From the monthly archives: May 2013


bindlestiff n. US INFORMAL a tramp. early 20th century: probably from an alteration of BUNDLE + STIFF (in the sense ‘useless person’).

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

Journaling Prompt: What are your beliefs about homeless people?

Art Prompt: Bindlestiff

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

Photo Credit: chekhter on Flickr


…change is all too often only a word to signify chaos. -Kate Elliott, Shadow Gate

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about the chaos of change.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a change that was chaotic for you.

Art Prompt: Change or Chaos

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the chaos of change. Inform your audience about how they can harness that energy to move forward.

Photo Credit: h.koppdelaney on Flickr

walking out the door

The fading affect bias indicates that people lose the intensity of events that inspired negative emotion faster than events that inspire positive emotion. True, events that are life and death still hold he power to hurt or enrage, but overall, negative emotions fade. –Esther Inglis-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where a character’s internal monologue demonstrates the fading affect bias.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an angry outburst in your past that you regret now.

Art Prompt: Fading Affect Bias

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the fading affect bias and how it affects our daily life.

Photo Credit: name on Flickr

Run Dog Run

“Go,” she said. The dog shot away, silent as a black arrow, hurtling up the street. Lei ran after her, trying to keep up. She was halfway to the next block when a cacophony of barking started up ahead and she broke into an all out run. Her heart sank as she saw one of her neighbors, a plump lady in a muumuu, backed up against her mailbox clutching her fuzzy Shih Tzu. Keiki faced them, growling, her hair on end and ears flat. Her teeth looked enormous as she broke into the fast-paced barking meant to herd and intimidate. It appeared to be working. “Help! Oh my God!” The woman shrieked as the little white dog tried to claw its way onto her head. Lei grabbed Keiki’s chain collar and yanked her back onto her haunches. “Friend!” she yelled, holstering her gun. -Toby Neal, Blood Orchids (The Lei Crime Series)

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a crime fighting team in which one of the partners is a dog.

Journaling Prompt: Are you afraid of any animals? Which ones? Why?

Art Prompt: Running Dog

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the many jobs that dogs fill in our society.

Photo Credit: cogdogblog on Flickr


…new research, which was just published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, suggests that if we have certain dreams about our partner — about them cheating on us, or causing negative emotions like jealousy — we may unknowingly carry the resulting emotional baggage into the relationship itself. As a result, dreams of our significant others can influence and even predict our behavior in the relationship…
The theory behind why this happens is hardly rocket science. It’s just classic priming — a psychological effect where exposure to a certain stimulus influences our responses to a later stimulus. But what makes this form of priming particularly unique is that the associations are instigated during the dream state from stimulus that’s not real! And the priming itself operates on a largely unconscious level.
The study also shows show that dreams may be an under-appreciated aspect of our social lives. They may be doing more to influence our behaviors — and the quality of our relationships — than we realize. –George Dvorsky

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene or poem about a character who is affected by a dream.

Journaling Prompt: Do dreams affect how you feel in real life?

Art Prompt: Dream Baggage

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write an informative piece about how dreams affect our daily lives.

Photo Credit: name on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for May 26, 2013. 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

Mary Borchers presents When Your Inner Critic Stifles Your Creativity: 4 Helpful Truths posted at Tiny Buddha.

Sharing Our Work

Emi Bauer presents Easy to Please posted at Confessions of an Incompetent Blogger.

Chelsea Mathews presents 14-year-old Novelist posted at Sounds Like Life To Me

Writing Quote of the Week

Creativity is intelligence having fun. - Albert Einstein

Writing Tips and Prompts

H.E. Roulo presents A Simple Novel Outline – 9 questions for 25 chapters posted at Fractured Horizon.

Chrys Fey presents More on Character Development posted at Write with Fey.

Douglas Smith presents Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 8 in series) posted at Amazing Stories.

Gabriela Pereira presents Why Writers Should Write Guest Posts posted at DIY MFA.

Lauren Davis presents Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Dragon Walker posted at io9.

Mary presents Big Words Make You Sound Smart, Don’t They? posted at Daily Writing Tips.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Writing the Short Story with Mary Robinette Kowal.

The Business of Creativity

Scott McElvey presents Humor In Marketing: Why It Works, A Harsh Reality, And How To Do It Right posted at Web Search Social.

Spam of the Week

I am about to watch out for the city. I’ll be gracious if however you proceed the following later on. All kinds of other men and women will most likely be taken advantage of the crafting. All the best!


Thanks to Steve Snodgrass for the background for today’s writing quote.

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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Street Life 3/10

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by Fouquier on Flickr.

Cas Today - 21st Feb

“She was running late, always running late, a failing of hers, she knew it, but then she couldn’t find her purse and once she did manage to locate it (underneath her blue corduroy jacket on the coat tree in the front hall), she couldn’t find her keys.” T. C. Boyle, Talk Talk

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: Write about a time when you ran late because you couldn’t find something you needed.

Art Prompt: Lost Keys

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about running late. Don’t forget to include a twist at the end.

Photo Credit: Bright Meadow on Flickr

Explore@NASA Goddard

as·cer·tain [as-er-teyn] verb (used with object)
1. to find out definitely; learn with certainty or assurance; determine: to ascertain the facts.

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

Journaling Prompt: What would you like to ascertain today?

Art Prompt: Ascertain

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

Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on Flickr


There’s a darkness lurking deep in the souls of us all. Our parents instill in us a modicum of civilized behavior and that usually keeps our baser instincts at bay. But sometimes that blackness seeps to the surface and a monster walks quietly among us. Because we are not attuned to evil, we don’t see it rise up until it strikes us down without warning. -H. Terrell Griffin, Blood Island: A Matt Royal Mystery

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a person who becomes a monster.

Journaling Prompt: What is the darkness lurking inside of you? Does it ever come out?

Art Prompt: Evil Walks Among Us

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about functional psychopaths and how they can handle the situation if they have to deal with one at work.

Photo Credit: Ronny Robinson on Flickr