Third Sunday Blog Carnival: Volume 1, No. 2

The Third Sunday Blog Carnival is back for the second edition! Who’d have thought? Seriously, the first edition turned out fantastically well and this one, you’ll see, is just as good!

This edition is brought to you by 60 contributors: 27 in the Poetry category, 13 in the Fiction category and 20 in the Writing/The Writing Life category. The links below are separated by category and are in no particular order. Most of the participants have described their post and I briefly share my thoughts on each one, as well.

If you like a post, please leave a comment at the author’s blog. I’m sure  they would appreciate the feedback. Let’s support the creative community. Also, let me know what you think of this edition by commenting on this post.

The next Blog Carnival will be on March 18th. If you would like your link to be included, read and follow the guidelines and email your submission by March 10.

Let the Carnival begin! Enjoy!

Gabrielle Bryden presents Decanting a Poem posted at Gabrielle Bryden’s Blog, saying, “The poem is about the process of editing a poem. I include in the blog the background to writing the poem, which relates to some conversations in the blogosphere about the development of art (visual art in this case).” I think it is, indeed, an apt metaphor. Nicely done.

Adriene (A.D.) Joyce presents Poetry by Consensus (Opinions Needed) posted at Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World 4.7. This post is the result of a poetry workshop I attended, where the writing process went totally against my grain. The results were pleasantly surprising and I got two poems out of it. But which one works better? Take the poll to help me decide.

Mark Tabat presents Breathe a Word! by Empty1 posted at Authspot,  saying, “To hold, that special someone in your arms, and telling each other caring words while breathing softly.” Sweet and tender.

Patrick Sykes presents Anamorphosis posted at Isolate, don’t insulate, saying, “Anamorphosis is a visual effect in which an image appears normal only when viewed from a particular angle or with a particular lens. This poem is about the difficulty of locating with the same precision the equivalent relationships between individual people, who for whatever reason struggle to see each other as clearly as they once might have done.” This grabbed me from the first wonderful line, which is rich with various connotations.

Masnoh’s Books presents Turning 21 Again? posted at Masnoh’s Books. A soaring reminder of how exciting life was, is, and can always be.

Simon Ward presents The Goddess is a Machine posted at Searching for the Goddess, saying, “This is a poem that seeks to say something about nature through the well-worked metaphor of ‘The Goddess.'” Great imagery and a sense of expansiveness worthy of a goddess.

Adam Eisenstat presents Industrial Haiku No. 5 posted at Big Sky Brooklyn, saying, “This is part of the ‘Industrial Haiku’ series on BigSkyBrooklyn.com.” I like how the ancient poetic form fits around a modern urban landscape. Nicely done.

Jesse S. Mitchell presents Museum Life (Lines 1-16) posted at Modern Rage, saying, “This is from my third book of poetry (in progress) 1972. The whole collection is about being a human being in an ever-gnawing increasingly unnatural inhuman world.  This poem is a part of that.” Very interesting thoughts and wordplay. There’s more to this poem? I’d like to read the rest of it.

Tameka Mullins presents Soul Diving: Partial Poem/Part Confession posted at Lyric Fire, saying, “It is a piece that was difficult for me to write, but in so doing, I was able to pin-point certain areas of sorrow in my life and put them into poetic perspective. I had no idea what was going to come out, but I was glad to go along for the ride. As one commenter stated, I hurt and healed while writing the piece and I hope others can get something positive from it as well.” These staccato lines hit hard and tell a emotionally powerful story quite effectively.

Brad Holland presents Till We Meet Again posted at Hollandz, saying, “This poem was written when my son was born. It’s about letting go of old habits … for now anyway.” From the poem, it seems as though the miracle was worth of pain of letting go!

Neil Chatterton presents 7 Pounds posted at Best Served Chilled….., saying, “I wrote this for someone who lost their husband. The person had painted a remarkable picture, which I found very moving and these words just “came” to me.” Beautiful words about the tail end of the life spectrum.

Autumn Eliza presents Thoughts posted at Autumn Glory. The words come alive on the page for this sonnet. Nicely presented.

Harsh Singhal presents To What, or What Not?? posted at Visualize. Create. Enjoy., saying, “Friends say I’m in Love but I ask with who? I don’t know, do they? All I know is captured in the following lines which introduce my thoughts in the poem…

I’m a sucker for dreamy beauty,
and also for heart stopping moments,
Or is it for moments which are fruity,
Or someone as valuable as diamonds?”

Fun play on the words of William Shakespeare.

Mark Fewtrell presents Story of the giant’s ear lake posted at Wackjob’s Ethology and Ethnology, saying, “Imagine a giant Buddha ear up to the ground being used as a boating lake!” Interesting mix of a classic style, unusual imagery, and commentary on modern life.

Rosie Stewart presents Reflection and a poem(ish). posted at Dear Rosie, Love Rosie, saying, “This post I wrote just before moving back home at the end of my first year of university. The poem at the end is one I wrote for my portfolio for an assessment on my course, it was for the theme ‘Identity.'” Cute, and I hope maybe we have a new recruit for the appreciation of poetry!

Stuart Nager presents Tails of the Fox: Nine Haiku’s posted at Tale Spinning, saying, “I wrote nine Haikus in a narrative style. This goes with my Kitsune-Mochi series. While I know it’s not the most “marketable” of the work I do, I have enjoyed what I’ve done with creating a new Japanese mythology series. I do have plans to take this further.” An interesting story of mystery and intrigue. The haiku format is perfect to convey the mood.

Marissa Mireles presents wish you knew posted at , saying, “I’m a 19-year-old writer, attending art school ( art institute of Los Angeles ) student studying film production. I have been published in a literary magazine at The University Of Dominguez Hills in the Spring 2011 edition. I currently live in Playa Del Rey writing, acting, and modeling.” Some nice lines here.

Nicole C. Lofton presents Do You know DV? A Poem about Domestic Violence posted at Domestic Violence as a Whole, saying, “This poem is a description of domestic violence and what people experience who experience it go through.” Not only does this poem show the signs of domestic violence, but it also illustrates the feeling of uncertainty. Thanks for sharing this.

Pamela A. Rossow presents Oneirologist posted at Pamanners’s Blog, saying, “This link is about a duel between Oneirology and Freudian Dream Interpretation and the parallel metaphor of  the unwanted destruction of a relationship.” Another great analogy, as there certainly is a vulnerability inherent in both relationships and dreams.

Millie Shenton presents His hallucination/My reservation posted at This is me, In the RAW…, saying, “This poem was written about a friend who wanted more than a friendship and I knew taking it any further would be detrimental to us.” A light touch; the ambivalence is palpable. Well stated.

D. James Eldon presents at life in the city of cities posted at disposable poetry, saying, “My poem is about the subway, the majesty of the NYC skyline, and the temporality of life.” From the specific to the panoramic and beyond. Lovely.

Maria Grujicic presents The Dance That Walked Away posted at Poems That Dance, saying, “This poem is about stage fright. When I was 19, I entered a dance competition. As it turned out I wasn’t mentally prepared, and full of self-doubt I stood on the stage. The music had started, but I froze and I simply walked away. A few months later, there was another dance competition. The music played once more, and I did all the dance steps, resulting a win! It was the most amazing experience of my life, and unknown to me, a kind of life metaphor for more  ups and downs to come!”  There’s a nice message of hope here.

Anoop Victor presents The little black dress posted at Bard to a newer age, saying, ‘The poem describes how helpless and wordless even a poet can become when he sees beauty like he has never seen before. ” Not bad at all for someone who is tongue tied!

MedusaMoon presents Again! posted at medusamoon, saying, “This is my latest poem about the difficulties that men face in an old order world that say…”Big boys don’t cry.” Honest and heartfelt, and a topic that is not often addressed.

Jessica Davis presents #141 posted at Authored Angioplasty, saying, “This short and simple piece attempts to capture the warmth in a very sweet winter moment.” It succeeds; this is gorgeous.

Sylvia Pekarek presents Poem & Art: Primal Flight posted at Art Creations, saying, “They call me the ‘The Lyrical Fine Artist’ because I often write poems and stories, to accompany the artwork I create. I aspire my art work to be spontaneous, momentous and dynamic, infused with the passion I have for life.” The poem captures the mood of the image well; nice interplay between the two.

David Selzer presents Between the Monkey and the Snake posted at David Selzer, saying, “My site is an interactive self publishing site I established featuring my work of forty years plus – including poetry, screenplays and stage plays.” Great story; vivid and exotic.

Meera Ganesh presents 2 pink lines posted at Meera’s musings, saying, “This post part of the  55 word fiction genre that is popular in the blogosphere.” Wow. Short and effectively to the point.

Frances Livings presents I Just Lost It posted at Frances Livings, saying, “It is the story about the loss of something very private.” Compelling and haunting.

Benjamin Savva presents De Fièvre Nuits. posted at kidsoftheblackhole. Interesting and dreamlike. I admit I may need to find Henry Miller to really get the full meaning of it all.

Nana Awere Damoah presents October Rush – Excerpt from Tales from Different Tails posted at Nana A Damoah, saying, “A fast-pace story about love set in a University campus in Ghana, an excerpt from the author’s book ‘Tales from Different Tails’ Follow ‘October Rush’ as it tells the intricate story of University romance. For some, it is learning the ropes, for others it is a do or die affair.  Find your feet in this hot, intense, and pacey affair. The Rush is on!” An interesting premise and a good read; told from male and female points of view.

Beverly Akerman, MSc presents PIE (from my new book, The Meaning of Children) posted at Beverly Akerman, saying “This is a story from my first book of short fiction, The Meaning Of Children. “Pie” won the first Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest. I think of the story as a tribute to all the mothers who have watched their sons go off to war.” Great characterization. Heartbreaking.

Wendy Ann Greenhalgh presents Sky posted at Story Scavenger, saying,, “An original piece of Flash Fiction. A moment of illumination – from award winning story-ist Wendy Ann Greenhalgh.” Sometimes you can’t help but take notice. Sharp and focused.

Keith Mushonga presents ipocalypse posted at Keith Mushonga’s Weird Whacky World…, saying, “I’m a sci fi, horror writer. My link is the first part of a short story about an apocalyptic era caused by the internet.” This is a great beginning, very imaginative. Jenni, the biskit: Are we that far from these innovations?

Michael J. Hebel presents Tuesday is not here to make friends posted at A Minute with Michael, saying, “This is a short story I wrote at the request of a friend who felt I was getting a little too mushy and sentimental in some previous posts. I like the idea of heroic women. Plus, who doesn’t like a zombie-killing Samurai?” Who indeed? This is exciting and full of zombie-killing action. Not mushy at all!

Kelly Garriott Waite presents Wheezy Hart posted at Writing in the Margins, Bursting at the Seams, saying, “This is one of the opening chapters of my novel in progress.” Nice writing, great cliffhanger, interesting main character.

Jake Sullivan presents Winnie’s karmic last dance posted at Jake Sullivan’s Pen, saying, “The Hundred Acre Wood met its demise; Christopher Robin finally caved in and sold-out, sending everyone into some kind of personal commotion.” Funny, clever, and twisted. As you readers are finding out, I have a penchant for that.

Lou Barba presents The Man From Where?? posted at The Information Highway Card and Gift Shop, saying, “This post is the beginning of a short story which will be posted in six or seven episodes.  The title is “The Man From Where??” and is a story about a man who comes to a place called The Village on the Edge of the Sea as his most recent stop on his quest to find a niche in life.” So far so good. I wonder what’s in store for Sandy?

Ariel Driskell presents Coffee posted at FROMMYHEART2URS, saying, “My flash fiction story is about a couple who are on their first date, when something unexpected happens at the table next to them.” Well, I certainly didn’t see it coming!

Nan Bovington presents Never carry a literary agent’s suitcase posted at essential guide to being unpublished, saying, “There are many blogs that tell you how to get published; this blog is different. Follow my rules for literary oblivion.” Funny, ongoing story of an aspiring writer’s misadventures.

Christy Strick presents A Writer’s Dream posted at Christy Strick, saying, ” This post is about writing residencies.  Having done several residencies and having researched many more, I’ve had lots of requests from friends and fellow writers for information.  I wrote the post to as a help for those considering residencies as an opportunity to have concentrated time to focus on their work.” Great information and interesting firsthand perspective.

Andrea Coates presents Throw the Tao Lin posted at < < < **** !!!! ~Andrea Coates’~Writing JUNK~ !!!! **** >, saying, “Anarkist Blogist from Western Canada, aims to replace Tao Lin, Hipster Writer Extraordinaire, as the InterNet’s Most Significant Young Writer by comparing Tao Lin’s Literature to the Voracious Capitalist Commoditization Process that Plagues the Globe. Includes the Corresponding Film, ‘Burn the Tao Lin.'” Off the beaten track …

Grace Curtis presents Poet, John Siddique—What it Means To Be Human posted at N2Poetry. Sounds like a poet worth looking into.

Lauren Camp presents Rejection: The Bugger posted at Which Silk Shirt, saying, “Does rejection get to you? Can you ignore it?” A great, constructive way to process those god-awful rejections.

Benjamin Vogt presents To Structure a Memoir posted at T h e | D e e p | M i d d l e, saying “Over the last three years I’ve read 100+ books and source texts in preparation to write a memoir. This post looks at my writing style, my fears before writing, and what agents / editors have said about past work which adds to my concerns as I structure the research in my mind.” Great post that lets us in on a writer’s thought process.

G. S. Johnston presents On Starting a New Novel posted at G S Johnston. Thought-provoking notions on the relationship between the story structure of a film and that of a novel. I wonder …

Denise Cruz presents Finding time for writing posted at Screenwriter writing, saying, “It’s about finding time for writing no matter how much time you have.” I happen to agree with this philosophy, and yes, very often it is women who have the most need to develop this flexibility!

Kristiana Gregory presents lunch with Ray Bradbury posted at kristiana gregory: notes from the sunroom, a writer’s journey, saying, “This post is about an inspiring lunch with science fiction writer Ray Bradbury when I worked at the Los Angeles Times.” An awesome “brush with greatness” story.

Cyna W. presents Risky Business posted at Books and Bridges, saying, “Being soft spoken is for library’s, not for writers!” Again, stellar advice that can raise your writing to the next level.

Tina Boscha presents Why this MFA grad went indie. posted at Tina Boscha, saying, “This post is about how I went from receiving an MFA in Fiction and expecting (ha) a traditional publishing deal to self-publishing my own work.” This post is inspiring and empowering. Of course I agree: Why not leave all options open?

Karen Baney presents How to Price Your eBook posted at Karen Baney, saying, “A practical approach for authors to determine how to price an eBook and come up with a pricing strategy.” Sound advice to a common question. Well done.

Robert MacLean presents Hemingway for Wimps posted at The Devil’s Pleasure Garden. Of his website, Robert says, ” Here are limericks, links, lists, literature, lechery, laughter and lovey-dove; and whatever else-photos, philosophy, phantasy, philm talk, phoolery, phoppishness and phine sentiments.” Intriguing and thoroughly entertaining post contending that Hemingway defined what is it to be an American man.

J. Kelley Anderson presents Discovering Stephen King and Killing Old Habits posted at J. Kelley Anderson, saying, “This post is a humorous look at my struggle to shake off the cobwebs of an academic career (and the associated pretension) and embrace my love of genre fiction.” As a huge Stephen King fan myself, I say, “Welcome to the dark side!”

Oscar Windsor-Smith presents WRITING: The Joy and The Sadness posted at Is that the time? Lord…. saying, “This is a contemplative piece about the highs and lows of writing. A writer can never read their own work for the first time.” A lovely piece that nicely illustrates the richness of  the writing life.

Kristine Rudolph presents A Creative Manifesto posted at talespinfiction, saying, “On my blog, ‘We start the story. You spin the tale.’  I provide story starters and submitters write the next 300 words.  I select the entry I like best, and we start again until we have crafted a collaborative short story. I wrote my Creative Manifesto both to explain why I created talespinfiction and also to encourage my readers to feel more confident in their creative pursuits.” Any one of us would do well to adopt this manifesto for ourselves. Well said.

Patrick Reynolds Joseph presents Patrick Reynolds Joseph’s 13 Steps to Writing Poetry: A Full-proof Method to Becoming a Successful Poet posted at —The Nightly Poem, saying, “This post sheds a slightly humorous light on what it takes to become a successful contemporary poet.” Humor mixed in with more than a dollop of truth.

Nancy Julien Kopp presents Connecting With Other Writers posted at Writer Granny’s World by Nancy Julien Kopp, saying, “My blog is one that tries to encourage writers of all ages and includes book reviews, links to useful resources and calls for submissions.” This post gives great advice on how to network with fellow writers in face to face.

Jenny Keller Ford presents Why reading your manuscript to your child(ren) is great for editing posted at Jenny Keller Ford, saying, “I think it’s important to spend quality time with your kids as well as to read to them, especially when they are younger.  As a writer, why not combine the two as an editing tool?” For those who write children’s books, that’s a great way to get opinions from your target audience.

Laurel Marshfield presents Does Pro Editing Pay Off? (… Help You Land a Publisher, Sell Tons of Books) posted at Blue Horizon Communications, saying, “This post was written to help authors understand what professional editing can and can’t do for their book manuscripts. And while the points made here may seem self-evident to some, a significant percentage of the authors who contact me for assistance have fuzzy ideas about what their responsibilities as authors are, and what kind of help they can legitimately expect from editors. My hope is that this post will clarify those distinctions, while inspiring authors to do their absolute best work at each stage of their manuscripts’ evolution.” Great post, spot on advice.

Catrina Barton presents Dialogue posted at Kitty’s Inner Thoughts, saying, “This particular post talks about some neat tricks for dialogue such as, speech markers, and the “meaning” behind what is said.” Nice post that points out some nuances that can help make dialogue more believable and effective.

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