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One kiss, my bonny sweetheart; I’m after a prize tonight,
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light.
Yet if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.
The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a kiss by moonlight.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a romantic setting and what happened.

Art Prompt: Kiss by moonlight

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a romantic story from your past.

Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management  on Flickr

Love Struck

Infatuation. It was common, among the nurses and the doctors, the nurses and the patients, among any gathering of people thrown for long periods into one another’s company. Some acted on it, and brief, intense affairs were frequent. If they were lucky, the affair flamed out within a few months and nothing resulted from it. If they were not…well. Pregnancy, divorce, here and there the odd case of venereal disease. Dangerous thing, infatuation. I had felt it, several times, but had had the good sense not to act on it. And as it always does, after a time the attraction had lessened, and the man lost his golden aura and resumed his usual place in my life, with no harm done to him, to me, or to Frank. And now. Now I had been forced to act on it. And God only knew what harm might be done by that action. But there was no turning back from this point. –Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your protagonist is infatuated with someone or something. Focus on the internal monologue.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an infatuation you’ve had.

Art Prompt: Infatuation

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a youthful infatuation.

Photo Credit: Gideon Wright on Flickr

Fireworks over Cashman Field

It was truth or dare and she had no choice so she kissed him and everyone cheered and she wiped his spit off her mouth with the whole of her forearm and pulled a face, but inside she was all fireworks and neighborhoods set aflame by them. Roofs blazing into the night. –In the Beginning of the End, by Katie Cortese

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 your first kiss.

Art Prompt: First kiss

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about romantic love.

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 8, 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

Joanna Powell Colbert presents Creativity as a Sacred Practice posted at Gaian Soul.

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Speed Bump posted at View from the Winepress.

Sandi presents To Query or not to Query posted at Left Brain Turn Right.

Writing Quote of the Week

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. -Maya Angelou

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey presents How to Write Romance posted at Write with Fey.

N.K. Jemisin presents Why Does Magic Need So Many Rules posted at

Suw Charman-Anderson presents Don’t Publish That Book! posted at Forbes.

Mark Nichol presents Good Advice About Bad Writing posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Matthew Salesses presents A Month of Revision posted at Necessary Fiction.



Writing Excuses presents The Problem of Originality posted at Writing Excuses.

Creative People Paying it Forward

Lara Whitmore presents 12 Gifts that Don’t Cost Anything posted at Live Creatively.

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

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People liked potential partners that matched their ideals more than those that mismatched their ideals when they examined written descriptions of potential partners, but those same ideals didn’t matter once they actually met in person, according to a new study by psychologists Paul W. Eastwick, Eli J. Finkel and Alice H. Eagly.

“People have ideas about the abstract qualities they’re looking for in a romantic partner,” said Eastwick, assistant professor of psychology at Texas A&M University and lead author of the study. “But once you actually meet somebody face to face, those ideal preferences for traits tend to be quite flexible.”

Say you prefer a partner who, online or on paper, fits the bill of being persistent. “After meeting in person, you might feel that, yeah, that person is persistent, but he can’t compromise on anything. It’s not the determined and diligent kind of persistent that you initially had in mind,” Eastwick said.

The idea is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, said Finkel, associate professor of psychology at Northwestern University and co-author of the study.

“People are not simply the average of their traits,” he said. “Knowing that somebody is persistent, ambitious and sexy does not tell you what that person is actually like. It doesn’t make sense for us to search for partners that way.”

“Thinking about this or that feature of a person apart from taking the whole person into account doesn’t predict actual attraction,” Eagly said. “While some online dating sites have video features that provide some context, generally people are matched on their answers to specific questions that do not capture the whole person.” –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene about people who met on line and then get together for a date OR create a list for your protagonist’s ideal mate and contrast them with his or her actual mate.

Journaling Prompt: Write a list of traits for your ideal mate. Compare it to people for whom you have felt an attraction.

Art Prompt: Ideal mate

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