Twenty-three bloggers are included in this month’s carnival: 10 in the Poetry category, 4 in the Fiction category. and 9 in the Writing/The Writing Life category. Most of the participants have described their post; I also share my thoughts on each one.
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Ashen Venema presents … I write here … posted at Course of Mirrors, saying, “Images tend to bring us instantaneously closer. A recent writing workshop given by a friend made me think how inner and outer spaces affect our writing. I share here the outer space through images, adding a short poem about the inner spaces through which I write.” A fun post with some great lines of poetry and vibrant photographs.
Clare Kirwan presents a poem by Helen Nolan titled Leaving for Gliese posted at Poetry24, saying, “Poetry24 blogs a daily news-related poem from poets around the world. Leaving for Gliese by Irish poety Helen Nolan was inspired by news that scientists have discovered a new planet. Who of us doesn’t sometimes wish to find our ‘skin blooming again in [the] ambient glow of another body’ whilst still feeling the gravitational tug of the familiar? Submissions to Poetry24 are welcome!” The poem does a nice job of capturing the ambivalent excitement around the thought of a world other than our own. Also, I am happy for the opportunity to spread the word about this online publication.
Tom Puszewski presents an untitled blog entry from August 9, 2011, featuring the poem “In The Silence” posted at Wingposse. This poem can be found about halfway down the page. I really like the concept of this collaborative blog where each post has various contributions from among more than 2 dozens writers. “In the Silence” has a mellow vibe and great rhythm.
Stephanie Force presents Castles in the Sky, Stars on Earth posted at An Organized Mess (My Life), saying, “My poem is composed of three haiku. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but when you take a few and put them together, it becomes so much more.” I agree. Lovely poem.
Victor D. López presents Unsung Heroes (Excerpt 2 – Remedios) posted at Victor D. López, J.D., Esq., saying, “This is an excerpt from my longest poem, ‘Unsung Heroes.’ It touches on the life of my maternal grandmother Remedios who was left to raise nine children on her own when her husband died shortly after the end of the Spanish Civil War at the age of 40. Like my grandfather, she led a life of quiet heroism overcoming unimaginable hardship and misfortune through hard work, faith, optimism, self-reliance, and an indomitable spirit that could never be broken.” Quite an interesting history outlined here, written with love.
RAD presents “There is always hope.” -Aragorn posted at RAD is RADically Primetime!, saying, “The adolescent struggle is common in a world where time doesn’t have patience. This poem touches on that struggle but I will allow the readers to do the interpreting.” A lot of meat to chew on here, with line after memorable line.
Michael J. Hebel presents If they could see me now… posted at A Minute with Michael, saying, “This is a very short story where I tried to combine a few different devices: alliteration, poetry and a narrative thread, all blending together into one piece.” All of the elements work well. The story held me from beginning to end.
Danielle Auld presents Part 33 – Nightime Terror posted at votetoread, saying, “Vote To Read is a fiction blog that utilises the benefits of social media to enable the audience to guide and shape the story line. At the end of each weekly 1,000 word installment, the readers are asked to vote on a related question. The winning vote then gets written into the story line. Votetoread follows the life of Rachel, who, whilst coming to terms with her recent diagnosis with terminal cancer, stumbles unwittingly across criminal activity going on under her nose. When it turns out to be closer to home than she thought, Rachel has some very serious decisions to make.” Great concept for a blog. This installment is gripping and intriguing.
Amanda Saint presents Progress posted at Saintly Writer, saying, “I wrote this piece of flash fiction for a magazine my husband created as part of his MA in Photojournalism. The magazine was about the politics of land, so I wanted to highlight how the decisions that humans make effect the entire natural world.” Great story told from a wonderful point of view.
Lorinda J. Taylor presents A Little Laboratory Work posted at Ruminations of a Remembrancer, saying, “An array of godlike beings working in the ‘University’ use the planets as experimental laboratories, attempting to create a self-sustaining lifeform. How far will their arrogance take them? Do gods exist that are even more powerful than themselves?” This sounds like this could be the beginning of another richly-imagined longer piece.
Barbara Froman presents When I knew…. posted at Redroom.com/Barbara Froman, saying, “The post was the result of being asked by students and friends if there was a specific moment when I knew I wanted to be a writer. This is the story I told them, exactly as it happened.” This is a great story illustrating the beautiful power of wordcraft.
Trish Nicholson presents My Writer’s Toybox posted at Words in the Treehouse, saying, “This is one of several posts on writing and inspiration that I was asked to write as guest posts for an on-line writers’ college. I wanted to use humour because I think we all learn and remember things better that way, and because writing should be fun, even though it is hard work.” This post is very helpful in suggesting ways to stimulate the creative juices. Plus, I was introduced to an artist (Gaudi) I hadn’t heard of before. This edition of the blog carnival is proving to be quite educational for me!
Tony G. Marshall presents “Roses Framed in Silver …” posted at eBooks Open, saying, “This post honours the Gazzarri Dancers of the Hollywood A Go-Go [a musical variety show that aired in the mid 1960s], which includes a specially written piece for the development of a theme within an upcoming short story ebook serial called ‘Harmony’s Voice.'” Lots of wonderful videos of vintage performances are included here.
Donna Miscolta presents Creating a Scene with Charles Baxter posted at Donna Miscolta, saying, “Ever wish you’d met real-life conflict head-on rather than wimped out on it? There’s always fiction to recreate that scene. As Charles Baxter says in The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot, “in fiction a writer must welcome conflict and walk straight into it.” Great lesson and I love the fictional comeuppance!
Jamie Krakover presents Dealing with Plagiarism posted at This isn’t rocket science!, saying, “It talks about how I learned that I was plagiarized, how it felt and some steps you can take if it happens to you.” This post give great advice to deal with a situation that is probably a writer’s greatest fear.
A.D. Joyce presents Comments on Poetry posted at Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World. At the heart of this post is the question: How does blogging change the dynamics between the poet and the poem and the poem and the reader?
Catrina Barton presents Show Vs Tell posted at kittyb78, saying, “Show Vs Tell is one the aspects we writers are told about the most when we start our writing journeys. But do you know why it’s so vital, and what the key to unlocking it is?” Good tips and examples that “show” how it’s done!