Monday, December 06, 2004


storyblogging carnival vii

The seventh biweekly edition of the Storyblogging Carnival is now open. You can find the previous carnival here, and the next carnival is to be hosted in two weeks by Andrew Ian Dodge at Dodgeblogium.

We have 6 entries for SBC VII, listed as usual in order from shortest to longest.


First, Andrew Nichols of Philosophical Poetry has submitted A Brother's Lament.

The blurb Andrew sent with the story reads: I'm at a loss for how to describe this in an interesting way without giving away the ending. And when I read the story, I had to agree. It took us a while, but we finally came up with the following spoiler-free blurb: When death hits close to a sensitive soul.

This is a 347-word brief story, rated PG.


Our second offering is from Dave Gudeman at Doc Rampage. A Meating of Mines, scene 4 is the continuation of his screenplay that has been featured in the previous three Storyblogging Carnivals.

In this scene, Rolf and Zantar become cowboys.

(And are their usual charming selves.)

The first scene of Meating of the Mines can be found here (third post from the bottom). The word count for scene 4 is 1230, and the rating... well, if you count the violence as being on the level of a Wiley Coyote cartoon, PG. Some might consider the violence to be worthy of an R though.

(How's that for hemming and hawing?)


Next we have The Experiment, from Andrew Ian Dodge of Dodgeblogium, in which the Sage is called on to help investigate the recent fishy goings on up in Aberdeen.

After reading this story, I did a bit of surfing on Andrew's website, looking at his other writings. His style rather reminds me of the old tv series 'The Avengers' - which was always one of my favorites.

This section is 1390 words. Author's rating - probably PG.

The previous entry about these 'fishy goings on up in Aberdeen' was in Storyblogging VI, and can be found here.


Our fourth entry this time is Hangnail by Jeremiah Lewis of Fringe. This is a simply amazing story - it left me speechless. As soon as I had read it, I wanted to start over and read it all the way through again. Well written!

Jeremiah says of it: Analyzing a patient isn't so easy when you've got a hangnail on your mind.

This is a 2115-word complete story, rated R for language.


For our fifth submission, Donald S. Crankshaw of Back of the Envelope has Chapter 5 of Eyes in the Shadow ready. This chapter is titled Out of Boston, in which Ryan and Emily finally make it out of Boston, hoping that they can outrun the thing pursuing them. It is not so easily escaped, however.

I am thoroughly enjoying following the adventures of Ryan and Emily, and look forward every two weeks to getting the next installment. This particular chapter has a scene that truly appealed to this worker-of-useless-math-problems-in-the-head.

The next 3,326 words of this 17,626-word story in progress. Suggested Rated: PG-13. The first chapter of the story can be found here.


And finally, the next 7 (short) chapters of my own story-in-progess, 'the child.' Since the previous Storyblogging Carnival, I have added chapters 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23.

I've also added a few new characters, and a plot twist. Starr, aka the Child, continues to get glimpses of her unknown past - and glimpses as well of her turbulent future.

These chapters add 5975 words to a 17589-word story in progress. Rating, PG. The first chapter is available here.


I hope you enjoy the offerings here in SBC VII. Be sure to check with Andrew Ian Dodge in two weeks for the next edition of this carnival.

In the meantime - keep writing, fellow storybloggers. And if you'd like to be added to the Storyblogging Carnival e-mail list, please let me know. My email address is in the sidebar.

(Hosting wasn't too hard, after all. Who else would like to volunteer?)

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