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monday blue flash

John Ivers, an unassuming grandfather living in Bruceville, Indiana, started the project with 10 feet of straight track in his shed, which he plopped a retrofitted car seat on top of. Simply through trial and error — without formal engineering training — he kept on building, until the ride outgrew the small shed. Then he brought it outside and kept building, adding a full loop, an engine-powered conveyor chain, support towers, and flag mounts.

When it was finished, he of course christened the roller coaster with a name: the Blue Flash. –Atlas Obscura

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who builds something incredible.

Journaling Prompt: If you could, what would you build in your back yard?

Art Prompt: Rollercoaster

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the amazing story of something you built.

Photo Credit: Collin on Atlas Obscura

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for June 3, 2012. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Linda Fisher Thornton presents What is Creativity? posted at Leading in Context LLC


Looking for some inspiration? Try the Poets & Writers Literary Places Database. Or how about joining a conversation at the Conversation Cafe?

Mark Nichol presents 7 Great Websites for Writers posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Sharing Our Work

Emi Bauer presents All Those Whiny Vegetarians posted at Confessions of an Incompetent Blogger.

Eula McLeod presents True North posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz Shaw presents The Inner Critic posted at LizAndraShaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

Do not place a photograph of your ­favourite author on your desk, especially if the author is one of the famous ones who committed suicide. -Roddy Doyle

Writing Tips and Prompts

C.S. Lakin presents Endings that Spark Beginnings posted at Live Write Thrive.

Phil Plait presents How I Stopped Worrying (About Science) and Learned to Love the Story posted at

D.D. Syrdal presents Don’t Let Anybody Squash You presented at Filling Spaces.


The podcasters at Writing Excuses are answering questions asked by their Facebook fans in this week’s episode, Microcasting.

Visual Arts

Katie presents Koko: The Gorilla That Speaks to Humans and Paints posted at Anthropology Gallery.

Spam of the Week

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That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for next week’s Carnival of Creativity by Friday at midnight!