Monthly Online eZine  
News And Views For Working Writers

 INside Scoop
 IN Her Own Write
 Pen IN Hand
 Write On!
 Screen & Stage
 Top 10 Resources
 Book Reviews
 Items Of INterest
 Global Offerings
 INside Services
 Bill The Bard
 The Writer At Work
 Games & Puzzles
 Classic eTexts
 Free Software
 IN Banners
 Who's IN
 What's IN
 Editorial Calendar
 Join IN's Team
 Contacting IN

IN Front Cover


Learn To Be A Better Journalist

Buy Classic Literature Collections

Acclaimed Screenplay Writing Software

Books On How To Write Fiction

Become A Well Paid Travel Writer

Vote daily and raise our ranking!

INside Scoop January, 2008

The Writer at Work

Goin' INsane
Managing the madness
By  Daryl Jung

As the Gonzaga Bulldogs (or Zags to the hip) drive, in America, toward the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball championship, and spring sneaks in like a chocolate lamb, my thoughts turn briefly to IN.

My team, a three-seed, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, was beaten in the first round by 14-seed Northwestern State, from Zipville, Illinois, in their first tournament appearance in a billion years, if not ever. I needed to avoid a situation where my actions become as dark as my resultant mood, and therefore found myself a back-up.

So I've jumped on the glorious Gonzaga (out of Oregon) bandwagon and if they end up getting beaten by the despicable Duke (North Carolina) Blue Demons and their heinous hairclip "Coach K," in whichever remaining round they meet (there’s a subplot of the national scoring title at play, too, but I won’t bother you with that), there won't be an Ed-X next month. I'll have committed suicide.

My secret dream job is basketball reporter for a major city daily, namely the Toronto Sun, the one with the ubiquitous Sunshine Girl — traditional tabloid fare — recently moved from page three to the back of the book due to local feminist disdain. Best sports section in Canada, though.

For this gig one follows the NBA’s currently useless Toronto Raptors from city to city, sits courtside at the press table during the game and trails the team to the locker room post game to hold a tape recorder in the air. Then you file your next day's story from the email hook-up at the arena and go get hammered on your per deim. Sleep, wake up, repeat. On off days, watch other teams’ games. Nirvana.

Instead I edit IN, and therefore must do what every coach of every remaining team is telling his giddy gaggle of roundballers: Focus. Easier said than done.

I do know, however, that J.R. Kambak is in eastern Europe poking his politically powdered nose into the filmmaking business in Lithuania and beyond, and has sent us a compelling account of his visit to one of its heavyweight champions, Robertas Urbonas. Watch for more reports from JRK as he gallops the globe in his endless search for indispensable inside INformation.

Popular novelist Rebecca Forster is back with the second installment of her how-to-create-crafty-characters piece, and an excerpt from her latest, Silent Witness. As if to follow suit, James Marck is back at the plant, painting his less than empathetic portraits of the denizens of his day job. Charles Ghigna takes us into the realm of Haiku poetry, and in the Writers Life Journalism spot there's a step-by-step on finding employment.

In INside Authors, galvanizing Greek-Canadian poet Margaret Christakos delineates her rise to the top of Canada’s creative cream; and Western novelist W.R. Benton heads ‘em up and moves ‘em out for the edification of IN readers. Ride ‘em cowpeople.

Columnwise, Jennifer Edelson takes a writing assignment she doesn’t even want, Ann R. Allen slides into a sinful admission, Buzz Burza recalls his glory days in print circulation, Ken Robinson wishes upon a star and our own hard working Rowdy Rhodes has practically FWOed himself to a premature demise.

So the Zags and IN keep steamrolling, and it’s becoming clearer and clearer that there aren’t a whole lot of forces strong enough to stop the momentum of either.

April showers will bring May flowers and June unfurls the NBA powers. Until then I will endeavour to train my eye more vigilantly on the screen of the computer rather than the television.

Come the playoffs, no guarantees. Go Heat! 

(Postscript: On March 23, both the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Duke Blue Devils were eliminated from the NCAA tournament.)IN Icon

Daryl Jung
Inkwell Newswatch (IN)

Sign Up and Use Our New Forums! Voice Your Opinion! Discuss Our Content! Ask for Writing Assistance. Post Your Successes, Queries or Information Requests. Collaborate with Other Writers.

© Freelance Writing Organization - International 1999-2049

INside Scoop
IN This Issue
A Writing Roller Coaster
INside On Hiatus
Resource Redirect
Telling Stories
Writing For A Living?
Refresh & Commence
Hecklers And Helpers
Straight To The Good Stuff

Support IN
Receive Free Gifts
$20.00 Voluntary Contribution
$35.00 Voluntary Contribution
$50.00 Voluntary Contribution

New Novelist Software

Effectively Manage Your List

Writers Digest 101 Site Award

Your Ad Here

Traffic Swarm For Writers

Hottest Books This Month!

Whose Books Are Turning Into Movies?
Bald Ego
Mouse Over To Pause

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!

Read All Of Charles Ghigna's Poetry at

Our Own Banner Rotator System
Any banner seen below is either our own or one of our members.
Support the cause - click a banner.

Want Your 468x60 Banner Above? It's FREE For Newly Published Books

© Freelance Writing Organization - International 1999-2049
All Rights Reserved. Copying in any way strictly forbidden.
Our Disclaimer Is Based Upon McIntyre's First Law: "Under the right circumstances, anything I tell you may be wrong."