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William Burke and William Hare lived in Edinburgh in 1828. Burke made his money hawking secondhand clothes to paupers, Hare made his by renting his rooms out to lodgers. When one of his tenants was found dead, the pair decided to compensate for the lost wages from the dead lodger by selling his body to the anatomists at Edinburgh University’s Surgeon’s Square. The esteemed Dr. Robert Knox, father of modern anatomy, paid them £7 for the body. The two resurrectionists were told the surgeons “would be glad to see them again when they had another to dispose of.”
Burke and Hare took Knox up on his offer. When a subsequent lodger showed symptoms of cholera, Hare and his wife agreed it would be unseemly to allow her to stay on the premises with other guests. He and Burke smothered the woman and brought her body to the Royal College of Surgeons. This time they were paid £10, and Dr. Knox commended them on the freshness of the body. –A Beginner’s Guide to Body Snatching by MOLLY MCBRIDE JACOBSON

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about body snatchers.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about autopsies and human dissection.

Art Prompt: Bod snatchers

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of body snatchers.

That was the problem, she decided. He was too cute. Well, cute wasn’t the right word. She figured he was at least her age, if not a few years older, which put him out of the cute range. And he was much too hot for cute anyway. Rock star hot, with a face like a hatchet, all sharp angles and hard planes. –Her Something Impetuous by Kim Hunt Harris

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of what happens between these two characters.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you know who is “too cute.”

Art Prompt: Too cute

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about your first love.

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During the Second World War, the Japanese worked on entomological warfare techniques under Shiro Ishii. Japanese Yagi bombs developed at Pingfan consisted of two compartments, one with houseflies and another with a bacterial slurry that coated the flies prior to release. Vibrio cholerae which cause cholera was the choice and used in China in Baoshan in 1942, and in northern Shandong in 1943. Baoshan had been used by the Allies and bombing produced epidemics that killed 60,000 people in the initial stages reaching a radius of 200 km which finally took a toll of 200,000 victims. The Shandong attack killed 210,000; the occupying Japanese troops had been vaccinated in advance –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story involving an unlikely weapon.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you feel about biological warfare.

Art Prompt: Houseflies

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of biological warfare.

Photo Credit: Robert Mitchem on Flickr

April Ann came down with a cold that lingered. She was wracked with coughing. In spite of Brenda’s efforts at doctoring, she grew listless and stopped eating, she was fading away. They had raised a good crop of corn and harvested it before winter hit. It had become their main source of food: cornmeal mush, corn cakes, corndodgers and cornbread. Brenda and John thought the girl might have an allergy that weakened her body, and she could not shake off the cold, which slipped into pneumonia. –Deadly Deadly by M. J. Vigna

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about life and death in an unforgiving setting.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time you or someone you loved was very sick.

Art Prompt: Sick unto death

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about life and death in the 1800s.

Photo Credit: Beth on Flickr

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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The people in my head seem to have been there for a very long time. –Hiking in My Head by Gareth D Jones

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 do the scripts running in your heads try to tell you?

Art Prompt: The voices in my head

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the thoughts they have that seem like they are coming from somewhere else and what they should do about the disturbing ones.

Photo Credit: Janine on Flickr

cavil (verb)
  • to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily (usually followed by at or about ): He finds something to cavil at in everything I say.
  • to oppose by inconsequential, frivolous, or sham objections: to cavil each item of a proposed agenda.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone who is constantly complaining and how you deal with it.

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

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A coffin is put into the vault of iron,
where seven children of the king are held.
The ancestors and forebears will come forth from the depths of hell,
lamenting to see thus dead the fruit of their line. –Nostradamas

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story based on this prediction.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about the end times?

Art Prompt: Coming forth from the depths of hell

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Nostradamas and his prophecies.

Photo Credit: Gustave Dore Inferno Canto 21 on Wikimedia

Stephen starts to remember the early days of their marriage when they fought over silly things like furniture. He and Gwen had spent three months shopping for bedroom sets, picking at each other’s tastes for traditional or modern furniture. The young couple had taken almost every Saturday to go shopping to fill their home. Giddy and in love, their fights never lasted long and often ended in the bed. In hindsight, maybe that was why they had been so careful in their choices. Stephen wishes their lives could be that easy now – just make love to end an argument. –Time Killer by Todd M Thiede

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a married couple who have fallen out of love.

Journaling Prompt: What do you do when you are falling out of love?

Art Prompt: Falling out of love

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to deal with the fluctuations of feeling in a relationship.

Photo Credit: Nubby Tongue on Flickr

The first record that something was untoward on the Flannan Isles was on 15 December 1900 when the steamer Archtor, on a passage from Philadelphia to Leith, noted in its log that the light was not operational in poor weather conditions… The lighthouse was manned by three men: Thomas Marshall, James Ducat, and Donald MacArthur, with a rotating fourth man spending time on shore.

On arrival, the crew and relief keeper found that the flagstaff had no flag, none of the usual provision boxes had been left on the landing stage for re-stocking, and more ominously, none of the lighthouse keepers were there to welcome them ashore. Jim Harvie, captain of Hesperus, gave a strident blast on his whistle and set off a distress flare but no reply was forthcoming.

A boat was launched and Joseph Moore, the relief keeper, was put ashore alone. He found the entrance gate to the compound and main door both closed, the beds unmade, and the clock stopped. Returning to the landing stage with this grim news, he then went back up to the lighthouse with Hesperus’s second-mate and a seaman. A further search revealed that the lamps were cleaned and refilled. A set of oilskins was found, suggesting that one of the keepers had left the lighthouse without them, which was surprising considering the severity of the weather on the date of the last entry in the lighthouse log. The only sign of anything amiss in the lighthouse was an overturned chair by the kitchen table. There was no sign of any of the keepers, neither inside the lighthouse nor anywhere on the island.

Moore and three volunteer seamen were left to attend the light……the men scoured every corner of the island for clues as to the fate of the keepers. They found that everything was intact at the east landing but the west landing provided considerable evidence of damage caused by recent storms. A box at 33 metres (108 ft) above sea level had been broken and its contents strewn about; iron railings were bent over, the iron railway by the path was wrenched out of its concrete, and a rock weighing more than a ton had been displaced above that. On top of the cliff at more than 60 metres (200 ft) above sea level, turf had been ripped away as far as 10 metres (33 ft) from the cliff edge. The missing keepers had kept their log until 9 a.m. on 15 December. The entries made it clear that the damage had occurred before their disappearance –Wikipedia
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about people who go missing and the search for what happened.

Journaling Prompt: What have you lost that you have never been able to find?

Art Prompt: Lost without a trace

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the Flannan Isle lighthouse keepers’ disappearance.

Photo Credit: The lighthouse on Eilean Mor on Wikimedia