From the monthly archives: November 2015

A Crane for Each Child; Students Seek End to Child Abuse

Some stressful experiences — such as chronic childhood abuse — are so overwhelming and traumatic, the memories hide like a shadow in the brain.

At first, hidden memories that can’t be consciously accessed may protect the individual from the emotional pain of recalling the event. But eventually those suppressed memories can cause debilitating psychological problems, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or dissociative disorders.

A process known as state-dependent learning is believed to contribute to the formation of memories that are inaccessible to normal consciousness. Thus, memories formed in a particular mood, arousal or drug-induced state can best be retrieved when the brain is back in that state. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a survivor of child abuse.

Journaling Prompt: What memories would you like to suppress?

Art Prompt: Child abuse

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about child abuse and how the survivors deal with their memories.

Photo Credit: CT Senate Democrats on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 29, 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 The Inner Light of Creativity: Vivian Gornick on How One Blossoms into Being an Artist posted at Brain Pickings.

Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. presents Become An Idea Sleuth: 12 Creative Tips for Generating Great Ideas posted at Psych Central.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents Gelli of the Week #1 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

The trade of authorship is a violent, and indestructible obsession. - George Sand

Creativity Prompt

Melissa Donovan presents Family-Inspired Poetry Prompts posted at Writing Forward.

Writing Tips

Anthony Ehlers presents 7 Ways To Sharpen Your Business Writing Skills posted at Writers Write.

Erika Mitchell presents Give Your Readers a Ride They’ll Never Forget posted at Live Write Thrive.

Kelsey Browning presents 6 Writing Supplies for Success posted at Romance University.

Janice Hardy presents Thoughts On Writing a Scene posted at Fiction University.

Neal Abbott presents The Secret to Writing a Protagonist Who’s Both Unique and Universal posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

John Wong presents Do Writers Really Need to Know Theory? posted at Mythic Scribes.

Dave King presents Feeding Your Readers Information: A Look at a Master posted at Writer Unboxed.

Alan Gelb presents Getting Unstuck:Tough Love for Writers posted at Pen & Prosper.

Kristen Pope presents Take Your Writing Outdoors: 9 Tips for Successfully Working Outside posted at The Write Life.

Jody presents When You Feel Like the Worst Writer in the World posted at Jody Hedlund.

Teymour Shahabi presents How to Find an Editor as a Self-Published Author posted at Jane Friedman.

PJ Parrish presents What Does Your Hero Need? Someone Cool to Lean On posted at Kill Zone.

Blogging

Adarsh presents The 6 Ugly Truths About Blogging posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Your Character’s Moral Pendulum.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents New Portraits Drawn on Vintage Envelopes by Mark Powell posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents What are you excited about? What brings you joy? A journal writing exercise posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Michael J. Sullivan presents The Leap from Self to Traditional Publishing posted at Amazing Stories.

Mark Nichol presents 7 Principles of Pitching Articles posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Monica M. Clark presents How to Pitch a Literary Agent at a Conference posted at The Write Practice.

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

 

Maine photography workshop, Aug 2015 - 28

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon on Flickr

Fountain at Pallais Royale

Rain or shine, it is my regular habit every day about five to go and take a walk about the Palais-Royal. –Rameau’s Nephew by Denis Diderot

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 is your favorite place to walk? Why?

Art Prompt: Palais-Royale

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the importance of routine.

Photo Credit: David Rosen on Flickr

Texting on a Tractor

incongruous adj
Lacking in harmony, compatibility, or appropriateness.
Inconsistent with reason, logic, or common sense.

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

Journaling Prompt: What’s the most incongruous thing you’ve ever seen.

Art Prompt: Incongruous

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

Photo Credit: Michael Coghlan on Flickr

parking lot

The mediocre sound of the live band tumbled through the open door way and spilled into the parking lot as he exited the bar. –Forgiveness Is A Luxury by Robert May

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of what happens next.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an experience you had at a bar and what you learned from it.

Art Prompt: Live music at the bar

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous or dramatic story about an experience you had at a bar.

Photo Credit: Charles Henry on Flickr

The Viking

Wolves, though now extinct in Ireland, were once numerous; the Irish were said to be plagued by the animals and bred a special type of dog, the Irish Wolfhound, to hunt them. As late as 1650, Coleraine was said to have been attacked by a pack of hungry wolves.[1] The wolf had a long-standing place in Irish culture, and Irish literature throughout the medieval period associated warriors with wolves. They invoked a combination of ferocity, frenzied behaviour, unpredictable and savage animal behaviour, sexual potency and martial prowess.

In the Irish literary mind, wolves were particularly closely linked with the practices of the fianna, warrior bands of landless young men who lived for much of their time in the wilderness and were thought of as living in close proximity to supernatural forces. Warriors were often depicted with canine attributes and shared a common motif of a wild, dishevelled or naked appearance. They were frequently portrayed as wolves, hunting both animals and humans, and may have worn wolf-skins or a lupine hairstyle as part of a ritual transformation. The wolf-warriors or luchthonn (literally “wolf-skins”) were said to “go wolfing” when they carried out raids. Such associations may have given rise to Irish legends of werewolves. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about the fianna.

Journaling Prompt: What animal do you most closely identify with? Why?

Art Prompt: Wolf Warrior

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about our relationship with the wolf, including ancient legends and practices.

Photo Credit: Tommy Høyland on Flickr

Indian tribes of southern South America (1500's)

…the Mocovi people [of southern Brazil] make ritual use of mead as a ‘sacred, shared beverage’ at festivals and ‘the natives lived in a constant state of intoxication.’ It was being made this way in 1943 – for there is only one recipe, and it goes back to the dawn of time… No fire is needed, nor even in this case a wooden trough or a cooking pot, which shows that it predates any form of industry. ‘The dried skin of a jaguar or deer was hung up by the corners to form a pouch, into which the honey was poured along with its wax, and then water was added. In the space of three or four days, the mixture ferments naturally in the sun.

The leather pouch, also used over a heart by the Fuegians and Eskimos is certainly the ancestor of the cauldron. –History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a sacred beverage for your story.

Journaling Prompt: Growing up, cranberry juice was a sacred beverage in our family. We only had it on Thanksgiving. What is your family’s sacred beverage?

Art Prompt: Sacred beverage

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the purpose of sharing a sacred beverage and share a toast with them.

Photo Credit: Douglas Fernandes on Flickr

Military Kids Camp

…military-connected students reported higher levels of lifetime and recent substance use, violence, harassment and weapon-carrying compared with nonmilitary-connected students. For example:
* 45.2 percent of military-connected youth reported lifetime alcohol use compared with 39.2 percent of their nonmilitary-connected peers
* 12.2 percent of military-connected youth reported recently smoking cigarettes in the previous 30 days compared with about 8.4 percent of their nonmilitary peers
* 62.5 percent of military-connected students reported any physical violence compared with 51.6 percent of nonmilitary-connected students
* 17.7 percent of military-connected youth reported carrying a weapon at school compared with 9.9 percent of nonmilitary students
* 11.9 percent of military-connected students reported recent other drug use (e.g., cocaine and lysergic acid diethylamide [LSD]) compared with 7.3 percent of nonmilitary peers
Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about a military-connected student who is struggling with inner demons.

Journaling Prompt: What inner demons did you struggle with as a teen?

Art Prompt: Inner demons

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problems that military-connected students struggle with and give them a call to action to help.

Photo Credit: Army Sustainment Command on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 22, 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

Carrie presents 10 Ways to Raise Your Creative Bar posted at Artist Think.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents This is Real Life #28 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. -Sylvia Plath

Creativity Prompt

MD Jackson presents When is a Door… posted at Amazing Stories.

Writing Tips

CS Lakin presents Push the Boundaries to Create Believable Scenes and Characters in the Legal World posted at Live Write Thrive.

Laurie Schnebly Campbell presents What’s All This About Plotting? posted at Romance University.

James R. Tuck presents Putting on Your Clark Kent Glasses (or Aliases, Pseudonyms, and Secret Identities) posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 36: Too Much Introspection, Not Enough Interaction posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Nils Ödlund presents How to Plan and Write a Conversation posted at Mythic Scribes.

Joe Bunting presents Every Story Has a Tipping Point posted at The Write Practice.

Therese Walsh presents No Time to Write? Maximize Your Minutes (Multitasking Series, part 3) posted at Writer Unboxed.

Julie presents Conflict that Resonates posted at Pub Crawl.

Blogging

Thanh Pham presents 5 Bad Blogger Habits You Need to Break posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about What’s the Difference Between Ending and Stopping? with Nalo Hopkinson.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Q&A Show On Self-Publishing And Book Marketing With Joanna Penn.

This week’s podcast at Social Media Examiner is all about Blogging Tools: Apps to Better Manage Your Blog.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Love Is Making Its Way Back Home: A Stop Motion Animation Using 12,000 Sheets of Construction Paper posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents What am I here for? A journal writing exercise posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Mark Nichol presents 10 Ideas for Networking posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Edie Melson presents Social Media Basics for Writers, Part X—10 Tips to Help Writers Get More Twitter Followers posted at The Write Conversation.

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