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Royal assent or sanction is the method by which a country’s monarch (possibly through a delegated official) formally approves an act of that nation’s parliament. In certain nations, such assent makes the act law (promulgation) while in other nations assent is distinct from promulgation. In the vast majority of contemporary monarchies, this act is considered to be little more than a formality; even in those nations which still permit their monarchs to withhold royal assent (such as the United Kingdom, Norway, and Liechtenstein), the monarch almost never does so, save in a dire political emergency or upon the advice of their government. While the power to withhold royal assent was once exercised often in European monarchies, it is exceedingly rare in the modern, democratic political atmosphere that has developed there since the 18th century.

Royal assent is sometimes associated with elaborate ceremonies. In the United Kingdom, for instance, the sovereign may appear personally in the House of Lords or may appoint Lords Commissioners, who announce that royal assent has been granted at a ceremony held at the Palace of Westminster for this purpose. However, royal assent is usually granted less ceremonially by letters patent. In other nations, such as Australia, the governor-general merely signs the bill. In Canada, the governor general may give assent either in person at a ceremony held in the Senate or by a written declaration notifying parliament of his or her agreement to the bill. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the conflict arises from the monarch withholding royal assent.

Journaling Prompt: If you could be King or Queen, what country would you like to rule over and why? 

Art Prompt: Royal Assent

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the tradition of royal assent and what it means in the modern age.

Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing. It was small wonder, then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor, said ‘Bother!’ and ‘O blow!’ and also ‘Hang spring-cleaning!’ and bolted out of the house without even waiting to put on his coat. –Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which weather drives the action.

Journaling Prompt: What distracts you from doing what you know you should do?

Art Prompt: Spring Cleaning

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a spring adventure.

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When Shuos Jedao walked into his temporary quarters on Station Muru 5 and spotted the box, he assumed someone was attempting to assassinate him. It had happened before. –Extracurricular Activities by Yoon Ha Lee

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: Write about a surprise delivery you received.

Art Prompt: Surprise!

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a surprise package you recieved.

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nefarious
  • Wicked in the extreme; iniquitous.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about some wickedness you have experienced or witnessed and how you felt/reacted.

Art Prompt: Nefarious

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

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…research shows many people have homicidal thoughts or fantasies (as many as 79 percent of men and 66 percent of women in a 1993 survey of university students), DeLisi said. It becomes a problem when those thoughts progress to contemplating situations in which homicide is appropriate, forecasting consequences of murder or simulating the act of killing.

“For most people, the thoughts are short-lived and related to a dispute. They may think about killing someone instantaneously, but once they cool down they’re OK,” DeLisi said. “For correctional clients, it’s part of their emotional life. They have a lot of anger, hostility and psychopathology. They think people are out to get them and they’re very aggressive, so some of these severe offenders contemplate homicide.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who escalates from contemplation to execution of a homicide and the aftermath.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever fantasied about hurting someone? Write about that experience, however brief it may have been. What did you learn about yourself?

Art Prompt: Fantasies

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how dangerous fantasies can be and how to deal with them when they happen.

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The captain remembered that even when he was a small boy — before he went to sea at age thirteen — he had carried his deep mood of melancholy within him like a cold secret. This melancholic nature had manifested itself in his pleasure at standing outside the village on a winter night watching the lamp lights fade, by finding small places in which to hide — claustrophobia had never been a problem for Francis Crozier — and by being so afraid of the dark, seeing it as the avatar of the death that had claimed his mother and grandmother in such a stealthy way, that he had perversely sought it out, hiding in the root cellar while other boys played in the sunlight. Crozier remembered that cellar — the grave chill of it, the smell of cold and mold, the darkness and inward-pressing which left one alone with dark thoughts. –The Terror by Dan Simmons

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story from the point of view of someone with melancholy.

Journaling Prompt: What is your general mood? Do you ever hide your true mood from people?

Art Prompt: Melancholy

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about mood disorders.

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In 1848, when news of the Gold Rush began spreading, people were so desperate to get to California that all sorts of dubious vessels were pressed into service, Everett says. On arrival, ship captains found no waiting cargo or passengers to justify a return journey—and besides, they and their crew were eager to try their own luck in the gold fields…

Sometimes the ships were put to other uses. The most famous example is the whaling ship Niantic, which was intentionally run aground in 1849 and used as a warehouse, saloon, and hotel before it burned down in a huge fire in 1851 that claimed many other ships in the cove. A hotel was later built atop the remnants of the Niantic at the corner of Clay and Sansome streets, about six blocks from the current shoreline. –New Map Reveals Ships Buried Below San Francisco by Greg Miller

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an abandoned ship.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something you left behind that you wish you still had.

Art Prompt: Abandoned ship

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about the California Gold Rush.

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The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Rainy Day

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene set on a rainy day.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel on rainy days?

Art Prompt: Rainy Day

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic story set on a rainy day.

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