From the monthly archives: July 2013

Carte des chotts relevée par Roudaire dans le cadre du projet de la mer intérieure

In 1874, Captain Francois-Elie Roudaire, a geographer in the French army proposed a daring idea. No doubt inspired by the successful completion of the Suez canal a few years earlier, he suggested the creation of a 120-mile-long canal that would connect the Mediterranean Sea to a part of the Sahara Desert in Algeria that lies below sea level. The result would be the flooding of more than 3000 square miles of territory. Roudaire hoped that such a huge body of water would not only allow ships to navigate into the interior of North Africa, it would also significantly change the local climate. All at a cost of a mere 25 million francs. –Ron Miller

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a story about a character with a grandiose idea.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the craziest idea you ever had. What happened when you tried to implement it?

Art Prompt: Hubris

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about a grand idea and the person who promoted it.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia


If every machine has its friction, than booze is the oil to the human machine. Things go easier, friendships seem deeper, strangers are welcomed. -Daniel Judson, The Bone Orchard

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where alcohol plays an integral part.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about alcohol? What personal experience causes you to feel this way?

Art Prompt: Alcohol and the human machine

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write a piece about alcohol and how it affects human interaction.

Photo Credit: sakshi_sharma on Flickr


It is so difficult to see and experience the joy that others have experienced because we are too distracted with how it makes us feel. Without fail, we sift through the other person’s joy and figure out the exact parts we can extract to make ourselves feel worse about our own situation. Think of it like a really hideous Instagram filter, Kelvin for example. Every beautiful image comes through our feed, time and time again, we layer Kelvin on top and things start to look muddled, contrasted, and most importantly you aren’t able to see the true beauty of the image at all. We’ve lost the ability to see things clearly, unadulterated by our own insecurities, fears, and baggage. -Charlie Jane Anders

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the internal monologue of a character who is jealous of a friend’s success.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you were jealous of a friend’s success.

Art Prompt: Jealousy

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write an article about the problem of jealousy and how your audience can overcome it.

Photo Credit: inhisgrace on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 28, 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

Eula McLeod presents To Bee Or Not To Be posted at View from the Wine Press.

Writing Quote of the Week

Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides. -Rita Mae-Brown

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey presents Writing about an Interrogation posted at Write with Fey.

Alice Leiper presents Adding Depth to a Fantasy World posted at Mythic Scribes.

Jennifer Chase presents Can You Tell a Lie and Not Get Caught? posted at Author Jennifer Chase.

Nina Munteanu presents Finding the Write Time and Place posted at Amazing Stories.

Patrick Carr presents How to Write While Managing a Full-Time Job: 5 Ways to Maximize Your Time posted at Writer’s Digest.

Michael presents Six Rules for Making Subjects and Verbs Agree posted at Daily Writing Tips.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Writing Excuses 8.29: Out of Excuses Retreat Q&A #1.

Visual Arts

Hal Lesko presents The Pixel Painter: A 97-Year-Old Man Who Draws Using Microsoft Paint from Windows 95 posted at This is Colossal.

Natalie presents Editorial Submission :: Sara Palacios posted at Illustration Friday.

Teesha Moore presents The Circus is Coming! The Circus is Coming! posted at Teesha’s Circus.

Ibrar Yunus presents Dreamy Bed posted at Ibrar Yunus.

Journal Writing

Laura Hedgecock presents Life Challenges: Explaining How You Cope posted at Treasure Chest of Memories.


Chelsea presents Gettin’ Crafty posted at Sounds Like Chelsea’s Life.

Spam of the Week

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Thanks to chefranden 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 jenny downing on Flickr.


“Every few weeks my mother rearranges the family pictures around the house.”- Carmen Bugan, Burying the Typewriter

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 your favorite family picture.

Art Prompt: Family pictures

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write a speech or an article on your favorite family picture.

Photo Credit: jronaldlee on Flickr

Green car

Conglomeration noun
1. the act of conglomerating; the state of being conglomerated.
2. a cohering mass; cluster.
3. a heterogeneous combination: a conglomeration of ideas.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about a memorable conglomeration.

Art Prompt: Conglomeration

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

Photo Credit: @Doug88888 on Flickr

Strange fruits

One never knows what gifts a stranger will bring. -Kate Elliott, Shadow Gate

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene about a stranger who brings an unexpected gift.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something you have learned from an unexpected source.

Art Prompt: Strangers bearing gifts

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the concept of “stranger” in today’s interconnected world.

Photo Credit: iko on Flickr

remember a day before today

“Memories aren’t static… If you remember something in the context of a new environment and time, or if you are even in a different mood, your memories might integrate the new information.”…”When you think back to an event that happened to you long ago — say your first day at school — you actually may be recalling information you retrieved about that event at some later time, not the original event.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use a character’s internal monologue to show the changing of memories during recall.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you were discussing memories with a family member or childhood friend. Were there discrepancies in the memories? How does it feel to think about your memories being inaccurate?

Art Prompt: Memory

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the intricacies of memory and how our perceptions of our memories shape our lives.

Photo Credit: DerrickT on Flickr


Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true. -Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a book that engages in a quest to find the perfect reader.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a book that changed your life.

Art Prompt: Reading

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about a book that changed your life.

Photo Credit: murphyeppoon on Flickr