From the monthly archives: December 2015

toddler tantrum

In their second and third years of life, then, boys decisively will turn away from their mother. They de-identify with what she is. But their pulling away, their protective shield, may involve a number of anti-female defenses. And so it may be that the price males pay for de-identification is a disdain, a contempt, sometimes even a hatred for women, a disowning of the “feminine” parts of themselves and an enduring fear of intimacy because it undermines the separation upon which their male identity has been founded.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a man whose protective shield blocks him from having any meaningful relationships.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a man you know who can’t identify with the feminine aspects of his being. How does that affect his relationships?

Art Prompt: De-Identification with Mom

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience why de-identification with your parents is important and give them strategies for making sure that they have a healthy relationship with all aspects of themselves.

Photo Credit: Jessica Lucia on Flickr

protest against abuse

By the time we’re ready to tell others of our abusive experience, we realize that the narcissist has preempted us and gotten THEIR WORD OUT FIRST. While we’ve been dealing with what we thought were real emotions and a real relationship, the narcissist has already strategized their exit plan. They get their words out: The words that we know intimately are nothing short of pathological lying and twisting revisionist history. The narcissist will tell others we’re crazy, a stalker, vengeful, a poor loser, losers, or emotionally unstable. They’ll cite our reactions to their abuse as evidence, never mentioning the abuse that caused our reactions.

Those who have been manipulated by the narcissist’s façade, who have been purposefully themselves manipulated by the image the narcissist wishes to portray, these “onlookers”, by believing or even lending their ears to the narcissists tall tales and outright lies, become unknowing participants in our further abuse. –What Happens When Targets Aren’t Believed at ANA

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone escaping from a narcissistic abuser.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you felt like you were manipulated, but you didn’t understand how.

Art Prompt: Protest abuse

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about narcissistic abuse and how they can help people trapped in these relationships.

Photo Credit: Global Panorama on Flickr

When snow accumulates week after week, month after month, it works curious miracles. –The Winter of the Great Snows by E. B. White

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about people surviving in an arctic wasteland.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the worst snowstorm you’ve ever experienced.

Art Prompt: Blizzard

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous or dramatic story about surviving a blizzard.

Photo Credit: Tak on Flickr

The Brown Dog affair was a political controversy about vivisection that raged in England from 1903 until 1910. It involved the infiltration by Swedish feminists of University of London medical lectures, pitched battles between medical students and the police, police protection for the statue of a dog, a libel trial at the Royal Courts of Justice, and the establishment of a Royal Commission to investigate the use of animals in experiments. The affair became a cause célèbre that divided the country…

Anti-vivisectionists commissioned a bronze statue of the dog as a memorial, unveiled in Battersea in 1906, but medical students were angered by its provocative plaque – “Men and women of England, how long shall these Things be?” – leading to frequent vandalism of the memorial and the need for a 24-hour police guard against the so-called anti-doggers. On 10 December 1907 1,000 medical students marched through central London waving effigies of the brown dog on sticks, clashing with suffragettes, trade unionists and 400 police officers, one of a series of battles known as the Brown Dog riots.

In March 1910, tired of the controversy, Battersea Council sent four workers accompanied by 120 police officers to remove the statue under cover of darkness, after which it was reportedly melted down by the council’s blacksmith, despite a 20,000-strong petition in its favour. A new statue of the brown dog was commissioned by anti-vivisection groups over 70 years later, and was erected in Battersea Park in 1985. Peter Mason wrote in 1997 that all that was left of the old statue was a hump in the pavement, the sign on a nearby fence reading “No Dogs.” –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a protest that takes on a life of its own.

Journaling Prompt: What cause would you like to protest? How would you go about protesting?

Art Prompt: Protesting animal cruelty

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the brown dog affair and persuade them to take a stand for researchers or for anti-animal cruelty activists.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for December 17, 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.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Selina Valen Brown

G Howell White


Writing Quote of the Week

The greatest book is not the one whose message engraves itself on the brain, as a telegraphic message engraves itself on the ticker-tape, but the one whose vital impact opens up other viewpoints, and from writer to reader spreads the fire that is fed by the various essences, until it becomes a vast conflagration leaping from forest to forest. ~ Romain Rolland

Writing Tips

Ashley Clark presents Knowing Yourself as a Writer posted at Writer’s Alley.

Sharon Hurley Hall presents Raise Your Freelance Writing Rates: 4 Steps to Help You Get Paid What You’re Worth posted at The Write Life.

Marcy McKay presents The Only Habit You Need as a Writer posted at The Write Practice.

Mark Nichol presents 50 Redundant Phrases to Avoid posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Nina Munteanu presents The Importance of Setting in a Novel posted at Amazing Stories.

David Corbett presents Central Casting posted at Writer Unboxed.

Editors presents 5 Ways To Shorten Your Short Stories posted at Writer’s Relief.


Anil Agarwal presents How to Create Contagious Content that Attracts More Links, Comments And Shares posted at


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Q&A at the GenCon Writing Symposium, with Kameron Hurley, James L. Sutter, and Michael Underwood.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Reconfigured Sheet Music Collages posted at This is Colossal.

The Business of Creativity

KM Weiland presents How to Pitch Your Novel: What’s the Difference Between Your Story’s Hook and Your Story’s Heart? posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

SR Johannes presents 5 Marketing Ways to Revive Your Series posted at Fiction University.

Jill Bennett presents How to Promote Your Book like a Boss on Facebook posted at Romance University.

Ali Luke presents The One HUGE Ebook Mistake That Kills Your Sales (Before You’ve Even Written a Word) posted at Daily Blog Tips.

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: Ryan Vaarsi on Flickr

I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. –I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith

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: Where is the oddest place you have ever journaled? Why were you journaling there?

Art Prompt: In the kitchen sink

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about plumbing.

Photo Credit: Daniel Parks on Flickr

riparian adj
1. Of or pertaining to the bank of a river or stream.

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

Journaling Prompt: Describe your favorite experience at a riparian area.

Art Prompt: Riparian

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

Photo Credit: Let Ideas Compete on Flickr

For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible. –The Complete Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Fiction Writing Prompt: What impossible thing has occurred to your character that is causing him or her to consider other impossible possibilities?

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe is impossible that you are learning may be possible?

Art Prompt: Impossible possibilities

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the power of believing the impossibility.

Photo Credit: cea + on Flickr

A Gray Goo scenario works something like this: Imagine a piece of self-replicating nanotechnology manufactured for a purely benevolent reason. Say, a micro-organism designed to clean up oil slicks by consuming them and secreting some benign by-product. So far, so good. Except the organism can’t seem to distinguish between the carbon atoms in the oil slick and the carbon atoms in the sea vegetation, ocean fauna, and human beings around it all that well. Flash forward a few thousand generations – perhaps not a very long time in our imagined micro-organism’s life cycle – and everything on Earth containing even a speck of carbon has been turned into a benign, gray, and gooey byproduct of its digestive process. –Jayar LaFontaine

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of nanobots gone rogue.

Journaling Prompt: What is your biggest technology fear?

Art Prompt: Grey Goo Scenario

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Talk about the dangers of technology and give your audience some tips on keeping safe in their use of technology.

Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson on Flickr