From the monthly archives: October 2013

Turf fire, neat Jameson in local pub ( Bourkes) what else ? ;)

Stir Up the fire,
And put new turf upon it till it blaze;
To watch the turf-smoke coiling from the fire,
And feel content and wisdom in your heart,
This is the best of life; when we are young
We long to tread a way none trod before,
But find the excellent old way through love,
And through the care of children, to the hour
For bidding Fate and Time and Change goodbye.
-William Butler Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, poem, haiku or scene based on this poem.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe is the “best of life”?

Art Prompt: The way through love

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the stages of life, from youth and adventure through love, parenthood, and the contentment of old age.

Photo Credit: TOF2006 on Flickr

Debate electoral en ETB

What’s the best way to get people to believe faulty logic is sound? Use that faulty logic to convince them of something that they already believe. People will tread any shoddy path if it gets them somewhere they already want to go.
This is why politically slanted media is so common. People will consume media that tells them they’re correct in their views. Most of that media gets away with telling people they are right by appealing to particular example and pretending it’s a general rule, or by citing confusing data, or by emphasizing one aspect of an issue over another. This provides a fudge factor, allowing people to feel right about their conclusions despite dubious data. It turns out that a fudge factor isn’t needed. Even straightforward logic can be scrambled without people noticing it, as long as that scrambled logic reinforces their existing beliefs. – Esther Inglis-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a character that uses this tactic to mislead your protagonist.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you were swayed by faulty logic? How did you finally see through it?

Art Prompt: Faulty logic

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about this tactic and use examples from current media to show how it’s being used to manipulate people.

Photo Credit: Euskal Herria Bildu on Flickr


Many Europeans thought spices, because they came from such faraway exotic places, possessed magical powers. Thus they merited an important place in the conspicuous consumption of the wealthy. -Lizzie Collingham, Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerers

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a spice with magical powers.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a supplement that you use for its health benefits and why you believe it is helping you.

Art Prompt: Exotic spices

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the history of your favorite spice.

Photo Credit: srqpix on Flickr

Girls' Night Out!

During adolescence, all girl holidays are a bond forming experience where participants get to discover the nitty-gritty of their friends’ personalities, form another dimension to their friendship and use their experiences to create unforgettable memories. They live out their desire for independence and express their rebellion and need to break away from family.

At the early adult stage female getaways were found to represent adventure, experimentation, often post-graduation when life changing decisions are being made about their future. These getaways form a ‘rite of passage’ to the next life stage away from education towards career and family.

Female breaks in middle adulthood enable women to feel young and free and have a break from family commitment. On the other hand they often facilitate less joyful transitions such as divorce or a traumatic life event like the death of a loved one. This life stage is when women have a drive to fulfill travel dreams whilst they are still able.

During late adulthood, women see a female getaway as a statement of independence and confidence they may not have had in younger life, when they would not have travelled without a husband. Women of this age also use travels as a coping strategy for widowhood. One widow might travel with another to offer support, companionship and friendship. At this life stage friendship is a very important part of women’s lives. Friendship is cherished and travelling together helps cement this bond and form valuable memories. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set during an all girl holiday.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a female get away you’ve been on.

Art Prompt: Just us girls on holiday

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the importance of having friends of your own age and gender.

Photo Credit: Lana_aka_BADGRL on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for October 27, 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.


Creativity Quote of the Week

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. -Pablo Picasso

Writing Tips

Phillip Overby presents Cover to Cover II: From Idea to Story posted at Mythic Scribes.

Charlie Jane Anders presents 10 Ways to Make Everyone Root for Your Amoral Protagonist posted at io9.

Gary Korisko presents How to Find Clarity & Confidence as a Writer posted at Goins Writer.

Art Holcomb presents Improving Your Fiction: The Relationship Chart – Part 2 posted at Story Fix.

Chris Gerwel presents Crossroads: Negotiating the Unreal in Magic Realism and Fantasy posted at Amazing Stories.

Chrys Fey presents Chrys’ Writing Rules: Don’t Start Sentences With These Words! posted at Write with Fey.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about The Internal Heckler vs. The Internal Editor.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents The embroidery of Daniel Kornrumpf posted at This is Colossal.

Spam of the Week

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


cool cat?

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by jenny downing on Flickr.

too good for harvard

“Since arriving the previous week I’d kept hearing about a notorious person, and now as I entered the packed lecture hall my gaze caught on a highly conspicuous man.” Susan Choi, My Education

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 met a hero of yours.

Art Prompt: Conspicuous man

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about a time when you had the opportunity to meet a celebrity.

Photo Credit: sandcastlematt on Flickr


bridge the gap
1. (idiomatic) To serve as or create a connection between two disconnected or disparate things.

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

Journaling Prompt: When have you acted to bridge the gap?

Art Prompt: Bridge the gap

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

Photo Credit: Sharlini on Flickr

Nun inside Poor Clares Priory, Woodchester, early 1900s

Living my life with purpose was getting hard. You hear women threaten all the time that they’re going to become nuns. There’s a reason for that. Most of us cannot comprehend emotional complexities without making them so twisted and unrealistic that it drives us insane. -Nicole Hamlett, Rifts

Fiction Writing Prompt: Put a character in a position so difficult that she considers becoming a nun. What is her internal monologue?

Journaling Prompt: What kind of situations make you want to run away from the world?

Art Prompt: Nun 

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience what steps they can take when they feel they want to run away from the world.

Photo Credit: xwhatsthatpicturex on Flickr

laughing eyes

The most dominant theory about why people laugh at each other also happens to be the meanest theory. It’s called the superiority theory of humor, and it goes all the way back to the classical Greeks. (Everyone knows they were a laugh riot.)
Aristotle insisted that we laugh at the ugly or the stupid to express the joy we feel that we’re better than them. Socrates added that we also laugh at those who are delusional about their own abilities, because we flatter ourselves that we’re more clear-sighted. Thomas Hobbes claimed that laughter was a moment of “glory,” in which we feel ourselves to be above other people. –Esther Inglis-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene that includes laughter and the internal monologue that accompanies it.

Journaling Prompt: What makes you laugh?

Art Prompt: Laughter

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about why people laugh and how you can tap into that to create influence.

Photo Credit: 2493™ on Flickr