From the monthly archives: May 2017

Mom and Dad are cheerful, almost giddy, because Granny’s having a good day: not throwing things, not screaming that she hates Dad, that she’d rather be dead. –Tomorrow Is Winter by Callie Snow

Fiction Writing Prompt: Tell the story of an elderly person who terrorizes his/her family.

Journaling Prompt: Describe your parents’ relationships with their parents. How does this affect you?

Art Prompt: Granny’s having a good day

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the issues with eldercare in our society.

Photo Credit: xxx on Flickr

In 18th-century England, it was best to be wary of any hands that reached too close to your hair. They could belong to a wig snatcher…
Socialites had to be extra cautious of wig snatchers. Throughout England and Europe, finely powdered perukes, also called periwigs, were in vogue among royal courts and the upper class. The more ornate and towering your wig, the higher your social standing. The expensive and easily removable headpieces led to a series of wig thefts: surprisingly elaborate and creative robberies involving animals, long poles, and young boys hauled on the shoulders of impostor butchers. –The Elaborate Wig-Snatching Schemes of the 18th Century by Lauren Young

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an ingenious, low tech heist.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your feelings when something you cared about was taken.

Art Prompt: Wigs

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of wigs.

It is very early in the morning. I am sitting in the middle of the living room of my newly acquired house in Van Nuys, surrounded by a motley assortment of furniture and unopened boxes and staring at my phone which I have just hung up. Although I was given the day off to finish moving in, I have now been told to get my butt over to the studio in Burbank chop-chop and don’t make any plans for the next week or so and oh, yes, bring your passport. I know what this means. I am on my way to Mexico. –We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges by Peter S Fischer

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write astory about the trip to Mexico.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you had to drop something to take care of an emergency.

Art Prompt: Unexpected trip to Mexico

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic story about an emergency phone call.

Photo Credit: Beth Kanter on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for May 28, 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

Nina Amir presents 5 Alternative Ways to Create Writing and Blogging Success posted at How to Blog a Book.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Chris Black presents a response in the comments to Prompt #1135 When I Grow Up.

Creativity Quote of the Week



Writing Tips

Laurence MacNaughton presents Is Your Story Stuck? 5 Questions You Need to Ask posted at Fiction University.

Shannon Dittemore presents Is The Wrong Character Telling Your Story? posted at Go Teen Writers.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Finding Close Readers–How to Be Smart with Feedback on Your Manuscript posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Kristen presents Good Things Happen to Those Who Hustle—Getting PAID to Write posted at Kristen Lamb.

Pamela Hodges presents How to Write a Story 101: Conflict posted at The Write Practice.

Ava Jae presents When is Your Manuscript Submission-Ready? posted at Writability.

KM Weiland presents Learn How to Pace Your Story (and Mind-Control Your Readers) in Just 8 Steps posted at WordPlay.

Katie Kapro presents Technology and the Writers of Tomorrow posted at Paving my Author’s Road.


Ali Luke presents Should Your Blog Have a Narrow or Broad Topic? posted at AliVentures.

Aisha Sulaiman presents 22 Lessons from Experienced Freelance Bloggers on How to Land Your First Client posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Noemi Tasarra-Twigg presents 5 Content Marketing Hacks to Blow Up Your Blog Traffic posted at Blogging Pro.

Christopher Jan Benitez presents Insanely Affordable (Yet Effective) Marketing Strategies They’re Almost Free posted at Blogging Tips.


This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Building a Business One Fuck Up at a Time with JB Glossinger.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Overwhelm, Indie Earnings, and Legacies.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Short Stories as Exploration, with Tananarive Due.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Find And Serve Your Niche For Long Term Success With Chris Brogan.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Tracking Data to Maximize Your Income with Brian D. Meeks.

The Business of Creativity

Editor presents Artist & Maker Pricing Strategies posted at Arts Business Institute.

Frances Caballo presents 15 Tips to Boost Facebook Engagement for Indie Authors posted at Book Works.

Jane presents So You Want to Teach an Online Writing Course? posted at Jane Friedman.

Nicole Dieker presents This Author Used Patreon to Raise Almost $7,000 To Write Her Book posted at The Write Life.

Jo Linsdell presents Sites To Promote Your Free Amazon Kindle Books posted at Writers and Authors.

Molly Jo Realy presents WHY WRITERS NEED TO KEEP (SOCIAL) MEDIA IN MOTION posted at The Write Conversation.

Frances Caballo presents Getting lost in time online? 4 Tips to Keep You Focused posted at Social Media Just for Authors.

Carol Tice presents Inside 4 New Content Mills: What Freelancers Need to Know posted at Make a Living Writing.

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!


I am dust. Particles in a shiny urn. But I’m not alone in here. There are a few fragments left over from the previous inhabitants of the ferocious incinerator. I don’t mind; it’s nice having some company. –Disposition of Remains by Laura T Emery

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 do you believe happens after you die?

Art Prompt: Urn

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about different cultural practices about handling the body after death.

Photo Credit: David J on Flickr


  • To nurse to life or activity; to incite; to abet; to instigate; — often in a bad sense.
  • Fomentation; the act of fomenting.
  • State of excitation.

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

Journaling Prompt: How do you react when someone is trying to stir the pot?

Art Prompt: Foment

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

Photo Credit: OperationPaperStorm on Flickr

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