From the monthly archives: April 2014

anorexia

“Anorexia nervosa principally onsets during adolescence, with 14- to 15-years-old being one of the peak periods,” said Zucker, who is also a faculty member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. “If the state of the body is uncoupled from what is important to us, then this period may be a ‘window of opportunity’ for those with anorexia nervosa to engage in behaviors that are starkly in contrast to the body’s need.”
This study’s findings could help design prevention and treatment interventions that hone in on risky decision-making or help adolescents with mental illness rely more on themselves to make decisions.
“Our ability to use our bodies to guide optimal decisions may go through some risky developmental windows,” Zucker said. “Knowing these periods, we can better educate adolescents about how to maneuver the challenges of adolescence.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a teen’s descent into anorexia or about recovery from anorexia.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your relationship with food, now and when you were a teen.

Art Prompt: Anorexia nervosa

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about anorexia and tell the the warning signs to look for in a loved one.

Photo Credit: Mary Lock on Flickr

There are times when a satisfying lie is better than the awful truth. –Carrots: A Shelby Nichols Adventure by Colleen Helme

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a lie that is better than the awful truth.

Journaling Prompt: When are you tempted to lie instead of telling the truth?

Art Prompt: Satisfying lie / Awful truth

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the social niceties that require lies instead of truth.

Photo Credit: Alan Cleaver on Flickr

Hanging Chairs

Do you have a favorite chair in your home? Consider cursing it after you die so no one else can sit on it without dying. That’s what Thomas Busby did in 1702, right before he was executed for strangling his father-in-law to death for — you got it — sitting in his chair. Supposedly 63 people who have sat on the chair met untimely deaths, sometimes mere hours after plopping their keister on Busby’s beloved chair. In 1972, the Thirsk Museum actually had to suspend it from the ceiling to prevent people from committing suicide by chair. –Rob Bricken

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a cursed object and its history.

Journaling Prompt: Where is your favorite place to sit when you’re journaling? Why?

Art Prompt: Favorite chair

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about an object in your life that gives you so much trouble that you suspect it may be cursed.

Photo Credit: Jeff Kubina on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 27, 2014. 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.

The Creative Mindset

Maria Popova presents Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery posted at Brain Pickings.

RJ Andrews presents Here’s How the World’s Most Creative Minds Scheduled Their Dayss posted at My Science Academy.

Jane Porter presents How to Cultivate a Creative Thinking Habit posted at Fast Company.

Joris Toonders presents 4 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Day posted at LinkedIn.

Thanh Pham presents 5 Ways to Turn an Unproductive Day Around posted at Asian Efficiency.

James Clear presents The Myth of Creative Inspiration: Great Artists Don’t Wait posted at LifeHacker.

Resources/Tools

ZenPen is an online minimalist writing tool.

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Well, Shut My Mouth posted at View from the Winepress.

Art Quote of the Week

At his best, things do not happen to the artist; he happens to them. -William Saroyan

Writing Tips

Jen Sabado presents A Recipe for Sentience: The Energetics of Intelligence posted at Science in my Fiction.

Larry Brooks presents Tip #71 — Make your sub-plot about character arc posted at StoryFix.

Phillip Overby presents Give Up: You’ll Never Be Published posted at Mythic Scribes.

Claire de Boer presents Someone Needs to Hear Your Story posted at The Gift of Writing.

Maeve Maddux presents Dealing With A Character’s Internal Thoughts posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Chrys Fey presents Boost Your Writing Brain Power posted at Write with Fey.

Blogging

Stefanie Flaxman presents 7 Creative Proofreading Tips To Transform Your Jaggedy Draft into a Polished Post posted at CopyBlogger.

Ahmed Safwan presents 4 Ridiculous Fears that Stops You From Writing posted at Blogging Tips.

Quan Quach presents 11 Essential Tips to Writing the Ultimate Tutorial posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Creativity Prompts

Annalee Newitz presents Famine and Water Riots Are Coming, Warns New Intergovernmental Report posted at io9.

Editor presents The Myrtles Plantation posted at Atlas Obscura.

Nick Kelley presents World’s Most Haunted Island for Sale posted at Outside Online.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Microcasting.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Bicycle Street Art by Mart posted at This is Colossal.

Miriam Schulman presents Twenty Questions: How to Critique Art posted at Schulman Art.

The Business of Creativity

Michael J. Sullivan presents Marketing 101: Book giveaways posted at Amazing Stories.

Spam of the Week

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Credits

Thanks to Robert Lindsell 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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Kvinne ute i vintervær, ca 1900

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: National Library of Norway on Flickr

Secrets

I’ll tell you a secret you know already, a secret my Grandpa Ralph told me. -Mileage by Sean Jones

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 secret that your grandfather told you.

Art Prompt: Grandpa’s secret

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write a piece about what your grandfather taught you about life.

Photo Credit: Sarah Horrigan on Flickr

soporific

soporific  
adjective

  1. causing or tending to cause sleep.
  2. pertaining to or characterized by sleep or sleepiness; sleepy; drowsy.

noun

  1. something that causes sleep, as a medicine or drug.

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

Journaling Prompt: What do you do when you are having trouble getting to sleep?

Art Prompt: Soporific

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

Photo Credit: Darron Birgenheier on Flickr

London March 3 2014 017 National Portrait Gallery (29) Oliver Cromwell

As the King’s affairs became daily more complicated, and his position more perilous, he saw the necessity for peace with his Irish subjects, and for allying himself with them, if possible. Had he treated them with more consideration, or rather with common justice and humanity, at the commencement of his reign, England might have been saved the guilt of regicide and Cromwell’s iron rule. –An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack

Fiction Writing Prompt: Pick a historical figure and write an alternative history – they make a different decision than what is in the history books. Where does it take the world?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a decision you wish you could go back and change.

Art Prompt: What if?

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the significance of seemingly insignificant decisions in your life.

Photo Credit: DAVID HOLT on Flickr

Nadia, cry baby cry

In an experimental legal psychology study, two young actors (one girl and one boy) portrayed victims in a mock-police investigation. They were questioned by the police about how they had been harassed by older schoolmates. The police interviews were videotaped in two versions: In one version the children appeared in a neutral manner but in the other version, the children showed clear signs of distress, as they sobbed and hesitated before answering the police officers’ questions.
The films were later shown and assessed by law students that were familiar with the Supreme Court’s criteria for how to assess the credibility of testimonies.
The results show that the children, despite giving the exact same testimonies, were perceived as more credible and truthful when expressing emotions than when behaving in a more neutral manner. The reason for these differences was that the law students had stereotypical believes that child victims should appear emotional. The law students also felt greater compassion for the emotional children.
‘This is problematic since many children don’t display strong negative emotions when questioned by police,’ says Sara Landström, researcher in legal psychology at the Department of Psychology. ‘There is a risk that these children will be considered less credible in court.’ –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a child who witnesses a crime.

Journaling Prompt: How do you handle your emotions under times of duress? How effective do you feel as your emotions play out?

Art Prompt: Child Witness

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about strategies for dealing with emotions during a stressful confrontation or interview.

Photo Credit: Toni Blay on Flickr

Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum_MG_9364

Kill-devil was bought from Dutch shippers, who procured it from Brazilian plantations, where it was brewed using wastes from their sugar-works. The Portuguese there employed it as a cheap tonic to rout the “devil” thought to possess African slaves at the end of a long day and render them sluggish. It retailed handily as a beverage in the English settlements of the Ameri­cas, however, sometimes being marketed under the more dig­nified name of “rumbullion,” or “rum.” –Caribbee by Thomas Hoover

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which alcohol is used as a means of control.

Journaling Prompt: How often do you drink? What is your motivation when you drink? How does it make you feel?

Art Prompt: Kill-Devil

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a time you or a friend drank too much OR write an informative piece about the history of rum.

Photo Credit: katsrcool on Flickr