Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for January 29, 2012. I can’t believe the month is almost over! Seems like it screamed past. Enjoy today’s delicious links. They will open in a new tab, so that you can enjoy, comment, and then return here for your next helping.

The Creative Mindset

Ken Lange presents 3 Writing Tips from Hemingway posted at Kenneth Lange, saying, “A few inspiring tips from Ernest Hemingway on writing.”

Matthew Hyde presents What’s the Point of Blogging? posted at Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, saying, “Some encouragement for any struggling bloggers out there!”

Amyra Mah presents Unleashing Creativity Without Using Drugs posted at The Amyra Records.

The Business of Creativity

Ashyia Hill presents Your Blog Went Viral? Five Ways to Keep your Readers posted at lawmacs web design blog, saying, “This article shares some tips on how bloggers can keep their readers engaged and interested so they keep coming back for more.”

Sharing Our Work

Sweet Mother presents Making Reality posted at Sweet Mother, saying, “Humorous fast fiction.”

Joseph Burleson presents Undercover Cop! Hide! posted at Inside Looking Out, saying, “This provides a humorous view at a repressed individual trying to make sense of a complicated world.”

Lori-ann presents MLK posted at MoreFire. (I amost didn’t include this one because it is difficult to read due to font color and lack of paragraphs, but it’s worth the effort.)

Podcasts

What a treat I have for you today. Dan Wells (I Am Not A Serial Killer and Mr. Monster) gives you everything you need to know to structure your story in this 6 part video series.

Creative Relationships

Nancy Parker presents 10 Ways to Tell a Child You are Sorry posted at eNannySource, saying, “Communication and trust are the hallmarks of a strong relationship; and, with all due respect to Erich Segal, that means knowing when to say you’re sorry. Sometimes knowing how to say it is even more difficult, especially when it comes to our children.”

Donna Cullen presents 10 Reasons People Forget They are in Love posted at Top Dating Sites, saying, “Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”

Writing Quote of the Week

“We write to heighten our own awareness of life. We write to lure and enchant and console others. We write to serenade our lovers. We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection. We write to render all of it eternal, and to persuade ourselves that it is eternal. We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak with others, to record the journey into the labyrinth… When I don’t write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I am in a prison. I feel I lose my fire and my color. It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing.” – Anais Nin

Spam of the Week

This design is actually amazing! You certainly understand how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your movies, I was nearly gone to live in start my very own weblog (well, almostHaHa!) Congrats. I truly enjoyed what you needed to state, and more than which, the way you offered it. Too cool!

I’m just sorry that I inspired you to start a weblog all about viagra.

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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10 Responses to Carnival of Creativity 1/29/2012

  1. SweetMother says:

    Thank you for the inclusion! It is very appreciated.
    SweetMother recently posted..On Dying, Dr. G, & Team YesMy Profile

  2. Amyra Mah says:

    A wonderful selection, and thanks so much for including my article!

    Many Blessings to you.

  3. Matthew Hyde says:

    Thanks for including my article! Looks like there are some interesting pieces here, so I’ll be checking them out…

  4. Ken Lange says:

    Thanks for putting in the effort to make another great edition of your carnival, Liz! And thanks for including my article! I really look forward to start read the other entries and to feel inspired! :-)

    And spam of the week is just hilarious – but must admit that it isn’t obvious to me what part of your site the spammer got inspired by?? ;-)

    Have a great day!

    Ken.
    Ken Lange recently posted..3 Writing Tips from HemingwayMy Profile

    • Liz says:

      Well, the spam is always funny because the comments never have anything to do with the post they’re put on. And seriously, I don’t think there’s anything on my site that has anything to do with viagra! I do have a post on teens, sex, and music, but teens aren’t exactly the target market for viagra. LOL

      Thanks for submitting, Ken. It’s a fascinating article, even though the morning tip doesn’t work for me. This brain isn’t awake until afternoon.

  5. Ken Lange says:

    Thanks for your kind words, Liz; and rest assured that you’re not the only one that mentioned that the morning tip would be a challenge!
    Ken Lange recently posted..3 Writing Tips from HemingwayMy Profile

    • Liz says:

      I’ve read that it’s the prevalence of artificial light. We don’t follow the natural rhythm of day and night anymore. We’re up late, staring at backlit screens instead of going to sleep when it gets dark. Then morning comes as a shock to the system. That theory makes complete sense to me!

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