I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again -- my goodness! I'll even get egocentric about it. My goodness me!
|IN is growing faster than Iowa corn, and will indeed be knee-high by mid-July.|
When Rhodes and I were hangin' out late last August discussing, for the billionth time, the urgent, if not requisite (if not dire!) need for a flagship publication for the Freelance Writing Organization-International, we had nary an inkling eight fleeting months later what we'd be experiencing.
Today, I'm the lucky one, in that I have the first slot on our contents page, because I get to announce, before Rhodes or anybody else, that the mighty FWO-Intl has been named, just last week, by the geniuses at Writers Digest, one of the top 101 writers' sites in the entire bloody world. Read all about it in various strategic spots in this issue.
But, really, this is yet just another of those serendipitous "things" that have happened to our still (though it doesn't feel like it) fledgling ezine, albeit one of the most mindblowing. Nailing a top ten Google ranking for several searches after two issues was another. The snowballing viewership, which is chasing 50,000 like a rabid panther, is another. Best of all, in terms of reader/industry response, we feel like Sally Field at the Oscars.
So it is with great pleasure (I've always wanted to say that, and have very seldom had the opportunity) that I give you the fifth (sixth if you count the preview issue in November 2004, and you should, 'cause it had Lenny Cohen on it) edition of the estimable IN.
Topping the line-up is Toronto, Canada renaissance man and bestselling novelist Paul Quarrington. He took some precious time off from gigs with his band, PorkBelly Futures, to adroitly answer questions that we know you'll find compelling, especially if the word "writing" to you means everything from lyrics to legends. Paul does it all, and proves it by providing us with chapter one of his last opus, the gripping Galveston.
And oh, boy, it doesn't stop there! Not by a long shot. Our newest international correspondent, newspaper distribution guru Buzz Burza, delineates the wide-open writing market in New Delhi, India, where he's been living with his lovely wife Vidhu for the last decade. When he's not playing the ancient American professor (or street person) in Bollywood films, he's writing the "middle" (erstwhile column stuck in the middle of the editorial page) of the English-language India Times and teaching courses in English pronunciation (sort of like having Stevie Wonder drive you to work).
Even more exciting, especially because she lives here with us in the T-Dot (street name for Toronto), is the first appearance of Rosie Levine, Canada's grand dame of gossip (read her Journalism piece and become one too!).
The jet-setting jet girl who's appeared in enough alternative newsweeklies (among her other glossy efforts) to raze a rainforest, with her high-lifetime of journalistic endeavour under her belt, is a hot addition to the IN team. She's covered everything from punk rock to royalty, and her supremely snappy, terrifically tongue-in-cheek writing style is sure to electrify our already exemplary editorial package.
Another Toronto boy, James Strecker, who moves around the creative landscape at a pretty good clip himself, graces IN with a nuts-and-bolts discussion of how he constructed his poem Early Riders, inspired by a painting that struck the deepest fancy of a close confidant. He's a fine prose writer too, as well as a jazz freak, which we're down with, and worked inspiringly with controversial Canuck artist Harold Towne (Mick Jagger portraitist and the painter of the cover art for the aforementioned Cohen's Beautiful Losers) who likes jazz too.
Last, and certainly not least, there's Rowdy Words, this month containing, likely, more than you'll ever want to know about our Mr. Rhodes. It was high time, too, I figure.
And of course Henry the Horse dances the waltz.
IN is in, do not doubt.
Inkwell Newswatch (IN)