- devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite: a banal and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.
One kiss, my bonny sweetheart; I’m after a prize tonight,
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light.
Yet if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.
–The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes
The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century enslaved people of African descent in the United States in efforts to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. The term is also applied to the abolitionists, both black and white, free and enslaved, who aided the fugitives. Various other routes led to Mexico or overseas. An earlier escape route running south toward Florida, then a Spanish possession, existed from the late 17th century until shortly after the American Revolution. However, the network now generally known as the Underground Railroad was formed in the early 19th century, and reached its height between 1850 and 1860. One estimate suggests that by 1850, 100,000 slaves had escaped via the “Railroad”. –Wikipedia
Two lovers, here at the corner, by the steeple,
Two lovers blow together like music blowing:
And the crowd dissolves about them like a sea.
Recurring waves of sound break vaguely about them,
They drift from wall to wall, from tree to tree.
–The House of Dust by Conrad Aiken
In 2015, Penn Ph.D. candidate Robert Hegwood, a scholar of Japanese/American cultural relations in the mid-20th century, purchased a rather innocuous looking “Scrap Book” at a used book store during a stay in Tokyo. Inside this commercially-produced scrapbook is a collection of postcards, welcome booklets, travel ephemera, and training documents collected by an unidentified Japanese sailor of the Renshu Kantai 練習艦隊, the Japanese Imperial Navy’s Training Fleet, during a 1936 voyage to the United States. From 1903 to 1940, the Renshu Kantai took such training deployment cruises almost every year, with graduates of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy, the Naval Engineering Academy, and the Naval Paymasters Academy spending several months traveling around the Pacific Ocean, occasionally venturing as far as the Mediterranean Sea or the East Coast of the United States. The 1936 cruise (lasting from June 9 to November 3) saw Vice-Admiral Zengo Yoshida commanding the ships Yakumo and Iwate as they sailed across the Pacific Ocean from Yokosuka to Seattle, down along the West Coast and up through the Panama Canal as far as New York City. –Japanese Naval Cruise Books and the Renshu Kantai by Michael P. Williams
Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for September 25, 2016. 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
Kristen Lamb presents Emotional Toughness—How Haters & Hurt Feelings Can Be GOOD for Us posted at Warrior Writers.
Response to Writing Reader Prompt
In response to Prompt #211 First Line of the Week – Hunter S. Thompson:
Sharing Our Work
Creativity Quote of the Week
KM Weiland presents Whom Should You Be Writing For? Yourself or Your Readers? posted at WordPlay.
Mary Carroll Moore presents Emotional Peaks: How to Make Sure They’re in Your Scenes and Chapters posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.
Anthony Ehlers presents Write Your Novel In A Year – Week 20: Getting To The Heart Of The Story posted at Writers Write.
Jill Williamson presents #WeWriteBooks, Post 16: Dividing Your Book Into Chapters and Scenes—And How to End Them posted at Go Teen Writers.
Julia Reffner presents Every Day You Get Our Best: Lessons in Viral Marketing from One of the Nation’s Top Supermarkets posted at The Writers Alley.
Angela Ackerman presents Let’s Get Sensory: Powering Scenes Using The 5 Senses posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.
Jennifer Brown Banks presents 3 Legal Issues That Can Enhance Your Blogging Efforts posted at Pen & Prosper.
This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Comebacks, Engagement and Spousal Support (with Robert Scanlon).
Christopher Jobson presents Brooding Cityscapes Painted with Oils by Jeremy Mann posted at This is Colossal.
The Business of Creativity
Carol Tice presents How Freelancers Get Hired Online: The Essential To-Do List posted at Make a Living Writing.
Callie Oettinger presents Write Your Bio (a.k.a. an answer for Michael Beverly) posted at Steven Pressfield Online.
Susan Spann presents Publishing Deals: A Warning About Nondisclosure Clauses posted at Writers in the Storm.
Penny Sansevieri presents Metrics Are Worthless…So What Should You Focus on Instead? posted at BookWorks.
That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for next week’s Carnival of Creativity by Friday at midnight!
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“Say again, Control. Should I cut the red or the blue wire?” –CUT THE BLUE WIRE BY PATRICK MAHON
- (countable) A large vessel for drinking (usually alcoholic beverages).
- (countable, figuratively) A large quantity.
- (countable, uncountable) The contents, or quantity of the contents, of such a vessel.
Arnie Schwartz had always looked for ways to make an easy buck. He was generally lazy and thus, strongly believed in the concept of getting as much as possible for the least effort. He didn’t hide this fact and often boasted that this was the main reason why he had gone to work for the government. Decent gains for little effort. –The Consultant: A Vigilante Series crime thriller by Claude Bouchard
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