From the monthly archives: May 2014

Laugh-Out-Loud Cats #2007

A falling star! What luck! –Artemis Awakening by Jane Lindskold

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 do you think about when you see a falling star?

Art Prompt: Falling star

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about an upcoming astronomical event and how they can best view it in your area.

Photo Credit: Adam Koford on Flickr

Willie and dog, running an antique plow behind an antique Case tractor HDR

assiduous adjective

  1. constant; unremitting: assiduous reading.
  2. constant in application or effort; working diligently at a task; persevering; industrious; attentive: anassiduous student.

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

Journaling Prompt: When are you assiduous? When are you lazy? Why?

Art Prompt: Assiduous

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

Photo Credit: Darron Birgenheier on Flickr


To salute a person who sneezed with some form of benediction, was a pagan custom. It is said to have originated through an opinion of the danger attending it; and the exclamation used was: “Jupiter help me!” In Ireland, the pagan custom still remains, but it has been Christianized, and “God bless you!” is substituted for the pagan form. –An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a pagan custom that you’ve created. Trace its practice through the centuries.

Journaling Prompt: How do you react if someone around you sneezes or coughs? What protective steps do you take to stay healthy?

Art Prompt: Sneeze

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the origin of some of our customs and rituals.

Photo Credit: Allan Foster on Flickr

The Mahjong Ladies

Wendy discovered whole new versions of San Francisco by asking to hear other’s takes on the city. An area of seemingly innocuous little shops she passed by for years for work ended up being a teeming economy and hot spot for Mahjong. Once she discovered it, she noticed people playing the game in parlors and outdoors all over the city. Being open to new suggestions and viewpoints will always provide you with a brand new approach to things. Otherwise, we’ll always be stuck in our own, narrow views. As Wendy put it, “See what happens when we stop assuming we know the story.” –Sarah Vanhoven

Fiction Writing Prompt: What does your character discover when he or she looks at the environment of the story with new eyes? What happens then?

Journaling Prompt: What did you just discover about your city?

Art Prompt: Mahjong

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Go on an adventure in your neighborhood and look with new eyes. Tell your audience what you discover.

Photo Credit: Susan Sermoneta on Flickr


It is not the desert island nor the stony wilderness that cuts you from the people you love, it is the wilderness in the mind, the desert wastes in the heart through which one wanders lost and a stranger. –Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story based on a character who is lost in the wilderness of his or her heart.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you were emotionally lost. How did it feel? How did you get past it?

Art Prompt: Wilderness of the heart

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story of having lost your way emotionally and how you recovered yourself.

Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk on Flickr

RMS Titanic at Cherbourg : Night Shot

For years I assumed that the Titanic tragedy was a result of human arrogance, the belief in the indestructibility of the newest, largest, fastest, fanciest ship of all time. But actually the Titanic went down because of distraction. Other ships had been warning about the iceberg-filled waters for days, but the Titanic’s captain changed course only slightly and did nothing to slow the ship’s speed. When the radio operator received a call from a ship that was surrounded by ice—this was less than an hour before the collision—he responded, “Shut up, shut up, I’m busy.” By the time lookouts spotted the iceberg ahead, it was too late to slow the Titanic’s momentum.
Although overused, the Titanic is a chillingly accurate metaphor for our time. Distracted people don’t notice they are in danger. Rumi said: “Sit down and be quiet. You are drunk and this is the edge of the roof.” –Margaret Wheatley

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with complications that occur due to distraction.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how distraction affects your life.

Art Prompt: Distraction

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the dangers of distraction and give your audience tips for fighting it.

Photo Credit: Encyclopedia Titanica on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for May 25, 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 Agnes Martin on Art, Happiness, Pride, and Failure: A Rare Vintage Interview with the Reclusive Artist posted at Brain Pickings.


Google Institute Art Collections.

Writing Quote of the Week

Half my life is an act of revision. -John Irving

Writing Tips

Maeve Maddux presents Hurrah for the Index Card! posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Chrys Fey presents Horror (How to Create) posted at Write with Fey.

Nina Munteanu presents The Power of Myth in Storytelling posted at Amazing Stories.

Charlie Jane Anders presents 10 Can’t Miss, Surefire Secrets Of Torturing Fictional People posted at io9.

Raubi Perilli presents Are You Really a Writer … Or Just a Copyist? posted at CopyBlogger.

Steven Snell presents 9 Steps to Better Blog Post Ideas posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Brian DeLeonard presents Delivering the Story posted at Mythic Scribes.

Brian Hutchinson presents Beware: This Is Just About the Worst Advice You Can Give a Writer posted at Goins Writer.

Larry Brooks presents Is Your Story Worth Saving? posted at Story Fix.

Steven Long presents “Better” vs. Individual Truth posted at Steven M. Long.

Creativity Prompt

Hannah Frishberg and Eric Grundhauser presents Eilean Donan posted at Atlas Obscura.


Joseph Stark presents 70 Characters or Less: Why Headlines Matter posted at Blogging Tips.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Sanderson’s 3rd Law.


Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Gritty New Cityscapes by Jeremy Mann posted at This is Colossal.

Richard presents The Quality of Color | A Tonalist Approach posted at Artist Network.

Moira McLaughlin presents Dog Artist Mary Cassatt posted at Dog Art Today.

Journal Writing

Miriam Schulman presents An Art Journal…more or less posted at Schulman Art.

The Business of Creativity

Kimberly Kelly Santini presents Flushing Copyright Thieves posted at Paintings with Soul.

Gretchen Miller presents Career Spotlight on Art Therapy posted at Creativity in Motion.

Barbara Muir presents 11 Ways to Work Through Your Grief and Return to the Studio posted at Art Biz Blog.

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!

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Photo Credit: SDASM Archives on Flickr

Basement of Dome

Wonlar’s apartment was a carefully constructed ruse. The floor was spotted with yard-high stacks of books and carpeted by papers, schematics, and yet more papers. Delicate arrangements of spare parts and sealed bottles of reagents formed mounds outside lanes of traffic. Bookshelves filled the walls from floor to ceiling along three sides of the apartment, broken only by a closet, the hall to the bedrooms, and the opening to the kitchen.
Over the last twenty years, the apartment had settled into Wonlar’s image: scholarly, brilliant, and scattered. That was the intent. –Shield and Crocus by Michael R. Underwood

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: Describe your living space and write about how it reflects your personality.

Art Prompt: My living room

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience something about your living space and what it reveals about you.

Harbinger of Spring

harbinger noun

  1. a person who goes ahead and makes known the approach of another; herald.
  2. anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign: Frost is a harbinger of winter.
  3. a person sent in advance of troops, a royal train, etc., to provide or secure lodgings and other accommodations.

verb (used with object)

  1. to act as harbinger to; herald the coming of.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about a harbinger in your life.

Art Prompt: Harbinger

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

Photo Credit: Eric Heupel on Flickr