From the monthly archives: September 2016


The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall. It threatened but did not reach the aristocratic district of Westminster, Charles II’s Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul’s Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City’s 80,000 inhabitants. The death toll is unknown but traditionally thought to have been small, as only six verified deaths were recorded. This reasoning has recently been challenged on the grounds that the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not recorded, while the heat of the fire may have cremated many victims, leaving no recognisable remains. A melted piece of pottery on display at the Museum of London found by archaeologists in Pudding Lane, where the fire started, shows that the temperature reached 1250 °C –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story that takes place during a city-wide disaster.

Journaling Prompt: What is the worst disaster you’ve ever been in? How did you handle it?

Art Prompt: Fire

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the Great Fire of London.

Photo Credit: the lost gallery on Flickr


Divis Flats had been constructed in the late nineteen-sixties, in one of those fits of architectural utopianism that yield dystopian results. A “slum clearance” program had razed a neighborhood of narrow, overcrowded nineteenth-century dwellings, replacing them with a hulking complex of eight hundred and fifty units. –Where the Bodies are Buried by Patrick Radden Keefe

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in a tightly populated high rise.

Journaling Prompt: Describe your living situation and what you like/don’t like about it.

Art Prompt: Dystopian architecture

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how architecture affects quality of life.

Photo Credit: Diego Sideburns on Flickr


A unique prehistoric Pueblo culture thrived in the high desert of Chaco Canyon about a thousand years ago. Scientists have known about polydactyly among these people for years, based on images and skeletal remains showing extremities with extra fingers and toes. But past research revealed only hints about its importance to the ancient culture.

Initially intrigued by the divine powers attributed to polydactyls among the Maya, researchers led by anthropologist Patricia Crown of the University of New Mexico conducted a comprehensive review of evidence for the condition at the canyon’s sacred Pueblo Bonito site.
The findings, published today in American Antiquity, indicate that the society did not view six-toed individuals as supernatural, but this form of polydactyly did grant them exalted status in life and in death.

“We found that people with six toes, especially, were common and seemed to be associated with important ritual structures and high-status objects like turquoise,” says Crown, who is also a past National Geographic grantee. –Extra Fingers and Toes Were Revered in Ancient Culture by Aaron Sidder

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a religion for your world that reveres some physical attribute that few people have. 

Journaling Prompt: What part of your body do you wish you could change?

Art Prompt: Polydactyly

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the Pueblo culture of Chaco Canyon.

Photo Credit: ReSurge International on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for September 18, 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.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Melinda presents To Istan with Love posted at Melinda Kucsera.








Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Puzzling Pieces posted at View from the Winepress.

Creativity Quote of the Week


Writing Tips

KM Weiland presents The Hardest Part of Writing Good Character Arcs—and How You Can Make It Look Easy! posted at WordPlay.

Jody presents 6 Ways Authors Over-Dramatize posted at Jody Hedlund.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Writing versus Structuring–Why Both Are Important and How to Toggle Between Them in Your Writing Sessions posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Mia Botha presents The Role Of The Love Interest In Fiction posted at Writers Write.

Krista Phillips presents Quality Vs Quantity in Editing posted at Writers Alley.

Edie Melson presents Finding Time to Write – Don’t Despise the Bits & Pieces of Time You Have Available posted at The Write Conversation.

Jordan Dane presents Infusing Emotion into Every Scene and Chapter posted at Kill Zone.

Katherine Hall Page presents Navigating a Long-Running Series posted at Romance University.

Patrick Cole presents How Writers Can Develop Emotional Connections between Reader and Hero posted at Live Write Thrive.

Angela Ackerman presents How To Share Your Protagonist’s Deepest Feelings With Readers posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Jessie Kwak presents How to Discover and Protect Your Most Creative Time for Writing posted at The Write Life.

Zoe presents 5 Techniques to Add Suspense to Your Story in Any Genre posted at Zoe M. McCarthy.


Debra Johnson presents Content Topics and Ideas for Your Blog posted at websitename.

Ali Luke presents How to Blog Consistently and Build Your Audience: Eight Simple Steps posted at Aliventures.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Elemental Thriller as a Subgenre.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Book Marketing: Facebook Advertising For Authors With Mark Dawson.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Part 2 – Nick Stephenson on Getting More Readers.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Audience Targeting on Amazon with Ed Robertson.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Environmental Artist Tony Plant Transforms the Beaches of England into Swirling Canvases posted at This is Colossal.

The Business of Creativity

Janice Hardy presents I’ve Revised My Novel. Now What? posted at Fiction University.

Mark Nichol presents 10 Rewards and Risks of Self-Publishing posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Rachelle presents Traditional or Self-Publishing posted at Rachelle Gardner.

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: Modesty on Big Happy Fun House


Satisfaction. Now there’s a loaded word. –Jennifer Topper, 29 Jobs and a Million Lies

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 time when you weren’t satisfied and how that felt.

Art Prompt: Satisfaction

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

Photo Credit: StephenMitchell on Flickr


Obdurate adj
  • Hardened in wrongdoing; stubbornly wicked. Hardened in feelings; hard-hearted.
  • Resistant to persuasion; unyielding.
  • Hard; harsh; rugged; rough.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you’ve met who is obdurate. What did you learn from dealing with that person?

Art Prompt: Obdurate.

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

Photo Credit: chris alcoran on Flickr


She came to a place where the stream flowed over a terrace of rock, from one level of moor down to another, and there a small pool had carved itself into the rock just beneath the rapids. The water fell less than a meter, and the stream was narrow enough to jump: but she remembered that stream and that pool because there in the circling water, caught beneath the splashing rapids, floated a frozen circle of foam. The water was naturally soft and peaty, and a yellow-white foam sometimes formed in the mountain streams of that area, blown by the winds and caught in the reeds, but she had never seen it collected into a circle like that and frozen. She laughed when she saw it. She waded in and carefully picked it up. It was only a little greater in diameter than the distance between her outstretched thumb and little finger and a few centimeters thick, not as fragile as she had at first feared. The frothy bubbles had frozen in the cold air and almost freezing water, making what looked like a tiny model of a galaxy: a fairly common spiral galaxy, like this one, like hers. She held the light confection of air and water and suspended chemicals and turned it over in her hands, sniffing it, sticking her tongue out and licking it, looking at the dim winter sun through it, flicking her finger to see if it would ring. She watched her little rime galaxy start to melt, very slowly, and saw her own breath blow across it, a brief image of her warmth in the air. Finally she put it back where she had found it, slowly revolving in the pool of water at the base of the small rapids. The galaxy image had occurred to her then, and she thought at the time about the similarity of the forces which shaped both the little and the vast. She had thought, And which is really the most important? but then felt embarrassed to have thought such a thing. Every now and again, though, she went back to that thought, and knew that each was exactly as important as the other. –Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene set in nature and focus on description.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most inspiring moment you have experienced in nature.

Art Prompt: A galaxy in your hand

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story about a time when nature revealed its deeper secrets to you.

Photo Credit: Tim Parkin on Flickr


Babette’s or Babette’s Supper Club was a supper club and bar at 2211 Pacific Avenue on the Boardwalk of Atlantic City, New Jersey. It operated from the early 1920s onwards and was sold in 1950. The bar was designed like a ship’s bow. In the backroom was a gambling den, which was investigated by the federal authorities and raided in 1943…

Though considered one of the city’s most upmarket clubs, Babette’s gained a reputation for hosting illegal gambling, prompting a federal investigation in the 1930s. There was a backroom at Babette’s containing card tables and horse-race betting, which was illegal at the time. The gambling den attracted the high rollers of the period; Astors, Vanderbilts and others from New York’s social register could be found in the rooms at Babette’s. Stebbins was able to protect his casino business by his connections with politicians and those in the legal profession. His niece Gloria Vallee recalled in 1980 that the venue was continually being raided by police, but they would tip her uncle off that there would be a raid, so he could protect his clients. The mode of escaping the police was to exit through a trap door in the horse betting room. This led to a staircase to the roof. The gamblers crossed the roof and came down another flight of stairs on the side of the building which led into the Stebbins’ home. In 1943, Babette’s was raided by the authorities and booking equipment was confiscated. Stebbins was fined several thousand dollars for facilitating illegal gambling. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in a back room gambling parlor.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about gambling for money?

Art Prompt: Gambling

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of Babette’s Supper Club.

Photo Credit: Viri G on Flickr


Rome was an eerie city in 1453, a ghost town. Once home to a population well over a million, the city now housed fewer than fifty thousand. –Constantinopolis by James Shipman

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in a nearly deserted large city.

Journaling Prompt: Do you enjoy living in a large city, a small town, or in a rural setting? What do you prefer about that setting?

Art Prompt: Remains of a city

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the decline of Rome and lessons we can learn from it.

Photo Credit: Jimmy Legrand on Flickr