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The naked actress was laughing, splashing, her flesh incandescent against the shimmer of blue, now on her back, then bottoms up, her happy sounds echoing, as if she were the only woman in the world—and wasn’t she? -Max Allan Collins, Bye Bye Baby
The Mary Celeste (or Marie Céleste as it is fictionally referred to by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and others after him) was a British-American merchant brigantine famous for having been discovered on 4 December 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean, unmanned and apparently abandoned (one lifeboat was missing, along with its 7 crew), although the weather was fine and her crew had been experienced and capable seamen. The Mary Celeste was in seaworthy condition and still under sail heading toward the Strait of Gibraltar. She had been at sea for a month and had over six months’ worth of food and water on board. Her cargo was virtually untouched and the personal belongings of passengers and crew were still in place, including valuables. The crew was never seen or heard from again. The Mary Celeste crew’s disappearance is often cited as the greatest maritime mystery of all time. -Wikipedia
“The ancients believed that dolphins once ruled the world,” Ben said. “That they lived together in peace and harmony in the great seas that covered the earth. They ruled through love and generosity, and everyone was happy. But greed to control the waters came over evil creatures, and in their pursuit to control the water, the natural balance of life was upset. Many believe the Oracle’s story that dolphins will one day lead the world again.” -Stacey Cochran, The Colorado Sequence
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…that was the summer Pa decided I was old enough to jump from the tower next to the heart of the springs.
We had all laughed when Pa went up there, because we knew he was bothered by heights and it was funny to see him force himself to dive as though he did not care. But soon Little Bit and Digger began to jump off the tower when Pa dived. Since they were smaller, I had no choice.
When I hesitated, Pa always said he would count to three.
On “one,” I would stand with my toes over the rough-sawn edge of the boards, looking down at the clear water, ten or fifteen feet below, and think about belly flops and water up my nose and things that might grab me and keep me under. Then Pa would say “two.” “Three” meant a spanking, so I would leap before I heard it. I was not afraid of being underwater; I liked swimming underwater, with the strange mirror of the sky above me. I hated plunging toward the bottom, and I dreaded having my foot touch something unknown, something soft and oozy.
Divers had drowned down there. I could imagine skeletons in black wet suits and scuba gear, watching and smirking. When I surfaced, I always laughed, not because I had conquered my fears, but because I had survived them. -Dogland by Will Shetterly (free download)
When Little Bit told Mayella about the mermaid, Mayella laughed and laughed. “You don’ fear no manatees, do you, girl?”
“No,” Little Bit said solemnly.
“Good,” said Mayella. “Manatees don’ hurt nobody.
They just swim along, thinkin’ their deep river dreams.”
“Deep river dreams?” I said. “What’s that?”
Mayella smiled. “That’s when everything’s slow and peaceful, and there’s plenty to eat, and there’s company when you want it, and nothing happens in a hurry, and you can think all you want on what God is and what God wants, and you can know it don’t much matter ’cause you doin’ what you s’posed to, and God’s doin’ what God’s s’posed to. That’s deep river dreamin’.” -Dogland by Will Shetterly
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”
Sharing Our Work
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!
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
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”
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!
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