From the monthly archives: December 2013


Dreams are always real, when we haven’t woken up from them yet… –Gregory J. Downs, Brother Thief

Fiction Writing Prompt: What dreams plague your protagonist?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a recurring dream you have had.

Art Prompt: Dream

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the science of dreaming.

Photo Credit: daybeezho on Flickr

Bertha is 300 feet long and five stories tall, making it the largest tunnel-boring machine on the planet. It was brought to Seattle to help with the construction of a two-mile-long, $3.1 billion highway tunnel along the city’s western edge.
Bertha should be able to punch a hole through anything, and yet two weeks after first contact with the Object, engineers are no closer to knowing what stands in the machine’s way… speculation on the Object’s nature is running rampant. People have suggested everything ice age boulders to downed alien spacecraft and dragon eggs. One of the more plausible theories is that the obstruction is a piece of old Seattle, swallowed by the mucky waterfront centuries ago –Daniel D. Snyder

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about what they find when they uncover the Object.

Journaling Prompt: What is the most intriguing mystery in your town?

Art Prompt: The Object

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about a local mystery.

Photo Credit: TranBC on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for December 29, 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.


Writing Quote of the Week

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. -Ernest Hemingway

Writing Tips

Antonio del Drago presents Lessons From The Wire: Character Development and Contrast posted at Mythic Scribes.

Ali Hale presents Keeping a Writers’ Notebook posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Douglas Smith presents I Love Your Story. Now Change It: Working with an editor posted at Amazing Stories.

Larry Brooks presents Another Take on The Most Critical Thing You Need to Know about Writing a Novel posted at StoryFix.

Faith Van Horne presents Writing and Intuition posted at Writers Fun Zone.


Sonia Simone presents Content is a Verb: A Challenge for Freelance Writers posted at CopyBlogger.

Daniel Scocco presents 7 Habits of Highly Efficient Bloggers posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Creativity Prompts

Eric and Rachel presents Riegersburg Castle: A centuries old castle atop a dormant volcano houses museums devoted to both women and witches posted at Atlas Obscura.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Creative non-fiction with Mette Ivie Harrison.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Paper Sculpture by Motohiko Odani posted at This is Colossal.

Ronda Palazzari presents Q&A: Round 2 posted at Help Me Ronda.

The Business of Creativity

Leanne Regalla presents How to Feel Confident Sharing Your Creative Work In Public posted at Life Hacker.

Chrys Fey presents Don’t Say Getting Published is Hopeless posted at Write with Fey.

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!


The Swamp

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by Rossco on Flickr.

nothing is nothing

“Nothing could have been further from my mind.” -David Rieff, Swimming in a Sea of Death

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: What is the most improbable thought you’ve had today?

Art Prompt: Nothing could be further from my mind

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about something improbable that happened to you.

Photo Credit: Darwin Bell on Flickr

The Better Burger Burger

surfeit noun

  1. excess; an excessive amount: a surfeit of speechmaking.
  2. excess or overindulgence in eating or drinking.
  3. an uncomfortably full or crapulous feeling due to excessive eating or drinking.
  4. general disgust caused by excess or satiety.

verb (used with object)

  1. to bring to a state of surfeit by excess of food or drink.
  2. to supply with anything to excess or satiety; satiate.

verb (used without object)

  1. to eat or drink to excess.
  2. to suffer from the effects of overindulgence in eating or drinking.
  3. to indulge to excess in anything.

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

Journaling Prompt: When do you surfeit?

Art Prompt: Surfeit

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

Photo Credit: Tojosan on Flickr

Greed is a form of insanity. There is never “enough” for the greedy, because greed is not logical. –Carolyn Myss, Defy Gravity

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a character motivated by greed.

Journaling Prompt: Is there anything you are greedy about?

Art Prompt: Greed

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the everyday greed that is common to all.

Photo Credit: R00DY on Flickr

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Coffee was popular, but not with everybody. King Gustav III ascended to the throne a good three-quarters of a century after coffee came to Sweden. He was eager to turn back the tide. He believed that coffee was a poison, and that people needed to be informed about its terrible effects. To that end, he proposed an experiment.
Gustav located twin brothers who were facing a death sentence, and offered to have their execution commuted to life in prison. There was one condition. One brother would have to drink three pots of coffee a day. The other would drink three pots of tea. Gustav, aided by two physicians, would monitor the twins’ health. Surely, Gustav thought, the coffee-drinker would be the first to succumb to this lethal poison.
Unfortunately for Gustav, he found that the one thing more lethal than coffee was being named king of Sweden. He was shot during a masquerade, and died well before either the coffee or tea drinker. Things began to get creepy when both the doctors monitoring the experiment also died, leaving the condemned twins to keep being stuffed full of caffeinated beverages without proper supervision. In case you’re wondering, the tea drinker died first – at the age of 83. No one knows the date of the coffee-drinker’s death. –Esther Ingliss-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story regarding the deadly qualities of coffee.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your relationship with coffee.

Art Prompt: Coffee

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience one of the many stories in the history of coffee.

Photo Credit: amanda28192 on Flickr

…the just world hypothesis. This is a phenomenon where people act as though the world is fundamentally just, so if a person witnesses something that seems to be an injustice, they blame the victim as if the victim had done something to warrant punishment –Alexander Drake, The Invention of Religion

Fiction Writing Prompt: How does the just world hypothesis operate in your story?

Journaling Prompt: Do you believe that people get what they deserve?

Art Prompt: Just World

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the just world hypothesis and challenge them to begin to question some of their assumptions.

Photo Credit: tonrulkens on Flickr

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In one study, participants were presented with an unfavorable horoscope and then asked to choose between either an indulgence (going to a party) or a virtuous alternate (cleaning their home). The results showed that for people who believe they could change their fate, an unfavorable horoscope increased the likelihood of that person going to the party.
Interestingly, the researchers observed that the act of counter-arguing the unfavorable horoscope required mental resources and left the fate-changers unable to resist temptation. Participants who believed in a fixed fate did not exert any mental energy on the subject, and were consequently able to stay focused on the day ahead.
“Conventional wisdom might suggest that for people who believe they can change their fate, an unfavorable horoscope should result in an attempt to improve their fate,” the authors conclude. “Our results showed that reading an unfavorable horoscope actually has the opposite effect on a person.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or a story where your protagonist makes an unlikely decision based on a bad horoscope.

Journaling Prompt: Do you believe in fate?

Art Prompt: Horoscope

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about superstitions that flourish today. 

Photo Credit: meddygarnet on Flickr