Third Sunday Blog Carnival: Volume 1, No. 8

Welcome to the August Third Sunday Blog Carnival! As always this post represents a wealth of talent, this month courtesy of  22 bloggers: 9 in the Poetry category, 3 in the Fiction category. and 10 in the Writing/The Writing Life category. Below, many of the participants have described their posts; I also share my thoughts on each one.

Which brings me to a question I would like to ask all of you: Do you find my comments here on the post to be helpful? Or, would you prefer I  just let the contributors speak for themselves without editorializing? Take a second to take this anonymous poll to let me know what you think.

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The next Blog Carnival will be on September 16. If you would like your link to be included, read and follow the guidelines and email your submission by September 10.

The Carnival is now open! Enjoy!

M. N. Hopkins presents Joy Arrives posted at Stranger in a Strange Land, saying, “I wish to convey a feeling of calm assurance through these words.” This poem has a soaring quality. Inspirational.

Martin Porter presents For… – Not Haiku! posted at Poetry Notes and Jottings, saying, “This is a piece consisting of a trio of stanzas, each containing fifteen syllables, reflecting on manned exploration of space. Carefully structured and polemical, the associated notes also allude to another similar poem and the issues of poetry it raises.” Each poem talks about space, yet each one is evocative on its own. Intriguing.

Susan presents Pushed posted at Susan’s Poetry, saying, “I have been writing forever, but have only recently begun to blog my writing. In this poem, I play with the changing significance of buttons from childhood playthings to psychological triggers and to symbols of kindness and nightmare. ” Physical and symbolic buttons are explored with astonishing depth and insight.

Samara Marie presents Deep in the Still posted at Of Life and Art, saying, “This poem expresses my joy and appreciation of nature while I go hiking in the evenings.” Beautiful and lush.

A. D. Joyce presents “Smoking” posted at Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World. In this triolet, I take a snapshot of modern life. Usually when I write poetry using a rigid form such this one, I tend to sound stilted; so my goal here was to sound more natural.

RAD presents Immune to Tragedies, Meandering between Jack-O-Lanterns posted at RAD is RADically Primetime!, saying, “At forget-less thirty, I go to the ocean.  Jack-O-Lanterns, be no more.” Ruminations of life at a critical juncture? Haunting images. Also, check out the video of RAD performing an original song.

Shriram S. presents Logs posted at Pebble of Thought. This one packs a powerful punch.

David Selzer presents Primates posted at David Selzer. Issues surrounding wildlife captivity and animal and human behavior are painted with vivid images. Just masterful.

Maria Grujicic presents Three Sisters Live In T he Shadows posted at Poems That Dance, saying, “This poem is about my friendship with two women written to express how much I miss them. It’s quite an artistic expression and I hope the meaning is clear.” Lovely poem. For me, it expresses a deep spiritual connection.

Meera Ganesh presents Stop, please….  posted at Meera’s Musings, saying, “This is 55 fiction with a twist!” “Short, sweet, and effective.

Victor D. Lopez presents To Sleep, Perchance to Dream posted at Victor D. López, J.D., Esq., saying, “There is a common thread in many of my short stories and even in my poetry about the nature of reality and the relationship between sleep and wakefulness and the conscious and subconscious mind. As is the case with a number of my short stories, this was inspired by a dream. It delves into one possible explanation for what lurks in the dark recesses of our mind for which science has yet to discover a clear use.” An engaging and thought-provoking story.

Lorinda J. Taylor presents Chapter 22 of The War of the Stolen Mother, posted at Ruminations of a Remembrancer, saying, “Za’dut our trickster termite and A’zhu’lo the twin of the Champion Ki’shto’ba undertake to steal the na’ka’fi’zi — the Holy Stone Image that keeps the fortress of Thel’or’ei safe (equivalent to the Palladium — the statue of Pallas Athena that protected the citadel of Troy).” Very entertaining. What a world, what a world!

Heather Jones presents 10 Technologies That Could Have Saved Rapunzel posted at National Nannies, saying, “We like to tell fairy tales to our kids, but how would these stories be changed if the characters used modern technologies.” Fun post.

Grace Curtis presents On Being a First Reader for The Antioch Review: An Interview with Poet, Benjamin S. Grossberg posted at N2 Poetry, saying, “It is an interview with Poet, Ben Grossberg who is a first reader for The Antioch Review. Ben shares information about the process used at that journal to select poems for publication.” Great interview that goes a long way toward solving the mystery of what editors look for in poetry submissions.

Ellie Rose McKee presents Books for Writers posted at Writing Through the Night, saying, “I blog about my journey towards publication and the tips and trials I encounter along the way. There is a lot of advice out there regarding the art of writing and I’ve read most of it – some good, some not so much. In this post I recommend the books that have helped me the most so far.” Great post to help weed through the tons of available resources.

Greg Field presents 6 Ways to Make Money Writing posted at Nerd Wallet, saying, “Here are some tips on how to make money through your exceptional writing.” This zippy article covers a lot of ground and gives renewed incentive.

Chihuahua Zero presents Shattering the Mirror Cliché posted at The YA’s Dogtown, saying “Many writing bloggers warn against having a narrator use a mirror to describe him or herself, saying that it’s a cliché. However, like many other rules, it’s meant to be broken. In the case of the YA novel Divergent, it’s shattered quite well.” This post reminds us that there are new ways at looking at so called clichés that make them usable and relevant.

Andrew Blackman presents Zen and the art of genius posted at Andrew Blackman, saying, “This post is an examination of the state of ‘flow’ in writing, that rare state where creativity seems easy and effortless. I talk about my own attempts to create the state more often, and about scientific research into possible ways of inducing it.” Intriguing post and link. I wonder what the implications would be of always having access to the state of flow?

Kayfey” “Inprettyprint” & “Angry Goblin” presents Writing Multicultural…Or writing about persons different from you posted at In Pretty Print – A Writing and Artist Life…Ongoing, saying, “Introduction about how I try to incorporate multiculturalism into fiction. Also, a disclaimer and the tags included to help the reader/visitor find all the posts without combing through entire blog.” This is an interesting and relevant topic. It would seem that the other posts are worth looking in to.

Laxmi Hariharan presents Has “I want to f**k you” replaced “I love you?” posted at Young Adult, saying, Has “This questions the coming of age of erotic porn. Whatever happened to Romance? Am I the last of the Romantics?” Interesting questions. Also, erotica and porn: Is there a difference? Is it literature? Does any of it have a place in the Young Adult genre?

Rolando Garcia presents Writers and Coffee: the Buzz behind the Brew posted at Rolando’s Website. Great overview on the topic for coffee connoisseurs and abstainers alike.

Catrina Barton presents Silver Linings posted at Kitty’s Inner Thoughts, saying, “It is so important to remember to look for the positives, even if it’s something small and seemingly trivial. Otherwise all you will see are the negatives.” Best advice ever.


sweet strawberry wisps melted on the tongue
therefore the end of the carnival

Thanks for reading!

© Third Sunday Blog Carnival, 2012


15 thoughts on “Third Sunday Blog Carnival: Volume 1, No. 8

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  5. Hello Adriene:

    Thank you so much for the post and giving me tha opportunity to read out to more with my poetry. Much appreciated. I hope that you and your readers enjoyed my poem.

    Kindest & warmest regards,
    Mike (M.N. Hopkins)

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