From the monthly archives: January 2017

…the most comprehensive work being done at the moment is the somewhat off-centered initiative announced by NASA in 2013 called the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).

That plan is to develop and build an unmanned spacecraft that can rendezvous with a near-earth asteroid, carve away a chunk of it weighing a ton or so, and tow it back to a lunar orbit where astronauts arriving in an Orion Spacecraft can explore and study it and return samples to Earth for more detailed analysis. This program is planned (hoped) to be ready by the mid-2020s.

NASA’s website states that ARM is part of their larger plan “to advance the new technologies and spaceflight experience needed for a human mission to the Martian system in the 2030s”. I’m a little fuzzy on how this mission leads us to Mars, but many of the technologies involved (asteroid rendezvous, asteroid carving and asteroid repositioning) would absolutely be relevant to learning how to deflect a killer asteroid. –Killer Asteroids: Can We Stop Them? by Jack Clemons

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the plot is driven by an asteroid on collision course with Earth.

Journaling Prompt: Are you worried about threats from space? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Killer Asteroid

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about ARM and why we need it.

Night fell quickly in the forest. –Aquarius Rising by Brian Burt

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem that takes place in a forest at night.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time you went camping in a forest.

Art Prompt: Night in the forest.

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous or dramatic story that takes place at night in the forest.

Photo Credit: Forstbetrieb Fichtelberg on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for January 29, 2017. 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

Editors presents 10 Affirmations For Creative Writers—And How To Use Them posted at Writers Relief.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Reena presents The Shock in response to Prompt#1967 The Disappearance of Lord Lucan.

Lady Lee Manila presents Alice in GalaxyLand in response to Prompt #1970 Visual Prompt – Alice in Galaxy Land.

Mark Gardner presents Moonrise CH37 – Puppet Army in response to Prompt #1978 Breaking all the Rules.

Frank Parker presents An Expert in his Trade in response to Prompt #1981 Henry the VIII.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Creativity Prompt

Nada Adel presents Takhayyal Prompt 53: Forest Trap posted at Nadaness in Motion.



Writing Tips

Ali Luke presents How to Plan Writing Time into Your Week [With Downloadable Spreadsheet] posted at AliVentures.

Janice Hardy presents What is “Bad Writing?” (And How Can We Avoid It?) posted at Fiction University.

Frank presents Writer Beware: Is Someone Using Your Name Without Your Knowledge? posted at Frank Parker’s Author Site.


Anthony Ehlers presents How Important Is Style In A Story? posted at Writers Write.


This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Is FREE Still a Viable Strategy.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Google Play, Discrimination, and Going Pro.

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Writing can be lonely!.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Game of Thrones — Killing a Protagonist.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Elemental Issue, with Desiree Burch.

Visual Arts

Editor presents An Art Lover’s Guide to Nevada posted at Atlas Obscura.


The Business of Creativity

Editors presents How Artists Can Add Multiple Streams of Income posted at Art Business Institute.

Jody presents Why You Might Benefit From Having a Virtual Assistant posted at Jody Hedlund.

John Soares presents Freelance Writing Daily Best Practices posted at Productive Writers.

KM Weiland presents 8 Tips for Editing Other Writers’ Work (While Remaining Friends) posted at WordPlay.

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: Stift Zwettl Kreuzgang Brunnenhaus on Wikimedia

Gloria put her ledger in the secret compartment, under the false bottom of her desk drawer. -The Monarchs by Corrine Kenner

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 would you write about if you knew that no one would ever read it?

Art Prompt: Secret compartment

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a big secret you’ve been keeping.

Photo Credit: AJ Yancy on Flickr

Ostracize transitive verb
  • To banish or expel from a community or group;to cast out from social, political, or private favor.
  • [Greek Antiquity] To exile by ostracism; tobanish by a popular vote, as at Athens.

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

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever felt ostracized or have you ever been part of ostracizing someone else? Write about the experience.

Art Prompt: Ostracize

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

Photo Credit: Excommunicated Spinoza on Wikimedia

During his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Henry conducted an affair with Mary Boleyn, Catherine’s lady-in-waiting. There has been speculation that Mary’s two children, Henry and Catherine Carey, were fathered by Henry, but this has never been proved, and the King never acknowledged them as he did Henry FitzRoy.
In 1525, as Henry grew more impatient with Catherine’s inability to produce the male heir he desired, he became enamoured of Mary Boleyn’s sister, Anne, then a charismatic young woman of 25 in the Queen’s entourage. Anne, however, resisted his attempts to seduce her, and refused to become his mistress as her sister Mary Boleyn had. It was in this context that Henry considered his three options for finding a dynastic successor and hence resolving what came to be described at court as the King’s “great matter”. These options were legitimising Henry FitzRoy, which would take the intervention of the pope and would be open to challenge; marrying off Mary as soon as possible and hoping for a grandson to inherit directly, but Mary was considered unlikely to conceive before Henry’s death; or somehow rejecting Catherine and marrying someone else of child-bearing age. Probably seeing the possibility of marrying Anne, the third was ultimately the most attractive possibility to the 34-year-old Henry, and it soon became the King’s absorbing desire to annul his marriage to the now 40-year-old Catherine. It was a decision that would lead Henry to reject papal authority and initiate the English Reformation. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story based in a royal court full of intrigue.

Journaling Prompt: Do you believe that the church and the state should both be involved in marriage?

Art Prompt: Anne Boleyn

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of the King’s Great Matter and how it has affected the world to this day.

She was beautiful when she was angry, and she was more than beautiful today. –Celtic Skies by Delaney Rhodes

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who is in love with an angry woman.

Journaling Prompt: How do you act when you get angry.

Art Prompt: My anger

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about a time when you got angry and what you learned from that experience.

Photo Credit: Matthew Kenwrick on Flickr

Sexual harassment is a prevalent form of victimization that most antibullying programs ignore and teachers and school officials often fail to recognize, said bullying and youth violence expert Dorothy L. Espelage.

Espelage recently led a five-year study that examined links between bullying and sexual harassment among schoolchildren in Illinois. Nearly half — 43 percent — of middle school students surveyed for the study reported they had been the victims of verbal sexual harassment such as sexual comments, jokes or gestures during the prior year…

…While verbal harassment was more common than physical sexual harassment or sexual assault, 21 percent of students reported having been touched, grabbed or pinched in a sexual way, and 18 percent said peers had brushed up against them in a suggestive manner.

Students also reported being forced to kiss the perpetrators, having their private areas touched without consent and being “pantsed” — having their pants or shorts jerked down by someone else in public.

About 14 percent of the students in the study reported having been the target of sexual rumors, and 9 percent had been victimized with sexually explicit graffiti in school locker rooms or bathrooms.
Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a middle school child who is being sexually harassed.

Journaling Prompt: Journal about an embarrassing incident that happened when you were in middle school.

Art Prompt: Sexual harassment

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problem with sexual harassment among teens.

Photo Credit: Judite B on Flickr

A man can go along obeying all the rules and then it don’t matter a damn anymore. –What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Fiction Writing Prompt: Put your protagonist into a situation where the rules don’t apply anymore.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when the rules are suddenly changed?

Art Prompt: The rules

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a time that you broke a rule.

Photo Credit: Dr. Zhivago on Flickr