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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for January 6, 2013. 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’d like to invite you to my brand new site, Create A Brilliant Life. Check the articles section for a new, but growing collection of inspiration.

Responses to Writing Reader Prompts

Cara Lopez Lee responded to Prompt 531 The Streisand Effect.

The Creative Mindset

Jenny presents New Year, New You, New New New posted at Do The Earth

Ingrid Wickelgren presents How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes: The Value of Creativity and Imagination [Excerpt] posted at Streams of Consciousness.

Resources/Tools

Jeff Goins presents Free Intentional Blogging Course posted at Jeff Goins Writer.

Sharing Our Work

Marcy presents A Christmas Quest: Solve the Riddles to Find Your Present posted at (Don’t Be) Too Timid and Squeamish.

Eula McLeod presents Language of the Heart posted at View from the Wine Press.

JeanNicole Rivers presents Forget New Year’s Resolutions, Have a New Year’s Revelation. (Six-word story) posted at JeanNicole Rivers.

Liz Shaw presents Change Your Life with 3 x 5 Cards posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

There is no doubt that I have lots of words inside me; but at moments, like rush-hour traffic at the mouth of a tunnel, they jam. -John Updike

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey presents The Very Last Sentence posted at Write with Fey.

Julie Rodriguez presents Make Writing Resolutions You Can Actually Keep in 2013 posted at The Renegade Word.

Matthew Hall presents How to Outline with yWriter: Step # 1, Write a Tag Line posted at M.L. Hall.

Gabriela Pereira presents The Villain’s Journey – Recap from ThrillerFest posted at DIY MFA.

Karen S. Wiesner presents Your Novel Blueprint posted at Writer’s Digest.

Melissa Donovan presents Writing Resources for Naming Your Characters posted at Writing Forward.

Stephanie presents 6 steps to judging your own writing posted at Be Kind Rewrite.

Lauren Davis presents Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Aerial Gas Station and Churro Stand posted at io9.

Creativity Boosts

Tony presents How to Avoid Procrastination (or the Art of Unprocrastination) posted at You Only Do This Once.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Four Ways the Industry is Changing.

Visual Arts

Nicole Elena Robertson presents Nicole Elena Robertson: Harvest Workroom posted at Nicole Elena Robertson

Crafts

Chrys presents How to Make a Candle Out of a Tangerine, Clementine or Satsuma posted at Salubrious Exclamation.

The Business of Creativity

Alice Seba presents 19 Reasons to Stop Messing Around and Start Getting Serious about Email posted at Concentrix.

Writer’s Relief presents Network Up! How To Meet Literary Agents and Editors on the Web posted at Writer’s Relief.

 

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

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.”

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!

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 22, 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

iman presents How to stay creative in a non-creative environment posted at LabellaIman, saying, “A few tips on staying creative in a non creative environment”

Resources/Tools

Chrys Fey presents Formatting Your Manuscript posted at Write with Fey.

Sharing Our Work

Tracy Fulks presents working out : eating bacon posted at tracyfulks, saying, “I know I’m not the only one…”

Eula McLeod presents That’s Entertainment posted at View from the Winepress. Guaranteed to make you laugh!

Sherril presentes Water Run posted at Today’s Visions.

Marcy presents 47 Years of Great Rock: You Say It’s Your Birthday at Too Timid, Too Squeamish. Don’t miss this one – put on your headphones and enjoy!

Liz Shaw presents Peter Watts, Feedbooks, and FictFact posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them…if it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. -Elmore Leonard

Writing Tips and Prompts

C.S. Lakin presents The Defining of a Scene posted at Live, Write, Thrive.

Creativity Boosts

Melanie Grant presents How to Journal: Create a Personal Profile posted at Mel’s Mouthful on Mothering, saying, “Creatively designing your journal creates a wonderful environment for you to express yourself”

Podcasts

The Writing Excuses podcast is continued from last week as the guys continue giving Mary feedback on her novel outline.

Visual Arts

Sarah presents Etsy Spring Amsterdam posted at Natsumi.

Daniela Baker presents 7 Landscape Film Photography Tips posted at Guide to Film Photography, saying, “For those who want to build a career in landscape photography, here are 7 tips that will give you stunning landscape photographs every time.”

The Business of Creativity

Chase Dumont presents How to Make an eBook (That Makes You Buckets of Money) posted at Chase Dumont, Rainmaker.

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!

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for January 8, 2012. We’ve got some really interesting links to explore today. Click through. They will open in a new tab, so you’ll be able to enjoy them, leave a comment, and then come right back here for more.

The Creative Mindset

Alexis presents BrainSync – Alpha Wave + Fractals posted at treehouse. Gorgeous 2o minute meditation video with fractals, my favorite.

Resources/Tools

Charles Chua C K presents What Is the Difference Between a Journal and a Diary? posted at All About Living with Life.

Linda@NHE presents Natural Winter Uses for Pine Cones posted at Natural Health Ezine, saying, “Here are some of my ideas of uses for pinecones during the winter months.”

The Business of Creativity

Ella presents Bleu Nature posted at HOME & LANDSCAPE *design fix, which showcases an amazing twist of interior design, art and nature.

Jacob D presents 5 Reasons YOU Need to Link to Other Blogs posted at The Writer Tank Journal.

Sharing Our Work

David Leonhardt presents Fable of the Porcupine Family posted at Self-Help Happiness Blog, saying, “Moral of the story: The best relationship is not the one that brings perfect people closer together. It is when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of the others and can admire each other’s endearing qualities and find happiness together.”

Marcy L presents Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies in Cages with Tigers posted at (Don’t Be) Too Timid and Squeamish, saying, “In this story, I tell about petting tigers in Thailand with my children, and I invite writers to link up a story about an animal or about a time they were criticized for a parenting choice.”

Creativity Boosts

Goddess Leonie presents The River: Ten Ways to Fly Beyond Creative Dreams Frustrations and Fears.

Chuck Wendig presents 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing Now.

Writing Excuses presents When Good Characters Go Bad.

Writing Quote of the Week

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not. -Isaac Asimov

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!

Welcome to the December 18, 2011, Carnival of Creativity. All the links will open in a new window or tab, so you can visit, comment, and then come back here for mor

The Creative Mindset

Vicki Keire presents Five Ways to Fail at Writing, and guess what – all the reasons are about how you think.

Resources/Tools

David Peters presents How To Use Adobe Photoshop – Best Tips For Newbies To Begin Editing posted at Photoshop Revealed, saying, “People need to discover a solution to bring their particular photographs back to life. Simply by understanding how to use the basics of Photoshop, You’ll be able to convert several of your simple photographs directly into some incredible masterpieces and in many cases gift ideas, utilizing the accessible applications within this brilliant software application.”

The Business of Creativity

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is about interstitial art, which I was previously unaware of. Good information in this podcast on how to get your work taken seriously if you are outside traditional categories. If that doesn’t float your boat, however, hop into your TARDIS and travel back to February 2008 and listen to their podcast on Killing Your Darlings to make your writing stronger.

Theresa Torres presents How to Use Customer Testimonials Effectively posted at Fasthosts blog, saying, “Using customer testimonials effectively is a great way to market your product and build credibility. Here are some tips to help you collect credible testimonials.”

Sharing Our Work

David Leonhardt presents Proud to Be a Grinch [humour alert] posted at Self-Help Happiness Blog, saying, “It was my first meeting of “GA”. This is not AA (Alchoholics Anonymous). It is not even AAA (American Automobile Association). It is GA…Grinches Anonymous. This is roughly how the meeting went.”

Toni presents I’m only good at being young posted at Wifely Steps. Toni, I’m with you on coloring away the gray!

nipun sawhney presents the poem Rot In The Eclipse posted at Poets Off The Off.

Yosef presents Triple-Peppermint Chocolate Brownies posted at This American Bite. Someone please make these and report back to me. They look fabulous!

And please head over to my author blog to answer my question about whether you believe in dragons after reading my post, Draco Volans – A Dragon for Our World.

Creativity Boosts

Marcy L presents Barracuda on the Beach, a story and writing prompt posted at (Don’t Be) Too Timid and Squeamish, saying, “I write about finding barracuda on the beach, after being disappointed years before. Writers are invited to link up a similar story or a “Someday … but” poem.”

Spam of the Week

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Writing Quotation

I can still remember my father’s words as he tried to tell me, with patient conviction, that novels contain “reservoirs of wisdom” out of which he and our mother were drinking. A visual image suddenly crossed my mind – books floating like flotsam and jetsam on Houghton’s Pond, near Milton, Massachusetts, where we lived. I never told my father what had appeared to me, but he knew its essence by my glazed eyes. He made his pitch anyway: “Your mother and I feel rescued by these books. We read them gratefully. You’ll also be grateful one day to the authors. -Robert Coles, The Call of Stories: Teaching and the Moral Imagination

That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for the January 1, 2012 Carnival of Creativity by Friday December 31, 2011 at midnight!