From the monthly archives: December 2014

Walking Snoop Dogg

Low levels of self-esteem and poor emotional processing skills were significantly correlated with gang involvement, as were low levels of parental monitoring, poor parental communication and housing instability.
“Adolescents who have strained relationships with positive family and community members and have displaced housing may find a sense of belonging with gangs,” Voisin said. “It may be that the gangs satisfy the need for social connections and survival for these teens. At the same time, there are certain behaviors and norms within some gangs that are associated with increased social and health risk factors for their members.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the character sketch of a young person who grew up to join a gain. Create the back story for this character.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about gangs? Even if your only experience is through the media, what do you think we should do to stop the spread of gangs?

Art Prompt: Teen gang member

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Talk about the problem of gangs and the preventative measures we can take as a society.

Photo Credit: Lauren Grant on Flickr

French WWI cemetery - Orée de la forêt

That last summer at home—before I went to basic training—my well-meaning mother warned me that I might have to go to a war zone where I could lose a limb or even my life. No one prepared me for the more likely danger of having to leave people that I’d come to love after only a year or two. Considering that losing the loves of my life—two in one day—was the very reason I’d chosen to retreat into the arms of Uncle Sam in the first place, the irony is not lost on me. –Sweet Secrets by Rhonda Sheree

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a protagonist who is in the military and is dealing with loss of a comrade in arms.

Journaling Prompt: What is the most difficult loss you have ever grieved? 

Art Prompt: War zone

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the phenomenon of bonding through trauma and its impact on soldiers on the battlefied.

Photo Credit: Eric Huybrechts on Flickr


Interestingly, it used to be men who wore the heels. For centuries, horseback riders in the East used them to provide balance when standing up in the stirrups (just like today’s cowboy boots). The style eventually moved to Western Europe, where aristocrats embraced the footwear—not for its practicality, but to set themselves apart from the lower-class workers. A painting from 1701, for example, shows Louis XIV of France posing rather regally in a pair of red-heeled shoes. According to W magazine, when Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself emperor in 1804, he decided to wear flats. The result: “The tiny general’s gesture marked the end of an era, not only of monarchist rule in France but also of high-heel male power-dressing throughout the Western world.” -Paul Hiebert

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which fashion evolved differently. How does this affect gender stereotypes?

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about shoes? Write about your favorite pair and why you like them.

Art Prompt: Men in heels

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about surprising fashion trends from the past.

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for December 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

Jennifer presents Why You Creating Stuff Matters posted at Jennifer Louden.

Christian Jarrett presents 5 Creativity Myths You Probably Believe posted at 99u.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Check out Joyce’s response (in the comments) to Prompt 1244 Visual Prompt of the Week – Giddyup!. Then go Like her Facebook page for her Haiku Happy project.


Creativity Quote of the Week

We create because we seemingly have no choice but to be creative. -Cherie Haas

Creativity Prompt

Joyce presents It is not in my nature to admit defeat posted at Dragon Writing Prompts.

Anhie presents Robert the Doll posted at Atlas Obscura.

Writing Tips

Steven Pressfield presents The Jack Lord Rule posted at Pressfield Online.

Jack Woodville London presents Starting Your Novel: Little Things That Make a Big Difference posted at Procrastiwriter.

Nina Munteanu presents To Expose Or Not To Expose…That Is the Question posted at Amazing Stories.

Janice Hardy presents Stop That Fighting! Conflicts Aren’t all About the Punches posted at Fiction University.

Maria Popova presents The Hedgehog and the Fox: Italo Calvino on the Two Types of Writers posted at Brain Pickings.

Tom Bentley presents Touch the Hearts of Your Readers: Entangle Their Emotions posted at Writer Unboxed.

Larry Brooks presents How to Learn Story Structure in Two Minutes or Less posted at Story Fix.

Dave Robison presents Finding your Writer’s Voice posted at Mythic Scribes.

Kathryn Goldman presents Can You Use Other Peoples’ Creative Work in Your Novel? (#TFIOS Does!) posted at Better Novel Project.

Lauren Davis presents 5 Guidelines For Creating Interesting Female Supervillains posted at Observation Deck.

Mooderino presents The One Piece of Writing Advice posted at Moody Writing.

John Soares presents How to Coauthor a Book posted at Productive Writers.

Christine Frazier presents The 7 Roles of the Healer Character Archetype posted at Better Novel Project.


Ann Smarty presents 3 Smart Google Search Tips to Hunt for Guest Post Opportunities posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Demian Farnworth presents What You Need to Know to Make a Living as a Blogger Right Now posted at Copy Blogger.


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

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about The Importance of Being Your True Self.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about The Christian Publishing Market With Jeremy Bouma.

Visual Arts

Editor presents The Daily Muse: Robert Bubel, Painter posted at Elusive Muse.

Christopher Jobson presents Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress posted at This is Colossal.


Martha Peaslee Levine, M.D. presents Shattered Image posted at Psychology Today.

Quinn McDonald presents Starting Your Gratitude Journal posted at Quinn Creative.

The Business of Creativity

Cheryl Conner presents How To Pitch To The Press: The 8 No-Fail Strategies posted at Forbes.

Ali Hale presents 7 Myths About Freelance Writing Online posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Emily Wenstrom presents 3 Lessons from Successful Author Pinterest Boards posted at The Write Practice.

Kelsey Browning presents 12 Tips for a Stand-out Facebook Event posted at Romance University.

Carol Tice presents Why Hating Your Day Job Won’t Make You a Successful Freelance Writer posted at Make a Living Writing.

Colby Marshall presents 10 Things to Know About Pitching Agents and Editors posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Ryan Castillo presents How to Determine Your Freelance Rate and Get Paid What You’re Worth posted at Life Hacker.

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


Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli on Flickr

Once upon a time I found a monster in the woods. –Witch, Beast, Saint: an Erotic Fairy Tale By C. S. E. Cooney

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 scary encounter you had.

Art Prompt: Monster in the woods

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a scary story.

Photo Credit: soilse on Flickr

assuage verb (used with object), assuaged, assuaging.

  • to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate: to assuage one’s grief; to assuage one’s pain.
  • to appease; satisfy; allay; relieve: to assuage one’s hunger.
  • to soothe, calm, or mollify: to assuage his fears; to assuage her anger.

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

Journaling Prompt: What are you struggling with today and how can you assuage it?

Art Prompt: Assuage

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

Photo Credit: Sharon Brogan on Flickr

stop thinking

A physiological shift occurred when I stopped drinking, a reallocation of bodily resources. The most overworked organ switched from my liver to my brain. Now I can’t stop thinking. –The Charlestown Connection by Tom MacDonald

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene about an addict in recovery and include internal monologue.

Journaling Prompt: What do you do when you want to avoid thinking about something?

Art Prompt: Can’t stop thinking

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about strategies people use to avoid thinking about difficult or painful things. Give them strategies for facing their issues instead.

Photo Credit: Frédéric Poirot on Flickr

Christmas is the time to celebrate the love of God.
It is the time to share the blessings of God.
This time is to spread cheer all around.
Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas.

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* More than 3 million children witness domestic violence every year
* Men who witness domestic violence as kids are twice as likely to become abusive later on
* There is a 30% to 60% chance children who witness domestic violence will also be abused
* Witnessing domestic violence can lead to poverty, unemployment and mental problems
Linda Esposito, LCSW

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a someone who witnessed domestic violence as a child.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your feelings about domestic violence. 

Art Prompt: Domestic violence

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the long range effects of domestic violence and call them to action to fight it in their community.

Photo Credit: nada abdalla on Flickr