From the monthly archives: January 2016

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for January 31, 2016. 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

ABI presents Sorry, You’ve Been Rejected posted at Art Business Institute.

Responses to Writing Reader Prompt

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Sharing Our Work

Hema presents Flash Fiction – Breaking Free posted at Hema’s Mixed Bag.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? - Henry Ward Beecher

Creativity Prompt

mcthre3 presents The Rock at Pagua posted at Atlas Obscura.

Writing Tips

LA Stockman presents TIPS FOR USING PINTEREST TO REIGNITE YOUR WRITING posted at LA Stockman.

Jennifer Blanchard presents How to Plan Your Story in Six Weeks posted at StoryFix 2.0.

Cathy Lamb presents Stealing From Your Own Life: Your Way To A Storyline posted at Writer Unboxed.

Mark Nichol presents Whether to Use “Whether” or “If” posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Patrick Haggerty presents Writing Marine Heroes – Get the few, the proud, the Marine, just right posted at Romance University.

Paul Anthony Shortt presents Should You Avoid Topical Issues in Your Writing? posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents Get Rid of On-the-Nose Dialogue Once and For All posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Blogging

Naveen Kulkarni presents 5 Questions You Got Answer Before Blogging Full Time posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Q&A on Showing Your Work, with Daniel José Older.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about An Interesting Publishing Case Study and Marketing to Your Various Tribes, with Paul Bishop.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents What is important in life? A journal writing exercise posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Allison Stadd presents 10 Productivity Apps Every Freelancer Needs posted at 99u.

Kristen Pope presents Want to Freelance Around the World? Take a Remote Year posted at The Write Life.

Michael J. Sullivan presents Myths of Publishing: Anyone Can Self-publish, Part 2 posted at Amazing Stories.

Kristen Lamb presents 3 Ways to Fire Up Your Writing Career Today posted at Warrior Writers.

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

 

cliff dwellers by George Bellows

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: George Bellows on Flickr
 

mountain

“The mountain that remains when the universe is destroyed
is not big and is not small. –3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe will happen at the end of the world?

Art Prompt: Mountain

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about mountains and what they symbolize to you.

Photo Credit: barnyz on Flickr

embarrassed by grandma

chagrin noun
1. Acute vexation, annoyance, or embarrassment, arising from disappointment or failure.
2. To unsettle or vex by disappointment or humiliation; to mortify.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you experienced chagrin.

Art Prompt: Chagrin

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

Photo Credit: Neal Mundy on Flickr

Alice

She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it) –The Complete Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who knows what to do, but never manages to do it. 

Journaling Prompt: What advice have you given yourself that you didn’t follow? Why? What happened?

Art Prompt: Advice to myself

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about something you knew you should do, but you did it anyway.

Photo Credit: cea on Flickr

King Tut

What sounds like a blockbuster movie plot was actually a discovery made on a computer screen: two possible hidden chambers within the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb, sealed for millennia and overlooked byHoward Carter when he excavated the site in the Valley of the Kings in the 1920s. Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves saw what appeared to be doors to the chambers when examining laser scans of the tomb. Initial radar scanning and thermal imaging have suggested the presence of empty spaces that would support Reeves’ theory. He believes the burial chamber of the illustrious Queen Nefertiti lies behind one of the walls. –Kristin Romey

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story about what is in the hidden chamber.

Journaling Prompt: What great discovery would you like to make? Why?

Art Prompt: Queen Nefertiti

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about an amazing discovery you made.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia on Flickr

gravestone

To frame for you what she was, the height and width and depth of her, is not possible though she was young. To say what she meant is not possible. To say how profoundly her living and leaving life touched and changed the lives of those around her, those who loved her, is not possible. She was loved and now she’s missed. The loving was great; the missing is terrible. That may not make sense either. But it’s all there is. –The Concrete Maze by Steven Torres

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who died too young.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you lost too soon.

Art Prompt: Gravestone

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about someone you loved who died too soon.

Photo Credit: Spencer Means on Flickr

Hilda_Nilsson

Hilda Nilsson (1876 – 10 August 1917) was a Swedish serial killer from Helsingborg who became known as “the angel maker on Bruks Street.”…

As a way to raise cash, Nilsson cared for infants in return for money from mothers who were not married and needed help. At that time, having a child outside of marriage was a shameful moral crime, and caring for these children for a fee (known as baby farming) was a common practice…

Nilsson murdered the children she took care of shortly after their mothers left them in her care. This was possible because the authorities rarely knew of these babies’ existence. Furthermore, the mothers almost never wanted to come back to learn how their children were doing…

Nilsson was different from other baby-farmer child killers of that time, in that she actively killed the children. Most others simply left the children with insufficient food and in unhealthy living conditions, which led to their death. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about baby farms.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when you see a mother abusing or neglecting a child? How should our society handle that/

Art Prompt: Neglect

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how child protective services shelters resemble the baby farms of the past. Make a suggestion as to how to protect children in our society. 

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for January 24, 2016. 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

Carrie presents Is your Inner Critic is at large and in charge? posted at Artist Think.

Patricia Beal presents Ghosts of Rejections Past posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Frank Parker responded to Prompt #1607 Visual Prompt of the Week – Ornate.
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Sharing Our Work

Liz presents This is Real Life #34 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

 Your art should be your heart, your tears, and your blood. -Molly Crabapple

Resources

Feath.com presents Sentence Starters.

Writing Tips

Mark Nichol presents Principles of Plain English posted at Daily Writing Tips.

CS Lakin presents Problematic POV—Characters’ Names, Thoughts, and Senses posted at Live Write Thrive.

Stephanie Gayle presents The Surprising Confessions Your Characters Make When You Listen posted at Writer Unboxed.

Nina Munteanu presents On Style Manuals and Pinkerisms of Steve posted at Amazing Stories.

Janice Hardy presents Get a Clue: We All Need a Little Mystery in Our Novels posted at Fiction University.

Blake Atwood presents 5 Ways to Endear Yourself to Your Book Editor posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Jo Linsdell presents Very few bad guys are all bad posted at Writers and Authors.

Larry Brooks presents The (Story) Doctor Will See You Now posted at The Kill Zone.

Blogging

Michael D. presents 3 Steps to Avoid Writer’s Block and Improve Content Value posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Amanda Patterson presents 10 Quick Fixes For Blogger’s Block posted at Writers Write.

Bethany Jett presents Three Ways to Connect with Your Readers posted at The Write Conversation.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about How to Hand-Sell Your Manuscript to Agents and Editors, with Michael Underwood and Marco Palmieri.

This week’s podcast at Upgrade Your Story is all about Chat with Author and Creative Shanna Germain.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about The End of Jobs And The Rise Of Creative Entrepreneurs With Taylor Pearson.

Videos

Jennifer Carlisle presents 10 TED Talks Every Art Teacher Should Watch posted at The Art of Ed.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents The Art of Trees posted at This is Colossal.

Alisa presents landscape photography- a few tips posted at Alisa Burke.

Journaling

Debra presents Five prompts for your journal writing this evening posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Catherine Castle presents Imagine Them Naked-The Importance of Public Speaking posted at Romance University.

Lori McNee presents How to Develop a Professional Series of Artwork posted at Artists Network.

Thomas James presents Creating Your Promotional Strategy as an Artist posted at Illustration Friday.

Jeff Goins presents Every Writer Needs a Tribe (Have You Found Yours?) 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!

 

redcap mushroom

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Aleksey Gnilenkov on Flickr