From the monthly archives: June 2015

Never say goodbye...

Several recent studies indicate that boys are less able than girls to cope with their parents’ marital breakup and that the effects on them — which include lowered scholastic achievement, depression, anger, diminished self-esteem, increased drug and alcohol use — are longer lasting and more intense. These studies suggest that oedipal issues in part explain the greater problems that boys seem to have with divorce. –Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies, and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow by Judith Viorst

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a male child and the oedipal issues caused by his parents’ divorce.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a boy you know who is the child of divorce. How did the divorce affect him? What have you observed?

Art Prompt: Son of divorce

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the challenges that children face after a divorce.

Photo Credit: Jason Meredith on Flickr

I always look down on myself...

“There is a perception that people with low self-esteem tend to be more negative and complain a lot more,” says Megan McCarthy the study’s author and a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology. “While that may be the case in some social situations, our study suggests that in romantic relationships, the partner with low self-esteem resists addressing problems.”…
The research suggests that people with low self-esteem’s resistance to address concerns may stem from a fear of negative outcomes. Sufferers may believe that they cannot speak up without risking rejection from their partner and damage to their relationship, resulting in greater overall dissatisfaction in the relationship. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the internal monologue of a person with low self-esteem having a conversation with a romantic partner.

Journaling Prompt: How do you act when you are working out difficulties with a partner? Can you speak freely? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Low self-esteem

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problem of low self-esteem and  how it effects relationships. Give some suggestions as to how they can combat any low self-esteem in themselves.

Photo Credit: Laura Mountford on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for June 28, 2015. 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 Wendell Berry on Solitude and Why Pride and Despair Are the Two Great Enemies of Creative Work posted at Brain Pickings.

Carrie presents How to Prioritize Your Creative Calling posted at Artist Think.


Creativity Quote of the Week

Artists are rebels against the grain of society no matter what they choose to do. ~Dean Nimmer

Writing Tips

Nina Munteanu presents How Are You Telling Your Story?…Part 1: Viewpoint posted at Amazing Stories.

Tiana Warner presents 5 Keys to Writing Epic Battle Scenes posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Janice Hardy presents Seven Deadly Sins (If You’re a First Chapter) posted at Fiction University.

Geri Krotow presents How A Series Can Skyrocket Your Career posted at Romance University.

Mark Nichol presents The ABCs (and Ds and Es) of Plot Development posted at Daily Writing Tips.

S. Jae-Jones presents The Big Idea: How to Find the Right Idea to Turn into a Book posted at Publishing Crawl.

Sydney A. Kneller presents 5 Steps to Effective Editing posted at Mythic Scribes.

Art Holcomb presents The 6 Most Common Problems in a Rewrite posted at Story Fix.

Amanda Patterson presents 37 Ways To Write About Anger posted at Writers Write.


Bob Bessette presents 5 Ways to Rid Complacency From Your Blog posted at Daily Blog Tips.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Q&A on World Building.


Visual Arts

Marianne presents Secrets of a Prolific Painter posted at The Art of Marianne Morris.


Heather presents Energy- Journal Prompt posted at To Live Inspired.

The Business of Creativity

Sharon Bially presents Beware: The Shady Side of New Publishing Opportunities posted at Writer Unboxed.

Carol Tice presents How Writing for Pleasure Made Me a Better Freelance Writer posted at Make a Living Writing.

Jo Lindsell presents Pitching Blanks posted at Writers and Authors.

Lori Hatcher presents Even More Tips for a Successful Book Launch Party posted at The Write Conversation.

Spam of the Week

You actually make it seem really easy with your presentation however I to find this topic to be really something which I believe I would by no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and extremely extensive for me. I am taking a look forward in your next submit, I’ll try to get the dangle of it!

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: paulo ceteol on Flickr


Wally shouldn’t have gotten the first tattoo. –First Tattoo by Christina Morris

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: If you have a tattoo, write about what made you decide to get the first one. If you don’t, write about why you haven’t gotten one.

Art Prompt: Tattoo

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a funny story about getting a tattoo.

Photo Credit: dominique bergeron on Flickr

Father & son...

scion noun
  • a descendant; an heir

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about your scions.

Art Prompt: Scion

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

Photo Credit: dany phenx on Flickr

angry boy

Remember that lack of eye contact:
  • Is a signal that the child is in a state of fear and overly stressed.
  • Is driven from an unconscious place of fear – it is not a conscious choice by the child.
  • Occurs to cut off one of the most direct ways of stimulating the frontal lobe of the brain.
  • Happens as a way for the child to keep from over-stimulating his body/mind system.
  • Is common in attachment-challenged children because they lack regulatory flexibility.
  • Does not determine whether a child can or cannot attach.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which a parent tries to deal with an angry child and misreads the body language.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel if a misbehaving child won’t make eye contact with you?

Art Prompt: Angry child

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to interpret the body language of an angry child and how to respond appropriately.

Photo Credit: Mindaugas Danys on Flickr


There was an era in history, American history, during which every locality had its own time. People who didn’t have access to satellite systems or even, necessarily, telegraphs, waited until the sun was directly overhead and set their clocks to noon. No one cared if their town clock was a few minutes off. And no one cared if the next town over had their noon at a slightly different time.
Even if someone galloped over on a horse, the time difference was minimal. If people made longer trips, they were more concerned with getting there alive (as anyone who has played Oregon Trail knows) than worrying about the difference in local time. After several weeks of walking barefoot across the plains hoping your oxen doesn’t throw a shoe and strand you all in a wintery path where you will eat each other, it doesn’t matter if noon is suddenly later when you get to Kansas. Odds were, there was nothing in Kansas (or almost any other state) that you needed to be exactly on time for anyway. –Esther Ingliss-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which a small time difference creates a problem.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about being on time? Is it important to you? Why or why not? How do you feel about people who are never on time?

Art Prompt: Local time

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about an incident in which time played an important role.

Photo Credit: Catherine Mommsen Scott on Flickr

Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible. – Robin Morgan, from The Big Book of Feminist Quotes by Aria Morello

Fiction Writing Prompt: What absurd thing will your protagonist need to attempt in order to achieve his/her goal?

Journaling Prompt: What is the most absurd thing you have ever tried?

Art Prompt: Achieving the impossible

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience an inspirational story about someone who did something absurd and achieved the impossible.

Photo Credit: Hartwig HKD on Flickr

gray world

On a crowded city sidewalk, a stranger knocks hard into your shoulder. Aggressive gesture or innocent mistake? In the split second it takes to lock eyes with your might-be assailant, your mind may already have supplied an answer to that question. Many of us, in situations like this, exhibit something called hostile attribution bias: a tendency to err on the side of assuming malevolence in the intentions of others.
For some of us, this social reflex has some practical justification. If you’ve spent time in a threatening environment—a menacing schoolyard, home, neighborhood, or workplace—hyper-vigilance of this sort may be a mechanism to avoid a real chance of getting harassed, punked, or bullied.
The trouble is, the more we sense hostility in others, the more aggressive we tend to be in return. And in many social contexts, hostile attribution bias is, as psychologists put it, highly “maladaptive.” –Pacific Standard

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene in which hostile attribution bias creates the conflict that drives the plot forward.

Journaling Prompt: Do you feel that you have hostile attribution bias? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Hostile attribution bias

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about hostile attribution bias and how it might affect them in their daily life Give the ways that they can combat this tendency.

Photo Credit: Angelo Amboldi on Flickr