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January, 2008

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FWO Powers Up Their Processing
Check out the hot new site design!
By  Mark London

Huge leaps in resources available at the FWO-Int'l causes major change to occur.
ord, there has been change! Pixel by pixel, line by line, script by script, and it all looks great!

Big changes have happened at the Freelance Writing Organization International. After months of testing, debugging, accumulating resources and looking at unique designs for the user interface, the new system is up and running.

So as not to confuse the members who have been with the site for a while, much of the regular resources within the site itself remain, stuff that was never used was pulled, however it's the new online resources that need to be mentioned here.

The site has been optimized and expanded. It looks great and views best with Internet Explorer and the View, Text Size command set to "smaller", however feel free to adjust your "set."

The Employment Search system has been expanded to include great companies that offer excellent freelance, contract and full/part-time employment opportunities. The companies include Monster's Writing Jobs, Journalism Jobs, the Berkeley Job Bank, the Freelance Job Bank, Writer Find, JobLink for Journalists, Media Bistro, and the world's largest online marketplace for freelance talent; Guru.

There is also a Media Finder search engine to assist you in finding specific types of publications and contacts. A traffic swarm search engine keyed to find anything and everything to do with writing. Even an "Ultimate Directory of Gratis Software" to ease the cost of writing and peripheral software is used by writers.

IN Syndication News Feeds are now listed, automated and easy for you to just click and grab a feed without the need for knowing more than basic .html cut-and-paste programming. An Online Reference service provides books containing classic writing examples and information assembled over hundreds of years.

Another new item is the Blog Showcase for writing resource sites. With so many blogs on the 'Net there is much to be found within these systems that contain how-to write and markets galore.

There's a new forum area for writers. A completely clean slate all for your use to open dialogues with other members, post ads about your latest accomplishments, even talk with the people who operate this site.

The FWO-Int'l is in the process of building a download centre, which currently contains free e-books of various types dealing with marketing, book design, dictionaries, computer tech guides, even a couple of writing courses, all no charge.

The intent of the download center will be to ultimately house a collection of books and software that may be of value to you and all of it free of charge, or at the very least, in the case of some software, trial-ware that you can test out.

The site has eased up significantly on advertising yet still requires financial support through the purchase of products. To that end, the FWO-Int'l has teamed up with The Writers Store and Amazon to offer the very best in writing software, books, supplies and further educational courses.

Donations are always welcome and for every voluntary contribution made you'll receive something in return, be it free software, books or whatever, so check out both the Writers Store and the new Contribution Center. The system now boasts additional writing and publishing news feeds, plus the latest in authors’ works and articles.

It also has a new On This Day system feed that changes daily providing interesting tidbits of information: Word Of The Day, Article Of The Day, This Day In History, Today's Birthday and even a word skill test of your knowledge of the English language, complete with answers, called Match Up.

The site is looking for a few good volunteers/interns (especially if you are located in Toronto) and are willing to work with individuals on assigned projects that you can add to your portfolio -- whether you are just starting out or are looking to fatten your CV.

On top of all of that, they have finally put into place a Reciprocal Links page (if you are writing resource provider). The page has already drawn the attention of some very excellent sites. By becoming involved in the Reciprocal Links Program you'll be included in the main writing resource database, which, as we all know is the core of the site and provides hand-picked writing resources to fulfill the needs of all writers.

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Mark London is a Toronto based freelance writer and associate editor of IN who has been with the FWO-Int'l from the early years volunteering much of his time in assisting young writers' careers. email :

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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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