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We're Two Year's Old!
By Members of the IN gang
December, 2006, 16:20

Julie Pierce: The Freelance Writing Organization Int'l gave life to Inkwell Newswatch (IN) in January 2005. Since then, IN has blossomed into something we eagerly anticipate each month. IN presents seasoned authors, introduces new authors, creates inspiration and motivation, and keeps writers current with trends, technology, and useful resources.

Since April 2006, I've been blessed with the opportunity to work with this impressive and evolving publication. I've thoroughly enjoyed the nine months I've been contributing. At first, I didn't really understand what I was signing up for. I thought I'd just help out a little with some editing that Rowdy and Daryl sent my way. During this two-month phase of initiation, I fell in love with the mission.

Since taking on the role of the main editor in June 2006, my understanding has deepened and my affection has grown. I value the relationships I have with all of our writers. Each brings something different and beneficial to the table with the essence of who they are, the voice they share, and the experiences they have learned from.

Perhaps I am sentimental, but I picture us as an extended family. We don't necessarily know what's going on in each other's daily lives, but we need and rely on each other for the success and well-being of what we are collectively creating. Sometimes we offer each other a glimpse into the fuller picture of our lives, and we know that we can reach out when we need support or have a question.

There's an even larger extended family out there that I may never hear from, but I know you are there. You come and read IN each month. You subscribe to Writer's Site News and visit with Rowdy about once a week. You click through to the FWO-Int'l and the archives of IN when searching for something specific.

It's important that we are all here together. This is our community. This is where we can lean on one another when we need support. This is where we can find knowledge when we are curious or underinformed. This is where we can engage with other writers who're also finding their way and connect with mentors who've travelled the path before us. As a group, we are teachers and learners, readers and writers.

It's words, the pursuit of corralling them into original forms and unique expressions that brings us all together. And although this is officially our annual celebration of IN's accomplishments, it is every month that we collectively celebrate our mutual love for language.

And for these reasons, we dedicate On The Cover to all of IN's contributors, past and present. Of course, there are many more faces than can fit in our cover graphic, and there are many more voices than can fit into the space of one interview. We aim to make a representation with the faces and voices published here this month.

It is to all of our contributors that we say a big "THANK YOU!" Without you, IN would not publish and none of the benefits mentioned would exist. For those we haven't heard from in a while, please let us know how you are and what you are up to. We'd be very happy to get re-acquainted.

For those that participated in our group interview, here's what you had to say:

IN: What has your experience with IN been like?

Anne Allen: Has it been two years? Time flies when you're having too much fun inside your computer. That would explain the depth of the dust in my house. But hey, show me a writer with a clean house, and I'll show you a case of writer's block.

Peggy Bechko: What an experience! Its been a great opportunity to give a little back; to pass along a few words of wisdom that might help someone else out; provide a tip, perhaps help a new or struggling writer to find another angle or direction.

Karen Braynard: When I first started writing for IN, I was thrilled to be included in the community! It's been about a year for me and I'm still thrilled! Writers have contacted me for advice and to provide feedback I appreciate this opportunity to reach out through IN.

Buzz Burza: For more than a year my words graced this space, which is both astounding and alarming. Even though my byline has appeared close to a hundred times over the past several years, I remain amazed when I get paid for what I write. A year is much more relevant when one is 65 compared to 15. In short, write confidently, write well, write long, and good luck.

Rob Denton: The past couple of years have proved beneficial to me. Drawing Bill The Bard keeps the proverbial creative juices flowing. Thanks to IN I can legitimately say I am published, and this has benefited me greatly when it comes to submitting my work elsewhere. I have fully enjoyed this experience.

Jennifer Edelson: Writing for IN re-confirms, on a monthly basis, that I'm a total procrastinator. Without The Bitter Quill and certain editorial/managerial support, I might long ago have called it a decade. But IN keeps me percolating. And The Bitter Quill is one of those pesky monkeys I'm not so eager to part with a constant reminder that I'm meant to write.

Diego X. Jesus: When, two some odd years ago, Mssrs. Jung (who I'd drunk with, been enlightened by and travelled alongside over the years) and Rhodes contacted me to bring my 'unique perspective' to IN I was skeptical at best and seduced at worst. I've never been able to say no to Saint D though. Now they're both my dogs. And, as per usual, Jung's promises of personal rewards and opportunities were well founded, and I'm proud to have been a part of it. Two down and a billion to go! Assalamu Alaikum.

Daryl Jung: Wow! Two years! One night late me and Rhodes were sittin' shoulder-to-shoulder cranking out the third edition or something, when through some mad flash of clarity I clued in to the expanse of my cohort's vision and quirky yet estimable intellect. Twenty-four editions later and I been callin' him Brain Dog ever since. Apropos of this, and other signs along the track, my ride on the IN train has been as beneficial, to me, as it has been gratifying. Got to work with some pretty groovy folks along the way (Edelson, Allen, Burza, Tharen, Marck, Capo, Watson, Lenard-Cook, Priest, Levine, Williams and Ghigna leap to mind) to whom I shall long remain indebted. Now, in the capable hands of Pierce and the Dog, I foresee and pray for nothing less than INcalculable growth and INcreased prosperity. Congratulations, all!

Jody Ellis-Knapp: I was very lucky to be assigned an ongoing position as a book reviewer for IN. It not only gave me a wealth of clips to show to potential clients, I discovered some new and exciting books on the topic of writing. I learned a lot from IN!

Helen Dunn Frame: Shortly after I started writing for IN, Rowdy and I became e-mail-pals and corresponded about all sorts of subjects including Costa Rica. Since Julie became editor we have established a relationship that goes beyond Editor/Columnist. This makes writing for the ezine more enjoyable and personal.

Charles Ghigna (Father Goose): Happy Anniversary, IN! You have fast become this writer's new best friend. I'm delighted and proud to be a part of your neighborhood. You offer the mostly timely tips and inspiration for writers to be found anywhere on the Internet. Thanks for bringing us all together in celebration of the written word.

Norm Goldman: Although I have not written too many articles for IN, I have nevertheless been very impressed with the quality and professionalism of the people involved in putting together this informative ezine. Keep up the good work - you have been a huge inspiration to aspiring writers.

Penelope Jensen: Happy Birthday, IN! I'm so proud to be a part of the development and growth of this magical publication. The authors that contribute are not only great writers but also some of the coolest people. Rowdy, Julie, and Mark you're a blast!

Lisa Lenard-Cook: IN's March 2004 request for a cover interview came days after one of our dearest friends was killed in his law office in Cortez, Colorado. Somehow, amidst the grief, fury, and confusion, I scribbled answers to Daryl's questions. IN's been a beacon in the chaos for me ever since.

Gene Lenore: Over the course of a media career that has spanned several decades, I've worn a lot of different hats, both in print and broadcasting. When IN published an article of mine, I was able to add a new hat to the mix. Your publication of my article Switching from Print to Broadcasting Writing marked my entry into the world of online publishing. Then, when several days later, I heard from a writer in Johannesburg, South Africa (who is switching fields), "Your article on the Inkwell Newswatch site encouraged me tremendously - made me feel someone can relate!" I realized the potential IN has of helping writers connect with other writers. Keep up the good work!

Rosie Levine: We're IN luck, celebrating a two-year anniversary. Celebration is good! A tip of the hat to all the writers and to founding editor Daryl Jung who invited me into this virtual space.

Mark London: As Associate Editor it is a distinct pleasure to work with the IN gang. I can't think of any other publication I would rather work on. To all of the past and current individuals involved I want you to know that I've learned a lot, you've inspired me, and I hope we all enjoy a prosperous 2007.

Char Milbrett: Cool! We're starting our second year together. WooHOO!! This past year has simply FLOWN past. Thank you for letting me help you find the top 10 writer's links for many different types of subjects and thank you for letting me help with your database. It has been so much fun!
Steve Neubauer: We really appreciate the great support IN gives to and to our authors this year. You're a tremendous resource and inspiration to authors. We're already looking forward next year!

Ken Robinson: It's been like having your mom looking over your shoulder, "Dear, when will the article be done? It's very difficult getting your article in 30 seconds before publication. But I love you anyway." In other words, it's been a very good learning experience on what happens when you procrastinate. Since I need my fingers to type, they took a toe each time I was late. I've got two left; I wonder what they'll take after that?
Christopher Teague: You may still be only an infant in terms of your existence in cyberspace, but you sure have kicked some sweet booty, Babe. Thanks for leading the way!

Milli Thornton: I confess I would often rather write for fun than face the terrors of having my writing rejected. Writing for IN happened painlessly. I did a piece on a subject Im passionate about, emailed it to the extremely supportive editor, and the next thing I know it was presented in a stylish web format.

Sarah White: It was a lot of fun working with IN. I got to learn a lot about many of the wonderful resources that are out there for writers. IN is a great place to learn about the big, wide writing world, whether you're reading it or writing for it.

Rowdy Rhodes: I find it difficult to believe that two years have passed since Daryl Jung and I first assembled Inkwell Newswatch. I never would have thought this publication would progress as far as it has. What I didn't take into account was the dedication, sacrifice and devotion of all those who have come and gone or stayed in the past twenty-four months.
Whether you have contributed one article of noteworthy writing knowledge or two dozen articles of in-depth insights into the world of writing, all of you are to be commended. I especially want to thank Julie Pierce for her determination and outstanding abilities. Without her IN would be like a rudderless ship wallowing on ocean swells. I also want to thank those authors who took time out of their busy schedules to allow us to interview them, providing us with a look into their lives.
Personally, with two years flashed by, I look back and reflect in a positive light that I have been touched emotionally and intellectually by all that have crossed my path. I have learned more than I ever thought possible and found a bunch of great new friends.
Each month we INsters strive to ensure that the readers of this publication glean, at the very least, a small nugget of additional knowledge to help them in their creative projects. It never occurred to me that as they learned, so would I, and that wouldn't have happened if we hadn't had such wonderful people involved, sharing their wisdom in many exciting and entertaining ways.
The coming years of the Freelance Writing Organization Int'l and Inkwell Newswatch will be just as interesting, more so in fact, as we move forward in our plans to offer higher quality, more user requested information and articles, with many surprises intended in 2007.
Our future at this juncture relies solely upon the generosity of others: Our contributing writers, columnists, and of course our site benefactor. Without their involvement, this publication would not exist. It never ceases to amaze me that every month, with each individual providing 600-800 words of their writing knowledge and experience, we collectively elucidate writing for thousands of readers.
The ripple effect of what we do here is much like dropping a rock into a pond, watching the waves flow out and observing their return. The difference being that our consolidated knowledge is the stone and the returning waves are now experienced writers, launching careers, who in turn influence thousands of others with their words. Take this to heart, because that is what we all do here, and be proud of the accomplishment.
To all, I thank you for your assistance and wish you many happy returns this coming year. As Daryl would say ... "IN Rocks!" For me ... it is the rock.

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