Only fools fight fairly. All men have their strengths and their weaknesses. You must pit your strengths against your enemies’ weaknesses, always. –Child of the Ghosts by Jonathan Moeller
I’m not going decry people’s nostalgia for anything, because I love a bit of it myself. It’s something that binds us, a sort of shared memories of moments and images from pop culture past that we can link to certain times of our lives. Nostalgia is a sort of emotional time travel we all bask in every once in a while. If anything, it’s part of what makes Pop culture, well, Pop culture. Pop culture is essentially all about tapping into our memories of media gone by and capitalising the shit out of it. It’s about taking that nostalgia and essentially making it timeless. –James Whitbrook
Do eyes speak, or do we only believe they do, pouring our own thoughts and interpretations into the gaze turned on us by another? We don’t really want to know. For it is terrible to stand naked and without concealment. –Traitors’ Gate by Kate Elliott
Dr Elizabeth Yardley and Professor David Wilson from the Centre of Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.. identify six different types of killer [that use social media]:
- Reactor — Reacts to content posted on Facebook by attacking the victim face to face. This may be immediately after viewing the content that makes them angry or there may be a time delay in which they revisit the content and ruminate over its meaning.
- Informer — Uses Facebook to inform others that they intend to kill the victim, that they have killed the victim, or both. Informers use Facebook as a way of demonstrating their control over the victim and the situation.
- Antagonist — Engages in hostile exchanges on Facebook that escalate into face to face fatal violence. Antagonists may seek to introduce a physical advantage when the conflict goes offline through arming themselves with weapons.
- Fantasist — Uses Facebook to perform or indulge in a fantasy. For fantasists, the line between fantasy and reality has become increasingly blurred and the homicide may be a way of maintaining the fantasy or preventing others from discovering the deception.
- Predator — Creates and maintains a fake profile to lure a victim and meet them offline. May draw upon the information available on the victim’s profile to identify and exploit vulnerabilities to establish grounds upon which to develop a relationship
- Imposter — posts in the name of someone else. This could be the victim in order to create the illusion they are still alive or another person to gain access to and monitor the victim’s profile.
Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 26, 2015. 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
Maria Popova presents Creative Value of Staying Loose: MacArthur Geniuses on the Art of “Connected Irrelevance” posted at Brain Pickings.
Carrie presents Are You Responsible for Your Art? Intuition, Faith and Creative Process posted at Artist Think.
Sharing Our Work
Creativity Quote of the Week
Mary Carroll Moore presents Crafting Pathways in Your Book: Internal Conflict, External Conflict, and How They Form a Story posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.
CS Lakin presents Important Considerations When Developing Your Writing Style posted at Live Write Thrive.
Carol Tice presents Writing an Article vs. Writing a Blog Post: What’s the Difference? posted at Making a Living Writing.
Jo presents Free-writing: The Secret of All Successful Writers posted at Inspire Portal.
Brian McClellan presents How Star Wars Helped Me Finish My First Epic Fantasy Trilogy posted at Tor.com.
This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Story structure Q&A, with Special Guest Wesley Chu.
Christopher Jobson presents Precarious Bridges and Towers of Balanced Rocks by Michael Grab posted at This is Colossal.
Debra presents What puts a smile on your face? A fun list for your journal writing posted at The Warm Milk Journal.
The Business of Creativity
Michael J. Sullivan presents It’s Not About the Money…It’s About the Contract, Timing, and Price posted at Amazing Stories.
Elizabeth presents Working With a Cover Designer: Time-Saving Techniques posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.
Martina Boone presents 10 Editorial Steps From the Agent “Call” to Published Book posted at Writers Helping Writers .
Jennifer Brown Banks presents Telling and Selling Your Success Stories Successfully posted at Pen & Prosper.
Jodi Ohl presents The Burning Question: How do I Market My Work Article 1 aka Don’t Put The Cart Before The Horse posted at Sweet Repeats.
Joanna Penn presents How To Grow Your Fiction Email List Subscribers. My Own Case Study posted at The Creative Penn.
Jeff Goins presents Why Most Authors Get Book Launches Wrong & What We Can Learn posted at Goins, Writer.
That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for next week’s Carnival of Creativity by Friday at midnight!
Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!
Jack Hawthorn had begun to dread sleep. He dreamed now, and most of those dreams were nightmares. He wasn’t used to fear: the drumming of his heart, the quickening of breath, the blood coursing through him. –Briar Queen: A Night and Nothing Novel by Katherine Harbour
- A small and usually temporary defensive fortification.
- A defended position or protective barrier.
- A secure place of refuge or defense; a stronghold.
Different researchers have defined “symbol” in different ways, but at the most fundamental level a symbol is something that represents something else: a two-dimensional outline of a three-dimensional beast; a band of gold indicating matrimony. The use of symbols is an impressive mental feat. It requires the mind to escape the bonds of literality, to see in something more than is actually there… –Ferris Jabr
…wrath begins to speak in a self-righteous voice, building a case within your mind-your reason-that you are “right” and therefore action is justified. Your reason refuses to relent, stoking the fire of anger constantly, because it takes a great deal of fuel to keep the fires of self-righteousness burning. Wrath eventually consumes you on your own pyre. – Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason by Caroline Myss
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