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INside Scoop January, 2008

The Writer at Work

Comin' IN Strong!
Look out world, we're...
By  Daryl Jung

IN is growing faster than Iowa corn, and will indeed be knee-high by mid-July.
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!

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.
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Daryl Jung
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Penned to the page
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Caught by tears on fire.

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

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What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
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To prophet from mistakes.

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The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
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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.

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Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
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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
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Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

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At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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