From the monthly archives: November 2016


Because some hours might pass before food or questions again, I have taken to napping in the afternoon, while studying the brilliant white shaft of light that pours through the narrow recess overhead. Of clockwork regularity, it is a beautiful, deathless thing – the sort of incandescence one sees in very old books, generally for the edification of miracles, astonished masses and bleeding saints. Midday is its zenith, when its glorious blaze pierces my dim cell. -The People’s Hare by Michael Minnis

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a prisoner.

Journaling Prompt: What are your favorite things to do when you are bored?

Art Prompt: Afternoon nap

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about napping.

Photo Credit: dprotz on Flickr


Trigg was a prosperous grocer with a twin-gabled shop in Middle Row, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, as well as a number of other properties. He was a church warden, an overseer of the parish, and an important man locally. It is said that one night, he and two friends witnessed grave robbers at a local graveyard, and they vowed to make sure that this would not happen to them. Trigg stated in his will that his body should be committed for a minimum of 30 years to “the West end of my Hovel to be decently laid there upon a floor erected by my Executor, upon the purlin for the same purpose, nothing doubting but that at the general Resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God.” According to Gentleman’s Magazine of 5 Feb 1751, Trigg’s will stated that he supposed that he would return to life after 30 years and then his estate would revert to him, and that he ordered that the barn be locked with the key inside his coffin so that he could let himself out. Shortly before he died, Trigg had negotiated with the parish authorities to rent his barn as the town’s workhouse…

Trigg died in Letchworth, Hertfordshire on 6 October 1724 before renovations could be carried out on his barn… Therefore, his remains were placed in a lead-lined coffin of oak and pine and hoisted into the rafters of the barn behind the shop, about 10 feet (3.0 m) above the ground.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an unusual will provision.

Journaling Prompt: What do you want done with your body after you die?

Art Prompt: Grave robbers

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the strange story of Henry Trigg’s coffin.

Photo Credit: Henry Trigg’s coffin on Wikimedia


How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof! In such places standing alone on the mountaintop it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make — leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents or piled stone — we all dwell in a house of one room — the world with the firmament for its roof — and are sailing the celestial spaces without leaving any track. –John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir; edited by Linnie Marsh Wolfe

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, poem, or haiku inspired by the shared roof of the firmament.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a revelation you’ve had while stargazing.

Art Prompt: Sailing the Celestial Spaces

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about John Muir.

Photo Credit: Jeff P on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 27, 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

David Burkus presents Why do Ideas Spread? 5 Factors that Make a Difference posted at Goins Writer.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Mark Gardner presents Moonrise CH28 – Phantom Moon in response to Prompt #1915 Phantom Moon.

Creativity Quote of the Week


Creativity Prompt

Nada Adel presents Takhayyal Writing Prompt no. 49: Mystery? posted at Nadaness in Motion.


Novel Plotting Worksheets provided by Annie Neubgebauer.

Writing Tips

Mark Nichol presents 7 Types of Narrative Conflict posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Elizabeth presents Writing Routines: When to Write? posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Janice Hardy presents Talking on Empty: The Perils of Empty Dialog posted at Fiction University.

Jill Williamson presents Character and Author Voice posted at Go Teen Writers.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Seven Days to Getting Unstuck with Your Writing posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Melissa Bowersock presents How Fast Do You Write? posted at Indies Unite.


Ruthanne Reid presents Commas Matter posted at The Write Practice.

John Kelly presents Note to self: Advice for beginning writers posted at The Writer.

Mary Vee presents How to Make Conflict the Engine That Drives Your Story posted at The Writers Alley.

KM Weiland presents How to Study Plot and Character in Your Favorite Stories: 5 Easy Steps posted at Word Play.

Ava Jae presents How to Write Realistic Dialogue posted at Writability.

Scott Atkinson presents 5 Things Novelists Can Learn From Screenwriters posted at Writers Digest.

Anthony Ehlers presents Making Your Scenes Work for You posted at Writers Write.


Ashley Gainer presents How to Come Up with Blogging Ideas Forever and Ever posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Ali Luke presents Five Great Writing Tricks to Enhance Any Blog Post posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Nina Amir presents 7 Benefits of Blogging posted at How to Blog a Book.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Elemental Relationship Q&A, with Greg van Eekhout.

This week’s podcast at Horizon Line is all about Arctic Balloonist.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Ask Us Anything.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Going Mobile, Author Education, and the Lab.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Suits — Soap Operas.


Visual Arts

MD Jackson presents Computer Generated Images and the Eye of the Beholder: Part 1 posted at Amazing Stories.

Shinjini presents Beat stress with art: intuitive painting posted at Modern Gypsy.

Christopher Jobson presents Dramatically Blurred Oil Paintings by Valerio D’Ospina posted at This is Colossal.

The Business of Creativity

Zac Johnson presents 3 Ways Freelance Writers Can Make Money Online Today posted at Blogging Tips.

Editors presents Develop a Vision for Your Art Business posted at Art Business Institute.

Sabrina presents Indie Author Marketing Guide: LinkedIn posted at Digital Pubbing.

Carla King presents Use Calibre to Create EPUB & MOBI Versions of Your Book posted at BookWorks.

Chris Syme presents When Less Is More on Social Media posted at Jane Friedman.

Frances Caballo presents Facebook, Content Marketing, and Selling Courses: Do you really need them? posted at Social Media Just For Authors.

Felicia Bridges presents Are You Investing in Your Writing—That Might be Your BEST Next Step posted at The Write Conversation.

Emily Wenstrom presents Why Amazon Book Rankings Make You Nervous — And Why You Can Stop Caring posted at The Write Life.

Dr. Ann Garvin presents What’s Stopping You From Publishing? posted at Writers in the Storm.

Editors presents Rejection: A Badge Of Honor posted at Writers Relief.

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: Saturday on Big Happy Fun House


Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty-three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules—and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as progress. –Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

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 scientific theory you disagree with.

Art Prompt: Globular Cluster

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the current debate between science and faith.

Photo Credit: korborh on Flickr


mare’s nest n
A great discovery which turns out to be illusory; a hoax.
A confused or complicated situation; a muddle.

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

Journaling Prompt: What’s the biggest hoax you ever pulled over on a friend?

Art Prompt: Mare’s Nest

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

Photo Credit: Piltdown Gang on Wikimedia


The truth is being suppressed across the world using a variety of methods, according to a special report in the 250th issue of Index on Censorship magazine.

Physical violence is not the only method being used to stop news being published, says editor Rachael Jolley in the Danger in Truth: Truth in Danger report. As well as kidnapping and murders, financial pressure and defamation legislation is being used, the report reveals.

“In many countries around the world, journalists have lost their status as observers and now come under direct attack.”

There’s an increasing trend to label journalists as “extremists” or “terrorists” so governments can crackdown on reporting they don’t like. According to Index’s Mapping Media Freedom project, which tracks attacks on journalists in more than 40 countries, 35 incidents were reported where journalists were being linked to “extremism” to restrict reporting, 11 in Russia and others in Belgium, Hungary, France and Spain. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in a society oppressed by censorship.

Journaling Prompt: What kind of news do you feel is being suppressed where you live? Why do you feel this?

Art Prompt: Censorship

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the current state of censorship.

Photo Credit: Tim Watson on Flickr


You can go home again, the General Temporal Theory asserts, so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been. –The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your protagonist tries to go home again.

Journaling Prompt: How has your childhood home changed since you moved out on your own?

Art Prompt: Going Home

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about going home.

Photo Credit: Sharon Brogan on Flickr


Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere). It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set during Diwali or create a festival for the world you have created.

Journaling Prompt: Write about what candles and lights symbolize to you.

Art Prompt: Diwali

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Diwali and compare it to a festival or holiday that you celebrate.

Photo Credit: Aeikesh Ghosh Dastidar on Flickr