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Since this weekend seemed to be such a reminiscent time for me, it’s only appropriate that the first site I mention is a memoirs. I put out the call on Twitter for any one with a short story, blog novel, or poetry site form me to add tonight. Well I got a good one for you, The Life of Jenny and Margaret, are the memories of a woman growing up in 1930’s rural Kansas. You have to go to her August achieves, at the very bottom to start the story. The very first post is about her and her friend exploring an over grown street across from their property. While walking up the street, picking flowers, they come across a seemingly mystical cottage, with a wizened old woman. Who might this woman be, the Wee Wee Woman, or perhaps the Wicked Witch from Hansel and Gretel. You’ll have to go read the post to find out what a young girls imagination saw.
The next site I wish to share is one that was given me by one of my friends at Plurk, my helpful bibliophile, Butterflylitgirl. This site has a number of short stories, and fiction to read. Aston Daigle, is in the process of writing a Na No book. What’s a Na No book you ask, He explains it on his site like this.
“The month of November is National Novel Writing Month. They have an annual contest, where writers try to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. They’re motto is, ‘no plot, no problem.”Sounds interesting doesn’t it. Well he’s not just going to write one Na No Book, he’s going to write two. He has already started his October Na No, and it’s described as
“The October book, the one I started this morning, will deal broadly with the themes of terror (although it won’t be a horror or terror story), persecution and, if time permits, redemption.”He has a few other short stories and fictional writings on his site. I’ll be spending quite a bit of time at Aston Daigle, exploring and reading all I can.
Now, on to a story based in my home state. Denver Cereal, is authored by Claudia, and is just what it sounds like, a cereal blog novel. If you want a very good introduction to it check out Claudia’s FAQ page. She post’s pieces of the chapter through the week at Denver Cereal, so you can enjoy a little bit, more or less each day. The completed chapters are posted in their entirety at Stories by Claudia on Saturdays. I am thinking of Denver Cereal as almost a daily drama, or soap. This is going to be fun to try and catch up on, and then follow. She mentions that her inspirations were Tales of the City, and Sex in the City. This find is also courtesy of Butterflylitgirl .
I mentioned last week that I was watching Poetry Playplace and her 30 poems in 30 days project. She just happens to be Butterflylitgirl, AKA Megan, and has taken on the challenge of writing a poem each day for 30 days. Each poem is based on a specific assignment, and Megan does a wonderful job of explaining each assignment, and giving useful links to help in completing each assignment. I know from talking to her on Plurk, that she some times struggles with the poems, and deals with the same inspirational issues the rest of us deal with. Her poems are full of feeling, and paint an interesting picture. One of my favorites is a poem about some time she spent in a Laundromat, watching people, it’s called Laundry Day. If You want to follow along with Megan, and participate you are more than welcome. Megan even told me that it’s OK if you don’t do a poem a day, but if an assignment speaks to you by all means join in.
Healing Yourself Heals the World, is a site authored by Holly Ord. Holly is following Megan in the 30 poems in 30 Days project. Her poems are stark and clear, they paint a picture worth seeing. She also makes a few post’s about how hard it is to do this project. Holly says that 30 poems in 30 days has reclaimed her creativity. You should check her site out, and read her poems, they are well worth the visit.
The final site I want to mention is Zen Moments. It’s full of heart wrenching and thought provoking stories. There is only so much I can say about this site, for it leaves me in a state of introspection each time I visit. You have to visit and read some of the stories to understand what I mean. There is one in particular that struck a cord with me, The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget, and I would recommend that everyone read it.
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