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A strange appearance, known as the “Scanlan Lights,” is connected with the family of Scanlan of Ballyknockane, Co. Limerick, and is seen frequently at the death of a member. The traditional origin of the lights is connected with a well-known Irish legend, which we give here briefly. Scanlan Mor (died A.D. 640), King of Ossory, from whom the family claim descent, was suspected of disaffection by Aedh mac Ainmire, Ard-Righ of Ireland, who cast him into prison, and loaded him with fetters. When St. Columcille attended the Synod of Drom Ceat, he besought Aedh to free his captive, but the Ard-Righ churlishly refused; whereupon Columcille declared that he should be freed, and that that very night he should unloose his (the Saint’s) brogues. Columcille went away, and that night a bright pillar of fire appeared in the air, and hung over the house where Scanlan was imprisoned. A beam of light darted into the room where he lay, and a voice called to him, bidding him rise, and shake off his fetters. In amazement he did so, and was led out past his guards by an angel. He made his way to Columcille, with whom he was to continue that night, and as the Saint stooped down to unloose his brogues Scanlan anticipated him, as he had prophesied. –St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour, True Irish Ghost Stories

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story involving supernatural intervention in the events of humans.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about stories like the one above?

Art Prompt: Angel on call

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about St. Columba (Columcille) and his exploits.

Photo Credit: Saint Columba converting the Picts on Wikimedia

The Archangel

Why is it, in nearly every record of angelic visitations, their first words to us mortals are “Fear not … Be not afraid”? These are not Raphael’s angels, the ones you see on valentines-cherubic little children with golden wings, looking no more dangerous than the rosy-cheeked members of the local preschool. Real angels are mighty, glorious, dreadful beings, more powerful than you can imagine. –Epic: The Story God Is Telling by John Eldredge

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or story about an angelic visitation.

Journaling Prompt: If you believe in angels, write down what you think it would be like to meet one.

Art Prompt: Angelic visitation

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience some stories of angels from different world religions.

Photo Credit: Gannon on Flickr


As I have said, angels can appear in different forms and sizes; this morning they looked like snowflakes! The glass in the window seemed to become a vapor, and as each snowflake hit the window it was transformed into an angel about the size of a baby. The angels were then carried on a beam of sunlight through the window, and each one seemed to be covered in white and shiny snowflakes. As the angels touched me the snowflakes fell from them onto me; they tickled as they landed and, surprisingly, they felt warm, not cold.
“Wouldn’t it be wonderful,” Christopher said, “if everybody knew that they could fill their pockets with angels; that they could fit thousands of angels into one pocket, just like with snowflakes, and could carry them around with them and never be alone.” -Lorna Byrne, Angels in my Hair

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or story where a character has angels in his or her pocket.

Journaling Prompt: How would your life be different if you could fill your pockets with thousands of angels?

Art Prompt: Angels in your Pocket

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about a time when you met an angel in disguise.

Photo Credit: AMagill on Flickr


Angel's Wings

“I like the concept of angels, but I have a hard time with the wings. Can you imagine growing something like that out of your back? You’d have to sleep standing up.” -Janet Evanovich, Wicked Appetite

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about an angel’s daily life.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about angels?

Art Prompt: Angel Wings

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about your favorite questions (like how do angels sleep?) and hypothesize about the answers.

Photo Credit: Eric Kilby on Flickr

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The Creative Mindset

Learn how the guys at Writing Excuses do brainstorming and outlining in their first ever episode.


In case you didn’t hear me cheering last week, Scrivener for Windows is finally out. I love, love, love this program! The learning curve is steep if you want to learn all the bells and whistles, but trust me, you can start out using it just like you do Word. Learn about the fiddly bits as you go along. Great tutorial as well. Get a free trial during NaNoWriMo and see what you think.

Creativity Boosts

Here’s a Twitter hashtag to check out: #journalchat. Lots of writing prompts there. Heaven!

Inspiration for NaNoWriMo

There are a lot of bashers out there saying that NaNo is a monumental waste of time. Well, I say to them, “Thank you for sharing.” And then I just keep writing. Everyone has their own way of doing things. Getting a rough first draft down as quickly as possible works for some of us. NaNo is perfect for that. Here’s bestselling author Ann Aguirre‘s point of view in The Build a Book Workshop.

And here’s a quote from another bestselling author, Jennifer Egan: “[Be] willing to write really badly. It won’t hurt you to do that. I think there is this fear of writing badly, something primal about it, like: ‘This bad stuff is coming out of me…’ Forget it! Let it float away and the good stuff follows. For me, the bad beginning is just something to build on. It’s no big deal. You have to give yourself permission to do that because you can’t expect to write regularly and always write well. That’s when people get into the habit of waiting for the good moments, and that is where I think writer’s block comes from. Like: It’s not happening. Well, maybe good writing isn’t happening, but let some bad writing happen… When I was writing ‘The Keep,’ my writing was so terrible. It was God-awful. My working title for that first draft was, A Short Bad Novel. I thought: ‘How can I disappoint?'”

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I have a guardian angel. His name is Gumbo. He’s hairier than I expected.

According to ancient Jewish belief, each person had his or her guardian angel, and a spirit could assume the aspect of some visible being… -John Vinycomb, Fictitious And Symbolic Creatures In Art

Writing Prompt: Write about a guardian angel and the physical aspect he or she has assumed. 

Journaling Prompt: Write about your guardian angel and the things your guardian angel has had to help you though. Does your guardian angel have the aspect of a physical being?

Art Prompt: Guardian Angel
Nonfiction / Speech Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous or dramatic story about how your guardian angel had to save you from yourself.

Photo Credit: AlicePopkorn on Flickr


ghosts in the night

Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen one?

In a girls’ boarding-school several years ago two of the boarders were sleeping in a large double-bedded room with two doors. About two o’clock in the morning the girls were awakened by the entrance of a tall figure in clerical attire, the face of which they did not see. They screamed in fright, but the figure moved in a slow and stately manner past their beds, and out the other door. It also appeared to one or two of the other boarders, and seemed to be looking for some one. At length it reached the bed of one who was evidently known to it. The girl woke up and recognised her father. He did not speak, but gazed for a few moments at his daughter, and then vanished. Next morning a telegram was handed to her which communicated the sad news that her father had died on the previous evening at the hour when he appeared to her. -St. John Drelincourt Seymour, True Irish Ghost Stories (free for your Kindle or Kindle software)

Writing Prompt: Write a scene where a ghost appears to one of your characters. What does the ghost reveal? How does the character react?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you saw or thought you saw a ghost. If you’ve never seen one, write about someone whose ghost you would like to speak with.

Art Prompt: Apparition

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a spooky story.

Photo Credit: theogeo on Flickr


I admit it. I’m a sci fi geek. Time travel is awesome, and I want to try it. Barring that, I want to read and write about it.

…apparently the very first written time travel story is Memoirs of the Twentieth Century, written in 1733 by Samuel Madden, about an angel from the year 1997 who journeys over 250 years into the past to give documents to a British ambassador that describe the world of the future. -Michio Kaku, Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel

Writing Prompt: Take your protagonist on a short trip via time travel. Where and when will she go? Who will she meet? What will she do?

Journaling Prompt: If you could time travel, where and when would you go and why?

Art Prompt: Time Travel
Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience where you would go if you could travel through time and who you would want to meet there.