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INside Scoop January, 2008

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Refresh & Commence
By  Julie A. Pierce

Rain, beautiful rain. I love it. It's been a dry and hot summer for me, and I welcome the cool refreshment and purification of the rain. Will this be an early fall? I wouldn't mind.

I'm bulging from barbeque and cold beer. I am exhausted from the nonstop social hour that summer seems to be. I'm well ready for the cozy retreat offered by cooler seasons. While there may be more of the heat through to mid-September, I feel fall on the horizon with a sense of relief.

There is also a sense of relief here at IN. This month we officially inaugurate a new column. INscribe, written by Bev Walton-Porter, promises to be lots of fun and full of great reads. Bev kicks off with the essential traits of successful writers. 

We're also fortunate to welcome three new associate editors. For me, this advent is a magical and wonderful gift. Our new associates contribute their talents from Spain, the U.K., and the U.S., once again confirming our international collaboration. Jim Curtiss, Annie Duguid, and Christian Marcus Lyons are a power team making my life smoother and bringing a higher standard of quality to what goes live with IN. You can check them out on our People page.

Thank you to all of our readers who offered their time in answer to our call of editorial help. We had a truly overwhelming response – it blew us away to understand the extent of your desire to participate and to read how many of you are genuinely interested in the success of IN. We thank you for that.

I'd also like to draw your attention to the new software give-away we now offer. We dropped the eBook Publisher and replaced it with Write Again Writing Management Software. An excellent Windows based package that you really should check out. Please note: If you are already subscribed to our site's mailing list, you do not need to sign up again to get this software. There will be a mailing from Rowdy later this week so watch for it in Writers Site News. If you have not signed up yet to our weekly announcement list I strongly recommend that you do so. Write Again! is the perfect material, market, submission, and deadline management software to support your successful writing career. Get it while you can by signing up.

As you settle back into the reality of daily life after vacation or head back to the classroom, we offer you an assembly of what we hope you'll find educational, entertaining, and inspiring. On the cover we present George Murray, one of Canada's most successful contemporary poets. This deep thinker and innovative prosodist explains his approach and claims that getting published is easy.

INside Authors introduces Michael Hunt and Marta Stephens. Anne Allen discusses plots, distilling them into three categories. Peggy Bechko examines the complainers among us and gives a boot to our backsides. Ken Robinson brings us up-to-date on the status of his writing projects and considers that advantages of the always mobile and available pen-and-paper writing process.

Helen Dunn Frame encourages a restrained and specific use of first-person, while Chris Chapman delivers a humorous look at what tempts us away from getting the world's best story line down in black and white. Carol Adrienne concludes her series on researching for nonfiction books. J.R. Kambak dissects Fox's new reality show On The Lot, while Stan Grimes elucidates the process of creating lovely lyrics.

Char Milbrett gives us the Top 10 Resources related to romance, and Joan Nuebauer answers two questions with experienced wisdom. Lori Myers begins a three-part series on taking advantage of your travels to benefit your writing, and our reliable Anthony Ackerley provides insight into three "how-to-write" titles aimed at three very different realms of writers.

In Items Of INterest, Mark London examines the censorious agenda of Banned Book Week. G. Kyle White walks us through the exercise of building a website, and Connie Werner Reichert offers 10 tips on becoming a successful writer. Barbara Bordenave suggests that Screenwriting Expo 6 may be the opportunity you've been looking for, and Philip Spires delivers sage advice about making the private public.

As always, we'd love to hear from you if you find glitches, would like to make suggestions, or just need to sound off about IN. Drop a note to us and share your thoughts. Community is one of the  important aspects of the solitary writing life that IN and the FWO-International want to support, so if you haven't yet participated in our forums, don't wait any longer. Let's hear from you!

Participate with the FWO, read IN, and write.

Julie A. Pierce
Managing Editor
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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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