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INside Scoop January, 2008

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Light And Airy: Happy Holidays!
Less filling than pecan pie
By  Julie A. Pierce

We are well into the holiday season. I’m not clear which marks the exact start. Is it Halloween or is it Thanksgiving? Either way, by the end of November the landslide is underway, carrying us through to the beginning of January.

What do the holidays mean to you? Is it a time you enjoy or do you wish you could fast-forward through it? It seems to me that this time of year fast-forwards itself. I think the clocks and calendars join together in a conspiracy against human ability. Bottom line, until the middle of the first week of January, this is the time of year that’s gone before you know it. December is a true blur.

Due to the fact that our lives are jam-packed at this time, we’ve lightened your reading load a bit with a slightly slimmer edition. Also, this time of year is often spent partying, celebrating, reveling, and reflecting on the year gone past and new ambitions for the future. This is true for us at IN.

January begins IN’s third year of publication. If you’ve been reading IN for these past 24 months, you’ll feel the real depth of this anniversary. For those who have joined the IN family more recently, the significance of this milestone is one of shared pride and pleasure.

In 2007, we intend to continue delivering a publication that is valuable to you on multiple levels. Our ambitions grow larger and our reach spreads wider with each passing month. To keep us on track, you can help by communicating with us about what works for you and what you’d like to see that you haven’t seen yet. We’re not fishing for compliments here; rather, we intend that your communication with us can be part of a successful guidance system. So, don’t be shy. If we hear nothing from you, we have to assume we’re doing it right.

We’ve gone for a variation regarding our presentation of authors this month on our cover, our On The Cover interview, and with our INside Authors. As you’ve seen, our cover is a collage of 64 of our contributors from the past two years. And our cover interview includes comments from a selection of our contributors as well. Due to space limitations, dead email addresses, or authors who are just plain busy, only a selection of the wonderful people that have made IN a success have been included in this presentation.

INside Authors introduces authors that you may know. Check your bookshelf and you may even find that you own at least one of their books.

Anne Allen concludes her series on finding an agent, while Jennifer Edelson investigates the ultimate in creating fictional worlds. You may find that your energy is waning – particularly at this time of year – and Peggy Bechko offers some solutions. Ken Robinson considers the space in which to practice the writing habit, and Helen Dunn Frame considers words you’d be writing there.

Rebecca Forster is back with us this month delivering wisdom about handling rejection, while Don Vasicek calls it wraps on his 12-part screenplay series. Have you ever considered writing corporate newsletters? Karen Braynard sheds light on this lucrative enterprise. Patrick Kennedy introduces us to the world of technical writing with part one of his two-part series.

J.R. Kambak gets creative with the multimedia script pitch, and Bryan D. Carlile reflects on the benefits that time and age give to writing poetry. If you are struggling with a bit of writer's block or other writing dilemma, Char Milbrett serves up ten resources to get your pen flowing again.

If you're in the mood for some winter reading that can improve your craft, check out Billie Williams' assessment of three writing books. You may find inspiration from a how-to book, but within our pages here, Karen Braynard takes a look at software that can help you capture your imaginings and pull them together. As the title says, Sometimes You Need More Than Your Muse.

Did Mark Levine peak your interest last month? He's back with us in this edition delivering a strong argument for self-publishing. Let him dispel the myths and misconceptions.

Lori Myers advocates the importance of a strong lead paragraph, and then breaks it down for us. For an example of an effective lead paragraph, you might want to check out Mark London's piece on Alice Monroe. It's rumoured that she's retiring after the publication of her latest book.

Take it all in at once, or take a leisurely read through the pages of this edition. It will be here for you through the month of December when you need a break from family gatherings, wrapping paper, card and letter writing, football, and baking. It's also a great companion when you're stuck indoors because of bad weather.

Happy Holidays!

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Julie Pierce
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Upon the trails we’ve known;
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Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

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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.”

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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,
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Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
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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
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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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