Welcome to the October edition of the Third Sunday Blog Carnival! In case you haven’t noticed, the wealth of talent the world has to offer is on abundant display in each and every edition of this blog carnival. It is such an honor to be able to provide this forum for writers to share their work.
This month’s offering is brought to you by 21 talented bloggers: 6 in the Poetry category, 5 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.
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RAD presents Blood on the Spear! Noles on the Rise! posted at RAD is RADically Primetime!, saying, “‘83,000, ‘Tally'” central, where all is right.’ Go Noles! <—-/—#–>” Sports takes on the imagery of magic and mythology. Go team!
David Selzer presents Trigger at the Adelphi, Liverpool, March, 1954 posted at David Selzer. Time and place are established nicely here. It’s fun to see how American icons are received across the pond.
Adam Troudart presents [Manifest #1] Write As If There’s No Tomorrow posted at Adam Troudart.com, saying, “Are you stuck? Writer’s block? Giving yourself excuses why not to sit down and write? This short poem will motivate you to get into a creative spree and write as if there’s no tomorrow!” Lots of wisdom in this poem to stop the self censoring and just write.
A. D. Joyce presents when she walks posted at Sweepy Jean Explores the Webby) World. Connecting the dots along the universe seems to be an overriding theme in this edition of the Blog Carnival. So with that in mind, I decided to share this poem from my blog about being centered and in tune with the world.
Lorinda J. Taylor presents The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Ch.2: How Robbin Nikalishin Got His Name, posted at Ruminations of a Remembrancer, saying, “I posted Chapter 1 of this WIP on this carnival in September. Chapter 2 is a flashback to the birth and childhood of our Captain and includes two episodes that helped to shape his character.” Great background information on interesting characters.
Marva Gregorio De Souza presents Hettie posted at in the head of Marva G…, saying, “Hettie was my first short story. I sat down to write and out she popped, as though waiting for me to get my act together her whole life. I’ve included this story (still one of my favorites) in my collection – Pocket Full of Bleeding Posies.” I can see why this is a favorite. It’s awesome and seamless. To say more would be to give everything away; so just read it!
Jim Liston presents The Computer That Wanted Life posted at Jim’s Got Web, saying, “It wasn’t just an ordinary computer, it was a computer that wanted life!” This is a neat piece that makes great use of graphics as part of the storytelling process.
Hettie Ashwin presents juxtaposition or just plain silly posted at Pen to Paper, saying, “Sometimes you just need to explain yourself and the usual words just won’t do it for you. So why don’t you DIY (do it yourself). If it was good enough for Will Shakespeare then why not you.” This post offers a wonderful fresh approach for energizing your writing.
Nicole Pyles presents What To Tell Yourself When You Get a Bad Review posted at World of My Imagination, saying, “I wrote this post after receiving a really bad review and used this post to make myself feel better!” This is so real and so inspiring. It embodies the spirit we need as writers if we are to succeed.
Kayfey” “Inprettyprint” & “Angry Goblin” presents Writing Multicultural…Part 2 posted at In Pretty Print – A Writing and Artist Life…Ongoing, saying, “When other writers mention difficulty in ‘seeing’ character, I see an ‘individual’ first. All other attributes, including physicality and ethnicity, comes second.”This is good advice regardless of a character’s ethnicity: Think of individuality, not type. Not bad advice for life, too.
Cathleen Bailey presents Sugar Cane Blues posted at Cathleen Bailey, saying, “In a discussion about tragedy, we may suddenly realize that heartbreak has no superlative. Likewise, the Blues simply is. This post gives an inside out view to the Blues.” In this fabulous post, we get a history and perspective of the blues from a lyrical standpoint, as well as a reading of the author’s own blues poem. Powerful.
Andrew Blackman presents The importance of staring out of the window posted at Andrew Blackman, saying, “I talk about the importance of daydreaming for the writing process, inspired by scientific research and an interview with Martin Amis.” Great stuff here. It’s always nice to compare and contrast writers’ writerly habits, and the author shares his here. Now, I also feel justified for my time spent daydreaming!
Catrina Barton presents Writer Tip Wednsdays – Writer’s Block posted at Kitty’s Inner Thoughts, saying, “Writer’s Block is something all writers face eventually. Here are some helpful tips to either avoid it, or break through it.” These are great tips that go beyond some of the things you may have heard before on the subject.
Miranda Marquit presents Anonymous Sources – is it ethical to use them? posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “It’s possible to say almost anything about anyone, and not get ‘caught.’ However, even though the Internet seems to thrive on anonymous name-calling, if you want credibility, you need to watch out for using unnamed sources, especially if that source is name-calling.” The internet seems to provide an infinite amount of information at our fingertips, so this is a great reminder for all of us to use discretion in determining credible sources. Plus it’s encouraging to find that there are writers out there who still have journalistic standards!
Jeff Reed presents Hispoetry – Bridgit Sullivan posted at Next Top Authors. An interesting look as a writer’s journey to publication of her second book and how her life experiences are reflected in her work.
Helen Labun Jordan presents VPR Commentary – Rules of Reading posted at Helen Labun Jordan, saying “This post is really two for the click of one. It presents a commentary I wrote on the ‘the new no man’s land between amateur and professional’ that’s been created by innovations that make today’s hobbyist tools equal to what was once only available to professionals. Self publishing is one example. At the same time, I wanted a more positive take on professional writing degrees than what the commentary provides, so the blog post considers some of the beautiful things learned about poetry in an MFA residency.” The commentary mentioned above is available by clicking the link at the end of the author’s post and offers an interesting perspective on self publishing. The direct link above offers some gems about writing from traditionally published writers.
Brandon Yawa presents Surviving a Failed Attempt at Writing a Blog posted at Yawa Pro, saying, “I wrote this blog to help writers in the moments they fail at writing.” Great advice here, namely that we can learn from our writings that are less than successful and that even, with time, find a way to make them better.
searching faces looking for Delores
therefore the end of the carnival
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