We have another stellar lineup this month, with amazing posts brought to you by 38 contributors: 13 in the Poetry category, 7 in the Fiction category and 18 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 also share my thoughts on each one.
Follow the links to the authors’ blogs and leave a comment. Let’s support the creative community. Also, let me know what you think of this edition by commenting on this post.
Speaking of support, I am proud to announce that Third Sunday Blog Carnival was given the Very Inspirational Blogger Award by writer Ariel Driskell who blogs at FROMMYHEART2URS. Her short story “Coffee” appeared in the February issue in the fiction section. The award is displayed on the sidebar. Thanks, Ariel!
On to the Carnival! Have fun!
mamta madhavan presents grace posted at glimpses of me, saying, “This poem is dedicated to all my students who bring me flowers daily. I am grateful to them for their thoughtfulness.” Simply gorgeous imagery; it speaks volumes.
Lena Toporikova presents Just One More Life: Poem posted at Colors of My Soul, saying, “A poem about making wrong choices and having someone to pull you through the consequences.” This poem has a lovely logic and a light touch.
Maria Grujicic presents posted at Her Best Dance saying Do It Like a Dance, “This poem relates to my adult, more mature life as a dancer, and is a metaphor for life.” There is a lot about this post to recommend. The poem is lovely and beautifully read by the poet herself. In addition, there is an exquisite dance video to accompany it all.
David Selzer presents Far Above Rubies posted at David Selzer, saying, “The poem is based partly on historical fact and partly on ancient gossip. In the Welsh village of Abergwyngregin, there is an artificial mound, which was the foundation of a castle built by Llewelyn the Great, a Prince of Wales. For reasons of state, Llewelyn married Princess Joan, daughter of the English king, John. Tradition has it, that Llewelyn, having taken the English noble, William de Braose, prisoner at the siege of Montgomery, held him at Abergwyngregin. William and Joan fell in love. De Braose was ransomed before Llewelyn found out. However, through an invitation to an Easter banquet at the Castle, Llewelyn effectively re-captured William. He hanged him and lead Joan to the window from where she could see the corpse.” Great backstory and wonderfully detailed poem. It doesn’t read like history, it breathes.
Pamela A. Rossow presents Tides posted at Pammaner, saying, “This piece uses tides and currents to reveal a desired relationship that is futile to resist in one’s dreams.” This poem has a great flow to match the metaphor. Nicely penned.
Greg Gobat presents outsider. posted at Simply, life., saying, “A reflection on an experience as a college student roaming around the campus of another college he does not attend, mixed with the emotions of heavy broken heart.” Strongly worded and emotional, with great rhythm and flow.
RAD presents Christmas Jingles, Inside a Snowy Hollow posted at RAD is RADically Primetime!, saying, “This is a poem about a dream and what I wish for on a daily basis. It may sound abstract to most readers, but leave them to do the interpreting. I am RAD, and peace means equilibrium.” Aural, jazzy, and enjoyable.
Lisa Wines presents Moments In The Life of a Dog posted at Oymyword, saying, “Lisa Wines is an American writer living in France. This poem was written about the last day of the 2010 vendange, or harvest, at the home and vineyard of her winemaker friends, Olivier and Claire Cousin, in the small Loire Valley town of Martigne Briand.” This is a fun piece full of delicious detail.
Martin presents Sick Child (Flying) posted at Poetry Notes and Jottings, saying, “This poem was composed while I was traveling from Whangarei to Wellington in New Zealand. It serves no purpose at all, apart from the enjoyment of writing it.” For me, this piece perfectly evokes the depth of a parent’s concern for a child.
Lori Osterman presents Rescue me posted at Lori Osterman, saying, “I am a writer who mostly writes poetry. Usually my inspiration comes from something I have seen or heard throughout the day. This particular poem “Rescue me” was inspired when I heard someone say they didn’t believe in themselves.” Inspiring and empowering.
Elizabeth Kate Switaj presents Poem: Viewpoint posted at Elizabeth Kate Switaj. saying, “Inspired by a photograph, in this poem I try to use spare lines to tell a more complicated story.” Lots of tension in such few words. For me, it’s a tale of cross purposes.
A.D. Joyce presents Mr. Tony Gold posted at Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World. Penned for the current, ongoing National Poetry Writing Month, this character study was designed to explore ideas on the color gold–physically and metaphorically.
Michael J. Hebel presents Rue the Woe – Alternate version posted at A Minute with Michael, saying, “This is the second part of a larger story. This story really took on a life of its own once I understood how deeply people could relate to it’s themes.” Well written. It’s easy to see why readers come back for more.
Meetu presents the shoe doesn’t fit posted at minus i, saying, “I wrote this story as response to a prompt. Those handy little things that come to your aid when you are stuck as a writer. I’m considering expanding this short story into a children’s play. What do you think?” A great modern twist on the Cinderella story. I, for one, think it would work well as a play …
Dawn Napier presents Search in the Rain posted at Mom’s Secret Horrors, saying, “This is a short story about a man, a ghost, and the twin agonies of love and loneliness.” This story is wonderfully well crafted, suspenseful, and emotionally affecting.
Tamme Fawn Belles presents Book Excerpt, Chapter One: Follow the Orchid Path Home (Unpublished) posted at Randomosity, saying, “My novel (yet unpublished) excerpt is from the book on human trafficking, Follow the Orchid Path Home. The first chapter finds Elena, the main character in a unusually frightening situation at the asylum where she is kept as a sex slave.” A harrowing episode from what promises to be a interesting completed project.
Jan Carol presents Something New – Prologue of a New Book posted at Lion on the Prowl, saying, “I am writing a new romance novel, to add to my collection. It has no name as of yet, other than I Am Here. Though her husband is no longer on the earth, his spirit remains with her, helping her through life without him, until he finds the perfect man for her. How is he going to get them together?” This novel has an exciting start.
Amanda Saint presents Alexandrine Tinne: Lady Explorer posted at Saintly Writer, saying, “This is an excerpt from a short story I am working on that was inspired by the life of a Dutch woman who explored Africa in the 1850s and 1860s and was the first European woman to cross the Sahara.” This piece makes me feel as if I am right there in the desert sun.
Lorinda J. Taylor presents A New Entry for the Third Sunday Blog Carnival posted at Ruminations of a Remembrancer, saying “The novel is a fictionalized biography of Capt. Robbin Nikalishin, the 28th century starship Captain who was the first to lead an expedition to a neighboring star and who made Earthers’ first contact with extraterrestrials during that mission. The ETs turned out to be big Birds — eagles, storks, and grouse – whose presence on Earth at the time of my novel “The Termite Queen” (two centuries later) has become commonplace.” Epically creative.
Tina Boscha presents The indie author and the indie bookstore posted at Tina Boscha, saying, “In this post, I talk about how I still find it important to have a physical book on the shelves, and how I approached local bookstores.” Great advice for those chasing the dream of publication via the independent route.
Chellesie B. Dancer presents Write What You Know? posted at Get Love Help, (saying, “When I sold my first book, a steamy romance, people began asking me if I’ve actually done everything I write about. That brings up the long-standing question for writers—dare we write beyond what we know?” interesting and helpful discussion about life experience and its relationship to authentic writing.
Greg Johnston presents Within the limits of history posted at G S Johnston, saying, “I posted a new blog on the problems of writing dialogue for historical fiction.” Just as language changes, so does the art of writing for the modern reader. This post brings up excellent points for consideration that go against the writing conventions taught to us back in the day.
Pavarti K Tyler presents Vaginal Vernacular – How to Write Porn posted at Fighting Monkey Press, saying, “This post is about the use of language in erotic literature, specifically in regards to women’s anatomy. Rules for what to do and what not to do are included with examples.” Great advice for anybody but particularly for woman, I think, who are often reticent to talk about their own bodies in this context.
Catrina Barton presents Scenes posted at Kitty’s Inner Thoughts, saying, “This article on scenes breaks down the elements of a scene and explains why they are so vital to the overall product.” This post really helps make what could be a daunting task more manageable.
Heide Braley presents Creative Genius posted at What’s going on…, saying, “A writer’s daily journal describing ways to learn the craft of short story writing and how to make money by writing fiction.” This post tackles the question of creativity: Is it a gift or can it be learned? What are your thoughts on the topic?
Beverly Akerman presents The Meaning of Children: An Interview with Beverly Akerman by Darryl Salach posted at Beverly Akerman, saying, “I was interviewed by editor Darryl Salach of The Toronto Quarterly, about the writing life, how I came to it, what I’ve learned about writing—and the publishing process—while working on my first book, the award-winning short story collection The Meaning Of Children.” Wonderful interview, which also highlights the author’s thoughts about the inner life of children.
Elizabeth Beck presents The Flow posted at Living with Memories, saying, “This post discusses the creative process. When “the flow” is moving, the work feeds into itself. My blog includes poems from my collection of works and discusses in depth, my experience of living as a survivor of childhood abuse who is now living a creative life.” The author also discusses ways to move into that state of being many writers can relate to.
Sarah Baker presents Guest Post: Peter Benson on The Writing Process posted at what sarah reads, saying, “I host prizewinning novelist Peter Benson. Peter’s writing process is fascinating.. I loved reading this.” I think Sarah said it best. Very interesting post.
B. Kent presents What is your story premise? posted at BK Writers Block, saying, “On this site I do writing help M-Th, & Sat, and self-pub help, do’s, don’ts, etc. on Fridays.” Today’s offering discusses the importance of having a premise for your work in progress.
Claire Rogers presents In Which I Go Away To Find Myself posted at Blogger’s Block, saying, “This blog post is about how spending a month in the Australian outback helped me to find inspiration I had lost for a very long time.” An interesting read, sounds like time well spent.
Mary Vensel White presents Authorly Habits posted at Shimmers in Darkness, saying, “Everyone dreams about the transition from unpublished writer to published author. What should I do differently? How will my life change?” This fun post gives voice to what many writers imagine may be the glamorous perks of being a published author.
Kayfey/Angry Goblin/Inprettyprint presents The Art of Plugging Away – Part 2 posted at In Pretty Print – A Writing & Artist Life…Ongoing, saying, “Just when you’re about to give up on a story, don’t plan its funeral yet.” Sometimes all you need is time and a fresh perspective. Good stuff.
Lee Mannion presents Motivation posted at Can I Write For A Living?. This is a relevant post that ponders how to keep our goals in sight when practical concerns make it hard to stick to a writing schedule.
Laura Moe presents If I had Any Sense I’d have Scriptophobia posted at Laura Moe’s Writing Blog, saying, “This month’s offering is a result of the Scintilla Project, (twitter #scintilla) where for two weeks participants responded to a prompt every day and posted them on our blogs. The pace was exhilarating.” In addition to the profound insights the author shares with us, this post illustrates nicely how effective writing prompts can be to spark thought and creativity.
Andrew Blackman presents How interesting projects come about posted at Andrew Blackman, saying, “This is about how writing opportunities sometimes come from unexpected sources.” You never know what is going to get you noticed, and this post reminds us to be prepared for the unexpected.