Just a quick reminder that April is National Poetry Month, which was first established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry. There are many activities happening both on the Internet and in the real world, so make sure you join in on the fun.
This month’s blog carnival is brought to you by 19 bloggers: 8 in the Poetry category, 1 in the Fiction category, and 10 in the Writing Life category.
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Without further ado, enjoy the Carnival!
Gina Marie Lazar presents But a Dream, Buttercream posted at Virtual Iridescence, saying, “This poem, which I’ve tinkered with over the years, came to light nearly a decade ago one rainy autumn’s evening in Boston.”
Liz Shaw presents Top Ten Reasons Why Writers Should Join Toastmasters: #1 Learn to Think on Your Feet posted at Liz Andra Shaw, saying, “Imagine your book becoming a New York Times bestseller or your blog being picked up as the basis for a reality show. You’ve got invitations to be interviewed from Letterman, Colbert, Lauer, King, and Oprah. You’d better know how to think on your feet.”
Jessica Clark presents The Big List of Different Types of Poems posted at Kenney Myers, saying, “There’s definitely more to poetry than the rhyming sentiments in greeting cards, though many of those verses do adhere to one of these style forms. ”
Ashen Venema presents … what’s your myth … posted at Course of Mirrors, saying, “Writers and artists are like archaeologists; they dig, uncover, and re-shape a personal myth until the myth takes wings and becomes universal. The myths we live and re-shape give meaning to our lives and entice readers to explore theirs.”
Dana Sitar presents Ron Vitale’s Cautionary Tale Against Setting Aside Your Dream of Writing a Novel posted at DIY Writing, saying, “Do you have a novel in you that you just can’t sit down and write? DIYW guest Ron Vitale shares his story to encourage other writers to get started on those dreams NOW, rather than wait until you ‘have the time.'”
David Leonhardt presents What makes a good book? posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “One of the questions we get frequently goes something like this: ‘Do you think I have a good enough story? Do you think it’s a best seller?’ This gives us a moment to consider what makes a successful book, so I would like to share my thoughts on this with you.”
Catrina Barton presents Jealousy posted at Kitty’s Inner Thoughts, saying, “Jealousy is something every person (especially writers) face at some point in time. One way or another we all end up feeling, or facing jealousy. Often times we end up on both sides of the line.”
Kayfey” “Inprettyprint” & “Angry Goblin” presents “The Art of Plugging Away – Part 5” posted at In Pretty Print – A Writing and Artist Life…, saying, “When it comes to writing historical fiction, I learned not to feel guilty.”
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