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Ruthetta received a lot of mail. More than anyone else on Don’s route. More than Don had received in his whole life, probably. She received parcels and envelopes and bundles and gift boxes. They came every day, in all shapes and colors and sizes. –The Matchmaker by Sara Puls

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about Ruthetta’s packages – what’s in them, who sends them, where do they come from?

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most exciting package you’ve received in the mail recently.

Art Prompt: Packages

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a package in the mail.

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The military brat lifestyle typically involves moving to new states or countries many times while growing up, as the child’s military family is customarily transferred to new non-combat assignments; consequently, many military brats never have a home town. War-related family stresses are also a commonly occurring part of military brat life. There are also other aspects of military brat life that are significantly different in comparison to the civilian American population, often including living in foreign countries and or diverse regions within the U.S., exposure to foreign languages and cultures, and immersion in military culture.

The military brats subculture has emerged over the last 200 years. The age of the phenomenon has meant military brats have also been described by a number of researchers as one of America’s oldest and yet least well-known and largely invisible subcultures. They have also been described as a “modern nomadic subculture”.

“Military brat” is known in U.S. military culture as a term of endearment and respect. The term may also connote a military brat’s experience of mobile upbringing, and may reference a sense of worldliness. Research has shown that most current and former military brats like the term; however, outside of the military world, the term “military brat” can sometimes be misunderstood by the non-military population, where the word “brat” is often a pejorative term. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story from the POV of a military brat.

Journaling Prompt: How does/did your parents’ work affect your family’s culture?

Art Prompt: Military brat

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how your parents’ jobs affected you when you were growing up.

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It wasn’t deja vu, but the perpetual expectation of it. –The Black Bough by Conor Powers-Smith

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a person who lives with deja vu experiences on a regular basis.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you had deja vu.

Art Prompt: Deja Vu

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the scientific basis for deja vu.

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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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Our house was taken away on the back of a truck one afternoon late in the summer of 1979. –All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

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 childhood experience that was traumatic for you.

Art Prompt: Moving day

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the procedures used to move a house.

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hugger-mugger (n)
  • A disorderly jumble; muddle; confusion.
  • Secrecy; concealment.
  • Confused; muddled; disorderly.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about a hugger-mugger in your life.

Art Prompt: Hugger-mugger

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

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A fairy tale is a type of short story that typically features folkloric fantasy characters, such as dwarfs, dragons, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, goblins, griffins, mermaids, talking animals, trolls, unicorns, or witches, and usually magic or enchantments. Fairy tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends (which generally involve belief in the veracity of the events described)[1] and explicitly moral tales, including beast fables. The term is mainly used for stories with origins in European tradition and, at least in recent centuries, mostly relates to children’s literature. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a modern fairy tale.

Journaling Prompt: What is your favorite fairy tale and why does it appeal to you? What lessons have you learned from it?

Art Prompt: Fairy Tale

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about your life, but put it in the form of a fairy tale.

Photo Credit: Caitlin ‘Caity’ Tobias on Flickr

The death of a stranger on the mountain is like a motorway accident. You’re aware of it, but you drive on…. I don’t believe that any dead colleague would want the survivors robbed of their chances [at the summit]. –Savage Summit by Jennifer Jordan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene where the protagonist makes a choice that seems cruel.

Journaling Prompt: What decision have you regretted and why did you make it?

Art Prompt: Death of a stranger

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about deaths in mountaineering and the “code of the mountain.”

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Medieval cuisine includes foods, eating habits, and cooking methods of various European cultures during the Middle Ages, which lasted from the fifth to the fifteenth century. During this period, diets and cooking changed less than they did in early modern period that followed, when those changes helped lay the foundations for modern European cuisine. Cereals remained the most important staple during the early Middle Ages as rice was introduced late, and the potato was only introduced in 1536, with a much later date for widespread consumption. Barley, oat and rye were among the poor. Wheat was for the governing classes. Those were consumed as bread, porridge, gruel and pasta by all of society’s members. Fava beans and vegetables were important supplements to the cereal-based diet of the lower orders. (Phaseolus beans, today the “common bean”, were of New World origin and were introduced after the Columbian Exchange in the 16th century.)

Meat was more expensive and therefore more prestigious. Game, a form of meat acquired from hunting, was common only on the nobility’s tables. The most prevalent butcher’s meats were pork, chicken and other domestic fowl; beef, which required greater investment in land, was less common. Cod and herring were mainstays among the northern populations; dried, smoked or salted they made their way far inland, but a wide variety of other saltwater and freshwater fish was also eaten.

Slow transportation and food preservation techniques (based on drying, salting, smoking and pickling) made long-distance trade of many foods very expensive. Because of this, the nobility food was more prone to foreign influence than the cuisine of the poor; it was dependent on exotic spices and expensive imports. As each level of society imitated the one above it, innovations from international trade and foreign wars from the 12th century onwards gradually disseminated through the upper middle class of medieval cities. Aside from economic unavailability of luxuries such as spices, decrees outlawed consumption of certain foods among certain social classes and sumptuary laws limited conspicuous consumption among the nouveaux riches. Social norms also dictated that the food of the working class be less refined, since it was believed there was a natural resemblance between one’s labour and one’s food; manual labour required coarser, cheaper food. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about the cuisine in your world and how it differs between different social and cultural groups. 

Journaling Prompt: Write about your family of origin’s cuisine.

Art Prompt: Medieval cuisine

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about medieval culture.

Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

Nancy said there’s an art to multiple-choice questions. There’s always the right answer, the wrong answer that you want to pick anyway, the silly answer, and the answer that leads to the inevitable tragedy of human experience. If you read enough of them, you can figure out which one is which by the way they’re phrased, or the way they’re ordered. When in doubt, pick C, she says. –I’ve Come to Marry the Princess by HELENA BELL

Fiction Writing Prompt: Give your protagonist a practical multiple choice test. Write a different outcome for each of the possible choices.

Journaling Prompt: What’s your test taking strategy? How do you apply this in real life situations?

Art Prompt: Multiple choice

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to make choices when they have several good options.

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