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The Jeannette Expedition of 1879–81, officially the U.S. Arctic Expedition, was an attempt led by George W. De Long to reach the North Pole by pioneering a route from the Pacific Ocean through the Bering Strait. The premise was that a temperate current, the Kuro Siwo, flowed northwards into the strait, providing a gateway to an Open Polar Sea and thus to the pole. This theory proved illusory; the expedition’s ship, USS Jeannette, was trapped by ice and drifted for nearly two years before she was crushed and sunk, north of the Siberian coast. De Long then led his men on a perilous journey by boat and sled to the Lena Delta. During this journey, and in the subsequent weeks of wandering in the Arctic wastes before rescue, more than half the ship’s complement died, including De Long. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about an arctic expedition gone wrong.

Journaling Prompt: If you had unlimited resources and time, where would you like to explore?

Art Prompt: Arctic exploration

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience of the Jeannette Expedition.

tuesday summer rain

Luna anticipated the cold dollops of summer rain, the torrents of water running in the washes, and the scent of the creosote bushes after the storm. She loved to be inside when the giant cloud beings grumbled and heaved their lightening swords onto the earth. –THRESHOLD – A Sky Island Story by Susan Feathers

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene set during a summer thunderstorm.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about thunderstorms?

Art Prompt: Summer Thunderstorm

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about something that happened during a thunderstorm.

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ship in fog

Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in, and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? –Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, poem, or haiku about being surrounded by fog.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how fog makes you feel.

Art Prompt: Fog

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous or dramatic story involving fog.

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friday boreas

Boreas proper noun
(Greek mythology) The god of the North Wind.
(poetic) The north wind personified.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about the winter winds and how you feel about them.

Art Prompt: Boreas

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

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dewey hill

I stood tip-toe upon a little hill,
The air was cooling, and so very still,
That the sweet buds which with a modest pride
Pull droopingly, in slanting curve aside,
Their scantly leaved, and finely tapering stems,
Had not yet lost those starry diadems
Caught from the early sobbing of the morn.
I Stood Tiptoe by John Keats

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story that begins on the little hill described above.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the joys of an early morning walk.

Art Prompt: Early morning walk

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Share a story about an early morning walk. Describe your surroundings in a way that appeals to all the senses.

Photo Credit: USDA NRCS South Dakota on Flickr


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Moonlight on the Creek

It was the prettiest night you ever saw, with the moonlight slanting on the creek and dew sparkling in the grass. The mountains rose like shadows ahead of us. It must have been three o’clock in the morning, and the mountains was so still and peaceful you would have thought the Millennium had come and all our trials was over. It was the first time I ever noticed how the way the world looks don’t have a thing to do with what’s going on with people. –Gap Creek by Robert Morgan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Describe the night scene in your current WIP.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the prettiest night you’ve ever witnessed.

Art Prompt: Prettiest night

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about something that happened on a beautiful night.

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When snow accumulates week after week, month after month, it works curious miracles. –The Winter of the Great Snows by E. B. White

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about people surviving in an arctic wasteland.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the worst snowstorm you’ve ever experienced.

Art Prompt: Blizzard

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous or dramatic story about surviving a blizzard.

Photo Credit: Tak on Flickr

The Great Storm of 1703 arrived from the southwest on 26 November (7 December in today’s calendar). In London, 2,000 chimney stacks collapsed. The New Forest lost 4,000 oaks. Ships were blown hundreds of miles off-course, and over 1,000 seamen died on the Goodwin Sands alone. News-bulletins of casualties and damage were sold all over England – a novelty at that time. The church declared that the storm was God’s vengeance for the sins of the nation. Daniel Defoe thought it was a divine punishment for poor performance against Catholic armies in the War of the Spanish Succession. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a devastating storm.

Journaling Prompt: Why do you think extreme weather happens?

Art Prompt: Storm!

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of how man has attributed weather to various causes.

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Beautiful puple colors of the lush Arizona sonoran desert with lightning striking.


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Photo Credit: Bo Insogna, on Flickr