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winter man

The Night Man walks the winter dark, trailing mist and shadows, too tall and thin for an ordinary man and slightly translucent around the edges. –THE NIGHT MAN AND THE FIRST SNOW BY KELLA CAMPBELL

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 the creepiest person you ever saw and how he/she made you feel.

Art Prompt: Night Man

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic story set at night in the winter.

Photo Credit: Boris Thaser on Flickr


We have tried to understand the rules by which the door operates. It appears and disappears unexpectedly. When we step through it, we do not know where we will be, or how long we will be there. When it comes back for us, it usually takes us home. But not always. -Theodora Goss, Pug (Asimov’s Science Fiction July 2011)

Writing Prompt: Take your character on a trip through a door that mysteriously appears out of nowhere.

Journaling / Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: If you could open a door and walk through it to anywhere, where would you go?

Art Prompt: Door

Photo Credit: Hamed Saber on Flickr


“The stranger came early in February, one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over the down, walking as it seemed from Bramblehurst railway station, and carrying a little black portmanteau in his thickly gloved hand.” -H. G. Wells, The Invisible Man

Writing Prompt: Using the first line above as a starting place or inspiration, write a scene, story, or poem.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time a stranger came into your life.

Art Prompt: The Stranger Arrives

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous or dramatic story about a time a stranger came into your life.

Photo Credit: TigerPuppala on Flickr


study of the arcane

arcane adj. understood by few; mysterious or secret: arcane procedures for electing people. arcanely adv. mid 16th century: from Latin arcanus, from arcere ‘to shut up’, from arca ‘chest’.

Writing Prompt: Write a scene using the word or concept “arcane”

Journaling Prompt: What kind of arcane knowledge would you like to have?

Art Prompt: Arcane

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Use the word ARCANE in whatever you write today.

Photo Credit: John William Waterhouse-Circe The Sorceress shared by FrauBucher on Flickr