From the monthly archives: June 2013

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for June 30, 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.

Sharing Our Work

Amrita Goswami presents The Irregular Painting posted at The Mobius Strip

Creativity Quote of the Week

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. ~George Bernard Shaw

Writing Tips and Prompts

Jeanne Kisacky presents What Not to Think About When You’re Writing posted at Writer Unboxed.

Mike Springer presents Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction posted at OpenCulture.

Danie Ware presents How Do You Find the Time to Write? 6 Tips For Moms (and Everyone Else, Too) posted at Writer’s Digest.

Nina Munteanu presents Ten Questions You Need to Ask Your Characters Before They Can Stay In Your Story posted at Amazing Stories.

Annalee Newitz presents The 10 Totally Awesome Rules of Evolution in Science Fiction posted at io9.

Chrys Fey presents Chrys’ Writing Rules: Give Big Thought to a Character’s Names posted at Write with Fey.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Middle Grade with E.J. Patten.

Journal Writing

Danny Gregory presents My Bangkok Travel Journal posted at Danny Gregory.

Laura Hedgecock presents Don;t Lose the Little Traditions! posted at Treasure Chest of Memories


Carol Lynn Rivera presents Affiliate Marketing Tips: Think Beyond The Link posted at Web Search Social.


Elizabeth Atwood presents How To Make A Money Pizza – Graduation Gift Idea posted at


Thanks to Sarai 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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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by Nuno Duarte on Flickr.

The girl in black

“Uncle Gianni met the girl at Nice airport.” -Gina Apostol, Gun Dealers’ Daughter

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 you picked someone up at the airport.

Art Prompt: Airport

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about how to survive a visit to the airport.

Photo Credit: raulsantosdelacamara on Flickr


Verb 1. To place something down heavily
2. To throw oneself with abandon
Noun 1. Slang term for wine
2. Slang term for idiot

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

Journaling Prompt: Plonk is a fun word to say. Write down a list of words that you enjoy saying.

Art Prompt: Plonk

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

Photo Credit: jenny downing on Flickr

Bad Hair Day

I regard one’s hair as I regard husbands: as long as one is seen together in public one’s private divergences don’t matter. -Saki, The Chronicles of Clovis

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene in which your character has some difficulties with his or her hair.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your relationship with your hair.

Art Prompt: Bad Hair Day

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write a humorous piece about your relationship with your hair.

Photo Credit: beaucon on Flickr

Black and white hindsight

…there are three levels of hindsight bias that stack on top of each other, from basic memory processes up to higher-level inference and belief. The first level of hindsight bias, memory distortion, involves misremembering an earlier opinion or judgment (“I said it would happen”). The second level, inevitability, centers on our belief that the event was inevitable (“It had to happen”). And the third level, foreseeability, involves the belief that we personally could have foreseen the event (“I knew it would happen”).
The researchers argue that certain factors fuel our tendency toward hindsight bias. Research shows that we selectively recall information that confirms what we know to be true and we try to create a narrative that makes sense out of the information we have. When this narrative is easy to generate, we interpret that to mean that the outcome must have been foreseeable. Furthermore, research suggests that we have a need for closure that motivates us to see the world as orderly and predictable and to do whatever we can to promote a positive view of ourselves. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist displays hindsight bias. How does this affect the next thing he or she decides to do?

Journaling Prompt: How do you see yourself operating with hindsight bias?

Art Prompt: Hindsight Bias

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about hindsight bias and how it may be affecting their perspective.

Photo Credit: Tim J Keegan on Flickr


My worries travel about my head on their well-worn path, and it is a relief to put them on paper. -Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Fiction Writing Prompt: What does your protagonist write in his or her journal?

Journaling Prompt: How do you journal about your worries?

Art Prompt: Journal Writing

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the benefits of using a journal.

Photo Credit: mac.rj on Flickr


On 7 January 1948, Godman Field at Fort Knox, Kentucky received a report from the Kentucky Highway Patrol of an unusual aerial object near Maysville, Kentucky. ..
Four P-51 Mustangs of C Flight, 165th Fighter Squadron Kentucky Air National Guard already in the air—one piloted by Mantell—were told to approach the object. Blackwell was in radio communication with the pilots throughout the event.
…some sources reported that Mantell had described an object “[which] looks metallic and of tremendous size,” but, according to Ruppelt in The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, others disputed whether or not Mantell actually said this.
The other two pilots accompanied Mantell in steep pursuit of the object. They later reported they saw an object, but described it as so small and indistinct they could not identify it. Mantell ignored suggestions that the pilots should level their altitude and try to more clearly see the object.-Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or story where your protagonist sees a UFO but isn’t believed.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about UFOs?

Art Prompt: UFO

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of a UFO incident and share what you believe about UFOs.

Photo Credit: Vladimir Pustovit on Flickr

tree-climbing, Greenwich Park

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by EEPaul on Flickr.

This week’s Carnival of Creativity is postponed and will be folded into next week’s carnival. So sorry! I’m under the weather this weekend. -Liz