From the monthly archives: October 2017

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Elephants Etosha Namibia on Wikimedia

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for October 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.


There will be no Carnival next week as I will be traveling to compete in the Toastmasters District 3 Humorous Speech contest. See you in 2 weeks!

The Creative Mindset

Amy Leigh Simpson presents Winter Weary: A Writer’s Guide to Pressing On! posted at The Writers Alley.


Lou Paduano presents How to Beat 3 Big NaNoWriMo Roadblocks posted at The Write Life.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Joanne Dannon presents Goal, Motivation, and Conflict posted at Romance University.

Kate presents Writing and Emotion: Swaying Readers with a Dose of Real Life posted at Kate Tilton.

Todd Brison presents Discover a Secret Well of Endless Writing Ideas posted at Goins Writer.

Shawn Coyne presents Love Story Cheat Sheet/Obligatory Scenes posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Pamela Hodges presents How to Unlock the Power of the Present Tense in Memoir posted at The Write Practice.

DiAnn Mills presents TIPS TO ADD DEPTH TO YOUR WRITING THROUGH COLOR posted at The Write Conversation.


This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about The Successful Author Mindset with Joanna Penn.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Tools for Writers.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Samhain, Advertorials, and Data Guy.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about What Should Authors look for When Considering Anthologies?.

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Writing Sane & Healthy.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Inglourious Basterds — Style Inform Choices.

The Business of Creativity

Judith Briles presents Sell Your Books at Book Festivals and Craft Fairs posted at The Book Designer.

Jana Roberts presents An Old World Concept Made New: How Patreon Works for Writers posted at Fiction University.

Jill Noelle Noble presents Building Your Author Brand posted at NessGraphica.

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: Jeremy Brooks on Flickr

It is dark, dark seven A.M. on Christmas Eve Eve. –2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

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 your pre-holiday rituals.

Art Prompt: Christmas Eve Eve

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your pre-holiday rituals.

Photo Credit: Sheila Tostes on Flickr

  • Speech or action that flatters and tends to coax, entice, or persuade; allurement — often used in the plural.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most flattering thing anyone ever said to you.

Art Prompt: Blandishment

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

Photo Credit: Darren Puttock on Flickr

The corpse hotel is called LastTel, which is short for Last Hotel. Cremation is 99 percent in Japan. But sometimes, in a huge city like Tokyo, there aren’t enough machines so it can sometimes take days or a week to have the cremation. In Japan, it’s important to sit, pray, and be with the body, so the Last Hotel is a place where there’s access day and night.

The piece de resistance is the condominium. It’s got futon mats to sleep on, a microwave and shower, the whole condo deal. They then slide your corpse into the room, and the family can be there and hang out with the dead body. –Burn, Mummify, Compost—Different Ways to Treat the Dead by Simon Worrall

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a death ritual for the world of your story. How has/will this affect your protagonist?

Journaling Prompt: How do you want your body handled when you die? What kind of services do you want?

Art Prompt: Death

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about different cultural traditions surrounding death.

Photo Credit: Jerome Rothermund on Flickr

I can guarantee you one thing: I know for a fact that the black suits have spies inside every government agency out there.”
Helen raised an eyebrow. “The government is spying on itself?”
“Why wouldn’t it?” Chip asked, as if to say, “Silly question.” –Ernie Lindsey, Skynoise

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about agencies within the government spying on each other.

Journaling Prompt: What is your level of trust with the government of your country? 

Art Prompt: Spies

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problem of secrecy within governments and the problems it causes.

Photo Credit: xxx on Flickr

A profound and fateful transformation took place in the young Dutchwoman. Colored by her travels and sorrows in the Indies, Margaretha Zelle reinvented herself as something startling and new: an exotic dancer called Mata Hari. In 1905 Mata Hari—a Malay term for “sunrise” or the “eye of the day”—broke onto the social scene with a performance in the Musée Guimet, an Asian art museum in Paris. Invitations were issued to 600 of the capital’s wealthy elite. Mata Hari presented utterly novel dances in transparent, revealing costumes, a jeweled bra, and an extraordinary headpiece.
Under any other circumstances, she could have been arrested for indecency, but Margaretha Zelle had very carefully thought through her position. At each performance, she took the time to explain carefully that these were sacred temple dances from the Indies. Mata Hari was sensuous, beautiful, erotic, and emotional; she told tales of lust, jealousy, passion, and vengeance through her dancing, and the public lapped it up. –Why Mata Hari wasn’t a Cunning Spy After All

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a woman who transforms in a remarkable way.

Journaling Prompt: What’s the biggest change you’ve ever made in your life.

Art Prompt: Mata Hari

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of Mata Hari.

Photo Credit: Mata Hari on Wikimedia

KNOWING THAT YOU’D GOTTEN your own self into a mess wasn’t all that much consolation when you were about to die. –Anna Elliott, The Witch Queen’s Secret

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who is in a mess of their own making.

Journaling Prompt: What’s the worst mess you ever got into and how did you get out of it?

Art Prompt: About to die

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about getting yourself into and out of a mess.

Photo Credit: Delyth Angharad  on Flickr