From the monthly archives: September 2014

My Mermaid

Myth images of half-human beasts like the mermaid and the minotaur express an old fundamental very slowly clarifying communal insight: that our species’ nature is internally inconsistent, that our continuities with and our differences from, the earth’s other animals are mysterious and profound, and in these continuities and these differences lie both a sense of strangeness on earth and the possible key to a way of feeling at home here.’ –From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey through Myth and Legend by Valerie Estelle Frankel

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with a protagonist who is struggling with his or her animal nature.

Journaling Prompt: Which of your instincts do you associate with an animal nature and why?

Art Prompt: Inner animal

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience why we are fascinated with mythological human-animal hybrids and how their appearance in fiction helps us understands the animal parts of our own nature.

Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk on Flickr

i think it's sad a teacher cannot post her holiday pictures

Huge increases in the use of social media by students have posed difficult ethical questions for Universities. Comments posted on sites such as Facebook are often ‘stream of consciousness’ thoughts, expressed with little regard to their potential impact. Sometimes, they constitute serious transgressions, including racism, homophobia, violent threats and admissions of plagiarism. Do Universities have a duty of care to intervene for staff and student well-being?
…Comments of this nature can seriously threaten the well-being of students and staff at university. So what can be done to protect them, while maintaining freedom of speech? –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which the tension between protecting students and freedom of speech drives the plot.

Journaling Prompt: How much are you comfortable sharing on line? How careful are you about your privacy settings?

Art Prompt: College students on Facebook

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about some of the long term ramifications of Facebook use that college student may face.

Photo Credit: Phil Campbell on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for September 28, 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 Artist Francis Bacon on the Role of Suffering and Self-Knowledge in Creative Expression posted at Brain Pickings.

Polly Campbell presents Making the Most of Your Mistakes posted at Psychology Today.

Carrie Brummer presents I Only Make Art When I’m ‘In The Mood’ posted at Artist Think.

Melissa Dahl presents Stop Asking ‘What Should I Do?’ posted at The Science of Us.

Kate Leonard presents 5 reasons why you’re creative amazing posted at Illustration Friday.

Creativity Quote of the Week

The way I dance is by writing. – Anne Lamott

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents The Other Man posted at View from the Wine Press.


Hubspot Blog Post Topic Generator.

Writing Tips

Antonio del Drago presents 5 Characteristics of a Hero posted at Mythic Scribes.

Melissa Donovan presents From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Report It posted at Writing Forward.

Shanan Haislip presents 4 Effective Ways to Beat Writer’s Burnout posted at Positive Writer.

Janice Hardy presents Writing Basics: How to Use Adverbs posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Crafting Pathways in Your Book: Internal Conflict, External Conflict, and How They Form a Story posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

John Vorhaus presents Feel Good and Fail Big posted at Writer Unboxed.

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: Police Officers posted at Write with Fey.

Mooderino presents Waiting For A Story To Get Going posted at Moody Writing.

Jo presents Margaret Atwood’s Ten Tips for Writers posted at Inspire Portal.

Mary Hodges presents Writing Contests Are Good Practice posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Mike Angley presents Patience, Persistence, Perfection posted at Story Fix.

Elizabeth presents 6 Steps Writers Need to Tame the Story Beast posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Chuck Wendig presents Ten Things to Never Say to a Writer posted at Terrible Minds.

Jeff Goins presents What Unfinished Projects Teach Us About Our Life’s Work posted at Goins Writer.

Seth Koenig presents Eight phrases Stephen King thinks writers should never use posted at Hashtag Maine.

Claire de Boer presents How Writing Your Story Can Help You Forgive posted at The Gift of Writing.

Jennifer Brown Banks presents 4 Reasons Cooking Shows Make the Perfect Recipe For Writing Success…Part 2 posted at Pen and Prosper.


Mark Pack presents Are You Throwing Away Readers by Posting at the Wrong Time? posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Joe Bunting presents 5 Elements of a ‘Perfect’ Blog Post posted at The Write Practice.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Publicity for Books.


Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents New Lifelike Paper Birds by Diana Beltran Herrera posted at This is Colossal.

Tara presents how to loosen up your art { + free printable!} posted at Tara Leaver.

Julie Fei Fan Balzer presents Five Ways to Make Time for Art posted at Balzer Designs.


Jocelyn Paige Kelly presents 5 Ways Keeping a Gratitude Journal Supports Our Creativity posted at Realizing Your Creative Life.

Dolly Garland presents 5 Ways to Use Journaling for Motivation posted at Kaizen Journaling.

Quinn presents 10 Commonplace Journal Ideas posted at Quinn Creative.

The Business of Creativity

Michael J. Sullivan presents Marketing 101: Strategies for Growing your Email List posted at Amazing Stories.

Lauren presents The Two Most Powerful Behaviors Of Successful Writers posted at Lauren Sapala.

Stacy McKitrick presents Organize Your Writing Project(s) via a Spreadsheet posted at Romance University.

Carol Tice presents The Key E-Book Marketing Step That Most Self-Publishers Miss posted at Make a Living Writing.

Editors presents Self-Publishing Self-Test: How To Determine If You’re A Good Candidate For Self-Publishing Your Book posted at Writer’s Relief.

Spam of the Week

Piece of writing writing is also a excitement, if you be familiar with afterward you can write otherwise it is difficult to write.

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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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Mark Groves on Flickr

South Street Hospital London

The evening’s visitors to Mercy Medical Hospital had long since gone home, as had most of the day staff, and the hallway outside the small equipment-packed room was as silent as a grave. –Soulminder by Timothy Zahn

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 what you hear when it’s absolutely quiet.

Art Prompt: Silent as the Grave

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous or emotional story about a personal experience at a hospital.

Photo Credit: Freaktography on Flickr


deprecate verb (used with object), deprecated, deprecating.

  • to express earnest disapproval of.
  • to urge reasons against; protest against (a scheme, purpose, etc.
  • to depreciate; belittle.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about something you disapprove of.

Art Prompt: Deprecate

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

Photo Credit: hobvias sudoneighm on Flickr

Of all the sordid trials a New York City policeman faces every day, you wouldn’t expect the one I loathe most to be paperwork. But it is. I get snakes down my spine just thinking about case files. –The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem where paperwork creates a complication.

Journaling Prompt: What is your most dreaded paperwork and why do you feel that way about it?

Art Prompt: Paperwork

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience some tricks to make paperwork less dreadful.

Photo Credit: The Conmunity – Pop Culture Geek on Flickr

When people are said to “beat themselves up” with self-condemning or self-judging thoughts, it isn’t just a figure of speech – severe self-judgment seems to be very much comparable to cutting or hurting oneself physically. Emotional pain activates many of the same circuits in the brain as physical pain, releases almost all of the same stress hormones, and can often be just as damaging in many ways as physical pain.
Clearly something must be rewarding or reinforcing about pain or people wouldn’t repeatedly choose in some instances to self-administer something acutely painful, like a cut or an electric shock. Almost half the people in the study published in Science “liked” or responded to the electric shock enough – or at least got something out of it – that they tried shocking themselves again.
When each of us begins to truly see and understand the specific dynamics that can drive us to create unnecessary pain in our lives, in our relationships, and in ourselves – to use our pain, in effect, as a drug – we can overcome any unhealthy or destructive pattern, and connect more fully to the healthiest, most vital, and most loving parts of ourselves. –John Montgomery

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene of internal monologue for someone who is beathing him or herself up.

Journaling Prompt: Write affirmations that counter your most frequent painful thoughts.

Art Prompt: Reinforcement by pain

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the epidemic of self-infliction of pain and give them strategies for dealing with a loved one who is out of control.

Photo Credit: ♣♦♥♠ on Flickr


The pot-bellied cauldron full of delicious things simmering away has a permanent place in folk memory. It appears in a number of legends. In the myths of the Celts, who had hearty appetites, the cauldron of abundance magically provides both inexhaustible food an inexhaustible knowledge. Sinister concoctions, on the other hand, bubble in the cauldrons of witchs or malevolent goddesses. In Chinese legend, the elixir of immortality is made in a tripod cauldron- reminiscent of the Irish sheepskin fixed to its three points. Immortality is often the end to be achieved by drinking the boiled liquids of Greek myth. Medea boiled old Kin Pelias himself, claiming that he would be rejuvenated. –History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene involving a cauldron.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a memory of your family and cooking.

Art Prompt: Cauldron

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a folktale involving a cauldron.

Photo Credit: Marchnwe on Flickr


I acquired my first (and only, so far) Ouija board when I was 12 or 13 years old. I don’t remember exactly where I got it—whether I bought it with babysitting money or received it as a gift. I called my mom to ask if she remembered, and she wasn’t totally sure either. She was, however, suspiciously insistent on assuring me she “wouldn’t have had a problem” with me having it. She then asked my dad whether heremembered how I got it, and he said, “Tell her I ordered it online from a coven of witches.”
So I think I got it as a birthday present. -Katie Heaney

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene involving a pre-teen and an Ouija board.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you played with an Ouija board.

Art Prompt: Ouija board

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a teenage exploration into the mystical realms.

Photo Credit: Dave Winer on Flickr