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“And there he sat, up front, all alone in the first pew.” -David Gilbert, & Sons

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 an experience that you’ve had in a sacred place.

Art Prompt: First Pew

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about your favorite sacred place and your experiences there.

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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

Brian Feinblum presents 16 Tips on how to Survive and Thrive as a Writer posted at Live Write Thrive.

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.


Liz Shaw presents In Search of an Edible Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Yeast-Free Pizza Crust posted at Liz Andra Shaw.


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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I was baptized as an infant, but then made the choice to be baptized as an adult. I wanted to do it mindfully, as a sacred choice. This reading touched me.

Pilar and Daniel Weinberg’s son was baptized on the coast. The baptism taught him what was sacred.

They gave him a sea shell: “So you’ll learn to love the water.”

They opened a cage and let a bird go free: “So you’ll learn to love the air.”

They gave him a geranium: “So you’ll learn to love the earth.”

And they gave him a little bottle sealed up tight: “Don’t ever, ever open it. So you’ll learn to love mystery.” -Eduardo Galeano, Walking Words

Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your character is baptized. What gifts is she given, and what are the lessons they carry?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a baptism experience, yours or that of your child or family member.

Art Prompt: Baptism

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your experience with the decision to be baptized, whether it be a religious baptism or otherwise.

Photo Credit: mikebaird 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


Every culture from before written history to today’s modern society has viewed fire as both a force to be feared and an element to be revered. Fire or smoke are seen in many religious rituals. Both symbolize a cleansing or renewing force. 

Lighting this fire at the entrance would lay claim to the cave, establish it as their place of residence. Controlled fire was a device of man, essential to life in a cold climate. Even smoke had beneficial properties; the smell alone evoked a feeling of safety and home. The smoke from the cave fire, filtering up through the cavern to the high-vaulted ceiling, would find its way out through cracks and on drafts through the opening. It would take away with it any unseen forces that might be inimical to them, purge the cave, and permeate it with their essence, the essence of human. -Jean Auel, The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children, Book One): with Bonus Content

Writing Prompt: Write a scene about a ritual using fire or smoke.

Journaling Prompt: What feelings does fire evoke in you?

Art Prompt: Fire

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story that involves use of fire for protection and / or ritual.

Photo Credit: Vincent van der Pas on Flickr

golden path

Every society for as far back as we can study has had a set of religious beliefs and rituals. The current research shows that this is about how our brains work. Whether they were created that way to lead us to the Divine or evolved that way in order to create community for advantage in survival we may never know as scientific certainty. And that brings us back to faith, as this study predicted it would.

“…religion is not just something for a peculiar few to do on Sundays instead of playing golf. We have gathered a body of evidence that suggests that religion is a common fact of human nature across different societies. This suggests that attempts to suppress religion are likely to be short-lived as human thought seems to be rooted to religious concepts, such as the existence of supernatural agents or gods, and the possibility of an afterlife or pre-life.’ -Roger Trigg in Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Exercise your imagination and create a world where there is no religion.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about the afterlife?

Art Prompt: The Religious Brain

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the research involving the brain and religion.

Photo Credit: h.koppdelaney on Flickr


My mother worked in churches when I was little, so I grew up playing tag in sanctuaries. The concept of hallowed ground wasn’t introduced to me until I was older. Now I feel that sense of sacredness more frequently in nature than in buildings. Here is the story of one place considered hallowed ground by the natives of the region.

Kangchenjunga translates as “five treasure houses in the snow.” Tibetan mythology deems the mountain the sacred seat of the Gods and says it contains their five treasures: gold, silver, copper, corn, and divine books. Although climbers have traditionally gotten to within feet of the true top but out of respect stopped short of that holy ground, it has become increasingly trampled by climbers with little or no spiritual connection to the sacred surroundings who want to tag the true summit. For women climbers, simply avoiding the hallowed ground evidently isn’t good enough to mollify the Mountain Gods; local legend has it that the spirits don’t want women anywhere near the sanctified summit for fear they will “pollute” its purity. Many devout believe this is why women have had so little success on Kangchenjunga. -Jennifer Jordan, Savage Summit

Writing Prompt: Describe a place that will be considered hallowed ground in your story.

Journaling Prompt: Describe a place that is hallowed ground for you.

Art Prompt: Sacred

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to create their own sacred space.

Please share your story about hallowed ground in the Comments.

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