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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 where you were born.

Art Prompt: Paradise

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the town, state, or land of your birth.

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eschew [es-choo] verb (used with object)
  • .to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: to eschew evil.

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

Journaling Prompt: What do you eschew?

Art Prompt: Eschew

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

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Sophie Blanchard (25 March 1778 – 6 July 1819) was a French aeronaut and the wife of ballooning pioneer Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Blanchard was the first woman to work as a professional balloonist, and after her husband’s death she continued ballooning, making more than 60 ascents. Known throughout Europe for her ballooning exploits, Blanchard entertained Napoleon Bonaparte, who promoted her to the role of “Aeronaut of the Official Festivals”, replacing André-Jacques Garnerin. On the restoration of the monarchy in 1814 she performed for Louis XVIII, who named her “Official Aeronaut of the Restoration”.

Ballooning was a risky business for the pioneers. Blanchard lost consciousness on a few occasions, endured freezing temperatures and almost drowned when her balloon crashed in a marsh. In 1819, she became the first woman to be killed in an aviation accident when, during an exhibition in the Tivoli Gardens in Paris, she launched fireworks that ignited the gas in her balloon. Her craft crashed on the roof of a house and she fell to her death. –Wikipedia [See also Prompt #905 Hot Air Ballon Stunts]

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a trailblazer who gives his/her life in pursuit of the goal.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most dangerous thing you ever did.

Art Prompt: Aeronaut

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Sophie Blanchard or another woman who was a pioneer in a field of men.

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People who climb mountains are lonely people; loneliness is needed. Acquaintances and friends are great things, but climbers need defined mental space that is untouched and unbothered by anyone. –Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women of K2 by Jennifer Jordan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a character who requires solitude to achieve his/her goal.

Journaling Prompt: When do you feel lonely? When do you prefer solitude?

Art Prompt: Solitude

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the difference between loneliness and solitude.

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Four Times of the Day is a series of four paintings by English artist William Hogarth. Completed in 1736, they were reproduced as a series of four engravings published in 1738. They are humorous depictions of life in the streets of London, the vagaries of fashion, and the interactions between the rich and poor. Unlike many of Hogarth’s other series, such as A Harlot’s Progress, A Rake’s Progress, Industry and Idleness, and The Four Stages of Cruelty, it does not depict the story of an individual, but instead focuses on the society of the city. Hogarth intended the series to be humorous rather than instructional; the pictures do not offer a judgment on whether the rich or poor are more deserving of the viewer’s sympathies: while the upper and middle classes tend to provide the focus for each scene, there are fewer of the moral comparisons seen in some of his other works.

The four pictures depict scenes of daily life in various locations in London as the day progresses. Morning shows a prudish spinster making her way to church in Covent Garden past the revellers of the previous night; Noon shows two cultures on opposite sides of the street in St Giles; Evening depicts a dyer’s family returning hot and bothered from a trip to Sadler’s Wells; and Night shows disreputable goings-on around a drunken freemason staggering home near Charing Cross. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the setting is the primary character and follow it through the day.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the four times of your day.

Art Prompt: Four times of the day

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

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As it was, he’d found out about her interest in voodoo entirely by accident; although interest may have been too strong of a word. He’d simply seen a couple of books on the subject at her house. Lord forbid someone peruse his bookshelf. He could imagine the wild assumptions that could be made. –A Needful Change & Other Stories by C. Edward Baldwin

Fiction Writing Prompt: What’s on your character’s bookshelf and why?

Journaling Prompt: What’s the most interesting book on your book shelf? The most surprising?

Art Prompt: Voodoo

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Take your audience on a tour of your bookshelf.

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Kathryn Merlangton stared at the vase cradling the dying roses. Two red blooms bowed over the white sympathy card like mourners looking down upon a casket. –Hope by Sam Rook

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 what dead roses make you think about.

Art Prompt: Dead roses

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic story that contains dead roses.

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