From the monthly archives: May 2017

Players who received the highest number of penalties — those in the top 10 percent of penalties — had an average of 1.5 arrests per player, including violent and nonviolent arrests. Each player with one arrest averaged 11 penalties and 95 penalty yards. The numbers were higher for those with two or more arrests: Those players averaged 16 penalties and 133 penalty yards each.

“Since our findings revealed a link between workplace behavior and off-duty behavior, it is important for organizations, especially those with a high profile like the NFL, to take seriously their personal conduct policies and to properly screen those they hire for employment, as the actions of any one individual has consequences, both negative and positive, not only for the individual involved but also to the image of the organization,” Nicole Piquero said.

The study found no link between penalties and violent arrests, which, contrary to popular belief, represent a small number of overall arrests among NFL players. In addition, researchers found that players had very few penalties during postseason games, which they believe could be due to the high stakes involved in those games or the fact that referees tend to call fewer penalties during that time. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a pro athlete whose behavior on and off the field is questionable.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about professional athletes who are violent off the field?

Art Prompt: NFL

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the correlation between on and off the field behavior in pro football players.

Photo Credit: Lee Winder on Flickr

If I am honest, we are strangers sitting together. Though we lived in the same house, survived similar ordeals, we have each grown to become our own women. With time we have learned to hold our secrets close rather than share. –Sejal Badani, Trail of Broken Wings

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of siblings who endured abuse and their relationship with each other.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your relationship with your sibling(s).

Art Prompt: Sisters

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about something you and one of your siblings went through together.

Photo Credit: Tom Brandt on Flickr

Personal technology such as fitness trackers and smartphones that record users’ daily activities are likely to be used increasingly in criminal investigations, raising questions about individuals’ rights that the legal system is not yet fully prepared to address, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Information such as location, travel patterns and even physiological details such as heart rate and activity levels could be retrieved from devices as a part of criminal investigations. Such technology offers new tools to law enforcement, but raises unique issues regarding important constitutional rights such as self-incrimination, according to the report.

Courtrooms also are poised to change because of technology, with teleconferencing, digital records and even virtual reality entering the scene — all intended to speed up proceedings and reduce the cost to the justice system. These technologies raise issues of fairness for defendants and may change the notion of whether a trial by videoconference is equal to proceedings where everyone appears in person, according to the report. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which personal technology may incriminate your protagonist.

Journaling Prompt: What personal technology do you use?

Art Prompt: Personal tech

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the unexpected ways other people can access your personal tech.

Photo Credit: Runtastic Screen Shot on Google Play

Away! away! for I will fly to thee,
Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards,
But on the viewless wings of Poesy,
Though the dull brain perplexes and retards: Already with thee! tender is the night,
And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,
Cluster’d around by all her starry Fays;
But here there is no light,
Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown
Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story behind this verse.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a night vision you had.

Art Prompt: Queen Moon on her Throne

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story set by moonlight.

Photo Credit: chiaralily on Flickr
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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for May 21, 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

Katy Kauffman presents SEVEN GIANTS ALL WRITERS MUST SLAY posted at The Write Conversation.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Tony Lovell presents Not So Emotionless in response to Prompt #2088 First Line of the Week – Wayne Scheer.

Chris Black left a response in the comments at Prompt #1264 First Line of the Week – Dan Krokos.

Creativity Quote of the Week



Writing Tips

Kelly McGann presents Want to Double Your Success as a Writer? Do This posted at The Write Practice.

Sandra Knight presents Back to the Beginning: How to Start Writing posted at The Working Writers Club.

Jena Henry presents A Sexagenarian’s How To: Writer’s Apps from A to Z posted at Jena’s Books.

Ali Luke presents Getting Apostrophes Right: From the Easy to the Tricky Cases posted at AliVentures.

Randy Stapilus presents Yes, Your eBook Does Need Chapters posted at BookWorks.

Janice Hardy presents Getting Beyond the First Draft posted at Fiction University.

John Gilstrap presents Which Handgun Should Your Character Carry? posted at Kill Zone.

Joanna Penn presents How To Write Fiction As A Non-Fiction Author posted at The Creative Penn.

Allison Brennan presents The Triangle of Romantic Suspense posted at Romance University.

Abigail Mouring presents Your Novel Is Like A Body posted at Go Teen Writers.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Can You Use Both First and Third Person Narrators in Your Novel? posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.


Sef Cruz presents How to Write a Blog Post in 8 Steps: Back to Basics posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Elvis Michael presents How to Attract Guest Bloggers to Your Blog (With Minimal Traffic) posted at Blogging Pro.

Ryan Biddulph presents 1 Fundamental of Successful Blogging: Clear the Inner World posted at Blogging Tips.


This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Oyster, Collaborations, and Readability.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Description Through the Third Person Lens.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Intentional Reading for Authors with Maya Goode.

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about How to Monetize a Podcast (or Any Craft): Live Coaching Session with Heather Teysko.

Visual Arts

Editor presents What Sets Your Work Apart? posted at Arts Business Institute.

The Business of Creativity

Scarlett Ballantyne presents Balancing Brand Building with Submitting to Publications posted at Beyond the Blog.

Kristen presents Wisdom from a Hollywood Producer—IT’S ALL B.S. UNTIL THE CHECK CLEARS posted at Kristen Lamb.

CS Lakin presents Growing Your Audience by Growing a Mailing List posted at Live Write Thrive.

Christina Vanvuren presents 4 Top Obstacles Young Writers Face — and How to Beat Them posted at Make a Living Writing.

Jane presents 9 Statistics Writers Should Know About Amazon posted at Jane Friedman.

Sarah DeGeorge presents Safety First! 4 Ways to Protect Yourself as a Freelance Writer posted at The Write Life.

Nina Amir presents Essential Negotiation Skills for Bloggers and Writers posted at How to Blog a Book.

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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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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