Creativity Carnival: The Mystery Chest

Dear storytellers, poets, artists, writers, bloggers,

Welcome to the Creativity Carnival.

Creativity Carnival - Blogging event for WordPress bloggers.

Here’s this week’s cue-art 🙂 As always, I’ll share my thoughts about this cue-art next week. This whole week, this artwork is more yours than mine. Save it to you computer/mobile device and do something creative with it. Tell a short-story or narrate an experience, write a few lines of poetry, draw or paint something inspired by it…and then share it with the world.

Creativity Carnival - The treasure chest. A pen and ink drawing.


Here are a few easy rules 🙂

    1. Your cue is the artwork above.
    2. You have a week to get creative and make a post that connects with the cue.
    3. You are welcome to do anything creative with the cue. Here is a list of possibilities:
      • Write a Story (tiny/short/long…whichever works for you. A tip: Shorter Stories, more reads.)
      • Share an Anecdote
      • Write a Poem
      • Draw a doodle
      • Paint a picture
      • Some other creative craft that I can’t think of – but it must explore and even extend the portrayal in the artwork.
    4. Include the cue-art in your post.
    5. Link back to this Creativity Carnival Post and then click on it so that a pingback is registered and other bloggers (including this caricaturist) can visit your post, like it, love it, and comment upon it 🙂

For more details (mostly superfluous) please visit the Creativity Carnival page here.

Do tag your posts “creativity carnival”. So if you start following the tag, you’ll find the newest carnivals in your Reader.

I will look forward to visiting your blogs 🙂

About the Bell

The bell was inspired by a bell that hangs in my terrace. In fact, I sat a few feet from it and drew it – but I changed the context a little. I also added that little spider, because for me romance and thrill can’t exist without each other. A bell symbolizes a call for anyone, for someone. It could be used to establish a connection between two people or even between two worlds. The creeper that you see in the artwork is a stylized representation of honeysuckle – and the spider at the center of the web, waits patiently for the bee to arrive. Beyond the apparent symbolism of the bell, exists the more mundane concept of the food-chain.




41 comments on “Creativity Carnival: The Mystery Chest

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  2. Hi, Shafali, what you have drawn as cryptex, I used it as an idol (of Krishna) to tell my story. Now, I came to learn about this cryptex on clicking at the link. This cryptex codes are used to lock and open the locks also.


    • Mr. Venkatachary, you’ve just illustrated the reason why I don’t say anything about the cue-art in the same post. I love the differences in the interpretations. As I said, for that one week, the cue-art was yours…to interpret and to analyze 🙂 I saw a cryptex, you saw a statue of Lord Krishna, both are valid visuals that our minds constructed for us. Thanks so much for participating. I always wait to read your interpretation of the cue-art.


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    • Funny and cute 🙂 Loved the poem. Except that you didn’t notice the biggest treasure of all…but then nobody did :)I hear you’ve got the chest all cleaned up now. Perhaps you could use it for storing the gun now.

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      • ?Gun? :s – now checking my poem quick, did a leave a typo? … also managed to finish my part 2 to complete the poem. I used wrong tag in error but left it until I finished because the poem moves and changes tone, I just had to refine my draft for the second part. Then I’m adding the small insert of your picture prompt at the end of the poem. I usually have no pictures with my poetry. The object you speak of was deliberately left from part 1 for religious/spiritual significance, although I’m not sure what that is.and that object is introduced in part 2 of the poem…posting very soon…


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    • I have this thing for short stories…especially for stories that have unexpected twists and that take us inside a character’s mind. I just LOVED your story Lydia. Thanks for writing it. And I just love the fact that you and your boyfriend thought it up together 🙂


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      • Oh my – that will teach me to watch Paul Hollywood and type at the same time 😳 I can only say, in my defence, he’s a real hunk who works wonders with bread dough 😂


      • The hunk isn’t the only one to be blamed. I think it may have had something to do with my commenting settings too. I set them right today – so it should be a lot easier next time onwards 🙂


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    • Thanks Mr. Venkatchari. Loved your new story even more – your mind is a treasure chest and gems keep tumbling out. Sorry for the ping back not appearing – now on they will. I had to approve it manually and yesterday was incredibly busy.


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  12. Another beautiful and creative prompt Shafali. I love them, so inspirational. Looking forward to writing whatever and wherever it takes me this week 😀
    Lovely journey of discovery – thanks ✒️


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  14. i just saw this Creativity Carnival of yours and I think it’s amazing! In fact, I just posted in response to the mystery chest! Eagerly awaiting your feedback and as usual, I love the chest you have drawn up there 🙂


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    • A chest of memories 🙂 Memories from the childhood are the sweetest – I remember almost all my bruises and injuries – not from the pain they caused, but the pampering that ensued. Thanks for sharing your memories, Arti.


  16. Sorry I was so late posting my bell responses (and still have to edit and add links!) And the new prompt is here already! Another fantastic cue-art – I’ll try and be better organised with this one and not so hap-hazard.

    Really enjoyed reading the context of the ‘Bell’ cue-art drawing Shafali and enjoyed reading every one’s responses. Looking forward to taking part again and seeing all the different responses for this latest prompt 🙂

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