This month, the carnival is brought to you by 26 wonderful contributors: 11 in the Poetry category, 7 in the Fiction category and 8 in the Writing/The Writing Life category. The links below are separated by category and are in no particular order. Most of the participants have described their post and I also share my thoughts on each one.
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On to the Carnival! Have fun!
Victor D. López presents Unsung Heroes posted at Victor D. López, J.D., Esq., saying, “The most relevant lessons in life are seldom taught in school, and the most notable heroes are seldom heralded by history. This excerpt shines my meager light on two of my personal heroes who lived lives marked by rare courage, unscathed by adversity, poverty, personal tragedy, or unspeakable suffering and who would neither yield nor bend beneath the weight of the great injustice unfairly heaped upon them by a world gone mad.” Amazing history and heartfelt emotion.
E. Weber presents A Commonplace Romance posted at Dead Dogs in Cedar Chests, saying, *This is what happens when you’re too young to know the difference between careless and destructive.” Atmospheric, evocative language. Reminded me of a surreal horror film.
A.D. Joyce presents 7 Haiku: Geese posted at Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World. I couldn’t help but write about geese. This past fall and winter, geese were never far from me. Their noise was my life’s soundtrack.
Zack Domes presents Taste Memory Q-Tip posted at Champion of Birds, saying, “After having a conversation with a friend about quantum physics, I was left with an unsettling feeling of mystery. Now, with a bad aftertaste in my memory and a million disconnected thoughts bouncing around my head, I quickly drew up a blueprint and named it a poem.” This poem has its own interesting logic.
RAD presents Japanese Maples and Dogwoods posted at RAD is RADically Primetime!, saying, “This poem is about a girl who is very beautiful, both internally and externally.” Gloriously colorful and blooming.
Beth Hunter McHugh presents Found Poems posted at Small Soul, saying, “This post focuses on my first experience with writing ‘Found Poems’ in my monthly writing group at the public library in my Montana town. The post also includes two of my own ‘Found Poems.'” These are well crafted and expressive–great examples of yet another way to be creative.
Nikhil Jain presents “War” (Clarian Sonnet Form) posted at Nikhil’s Poems, saying “It is an image of War’s atmosphere through my imagination and reality around. This is in the Clarian Sonnet poetic form.” The visuals are sharp but just as vivid is the sheer terror of it all. Well done.
Jessica Stephenson presents an untitled poem posted at In Potentia, saying, “This poem is an external chronicle of an internal struggle with a chronic pain disease, which has yet to be diagnosed.” With this poem we come as close as we possibly can to understanding what it is to live in pain and be the pain. Powerful.
Medusa Moon presents The Butterflywake 1 posted at The Butterflywake, saying,”This story is about the effects addiction has on the three people, and how all of them are involved on a different level with the person who is struggling with the task of trying to stay clean and sober. This tale shows that some times the reasons that people end up in this chaotic life-style are as a defense against a painful past, but it shows that they can move into sobriety if they chose to, and how those who surrounding them never give up hope.” An amazing story made all the more so by the matter of fact telling. I love how the poetry is intermingled.
Stephanie Force presents World of White posted at An Organized Mess (My Life, sayinng, “This is a hard story about a touchy subject; a young girl who is struggling with the will to leave this world. She is haunted by a guy who has sent her to a dark place that she created within herself in order to protect herself. Seeing no other way out, she attempts suicide. The ending may seem twisted, but despite the fact that she didn’t die, she feels that she is safer now in her new World of White. Filled with imagery and emotion (and driven from pure creativity and not my own will to become the character).” I love how the colors take on their own personality and become the story. Really imaginative.
Michael J. Hebel presents Rue the Woe posted at A Minute with Michael, saying, “Attached is the third and final part of this story. What I love about these stories is that it’s open ended and I like that the reader can imagine what the future might hold for these characters. I might re-visit these characters to see how they’ve turned out.” Nice to see how the story ends. I can believe there’s a lot more of the story to be told.
Amanda Saint presents Cara’s Needy posted at Saintly Writer, saying, “This was initially an exercise in my writing class but Cara and Adam keep popping into my mind, a surefire sign that this story wants to go somewhere!” Great characters and setup. It would be interesting to see where this story goes.
Dawn Napier presents Tobias’s Heart posted at Mom’s Secret Horrors, saying, “This piece is a little off the beaten path for me; it’s far more sentimental than the ideas I usually find. It’s a metaphor for letting go of the past and accepting the gift of now.” I was hooked from the first lines to the last. Fun, supernatural, and lovely.
Alina Cathasach presents Waking the Clock posted at Alina Cathasach, saying, “Whether Sandra wants it to or not, the clock must wake and time must continue.” Interesting how imagination and reality are blurred. Great dialogue.
Lou Barba presents It’s Hard to Say Goodbye to Loneliness posted at The Short Story Kitchen, saying, “This entry is part of a short story that I am posting in a series of episodes on my blog. In this episode, the main character, Sandy, begins to find out that the negative parts of your life can become old friends, making it hard to embrace the positive aspects of life. It will be part of an anthology of my short stories to be published late this year, hopefully.” Interesting story with likeable characters. All the best for the continuation of the story and the blog!
Maria Grujicic presents My Beautiful Calligraphy Pen posted at PrefacMe, saying, ” I love all my poems that I write, (and I hope this doesn’t sound conceited in a way) but it is why I love to write my poems, Though if I had to choose a favorite, it would be this prose. I enjoy it every time I listen to it along with the classical music in the background.” I wasn’t sure how to classify this entry but finally decided that this post was “about” writing in its most spiritual sense. My “calligraphy” leaves much to be desired but I feel that the physical act of moving a pen across page writing words is essential to my process. Great post.
Tim Weed presents Pullman’s Golden Compass: The Mimicry of Perception posted at Storycraft, saying, “The blog is dedicated to analyzing the work of great novels and stories from a craft perspective. Craft analysis can serve as an important analytical complement to a writer’s creative work. It is a way to increase one’s range, or add tools to one’s authorial toolbox. Featured authors include Tolkien, Hemingway, Phillip Pullman, Peter Carey, George R.R. Martin, Robert Stone, and many more. This recent post is about how Phillip Pullman uses sentence structure in The Golden Compass to enact the perception of his protagonist, Lyra Silvertongue.” Unlike with poetry, I rarely see critiques like this one with this level of detail regarding word choice applied to a work of fiction. Interesting and informative.
Catrina Barton presents First Chapters posted at kittyb78, saying, “First chapters are vital to a successful book, but do you know why? If not, this article may the most important one you read before submitting a manuscript for publication. it details the many jobs a first chapter must complete in order to do its job properly.” This invaluable advice hits the nail on the head.
Sarah Baker presents Guest Post: Anna Stothard on the writing process posted at what sarah reads, saying, “Anna Stothard talks on the writing process as well as the panic of endings!” Writing and sharing what we write with readers is so full of mixed emotions, as this post illustrates wonderfully.
Rolando Garcia presents Has the KDP Select program worked for self-published authors? posted at Rolando’s Website. This post shares important insights for indie authors hoping to benefit from this Amazon.com program.
Andrew Blackman presents How writers generate ideas posted at Andrew Blackman, saying, “This is a post about how writers generate story ideas not by sitting down and trying to think things up, but by getting out into the world and paying attention to what’s around them.” Interesting take on the creative process.
“Kayfey” “Inprettyprint” & “Angry Goblin” presents Frank Frazetta (Feb. 9, 1928 – May 10, 2010) posted at In Pretty Print – A Writing & Artist Life…Ongoing, saying “‘Memorial to an Artist’ – Memories of a childhood hero…” This is a lovely post about an early influence that calls to mind the magical moments when we discover the things that ignite our passions.