Carnival of Storytelling – July 14, 2011

Welcome to the July 14, 2011 edition of Carnival of Storytelling.

Thanks to everyone who submitted a link at And thanks to all the bloggers who posted wonderful articles, which I have hand-picked for the following list. Please browse their blog posts, and share your own favorite posts from across the Internet for next week’s carnival.



Lisa Hood presents The 10 Absolute Creepiest Moments in David Lynch’s Oeuvre posted at ZenCollegeLife. [David Lynch is not a “writer” in the sense that he’s not a screenwriter. But as a director, his work informs us writers in general, because his vision helps form the creative process. -TimK]

Kevin Cullis posted A Blog, a Book and a Business: One Author’s Journey at ProBlogger – For someone who did not enjoy writing, writing provided an outlet he couldn’t resist, and an opportunity he couldn’t turn down.

Books etc.

Lori reviews One Summer (Shelter Bay, Book 2), by JoAnn Ross, at Book Binge – A crusty hero with a squishy marshmallow center, and a competent, smart, sexy heroine.

An anonymous blogger posted Today’s Book – The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton at Just Book Reading – “Faeries are not a staple of my fantasy reading but [after watching this book trailer] why can’t they be?”

Art and Craft

Bryan Keithley presents Borrowing Writing Tips from the Business World posted at Finally Fast, saying, “What’s better than being a writer? Being a well-paid writer. And if the business world has found some truisms for storytelling, maybe we had better sit up in our chairs and take notice.”

Seth Godin posted Writing naked (nakeder than Orwell) at Seth’s Blog – Revising Orwell’s rules of writing, according to the rules themselves. “The reason business writing is horrible is that people are afraid.” Yup. I’ve been there. Done that. Even got humiliated because I refused to give into that fear. (But that’s a different story.)

Writing Life

sokun presents Criticism posted at [A short rumination on criticism. -TimK]

Hannah Eason presents Ain’t No Rest for the Greedy posted at Hannah, Writer, saying, “Thoughts on being greedy enough to get motivated to write a novel.”

Greg McFarlane posted Writing is Easy; Editing is Hard at ProBlogger – As soon as you say something insightful, poignant, and meaningful, people will start to hate you. That’s when you know you’re on the right track.

Fiction and True Stories

Byteful Travel presents Exploring Pier 39, Chinatown, & My Own Personal Parade in San Francisco, CA posted at Byteful Travel, saying, “Before I actually went and wandered the streets myself, I never realized how dynamic and incredible San Francisco can truly be. Today’s story is a retelling of my first visit to San Francisco on my epic West Coast Journey. And as it turned out, I’d picked just about the perfect day to begin my San Francisco explorations, and not just because it felt like a parade was thrown in my honor… but we’ll get to that.”

Publishing and Marketing

Patricia presents How to publish a book? posted at ePublishing a Book.

Jason Boog posted Twitter Profile Mistakes Writers Should Avoid at GalleyCat – Since I’m constantly following other authors on Twitter, I can attest: making these five mistakes is one of the simplest ways to keep me from following you.

Robin Sullivan posted The New Midlist: Self-published E-book Authors Who Earn a Living at Publishing Perspectives – As traditional, mass-market publishers have continued to devalue the mid-list of authors who continuously make a living writing books, self- and indie publishing has become a viable alternative.


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One response to “Carnival of Storytelling – July 14, 2011”

  1. Andärin Avatar

    Hey J!

    A big thanks for once again including an article from Byteful Travel in your blog carnival. I hope people enjoy exploring San Francisco’s Pier 39 and Chinatown with me (not to mention the parade that seemed to be thrown in my honor… but not really 😉

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