From the monthly archives: November 2014

Theatrical performance at Western College on Tree Day 1902

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Miami University Libraries on Flickr

The Chauvinist Mystique

Men lie, considered Rowena Fanshawe. Men always lie. Whether deliberately or not, whether for personal gain or for the best of intentions, whether malicious or misguided, sooner or later men lie.
Even heroes.

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: How do you feel about the opposite sex in general? Are they trustworthy? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Men lie

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the differences between the sexes and how it creates a false dichotomy and tension.

Photo Credit: girl_onthe_les on Flickr



  • verb (used without object): to look or stare with sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.
  • noun: a look of sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.

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

Journaling Prompt: When do you glower at people? Why?

Art Prompt: Glower

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

Photo Credit: Jeff Meyer on Flickr


“This is why I demanded that you come. This is why it is so important for you to be here.” –The Stolen Bride by Tony Hays

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story based on today’s reading.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the silliest time someone demanded that you show up somewhere. 

Art Prompt: This is why

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell  your audience about the human need for validation and how to handle it when someone is demanding validation from you.

Photo Credit: Ryan Hyde on Flickr

Love, hate, and the Wikipedia contributor culture problem

…we are increasingly reliant on information we obtain from online sources. However, our implicit faith in the validity of that information can be counterproductive and can make some people and organizations vulnerable to exploitation, perhaps by those spreading the misinformation and others. The team refers to this as a “semantic attack” and regards it as the “soft underbelly of the internet.”
…Connections and connectivity have been well studied in recent years, but the concept of a semantic attack in which misinformation is deliberately seeded into a social network with the aim of affecting the behavior of the maximum number of people possible has only recently emerged as a troubling concept that requires detailed study. While there are firewalls, antivirus programs and other technological diagnostics and defenses to ward off attacks on servers, operating systems and software, defending against the impact of a semantic attack on human emotions and behavior is an entirely different matter. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use a semantic attack to create conflict in your story.

Journaling Prompt: How vulnerable are you to a semantic attack through your use of a social network? How do you think you can guard against it?

Art Prompt: Semantic attack

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about semantic attacks and how they can keep their minds safe.

Photo Credit: on Flickr

Some of the crowd for Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. at UIUC 2941.JPG

A flash of red amidst the sea of black and gray coats caught Callahan’s eye at the far end of the hallway. –Under Oath by Margaret McLean

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a scene in which color plays an important role.

Journaling Prompt: What color always catches your eye? What feelings do you associate with it?

Art Prompt: A flash of color

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the magic of color and how they can use it to enhance their lives.

Photo Credit: Mark Lindner on Flickr

Grandpa Sasha / ???? ????

Âsik Veysel’s young wife decided to abandon him for his brother’s servant. (What young girl would wish to marry an aging blind man in lean, 1930s Anatolia?) The signal came one night. She left the old bard snoring in bed. Tiptoeing barefoot outside the door, she quietly slipped on her shoes and ran off, hand-in-hand through the dark with her beloved. But something inside her shoe hurt her foot. Some stone. Some clod of earth. She could not stop. She feared being found out. She feared scandal. Only far outside the village did she feel safe enough: She reached inside the shoe and found what was pinching her toes—a wad of money. Âsik Veysel had known of her plans to abandon him. And he wished to thank her for all the years that she had helped him survive. –Paul Salopek

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where your protagonist is the recipient of an extraordinary act of kindness.

Journaling Prompt: What is the most unexpected act of kindness you’ve ever been shown?

Art Prompt: Sneaking out

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inspire your audience to commit to performing random acts of kindness.

Photo Credit: ninarojkovskaia on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 16, 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 Art, Inc.: A Field Guide to the Psychology and Practicalities of Becoming a Successful Artist posted at Brain Pickings.

Robin LaFevers presents The Surprising Importance of Doing Nothing posted at Writer Unboxed.

Molly Castelloe presents When a Painting Opens a Spiritual Path posted at Psychology Today.

Quinn presents Controlling the Tricky Muse posted at Quinn Creative.

Mihir Patkar presents Treat Starting, Not Finishing, As Your Greatest Success posted at Life Hacker.

Jenniebellie presents How to Get On *& Stay On* a Creative ROLL posted at Jenniebellie’s Studio.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents The Scattered Life Collective #8 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Creativity can come from uncertainty and a bit of angst. ~David Curtis


Alison Burke presents a free online class Finding Your Muse.

Writing Tips

Jennifer Moline presents 6 Tips for Focusing When Writing posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Chrys Fey presents Two Character Perspectives posted at Write with Fey.

Alex presents How to Create Drama and Story Plot Without a Single Facebook Entry: Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” posted at Ride the Pen.

Elizabeth presents Using Critical Reviews as Resources posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Janice Hardy presents Writing Basics: The Inciting Event posted at Fiction University.

Liz Bureman presents Finagle’s Law: A Writer’s Guide posted at The Write Practice.

CS Lakin presents How Best-Selling Writers Sabotage Themselves (and How to Learn from Their Mistakes) posted at Live Write Thrive.

Larry Brooks presents Storytelling in Context to… What? posted at Story Fix.

Shanan Haislip presents 6 Weird but Awesome Hacks for a Happy Writing Life posted at Positive Writer.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Detail That Matters and Detail That Doesn’t: Why the First Makes Your Writing Come Alive and the Second Dulls the Shine posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Lauren presents 5 Things Beta Readers Should Know Before They Agree To The Task posted at Lauren Sapala.

Olivia La Bianca presents The Map of Your Manuscript’s Quest posted at Novel Publicity.


Seth Apter presents The Sound of Authenticity posted at The Altered Page.

Barry Pearman presents How to Wow Your Audience with the Right Image posted at Goins Writer.

Aditya Mahesh presents 4 Ways To Promote Your Blog Offline posted at Daily Blog Tips.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Disability in Narrative.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about From The First Book To Running A Multi Genre Story Studio With Sean Platt.


Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Surreal Worlds Digitally Painted by Gediminas Pranckevicius posted at This is Colossal.

Ann presents Living with Art: Ten Tips for Making a Magnificent Masterboard posted at Wonderstrange.

The Business of Creativity

Michael J. Sullivan presents Dear Self-published authors, it’s your turn to listen up posted at Amazing Stories.

Kimberly Kincaid presents What to Expect When You’re Expecting Your First Book posted at Romance University.

Carol Tice presents Which Freelance Writing Tips Have Helped You Most? posted at Make a Living Writing.

Spam of the Week

all the time i used to read smaller articles which as well clear their motive, and that is also happening with this piece of writing which I am reading here.

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


doctor takes a young girl's temperature

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: National Library of Medicine on Flickr

~ L.U.C.K ~

Theodore Brooks couldn’t believe his luck. -Dark Reality by Richard M. O’Donnell

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 your luck was so good or so bad you couldn’t believe it.

Art Prompt: I couldn’t believe my luck

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about an incident spurred by bad luck.

Photo Credit: Mohammed Alnaser on Flickr