Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for May 27, 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.

Announcements

I took last week off due to an ability to get my feet back on the ground after winning the District 3 International Speech Contest. I’ll be traveling to Orlando in August to compete in the International semi-finals, and then, if the judges smile on me, to compete in the finals. I’m still floating up amongst the stars, but I’m trying to get back on track for this week with my blogging. So let’s have a carnival!

Resources/Tools

One of my favorite features on Morning Edition (NPR) is StoryCorps. Since 2003, Story Corps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Head over there and take a listen if you’re in need of some inspiration for your story, journal, or art. At the top of site is a link for “question generator.” Great for journaling ideas! (Thanks to Loren at Conversation Matters for reminding me of this great resource. Sign up for Loren’s newsletter. It’s great!)

Sharing Our Work

Eula presents Robots posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz presents The Time Traders Series Book Review posted at LizAndraShaw.com.

Writing Quote of the Week

We writers and teachers don’t change lives, and we certainly don’t make lives. We nudge them. We nudge the nudge-able. Let’s not let anyone tell us that the Internet is going to murder the book, because the automobile has yet to murder the bicycle. The book, like the bicycle, is a perfect invention, and perfection dies hard. What object is more beautiful than a book? And if Keats’s calculation is correct and beauty equals truth, then we need to understand that the right books in our hands are paramount for our survival as a species. There’s this great line by W. S. Merwin that I always carry with me: “But we were not born to survive, only to live.” Books, like love, make living possible. -William Giraldi, First Fiction, Poets & Writers Magazine, July 2011

Writing Tips and Prompts

Gail presents Time Management Tuesday: Why Writers Might Want to Take Part in Projects Like “The May Days” posted at Original Content.

Chrys presents Characters Make a Book posted at Write with Fey.

Mari presents How to Keep a Journal When You Don’t Ever Have Any Time posted at CreateWriteNow.

B. McKenzie presents How to Make a Boring Character Interesting posted at Super Hero Nation.

C.S. Lakin presents Muddle the Middle of Your Scenes at Live Write Thrive.

Creativity Boosts

wizard presents The Answer Lies in “You” posted at Wizard Corpse.

Podcasts

I’ve got two great podcasts from Writing Excuses to share with you this week. The first is on Cathartic Horror with guests Michael Collings and Michaelbent Collings. The next is a Project in Depth look at Howard Tayler’s new book, Force Multiplication. Fascinating!

The Business of Creativity

Michael presents Business Thank You Notes posted at ThankYouNotes.com.

Nicole presents Writing is not a Business Model posted at Nicole on the Net.

Derek presents Can You Use the Kindle Store as a Marketing Channel? posted at Concentrix.

Spam of the Week

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That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for next week’s Carnival of Creativity by Friday at midnight!

2 Responses to Carnival of Creativity May 27, 2012

  1. zencherry says:

    Have I told you how much your blog means to me? BUNCHES. I come here to gather my spiderwebbed thoughts and find inspiration every. Single. Time. XOXO
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