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INside Scoop January, 2008

Greek Ghosts

Buried Alive!
Digging IN desperation that pays off?
By  Rowdy Rhodes

When a storm of this magnitude threatens, you either dig, die or run like the dickens.
A foreboding snow storm arrived and what began as a few snowflakes quickly evolved into a giant snowball barrelling downhill causing an avalanche to deeply bury me. Now what was needed was a massive dig out.

Being, as our editor sometimes call me, the "head honcho" around here, leaves me with the responsibility to delegate. D and I have worked together on IN now for 12 months. During that time snowflakes began falling on the main web site, the Freelance Writing Organization - Int'l, and formed into drifts of unfinished work.

I knew it was time to sweep the snow away, but for numerous reasons the flakes kept piling. More and more the issue of IN became, well, an issue. Then there was family, friends and finances -- the big three Fs.

As I watched the snowball shape further uphill and the drifts pile against the walls of the site there were operational changes made to develop IN and push it into the market and into your hearts. A publication you can now read that has quality, how-to-write educational material and insights into the writers' life.

By this time months flew by and the FWO database system began getting a little cold -- the fire starting to sputter -- and then the snowball crashed downhill and slammed into the furnace. At times the system would warm up with fresh resources, but not consistently enough to be termed professional expansion.

A couple of months ago an avalanche formed and hung over the operation, threatening to cascade downhill and bury us like it has so many other web sites -- sites that don't make sacrifices and people who don't have the ability to keep digging.

This month that overhang snapped loose and the avalanche accelerated straight downhill at the main site. Describing the minutia of detail each snowflake contains when one is in the middle of an avalanche is inane so I won't answer the five journalistic Ws.

As I write this column, for the first time since IN's inception, I have no idea what contents are within this edition -- I haven't read it. With the exception of what I have personally submitted and/or arranged, such as a few news stories, Fran Capo's interview, an Internet article, WAW and BTB cartoons, the crossword, this column and the cover, I've seen nada -- been busy shovelling.

As the avalanche hit the system I once again had to make the agonizing recommendation -- keep the site or the ezine? Last time, 'round (two years ago), the recommendation was to trash the ezine and stay concentrated on the site. It was a sound decision and one I would make again. This time though I have Daryl to rely on and so what we all get to see in this edition is his personal handiwork.

With his new MS based computer system, thank god his Mac died, fully compatible with the FWO software, our esteemed editor has the opportunity to show off. While he's been doing that, I've been digging and I'm about to show off a little myself.

For the past few weeks, after months of research, I started shovelling a pile of HTML, Javascript, PHP, graphics and content into a new and improved FWO the likes of which you've not seen before at our site. One that includes some of the old, but more importantly, a system with a new design, new functions and new options for writers to use.

I'd like to reveal it to you today, for the first time, by inviting you to drop by You'll either hate it or love it. Either way, it's here to stay -- for now.

Time to take a break though and read IN -- let's all take a look at what Mr. D has been up to, shall we?IN Icon

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The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
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But just a stepping stone.

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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.

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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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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;
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A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
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The one inside our dreams.

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The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
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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--
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.

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Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
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Shining on the sea,
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Of all we hope to be.

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In making good art
We find who we are.

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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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