Welcome to the September edition of the Third Sunday Blog Carnival!This month’s offering is brought to you by 27 talented bloggers: 9 in the Poetry category, 6 in the Fiction category. and 12 in the Writing/The Writing Life category. Below, many of the participants have described their posts; I also share my thoughts on each one.
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Nilanjana Bose presents Friendship, interrupted posted at Madly-in-Verse, saying, “It is a poem about the attempt to resume friendships which get disrupted due to the nomadic nature of expat lives.” Beautiful flowing language and striking images here.
Stephanie Force presents Time to Face the Goodbyes posted at An Organized Mess (My Life). The caption under the picture explains the sentiment behind this poem. Sometimes goodbyes give way to exciting beginnings!
Byteful Travel presents A Strange Desert Flower (A Poem for Travellers) posted at Byteful Travel, saying, “Even though it was nearly November when I arrived in Las Vegas, a surprising number of desert plants were in bloom, their radiant colors speckled across the rocky landscape. In light of this, I’ve written a poem about the beauty I found, and a surprising similarity that I only realized much later.” Nicely done.
Susan presents Love at First Sight posted at Susan’s Poetry, saying, “In this poem, I ask the readers to consider adding insight to “love at first sight.” This is a nifty shape poem that looks great on the page and reads well.
RAD presents The Better Man posted at RAD is RADically Primetime!, saying, “Buy me a sandwich, then steal my lunch money? Tony Davis, heed the call.” On the one hand this seems to be a very personal poem but it reeks of painful high school memories that we all can relate to (at least I can, anyway).
Beth Hunter McHugh presents The Susa Stories #3: The Children posted at Small Soul, saying, “This is the third in an emerging series of flash fiction pieces that seek to illuminate snatches of an ordinary woman’s life.” This story nails what it’s like to be the mother of older children. Insightful, honest, and beautifully written.
The Story Shack presents The Waiting Room posted at The Story Shack, saying, “Apart from all the personal work that is currently available on The Story Shack, it is now open to submissions from writers and illustrators as we plan to transition into a daily storytelling platform that celebrates the collaborations between these two crafts.” This could be an interesting site to submit your work, so check it out. But also, do yourself a favor and read this story. It draws you in and it’s not until the middle that you fully realize what’s going on, or at least you think you do … Nice entry.
Jim Liston presents Second Chance posted at jimsgotweb.com, saying, “Seldom in life do we get a second chance, so, when I got a phone call from an ex-girlfriend that had dumped him 3 years ago and wanted to get a drink, he accepted. What did he have to lose?” This is the very interesting beginning of a multipart story. It reminds me of “noir”–tawdry, dangerous, and an interesting ride.
Alex Clermont presents Dead Labor – A Short Story About Going Crazy At Work posted at The (Official) Website of Alex. Ahh, inside the mind a store clerk. Working stiffs everywhere can relate to this one. Well written.
Lorinda J. Taylor presents The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Ch.1: The Captain Eats Crow posted at Ruminations of a Remembrancer, saying, “I posted the Prologue to this WIP on this carnival back in April. Chapter 1 shows Capt. Robbin Nikalishin, who will later become the Captain of the first starship to make contact with extraterrestrials, enduring his punishment for certain bad behavior.” Set in 2766, this story features solid characterization. Check out Lorinda’s drawing of Capt. Nikalishin!
Michael J. Hebel presents Soaring posted at A Minute with Michael, saying, “This story was pretty simple in it’s origin. I noticed an airplane glinting in the sun. The rest just sort of happened.” This goes to show that a lot can come from simple beginnings. A heart-warming tale.
A. D. Joyce presents Is Poetry Fiction or Non-Fiction? posted at Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World. I thought this was a question with a simple answer but it seems the solution is filled with gray areas. What ‘s your opinion?
Jeanne Lyet Gassman presents Poetry and Prose Competitions: Carson Prize in Poetry or Prose from Mixed Fruit posted at Jeanne’s Writing Desk, saying, “‘Jeanne’s Writing Desk’ posts information about opportunities for writers, including calls for submission, writing competitions, fellowships, residencies, and more. Please drop by and see what writing opportunities await you!” This particular post gives some details about a contest for both poetry and prose. Check it out and while you’re there you may want to bookmark the site as a resource.
Jon Rhodes presents How To Keep Your Blog Posts Alive posted at Affiliate Marketing Tips, saying, “This article shows you how to keep people reading your old blog posts, even years after you wrote them.” For those of us who blog, this post has some valuable writing tips as well as tips related to the maintenance of blogs–something we should attend to to help us gain more readers.
Cathleen Bailey presents Ẹlégbà Riff of Twosome posted at Cathleen Bailey, saying, “Meter: hendecasyllabics and the issue of honor.” This post features a thought-provoking poem but the main thrust of this post is about attitudes about black women and how poetry can evolve as a personal and/or political response to others’ work.
Jonathan Milligan presents The Benefits of “Morning Pages” and Your Productivity posted at Simple Life Habits, saying, “Here are 5 amazing benefits to writing every morning.” This post spells out why this is a habit well worth making the time for.
Catrina Barton presents Writers’ Tools posted at Kitty’s Inner Thoughts, saying, “Every writer has tools they use through the journey of learning to hone their craft. A small collection of books they’ve learned certain aspects from.” Some great resources here.
Jonny presents Benefits of Writing a Notebook posted at Smart Blog, saying, “This may at first seem unrelated, but keeping a writers notebook is great for keeping ideas and creating inspiration. Many writers love to keep notebooks to help them develop their stories, so I decided to write an article discussing the benefits of writing a notebook. I wish you all the best for the future.” The wonders of free writing are extolled in this post. It seems to be a theme this month for the blog carnival and it’s still a great idea!
Kayfey” “Inprettyprint” & “Angry Goblin” presents Writing Multicultural…Part 1 posted at In Pretty Print – A Writing and Artist Life…Ongoing, saying, “So-called ‘cheesy’ films can help a writer more than realized.” This post resonates with me on a personal level and I relate to its core message, that exposure to another culture (gender, age group, etc) goes a long way toward demystifying it.
Laura Moe presents Mining Gold from Base Metals posted at Laura Moe’s Writing Blog, saying “This time I am submitting a link to a recent post on writing. I had crashed a craft talk at a good friend’s MFA residency, and got some wonderful writing advice, along with a draft of a poem.” This post is a great guide on how to transform painful experience into poetry, along with an example of a WIP.
Jeremy Biberdorf presents 5 Places You’re Not Looking for Content Ideas posted at Modest Money, saying, “Almost everyone who runs a blog runs into writer’s block at some point. So what do you do when you need ideas for new content?” While this post is not about writing per se, I think this entry can go a long way toward helping writers who blog to think outside of the box when it comes to finding topics to write about.
Andrew Blackman presents How not to return from vacation posted at Andrew Blackman, saying, “I offer a formula for getting started with writing after a long break, while admitting that I failed to apply it myself recently, with painful consequences.” A valuable lesson here explaining how doing less can help us accomplish more.
Laxmi Hariharan presents The Inspiration Games posted at Young Adult, saying, “This post shows how most western Scifi is inspired by Indian mythology.” Interesting connections are made and the post contains colorful images to illustrate the point.
lost without the crowd
therefore the end of the carnival
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