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INside Scoop January, 2008

The Writer at Work

INcredible INcrements
Time drops a dime, and ain't life sublime...
By  Daryl Jung

'Twas the night before Christmas Eve all through the house. All the creatures were stirring; yes, even the mouse.

It is, of course, the 25th anniversary -- we're talkin' a quarter freaking century, people, not yesterday (see The Bitter Quill, this issue) -- of the death of Beatle John. Seems strange it came and went so stealthily. I, in unconscious denial maybe, kept saying to people, "Next year's the big one." Well it ain't, I realized, like, four days ago. It's this'n'. Fookiní Ďell.

Generally the head pounds, the heart aches, the guts churn and the mind floats far away -- outside the Dakota building in Manhattan, or an evening grad school class in Iowa City -- to a long time ago. But professional writers are, in a sense, show people. They must be "troopers." The show must go on.

So any attempt at an editor's eloquence, on any level, I'm forsaking at this time. It is (coincidentally?) the last edition of IN, Volume I, obviously, and that makes an even dozen. One plus two equals three (3), the magical root, the deity of digits, and as if to prove it some pinnacles of the penultimate were attained in this, the last joint of INís first year -- and the 25th since the blue was sucked up into a crack in the sky.

Where to begin? The fab and famous Fran Capo, the world's fastest-talking woman, media manipulator and last month's IN cover girl, joyfully provides pointers for writers (from an excellent one) on getting a gimmick and taking it on TV. Itís not as far-fetched as one might presume, the tube being the Cadillac of promotion vehicles. Ms. Capo, in turn, drives like a maniac.

IN screenplay mainstay Ken Robinson fills some pretty small shoes (hey, kidsí shoes Ė relax!) by taking the reins of the Write On! column during kidsí lit whiz T.E. Watsonís personal leave of absence. We wish T.E. and his family all the very best and look forward to his return. In the meantime, K-Robb writes on. His fondness for horses is equaled only by his predilection for dragons, and heís never afraid to go deep to get what he needs. Or long.

American chick lit shaker Anne R. Allenís incredible Amazon story, in her monthly IN Her Own Write column, is as patently, even hilariously, absurd as it is sadly real. That something so stupid could make or break you, though, is no joke.

On an uber-practical plane, follow Peggy Bechko's holiday advice in Pen In Hand and do the refrigerator thing. Youíll spare yourself the inevitable effort of forging phony, false-grateful faces (grimaces) for all the Old Spice you pick up over Christmas. 

Poet, children's author, and nationally syndicated feature writer (formerly of Writers Digest) Charles Ghigna (aka Father Goose) helps promote love of children's literature by speaking at schools, colleges, conferences, and libraries -- and now in INís Writers Life (never mind Bald Ego on our Contents page). Goose is the author of more than 30 books of poetry for both kids and adults, and weíre glad to have him joining his gaggle in Canada.

Former practicing lawyer and star IN columnist Jennifer Edelson, like an elite NBA team on a double-figure win-streak, puts her signature spin on the year in review with words and wisdom well beyond her years. There is much to be learned from her courage, as well as her chops.

And last, and probably foremost, the Freelance Writing Organization - International has been rebuilt, renovated, redesigned, re-jigged, rejuvenated and re-launched to serve even better the expanding worldwide writing community. A staunch Star Trek-hater, it does, gotta admit, remind me of the Enterprise in the higher-budget movies. Very, very sophisticated and, dare I say it, slick.

Rowdy Rhodes is the brains of this outfit. I'm just the talent.

So Merry Christmas, for goodness sake -- and every other holiday, everywhere, that people celebrate around now.

We got peace if we want it.IN Icon

Daryl Jung
Inkwell Newswatch (IN)

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Writerís Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails weíve known;
Each writerís 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;
Itís 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
Donít plant your poem on the page
As though youíre hanging drapes;
Itís 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 ďthemes.Ē

Double Vision
A writerís life is paradox,
Itís 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 youíll 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 poemís through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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