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…destiny permits no one to continue in blissful happiness. Fate could not tolerate it. Something trivial, a glance, a word, a touch, could shatter a friendship. A love deemed deep and lasting was so fragile it could disappear like straw in the wind. –The Contessa’s Vendetta: A Novel of Betrayal and Revenge by Mirella Sichirollo Patzer
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem inspired by a twist of fate.
Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when your happiness was shattered suddenly.
Art Prompt: Fragile fate
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about a twist of fate.
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A papal conclave is a meeting of the College of Cardinals convened to elect a new Bishop of Rome, also known as the Pope. The pope is considered by Roman Catholics to be the apostolic successor of Saint Peter and earthly head of the Roman Catholic Church. The conclave has been the procedure for choosing the pope for almost a thousand years, and is the oldest ongoing method for choosing the leader of an institution.
A history of political interference in papal selection and consequently long vacancies between popes, culminating in the interregnum of 1268–1271, prompted Pope Gregory X to decree during the Second Council of Lyons in 1274 that the cardinal electors should be locked in seclusion cum clave (Latin for “with a key”) and not permitted to leave until a new Bishop of Rome had been elected. Conclaves are now held in the Sistine Chapel of the Apostolic Palace. –Wikipedia
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set during a papal conclave.
Journaling Prompt: How do you believe spiritual leaders should be selected or determined? How is that done in your spiritual practice?
Art Prompt: Papal conclave
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the intrigues surrounding one of the papal conclaves.
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Washington State University researcher Joyce Ehrlinger has found that a person’s tendency to be overconfident increases if he or she thinks intelligence is fixed and unchangeable.
Such people tend to maintain their overconfidence by concentrating on the easy parts of tasks while spending as little time as possible on the hard parts of tasks, said Ehrlinger, a WSU assistant professor of psychology. But people who hold a growth mindset–meaning they think intelligence is a changeable quality–spend more time on the challenging parts of tasks, she said. Consequently, their levels of confidence are more in line with their abilities.
Ehrlinger’s research, conducted with Ainsley Mitchum of Florida State University and Carol Dweck of Stanford University, appears in the March edition of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
“A little bit of overconfidence can be helpful,” said Ehrlinger, “but larger amounts of overconfidence can lead people to make bad decisions and to miss out on opportunities to learn.” The researchers note that overconfidence is a documented problem for drivers, motorcyclists, bungee jumpers, doctors and lawyers. –Science Daily
Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch. Does your character have a growth or fixed mindselt? What areas is he/she overconfident in?
Journaling Prompt: When are you overconfident?
Art Prompt: Overconfident
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about growth vs. fixed mindset and how that affect their confidence.
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Don’t be stuck thinking that there’s only one solution to your problem. –Communion of Dreams by James Downey
Fiction Writing Prompt: What options does your character have to solve his/her problem? What options is he/she not aware of? How could he/she become aware of them?
Journaling Prompt: What problems are you struggling with? What options do you have that might not seem possible.
Art Prompt: Options
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the idea that there are always more options available than are readily apparent. Give them ideas for brainstorming more options.
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We’ve known each other since high school, where he and I had been close friends. Eddie went on to marry his high-school sweetheart, Olivia, a girl who had been my sweetheart as well. Secretly, of course. Eddie and I had met Olivia on the same night. We both liked her, although I suspected that I liked her more. As I had been working up the courage to go talk to her, Eddie had beat me to the punch. I had hated him for that at the time, but went on to accept it. Eddie and Olivia hit it off, although once, when she had been drinking, Olivia admitted to me privately that she wished I had asked her out instead of Eddie. –Silent Echo by J. R. Rain
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about jealousy of a best friend.
Journaling Prompt: What makes you jealous?
Art Prompt: Jealousy
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about being jealous of a good friend.
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Then Brodar caught his axe and rushed upon Brian. Taken unawares the king nevertheless rallied his strength which in his day had been greater than that of any man of his time, and still only half risen from his knees he smote the Viking a blow across the legs with his sword. The other thereupon lifted his battle-axe, and smote the king upon his head, cleaving it down to the chin, then fled to the woods, but was caught the next day and hacked into pieces by some of the infuriated Irish. So fell Brian in the very moment of victory, and when the combined league of all his foes had fallen before him. When the news reached Armagh, the bishop and his clergy came south as far as Swords, in Meath, where they met the corpse of the king and carried it back to Armagh, where he was buried, say the annalists, “in a new tomb” with much weeping and lamentation. –The Story of Ireland by Emily Lawless
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a hero who leads his army to victory but dies in the process.
Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you had to sacrifice something in order to get something else you wanted more.
Art Prompt: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about setting priorities and making sacrifices to achieve a large goal.
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“People seem to have no idea how biased they are. Whether a good decision-maker or a bad one, everyone thinks that they are less biased than their peers,” said Carey Morewedge, associate professor of marketing at Boston University. “This susceptibility to the bias blind spot appears to be pervasive, and is unrelated to people’s intelligence, self-esteem, and actual ability to make unbiased judgments and decisions.”
They also found that people with a high bias blind spot are those most likely to ignore the advice of peers or experts, and are least likely to learn from de-biasing training that could improve the quality of their decisions. –Science Daily
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with a protagonist who has a high bias blind spot.
Journaling Prompt: What are some of your biases? How do you think they affect you?
Art Prompt: Blind spot
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about blind spots and biases. Give them some strategies to notice their own biases in order to root them out.
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A young man in one’s hotel bedroom is capable of being explained, but a corpse is always a hindrance. –Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
Fiction Writing Prompt: Start a story with the protagonist in a hotel room with a corpse. What happens next?
Journaling Prompt: What is the worst thing you ever had to explain?
Art Prompt: The Corpse in the Hotel Room
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a time you were embarrassed.
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Suicide is the third most common cause of death among American adolescents, and poisoning is the leading method of attempted suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unlike more violent methods, survival following self-poisoning is common, providing an opportunity to prevent subsequent suicide. However, little progress has been made in suicide prevention in the past 50 years. In fact, hospital admission rates for suicidal ideation and attempts by American children have more than doubled in the past decade…
Factors associated with suicide included recurrent self-poisoning episodes, being male and psychiatric care in the preceding year. Adolescents hospitalized for self-poisoning were also more likely to die from accidents than youths in the general population. –Science Daily
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a suicide attempt.
Journaling Prompt: Have you ever considered suicide? What do you feel about suicide?
Art Prompt: Suicide attempt
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Teach your audience the signs that someone may be considering suicide, and give them strategies for handling the situation.
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A few wisps of white cloud marred the perfection of the blue sky when I edged my horse over the rise and stared at the town sprawled out below me..
Pulling my wool coat tighter about my shoulders, I exhaled and watched the steam from my breath dissipate into nothingness. The sun glared down at me but did little to dispel the early morning chill. –Outlaw by Matthew Pizzolato
Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the scene above to start a story.
Journaling Prompt: Write about a cold morning you spent in the mountains.
Art Prompt: Cold mountain morning
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a cold morning and a decision you had to make.
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