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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 29, 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

Phillip Gruneich presents The stuff that IDEAS are made of posted at Short of Stories.

wizard presents The Greatest Reality posted at Wizard Corpse, saying, “Your reality is technically what you perceive the world or more accurately the universe to be. But it is an important fact that that different perceptions of reality lead to different results and different inspirations of how one would live. Some live fully while some don’t. And it is also apparent that the same law of nature applies for you and me so now as a climax of our Reality Check Special, I will share with you one of the most vital (if not the most vital) guideline that will govern your life towards more meaning”

Resources/Tools

Jayme Gates presents Supersize Me: Supervolcanoes posted at Science in My Fiction. A nice general review of the science and mythology of volcanoes with links to additional resources.

Sharing Our Work

Marcy presents Tuk Tuk Hell, or Heaven posted at Too Timid, Too Squeamish.

Jennif3r presents A Prayer for Creative Flow: Healing Creative Blocks (Poetry) posted at Freedom from Ashes, saying, “This is a prayer/poem about Creativity, Spirituality, surrender and allowing our Creativity to flow through the healing of any blocks.”

Emi Bauer presents The Strange Case of Dr. Feingold and Mr. Mike posted at Confessions of an Icompetent Blogger

Eula McLeod presents It’s Gr-r-r-r-r-reat!! posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz presents You Pays Your Money and You Takes Your Chances posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

When they give you lined paper, write the other way. – Ray Bradbury

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey presents Find Writing Inspiration posted at Writing with Fey.

C.S. Lakin presents Creating “Moments” So You Don’t Bore Your Readers posted at Live, Write, Thrive

Creativity Boosts

JeanNicole Rivers presents Writing Frustration and A Creative Way to Push Through posted at JeanNicole Rivers, saying, “Getting over writing frustration.”

Podcasts

Larry Correia joins the Writing Excuses podcasters to discuss Guns and Fiction. If you’re talking guns in your writing, you’ll want to listen to this.

Visual Arts

Nicole Elena Robertson presents Nicole Elena Robertson: Paper Lantern posted at Nicole Elena Robertson, saying, “A recently produced papercut, responding to the prompt ‘play on words’.”

Creative People Paying it Forward

Pamela Jorrick presents Trashy Art- Washed Ashore posted at Blah, Blah, Blog.

The Business of Creativity

Daniela Baker presents 6 Skills Every Blogger Needs posted at Bloggers Passion, saying, “There are key ingredients in building a successful blog. You will need a set of skills like what’s listed on this article.”

Jon Rhodes presents How To Make Money From Your Hobbies posted at Affiliate Help!, saying, “This article gives hints and tips on how to make money from your hobbies.”

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 1, 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.

Responses to Writing Reader Prompts

Sara Healy presents Fiction Friday – The End in response to Prompt #285 Defending the System.

The Creative Mindset

wizard presents Improve mental function and memory by looking at nature posted at Comments for Optimum Awareness Leads to Optimum Control in Your Life.

Resources/Tools

Michael presents 5 Creative Thank You Card Ideas posted at Thank You Notes.

Sharing Our Work

Pamela Jorrick presents The Meal posted at Escape is Possible.

vidushi presents Mad Men – An American TV Series posted at vidushisandhir.

Liz Shaw presents World Building: Time on Alykan at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? for the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming. Growth of the soul, growth of the mind; how the observation of last year seems childish, superficial; how this year — even this week — even with this new phrase — it seems to us that we have grown to a new maturity. It may be a fallacious persuasion, but at least it is stimulating, and so long as it persists, one does not stagnate. -Vita Sackville-West

Writing Tips and Prompts

Jeremy Dean presents 10 of the Most Suprising Findings from Psychological Studies posted at io9.com. A treasure trove of ideas for writers!

Mark Nichol presents Narrative, Plot, and Story at Daily Writing Tips. Includes info on narrative voice and narrative point of view.

Annette Fix presents Self-Editing for Fiction Writers at WOW! Women on Writing.

Creativity Boosts

Jennif3r presents Butterfly Visions: “The Clouded Bright Moon” posted at Freedom from Ashes. A very cool visual writing prompt.

Podcasts

This week’s episode at Writing Excuses has Dan, Mary, and Howard talking about Man vs. Nature archetypal stories, particularly the strengths and pitfalls to avoid.

Visual Arts

Nicole Elena Robertson presents Nicole Elena Robertson: Northern Rivers posted at Nicole Elena Robertson.

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for February 26, 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

Patti Onderko presents Get Unstuck at Success. 17 ways to bring more creativity into your life and work.

Rodney Maley presents Battling Self-Doubt posted at Life-fficient. Tips on dealing with your inner critic.

Dr. Mike presents Get Creative posted at UpbeatBrain.com, saying, “Creativity covers a lot of ground, and we can all find a spot to explore it and enjoy it.”

Chrys Fey presents Yes, You Can Write A Novel! posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Writing a novel has never been impossible in the past, nor will it ever be in the future. Anyone can do it, even you!”

Pamela Jorrick presents A Letter A Day posted at Blah, Blah, Blog, saying, “Why do I participate in these crazy challenges that I find on the internet? I don’t really know. I actually don’t need any more challenge in life, but this sounded like a fun idea, so I wanted to give it a try.”

Resources/Tools

Sheila Scarborough presents How to know when your content is pinned on Pinterest posted at Sheila’s Guide To The Good Stuff, saying, “The visual bulletin board service Pinterest is getting a lot of attention lately, and it’s certainly fun, but how do you know if your own content has been pinned on someone else’s board? This post gives a quick how-to explanation.”

Sharing Our Work

Derrick Roberts presents Mid-week Ramblings: ‘Front-porch Wisdom’ posted at Writing Wrong(Handed).

Kate Croston presents 20 Biggest Soccer Tragedies and the Internet Response posted at Internet Service, saying, “The history of soccer is dotted with some of the worst tragedies ever recorded in sports. Whether by natural means, or by the hands of men, there have been numerous disastrous events throughout soccer’s past.”

Lindsay Willison presents 10 Ways to Get Even with Automated Answering Services posted at Landline Phone Service, saying, “The chances of reaching a live person when placing a call these days get slimmer all the time. Every call turns into a form of techno-gymnastics, hopping through a maze of push-button options until you finally reach a human being, if ever.”

Coleen Torres presents 10 SOPA Boycotts That Were Impressive posted at phonetvinternet.com, saying, “The hotly contested Stop Online Piracy Act was one of the most controversial issues of late 2011 and early 2012. Lawmakers, entertainers and consumers alike spoke out vociferously against the potentially-dangerous legislation, which was eventually shelved.”

NSFW: Gracie J presents Body Counts posted at How Sweet It Is To Be Gracie, saying, “For readers with an open mind and open discussions”

Writing Tips and Prompts

C.S. Lakin presents First Paragraph, First Thoughts at Live, Write, Thrive.

Dan Wells presents How to Build Your Story (now on video) at Fearful Symmetry.

Rebecca Joines Schinsky presents 7 Surprise Twists I’d Rather Live Without [or The Airing of Grievances, Literary Style] at BookRiot.

Catherine Ryan Howard presents How (Not?) to Get Your Book Reviewed at Catherine, Caffeinated.

Liz Shaw presents The Test of Time at LizAndraShaw, asking “Will your writing stand the test of time?”

Podcasts

Writing Excuses presents The City as a Character at WritingExcuses. Mary and Dan discuss using a city as a character with Sarah Pinborough, for whom London is an important setting and one of her favorite places.

Visual Arts

The Business of Creativity

Hannah Howard presents 10 Reasons Most Social Bookmarking Sites Suck posted at Longhorn Leads, LLC, saying, “The trouble with most social bookmarking sites is that they don’t have the proper balance that would make them as useful as they could be. Either there are too many sites that rank highly for no apparent reason, or there are too few gems to pluck from the sea of rubbish to make the effort worthwhile.”

Valaney Martin presents How to get your game noticed and get paid from it posted at Ubiquitense, saying, “Here are some guidelines for the average indie game developer to follow so that there’s a better chance of their game being noticed and making a profit from it.”

Writing Quote of the Week

Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there. -Thomas Berger

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Welcome to the February 5, 2012 edition of carnival of creativity. Feel free to click through to all the links – they’ll open in a new window, allowing you to enjoy and comment, then return here for more.

The Creative Mindset

Pamela Jorrick presents Sketchbook Mania- A Tale of Procrastination posted at Blah, Blah, Blog, saying, “The Sketchbook Project so wonderfully fun, and just the creative kick in the pants that I needed. Even if I completely procrastinated, and had to run around like a caffeinated lunatic to finish in time, I’m so glad I participated.”

Book Reviews

I posted a review of Savage Summit, the story of the first five women to summit K2 at lizandrashaw.com.

The Business of Creativity

Pavarti K Tyler presents An Ode to Editors posted at Pavarti K Tyler.

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents If Giraffes Show Up Tomorrow posted at View From The Winepress, saying, “Perils of a Pet Challenged Phemale”
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Katherine Tworsey presents 10 Eco-Friendly Tips We Learned from Archie Bunker posted at Compare Electricity Rates, saying, “Wisdom often comes from some of the oddest places. Remember the old sitcom, All in the Family? What you may not recall is some of the pearls of wisdom shared by our favorite comedic bigot, Archie Bunker. Let’s look at 10 eco-friendly tips we learned from Archie Bunker.”

Podcasts

Dan Wells and Mary Robinette Kowal of Writing Excuses join Sam Sykes at World Fantasy to talk about sensory writing. No matter what kind of writing you do, you’ll learn something from this.

Visual Arts

Ella presents Creative and quirky designs posted at HOME & LANDSCAPE *design fix.

Writing Quote of the Week

Risk might be our greatest ally. To live a truly creative life, we always need to cast a critical look at where we presently are, attempting always to discern where we have become stagnant and where new beginning might be ripening. -John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

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Welcome to the January 15, 2012 Carnival of Creativity! All links will open in a new window or tab, so feel free to click away. Don’t forget to leave some comment love!

Food

Chandler presents Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie posted at The Sweet Cupcaker. Omnomnomnom!

Photography

Ella presents Instagram love posted at HOME & LANDSCAPE *design fix.Lovely photos.

David Peters presents Adobe Photoshop Tutorials – How To Restore Old Photos posted at YouTube.

Contests

Kurama Mag presents Big Break For Young Writers: Our Search for a Talented Journalist posted at Kurama Magazine, saying, “Kurama Magazine is launching a writing contest where the winner will get their own column and a $50 gift voucher for Book Source.”

The Business of Creativity

Theresa Torres presents Tips for Writing a Press Release posted at Brandi-Ann Uyemura, saying, “When writing an effective press release, there are some things to remember for it to appeal to a reporter so that your company will have a better chance of being mentioned in a news article.”

Jacob D presents Freelance Life: The Right Tools posted at The Writer Tank Journal. Lots of ideas for free tools that freelancers can use to boost productivity.

I wrote about the Top Ten Reasons to Carry a Blank Notebook over at my author blog, LizAndraShaw.com. I wrote it from the fiction writer’s perspective, but all those reasons can be adapted for non-fiction writers.

Parenting

Terrence Williams presents Creating Colorful Children in a Washed Out World posted at Inspiresy. Let’s raise our kids to be creative!

Podcasts

The good folks at Writing Excuses talked this week about designing the flora and fauna for a fantasy world. Great writing prompt this week!

Arts and Crafts

Sandy Simmons presents Making Your Own Soap Recipe – Super Soap Making posted at Super Soap Making.

The Creative Mindset

Pamela Jorrick presents OCD Meets ADHD- My Post Holiday De-Cluttering posted at Blah, Blah, Blog, saying, “I’m finding that letting go of old work is really opening up new creative windows for me. The more clutter (physical and mental) I get rid of in my creating space, the more ideas I am generating, and the more projects I’m actually completing. I love a fresh start!”

I wrote some Random Thoughts about a month with no writing due to health issues. What I learned is that even when I’m not writing, my brain is creative!

Writing Quote of the Week

Shared on the Write a Novel in 10 Minutes Flat blog: In his useful book ‘How Fiction Works’ (Vintage 2009) the critic and novelist James Wood quotes the writer and scholar, the late WG Sebald. He said: ‘I think fiction writing which does not acknowledge the uncertainty of the narrator himself, is a form of imposture which I find very, very difficult to take. Any form of authorial writing where the narrator sets himself up as stagehand and director and judge and executor in a text, I find somehow unacceptable. I cannot bear to read books of this kind.’

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Welcome to the October 23, 2011, edition of the Carnival of Creativity. I’ve got a wide variety of links for you to choose from today. Please click and comment!

The Creative Mindset

Mark David Gerson got me thinking this week with his article on Writing Dos and Don’ts. There’s been some controversy among his followers on Facebook about Rule 1. What do you think? Head over there and let him know.

Sharing Our Work

I’m glad that Yosef shared his wife’s fabulous vegan recipe for Chocolate Avocado Mousse with Fresh Raspberries (Dairy Free) . I personally appreciate this submission, since it is egg-free and refined sugar-free as well as dairy-free.

Baranidharan shares a creative idea for spicing up your walls in Interior Decoration Made Easy.

Products for Creativity

Creative photographer presents Canon MT-24EX Review about the best Macro Flash. Even if you don’t own a Canon, click through for some great macro photography about halfway down the page. Once you’re set up with a camera, you’ll need Photoshop. David Peters shares The Best Way To Learn Photoshop Online.

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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!