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)
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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The Creative Mindset
Darren LaCroix presents The Pilot’s Mentor: Heights Others May Never Reach posted at Darren LaCroix.
Kenneth Lange presents Getting Things Done: Four Techniques to Boost Your Productivity posted at Kenneth Lange.
Free to download from Jeff Goins, The Misfit Manifesto.
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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.
Lauren Davis presents Concept Art Writing Prompt: Human Emotions Bottled as Drugs posted at io9.com.
Creative People Paying it Forward
Harper Perenniel presents Forty Stories, a free collection of short stories.
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.
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