Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for February 19, 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

Chrys Fey presents Catching A Spark posted at Write With Fey, saying, “An idea for a story and creativity can come from anywhere, you just have to catch that spark.”

Gabriela Pereira presents Why Writers Must be Readers First at DIY MFA.

Resources/Tools

John Lenaghan presents How And Why I Use Mind Maps posted at Recharge My Life. Includes reviews and links to mind mapping sites and software.

The Business of Creativity

Beth Haydn presents 56 Ways to Market your Business on Pinterest at CopyBlogger.

Responses to Prompts

Eula McLeod presents Sting Like a Bee posted at View from the Winepress. This is one seriously funny lady!

Sharing Our Work

Kate Croston presents 10 Ways Twitter Would Have Changed the Brady Bunch posted at Internet Service, saying, “Social networking is a recent phenomenon that has changed the way millions of people correspond. Tweets have replaced emails, phone calls, and of course the long-deceased hand-written letters of old.”

Liz Shaw presents Cold Quarry by Andy Straka, a book review, at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Tips and Prompts

Charlie Jane Anders presents 10 Worst Mistakes that Authors of Alternate History Make at i09.com.

Jan Fischer Wade presents Twitter Hashtags Writers Should Know at BookBlogs.

Lauren Davis presents Concept Art Writing Prompt: Saturday Night at the Edge of the World at i09.com.

Syaiful presents The 5 Poetry Writing Tips For Beginners posted at Poetry Writing Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s topic at Writing Excuses is Historical Fantasy. It’s a fascinating look at what it takes to write in this genre. I would suggest that anyone writing historical fiction listen to this one.

Visual Arts

Daniela Baker presents 6 Tips for Better Underwater Pictures posted at Dive and More (Xtremesports), saying, “Let me share with you some tips and suggestions on how to get great looking underwater photos.”

Umair presents Barbie Doll in the fine art world posted at slickzine.com, saying, “Barbie does it all”

Creative People Paying it Forward

96well presents Solve puzzles for science posted at Reportergene, saying, “Creatives! Solve puzzles for science!”

Writing Quote of the Week

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ~Ray Bradbury

Spam of the Week

An gripping language is couturier comment. I opine that you should pen more on this theme, it might not be a taboo message but mostly fill are not sufficiency to mouth on such topics. To the succeeding. Cheers!

And for all you spammers out there, read this next article and think seriously about it. Jon Rhodes presents Why You Shouldn’t Spam Blog Comments posted at Affiliate Help!, saying, “This article shows you why you should not spam blog comments in order to promote your blog.”

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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