understand the rules by which the door operates. It appears and disappears unexpectedly. When we step through it, we do not know where we will be, or how long we will be there. When it comes back for us, it usually takes us home. But not always. -Theodora Goss, Pug (Asimov’s Science Fiction July 2011)

Writing Prompt: Take your character on a trip through a door that mysteriously appears out of nowhere.

Journaling / Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: If you could open a door and walk through it to anywhere, where would you go?

Art Prompt: Door

Photo Credit: Hamed Saber on Flickr

(details to come, as time permits)
These photos were taken during the “Web 2.0 Summit” conference in San Francisco in November 2008. The conference was held at the Palace Hotel, near the intersection of Montgomery & Market Streets, by the Post Plaza subway stop. During the lunch break and an afternoon break, I wandered out of the hotel to get some fresh air, and took some pictures of various tourists, pedestrians, and citizens of the fair city of San Francisco…


“Everybody is aware of the risk of cell phones and texting in automobiles, but I see more and more teens distracted with the latest devices and headphones in their ears,” says lead author Richard Lichenstein, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center. “Unfortunately as we make more and more enticing devices, the risk of injury from distraction and blocking out other sounds increases.”

…Researchers reviewed 116 accident cases from 2004 to 2011 in which injured pedestrians were documented to be using headphones. Seventy percent of the 116 accidents resulted in death to the pedestrian. More than two-thirds of victims were male (68 percent) and under the age of 30 (67 percent). More than half of the moving vehicles involved in the accidents were trains (55 percent), and nearly a third (29 percent) of the vehicles reported sounding some type of warning horn prior to the crash. The increased incidence of accidents over the years closely corresponds to documented rising popularity of auditory technologies with headphones. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write about a distracted character and the accident their distraction causes.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an accident that you had because you were distracted.

Art Prompt: Accident

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about the dangers of distraction

Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon on Flickr


All across the city it is like this, you feel heat flow from every surface and multiply, push under your skin and cook you off your bones. People crawl into their blasting air conditioners, sixteen of the elderly pass away, vagrants and runaways wade into the filth of the East River, kids break open Siamese plugs on buildings and lie in the gutter in their underwear, letting the water crest over them, over their hands and hot faces, knowing they’d felt cold once, oh, not six months ago; but the heat is like the flu: three days into it and you can’t remember what it was like to be well. -Brian Francis Slattery, Spaceman Blues: A Love Song

Writing Prompt: Write about heat and how your character deals with it.

Journaling Prompt: How do you deal with oppressive heat?

Art Prompt: Summer in the City

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous or dramatic story about the summer heat.

Photo Credit: fabbio on Flickr

Most Magnetized Object in the Universe (artist concept)

It came suddenly from the distant reaches of the constellation Sagittarius, some 50,000 light years away. For a brief instant, a couple of tenths of a second, on December 27, 2004, an invisible burst of energy the equivalent of half a million years of sunlight shone on Earth. Many orbiting satellites electronics were zapped and the Earth’s upper atmosphere was amazingly ionized from a massive hit of gamma ray energy. –Daily Galaxy

Writing Prompt: Write about an attack from outer space.

Journaling Prompt: How do you react when your electronic devices don’t work?

Art Prompt: It Came from Outer Space

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about our culture’s vulnerability to gamma ray blasts.

Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 15, 2012. 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.


Here’s a great resource for anyone looking to publish an ebook – a spreadsheet of folks who provide professional services, including cover design and editing.

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod’s two loves -baking pies and speeding in her SUV- collide in her story, Carma, posted at View from the Winepress.

Emi Bauer shares her opinion on sharing your opinion In Mixed Company on Confessions of an Incompetent Blogger.

Writing Quote of the Week

My prediction is that, if you sit a million monkeys at a million typewriters for a million years, you’ll just end up with a lot of monkey junk all over your rebuilt Smith-Coronas—that, and a big banana bill. And they won’t change the ribbons as often as they should—if, of course, at all. So—no Shakespeare, no Hemingway— not even Judy Blume. Now, I don’t have the math or the millions— OR the time—to prove this, but I’m going on record here and now anyway: no Shakespeare. And esp. not—if punctuation counts. So, you know—let me know how that works out. —W. Gregory Stewart

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey is back with an excellent post on The Very Sentence posted at Write with Fey. Carol Riggs weighs in on the same subject in Hook: The First Line posted at Artzicarol Ramblings.

Charlie Jane Anders shares 10 Books Every Fantasy Author Should Read posted at io9.

Cynthia Morris helps us to Write a Book Even When Clueless at Original Impulse.

Ashley March gives us 5 Dialogue Mistakes You Can Fix Right Now at Fiction Groupie.


Mary Robinette Kowal allows her fellow writers at Writing Excuses to offer editing advice on her novel outline. Interesting process!

Spam of the Week

You respond so some its most exhausting to discourse with you (not that I rattling would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new gyrate on a issue thats been graphic about for eld. Precise nonsensicality, only great!

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

Light Walk in October

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by h.koppdelaney on Flickr.

Question Vanishing

We wonder if this matters. – Nate Pritts, Sweet Nothing

Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem that starts with the first line of the week.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something that occupies a lot of time in your life even though you wonder if it matters.

Art Prompt: Meaningless Matters

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience what matters to you.

Photo Credit: h.koppdelaney on Flickr