Monday, July 16, 2007


I had everything intention of participating in this, the first edition of the Bookworms Carnival. Alas, my usual motto "why do today what I can put off until tomorrow" has let me down. The best I can do now is promote those that did put in the effort. Head over to Dewey's to check out all the wonderful links to posts about this edition's theme; novels.

Next month's carnival is being hosted by Superfast Reader at Reading Is My Superpower. Her theme is "Surviving the Dog Days of Summer: Books That Take Your Mind off the Heat" and the deadline to submit posts is August 10th. I know more than a few people that have blogged about this topic recently and it might be nice to submit those (or new posts) to the carnival- book bloggers and non-book bloggers are all welcome! Find out how to submit to that edition by clicking on her link above.

I'm taking a turn at it in November with a short stories theme. Any short story related post are welcome (at my humble discretion of course!). You might want to write about a favourite short story, a collection or anthology, an author, short stories in general, or if you're really brave you could even submit an original story. These are just some ideas of course. While it's months away, it's not too early to submit. Email me with the links at jmutford [at] hotmail [dot] com. The deadline is November 9th. Not to worry, there'll be ample reminders!


Dewey said...

Thanks for promoting the carnival! I've been meaning to tell you that I got maybe 10 posts that weren't about novels at all. I think because the carnival is new, several people didn't notice that it's themed, so they sent non-fiction reviews, anecdotes about reading in general, etc. And so you might get a bunch of posts that aren't about short stories. Since reviews of short stories are not as common as reviews of novels, you might want to start noticing now when you see a good short story review and say to the blogger, "HEY YOU, please let me put this in my carnival!"

Anonymous said...

Great blog & thanks for promoting the next edition of the carnival!

Allison said...

Interesting, interesting. Those are both great ideas.

I clicked over here today thinking it was Wednesday, and was shocked that there was no Great Compare. Then I realized it is in fact merely Tuesday :)

John Mutford said...

Dewey: My pleasure. I've enjoyed checking out some sites I hadn't seen before as well as some old stomping grounds. Good idea about asking specifically for posts that I come across. I'm also considering asking two or three people to review the same short story of their choosing- I think it might be fun to hear multiple thoughts on the same piece.

Annie: No problem. My wheels are turning as to what I'm going to post- I promise to get something in before the deadline this time!

Allison: Glad you find it interesting. That means I won't feel guilty about pressuring you into writing something! Also glad you're still interested in the Compare- I thought the Jane hordes may have frightened everyone off ;)
Btw, thinking today was Wednesday reminded me of the Office episode in which Dwight thought Thursday was Friday. Funny stuff.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Are these carnivals designed to make us feel less guilty about the fact that we don't want to do anything else these days but grab a can of Fresca and a book? I'd salute that!

raidergirl3 said...

Oh, that was such a funny Office.
I love that show.

Anonymous said...

Eek! I totally forgot about the carnival!

Gentle Reader said...

Oops here, too, I completely missed the carnival. And as my mother would say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. But I'll try to make it next month, and certainly for your short story edition!

John Mutford said...

Barbara: Again with the Fresca! I'm going to look harder to find some and give it a taste test.

Raidergirl: I missed it the first time around but recently got the dvds for Father's Day. The deleted scenes are as funny as what was left in.

Stefanie: What carnival?... Oh right!

Gentle Reader: That's a common misconception. The road to hell is actually paved with a regular old tar/asphalt blend. And there are no street signs so be careful what exit you take.

Imani said...

I may aim for submitting something to the short stories carnival. I have a few that I intend to get to eventually, especially since I've been reading Jamaican authors and short stories seem to be a Caribbean speciality for some reason.

And I have posts on three other short stories collections I read this year but they're pretty old. We'll see!

I missed this place! I need to update my blogroll so that I don't accidentally lose track of blogs I like.

John Mutford said...

Imani: I have a love for almost all things Jamaican, so even if you don't highlight some of those short stories for the carnival, I'd love some recommendations.

Imani said...

Aha. I haven't read any excellent ones yet (only one so far anyway) but if I do come across any remarkable ones I'll be sure to let you know about them.