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INSCRIPTIONS
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Vol. 4 Issue 5
January 29, 2001
ISSN: 1522-3728

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

~Editor's Note
~Quote of the Week
~Article -- 4 Tips for Improving Your Interviewing Skills by Isabel Viana
~Article -- How to Overcome Depression and Return to Writing by Kyle Looby
~Inscriptions Conspiracy Contest
~Inscriptions Bad Poetry Contest
~Publishing News and Notes
~Promotions
~Humor -- The Lone Figure by Vyvyan Lynn
~Job Opportunities
~Contests
~Markets
~Link of the Week
~Book Reviews -- "A Passion Aflame" by Robyn Chawner, "Future.Con" by Nowick Gray, "Riley: Eye in the City" by Ken Mason, "The Beaded Tapestry" by Elisa Weeber and "Facelift" by J.C. Canon
~Inscriptions Engraver Awards
~Sources
~Subscription/Advertising Information

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EDITOR'S NOTE

The bloodbath continues, and it's left the digital sector. As you'll see from our News section (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/News.html), print magazines are also taking a hit. Thousands of writers and editors were laid off this week, and I've never seen our Dead Publications area stretch so long. Keep your chins up, folks. Eventually, it will get better.

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On a complete unrelated note: The Inscriptions Electronic Book Club has been canceled due to lack of interest. More than 125 people signed up for the club, but few participated. Regardless, Inscriptions will continue to support the electronic publishing industry and its authors by reporting new developments and promoting the writing successes of the e-published.

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Just a reminder. Our mailing address has changed to:

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New York, N.Y. 10018

Please make a note of the change, particularly when sending ARCs of your latest releases.

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Forward our e-zine to other writers interested in making money from their work. Or encourage your writing and editing pals to enter our monthly contest and subscribe.

Have a great week!

Jade Walker, Editor
Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall write badly if I do not live." --Francoise Sagan

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ARTICLE -- 4 Tips for Improving Your Interviewing Skills
By Isabel Viana (miviana@frontier.net)

Do you sweat, lose sleep or appetite at the prospect of an interview? Even when you know that the expert opinion added to your article will be just like icing over the cake, covering the cracks, filling the gaps, keeping the mass together?

If you see an interview as an overpowering lion blocking the way between you and a great piece of writing, the following tips will help you conquer that lion without killing it.

1. Start at home.

Interview somebody you know, such as your child's pediatrician about new treatments for childhood leukemia, or your former psychology professor about the origins of phobias.

For my very first interview, I chose my husband, a massage therapist specializing in Thai massage, as my subject. I sent the manuscript to a local newspaper that focuses on alternative medicine and New Age topics, but the editor rejected it because he'd already accepted an article about Thai massage for the next issue.

In his letter, however, he also said that if I had any other ideas, I should drop him a line. I called him right away (even though I didn't have a clear proposal for a new article), and he asked me if I could interview an internationally known psychiatrist and author of several bestsellers for the November issue.

Although sweat started dripping from my armpits, I said yes and my very first "real" interview, with a byline, was published two months later. Start at home, but don't be afraid to venture into new terrain. In other words, don't aim too high for your first few interviews, but accept the opportunity to converse with a well-known figure if it comes your way.

2. Do your homework.

Tina Kennedy, freelance writer and former assistant editor of the electronic newsletter, Inklings (http://www.inkspot.com/inklings), said that "to overcome those feelings of intimidation [concerning interviews] I decided to become, at the very least, an informed fool."

Learn the terminology of the topic you'll be writing on; read about it so that you can raise relevant questions, questions that the readers would also like to see answered.

When Kennedy started freelancing 10 years ago, she often wrote a summary of all she knew about an issue before walking into an interview.

"Once I had the summary I could easily decide what questions needed to be asked and answered," Kennedy said. "Overall, becoming well informed, and having a comprehensive outline kept me focused and able to overcome the fear [of interviews]."

Choose a familiar topic. For instance, is papermaking your hobby? Why not interview your teacher, the one who first taught you about choosing fibers, colors, checking the water's pH? Choose a slant: how to make ends meet as a papermaker, or papermaking as therapy or the best fibers for papermaking. Deciding on a slant will also help you narrow down markets for your final draft.

3. Use a buffer.

Today we're fortunate to have e-mail, fax machines and telephones. If it will make you more comfortable, use a buffer between yourself and the subject.

The interview I conducted with the famous psychiatrist was done by phone because we were in different states. But even if he lived in the next neighborhood, I could still have used the phone. There's no rule that dictates interviews must be done in person.

The one I conducted with Kennedy, who lives in Canada, was done by e-mail. Choose your interview method based on two things: feasibility and convenience (mainly your subject's, who is, after all, doing you a favor).

It wouldn't have been financially feasible for me to fly to Canada to interview Kennedy. I had her e-mail address, so I started by approaching her electronically, and she felt comfortable with that. Others wouldn't have.

As you set up your interview, find out what method would best suit the two of you. Somebody with a busy schedule may ask that you simply forward a questionnaire that can be answered and returned to you.

Whichever vehicle you decide to use, you should always pick up the tab -- no collect calls, and include a self-addressed stamped envelope if the answers are to be mailed back to you. Other than that, be flexible and creative.

4. Take a deep breath and throw yourself to the lion.

The more interviews you conduct, the more confident you'll feel. Soon you'll notice the lion turning into a docile kitten.

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ARTICLE -- How to Overcome Depression and Return to Writing
By Kyle Looby (KAL_1@msn.com)

Have you ever had the blues? You know, the kind that keep you in bed for three days and make you think life will never get better? You can't sleep or eat, and you sure can't write. If this has ever happened to you, you know how it can put a real crimp in your writing career.

I have chronic clinical depression and as a freelance writer I have had to find ways of overcoming this, or else give up my writing career. I've developed five tried and true ways to dump the depression and start writing again, and these methods can help you jump start your writing, whether you're depressed or just plain stuck.

GET OFF THE COUCH

The first step to overcoming depression and start writing again is to make yourself get off the couch or out of bed as soon as you realize that you're depressed. Even if you don't get dressed and just getting up is your only
accomplishment, you've made progress.

The National Institute of Mental Health suggests getting some light exercise to help treat mild depression, so if you can, get out and take a walk, go on over to your gym, play in the backyard with the kids or just dance in your living room. Don't worry about writing at this point. Forget your deadlines, just for awhile and start moving. A little adrenaline can help lift your spirits and get back into your writing mode.

TALK IT OUT

Even though you might not feel like it, it often helps to spend time talking with someone you trust. Grab a friend for coffee or get online and chat with your writer friends. Get your mom to make all of your favorite comfort foods while you whine and moan about the state of the world.

Most of the time you'll feel better just being around other people, and you might even find someone who's more bummed out than you are. Talk over whatever is bothering you or just ask for some cyberhugs. When you feel better, you might find yourself inspired to start writing again.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

If you can relax your body and mind, you'll find that your ideas will probably flow much more freely. Give yourself a time out. Do whatever it is you do when you need to focus your attention on you.

Window shop, give yourself a facial, splurge at your favorite salon or toss the football around with some buddies. Veg out in front of the television. Get in a nice, hot tub with your favorite book and just relax. Soak for as long as you can.

Or take a 15 to 20 minute nap; set the alarm clock and tell yourself that your subconscious will help you out while you sleep. You might just wake up refreshed and ready to get on with your writing.

But whatever you do, set a time limit. Give yourself an hour or two to take care of yourself, then see if you feel like getting back to work.

DO ANYTHING BUT WRITE

Dance. Read a book. Take a walk. Paint. Listen to music. Do not allow yourself to write and pretty soon you might find yourself longing to back at the computer.

MEDITATE

There are lots of meditations that can help pull you out of a mild depression.

* Try a walking meditation. Go outside and walk slowly, keeping your mind focused on your feet. Concentrate on how it feels to slowly lift your foot and put it back down again. Do this for 15 minutes and I promise your senses will be more awakened than you ever imagined.

* Just sit for five to 20 minutes. Try to clear your mind and let your thoughts just float by like clouds. Don't hang onto any of them. This always refreshes me whenever I feel stressed out or down.

* Try the eating meditation. Eat one meal in complete silence. Focus your mind on the look and taste of the food. Concentrate on bringing the fork to your mouth, the food actually in your mouth, and the process of chewing and swallowing the food.

* If you feel up to grabbing a pen, you might want to try my writing meditation. Sit with some blank paper and a pen nearby. Close your eyes and just breathe for about five minutes. Then, when you are calm, open your eyes and write for as long as you can without censoring yourself. This is a great way to let your subconscious out for awhile.

If you suffer from mild depression, don't feel too bad. You join the ranks of such famous writers as Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Mark Twain and many others. They all went on to have successful writing careers and you can, too.

Please keep in mind that what I'm talking about here is mild depression, the kind that lasts just a couple of days. If you have depression that lasts more than a week, you should consult your health care provider to see if you would benefit from antidepressants and therapy.

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INSCRIPTIONS CONSPIRACY CONTEST

Turn on The X-Files. Hop on the Net. Or gather with other paranoid friends and conspiracies will abound. The truth is out there, and it's up to you to enlighten the rest of us.

How? First, choose your favorite strange phenomenon. It could be alien abductions, crying religious artifacts, werewolves, anything that is strange, fantastical and just barely possible. Then, pretend to be an investigative journalist breaking the story of the century. Write an article using the inverted pyramid journalistic style (Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, then followed with facts and quotes) to support your conspiracy-solving theory. Make us believe you.

There is no fee to enter the Conspiracy Contest (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Conspiracy.html). Entries must be written in English, however, the writer can live anywhere in the world. All entries should be less than 1,000 words.

Paste your entry directly into the body of an e-mail and send to Contest@inscriptionsmagazine.com with the subject heading "Conspiracy Contest." At the top, offer the name of the phenomenon and your article's headline. Paste in your article, then at the end, include your real name, pen name (if applicable), mailing address and e-mail address. Enter as often as you like.

Entries that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified. Each entry will be acknowledged, once received by the Inscriptions staff.

PRIZE:

1st place -- $75 gift certificate from Amazon.Com (or cash equivalent) and publication in Inscriptions.

We only ask for one-time electronic rights for the winning entries. Reprints are welcome. Deadline for all entries is Feb. 23, 2001. Winners will be announced in the March 12th issue of Inscriptions.

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INSCRIPTIONS BAD POETRY CONTEST

The Inscriptions Bad Poetry Contest has ended. Winners will be announced in the Feb. 12th issue of Inscriptions.

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PUBLISHING NEWS and NOTES

~All New (Web sites/Designs/Content/Zines/Publications)

Tributes, a monthly online magazine designed to reach families suffering from the loss of a child, will debut in February. To subscribe, e-mail (wisler@mindspring.com) with "Tributes" in the subject line.

E-This (http://www.ethismag.com), a monthly general interest zine featuring established and emerging writers, recently launched.

Molesearch (http://www.molesearch.com), a search engine dedicated to the many aspects of publishing, recently premiered.

Poet Laureate Maya Angelou (http://www.mayaangelou.com) has signed a deal with Hallmark Cards to launch "The Maya Angelou Collection." This new line of cards will include poetry and commentary written by Angelou.

E-books for Kids (http://www.dreamwater.com/spindler/), a Web site offering reviews of illustrated children's books, recently debuted.

MarketWatch.com (http://cbs.marketwatch.com/news/newsroom.htx) joined forces with the Financial Times Group to launch Financial Times MarketWatch.de (http://www.ftmarketwatch.de), a Web site offering real-time financial news in Germany.

Tumbleweed Press (http://www.tumblebooks.com), a Canadian children's book publisher, recently premiered an e-book reader suitable for children. The TumbleReader supports colorful graphics, animation and sound and is available for free.

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~Publishing Industry Changes

Conde Nast Publications' recently announced that several of its new magazine Web sites will be delayed. The New Yorker will now launch in mid-2001, followed by Allure, Vanity Fair, GQ and Gourmet later in the year.

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~Publishing-Related Mailing Lists/E-zines

Quick Tips for Creative People (http://www.bob-baker.com/qt/index.html) is a mailing list written by Bob Baker, a creativity coach. On this list, Baker shares examples and ideas that any creative type can use to market finished work or get inspired for a new project.

Creativity Newsletter is a monthly e-zine written by author Dr. Eric Maisel (http://www.ericmaisel.com). To subscribe, send a blank e-mail (creativitynewsletter-subscribe@egroups.com).

BuzzWhack (http://www.buzzwhack.com/nletter/nlsign.htm) is a mailing list that features a different buzzword and its definition each day. Subscribers to this list may also receive BuzzWhackery, a weekly e-mail newsletter that features the Whack of the Week, the latest buzzwords being added to the site and a capsule of the latest BuzzRant.

BookNet is a newsletter featuring book reviews from a variety of genres. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail (booknet_list-subscribe@topica.com).

WritersZines is a mailing list to help you find the best newsletters on the Internet. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail (WritersZines-subscribe@egroups.com).

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~Hollywood News

Talks between Hollywood writers and the film studios continued this week, mostly focusing on "creative rights" demands and residuals.

Columbia Pictures acquired the film rights to Todd McFarlane's comic book character, Spawn (http://www.spawn.com), for an undisclosed amount.

A species of an extinct plant-eating dinosaur has been named after novelist Michael Crichton (http://www.crichton-official.com/index-gr.htm). The small, armored lizard is now called "Crichton's ankylosaur."

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~Ex-VP Finds New Work

Former Vice President Al Gore has left political life and returned to academia. Gore will teach the graduate-level journalism class, "Covering National Affairs in the Information Age," at Columbia University. Gore will also teach at two other universities, and write a book with his wife, Tipper.

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~Legal News

An English court recently ruled that The Sunday Times, a London newspaper, may publish excerpts from spy Richard Tomlinson's book, "The Big Breach: From Top Secret to Maximum Security," once its contents are available elsewhere. The British government has appealed the ruling, saying the contents of the book could endanger national security.

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~RIP

Jeff Cole, aerospace editor for The Wall Street Journal, recently died in a plane crash. He was 45. Cole was flying in a private jet when it crashed after takeoff. He's worked as a reporter for The Journal since 1992, and also wrote for The Seattle Times.

Louise Ran Costich, veteran reporter for The China Times in Taipei, recently died of ovarian cancer. She was 48. Costich worked in Washington D.C. as a political correspondent, and as the bureau chief for The Taipei Commercial Times. She also published the book, "A Decade of Trade Storms."

Kevin Crough, managing editor of the Bigfork Eagle in Montana, recently died. Cause of death was alcohol-related. He was 26. Crough also worked as the first coordinator of Entertainment NOW.

Bill Davidson, author and journalist, recently died after a stroke. He was 82. Davidson wrote 13 books, including "Cut Off," an account of his years as a correspondent in World War II.

Glen R. Geib, former editor of The News-Messenger in Ohio, recently died of cancer. He was 92. Geib edited the newspaper for 26 years.

Patrick W. Lynch, veteran reporter and columnist for various Hearst newspapers, recently died. Cause of death was not released. He was 84.

G. Edward Maroon, veteran sports columnist for The Sun-Journal in Maine, recently died. Cause of death was not released. He was 77. Maroon wrote the popular "Mr. Downtown" column, and founded the Central Maine Football Forecasters Association.

Maxine Mesinger, veteran society columnist for The Houston Chronicle in Texas, recently died from complications of multiple sclerosis. She was 75. Mesinger took over the local gossip column in 1959. Her last column was published on Dec. 17, 2000.

Gavin Young, veteran reporter and travel writer, recently died. Cause of death was not released. He was 72. Young spent three decades writing for The Observer in the U.K., where he covered international news in Vietnam, Angola, Yemen and Congo. His book, "In Search of Conrad" won the Thomas Cook Award.

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~Events

The Independent Writers of Southern California (http://www.iwosc.org) will present the seminar, "Writing and Publishing Opinion Pieces," at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 30 at Glabman's Furniture Store conference room, 525 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, Calif. Guest speaker will be Steve Scauzillo, opinion page editor of the Pasadena Star News. Cost is $35, with limited seating. For reservations, call (626) 797-1897.

The National Writers Union Philadelphia Local will sponsor a medical writing workshop at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 at the Newspaper Guild Hall, 1321 Buttonwood St. in Philadelphia, Penn. Guest speaker will be Susanna Dodgson, medical writer and editor of the American Medical Writers' Association DVC newsletter. Cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Brunch will be served. For reservations, call (610) 265-7280.

The Revolutionary Book Club have chosen the book, "Friendly Fascism" by Bertram Gross as their Book of the Month. The book will be discussed at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Sistas' Place Coffee House, 456 Nostrand Ave. in Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call Amadi Ajamu at (718) 398-1766.

The Oregon Christian Writer's winter conference will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 10 at the Western Baptist College in Salem, Ore. Guest speaker will be David Sanford, author of "Capturing the Transforming Power of Your Publishing Dreams." Workshops are also available. Cost is $15, which includes a continental breakfast, or buy lunch only for $6. To make a reservation, call Sue Miholer at (503) 393-3356. For more information, e-mail Mary Hake (haket@centurytel.net).

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~Writers Needing Input

Robert Furze (mondriangrid@cableinet.co.uk) is looking for information on reiki for cats.

John F. Shedd (lechat@pacific.net.sg) is looking for style books or writer's guidelines relating to writing about food and/or reviewing restaurants. Any contacts or book titles would be greatly appreciated.

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~Informed Caution

iBooks.com (http://www.iBooks.com) laid off 77 employees, or 75% of its staff.

AOL Time Warner laid off about 2,400 employees, or about 3% of its staff.

iCopyright.com (http://www.iCopyright.com) plans to shut down all operations, except for its Instant Clearing Service, which enables publishers to sell licensing rights to their content.

Vladislav Maximov, 28, a deputy editor in the Industry/Energy Resources section of The Moscow Times, was recently stabbed nine times. Witnesses say Maximov was attacked by three teenage boys. He survived and was listed in serious condition this week.

Hungry Minds (http://www.hungryminds.com) plans to close three offices and lay off 20% of its staff. The book publisher creates the "For Dummies" series of how-to books.

Icebox.com (http://www.Icebox.com) laid off 11 employees, or 25% of its staff. Each released employee was allowed to take home their computer equipment and ergonomic chairs.

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~Dead Publications

The e-mail newsletter of Dark Echo (http://www.darkecho.com) has closed.

Today's Homeowner (http://www.todayshomeowner.com) has shut down.

Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine (http://www.teleport.com/~madison/) is no longer publishing. The publisher does not have the money to give subscription refunds, but is offering a free book from Deadly Alibi Press instead.

Senior Golfer (http://www.golfonline.com/seniorgolfer/) has suspended publication.

Bike.com (http://www.Bike.com) has ceased operations.

Hippocrates Magazine (http://www.hippocrates.com) has shut down.

Dads Magazine has closed after three issues.

Outdoor Explorer (http://www.outdoorexplorer.com) has closed.

 

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PROMOTIONS

~Award Winners

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~Book Signings and Author Appearances

Elmore Leonard will discuss his book, "Fire in the Hole," during an online chat at 8 p.m. on Jan. 29 on Yahoo! (http://chat.yahoo.com/c/events/info/2001/01/29/012901elmore.html).

Olivia Goldsmith will discuss her book, "Bad Boy," during an online chat at 10 p.m. on Jan. 30 on iVillage (http://www.ivillage.com/books/articles/0,3359,12166~289,00.html).

Richard Lewis will sign copies of his book, "The Other Great Depression," at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, e-mail (booksoup@aol.com).

Peter Maas will sign copies of his book, "Abandon Ship!" at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Barnes and Noble, 3748 East 82nd St. in Indianapolis, Ind. For more information, call (317) 594-7525.

M.J. Rose (Parispost@aol.com) and Douglas Clegg (http://www.douglasclegg.com) will read from "How to Publish and Promote Online," at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Barnes & Noble, Cobble Hill in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Douglas Coupland will sign copies of his book, "Miss Wyoming," at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Barnes and Noble, 4 Astor Place in New York City, N.Y. For more information, call (212) 420-1322. He will also sign books at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Borders Book Shop, 1727 Walnut St. in Philadelphia, Penn. For more information, call (215) 568-7400.

Jayne Ann Krentz will sign copies of her book, "Lost and Found," at 1 p.m. on Feb. 1 at BJ's Club, 1000 U.S. Hwy. 1 in Edison, N.J. For more information, e-mail (cindys@advmkt.com). Krentz will then sign books at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Barnes and Noble, 395 Route 3 East in Clifton, N.J. For more information, call (973) 779-5500. She will also appear for an online chat at 10 p.m. on Feb. 6 on iVillage (http://www.ivillage.com/books/articles/0,3359,12166~289,00.html).

Anita Shreve will sign copies of her book, "Fortune's Rock," at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Borders Books & Music, 3637 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. C in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, call (404) 237-0707. She will also sign books at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at Borders Book Shop, 85 Worcester Road in Framingham, Mass. For more information, call (508) 875-2321.

Dennis Lehane will sign copies of his book, "Mystic River," at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway in New York City, N.Y. For more information, call (212) 362-8835. Lehane will sign books at 8 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Book Revue, 313 New York Ave. in Huntington, N.Y. For more information, e-mail (tammyrevue@aol.com). He will appear at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Borders Books & Music, Crossroads Center, 5871 Crossroads Center Way in Baileys Crossroads, Va. For more information, call (703) 998-0404. He will also appear at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar in Austin, Texas. For more information, e-mail Jeremy Ellis (jeremy@bookpeople.com).

David Eddings will discuss his book, "The Redemption of Althalus," during an online chat at 8 p.m. on Feb. 1 on iVillage (http://www.ivillage.com/books/articles/0,3359,12166~289,00.html).

Lara Rios will sign copies of his book, "Conquest," at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Wal-Mart in Las Cruces, N.M.; at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 3 at Wal-Mart, 7555 N. Mesa in El Paso, Texas; at 2 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Barnes & Noble, 9521 Viscount in El Paso, Texas; at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Waldenbooks, Bassett Center in El Paso, Texas; and at 1 p.m. on Feb. 4 at Waldenbooks, Mesilla Valley Mall in Las Cruces, N.M.

Cara Black (http://www.sohopress.com/belleville.html) will sign copies of her book, "Murder in Belleville," at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Tales of a Red Herring, 1556 Green St. in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, call (415) 922-8534. Black will also sign books at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Sunset Branch of the San Francisco Library in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, call (415) 753-7130.

Michael Connelly will sign copies of his book, "A Darkness More Than Night," at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 at Borders Books & Music, 2240 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. For more information, call (954) 566-6335. Connelly will also sign books at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Vero Beach Book Center, 2145 Indian River Blvd. in Vero Beach, Fla. For more information, e-mail (publicity@verobooks.com).

Gail Godwin will sign copies of her book, "Heart: A Personal Journey Through Its Myths and Meanings," at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at Barnes and Noble, 1972 Broadway in New York City, N.Y. For more information, call (212) 595-6859.

Dr. Eric Maisel will sign copies of his book, "Sleep Thinking," at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at Barnes & Noble, 1875 S. Bascom, #240 in Campbell, Calif. For more information, call (408) 559-8547.

E.L. Doctorow will discuss his book, "City of God," during an online chat at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 on Barnes and Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/community/calendar/calendar.asp).

John de Lancie and Leonard Nimoy will discuss their book, "Spock vs. Q: The Sequel," during an online chat at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 on Barnes and Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/community/calendar/calendar.asp).

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~Published Articles, Stories, Poems and Interviews

Steve Martin (http://www.stevemartin.com) has published the article, "A Film By," in the February issue of Written By (http://wga.org/negotiations/martin-a-film-by.html).

Stephen King (http://www.stephenking.com) has published the short story, "All That You Love Will Be Carried Away," in the Jan. 29 issue of The New Yorker.

Mark Twain will publish the story, "A Murder, a Mystery and a Marriage," in the June 15 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. The magazine originally rejected the story 125 years ago. It will also be published in September in hardcover with W.W. Norton and Co.

Mary Emma Allen (me.allen@juno.com) has published the articles, "School Visits -- An Author's Serendipity," in the Children's Writing Resource on Inkspot (http://www.inkspot.com/genres/child/features/schoolvisits.html);
"Living With a Writer" in WriterSpeaker.com (http://www.writerspeaker.com/ezine.html#success) and "Submit a
Query/Article Per Week" in WordWeaving (http://wordweaving.com/articlejan04_01.html).

Faith L. Justice (http://pages.prodigy.net/fljustice) has published an interview with Ursula K. Le Guin in the Genres section of Inkspot (http://www.inkspot.com/genres/sf/leguin.html).

Suzy McKee Charnas (Wiley20658@aol.com) has self-published the article, "Scarlet Ribbons," on her Web site (http://www.sfwa.org/Members/Charnas/Vampires/index.html).

Don Vasicek (dvasicek@earthlink.net) has published the article, "The Logline," in The Screenwriter's Success Formula (http://www.linema.com/screenplace/logline.html).

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~Published Books -- Fiction

Veronica Cas will publish the lesbian historical novel, "Towards the Beginning," in February in paperback and electronic format with GLB Publishers.

Robert Cohen has published the novel, "Inspired Sleep," in hardcover with Scribner.

William Goldman has published the novel, "The Silent Gondoliers," in paperback with Del Rey.

S. Stirling Davenport (http://home.att.net/~stirlings/home.htm) has published the short story collection, "Amphibious Dreamers," in paperback with Xlibris.

Thomas Scoville has published the humor novel, "Silicon Follies," in hardcover with Pocket Books.

Julian May has published the science fiction novel, "Sagittarius Whorl," in paperback with Del Rey.

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has rereleased the horror novel, "Hotel Transylvania," in hardcover with Stealth Press.

Jonathan Nasaw has published the novel, "The Girls He Adored," in hardcover with Pocket Books.

Harry Turtledove has published the novel, "Colonization: Down to Earth," in paperback with Del Rey.

D. James Tindell (pioneers79@aol.com) has published the novel, "Revived," in paperback and electronic format with 1st Books Library.

Wendy Callaghan has published the children's book, "Durgles, Imps and Jitterbees" in electronic format with Wordbeams.

Troy Denning will publish the novel, "Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star," in November in hardcover with Del Rey.

M.E. Tyler (http://www.dejahsprivateice.com/PIshop/OTE_order.php3) has self-published the romance, "On the Edge," in paperback and electronic format.

Jennifer L. B. Leese (http://i.am/astoryweaver) has published the children's books, "Beetle Bug Adventures: The Cave" and "Mason Goes to the Dentist," in electronic format with Wordbeams.

Calley Moore (CalleyM2000@aol.com) has published the mystery novel, "Dying for Charisma," in electronic format with eBooksonthe.net.

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~Published Books -- Nonfiction

A'Lelia Bundles has published the biography, "On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker," in hardcover with Scriber.

C. Hope Clark (HopeClark1@aol.com) has published the nonfiction book, "Funds for Writers," in electronic and paperback format with 1st Books Library.

Sally Stuart (stuartcwmg@aol.com) will publish the nonfiction book, "2001 Christian Writers Market Guide," in February with Random House.

Warren Christopher will publish the memoir, "Chances of a Lifetime," in February in hardcover with Scribner.

Judy Gruen (judygruen@att.net) has published the nonfiction book, "Carpool Tunnel Syndrome: Motherhood as Shuttle Diplomacy," in paperback with Heaven Ink Publishing.

Former President Jimmy Carter has published the autobiography, "An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood," in hardcover with Simon & Schuster.

Andrew Friedman has published the cookbook, "Chef on a Shoestring: More than 120 Delicious, Easy-on-the-Budget Recipes from America's Best Chefs," in hardcover with Simon & Schuster.

Pat Shipman has published the biography, "The Man Who Found the Missing Link: Eugene Dubois and His Lifelong Quest to Prove Darwin Right," in hardcover with Simon & Schuster.

C. Britt Beemer has published the nonfiction book, "It Takes a Prophet to Make a Profit," in hardcover with Simon & Schuster.

Sylvia Couturie has published the autobiography, "No Tears in Ireland," in hardcover with Free Press.

Kay Allenbaugh has published the self-help book, "Chocolate for a Woman's Blessings: 77 Heartwarming Stories of Gratitude That Celebrate the Good Things in Life," in paperback with Fireside.

Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson and Martin Anderson have published the nonfiction book, "Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America," in hardcover with Free Press.

Lucinda Lidell has published the nonfiction book, "The Book of Massage: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Eastern and Western Techniques," in paperback with Fireside.

Michael Eric Dyson has published the biography, "I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.," in paperback with Touchstone Books.

 

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HUMOR/ECLECTICA

The Lone Figure
By Vyvyan Lynn (rvlynn@pineland.net)

It is dark. The only light in the room comes from a computer screen. A lone figure, illuminated by the screen, can be seen hunched over the keyboard.

She is deep in thought. The story she is writing calls for a memory embedded in her subconscious. She is close to retrieving the elusive memory when out of nowhere Godzilla roars and attacks her from the rear.

Faced with a fight or flight situation, she lets out a milk clabbering scream and jerks her body around simultaneously. Her son comes face to face with an unfamiliar creature whose eyes are glowing red. These eyes are more hideously veined than any he has encountered when viewing "Fantastic Monsters of the Movies" 14 times. He now wishes he hadn't mutated at this particular moment and walks quietly out of the room.

Not to be outdone, the lone figure takes a deep breath and begins the retrieval process again. The house is too quiet. Something is wrong. Saving the only word she has managed to type since Godzilla's visit, she walks quietly around the house looking for victims. The bathroom is empty. The living room deserted.

Quietly, she creeps into the kitchen where she finds her three-year-old daughter soaking in the sink with the dirty dishes. Placing her eyes back in their respective sockets, she calmly asks, "What are you doing and where is your daddy?"

She goes back to the computer and wills herself back, back, back. She smells the grass. She touches the flowers. She feels her mother's touch. But her mother would not be touching her there. She screams again rendering her husband and all male creatures in a two mile radius impotent.

She begins to speak to Jesus. Dear Lord Jez---zzzzus, what am I going to have to do to write this story? There's no answer from the heavens, so she begins to pace like the tigers at the zoo, or so her daughter thinks. The three-year-old walks warily away. "Rugrats" seem infinitely more friendly tonight. Her son and husband have already retreated.

She begins again.

 

If you have any writing, publishing or media-related humor or insights, please send them to Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com with the subject heading "Humor."

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

~Freelance Writers

CNSNews.com (http://www.CNSNews.com), a Washington-based wire service with bureaus in London and Jerusalem that provides copy to print and Internet sites, is expanding its freelance writing network and is looking for experienced reporters who can write quick, clean copy and have an eye for local stories with national implications.

We are also considering freelance writers located in the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. Degree in journalism and work in print, broadcast or equivalent required. E-mail (Dcooke@CNSNews.com) resume and clips.

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~News Producer

Join a dot-com, not a dot-con. SiliconValley.com (http://www.SiliconValley.com) currently has a position open for a News Producer. As a member of our editorial staff, the News Producer will play a key role in the daily maintenance of all live elements of the site.

Working with a range of news sources from domestic wire feeds, to original content from the San Jose Mercury News, to affiliated industry Web sites, the Producer will be responsible for choosing and publishing the key tech business stories of the day. Initially a generalist position, the successful News Producer will, over time, be given responsibility for management of a section or "channel" on the site.

This is a fast-changing Web site that readers visit multiple times each day. Working with leading edge publishing tools, our team updates the site on an hourly basis. We need someone who can make sound editorial judgments regarding story selection, perform basic Web production tasks and manage longer term editorial projects.

The News Producer must have solid industry knowledge and exceptional communication and writing skills. Ideal backgrounds include two to five years in business journalism, market research, strategy consulting, and/or industry analysis for a top tier financial institution. B.A. is required. M.A., or equivalent, preferred.

In addition, the right candidate should have an extremely hands on style and basic Web production skills, including HTML programming and familiarity with associated tools. The candidate should be a quick study and capable of working with a great deal of autonomy. A sense of humor would be nice but is not required. Competitive base salary, pre-offering options, generous benefits. Unique opportunity to join a small but growing team.

Would-be online journalists, writers and news junkies: consider joining the growing team at SiliconValley.com. Following our spin-off on April 1st from the San Jose Mercury News, we are putting together a small team of
talented people intent on transforming great content and a great URL into a global online community. With the long term backing of Knight Ridder, the nation's second largest newspaper company, and the financial upside and corporate culture of a start-up, SiliconValley.com represents a unique opportunity for the right person.

E-mail (oryan@realcities.com) your resume within the body of an e-mail, in plain text format. No attachments or telephone calls, please.

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~Senior Content Editor

Charitableway (http://www.charitableway.com), the premier ASP, offers Internet-based pledge and donation systems.

The Senior Content Editor is responsible for writing/editing functional copy for online applications including instructional text, help files and supporting documentation as well as marketing copy for collateral. Must have the ability to identify, define and write to different user audiences. Self-motivated, detail oriented individual who can adapt to the demands of a growing company with great interpersonal skills and problem solving abilities.

You must have excellent communication and organizational skills and be a team player with the ability to work well independently. Proficient in MS Office applications and HTML. Must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent, with three to five years experience.

We offer competitive compensation and benefit programs, including equity. E-mail (jobs@charitableway.com) your resume or mail to Charitableway, Staffing Dept., One Circle Star Way, 4th Floor, San Carlos, Calif. 94070. EOE.

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~Editor and Reporter

Growing financial news organization in midtown Manhattan seeks an editor and a reporter for monthly newsletter covering the boardrooms of Fortune 1000 companies.

Editor candidates will have about three years of overall journalism experience and at least one year of editing experience. Reporter candidates will have one year of experience with either a community newspaper or a trade publication. Knowledge of financial markets or some financial background is required of both positions. E-mail (ekolb@directorsalert.com) resume or fax to (203) 761-0878.

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~Associate Content Producer

Cincinnati.Citysearch.com (http://www.Cincinnati.Citysearch.com) is looking for an Associate Content Producer to ensure accurate and current coverage of assigned Citysearch topics, which may include Music, Movies, The Arts, Restaurants & Bars, Shopping and Sports. We also need someone to ensure that content from the Citysearch Network and third-party providers appear at the times and in the form designated by the National and Regional Calendars.

In this position, you will work with senior editors to develop sources and plan A&E section coverage. You will develop and exercise good editorial judgment in developing content for the Web. You must be able to balance many projects at once, while meeting daily and project deadlines and be extremely detail-oriented and efficient.

Applicants must have two years reporting and editing experience in daily or weekly journalism; demonstrated attention to detail and AP style. Excellent writing and reporting skills, as well as aptitude for structural editing and headline writing are a must. Having knowledge of basic HTML and technical aptitude is required. We also require a strong interest in developing. Fax resume to (216) 566-8947, Attn.: David Bartlett.

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~Writer

Excellent position for a lively, concise writer who has a solid knowledge of health and science. You will be part of a high-energy team in the Department of Public Affairs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (http://www.mskcc.org).

Editorial/writing experience required. Other key attributes include the ability to work well under pressure, skilled interviewing techniques, good organizational and communications skills, the ability to prioritize easily and vigilant attention to detail. Writing and editing assignments will include the annual report, newsletters, patient and professional brochures and contributions to our Web site.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering is the world's oldest and largest institution devoted to prevention, patient care, research and education in cancer. The center has consistently set the standard of care for people with cancer and has pioneered countless discoveries in basic science and clinical research.

Please send cover letter and resume to Anne O'Malley (Omalleya@mskcc.org) in the body of an e-mail. Or fax to (212) 639-3576. No phone calls.

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~Freelance Copy Editor

Fairchild Publications (http://www.fairchildpub.com) seeks a freelance copy editor to work on Home Furnishing News (http://www.hfnmag.com). The freelance copy editor will edit and proofread copy under tight weekly deadlines.

Responsibilities include correcting pages, headline writing, page building and shipping pages to printer on deadline. Position requires a minimum of two to three years of copy desk experience. Must be proficient in Quark Xpress, QPS & AP Style.

Please e-mail resume and cover letter along with salary requirements to Tom Power (tom.power@fairchildpub.com). Please write "freelance copy-editor" in subject line of e-mail. Or mail to Fairchild Publications, Attn.: Tom Power, HFN, 7 W. 34th St., 3rd Floor, New York City, N.Y. 10001. No phone calls, please.

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~Writers

We are looking for writers interested in participating in a weekly radio magazine. Submissions are 500 to 700 words on family life, childhood, personal experience or opinion. Humor a plus.

Requires no rights or exclusivity to work. If used on air, $25 payment goes to the author. If you have a pleasant voice and good delivery, feel free to send audio file in addition to written submission. Maximum length: 4 minutes. E-mail Radio for GrownUps (bagel@kc.rr.com).

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~Writer

A new financial newsletter seeks experienced financial news writer. Qualifications include one to three years of financial writing experience; the ability to write hard-hitting analysis with a sense of humor and meet deadlines. Willing to write one to two columns to be submitted via e-mail. Compensation is $500/month. Interested candidates should e-mail (newgaleic@yahoo.com) resume or fax to (310) 342-7795, Attn.: M. Houston.

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~Freelance Writer

A public relations agency specializing in beauty/cosmetic accounts is looking for a freelance writer for monthly writing projects. We need someone with an in-depth knowledge of beauty including skin care, cosmetics, hair care, body care, nail care and bath care.

We prefer a writer with experience writing in the press release style. If you are the right person, you will gain a monthly staple of projects. Please e-mail Patty Tistaert (prmavenz@yahoo.com) with your resume, fee structure and three writing/press release samples in the body of an e-mail. No phone calls, please.

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~Assistant Site Editors

TechTarget.com (http://www.TechTarget.com) is seeking Assistant Site Editors for our various Web sites. This is a multi-faceted job involving responsibility for launching and maintaining Web portal sites and information technology professionals.

Candidates must spend roughly half their time searching the Internet for computer-related documents and Web sites, summarizing what they find in clear, concise language and indexing the information on a Web site. The assistant editor is also responsible for developing and editing e-mail newsletters, writing and editing original articles for publication, recruiting speakers for moderated chat sessions, and pitching in as needed on other editorial tasks. This is a fast paced environment demanding writing and editing professionals who are flexible, energetic and not afraid to learn new things.

Candidates must have a minimum of three years writing and/or editing background, preferably in newspaper or magazine journalism. Some experience writing about technology is required.

TechTarget.com is a well-financed Web company on the fast track. We're creating online communities for technology professionals, anchored around targeted content and specialized search capabilities. We've proven our revenue model and now we're embarking on a major expansion phase. E-mail (jobs@techtarget.com) resume or fax to (781) 657-1100.

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~Freelance Writers

Are you an expert on the Kansas City entertainment scene? If you have fun exploring the local arts culture or night-life -- and you're a good writer -- here's a great opportunity for you.

America Online's Digital City (http://home.digitalcity.com), the Web's leading city guide, seeks freelance writers to cover Kansas City's entertainment scene. Categories to be covered include night-life, local theater, fine arts, music and recreation. People who enjoy exploring the cultural opportunities in Kansas City will thrive on this work. Pay is negotiable based on experience -- you do not have to be a professional writer to apply.

To be considered, please write descriptions of two cultural places you love in the Kansas City area. Each of your two descriptions should be between 100 and 150 words long. Include the correct address and phone number at the top of each description. Also send your resume and a brief letter explaining why you think you'd be a great match for this assignment Please proofread your materials carefully -- we are picky about spelling and grammar. Include all materials within the body of a single e-mail. No attachments will be accepted. Send your materials to Martin Bartels (dcimarty@aol.com), Digital City Managing Editor. All applications will receive a prompt response.

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~Freelance and Staff News Reporters

Axis Press International, a new global news wire service is seeking experienced, qualified news reporters and freelance contributors.

API is a fact-based, independent news source designed for newsweeklies and daily newspapers. Content on the service includes news, political analysis, features and editorial cartoons.

Reporters and photographers (staff and freelance) are needed to cover the following U.S. cities: Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angles, San Diego, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, New York City, Washington D.C., Denver,
Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Boston, Cleveland, New Orleans, Topeka, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Arlington.

Candidates, including freelancers, are also sought for the following International desks: Paris, London, Dublin, Melbourne, Mexico City, Zurich, Madrid and Ho Chi Minh City.

Compensation is very competitive. New graduates are welcome to apply. For information on contributing to the service, as either a staff member or as a freelance agent, please fax resume and three recent clips to (916) 925-5590. All contacts are confidential.

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~Writers

The Freelancer (http://www.freelancer-magazine.com), a new online magazine devoted to reviving the art of writing in the new millennium, is seeking submissions in all genres of writing ... and now we are paying for them!

Fresh talent with a penchant for thinking and writing outside of conventional boundaries and conceptions is desired. We approach writing aggressively and feel that to get people to read in this technologically-saturated world that we live in, they need a good shot in the ass. We're trying to provide that shot by exposing you.

For more details on the pay scale, check out the Web site. Also, be sure to check out our Freelance Marketplace, designed to assist writers and designers further their creative careers. Registration is free and the opportunities endless. All questions and inquiries should be directed in e-mail (info@freelancer-magazine.com).

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~Writer

Inside Soap, a fortnightly TV soaps magazine, requires a writer with an interest in soaps and popular television. Applicants should be experienced magazine or newspaper writers. Send resume to Steven Murphy, Editor, Inside Soap, Attic Futura (U.K.) Ltd., 17-18 Berners St., London, WlT 3LN U.K.

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~Acquisitions Coordinator

We are seeking an Acquisitions Coordinator to assist the Acquisitions Editorial Director with manuscript preparation and tracking of computer books.

The ideal candidate will work with the Editor and authors to develop and maintain an author submission and production schedule. Ensure that all paperwork, proposals, purchase orders, check requests and other invoices are executed and tracked. Manage art tests through production and work with Project Editorial to guide authors in the formatting and submissions.

Must be highly organized, have excellent verbal/written communication, listening and phone skills and have the ability to multi-task in a demanding, fast-paced work environment. Requires MS Office (Word and Excel) and Internet proficiency; type 40 wpm. Publishing experience a plus.

Osborne/McGraw-Hill is an East-Bay computer book publisher. Send resume in e-mail (osborne_careers@mcgraw-hill.com) or fax to (510) 549-6609.

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~Journalist

Plastics & Rubber Weekly is looking for an experienced journalist to join its four-strong editorial team. We would like to hear from reporters with two to three years experience of trade mags, local papers or online services.

The senior reporter will be expected to build industry contacts and break stories in the U.K. and European plastics industry. The post will also involve some feature writing. Knowledge of the plastics industry is not essential as training will be given.

Send resume to Steve Bagshaw (steve.bagshaw@emap.com) or write to News Editor, Plastics and Rubber Weekly, emap, 19th Floor Leon House, 233 Croydon High St., Croydon, CR0 9XT U.K.

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~Writers

Writers work on client projects and contribute to the creation of digital experiences. The ideal candidate manages work efficiently, generates ideas collaboratively with other team members and presents ideas articulately and persuasively.

Writers should have a healthy sense of humor and a passion for all things written. Writers work under the guidance of the Senior Writer. Will help project managers scope the needs to finalize the content for the solution.

Responsible for creating and presenting project-specific content strategy for the solution that rationalizes content decisions based on the client's business objectives, and helping to set guidelines for tone/style/voice. Developing naming conventions (e.g. for site navigation, headers and sub-headers, etc.) instructional copy, and other interface textual elements. Establishing a style guide for all written elements of the site.

Candidates will ultimately deliver and present all content to be included in the solution. Two to three years experience in writing for the Web and a thorough understanding of how to communicate effectively in a digital environment required. Degree in English, journalism, technical writing or other writing/communication-intensive field is preferable. Send resume in e-mail (work@dreamtheater.com). No phone calls, please.

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~Travel Writer

UrbanFlava Magazine opens a new path into the realm of written word for music lovers and the modern-day culture enthusiast. We are seeking a creative travel writer with myriad knowledge of musical and living cultures from European-hype to Island-mania. We also need extraordinary urban-flavored writers with reader-catchy flow as well as 2001 deadline efficiency.

We know it's out there -- so send us just one to two samples of your writing (100-word minimum; partial articles accepted) in e-mail (UrbanFlavaPodium@aol.com). UrbanFlava writers chosen will be assigned articles and paid $75 to $150/article upon publication.

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~Writer

Opportunity for a communications professional to write/edit a monthly Web publication for a global institutional money management firm. Excellent opportunity for advancement in this growing firm. Location: Los Angeles. Compensation: Salary plus bonus and excellent benefits.

Needs: A communications professional with editing/writing skills to lead a monthly Web Intranet publication. And, in the future, an opportunity to develop and direct communications for the firm's broad Internet activity. This leader will apply his/her knowledge of the investment industry and editing/writing skills to communicate the firm's on-going business management, strategic and cultural issues to the firm-wide team of professionals and support staff.

Write original articles; edit the contributions of others. The firm's executives, portfolio managers, financial decision makers and other key leaders are primed to meet with this person on an ongoing basis to provide the information about the firm's growth, development, etc.; this affords a solid opportunity to build relationships with senior management and senior officers of the firm. Establish a loyal readership by directing the Intranet publication with a consistent voice and pertinent content.

The opportunity is located in the firm's headquarters office in Los Angeles. Additional offices in New York, Houston, San Francisco, Hong Kong, London. Additional joint venture offices in: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Beijing, China; India; Jakarta, Indonesia; Tokyo, Japan; Mexico City, Mexico; Taipei, Taiwan. E-mail (bengreco@bengreco.com) resume.

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~Various Editorial Positions

A monthly music magazine for teenagers seeks to fill three positions for this fun, energetic publication.

Editor: We require at least five to seven years experience in magazine publishing, preferably at a youth-oriented magazine. Responsibilities include managing small staff, assigning and editing numerous freelance articles per month, managing budgets and schedules.

Entertainment Editor: We require three years experience. Must have a good general knowledge of all aspects of the entertainment industry (with an emphasis on music), as well as excellent contacts in the various entertainment fields.

Staff writer: Looking for an experienced writer with a genuine love for 'N Sync (as well as other kinds of popular music) who knows how to write upbeat, teen-oriented copy that doesn't necessarily require an explanation point at the end of every sentence.

Send resume and cover letter to Primedia Inc., 200 Madison Ave., 8th floor, New York City, N.Y. 10016, or e-mail Katherine Nieva (katherine_nieva@primediamags.com). No phone calls, please.

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~U.S. Correspondent

IDG's international news service seeks an experienced, high-energy journalist to cover the U.S. technology industry from our bureau in either Boston, San Francisco or New York.

Wide-ranging responsibilities include covering trade shows, press conferences and other breaking news for the daily wire, as well as working with News Service correspondents around the world to develop in-depth stories with uniquely global perspectives. Travel will be required.

The ideal candidate has a broad understanding of the IT industry, as well as an impeccable command of AP style news writing and editing, yet the journalistic range to produce Wall Street Journal-quality analytical features.

He/she is also a technology generalist who is comfortable covering the entire IT spectrum -- from handheld computers to mainframe systems and from wireless LANs to global communications networks. Strong computer skills and experience using a notebook PC in a remote computing are also a plus. Send resume to Elizabeth Heichler (elizabeth_heichler@idg.com).

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~International Reporter

The Associated Press (http://www.ap.org), the world's largest newsgathering agency, has an opening for a reporter in Ankara or Istanbul, Turkey.

Applicants must have strong reporting and writing experience. Turkish fluency is mandatory. E-mail (apjobs@ap.org) resume, letter of inquiry and clips or fax to (212) 621-5447. EEO.

 

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CONTESTS

~Deadline is Jan. 31.

The Southern Review and the Louisiana State University Department of English (http://www.english.lsu.edu) announce the 2000 competition for the best first collection of short stories by an American citizen published in the United States.

The author will receive $500. There may also be the possibility of the winner being invited to the campus for a reading. Deadline for submissions to be considered for the 2000 prize will be Jan. 31. Two copies should be sent by the publisher to The Editors, The Southern Review/Louisiana State University, 43 Allen Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La. 70803-5005.

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~Deadline is March 1.

The Troubadours' Writers Group has announced its Sixth Annual Short Story Writing Contest (http://www.owc.net/~mason/troubadours.html). This contest is open to all writers, whether beginner or seasoned author.

There is no restriction as to genre (although we will not accept pornographic material). The top three entries earn cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25 plus the opportunity to have their stories published in The Lantern, the Troubadours' bimonthly publication. Unique to our contest is that all entrants receive a written critique of their submitted stories.

ENTRY FEE: $5/entry

CONTEST RULES:

* Length must not exceed 1,500 words.

* Any subject or genre (fiction or creative, story-structured nonfiction) is acceptable as long as it contains the essential elements of "story." No poetry, vignettes, slice-of-life or essays. Judges look for a well-conceived storyline that revolves around characters in conflict with themselves or others. Writing should grab reader's attention and display a vitality of language and style through a balanced use of engaging dialogue and narrative.

* Manuscripts should be typed, double spaced on 8"x11" paper. Entries must include a cover sheet on which are typed name, address, phone, title and word count. This cover sheet will be removed for judging. All pages of story should include title and page number only in upper right. Please also indicate where you heard about the contest.

* Manuscripts will not be returned.

* Only previously unpublished stories accepted.

* Copyright remains with author.

* Each entry will be critiqued and comments returned to author.

* A business-size self-addressed stamped envelope is a must to receive the judge's critique and copy of winners' list.

* Winners will be announced before July 1, 2001. Winners may be given the opportunity to have story appear in The Lantern, a bimonthly publication of Troubadours' Writers Group. A sample copy of The Lantern may be obtained by sending $1.75 to the address below.

* Entry fee must be included with each entry. Checks payable to Troubadours' Writers Group.

Send entries to Troubadours' Short Story Contest, P.O. Box 138, Woodstock, Ill. 60098. Any questions may be directed to Carla Fortier (ghstwn46@aol.com), Contest Coordinator.

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~Deadline is March 1.

Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul Writing Contest (http://www.chickensoup.com) -- All entries shall be an original, nonfiction work that is uplifting, inspiring and presents a positive viewpoint. Essays, short stories and poems of up to 1,200 words will be considered. The winner will be chosen by a panel of independent judges.

The chosen winner will receive (a) paid entrance to the 2001 Maui Writer's Conference (Aug. 31 - Sept. 3, 2001), (b) Roundtrip ticket to Maui, Hawaii, coach fare, (c) 4 nights and 5 days hotel accommodations at the Outrigger Hotel, Maui, Hawaii, (d) shuttle transportation to and from airport, (e) your story will be considered for publication in an upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul book.

Eligibility: U.S. residents with proof of being at least 18 years of age. No entry fee. Send entries to P.O. Box 30880, Santa Barbara Calif. 93130.

 

If you missed a previous announcement, visit our Web site. They are all listed in deadline order. Contest announcements should be sent to Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com with the subject heading "Contests." Each contest is printed in deadline order. Please include the name of the organization, magazine or Web site sponsoring the contest, contest guidelines, entry fees, prizes and deadlines. We only accept contests that offer cash or another substantial prizes (valued over $100) -- publication on a Web site or in a book is not enough. Inscriptions is not responsible for misinformation or scam artists. Enter contests at your own risk.

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MARKETS

~Nonfiction

Archaeology (http://www.archaeology.org) is the official "public voice" of the Archaeological Institute of America. We reach more than 500,000 nonspecialist readers interested in art, science, history and culture. Our reports, regional commentaries and feature-length articles introduce readers to recent developments in archaeology worldwide.

Communicating your scholarly experience to the general public requires deft writing. Please keep the following in mind as you prepare your manuscript:

1. Keep technical terms to a minimum and explain those that you do use.

2. Assume a fairly minimal knowledge of your subject on the readers' part, but don't talk down to them.

3. Be interesting and entertaining, with a strong opening that hooks readers and leads them into your main discussion; avoid the dramatic lead that slips into a site report by page two.

4. Keep in mind that certain articles require a broad historical framework if the reader is to comprehend the importance of the archaeological work.

5. Keep it personal, without being egocentric. Readers are interested in what you do, why you do it, what you have learned and why they should be interested. They should be led through your material in a way that creates for them the same sense of awe that you have felt about your work.

6. In some form or another, a finished manuscript should contain an exposition (guess what?), development (here's what) and a conclusion (so what?).

7. You should discuss your story idea with an editor before submitting a manuscript. A brief outline, accompanied by samples of available slides or photographs, is helpful.

Include a brief biographical statement. Include a brief, annotated bibliography (up to seven entries). In your bibliography, include remarks on the significance and quality of the references. Categorize and list entries in alphabetical order at the end of your article under the heading "Further Reading." Be sure to include publishers, date and city of publication as well as title and author.

Measurements must be in miles and feet. While archaeologists usually use the metric system, our readers are most comfortable using English measurements.

Editorial inquiries (including manuscripts and books for review) should be sent in e-mail (editorial@archaeology.org), or by snail mail to Archaeology, 135 William St., New York, N.Y. 10038.

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~Nonfiction

Child Magazine (http://www.child.com) is published 10 times a year, with combined issues in June/July and December/January. Child provides parents of children from birth to age 12 with the newest thinking, information and advice they need to raise their families in a constantly changing, time-pressed world.

Freelance writers are invited to submit query letters only, on the following topics:

* children's health
* parenting and marital relationship issues
* child behavior and development
* personal essays pertaining to family life

Child purchases first-time rights for articles and pays upon acceptance. Fees vary depending on length and positioning of articles.

Writers must include clips of previously published work and a stamped, self-addressed envelope with their queries. Address all correspondence to Submissions, Child Editorial Department, 375 Lexington Ave., 10th floor, New York, N.Y. 10017. Please allow eight weeks for a reply.

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~Nonfiction

NZ Outdoor Magazine is looking for hunting articles especially on New Zealand Sika and Whitetail deer but also any other quality submissions. Less than 2,000 words is best with photos/slides posted for scanning (sample pics can be attached to e-mails). Payment will be around NZ$200.

Sharelle Beguely (nzoutdoor@xtra.co.nz)
Production Manager
NZ Outdoor Magazine

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~Nonfiction

Moody Magazine (http://www.moodymagazine.com) -- Published six times a year, Moody Magazine exists to encourage and equip Christians to live biblically in a secular culture. That process involves articles that focus on our application of God's Word for doctrine, reproof as needed, correction and instruction in righteousness.

OUR READERS: Moody readership encompasses nearly 250,000 conservative evangelicals each issue (circulation 100,000) focused in the U.S. and Canada. The average reader is married, a college graduate and active in his church. Less than 20% are pastors. The male-female ratio is 41/59.

OUR CONTENTS: Moody primarily seeks practical, popular-level articles that focus on the application of scriptural principles in daily life. Other articles report on current events and issues from a scriptural perspective.

WRITING FOR MOODY: Because we assign each issue's package of cover articles -- and because we seek to present a variety of topics in each issue -- we do not offer an editorial theme list. Instead, we look for freelancers to query us about individual article proposals.

FEATURE ARTICLES: Cover a broad range of topics, but have one common goal: to foster application -- by a broad readership -- of specific scriptural principles. While many of our authors use a personal narrative style, we are also open to articles that take an anecdotal reporting approach. Length: 1,200 to 2,200 words.

DO'S AND DON'TS

How-to's: Rather than directive how-to's, we prefer articles that show how you (or other believers) have learned to approach a situation scripturally and the difference that has made.

Exhortations: Similarly, we do not seek articles declaring a certain issue is a problem Christians should address. We prefer a journalistic approach that shows examples of believers who are already taking a positive, scripturally based response.

Inspirationals: Our goal for narratives is not simply to describe a dramatic or inspirational event, but to show the process of one seeing the need to apply the truth of God's Word to an aspect of everyday life -- and then following through with that application.

Profiles: We prefer not to spotlight individuals or the work of individual ministries. We would, however, consider a journalistic article that reports how several different people or ministries across the country are responding to a particular concern or need.

No biographies, historical articles or studies of Bible figures.

NARRATIVE ARTICLE TOPICS: Moody especially seeks narrative accounts showing one's realization and application of specific, scriptural principles in daily life. In generating ideas for such articles, we recommend a writer consider:

* what has God been "working on" in your life in the past few years?
* how have you been learning to apply a new realization of what Scripture is commanding you to do?
* what difference has this made for you and those around you?

DEPARTMENTS

NEWS FOCUS: An in-depth, thoroughly researched journalistic account of a current news event or trend. Query by e-mail, fax or letter to the News Editor. Length: 1,000 to 1,400 words.

FIRST PERSON: This is our gospel tract, the only article written specifically for non-Christians. A personal testimony (we also accept "as told to's"), its objective is to tell a person's salvation testimony, primarily through anecdotes, in such a way that the reader will understand the gospel and consider trusting Christ as Savior.

Avoid clichés and Christian jargon; they defeat the purpose of communicating to non-believers. We prefer no testimonies of entertainers, athletes, public figures and new Christians (received Christ less than two years ago). Length: 800 to 900 words.

First Person essential points (devote about one-third to each):

1. Conflict. What kept this person from Christ?
2. Conversion. Must include (with verse references):
a. Christ's death for his sin.
b. Repentance from sin.
c. Faith in Christ alone for salvation.
3. Change. How is this person a new creation in Christ? This must relate to the introductory conflict. Show how Christ has resolved or is resolving the conflict.

OUR PROCEDURE: Moody does not accept unsolicited manuscripts -- they will be returned unread with a form letter that explains our submission procedure. Writers must first write a query letter and secure permission to forward their manuscripts. Query response is usually in six to eight weeks. Do not query by telephone, fax or e-mail unless urgent subject matter requires an immediate editorial response.

QUERY LETTERS: In your letter, which should be only one page, include:

* a working title
* suggested length
* your article's topic, intended reader application and scriptural basis
* a representative sample paragraph
* your qualifications to write on this subject
* your writing experience

Always include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please, no simultaneous or reprint queries.

DEADLINES: Moody begins editing each issue five months prior to the date of publication and plans each issue several months in advance of that. For seasonal material, query nine months in advance.

POETRY AND FICTION: Moody does not print poetry. Although we print little fiction, we will consider well-written contemporary stories that are directed, like our nonfiction, toward showing scriptural application. Dialogue, action and descriptions must be crisp and believable. Avoid clichéd salvation accounts, biblical fiction, parables and allegories. Length: 1,200 to 2,200 words.

MANUSCRIPT FORMAT: Print-outs must be double-spaced. Include a 3.5-inch floppy disk in any popular word-processing format as well as text-only version. Include on the first page the approximate article length, your name, address, day phone and Social Security number. Return the Writer Information Sheet sent in response to your query. Always include a SASE for the return of your materials should your manuscript not meet our needs.

PAYMENT AND RIGHTS: On acceptance, Moody pays $.15/word for sharp, well-edited queried manuscripts. Moody buys First North American Serial Rights. Once the work has been published in an issue of Moody magazine, Moody retains the non-exclusive right to re-publish that work in electronic form, without further compensation to the author.

Moody may authorize electronic "readers" worldwide to print a copy of the work for personal use; however all requests for commercial reprints shall be referred to the author. All other rights return to the author once the article has been published.

MANUSCRIPT POLICY: We examine all manuscripts on speculation. A positive response to a query does not guarantee purchase. The author grants Moody the right to edit and abridge the manuscript and warrants that it has not already appeared in print and that it has not been simultaneously submitted to other publications. Further, the author warrants that nothing in the article infringes the copyright ownership of any person, firm, or corporation, and that he is its sole and true author. For more information, e-mail (MoodyEdit@Moody.edu).

Managing Editor
Moody Magazine
820 N. LaSalle Blvd.
Chicago, Ill. 60610

 

Do you have a paying market you would like shared with Inscriptions readers, send complete freelance writing guidelines, current needs and payment rates to Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com with the subject heading "Markets."

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LINK OF THE WEEK

Each week, Inscriptions selects one writing or publishing-related Web site as the link of the week. This site receives a graphic award and a link from the Inscriptions homepage. To submit a site, send an e-mail to Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com with the Subject heading "Inscriptions Award" and include the full name and URL in the message area.

The Inscriptions Link of the Week is:

Funds For Writers
http://www.chopeclark.com/fundsforwriters.htm

FundsForWriters is one of the best e-mail newsletters for professional writers and amateurs who know that getting paid to publish is always the way to go. Less than a year old, it is a useful tool in finding paying markets, grants, fellowships, contests, awards and jobs. The Website is mostly text-based, but it's broken up enough to offer even the casual surfer enough information to know they ought to subscribe. Best of all, subscriptions are free.

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The Preditors & Editors 2000 Readers Poll (http://www.sfwa.org/prededitors/perpoll2.htm) has Inscriptions listed in the following categories: Favorite Nonfiction article (From Sandman to Guardian Angel by Jade Walker); Favorite Nonfiction E-zine (Inscriptions); Favorite Print/Electronic Book Editor (Jade Walker) and Favorite Magazine/E-zine Editor (Jade Walker). Support us by voting in these areas. Also, feel free to nominate one of our other wonderful freelance writers. Search through the 2000 Archives to find your favorite poem, short story or nonfiction article.

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BOOK REVIEWS

Ratings:

* * * * Outstanding book, engrossing, a classic
* * * An interesting read, very likable
* * Good, but not great.
* Not recommended.

"A Passion Aflame" by Robyn Chawner
Reviewed by Jennifer McCaig-Cox (jsmiles1209@aol.com)
Publisher: Booklocker
Format: Electronic
Rating: * * * stars
http://www.booklocker.com/bookpages/robynchawner02.html

With soldiers on their heels, Caitlin and her father, Kieran O'Manion, rush to the docks to board an awaiting ship. Unfortunately, as Kieran pushes his daughter onto it, he is captured and shot. Caitlin, now orphaned and alone, vows to seek revenge on Captain Fairgate, the man who killed her father.

Five weeks later, Caitlin arrives on foreign, American soil, and finds herself overwhelmed by her situation. Her father told her to contact her friend Jennifer McGarth at her brother Damien's ranch. The problem is she doesn't know the ranch's location.

Luckily, bounty hunter Tulsa Sinclair comes to her aid. He knows the McGarths and offers to escort Caitlin there. On their journey, Caitlin discovers they have something in common -- a shared animosity toward Captain Fairgate. They promise to help each other until this man is captured and punished for his numerous crimes.

After Caitlin's unannounced arrival at the McGarth Ranch, she meets Damien. At first sight, both Caitlin and Damien are captivated by the other. This odd reaction is very difficult for them to understand.

The undercurrent of "A Passion Aflame" is secrecy. Many questions arise as Caitlin and Damien are forced onto a rollercoaster ride of incorrect assumptions.
However, the surprising truths aren't revealed until the last chapters of the book. One particular truth is withheld until the very last pages of the "A Passion Aflame." It is sure to shock readers.

The cat and mouse antics of Caitlin and Damien made for great entertainment. The glaring clashes of their overly independent personalities was something in itself. I enjoyed reading this novel and would recommend it to others.

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"Future.Con" by Nowick Gray
Reviewed by Beth Gibson (Gibson0817@aol.com)
Publisher: Xlibris
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0738829803
Rating: * 1/2 stars
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0738829803/inscriptions

Is Joe Norton going crazy? He can't seem to concentrate on anything at work lately. And at night, bizarre aliens and alternate worlds invade his dreams.

The dreams are so vivid they seem real. Things get crazier as the dreams start happening to him while he is awake. He sees fantasy worlds, threatening beings with guns and strange landscapes through his computer's screensaver. He visits the local Virtual Reality lab and the dreams follow him there.

In an effort to figure out what's happening to him he tries a biofeedback type treatment. He even resorts to seeing a psychologist, who thinks he's making it all up. All of this completely disrupts his life. His girlfriend has walked out and he's moved in with her sister. He starts suspecting everyone is plotting against him, even his former best friend Harry, who tries to help discover what is happening.

Unfortunately too much of the plot is taken up by Norton's dream sequences. Some dream sequences were necessary to show his increasing inability to tell what's real from what's not. But some of the dreams went on and on and on without revealing anything to Norton about what was happening to him or advancing the plot at all. This led to a great deal of skimming.

It was also difficult at times to figure out when Norton was asleep (or in the Virtual Reality lab or in biofeedback) and when he was not. I would rather have seen more time spent on showing the disruption to his life and deducing what the real problem was.

Much of the plot was also taken up by Norton's self-flagellation. The book was written in first-person from Norton's perspective. He spends a good deal of time in a "woe is me" vein. He thinks about how messed up his life is and how there seems to be no way out. This got really tiresome, especially because it served no purpose.

Though Nowick Gray did a good job in building Norton, he is not exactly a sympathetic character. His life is in the gutter and you hope he will climb out of it. Yet you never get a sense that he will. It makes it difficult to cheer him on. I was more interested in Moira, the girlfriend who disappeared. I wondered what happened to her. I was also interested in Giselda, the secretary. She seemed to be the most hope for him as far as establishing a relationship goes.

"Future.Con" will have the most appeal to those who enjoy science fiction or technology. The book has a good deal of jargon related to computers that may be beyond the ability of the average person to understand. Because of this, some suspense may be lost because the reader will not understand the significance of what is being talked about. I am computer literate enough to have understood it, yet the descriptions were fairly dry.

Because of the disruptions to the plot made by the dream sequences, I found the book difficult to follow at times and somewhat boring at other times. There isn't a lot of dialogue in it, so that made it slower to read. I also felt the ending was rather weak and anti-climactic. There is no nice neat wrap-up to Norton's life.

However, technically, Gray is well-skilled. His use of the language and vocabulary was well thought-out. There were no clichés or hackneyed phrases. The book was not predictable at all. Had the characters been much more three-dimensional, I would have enjoyed the book more than I did.

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"Riley: Eye in the City" by Ken Mason
Reviewed by Audrey Snowden (audreysnowden@yahoo.com)
Publisher: Crossroads Publishing
Format: Electronic
ISBN: 1-58338-364-6
Rating: * * stars
http://www.crossroadspub.com/RileyEye.htm

"Riley: Eye in the City" is the second book in Ken Mason's "Riley, the Archangel of Purgatory" trilogy, but it stands on its own. In book one, Riley escapes military captors and discovers that in addition to having supernatural powers, he's also an archangel.

At the beginning of book two, Riley is 13 and on his own. He plans to search for his mother, from whom he was stolen as an infant, but he complicates his own plans by helping Cloe, a young runaway. She's a prisoner of the Mafia in San Francisco, and while liberating her, Riley kills a few Mafia goons.

The boss man Tony puts out a hit on Riley and Cloe. The army men are catching up. And so are the San Francisco police officers, who believe Riley has committed a string of vicious murders. Riley's got to shake the bad guys, get the good guys to believe him and save a host of civilians. Somewhere along the way, he also has to continue on his own quest and try to find his mother.

Mason's characters tend toward absolutes. His vindictive Mafia guys have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. They're just barely human. They collect money from business owners in their territory, but their real money comes from forcing kids into prostitution or selling kids into slavery. Tony makes even General Luker, the army man, squeamish.

On the side of the good guys, Cloe fails to make a lasting impression. She's the pretty girl who always needs to be rescued. Riley himself is a mass of contradictions. At his age, he should be. But Riley's torn between hating violence and enjoying it. He kills, maims and tortures people only when he deems it necessary, but he performs these deeds inventively.

Mason's writing style lacks finesse. He does, however, have an attention-grabbing story to tell, and despite the need for linguistic belt-tightening, he catches the reader immediately and doesn't let go until the end of the book. Religion obviously plays a great part in this book, but Mason's approach avoids proselytizing.

A major lack of restraint, though, is found in the narrative's lack of sensitivity to human pain. This insensitivity is a major drawback to "Riley: Eye in the City." Mason uses slavery, prostitution, rape and child abuse as convenient plot devices, and behind the narrative's casual violence, the actual story gets lost.

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"The Beaded Tapestry" by Elisa Weeber
Reviewed by Karen Shibuya (karen.shibuya@usa.net)
Publisher: Internet Book Company
Format: Electronic
ISBN: 1-930739-09-5
Rating: * star
http://www.Internetbookco.com/ASP/sec_lst.asp?id=63

Ellyna foretells the future by means of weaving tapestries. Not a popular means of divination in the kingdom, she lives modestly until the king's advisors mysteriously begin to lose their powers or die.

Ellyna receives a summons by the king to foresee the prince's future, and in doing so, she becomes drawn into a web of intrigue and deceit. When strange creatures kidnap her apprentice, she and the king must not only find Paige but destroy the evil that threatens them all.

"The Beaded Tapestry" is a straightforward story, with little in the way of subplots, twists or turns. The story's foreshadowing feels heavy-handed, early revealing any potential surprises, and the villain of this story is glaringly obvious. Often, whatever plot twists that exist come about because of bad judgment on the part of the characters.

Too much exposition takes place in the past, so the characters only parrot the information to the reader. The plot's climax is particularly uninspired, and the remaining chapters only exist to weakly tie up loose ends.

Ellyna and the cast of supporting characters are shallowly drawn and heavily dependent upon dialogue, rather than action. Emotions are told, rather than demonstrated, and lack authenticity. The dialogue reads stiffly, and there is little change in voice between Ellyna, the king or the prince, so that it becomes difficult to determine who is speaking without prompts. The addition of a dragon to the cast of characters had potential but ended up being superfluous, only existing to mark this novel as fantasy.

Elisa Weeber's writing also comes across as stiff and forced at times. Her paragraphs are long to the point of being difficult to read, and words are frequently repeated. Worse yet, the descriptions and dialogue mirror each
other, so that the reader often receives the same information twice.

Weeber pads paragraphs and sometimes whole chapters, giving the reader information not integral to the plot. While some of this could be written off as "world building," much of it delves into what Ellyna eats or when she goes to bed.

While there is some merit to this story -- the idea of divination through weaving is an interesting one -- overall, not much recommends this book. This is one "Tapestry" that's been too loosely woven.

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"Facelift" by J.C. Canon
Reviewed by Tina Casalino (tinacasa@excite.com)
Publisher: Internet Book Company
Format: Electronic
ISBN: 1-930739-08-7
Rating: * * * stars
http://www.Internetbookco.com/ASP/sec_lst.asp?id=60

Chesterfield Belton Oldenberger is close to 55 years old, and he is feeling apprehensive about getting older. The first part of "Facelift" details Chesterfield's inner feelings, his dwellings on aging and what it would be like if he were to go through the process of getting a facelift.

Then, in a sudden turn of events, Chesterfield transitions from dwelling on his age to boarding a Delta airplane to Vienna -- for the same price of a facelift -- he reminds himself. It is this section of the book where the story starts to turn and the meat of the plot begins.

On the flight, Chesterfield meets Lisa Marie Chin, a gorgeous, younger woman of Asian descent. After a passenger becomes sick on the plane, and Chesterfield and Lisa take care of him, they grow close and agree to meet for dinner. Chesterfield is drawn to her physically, and is intrigued by her soft Texan drawl. But as he is about to find out, his attraction to her is going to cost him.

Lisa Marie is not who she pretends to be. She is actually a Chinese spy. Chesterfield is then followed by the C.I.A. who want to question him about his association with her. After a whirlwind of events, Chesterfield is finally able to make it out of Vienna and back to the U.S., where he reflects on his adventure and realizes the facelift was trivial. In retrospect, he comes to the conclusion that it's not how you look, it's how you live -- a great moral to end the story.

I found the humor in "Facelift" to be extremely well-written. Each chapter had a wacky and creative title, which only added depth to the forthcoming pages of text. In addition, the well-crafted one liners used for Chesterfield's inner thoughts were very humorous and will have readers laughing out loud.

Overall, "Facelift" had few flaws and was fast-paced and amusing. If I had to point out one flaw, I would just say the story is too short. With all the humor layered inside this narrative, it could easily have kept going while keeping readers laughing for a long time to come. If you're looking to read a book with a mysterious plot, suspenseful action and humorous dialogue, Jay C. Canon's "Facelift" is a terrific and amusing read.

 

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WEEKLY SURVEY

Make your opinions count. The survey for this week is now on our Web site. Visit http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Survey.html. This week's topic: Ergonomics. Sitting in front of a computer for hours may cause serious health problems. Have you taken some precautions by investing in ergonomic products?

Choices:

* Yes
* No
* Other

Comments are always welcome. All letters are subject to editing. Once you've made your vote, simply send your opinions about the survey question to Editor@inscriptionsmagazine.com with the subject heading "Survey." If you cannot respond to the survey on the Web, you can also send it in e-mail and your vote will be added.

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LAST WEEK'S SURVEY: Writing Classes. As a professional writer, do you continue to take classes to hone your writing skills?

Results:

Yes -- 67%
No -- 24%
Other -- 8%

Total: 112 votes

Comments:

YES

"Yes, I do. I'll never know what I do best if I don't try different genres. Another consideration is that there are changes in the market's expectations, and to be on the cutting edge, I'd have to keep learning. This is especially important because I teach writing classes and speak at writers' conferences. Of course, another reason I continue to learn is that I'm a perennial student, always looking to learn more about anything." --Betty Rosian (BLRosian@aol.com)

"I would take classes that are very specific instead of one covering a wide area like 'Writing Nonfiction.' I'd be more interested in something like 'Writing Craft Articles' and the like. The shorter and crisper, the better -- there's always so much in the world to read (and write of course)!" --Hasmita Chander (hasmita@yahoo.com)

"Yes, I do, or else I would not be reading Inscriptions or responding to this survey. It is the height of foolishness to think that a writer has hit his stride and needs no further refinement of skills or abilities. Beyond that, learning new marketing techniques to sell what you create is also a beneficial pursuit of knowledge." --Rick Stivers (rickathome@alltel.net)

"Yes, but writing classes help mostly with the technical aspects of writing. Dedication, persistence and patience, along with an open mind and a willingness to fail greatly, all contribute equally to help improve writing skills." --jan@independentsongwriter.com

"Whenever possible. I love taking classes but have no time these days. I'm always amazed that most things are geared to beginners trying to be published. Writing in class is fun, it's a wonderful way to hone your skills." --WriteBites@aol.com

"Yes. Learning is a life-long process, and so is writing. Attending writing classes once in a while (i.e. every three or six months) is a definite yes to me. In fact, I will be returning to university this coming June for my masters degree. It will involve a lot of writing and will certainly put me in the company of other writers and communicators." --Shery Ma Belle Arrieta (iamshery@msc.net.ph)

 

NO

"No, I think writing classes simply produce like minds and like prose. What good writers do you know of who ever took such a class? I cannot think of one. Imagine Hemingway or Jeffers sitting in such a class. Sure there are thousands of average Joe writers who have ... and maybe that supports the point I'm making." --G. Tod Slone (Enmarge@aol.com)

"I don't take writing courses. To be honest, I never did. I learned by the seat of my pants and, with much luck and perseverance, have managed to build a successful, 34-year career. I am not opposed to writing classes; in fact, I applaud them and plan to beginning teaching writing again when I complete my three book series on freelance writing." --Bobbi Linkemer (bobolink@inlink.com)

"I just don't have the money or the time to. I try to slip in writing classes among my other college courses, but my major is psych, and I still haven't taken a lot of the 'must takes.' I will, of course, be minoring in journalism, so I'll be taking some more soon. Other than that, I just read, read, read." --Bittercat@netzero.net

"As a professional writer, facing constant deadlines, I don't have the time to take writing classes. I do read the trades and visit my favorite online writing sites on a regular basis." --Mary Mendoza (mmendoza@localaccess.com)

 

OTHER

"I don't take writing classes, however, whenever I can get a class on fashion merchandising, technology or another subject I cover, I take it. I attend a lot of trade shows (COMDEX, CES, MAGIC, Interop+Networld, etc.), and try to attend seminars offered at each of those." --Betty Johnson (bjohnson@lvcm.com)

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, WRC Writing Employment Center (http://www.poewar.com/jobs/), Media Bistro (http://www.mediabistro.com), dotJournalism (http://www.journalism.co.uk/listsub.htm), HWG-Jobs (http://www.hwg.org/lists/hwg-jobs), Journalism Jobs (http://www.journalismjobs.com), Funds For Writers (http://www.egroups.com/community/FundsforWriters), the Free Content mailing list (http://www.egroups.com/community/Free-Content), Inklings (http://www.inkspot.com/inklings), Jim Romenesko's MediaNews (http://www.poynter.org/medianews/) and various subscriber contributions. Thank you all for putting out such great information.

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