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I committed my first multiple murder at the age of six. –Confessions of an English Psychopath by Jack Strange

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: How do you feel about killing bugs? When did you kill your first bugs?

Art Prompt: Bug-o-cide

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how we make choices on who lives and who dies every day.

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flout
  • To treat with contempt and disregard; to show contempt for.
  • To mock, to scoff.
  • Mockery, scoffing.

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

Journaling Prompt: What convention or rule do you flout? (I wear white year-round.)

Art Prompt: Flout

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

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Late on the night of June 14, 2015, deputy sheriffs in Greene County, Missouri, United States, found the body of Dee Dee Blancharde (born May 3, 1967, Chackbay, Louisiana, as Clauddine Pitre) facedown in the bedroom of her house just outside Springfield, lying on the bed in a pool of blood from the stab wounds that had killed her several days earlier. There was no sign of her teenage daughter, Gypsy Rose, who according to Blancharde suffered from leukemia, asthma, muscular dystrophy and several other chronic conditions, and had the mental capacity of a 7-year-old due to brain damage she had suffered as a result of her premature birth. Her neighbors, who had notified them after growing concerned due to Facebook posts earlier in the evening suggesting she had fallen victim to foul play, were fearful that Gypsy Rose, whose wheelchair and medications were still in the house, might have been abducted and in serious danger.

Police found Gypsy Rose the next day in Wisconsin, where she had traveled with a boyfriend she had met online. She was alive and well, but “things are not always as they appear” the sheriff said the next morning. Public outrage that someone might have had taken advantage of a severely disabled girl to kill her mother gave way to shock, and some sympathy, for Gypsy Rose when investigators soon announced that the younger woman was, in fact, an adult and had none of the physical or mental health issues her mother had represented her as having.

Further investigation found that some of the doctors who had examined Gypsy Rose both locally and in the New Orleans area, where she and her mother had lived before allegedly being displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, had not found any evidence of the claimed disorders and in one case suspected Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MbP). Dee Dee had changed her name slightly after being confronted by her family over her treatment of Gypsy Rose and her possible poisoning of her stepmother. Nonetheless, many people accepted her situation as true, and the two benefited from the efforts of charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Dee Dee, who apparently did have MbP, had been making her daughter pass herself off as younger and pretend to be disabled and chronically ill, in the process subjecting her to unnecessary surgery and medication and controlling her through occasional physical and psychological abuse. MbP expert Marc Feldman says this is the first such case in his quarter-century of experience where the abused child has killed the parent. Gypsy Rose has pled guilty to second-degree murder and is serving a 10-year sentence; her boyfriend is awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge. The case was the subject of a 2017 HBO documentary, Mommy Dead and Dearest, directed by Erin Lee Carr. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a child who kills a parent and the strange circumstances surrounding it.

Journaling Prompt: What is the strangest disease you’ve ever had?

Art Prompt: Victim

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the strange story of Gypsy Rose.

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It had been 297 days since David died. And 297 since he’d come back, gasped and sat up in a base camp hospital tent covered in warming pads, the defibrillator still buzzing in the medic’s hands, his teeth chattering with cold. –Warm Up by V.E. Schwab

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where your protagonist has a near death experience.

Journaling Prompt: Write about what happened in your life 297 days ago.

Art Prompt: 297 days

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic story about a near death experience.

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In December 2016, 74 people died in a mass methanol poisoning in Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia, Russia. Precipitated by drinking counterfeit surrogate alcohol, the death toll led one news agency to call it “unprecedented in its scale”.

While Russia is one of the highest consumers of alcohol per capita in the world, the use of non-traditional surrogate alcohols rapidly rose in the 2010s due to ongoing economic difficulties in Russia. With a price far below that of government-regulated vodka, surrogates reached an estimated height of twenty percent of the country’s alcohol consumption by 2016. These products were often nearly pure alcohol that could be diluted to a rough approximation of vodka, and were frequently available at all hours via strategically placed vending machines. In the Irkutsk incident, the victims drank scented bath lotion that was mislabeled as containing drinkable ethanol.

In the aftermath of the poisoning, regulations on products being used as surrogate alcohols were tightened around the country. Politicians announced a temporary ban on non-food items with more than 25 percent alcohol, and health officials publicly mooted imposing a state monopoly on Russia’s perfume and pharmaceutical industries. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a mass poisoning set in the world of your current WIP.

Journaling Prompt: How much alcohol do you drink and why do you drink it?

Art Prompt: Drinking death

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the 2016 mass methanol poisoning in Russia.

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Justice on the ALbert V Bryan Courthouse in Alexandria VA sends mixed messages. “Justice Delayed Justice Denied” vs. Tortoise and Hare.

I slumped back in my chair, willing my mind to think faster. No human had ever set foot inside Vampire Court. This could be the break I needed in my career to join the big league—the kind of case any lawyer with an ounce of ambition would kill for. Oh. My. God. My mouth went suddenly dry. –The Vampire Code by E.C. Adams

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a legal proceeding involving your protagonist and his/her favorite mythical creature.

Journaling Prompt: How would your life change if your favorite mythical creature were real?

Art Prompt: Vampire Court

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a fantastical tall tale of an encounter with a creature you thought was mythical.

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I was sitting in the canteen minding my own business. I had a coffee and a crossword. I swear I wasn’t earwigging, it was just that what she said was arresting. –EARWIGGING BY DEREK MCMILLAN

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’s the strangest/most interesting thing you’ve overheard in a restaurant?

Art Prompt: Overheard

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about an overheard conversation.

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proclivity
  • A natural inclination; predisposition.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about one of your proclivities.

Art Prompt: Proclivity

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

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