This month’s offerings are brought to you by 16 bloggers: 7 in the Poetry category and 9 in the Writing/The Writing Life category. What happened to the fiction writers this month? No one submitted to the Fiction category this time. Hopefully next month will be a different … story! Below, many of the participants have described their posts; I also share my thoughts on each one.
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R.A.D. presents Carry On posted at RAD is RADically Primetime!, saying, “To: The World.” This poem is about the dream world, which is seems to very much parallel the waking world. Intriguing as ever. Plus, see R.A.D. rocking it out in his video.
Stephanie Force presents Peace, Love, and Coffee posted at An Organized Mess (My Life), saying, “This poem was written as I was trying to find some peace within my own mind, and so it’s almost a step-by-step guide on how to relax and let go enough to trust that things will get better. I hope that others may read this poem and find that they can too be at peace.” This is a lovely poem that takes you on a wonderful journey. I’ll have what she’s having!
Patricia Philippe presents Lioness Queen posted at I’m showing up in my life…standing powerfully in integrity with myself. saying, “Lioness Queen is about the boldness of women who fully step into their power. I was inspired by a book I was reading called Lioness Arising.” The blogger describes this piece as lyrical prose, and when I read it, I think of it as prose poetry. Same thing, right? This post is strong, evocative, and sensual, no matter what the label.
A. D. Joyce presents Like Love Hate (the poem) posted at Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World.This poem practically has a life of its own, starting out as an idea in one of my weirder blog posts, and continuing to evolve even now from this original version. I see it as a prose poem, so it’s not broken up into traditional verses. I used a stream-of-consciousness style and surrealism to try to find new ways to describe these emotions.
Maria Grujicic presents Beauty & You posted at Poems That Dance, saying, “The poem tells of the beauty that is revealed when one simply goes on a search. It is about a rare and endangered species of cycad. A quarter of the wildlife live on the Darwin green belt [in Australia], along with the mangroves. It really is a shame that it will all be destroyed. Plus on the bush block there is an Aboriginal Tiwi burial ground and also a place where a battle took place, and a men’s secret meeting place. Some of my friends I grew up with told me about it, who are the traditional people of the land, plus they told me of a women’s place as well.” The post includes a beautiful picture of the cycad. It’s no wonder that its destruction would inspire poetry.
There are no entries in the fiction category this month.
Megan Held presents Writing a Sequel/Trilogy/Series posed at Mysterious Writings, saying, “These are my thoughts on why writers should write a sequel or series despite what other authors think. This post is all about encouragement to do what one wants and not what other people think you should do.” This post brings up some interesting questions: Should you write a novel with the intention of having sequels, and if so, what should be the approach? Thoughts?
David Leonhardt presents Are you an original blog writer? posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “The bad news is that blog owners and blog writers have reduced ‘originality’ to ‘Can this article pass Copyscape?’ If you or someone you are guest blogging for is even asking this question, you are not only missing the point – you are missing the boat.” For freelance writers and ghost writers, these concerns come up a lot. The advice in this article will come in quite handy.
Rolando Garcia presents “What to write: novels or short stories? posted at Rolando’s Website. This post also brings up important questions, one of which is: Is the marketplace biased toward novels? Share your thoughts.
Kayfey” “Inprettyprint” & “Angry Goblin” presents Writing Multicultural…Part 3 posted at In Pretty Print – A Writing and Artist Life…Ongoing,”To-be-continued post about what happened to that pesky story. I couldn’t place it anywhere!” This post leaves us with a cliffhanger. Tune in next month to find out more of what happens.
Laura Moe presents Thirteen and a Half Things Writers Need to Know posted at Laura Moe’s Writing Blog, saying, “I watched a lovely independent film about a writer, and it inspired me to write the post.” This piece is inspiring in its own right.
Cathleen Bailey presents Laid-Back Tongue Licking Chocolate posted at Cathleen Bailey, saying, “When writers are bogged down by feelings of inadequacy, one way to renew self-confidence is to review the journey. What was it that compelled us to write in the first place? The answer is sometimes found in our moments of innocence.” The beauty and honesty of this post, which traces the journey of this writer to finding her voice, is extraordinary. Beautifully written.
Luke Murphy presents Why Do I Write? posted at Luke Murphy, saying, “I often get asked by people how I went from a professional hockey player to a published author, and why I write. So I believe that this post will answer many reader questions.” Who would have thought? It goes to show that when you finally recognize your calling, you have to follow it.
Andrew Blackman presents Beauty? No thanks posted at Andrew Blackman, saying, “A post about the best locations for writing, and why a beautiful place can sometimes be too distracting.” Writers can be quite prone to distractions, many will be able to relate to this post. It also includes some great photos.
Dawn Napier presents The Five Stages of Editing posted at Mom’s Secret Horrors, saying, “It’s a humorous glance at the most painful part of writing–the editing process. It’s a post on my fiction blog, Mom’s Secret Horrors, which usually contains horror fiction and poetry, but I also post nonfiction and reviews as well.” I think this very funny post nails it. Well done.
a broken heart is thankless
therefore the end of the carnival
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