NOTE: This is a re-post of an old post, so I can't guarantee that the links are still valid.
This is it, Storyblogging Carnival LIII, the second anniversary. Unfortunately, it occurs on the fifth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. This coincidence is a grim reminder that while we write stories about fictional worlds, we still live in the real one, where the tragedies and heartache are real and the victory of good and the redemption of evil aren't always so clear. Nevertheless, I make no apology for writing fiction, even on this day. Fiction is more than escape. The stories we tell are about the world as we believe it really is. A writer sees purpose in the world, and his story is weighted with it. Writers, whether they believe it themselves or not, make it possible to believe that no tragedy is truly meaningless, that even the worst events shape a grander story. One that I, at least, believe has a hopeful ending. For our second anniversary, we have a number of writers returning after being away for a while. They've saved some wonderful tales for us. In addition to the carnival itself, I plan to do a couple of other posts this week, one being a Carnival of Storyblogging Carnivals, like I did last year, and one being reader-submitted favorites from the past year's Carnivals. I've seen a few nominations so far, but not many, so I'm still looking for more. Please send them to me so I can put the post together Tuesday night.
Thag Go Grunka Gathering
by Mark Rayner of The Skwib
A 391 word brief story rated PG-13.
Thag and the Thunka Grunkas join all of the other Grunka clans at their big gathering, where the religious debates continue, and one of the other clans invents a new drink.
A Poodle Tale
by Madeleine Begun Kane of Mad Kane's Humor Blog
A 560 word brief story rated PG.
"I read recently that elegant dog garb and pricey canine day-care are 'in' these days. Frankly, I was pleased to learn this. For until I acquired this seemingly frivolous bit of information, I was seriously concerned about my parents."
Ghost in the Machine
by Postmodern Sass of Postmodernes Sprachspielen
A 607 word brief story rated PG.
A story about how my dead mother is haunting me.
by Tom Harrison of Monday Evening
A 634 word brief story rated PG.
A young man joins the army.
Clear Passage, Part 2 of Chapter 2 of Celestaine (To the beginning)
by Kai of Books by Kai
The next 1,479 words of a story in progress rated PG-13.
Aine Harper isn't anyone to mess with--and neither is the order she represents.
by Andrew Ian Dodge of Dodgeblogium
A 1,799 word short story rated PG.
"The Sage sat at his desk chuckling as he wrote down his latest encounter with his lifelong enemy and its efforts to infiltrate humanity. A veteran of the fight against the Great Old Ones and their minions; it was rather rare that he found anything amusing related to his task. But this one just had a tinge of typically British humour about it."
A Guilding of Lillis, Scene 4 (To the beginning)
by Dave Gudeman of Doc Rampage
The next 1,803 words of a story in progress rated PG.
Rolf and Zantar find the goblin cave. They also find some goblins.
Part III, Chapter 29 of The Child (To the beginning)
by Sheya Joie of Tales by Sheya
The latest 3,337 words of a 154,964 word novel rated PG.
More fighting, and the return of the fried-headed demon!
[Sheya is back! It's been a while. -DSC]
If you'd like to take part in a future carnival, please contact me. I am also looking for hosts. Other carnivals can be found here.
The Storyblogging Carnival can be found at The Truth Laid Bear's ÜberCarnival.