From the monthly archives: June 2012

Cygne,Confort et chaleur

My brother has turned into a swan, which makes it hard to concentrate during band practice. -Eilis O’Neal, Swan (free to read at Fantasy Magazine)

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem based on the First Line of the Week.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the strangest thing that ever happened in your family when you were a kid.

Art Prompt: Swan

Photo Credit: Boris SV on Flickr

sleepy guard

vi·ti·ate [vish-ee-eyt] verb (used with object), vi·ti·at·ed, vi·ti·at·ing.
1. to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil.
2. to impair or weaken the effectiveness of.
3. to debase; corrupt; pervert.
4. to make legally defective or invalid; invalidate: to vitiate a claim.
“The peaceful atmosphere at the school was vitiated as a police constable in an inebriated condition created a scene there.” -Alok Mishra; Women, Girls Outnumber Men in Gopalganj, Siwan; The Times of India (New Delhi); Oct 29, 2010.

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem using the word of the week.

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

Art Prompt: Vitiate
Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Use the word of the week in your speech or article.

Photo Credit: ernop on Flickr

Evil Step Mother

As teacher of independence, the evil stepmother is essential to the story. She’s not only the antagonist; she also balances the far-too-generous fairy godmother or angelic absent mother. -Valerie Estelle Frankel, From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey through Myth and Legend

Writing Prompt: Write a character sketch for a successful woman who overcame a difficult family situation.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the older women who have influenced you.

Art Prompt: Evil Stepmother

Photo Credit: mcarls on Flickr

07 ice cream scooping action shot

I looked at the ice cream scoop in my hand…my chocolate-bespattered apron…and my future in the world of minimum wage work…or I could go up to New York and audition for this crazy band who was my favorite. What’s the worst that’s gonna happen to me? I miss a day of work…ooh, there goes 21 bucks. –Henry Rollins

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem about a character who takes a risk to go after his or her dream.

Journaling Prompt: What would you be willing to risk in order to achieve your dream?

Art Prompt: Leap!

Photo Credit: jasonlam on Flickr


Gradually over the years, a parallel life of undone things builds up. The unresolved has a lingering force and it follows us. Because this happens in the unconscious and unknown regions of our hearts, we rarely notice its effect. The undone continues to live near us; sometimes it is more powerful than what we have actually completed. What is finished lets us go free; it becomes truly part of us and is integrated and woven into memory. What remains unfinished continues to dwell in that still hungry and unformed part of the heart that could not realize itself and grow free; these gaps in our integrity stay open and hungry. -John O’Donohue,To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

Writing Prompt: What are your character’s regrets? How do they affect how he or she acts and feels?

Journaling Prompt: Write about one thing that you regret and how you could finish it.

Art Prompt: Regrets

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about the weight of regrets and unfinished business.

Photo Credit: Tate English on Flickr

Is this the perfect girl?

Rates of dieting, fitness, plastic surgery and eating disorders are at an all time high, but why do so many women, and an increasing number of men, feel insecure about their bodies? A famous study of teenage girls in Fiji, before and after the television was introduced to the island in 1995, is telling: “After three years with TV, the girls who watched it the most were 50% more likely to describe themselves as ‘too fat’; 29% scored highly on a test of eating-disorder risk.” Body images presented by the media are increasingly unrealistic while being presented as an achievable, even necessary, goal. -Orion Jones, Big Think

Writing Prompt: How does your character feel about his or her body? Include this in your character sketch.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you feel about your body.

Art Prompt: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Photo Credit: daniellehelm on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for June 24, 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.

The Creative Mindset

Darren LaCroix presents The Pilot’s Mentor: Heights Others May Never Reach posted at Darren LaCroix.

Mike King presents Locking in the Drive of Persistance posted at Learn This.


Free to download from Jeff Goins, The Misfit Manifesto.

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Shadow Box posted at View from the Wine Press.

Sidhusaaheb presents A Coup That Was Not? posted at I, Me, Myself.

Writing Quote of the Week

“People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another.” — Studs Terkel

Writing Tips and Prompts

K.M. Weiland presents How to Spot and Fix Non-Reactive and Over-Reactive Characters posted at WordPlay.

Mark Nichol presents 15 Stock Characters and How to Restock Them posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Lisa Hall Wilson presents What’s Your Logline? posted at The Candid Writer.

Lauren Davis presents Concept Art Writing Prompt: Human Emotions Bottled as Drugs posted at

Chrys Fey presents Writing Good Prose posted at Writing with Fey.


Writing Excuses presents Writing Capers posted at Writing Excuses.

Creative People Paying it Forward

Harper Perenniel presents Forty Stories, a free collection of short stories.

Creative Food

Trish presents Babushka Cupcakes posted at Trish Gets Crafty.

Spam of the Week

I like this species of boots all fits perfectly. I enjoyment it so much that I even arrogate it with me every continuously when I be disposed of on vacation.

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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Bird Market

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by AfghanistanMatters on Flickr.

Marriage Day

“We think we know the ones we love.” -by Andrew Sean Greer, The Story of a Marriage: A Novel

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem based on or inspired by the first line of the week.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you didn’t really know someone you loved.

Art Prompt: Marriaged

Photo Credit: Fikra on Flickr

Fight in your Underwear (with apologies to Howard Chandler Christy)

bellicose adj. demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight: a mood of bellicose jingoism. bellicosity n. late Middle English: from Latin bellicosus, from bellicus ‘warlike’, from bellum ‘war’.

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem using the word of the week.

Journaling Prompt: When are you likely to become bellicose?

Art Prompt: Bellicose

Photo Credit: Mike Licht, on Flickr