With this December issue, we mark the our first full year of the Third Sunday Blog Carnival! And when I say “our,” I’m not invoking the editorial “we.” I mean that this endeavor is buoyed by all of you who are reading these words. The Blog Carnival wouldn’t exist without you. All the writers this past year who have given us hours upon hours of top notch entertainment and education, all you smart, loyal, and supportive readers, and all of you who have helped create a sense of community and camaraderie: You have my heartfelt thanks and admiration.
Because this was such a standout year, it would be a shame to just let it fade away. Instead, I would like to post a special edition of the Third Sunday Blog Carnival. On February 28, there will be the Reader’s Choice issue of the Blog Carnival. It will consist of Blog Carnival posts from 2012. So, we (the editorial “we”) want to hear from you! Browse through the archives to refresh your memories and pick out your favorite posts of the year. Then just let me know what they are. Here’s how:
1. Voting begins today and ends February 15th.
2. There are four ways to vote:
a) Email me at email@example.com
b) Leave a comment below
c) Send me a message on Twitter (either a mention or a direct message)
d) Post a comment at the Third Sunday Blog Carnival Facebook page
2. Be sure to mention the name of the poster, the name of the post and the issue of the blog carnival it was in (example: “Carl Smith’s Jabberwocky in the June carnival”).
3. Any post from January 2012 to and including today’s December 2012 issue is eligible.
4. You can vote for as many posts as you like but try not to vote for the same post twice. You can vote for yourself and you can encourage your friends and fans to vote for you.
5. Your votes count! Of all the posts nominated, only the top 25 vote-getters in each category (i.e., 25 Poetry posts, 25 Fiction posts, and 25 The Writing Life posts) will be included in the Special Edition.
So there you have it! In this case, it is perfectly fine to vote early and often
Now, on to this month’s edition. It is brought to you by 26 bloggers: 8 in the Poetry category, 9 in the Fiction category, and 9 in the The Writing Life category. Special thanks to our fiction writers for stepping up to the plate, considering that there were no entries in this category last month. Below, many of the participants have described their posts; I also share my thoughts on each one.
As always, I encourage you to support the blog carnival by visiting the blogs of the contributors and leaving them some comment. Other ways to help are to Google+ their posts, and to share them on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and other social networking sites around the internet. If you know of someone who would enjoy the blog carnival either as a reader or a contributor, please pass this post along.
Once again, thank you for a fabulous year in writing. All the best to all of you for the holiday season, and here’s to you for a healthy, happy, and creative New Year.
Now, on to the Carnival! Enjoy!
Chad Weatherford presents another poem abt distance posted at born under punches, saying, “I have been maintaining my blog for a few years now as a place for my poetry, short fiction, rants, and whatever else moves me. This poem is about cognitive dissonance and how our society requires us to maintain a safe distance from one another and from our own selves.” Provocative, profound, and beautiful.
David Selzer presents Sleepless in Waziristan posted at David Selzer. This is an awesomely succinct journey spanning different perspectives and world views. Dare I say it’s another poem about distance?
Deborah McCreath Akbar presents Writing posted at My Accessible Life, saying, “This poem shows how I feel about my new career.” So relatable. For those who are writing full time it accurately describes the fulfillment, and for the rest of us, it confirms our imaginings.
Cathleen Bailey presents a meeting in the ladies’ room: the convergence of bronzeville and mississippi mothers posted at Cathleen Bailey, saying, “This post acknowledges the genius of Gwendolyn Brooks. Her poem teaches us to write beyond the obvious.” This is a bid to explain a poem using that poem’s style.
Tanya Sehgal presents Love @7 posted at Coveted Dreams, saying, “The story is about how love does not die even after rejections. True love stands in all circumstances, better or worst.” This story is charming and well told.
Laura Roberts presents Cam whoring for fun and profit posted at Naked Montreal, saying, “This is an excerpt from my forthcoming humorous erotic novel, Naked Montreal. This chapter concerns the subject of webcam girls or ‘cam whores,’ who interact with customers online for cash, and is based on a true story.”This fun and interesting look at the webcam business definitely makes you want to read more.
Ashen Venema presents … Goats are Goats … part 1 posted at Course of Mirrors saying, “This story is based on a true event, with a mystical twist.” A search for a goat to help tend the garden is a great start to a story. Subsequent installments can be found on their site in the July archives.
Lorinda J. Taylor presents The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars: Chapter 4: School Days at Epping Academy, posted at Ruminations of a Remembrancer, saying, “In the October issue of the blog carnival, I posted Chapter 2, which deals with the birth and childhood of Capt. Robbin Nikalishin. Chapter 4 follows immediately on Chapter 2 and continues to relate events from his youthful days.” It seems the signs of a captain in the making appear early. This is a fully-imagined world.
Michael J. Hebel presents What if there’s no Chimney? posted at A Minute with Michael, saying, “It’s a little non-traditional Christmas story.” This is a beautiful story about children, Santa, culture, and truth.
Andrew Blackman presents Nights on Fair Isle posted at Solqu Shorts, saying, “In this short story, I imagine the life of a young immigrant in London, listening to the shipping forecast on the radio and remembering far-away tales of the sea.” This is a beautiful and haunting story that deepens with every line.
Conda V. Douglas presents Christmas Story and Tofu Pumpkin Pie Recipe posted at Conda’s Creative Center, saying, “This is a fun Christmas short story and recipe for a delicious pumpkin pie. In the spirit of the season, enjoy!” A very sweet short story and a sweet recipe to boot? What could be better?
Jeszlene Zhou presents The Perfect Writing posted at First Comms Job, saying, “Is pursuing the perfect writing preventing you from the actual writing? Maybe your writing doesn’t need to be perfect.” This may seem counterintuitive but in the certain settings this advice is spot on.
David Leonhardt presents What is a ghostwriter? posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “What is a ghostwriter?” pretty much tops the questions people have about ghostwriting. In this blog post I give a very complete explanation, which I break down into three parts.” Good information for those thinking of pursuing this career track and for those who need ghostwriting services.
Shubha Bala presents When Print Poets Take The Stage by Colleen Thompson posted at Kalyani Magazine, saying, “Colleen reflects on the difficulties that print poets face when trying to take the stage, and how beautiful the result can be.” A thought-provoking article.
Kayfey” “Inprettyprint” & “Angry Goblin” presents Writing Multicultural…Part 4 posted at In Pretty Print – A Writing and Artist Life…Ongoing, “The road to publication can be bumpy, but surprises await!” This post explains how have an “ethnic” editor helped her improve her submission.
Rolando Garcia presents Some thoughts on Soliciting Book Reviews posted at Rolando’s Website. Getting reviews has become an important part of book-selling success on Amazon, and this post gives practical advice on how to achieve that goal.
Catrina Barton presents RPGs = Better Scenes? posted at Kitty’s Inner Thoughts, saying, “Did you know that playing RPGs like Guild Wars can help improve your writing? Seriously!” As a long-time fan of role-playing games (RPGs) for the computer (going back to Zork!), I really enjoyed this post.
Paulette Mahurin presents Why Do I Love To Write posted at The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, saying, “This is a no-holds-barred post on why I write, why writing is a sanctuary for me, and a gift.” This is a raw and honest self reflection that goes from painful childhood memories to fulfillment.
Chrys Fey presents Catching A Spark posted at Write With Fey, saying, “All writers are on search for a worthy idea to transform into a story, but where do we find these sparks? The truth is a story idea can come from anywhere; you just have to be ready to receive it.” A great article on finding inspiration.
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