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Nearly swamping a French trawler, the White Star Lines flagship RMS Titanic pulled away from its last ever contact with land at Queenstown in Ireland on the afternoon of April 11, 1912. –Caldwell Andrew, Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set on a doomed ship.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you lost to a tragic accident.

Art Prompt: Titanic

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a true story set on the Titanic.

Photo Credit: Chris Gafford on Flickr

[Johnny] Cash was very close to his older brother, Jack. In May 1944, Jack was pulled into a whirling head saw in the mill where he worked and was almost cut in two. He suffered for over a week before he died on May 20, 1944, at age 15. Cash often spoke of the horrible guilt he felt over this incident. According to Cash: The Autobiography, his father was away that morning, but he and his mother, and Jack himself, all had premonitions or a sense of foreboding about that day, causing his mother to urge Jack to skip work and go fishing with his brother. Jack insisted on working, as the family needed the money. On his deathbed, Jack said he had visions of Heaven and angels. Decades later, Cash spoke of looking forward to meeting his brother in Heaven. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of brothers who are separated by tragedy.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your relationship with a sibling.

Art Prompt: Brotherly love

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Johnny Cash’s tragic history.

Photo Credit: Jack Cash’s Gravestone on Wikimedia

car crash

People should look where they’re going. –Restores to Original Condition by Sarah Crysl Akhtar

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 a time when you ran into something because you weren’t paying attention. What strategies do you use to stay in the moment?

Art Prompt: Watch where you’re going!

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about mindfulness and how it prevents accidents.

Photo Credit: LorE Denizen on Flickr

Bored at work

Although boredom is often seen as a trivial and temporary discomfort that can be alleviated by a simple change in circumstances, it can also be a chronic and pervasive stressor that can have significant consequences for health and well-being.
Boredom at work may cause serious accidents when safety depends on continuous vigilance, as in medical monitoring or long-haul truck driving. On a behavioral level, boredom has been linked with problems with impulse control, leading to overeating and binge eating, drug and alcohol abuse, and problem gambling. Boredom has even been associated with mortality, lending grim weight to the popular phrase “bored to death.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create character for your story who is bored. What are the consequences of that boredom?

Journaling Prompt: When do you get bored and how do you cope with it?

Art Prompt: Boredom at work

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the problems of boredom and provide tips for dealing with it.

Photo Credit: hawk684 on Flickr

“About the accident itself I can say very little.” -Tom McCarthy, Remainder

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where a character has an accident.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an accident you’ve had recently.

Art Prompt: Accident

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about accidents and their significance.

Photo Credit: Simon Law on Flickr

A singular fatality occurred on Wednesday night at a public house in Soho, London. Some men were in the billiard-room when one of them attempted to get a billiard-ball into his mouth. This feat he had previously accomplished and had successfully removed the ball. This time, however, he failed to extract it, and it became fixed in his throat. A cab was immediately fetched, but while being removed to the hospital the unfortunate fellow expired. –Yorkshire Evening Post, November 3rd, 1893

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where a character dies in an improbable manner.

Journaling Prompt: What is the craziest accident you’ve ever had?

Art Prompt: Biting off more than you can chew

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about a Darwin award-winning incident.

Photo Credit: anomalous4 on Flickr

(details to come, as time permits)
These photos were taken during the “Web 2.0 Summit” conference in San Francisco in November 2008. The conference was held at the Palace Hotel, near the intersection of Montgomery & Market Streets, by the Post Plaza subway stop. During the lunch break and an afternoon break, I wandered out of the hotel to get some fresh air, and took some pictures of various tourists, pedestrians, and citizens of the fair city of San Francisco…


“Everybody is aware of the risk of cell phones and texting in automobiles, but I see more and more teens distracted with the latest devices and headphones in their ears,” says lead author Richard Lichenstein, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center. “Unfortunately as we make more and more enticing devices, the risk of injury from distraction and blocking out other sounds increases.”

…Researchers reviewed 116 accident cases from 2004 to 2011 in which injured pedestrians were documented to be using headphones. Seventy percent of the 116 accidents resulted in death to the pedestrian. More than two-thirds of victims were male (68 percent) and under the age of 30 (67 percent). More than half of the moving vehicles involved in the accidents were trains (55 percent), and nearly a third (29 percent) of the vehicles reported sounding some type of warning horn prior to the crash. The increased incidence of accidents over the years closely corresponds to documented rising popularity of auditory technologies with headphones. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write about a distracted character and the accident their distraction causes.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an accident that you had because you were distracted.

Art Prompt: Accident

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about the dangers of distraction

Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon on Flickr


  • People who perceive their car as a reflection of their self-identity are more likely to behave aggressively on the road and break the law.
  • People with compulsive tendencies are more likely to drive aggressively with disregard for potential consequences.
  • Increased materialism, or the importance of one’s possessions, is linked to increased aggressive driving tendencies.
  • Young people who are in the early stages of forming their self-identity might feel the need to show off their car and driving skills more than others. They may also be overconfident and underestimate the risks involved in reckless driving.
  • Those who admit to aggressive driving also admit to engaging in more incidents of breaking the law.
  • A sense of being under time and pressure leads to more aggressive driving.

Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene about someone driving recklessly for one of the reasons listed above.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you or someone you were riding with drove recklessly.

Art Prompt: Reckless Driving

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous or touching story about your very first car and what it meant to you.

Photo Credit: thanker212 on Flickr.


worker in rice paddy

Castor was halfway across the paddy, part of the long line of farm workers, when he stepped on the dead man’s head. -Frederik Pohl, Black Star Rising
Writing Prompt: Use that first line as the start of your story or inspiration for a poem.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your experiences with a dead body.

Art Prompt: Rice paddy

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a dramatic story about the scariest or strangest thing you ever found.

Photo Credit:  DMahendra on Flickr

car accident

Do you ever drive and end up at your destination without knowing how you got there? Our minds get lost in rehashing the past or rehearsing the future. As it turns out, that could be very dangerous.

“Taking a trip down memory lane while you are driving could land you in a roadside ditch, new research indicates. Vanderbilt University psychologists have found that our visual perception can be contaminated by memories of what we have recently seen, impairing our ability to properly understand and act on what we are currently seeing.” –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene about an accident that occurs because your protagonist was focused on something that happened in the past.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your experience of losing time because your mind was lost in memories.

Art Prompt: Crash

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Talk to your audience about the dangers of distracted driving.

Photo Credit: Toronto History on Flickr