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Inkwell Newswatch: The Return
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By  Julie A. Pierce

And, we're back! We hope you all had a great summer filled with whatever it is that makes you happy. Fall is upon us and the crisp change of season is a welcome refresher. We'll see how long it takes us to once again pine for summer's heat.

The season is not all that's changing. As you cruise around the new edition of Inkwell Newswatch (IN), I'm sure you'll notice many changes. We've augmented our editorial services with script editing and doctoring. If you need editorial help for your manuscript or film script, consider us first. We've got a great team of seasoned professionals who can bring the right kind of polish to your work at a very reasonable price.

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Our cover author Celeste Bradley will entertain and educate you with her straightforward advice and her practical approach to not taking herself to seriously. To inspire you to further your work and let you know others can do it, we are INtroducing Barbara Rollins and L. C. Hayden. You'll also find inspiration and useful information in our columns. In Writer's Life we have the conclusions to the three series started in June: M. Y. Mim's Good vs. Adequate Writing; Jonathan Dorf's The Joys Of Rewriting; and Mark Daoust's RSS Feeds. I know you've been waiting to read the wraps on those.

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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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