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Creative Carnival – February 2009

February 14, 2009


Happy Valentine’s Day!! Welcome to the February 2009 Creative Carnival edition!

What is this? It’s a chance to compile some great articles around the blog-o-sphere showcasing all sorts of writing. If you need to know more, or would like to submit an article for the next Creative Carnival, read this.

So, without further ado, grab that box of chocolates, kick off your shoes and sit a spell, there’s lots of interesting reading just a click away.



Destroy Debt presents 11 Wierd Ways to Use Coca Cola and Save Money posted at Destroy Debt.

Matthew Paulson presents Tools For Managing Your Home posted at American Consumer News.

Erika Collin presents Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs posted at Best Colleges Online.
(Editor’s note: Thanks for mentioning us, Erika!!)

DebbieDragon presents Things to Think About When Setting Your Prices posted at Freelance Sprout.

Janice Campbell of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors presents The Future of Fiction- Alan Cheuse and Joshua Kendall posted at NAIWE NewsWire, saying, “In a discussion about “The Future of Fiction” hosted by the James River Writers, NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse and Viking/Penguin editor offer words of wisdom to writers.”

Ginny Wiehardt presents Hands — A Creative Writing Exercise in 5 Steps — A Creative Writing Exercise for Poets and Fiction Writers posted at Fiction Writing on, saying, “This creative writing exercise begins with a description of someone’s hands, and then prompts you to build on that description in unexpected ways.”

Byteful Travel presents Is Navy Pier a glorified shopping mall? posted at Byteful Blog, saying, “The city of Chicago is full of wonders and gems for the curious traveller to discover, many of them available free of charge. After briefly visiting Wrigley Field, I explored the famous Navy Pier, which reminded me more of a small city than a pier. (Tons of high resolution photos included.)”

Chris Edgar presents Let Go Of Responsibility For Your Ideas posted at Purpose Power Coaching, saying, “One of the most liberating realizations I’ve had in my life is that I’m not responsible for my ideas. In other words, I can do very little to make myself become creative, except for keeping my mind open to receiving insights, and writing them down as they come up. In this post, I’ll talk about how I came to this perspective, and how it can give us more peace and productivity in our work.”

Xquisitlife presents Small steps to igniting the flame of passion within! posted at The best is yet to come!, saying, “Have you ever wanted enough energy to conquer the world, or maybe just conquer your world? Here are the steps to igniting the flame of passion in your life right now!”

john c erianne presents 10 Things to Consider Before Launching Your Book Tour posted at Diary of a Mad Editor.

Donald Latumahina presents A Simple Tip for Finding Good Ideas posted at Life Optimizer.

Tiffany Colter presents Making money when the magazines aren’t buying posted at Writing Career Coach, saying, “How do you make money writing when magazines aren’t buying? This article will tell you how.”

Burak Bilgin presents How to Write Your Personal History posted at Distiller’s Corner, saying, “Have you ever thought of writing your autobiography? This article might help you doing it.”


Rani presents Write a poem about Music posted at Rayray’s writing, saying, “Enjoy this poem written by my guest writer, then search through other posts and enjoy poems I have written.”

Madeleine Begun Kane presents An Alpha-Political Farewell to Bush and Cheney posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Tom Cowan presents the purs(e)uit of happiness posted at The Mortal Tombat.

Vicki Anne presents No Definition For You posted at Coffee Table Poetry for Tea Drinkers.


Zach Hendershot presents Simple Times = Happy Memories posted at Remembering That?, saying, “My site is host to some great authors writing about their memories and personal stories.”

Eva presents Eva asks “Who is the love of my life?” posted at Sister City, saying, “This essay discusses the trials of miscarriage, marriage, and the pursuit of starting a family.”

alvos presents Human self-destructive essence – Dayamn! What the heck is wrong with us! posted at

Tony Huynh presents Roger Ebert is Right: Games are Not High Art…Yet at posted at, saying, “Some of you may have heard about Roger Ebert’s disparaging comments about video games. This may sound blasphemous, but in a way, I agree with Roger Ebert’s assessment of our industry. Video games are currently not high art and they are an inferior medium to film and literature. I am not saying that video games can never be “high art,” it is that games have not yet reached that point.”

JHSEsq presents Tuesday’s Tribute: Florence Wendland posted at Colloquium, saying, “A tribute to my client, the late Florence Wendland, from whom I learned a great deal about unconditional love, commitment, tenacity, and fatih.”

Darren Todd presents The Death of Word posted at Writer XP, saying, “An examination of how writing has evolved beyond the capacity of linear word processing.”

JMH presents It’s not polite posted at The Good Word of Sprout.

Anne Whitaker presents Experiences of Oneness ; Writing from the twelfth house posted at Writing from the twelfth house, saying, “The essay I am submitting this time is the one after “Elsewhere” – scroll on to find “Happiness and the Healing power of Nature”. Or you can choose which of the two you wish to feature!”

Pandora presents Hard Candy posted at Pandora Parker, saying, “For all the single ladies and men on this Valentine’s Day Comments welcomed on my site. Pandora”

Eva presents My Life and 2 Cents posted at Realm Crawler, saying, “Not sure what category this should really go in..”

Hopeful Spirit presents Reflections on Proposition 8: California’s Shame (Part One) posted at On the Horizon, saying, “A two-part discussion of the impact of Proposition 8, California’s controversial provision, passed by a majority vote in November 2008, that injected a discriminatory practice in California. If the California Supreme Court allows the measure to stand, California will continue to deny to all of its citizens the right to marry irrespective of gender. Such a result is unconscionable — and decidedly un-Christ-like.”

Nick Daws presents What I Learned From My First TV Appearance posted at Nick’s Writing Blog, saying, “Advice to any writer who has been asked to appear on TV for the first time. Don’t make the mistakes I did!”

VW presents Never trust a national treasure posted at Wide Awake in Wonderland.

Amanda Garcia presents Martha’s House posted at Relateable Me.

Shawn Bryan presents The eBay Blues posted at The Shark Tank.

Devon Coles presents Ear Worm cures . . . don’t. posted at Pen, Ink. Life’s little vicissitudes . . ., saying, “Ever had a song stuck in your mind? Then you’ve had an Ear Worm . . . here’s the skinny on keeping your sense of humor while dealing with the pesky thing.”

Seth Manapio presents Charlie posted at Whiskey Before Breakfast… the Blog, saying, “Part of an ongoing project to document 8 years of my life in 10 minute snapshots.”


reamofpaper presents something a little different posted at ream of paper.

J. Matthew Saunders presents Rock Climbing posted at Write, Wrote, Written, saying, “”Rock climbing” is a euphemism, but no for what you think.”

Raghu presents The man who was normal posted at Inside Life, saying, “”The hospital had never seen such a case before. There had been some unusual ones – people who shunned riches, men who didn’t want to look cool, and women who hated gossip. They had treated these cases with some difficulty, but this man baffled everyone. He had no ambitions, didn’t watch football or cricket, wasn’t interested in impressing anyone, didn’t have any ulterior motive, and most baffling of all, just wanted to live his life normally.””

Nandita presents Defined by Blood posted at Cold SnapDragon.

JennH presents What Friends Do posted at Mixed, saying, “A fictional story about two women — and how strong the bonds of friendship can be. Written in response to a writing prompt at A Thousand Words.”

Patrick Coyne presents A Ponzi Scheme Gone Bad posted at Self Development and Financial Development, saying, “This is a creative writing fiction short story relating to current events in the media.”

Bradley J. Veals presents Episode One: Broken Faith posted at The Night Episodes, saying, “The world has been thrown into chaos. What is left of humanity finds itself at the mercy of creatures ripped from their nightmares. In the midst of this lunacy, a small group of survivors ekes out a simple and terror-filled way of life. As they do their best to cope with the unbelievable circumstances that have been thrust upon them, a greater story is playing out. A story that stretches back through history, and involves one of the greatest men to ever walk in the sun … or stroll in the pale light of the moon.”

Victoria Stevens presents First things first… posted at To Start Things Off…, saying, “A short story whic

Rani presents How to write a short story- Rough draft Thus Far posted at RayRay’s Writing, saying, “I have been working on this short story for a while now. I could use some feedback to see how you think it is going.”


This concludes the February 2009 edition of the Creative Carnival. THANK YOU for submitting your links! If you would like to see your work showcased in the March 2009 edition, please submit your links here. (Please, one link per blog. If you submit more than one link per blog, I will only use the first link submitted.)

If you submitted your link and don’t see it here, that probably means I received it after the deadline.

Thanks for visiting the carnival participants and don’t forget to check back March 14th for the next Creative Carnival.

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  1. February 14, 2009 11:15 am

    Thanks for including an article from in your carnival! I hope people enjoy my account of navy pier.

  2. February 15, 2009 8:05 pm

    Thanks so much for including me in such a fine list of articles . . . so much good reading here.

  3. February 18, 2009 11:23 am

    Thank you for including me. I am looking forward to reading what other people are writing.

  4. reamofpaper permalink
    February 21, 2009 9:24 pm

    Thanks for including my short story. I’ve got much to read, based on your fabulous collection!

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