From the monthly archives: August 2013

Heat Miser

“It was intensely hot.” -Nihad Siree, The Silence and the Roar

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 the hottest summer day you have ever experienced. How did you deal with the heat?

Art Prompt: Intense heat

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the most unusual way you have found to beat the heat.

Photo Credit: tempestuousseas on Flickr

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elope: (intransitive, of an unmarried person) To run away secretly for the purpose of getting married with one’s intended spouse; to marry in a quick or private fashion, especially without a public period of engagement.

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

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever considered eloping? If you did elope, where would you go to make it special? Let your imagination run wild.

Art Prompt: Elope

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

Photo Credit: Matthew Simantov on Flickr

Persistence of Chromatic Memory

Life here happened whenever people got around to it. On the —ish clock. -D.D. Scott, Bootscootin’ Blahniks

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in ish time.

Journaling Prompt: What is your relationship with time? How do you feel about people who are perpetually late? 

Art Prompt: Ish O’Clock

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to change their relationship with time.

Photo Credit: garlandcannon on Flickr

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We humans have a fairly erratic sense of time. We tend to misjudge the duration of events, particularly when they are emotional in nature. Disturbingly negative experiences, for example, seem to last much longer than they actually do. And highly positive experiences seem to pass more quickly than negative ones.
Researchers say they have found a way to lessen these emotion-driven time distortions. Having a sense of control over events reduces the influence of emotions on time perception, the researchers report. This is true even for highly reactive emotional individuals and even if one’s sense of control is an illusion. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene in which the emotional nature of the events skews your protagonist’s sense of time.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an event that was emotionally difficult for you. What did you notice about time?

Art Prompt: Fear and time.

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a dreadful experience that you went through and include them in your time distortion.

Photo Credit: cheetah100 on Flickr

Maybe it was even a spawning ground for yet more paperwork. That would explain why there was so much of it. Though he’d expect to find more baby paperwork around, in little paperwork crèches. Though of course paperwork could be like aphids. He’d read somewhere that they were born pregnant. -James Oswald, The Book of Souls

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem inspired by pregnant paperwork.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about paperwork? How do you approach it? Do you control it, or does it control you?

Art Prompt: Replicating paperwork.

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about out of control paperwork.

Photo Credit: camknows on Flickr

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Humans had to cooperate early in their evolution in order to survive. But what’s one really great way to secure other people’s cooperation? As anybody who has ever watched Survivor knows, it’s by deceiving other people about what your real intentions are. As the authors of a study published earlier this year in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B put it, “Tactical deception, the misrepresentation of the state of the world to another individual, may allow cheaters to exploit conditional cooperation by tactically misrepresenting their past actions and/or current intentions.” Lies are one pillar of our greatest altruistic creation as a species, cooperation. –Annalee Newitz and Joseph Bennington-Castro

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene using this information about lying and cooperation

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you’ve used a lie to get cooperation from others, or write about a time when someone else did this to you.

Art Prompt: Cooperation and Lies

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about cooperation and the various motivations that drive it.

Photo Credit: Kong SG on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 25, 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.

Announcements

Regular Carnival contributor Chrys Fey has started a cool 30 day writing challenge. It’s flexible and looks like it would be perfect for new writers as well as long-time scribes. Give it a look at Write with Fey.

The Creative Mindset

Tanner Christensen presents What to Do When Inspiration Doesn’t Come posted at Creative Something.

Sharing Our Work

Kenney Myers presents 10 Famous Scientists Named Ken posted at Kenney Myers

Liz Shaw presents The Mother Lode posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

A book is a gift you can open again and again. ~Garrison Keillor

Writing Tips

James Rollins presents How to Turn Cutting-Edge Science into a Page-Turning Thriller posted at io9.

Sharon presents Why We Need Paragraphs posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Creativity Prompts

Jaye presents Creative Prompt #222: Hollow posted at ArtQuiltMaker.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Making Non-Human Characters Relatable.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents The Art of the Dollar: Meticulous Currency Collages by Mark Wagner posted at This is Colossal.

The Business of Creativity

Douglas Smith presents Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction: Dealing with Rejection posted at Amazing Stories.

 

Credits

Thanks to Shutterhacks for the background for today’s writing quote.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for the next Carnival of Creativity by Friday September 6 at midnight!

 

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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by Public Domain Photos on Flickr.

Amsterdam

Isabel often thinks of Amsterdam, though she has never been there, and probably will never go. – Alexis M. Smith, Glaciers

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: Where do you dream about going? Why does it appeal to you?

Art Prompt: Amsterdam

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about your dream vacation and create an itinerary for it.

Photo Credit: ChrisYunker on Flickr

Fear of the Dark

chi·can·er·y [shi-key-nuh-ree, chi-]

  1. trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry: He resorted to the worst flattery and chicanery to win the job.
  2. a quibble or subterfuge used to trick, deceive, or evade.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about some chicanery you have witnessed or participated in.

Art Prompt: Chicanery

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

Photo Credit: stuant63 on Flickr