Vol. 4 Issue 6
February 5, 2001
ISSN: 1522-3728

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~Editor's Note
~Quote of the Week
~Article -- Gaming With a Lejend: An Interview With Gary Gygax by Jade Walker
~Article -- Fiction Craft Column: Conflict by Robert Ferrier
~Inscriptions Conspiracy Contest
~Inscriptions Bad Poetry Contest
~Publishing News and Notes
~Humor -- The Guilt of Parenthood by Joyce Jace
~Job Opportunities
~Link of the Week
~Book Reviews -- "Stealing Shadows" by Kay Hooper, "The Heretic" by Jason K. Chapman, "Piedmont Stubble" by Neca Stoller, "Polymer Clay Tips & Secrets Every Crafter Should Know" by Eugene Boone and "Adventure Guide to the Yucatan" by Bruce and June Conord
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ARTICLE -- Gaming With a Lejend: An Interview With Gary Gygax
By Jade Walker (MaidenFate@aol.com)

Gary Gygax has one of the coolest jobs in the world. He gets to play games for a living. When he tires of the current games on the market, he simply writes new ones.

Thirty years ago, Gygax designed Dungeons & Dragons (http://www.wizards.com/dnd/), the first role playing game. That little manuscript went on to affect millions of people, and generated an entire industry of role playing games.

Gygax has since left D&D behind, and now he fills his time with a new game -- the Lejendary Adventure fantasy role playing game (http://www.gygax.com/LegendaryAdventureFRPG/index.html). He's launching Lejends Magazine in April 2001, and in his "spare" time, he's writing companion fantasy novels for the Lejendary system.

Inscriptions: You have an excellent reputation for creating brand new role playing games, the latest being the Lejendary Adventure RPG. What is your favorite part of this process -- designing the game, play-testing it or creating adventures?

Gary Gygax: Doing the game itself, design, conceptualizing and then writing the game is probably the most fun. Writing an adventure is so much work because you have to not only make sure you don't change something in the game you've written, but you also need to quantify everything. You can't assume the reader will be able to make up things on the spot.

The amount of work required in writing an adventure scenario is really the most demanding part. The most fun part of all, and something I'm looking forward to doing in the future when I've done all the game rule adventure work needed, is simply to write fiction on the game. To take the environment, the fantasy world setting, and then make it come alive for readers.

Inscriptions: Everyone has heard of Dungeons & Dragons. Has it been difficult to connect people with the new game?

Gygax: We were at GenCon (http://www.wizards.com/gencon/2001/) last year and we had a teeny booth, of course. When I ran my adventures for the Lejendary Adventure RPG, the play test, I filled my table and then some. And yet, the RPG hobby game field is a niche market. So we've got a market of 3 to 4 million people.

It's small and overcrowded with RPG publishers. It's difficult to get recognition, even with the Gygax name on it. I'm competing with my own former product. There are lots of people who are dedicated to the D&D game in one form or another, and we're struggling to get the name recognition.

Inscriptions: Tell us more about this new game.

Gygax: Lejendary Adventure is a RPG system. The current material is all based on fantasy. We will, as we're able to, come out with genre supplements so that you can add in. We've got one for a fantastic science genre, which is a game set in a parallel universe where the history of Earth, and therefore the whole solar system, changed with the discovery of engines that would allow anti-gravity based on magnetism. The time line of this Earth altered back in the 1600s and so all history changed. Eventually it enabled space travel very soon, and so the whole solar system is now filled with humans. We'll also do supplements based on science fiction, horror, etc.

Inscriptions: Where did your love of writing and story-telling begin?

Gygax: I've loved stories ever since I was told bedtime stories by my father and read to by my mother. Once I actually started to read on my own, I'd read a book or two a day. At one time, I was reading a book in grammar school, and I was reading about 550 words a minute with really good comprehension. But that was simply because I discovered the pulp books. I couldn't read 'em fast enough. I'd buy them at the used book store for about a dime a piece. That was pretty cheap back then. I'd say I've read everything in sci fi from 1940 to 1955.

Of course, I also read Poe and Twain, a little of Balsac and whatever else was around. History books too, and once I did, I said whoa, particularly the ones about Attila the Hun and Ghengis Khan. My grandfather had a set of the Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition. So I would just sit down and look things up for school and find something interesting and start to read it.

I really first started seriously writing in the '60s when I got involved in board war games and military miniatures. I would do game reviews and articles on games and historical book works and things like that. I did it because I loved the games and found out I could write.

Inscriptions: How did you break into the writing business?

Gygax: Ted Pauls used to have a little magazine called Kipple. I was often published in that. L. Sprague de Camp and Jack Chalker were writing for the magazine, sending in comments and letters. Jerry Pournell was another one that used to be writing in those little gaming and history and sci fi magazines -- just writing letters of comments to the editor. I wrote so many of those for all these small fanzines and semi pro zines, and then I worked my way up to doing games. I wrote lots of military miniatures and a couple board games before D&D.

Inscriptions: Tell us the history of Dungeons & Dragons. Where did it all begin?

Gygax: I wrote it in 1972, and it was a 50 page manuscript. I sent it around to a bunch of my chums that also liked sci fi and they said whoa and started bombarding me with questions and phone calls and letters. In 1973, I expanded that treatment to a 150-page manuscript and sent that around.

Inscriptions: And that's when you joined forces with Don Kaye to form Tactical Studies Rules (TSR). What happened next?

Gygax: In Jan. '74, we published the first D&D boxed set. The first run was about 1,000 sets and then 10 months later 2,000 more. It came in wood-grained boxes and they're now going for $2,000 a pop. I don't even have one.

Anyway, it took us about 10 months to sell 1,000. But there were probably at least 10 times that many players, growing exponentially, most of whom were college students. A box set cost $10 back in '74, which was a lot of money, so they'd have photo copies running.

Next we sold 2,000 in five months or less. But even at that time, I didn't think we'd reach an audience of 50,000 people. I thought the people who would be interested would be the historical game fans. At the height of when the game was being played, I would guess between 6 and 8 million players in North America were playing, and that was back in 1981-84.

Inscriptions: Of course, in the '80s, there was that big to do about D&D affecting kids, and leading to them to committing suicide. What was your reaction to these claims?

Gygax: I was absolutely astonished because it was clearly an unfounded claim, one that was cynically made in order to simply promote the individual. It's like attacking rock music and the things that are currently vogue just so they can get the media's spotlight.

We did a "60 Minutes" interview in which Ed Bradley pulled out a newspaper that blamed the game for the suicides of these boys. Later, two of the mothers of the boys who had committed suicide wrote letters to me saying it isn't true. I sent those letters to "60 Minutes" and demanded a retraction and they refused.

Inscriptions: Your background books for RPGs are incredibly detailed. What kind of research is involved in writing these?

Gygax: That's the most exhausting and time-consuming part of it. Right now, I would gladly stand up and say that I'm probably an expert on the form of pole arms and what they are used for. I went to England and looked at the armories and I've read most of the books out dealing with the sword, arms and armor. I've read books on weapons used in the medieval period.

I've read exhaustively that original set of encyclopedias to get information on countries so that I could then project backwards as to what every day life in the medieval world would be. And then combined with authored fantasy works and books of mythology, legend and fable and books of fairy tales, I'd try to craft a world or a source book on something that is linked historically to what would be a similar period, yet have fantasy elements in it.

Inscriptions: RPGs today come in a variety of formats -- strictly role playing, dice games, card games, etc. Which type do you personally favor and why?

Gygax: To me, the story is only a part of the game. If you don't have the action in there, too much story means that all you're doing is giving the player a part that they have to act according to the story. I think "story creating" is really what the RPG is about.

I like a RPG system, and I hope the Lejendary Adventure system is that, but you can mix and match and hopefully have a balance in there so that you're actually doing improvisational-type theatre. There's strategy, there are economics in it, there's politics and intrigue where you're thinking and planning things that might involve constructing things and having a business.

The beauty of the game, to my mind, is that you can play it with a focus on any of these facets or any mix you want. It doesn't have to be just presenting a play. It doesn't have to be an endless series of combats with everything else considered downtime. Do a little plotting. Do a little planning. Do some oration. Become involved in conversations or arguments or dispute in the game.

The highlight might be tricking someone into agreeing with you, or it might be having the combat with the villain after all. I think it's so much more than people who just say we're telling a story. What it really is is a wonderful panorama of things and you're in this environment and creating a story. It can be a comedy or a tragedy or a drama. Whatever we can combine to do.

Inscriptions: What's the major difference between the old D&D system you created and the new Lejendary Adventure system?

Gygax: D&D is a game much more oriented toward action, rapid character advancement and a lot of combat. Lejendary Adventures is one where you have less emphasis on that. It's a more rounded game that requires the game master and the players to be a little more creative. It isn't simply a matter of locating something and killing it.

Inscriptions: Do you intend to start writing video game RPGs?

Gygax: I will assist on that. Before I wrote Lejendary Adventure material in '95, we had three deals cut and had advance money for computer role playing games. One ended because of litigation with TSR. One never saw production. The CEO left and the new one wanted to change the terms of the contract.

The third one, we optioned it. They flew me out to San Francisco to work with a programmer for three weeks. Then flew the programmer and his team and my team to L.A. for a presentation. We got a call about a week later that said "this is it. We love it." And two days later, their subsidiary was sold so everything not already in production was canned. So I went back to paper games.

I have an agent who is seeking to license the Lejendary Adventure games system for use online as a massive multiplayer engine and/or computer game. So we are working on that but it takes a while.

Inscriptions: Did you have any involvement with the new D&D movie (http://www.seednd.com)? Have you seen the movie? Was it what you imagined?

Gygax: There were so many things wrong with it. If you look at each of the component parts, each one of them was not up to par. In all, I think it was a good, enjoyable film despite the glaring flaws in so many of its parts. The whole thing came together.

When I walked out of the theater, I shook my head and said, that was a fast couple of hours. My attention was on screen for far more of that movie. This is a good grade-B movie. It was a fun experience. It wasn't D&D but it was a good fantasy film based on D&D. I hope the lessons learned from the first film will be seen when the sequel comes out.

Inscriptions: Were you approached by the people who made this film?

Gygax: No. However, Flint Dille and I put together a 60 page script and the rest was all plotted out, back in '74. I approached Orson Welles, had a lunch meeting with Orson, and gave him the material to read and said we'd like to sell this as a TV series or as a motion picture. He said it was much too good for TV -- it had to be a major motion picture -- and he would be delighted to play the main supporting role of the villain.

The script was a fantasy film based on the World of Greyhawke. It would then go into other worlds, other genres, as the two competing protagonists sought to find the parts of this thing that Orson's character wanted and had hired them to find. I approached Edgar Gross, we did lunch out in L.A., and he took the material and read it and said this is something. In the end, though, problems at TSR forced me back from L.A. to Wisconsin.

I was never approached by the new filmmakers. However, when they get to making the sequel, I would be more than happy to revive that old script.

The Creative World of Gary Gygax (http://www.gygax.com)



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ARTICLE -- Fiction Craft Column: Conflict
By Robert Ferrier (ferrier@telepath.com)

Want to hook readers? Write compelling scenes.

Last month we covered the first element of a scene: Goal. The second element is conflict.

What grips readers? Tension. After discovering the character's story quest and the scene's goal, readers want to experience a good fight. That's why conflict hogs 95% of a scene.

The definition of conflict: opposition to the character's scene goal.

Elements of Conflict:

1. Opposition happens moment-by-moment, in the character's viewpoint, leaving nothing out.

2. Action is portrayed by stimulus-response, give-and-take.

3. Character and opposition contest each other.

In my novel, "The Witchery Way," Josh Wade has fallen into a rattlesnake pit. His scene goal: escape the pit and save his girlfriend, Amy.

Josh pulled the knife and stuck it into the side of the pit, but the soil was too soft to take any weight.

The rattlers drowned out everything, and he felt them slithering over his boots. Ish Maytubby's corpse flashed through his mind.

He looked up and saw Amy's face. Trace Gottschalk was holding her.

He wore the black hat with the conch shell band. Amy was bound by the wrists and gagged, her eyes wild with terror as she looked into the pit.

Josh reversed the knife in his hand, judging his chances of throwing without hitting Amy.

Trace smiled, holding Amy with his left arm and leveling his rifle on Josh with the right. "Won't work. Just drop it down with the snakes."

Josh paused, measuring the throw.

"Drop it! Or I'll shoot you in the knees and put you down with them."

Josh let go of the knife. The rattling grew louder, and he felt one of the snakes coiling around his ankle. He prayed that the itse would buy him a few seconds.

Trace said, "You're too predictable, Railroad Boy. So is she." He looked at Amy.

Her eyes darted, and she struggled, trying to free herself. She was making a fight of it.

Trace jerked her back against him. "Hold still!" He looked down at Josh.

"You've got guts; never thought you could take One Eye."

"Let Amy go. She not part of this."

Trace laughed. "After what she's seen?" His eyes went flat. "She's going to be down there with you." He smiled, looking down at Josh's leg. "That big one is climbing past your boot. Let's stir them up with another customer." He shoved Amy toward the mouth of the pit.

Avoid Common Mistakes

1. Confusing bad luck or adversity with true conflict -- a give-and-take struggle between story people with opposing goals.

2. Failing to increase the stakes of scenes as the story unfolds.

3. Forgetting to increase the challenges to the character with each new scene.

Write true conflict in your scenes and you'll hook readers into turning pages.

Next month: Ending a scene.

©2001 Robert Ferrier



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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.


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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.



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



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

The Electronic Book Newsstand Association (http://www.ebna.org), an organization that seeks to raise publisher and consumer awareness of e-reader devices as platforms for distributing news and information, has debuted.

PC Magazine (http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/) launched "Internet Pro," a monthly section designed to address the issues and needs of Internet developers.

E-Genre (http://e-genre.tripod.com/index.html), a newsletter focusing on genre e-publishing, has premiered.

Linda Formichelli debuted Review Copy Helper (http://www.twowriters.net/reviewcopies.html), a Web site listing publisher contact information for book reviewers.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (http://www.sun-sentinel.com) launched City Shore, an upscale glossy magazine.

Writing Up A Storm (http://www.egroups.com/group/WritingUpAStorm), a monthly newsletter providing links, job information and a market spotlight, has premiered.

The Beginner Writer (http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/The_Beginner_Writer), an e-zine for beginner writers featuring articles, writing prompts, achievements, questions and answers, has debuted.

The Jornal de Angola (http://www.jornaldeangola.com) has premiered its Web version.

LivingRoom (http://www.livingroommag.com), a home magazine geared toward no-nonsense nesters, recently debuted. The next issue will be published in June.

The Big Word, an online magazine for busy college students, has launched.

Yahoo! recently premiered its online film listing, The Yahoo! Movies Online Shorts Directory (http://movies.yahoo.com/shorts).

Net Writer (http://netwriter.terrashare.com), a Web site and monthly e-zine for writers who publish electronically, has debuted.


~Publishing Industry Changes

The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com) has sold its golf magazines to Advance Publications, Inc. for an undisclosed amount. AP will own the rights to Golf Digest, Golf Digest Woman, Golf World, Golf World Business and GolfDigest.com (http://www.GolfDigest.com).

Allure (http://www.allure.com) will launch its Web version at the end of February.

Strange Horizons (http://www.strangehorizons.com) has raised its pay rates. The site will now offer $.04/word for fiction, $25/article, $20/review, $20/poem and $75/illustration.

ZENtertainment (http://www.zentertainment.com) has switched from a twice a week schedule to a weekly format.

CNNfn (http://cnnfn.cnn.com) plans to change its name to CNN Money.

Jeff Sabatini is the new associate editor of AutoWeek Magazine (http://www.autoweek.com).

Shift Magazine (http://www.shift.com) has been purchased by Multi-Vision Publishing, and plans to hire a new staff. The Web site will relaunch in the spring.

The New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com) will launch its Web version at the end of February.

The International eBook Award Foundation (http://www.iebaf.org) has issued new criteria for its Frankfurt eBook Awards. This year, the foundation will offer two $50,000 grand prizes, one for fiction and one for nonfiction. $10,000 prizes will also be offered for Best Fiction eBook, Best Nonfiction eBook and Best eBook Technology. To submit nominations, publishers must have created at least 10 print or electronic books in the past year. Nominations are being accepted in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish, but to receive the grand prize, the winning book must offer "technical enhancements that distinguish it from a paper book."


~Publishing-Related Mailing Lists/E-zines

Classic Novels - In 5 Minutes a Day! (http://www.topica.com/lists/classicnovels) is a mailing list dedicated to providing some of the finest pieces of classic literature in the world, in a convenient, easy-to-digest format. Each week day, subscribers will receive a serialized installment of the current novel via e-mail. All of the e-books are in the public domain, and run an average of four to six weeks.

WordWeb Creative Writer's Newsletter (http://www.egroups.com/community/WordWeb) is a monthly publication offering hands-on writing-related articles, writing activities and tips.

CastleTowers (http://www.topica.com/lists/CastleTowers) is a mailing list for those who write young adult novels, short stories and poems.

Starpoet Newletter (http://www.topica.com/lists/starpoet) is a publication offering erotic poetry and short stories written by Starpoet (a.k.a. L.J. Thompson).

Publishnprint (http://www.topica.com/lists/publishnprint) is a monthly newsletter for the writer, poet, reader and lover of the arts.


~Legal News

A 15-year-old Singaporean girl has refused to turn over the domain name, harrypotternetwork.net, to Time Warner Entertainment and Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, despite the threat of legal action. Christie Chan said she has complied with most of Time Warner's other requests. Time Warner also asked Chan to remove Harry Potter images from her site and/or credit them to Time Warner.



Gordon Anderson, veteran reporter and author, died. Cause of death was not released. He was 68. Anderson spent more than 20 years with The Bakersfield Californian, and wrote a weekly sports column during football season. He later wrote the book, "Without Mercy."

Gordon R. Dickson, science fiction author, died. Cause of death was not released. He was 77. Dickson was beyond prolific, writing more than 80 novels and publishing many short stories. Best known for his Childe Cycle series of novels, he was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2000. Dickson was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1969 to 1971, and won three Hugos and a Nebula.

Candida Donadio, literary agent, died of cancer. She was 71. Donadio worked with Joseph Heller, Thomas Pynchon and Mario Puzo. Her first sale was Heller's book, "Catch 18," which was later renamed, "Catch 22." The number 22 was chosen to reflect Donadio's birthday.

Bill Foley, veteran reporter, columnist and editor for The Florida Times-Union, died of cancer. He was 62. Foley, who was best known for writing historical essays, spent more than four decades with the Times-Union. His book, "The Great Fire of 1901," is scheduled for publication in May.

Edmund Maybank Fuller, author and literary critic for The Wall Street Journal, died. Cause of death was not released. He was 86. Fuller spent more than 30 years reviewing for The Journal.



The seminar, "Writing For Advertising and Multi-Media," will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th in Portland, Ore. Guest speakers will be Katherine Stevens and John Malarkey. Cost is $10. For more information, e-mail (wilwrite@willamettewriters.com).

The Worldwide Web Artists Consortium Writers SIG will feature the discussion, "Syndicating Your Content Online," at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Lubin House of Syracuse University, 11 E. 61st St. in New York City, N.Y. Guest speakers will include Mary Jo Fahey, Rachel Dicker, David Wallis, Patrick Thomas, Alexandria Brown, John Gallagher and Shawn McIntosh. Cost is free. For more information, contact Robin Schatz (rdschatz@aol.com) or Marc Perton (marc@perton.com).

"An Evening of African American Writers," sponsored by the Alexandria Black History Resource Center, the African-American Writers Guild and BlackWords, will take place at 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St. in Alexandria, Va. Guest speakers will be Patricia Elam, Nina Foxx, Tracy Grant, Gaye Newton, Kwame Alexander and Adjoa Burrows. For more information, e-mail (blackwords@juno.com).

The International Women's Writing Guild's Florida Conference (http://www.iwwg.com) on "Writing With the Elements of Life," will be held at 9 a.m. on Feb. 10 at the Palladium's Great Hall, 253 Fifth Avenue North in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cost is $70 for members and $80 for non-members. For more information, e-mail (dirhahn@aol.com).

Maralys Wills will discuss "Critique Groups for New Writers" at 10 a.m. on Feb. 10 at the Orange County Branch of the California Writers Club meeting, Downey Savings & Loan, 201 W. Bastanchury in Fullerton, Calif. Cost is free. For more information, call (714) 525-2988.

Literary agent Cherry Weiner will speak at 12 p.m. on Feb. 10 during the Garden State Horror Writers meeting at Monmouth County Library on Symmes Drive, off Route 9 in Monmouth, N.J. Weiner has represented Lynda Robinson, Diann Thornley, Gael Baudino and Jack Ballas. For more information, call (609) 443-3438.

The Left Coast Crime Convention 2001 (http://www.lcc2001.com), hosted by Alaska Sisters in Crime, will be held Feb. 15-18 in Anchorage, Alaska. The conference theme is "Death Below Zero, or How to Track Down a Murderer When Your Nose is Cold and So Is The Trail." Attending authors include Rhys Bowen, Jan Burke, Meg Chittenden, Diana Gabaldon, Vicki Hendricks, JA Jance, Ed Mitchell and Ridley Pearson. Cost is $100 on the day of the conference. For more information, e-mail Rhonda Sleighter (rsleighter@micronet.net).


~Writers Needing Input

Angie Mangino (ArnyMag@aol.com) is writing a book on Tottenville's rich history, one of New York City's least documented towns. The last major work devoted to the town was a book published in 1950 by a resident; however, this work only chronicled the town until the year 1898. Mangino is seeking any comments, facts and reminiscences of Tottenville (http://www.geocities.com/tottenville10307) between 1989 and 1998.

Jean Lawson (JLawson@ag.org) is writing a piece on stress and stress management. Please e-mail if you can answer these questions:

1. What are the causes of stress in your life?
2. What signs or symptoms do you experience that let you know stress is building?
3. What have you found to be helpful in managing stress?

Jodi Brandon (jbedit@yahoo.com) is looking to interview women who have traveled with their mothers or adult daughters.

Sara Berniker (berniker@juno.com) is writing a novel set in Portland, Ore. in which two of the characters are addicted to crystal meth (the smokable form of methamphetamine that's also known as "ice"). She's looking for input from people who have any experience with the drug. That includes addicts, those in recovery, family members/friends, doctors, etc. Confidentiality will be respected. Berniker is not looking to include case studies or personal histories in the book, however, she'd like to get a better sense of how her characters should behave.

Judy Calheiros (judycalheiros@in-box.net) is writing an article about online relationships (met through chat, personal ad or other means) and would like to talk to people who have had or are involved in an online relationship. Names can be kept strictly confidential, if desired.


~Informed Caution

Latino.com (http://www.Latino.com) laid off most of its staff.

The Walt Disney Company (http://www.disney.com) announced plans to dump the Go.com (http://www.go.com) portal. About 400 employees will be laid off and the Sunnyvale, Calif. office will close.

Protesters entered The Frontier Post newspaper office in Pakistan last week, ransacked the place and burned its printing press. The newspaper was shut down and six staff members were arrested by authorities for allegedly publishing a letter about Islamic Prophet Mohammad.

Xlibris (http://www.xlibris.com) laid off 10 staff members, or about 10% of its staff.

Amazon.com (http://www.Amazon.com) plans to lay off 1,300 people or 15% of its staff, and close its operation centers in McDonough, Ga. and Seattle, Wash. Although the Seattle center was the location of a newborn union organization, the company's officials say the movement was not a factor in its restructuring plans.

Epinions (http://www.Epinions.com) laid off 24 employees, or 27% of its staff.

Gamers.com (http://www.Gamers.com) laid off its entire editorial staff.

The Christian Outreach College in Queensland, Australia recently banned the J.K. Rowling Harry Potter series. School officials said the books are violent and dangerous. Both parents' groups and academics criticized the decision.

Active.com (http://www.Active.com) laid off 35 employees and closed its offices in Westminster, Colo. and Atlanta, Ga.


~Dead Publications/Publishers

Pathway to Darkness (http://www.pathwaytodarkeness.com) has closed.

Errata (http://www.sfgoth.com/errata) is no longer publishing.


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~Award Winners

The 2001 Dorothy Parker Awards for Excellence were recently given by the Reviewers' International Organization (http://www.geocities.com/bookreviewers/index.html). The winners were:

* Historical Romance - "The Seduction" by Nicole Jordan Ivy
* Contemporary Romance - "Seventh Heaven" by Catherine Anderson
* Paranormal Romance -- "Out of the Shadows" by Kay Hooper
* Debut -- "By Arrangement" by Madeline Hunter
* Short Contemporary Romance -- "A Man Like Mac" by Fay Robinson
* Inspirational Romance -- "The Negotiator" by Dee Henderson
* Short Historical Romance -- "The Marrying Man" by Millie Criswell
* Suspense -- "Mr. Perfect" by Linda Howard
* Missed Gems -- "Absolute Trouble" by Michele Jerott
* Classic Romance -- "Dragonwyck" by Anya Seton and "Skye O'Malley" by Bertrice Small

Philip José Farmer was chosen as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's 2001 Grand Master. Previous Grand Masters include Robert A. Heinlein, L. Sprague de Camp, Fritz Leiber, Andre Norton, Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov.

Screenwriter/director Ernest Lehman will receive the honorary Academy Award from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at this year's Oscars ceremony. The award is given for "exceptional distinction in the making of motion pictures or for outstanding service to the Academy." Lehman has been nominated six times for Academy Awards, including four times for Best Screenplay. He wrote the classic films "Sabrina," "North by Northwest" and "West Side Story."

Karin Lowachee is the winner of the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest. Lowachee wrote the science fiction novel, "Warchild," which is scheduled for publication in Feb. 2002.

Fred Pachter's story, "The Visitation," won the Tudor England Ghost Story Contest on the Tudor England section of Suite 101 (http://www.suite101.com/topic_page.cfm/6820/2361).


~Book Signings and Author Appearances

Chester Higgins Jr. will sign copies of his book, "Elder Grace," at 1 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Brooklyn Court House, 360 Adams St. in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dennis Lehane will sign copies of his book, "Mystic River," at 5 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Clues Unlimited, 123 S. Eastbourne, Broadway Village in Tucson, Ariz. For more information, e-mail (Clues@azstarnet.com). Lehane will also sign books at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, Calif. For more information, call (626) 449-5320.

Michael Connelly and George Pelecanos will sign copies of their books at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, Calif. For more information, call (626) 449-5320.

Michael Connelly will sign copies of his book, "A Darkness More Than Night," at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Borders Books & Music, 1360 Westwood Blvd. in Westwood, Calif. For more information, call (310) 475-3444. Connelly will appear at 1 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Barnes and Noble, 1149 S. Main St. in Walnut Creek, Calif. For more information, call (925) 947-0373. He will also sign books at 12 p.m. on Feb. 13 at Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St. in Seattle, Wash. For more information, e-mail (staff@seattlemystery.com).

David Kessler will sign copies of his book, "Question of Intent," at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Borders Books & Music, 11301 Rockville Pike in Kensington, Md. For more information, call (301) 816-1067.

Nancy J. Cohen will sign copies of her book, "Bad Hair Day," at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Borders, 2240 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For more information, call (954) 630-0953.

Gail Godwin will sign copies of her book, "Heart," at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Borders Books & Music, 1201 Hayes St. in Arlington, Va. For more information, call (703) 418-0166.

Terry McMillian will sign copies of her book, "A Day Late and a Dollar Short," at 1 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Costco, 3560 West Century Blvd. in Inglewood, Calif. You must be a Costco member to attend. For more information, e-mail Kristen Bloomquist (kristenb@advmkt.com).

M.J. Rose (http://www.mjrose.com) will sign copies of her book, "In Fidelity," at 1 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Borders Book Shop, 1041 High Ridge Road in Stamford, Conn. For more information, call (203) 968-9700.

Cara Black (http://www.sohopress.com/belleville.html) will sign copies of her book, "Murder in the Marais," at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Waldenbooks, 256 Southland Mall in Hayward, Calif. For more information, call (510) 783-3722.

Jayne Ann Krentz will sign copies of her book, "Lost and Found" at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 at the Vero Beach Book Center, 2145 Indian River Blvd. in Vero Beach, Fla. For more information, e-mail (publicity@verobooks.com).

Pat LaFontaine will sign copies of his book, "Companions in Courage," at 8 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Book Revue, 313 New York Ave. in Huntington, N.Y. For more information, e-mail Tamathajane Nagle (tammyrevue@aol.com).

Richard Lewis will sign copies of his book, "The Other Great Depression," at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Barnes and Noble, 1201 3rd St. in Santa Monica, Calif. For more information, call (310) 260-9110.

Lorenzo Carcaterra will sign copies of his book, "Gangster," at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13 at Barnes & Noble, 1972 Broadway in New York City, N.Y.

Dr. Eric Maisel will sign copies of his book, "Sleep Thinking," at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at Barnes & Noble, 1149 South Main St. in Walnut Creek, Calif. For more information, call (925) 280-0673.


~Published Articles, Stories, Poems and Interviews

Wendy Dunn (peterpan&wendy@labyrinth.net.au) published part three of the story, "Catherine, Beloved Queen," in the Tudor England section of Suite 101 (http://suite101.com/article.cfm/tudor/58074).

Bill Harris (http://facilitatedsystems.com) published the article, "Zealot Profile: Carly S. Fiorina," in issue 22 of Strategy+Business (http://www.strategy-business.com/zealotprofile/01127/).

Don Vasicek (dvasicek@earthlink.net) published the columns, "Page 30 to Page 45" and "Page 45 to Page 60," on Themestream (http://themestream.com/articles/4840.html).

Karen Wiesner (kwiesner@cuttingedge.net) published the column, "Women of E-publishing" on Inkspot (http://www.inkspot.com/karen). It includes comments from Connie Crow, Diana Gabaldon, Pauline Baird Jones, Lindsay McKenna, Leta Nolan Childers, Patricia White and Jane Toombs.

G. Durant Haire (gdhaire@lycos.com) published the story, "From Deserted Depths," on Sinister Element (http://www.sinisterelement.com).

Faith L. Justice (http://pages.prodigy.net/fljustice/) published an extensive retrospective of Ursula K. Le Guin's life and work in the People/Brilliant Careers section of Salon.com (http://www.salon.com/people/bc/2001/01/23/le_guin/index.html).

Conny Bryceland (CLuciano@aol.com) published the articles, "The Writing Life -- Patience and a Thick Skin" (http://www.roadtoromance.dhs.org/articleconnybryceland.htm) and "Moving with a Cat: Heavy Trauma" (http://www.roadtoromance.dhs.org/articlebryceland2.htm) on Road to Romance.


~Published Books -- Fiction

Jason C. Enders published the science fiction novel, "The Role of the Code," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.

Arend Wieman published the mystery novel, "2999 Adler Street II," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.

Daya Dissanayake published the novel, "The Healer and the Drug Pusher," in paperback with iUniverse.

Carolyn Fleming (jackolyn@bellsouth.net) published the novel, "Journey Proud," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.

Thomas A. Easton published the science fiction novel, "Woodsman," in electronic format with Alexandria Digital Literature.

Teri Harris Saa (consciousnes@earthlink.net) published the novel, "The Wisdom Chronicles Book I: The Awakening," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.

Patty Rice published the novel, "Reinventing the Woman," in hardcover with Simon & Schuster.

Chuck Bila published the novel, "The Secret Game," in electronic format with Perspicacious Press.

Rita Hestand (http://ritahestand.romance-central.com) published the contemporary romance, "Pretend Mom," in electronic format with Wordbeams.

Stefan Vucak published the science fiction novel, "With Shadow and Thunder," in electronic format with Awe-Struck E-Books.

D. L. Charles (freebornman@centurytel.net) published the science fiction novel, "Object Eve," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.

Patricia Crossley (http://www.patriciacrossley.com) published the paranormal romance, "Beloved Stranger," in electronic format with Wordbeams.


~Published Books -- Nonfiction

Matthew August Petti (MatthewPetti@worldnet.att.net) published the nonfiction book, "Heretical Wisdom -- The Truths From Within," in paperback with Xlibris.

Joyce Jace (http://www.jmjace.com) published the nonfiction book, "How to Jeopardize Your Health and Well Being to Freelance for the Web," in electronic format with Booklocker.

Ian Johnson (i.johnson@home.com), Karen Scraba and Christine DeGrow published the nonfiction book, "How to Lead and Still Have a Life!" in paperback with Trafford Publishing.

Pat Shipman 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.

Laraine T. Zappert published the nonfiction book, "Getting It Right: How Working Mothers Successfully Take Up the Challenge of Life, Family and Career," in hardcover with Pocket Books.

Jay Cooper and Kathryn Lance published the self-help book, "The Body Code: A Personalized Wellness and Weight-Loss Plan Developed at the World Famous Green Valley Spa," in paperback with Pocket Books.

Richard Kent Smith (http://www.kentsmith.net) self-published the nonfiction book, "Della's Children," in electronic format.

Bobby DeLaughter published the nonfiction book, "Never Too Late: A Prosecutor's Story of Justice in the Medgar Evers Case," in hardcover with Scribner.

Patricia Stevens published the nonfiction book, "Between Mothers and Sons: Women Writers Talk About Having Sons and Raising Men," in hardcover with Scribner.

Randy Roberts and James M. Olson published the nonfiction book, "A Line in the Sand: The Alamo in Blood and Memory," in hardcover with The Free Press.

Elizabeth I. Solomon (e.solomon@sk.sympatico.ca) published the nonfiction book, "Mental Health and the Soul," in paperback with Trafford Publishing.

Nancy Green published the nonfiction book, "The Tarot According to You: A Workbook," in paperback with Fireside.

Marianne Williamson published the nonfiction book, "Enchanted Love: The Mystical Power of Intimate Relationships," in paperback with Touchstone.

Lee Alan Dugatkin published the nonfiction book, "The Imitation Factor: Evolution Beyond the Gene," in hardcover with The Free Press.

Allan Weisbecker (http://www.aweisbecker.com) will publish the memoir, "In Search of Captain Zero," in March with Tarcher/Putnam.

Diana Mercer and Marsha Kline Pruett published the nonfiction book, "Your Divorce Advisor: A Lawyer and a Psychologist Guide You Through the Legal and Emotional Landscape of Divorce," in paperback with Fireside.

Karen Asp published the nonfiction book, "Exercise or Obsession? Women Talk About When Too Much Goes Too Far," in electronic format with MightyWords.

Gary Smalley published the nonfiction book, "Secrets to Lasting Love: Uncovering the Keys to Life-Long Intimacy," in paperback with Fireside.


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The Guilt of Parenthood
By Joyce Jace (Nmshotokan@aol.com)

Writers write. They sit in a chair, hands on a keyboard (or pen and pad) and look like they're doing absolutely nothing. They sit, fixated on a screen, with no part of their body moving except their fingers. They're deep in concentration. It's as if the world around them has ceased to exist. They are focused and the sights and sounds of the house are nonexistent.

Whilst deep in the "muse," as it is called, a child walks over to you. They are aware of your "muse." Several times they have gotten answers from you that are highly beneficial to them.

"Mom, I'm playing in the sand in the back yard and the dirt isn't mushy enough. Can I have a dozen eggs to make it mushier?"

"Uh huh."

A writer's mind, at times, takes a few minutes to "click" to the outside world. After remaining fixated, so as not to lose those words that may not come back to you if you stop, you complete the thought and get it down. Then the "click" appears out of no where. It enters your mind like a whap upside your head. Dirt? Mushier? Eggs!!

Too late.

"What in the world possessed you to use eggs to make the dirt mushier?"

"Well, Mom, if you didn't sit at that computer all day and all night, maybe you'd play with me and then I wouldn't get in trouble all the time! You're always on the computer. That's all you ever do. You never play with me anymore. I have to eat cereal for dinner sometimes. You tell me to wear the clothes I wore yesterday and that they're not that dirty."

If you have children, please feel free to add your own statements that reflect our offspring's attempts to make us feel bad. Keep in mind this is guilt, pure and simple. And more importantly, keep in mind that our kids use it because it is a very powerful way to control our behavior. Making someone feel guilty can get him or her to stop doing what they're doing.

Don't do it! Don't give in. If it's not exactly the way they think it should be -- too bad for them. This is only a temporary situation. When you've achieved your dreams as a writer and when you're receiving an income from your writings, you'll have all the time in the world to be whatever everybody else thinks you should be.

For now -- they'll just have to be patient. Feeling guilty will prevent you from writing. Writers write. Successful writers keep on writing, no matter what. Put the guilt, the housework and everything that may distract you from writing on hold. You're doing the best you can and that is all that matters.

Your kids will not die, starve, be morally corrupted or suffer any form of long lasting personality disorder because you have chosen to seek out a career that will be of benefit to them in the end. Just remember to tell them that you love them as you sit and type away.

Possible rebuttals to their remarks to insulate yourself against the guilt:

* Yes, I'm always on the computer and if you plan on getting any more Pokemon™ cards, get one thing straight...if I don't write, you don't eat!

* Don't you think that's a bit of an exaggeration that I'm on the computer ALL the time?

* There is nothing wrong with cereal once in awhile for dinner. If you're not happy about that, call Child Protective Services and turn me in for child abuse. Here's the phone number.

* It won't kill you to wear those clothes again. Tell people that the food splatters on the front of your shirt are the newest fad in kids' clothes. It's called the "spill" and all the kids are doing it.

And for those of you, unlucky enough to have won a smart-ass kid in the lottery, the following discourse may prove helpful.

"Mom, the guy at the front door says he's from the Department of Health and he's here to condemn our kitchen and bathroom as unsafe and hazardous to our health."

As you sit at your computer, slowly take your eyes off your screen for a minute, look over at your child with a deadpan look and respond, "If you don't like the way the kitchen looks, go clean it yourself. While you're at it, clean the bathrooms too." Just don't stop typing while you're talking to them. This shows them how nonplused you are by their attempts at humor and guilt. And don't let your kid see you laugh. Laughing will only encourage idiotic behavior.

Keep writing.


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~Freelance Writers

NewsFactor Network (http://www.NewsFactor.com) is expanding its U.S. team of freelance e-business and technology news writers.

Our writers work from home each morning to write and deliver one story per day, by 10 a.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday. To meet morning deadlines, most of our writers are located in the eastern U.S.

Typical stories are 500 words, based on the morning's top e-biz and technology news releases crossing the wires. Each story takes about two hours to write, at a flat rate of $50 to $75/story.

These opportunities are ideal for experienced journalists seeking additional income by working a few hours each morning from home. For writers producing one story per morning, our rates produce additional income of $12,500 to $18,750/yr. For writers submitting two per day, our rates produce additional income of $25,000 to $37,500/yr.

Our writers must be able to identify significant Internet technology stories on the wire, cut the fluff, rework the piece, add industry perspective, and as often as possible, interview an industry analyst or company spokesperson by phone. Quick turnaround, high reliability and outstanding writing skills required.

In addition to the E-Commerce Times -- which has been rated by Forbes Magazine as one of the "Top 10" technology news sites in the world -- NewsFactor Network includes TechNewsWorld.com, CRMdaily.com, WirelessNewsFactor.com, osOpinion.com and LinuxInsider.com.

Send intro letter and resume via e-mail (NO attachments) with "your name: freelance daily news writer (Inscriptions)" as the subject. E-mail Lynda Geller (lgeller@newsfactor.com), NewsFactor Network. Please visit NewsFactor.com to familiarize your with the sites' daily news style before applying.



The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Courier, an illustrated monthly magazine published in 28 languages, was recently redesigned to offer better coverage of major contemporary issues. Geared at a young readership, it reflects UNESCO's ideals of freedom and solidarity.

The magazine is looking for an Editor-in-Chief. He or she will supervise the editorial work of a permanent, international team of 15 journalists.


* University degree or equivalent experience
* At least 15 years professional experience as a journalist, five of which as editor-in-chief or as section chief or head of an editorial team in a commercial daily newspaper or magazine; international experience would be a great advantage
* Perfect written English or French and a good knowledge of which ever is the second language are compulsory. A working knowledge of Spanish would be an asset.

The post carries grade P-5 common to the UN system which includes a salary in the range of $66,735 (with dependents), $62,014 (without dependents) exempt from all direct taxation, and an international benefits package.

A detailed curriculum vitae in English or French, with an identity photograph should be addressed to UNESCO, Chief, Recruitment Section, Bureau of Personnel, 7 place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07-SP, France, no later than Feb. 18, quoting post number OPM-029.


~Web Editor

Web site requires an editor with an interest in nightlife and entertainment. An interest in the possibilities of the Web is essential. HTML and Dreamweaver training will be provided. E-mail (ben@O-Reading.co.uk) resume.



Leading trade magazine for institutional equity traders and technology professionals is expanding. Opportunity for aggressive reporter who knows the industry and can write with flair on strict deadline. Minimum two years experience covering Wall Street. E-mail (byrnej@tfn.com) resume and writing samples or send to Thomson Financial Media, Department: TM Jobsearch, 1 State St., 26th floor, New York, N.Y. 10004. EOE.


~Freelance Editor

The Environmental Leadership Program (http://www.elpnet.org), a national nonprofit organization that trains emerging environmental leaders in the skills of public leadership, seeks a freelance editor to develop and lead a virtual writer's course for its ELP fellows. ELP fellows are talented individuals with three to 10 years of experience in the environmental field, including government, higher education, nonprofit organizations and business.

To help fellows communicate effectively on complex environmental issues and public policies, ELP seeks an experienced editor familiar with nonfiction environmental writing who can perform the following tasks:

* Provide four to six fellows with a general editorial and stylistic review of previously published works (estimated 25 to 50 pages in length).

* Provide support via conference calls, meetings or one-on-one calls to the group of four to six fellows as they outline, draft, revise and complete one or two works in progress related to ELP's mission.

* Help ELP staff and fellows develop a more comprehensive environmental writer's course, including developing a potential curriculum for 2001-2002.

Desired Qualifications:

* Experience as an editor required.
* Writing and publishing experience preferred.
* Familiarity with environmental nonfiction writing, both historical and contemporary.
* Desire to develop four to six individual writers.
* Ability to work well with a (largely "virtual") team.

The anticipated workload is estimated at 80 to 120 hours over six to 12 months (10 to 15 hours per writer and another 30 hours of group time). Compensation is negotiable and based on the editor's experience. E-mail (elpnet@mindspring.com) resume or mail to Environmental Leadership Program, P.O. Box 446, Haydenville, Mass. 01039.


~Freelance Researchers

New digital publishing venture aimed at 11- to 21-year-olds requires Web/text-savvy freelance researchers with an understanding of the teen/ youth market. Please send resume, three copies of your work and your daily rate to Mike Stephenson (mike.stephenson@raa.co.uk).


~Assistant Editor

Assistant editor needed for "The Grower" magazine in Lenexa, Kan.

Duties: Writing articles, editing monthly magazine, overseeing copy flow and assisting editor. Some travel. Bachelors in journalism and two years magazine experience required. Ag knowledge desired.

Send resume, salary requirements and three non-returnable clips to HR-AEGR, 10901 W. 84th Terrace, Lenexa, Kan. 66214.



Mars Publishing (http://www.marspub.com) is searching for a qualified author to write and develop a book length work titled, "A Parent's Guide to San Francisco." Author will be responsible for text and images. Mars will retain the copyright.

This book is part of Mars Publishing's Parent's Guide travel series. Pays advance ($5,000) and royalty. E-mail (editor@marspub.com) resume, writing sample and project ideas. San Francisco residents strongly preferred.



Writing Machine (http://www.writingmachine.com) is a marketing agency for IT and telecoms clients such as Microsoft, IBM and Cable & Wireless. We require two writers to write/sub-edit marketing literature including magazines, newsletters, brochures, Web sites, direct mail, etc.

Applicants must have at least one years work experience of writing, preferably including some marketing writing. Send resume to Claire Fuller (clairef@writingmachine.com) or write to HR manager, 19 City Business Centre, Hyde Street, Winchester, Hants SO23 7TA U.K.


~Senior Writer/Editor

We need a senior writer/editor that will be writing original online content and translating fluently in Mandarin or Cantonese. Candidate should have mar comm or financial background. Salary $75,000. Must be fluent in Mandarin or Cantonese. E-mail (marta@artsource.com) resume.



The Wagner Literary Agency and Sugar Mountain Productions looking for an editor for a 100,000 word manuscript of fiction. The manuscript is in red line condition and needs a finishing polish with an eye to maintaining voice, grammar and syntax and a thorough and final check of plot line.

The story is literary fiction, high adventure, a Nobel-quality work with three others, currently available by same author. Fees can be a percent of royalty and flat dollar sum, or flat dollar sum alone. Availability is immediate by galley/e-mail/electronic download and turn around time is minimal and essential. Send resume to Guy Herman (ezra53a@aol.com).


~Freelance Food Editor

Slimming World (http://www.slimming-world.co.uk), a diet and fitness magazine, requires a freelance food editor. Must have experience with recipe development, home economy and directing food photography.

Send resume to Jacqui Cornwell (jacquic@slimming-world.co.uk) or write to Personnel Officer, Slimming World, P.O. Box 55, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 4UE U.K.



The Journal of Commerce (http://www.joc.com), a member of The Economist Group, seeks a Washington, D.C.-based reporter to cover international cargo transportation and logistics for our weekly newsmagazine, JoC Week, and Website, JoC Online.

Duties include coverage of federal agencies and Congress. We offer good pay, excellent benefits and an interesting subject. Send resume ASAP to Peter Tirschwell (ptirschwell@mail.joc.com) or mail to Editor, Journal of Commerce, 33 Washington St., 13th floor, Newark, N.J. 07102-3107.


~Associate Editor

Associate editor needed for cutting-edge, stylish parenting magazine (http://www.child.com). Conceive, write and edit a variety of columns and features as well as support senior editors.

Candidates must have a strong sense of creativity, ability to spot trends and gather news, magazine savvy, great enthusiasm and clever writing skills. A minimum of three years writing and editing experience required.

For immediate consideration e-mail (wmcafee@gjusa.com) your resume and cover letter, or write to Dept. AE, Human Resources, G+J USA Publishing, 375 Lexington Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017. No phone calls, please.


~News Editor

Car magazine requires a news editor with at least two years experience working in a busy news environment. Ideally applicants will have a strong interest in the car industry and its products. Send resume to Steve Fowler (editor.whatcar@haynet.com) or write to Editor, What Car?, 60 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, Middx TW11 8LG U.K.


~Associate Editor

Seeking an energetic associate editor to join the staff Inc. Technology (http://www.inc.com), a quarterly publication. Must have a familiarity with the trends and issues that entrepreneurs face, and the ability to explain those trends in lucid prose.

Excellent research, writing and editing skills a must. E-mail (managingeditor@inc.com) writing and editing clips as well as a resume, cover letter and salary requirements or write to Managing Editor, Inc. Magazine 38 Commercial Wharf, Boston, Mass. 02110. No phone calls or faxes, please.


~Localization Editor

Do you speak German? Are you enthusiastic about the latest computer hardware and software as well as Internet communication? Are you an avid reader of computer and Internet magazines (print and/or online)? Then read on

CHIP Online (http://www.chip.de) is one of the leading Internet portals covering computer technology & communications in Germany. For our soon-to-be-launched U.S.-site, we are looking for a highly motivated localization editor.

Your main responsibilities are to cover the fast transfer of articles, news and download descriptions covering the latest computer hardware and software as well as DVD and game reviews from German into American English. You work out of our new editorial office based in San Francisco, Calif., and communicate using our Content Management System "Interred."

Excellent English-American writing skills are a prerequisite for this job. We regard a very high command of the German language as essential, as well as a profound technical competence, most favorably gained from a long "home-grown" PC experience and every-day Internet usage.

We would be happy to welcome a new team member who is able to work under pressure. Of course we're also impressed by "classical" virtues such as reliability, responsibility and punctuality. A certain openness towards the ever-changing computer and online-business worlds will also be of help.

Interested? Send resume to Daniel Wolff (dwolff@chip.de), or write to CHIP Online USA, Inc., c/o Daniel Wolff, "Localization Editor," 9 Santa Paula Ave., San Francisco, Calif. 94127.


~Freelance Writers

Athlon Sports publishes 13 preseason sports annuals covering professional and college athletics. We are in search of freelance writers to help bolster our online presence.

We're looking for writers who can write with a national perspective on one of the following categories: pro football, pro basketball, college football, college basketball, golf and baseball. Stories will be approximately 300 to 500 words, submitted on a weekly basis. E-mail (john.hill@athlonsports.com) resume and cover letter. EOE.


~News Editor

Katrillion.com (http://www.Katrillion.com) is looking for a News Editor who is obsessed with current events and pop culture. Someone who can diligently edit copy, find the hottest news stories, manage a team of writers and develop ideas into engaging and interactive stories.

We're looking for an editor who is intelligent, ambitious and hates corporate B.S. We'd like you to have superb writing skills, serious self-confidence and a knack for research.

We have a stimulating work environment filled with fun, intelligent, excited people. We offer great benefits, including health and dental and a very competitive salary.

To apply, e-mail cover letter with salary requirements and resume to Michael Stevinson (mstevinson@katrillion.com), or fax to (419) 791-2682.



The Cybercast News Service, CNSNews.com (http://www.CNSNews.com), is seeking a Senior Staff Writer to fill the shoes of an alumnus who was lured away to be managing editor of a magazine.

Based at our Washington, D.C. metro bureau, this position requires demonstrated skill in investigative journalism in a print or broadcast medium with a minimum of four to seven years experience in a working news environment.

CNSNews.com provides top salary and benefits, including a retirement plan with employer contribution, health, major medical, vision, prescription drug and dental insurance, company-paid life insurance, parking and a bonus incentive program.

Send resume and examples of investigative and general assignment reporting to David Thibault (dthibault@cnsnews.com) or write to Managing Editor, CNSNews.com, 325 South Patrick St., Alexandria, Va. 22314.


~Assistant Editor

This is a multi-faceted job involving responsibility for launching and maintaining Web sites for 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. Ideal candidates will have a minimum of three years writing and/or editing background, preferably in newspaper or magazine journalism. Some experience writing about technology is required. E-mail (jobs@techtarget.com) resume.


~Entertainment Reporter

People Magazine (http://people.aol.com/people/index.html) is looking for a seasoned entertainment reporter. Must have at least seven years experience at a daily newspaper. Must be a tenacious reporter with a show business background who is able to meet tight deadlines, write clearly and work as part of a team.

This is a senior position; please, experienced professionals only. Fax resume and five clips to (212) 467-0602, or mail to 1271 6th Ave., 46-48, New York, N.Y. 10020. No phone calls, please.


~Business Reporter

National-award-winning weekly with daily Web edition (http://www.rbjdaily.com) seeks reporter with strong hard news skills to join staff covering one of the nation's top regions for high-tech, international trade. Two years experience required. Competitive pay.

E-mail (pericson@rbj.net) resume and clips, or mail to Department E, Rochester Business Journal, 55 St. Paul Street, Rochester, N.Y. 14604.


~Freelance Technology Correspondent

National weekly financial publication seeks a freelance technology correspondent to cover emerging technology issues affecting the financial services industry. Please send clips and resume to Paul Gentile, 560 Village Blvd., Suite 325, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33409.



Attention Dotcom Pinkslippers! Newsweek is seeking an experienced business and technology reporter to write and edit for its established (and stable) Web site, Newsweek.MSNBC.com (http://www.Newsweek.MSNBC.com).

Candidates must have several years of writing and editing experience in covering business. Background in technology reporting is a plus. Tuesday through Saturday job schedule is non-negotiable. We offer excellent benefits including four weeks vacation.

Please e-mail (resume@newsweekmag.com) your cover letter, resume and salary requirements. Only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.



RiskNews (http://www.risknews.net), the rapidly growing Internet news service that is part of international magazine and newsletter publisher Risk Waters Group, seeks a talented reporter to cover breaking news on the financial risk management and derivatives industries.

Reporting to the editor, candidates should have at least one years experience in journalism, preferably for a financial wire service or a dot-com and a genuine interest in financial markets. E-mail resume to Christopher Jeffery (cjeffery@riskwaters.com) or write to Editor, RiskNews, Risk Waters Group, Haymarket House, 28-29 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4RX U.K.


~Freelance Editors

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (http://www.lww.com) is currently recruiting Freelance Editors to provide online copy editing of journals to support our growing list of publications developed for the medical community.

The ideal candidates will possess previous medical or scientific editing experience, journal editing experience, organizational skills, attention to detail and an understanding of publishing deadlines; computer skills including Word and the ability to learn new software; and a satisfactory score on our editing test.

To apply, send resume to Marina Segel (msegel@lww.com), Freelancer Coordinator at Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.


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~Deadline is March 1.

Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul Writing Contest (http://www.chickensoup.com/Contest.html) -- Write an original, nonfiction essay, short story or poem of up to 1,200 words. Submissions should be uplifting, inspiring and present a positive viewpoint. For example, a submission that evokes emotion and engenders sympathy from the reader or teaches a lesson and gives the reader a clear picture of the characters through vivid detail is ideal.

Previously published works are acceptable. Submissions must be wholly original. The winner will be chosen by a panel of independent judges based on the following four equally weighted criteria: tone, content, composition and creativity. The winner will be selected on or about June 30, 2001. Only one entry per person.

The winner will receive a trip to the 2001 Maui Writers Conference (currently scheduled to take place on Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, 2001) which consists of the following: (a) paid entrance for the winner to each day of the 2001 Maui Writers Conference; (b) round-trip coach airfare for the winner between the major airport in the U.S. nearest to the winner's home and Maui, Hawaii; (c) hotel accommodation (single occupancy, room rate and taxes only) for the winner at the Outrigger Hotel, Maui, Hawaii for four consecutive nights; and (d) shuttle transportation for the winner between the airport in Maui and the Outrigger Hotel. The dates of travel and airline will be chosen by Sponsor in Sponsors sole discretion. (Approximate retail value $3,000 US). In addition, the winner's submission will be considered for publication in an upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul® book.

Contest begins June 29, 2000 and continues through March 1, 2001, and is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older.

Entry forms can be obtained from our Web site. To enter, e-mail (stories@canfieldgroup.com) submission with the words "Writer's Soul Contest" in the subject line.

Entries and other submitted material become the property of Sponsor only for the purposes stated herein, and will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor and those working for them or on their behalf will not be responsible for lost, late, misdirected, or damaged entries.

Recipe for A Winning Chicken Soup for the Soul® Story

A Chicken Soup story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It is a story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. It is a simple, nondenominational, living art piece that touches the soul of the readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives. They are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images created by using the five senses. In some stories, the readers feel that they are actually in the scene with the people.

Chicken Soup stories have a beginning, middle and an ending that often closes with a punch, creating emotion rather than simply talking about it. Chicken Soup for the Soul stories have heart, but also something extra an element that makes us all feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate and better about life in general. A story that causes tears, laughter, goosebumps or any combination of these. A good story covers the range of human emotions.

What a Chicken Soup for the Soul® story IS NOT:

* A sermon, an essay or eulogy.
* A term paper, classroom assignment, thesis, letter or journal entry.
* About politics or controversial issues.
* A "My Grandma Just Died, and Let Me Tell You What A Wonderful Person She Was" or "Let Me Tell You About My Disease or Operation" or "I Gave a Bum Some Money, Aren't I Incredible?" or "Why My Mother Is the Best Mother" or a personal testimony that may mean nothing to the reader.


~Deadline is March 1.

RGK International Poetry Competition -- Due to several leading writers magazines failing to publish details of this competition, the deadline has been extended until March 1, 2001.

Competition details: Poems of any length and style reflecting on the rich diversity of land, people, places and creatures.

Every entrant receives a free e-book of 60 award-winning poems and 20 illustrations by Roy Gaveston Knight.

1st Prize - £50 cash, plus 10 volumes (720 poems & 214 illustrations) of Roy Gaveston Knight's published work, plus publication of your own anthology of poems, plus 12 month subscription to Voyage Short story and poetry magazine. Total Value: £500 (US$750).

2nd Prizes - Five volumes of Roy Gaveston Knight's published work, plus publication of your poem, plus 12 month subscription to Voyage magazine. Total Value: £50 (US$75).

3rd Prizes - Two volumes of Roy Gaveston Knight's published work, plus publication of your poem, plus six month subscription to Voyage magazine. Total Value £25 (US$38).

Full rules and entry form are available from 14 Honor Avenue, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton WV4 5HH U.K., or e-mail (voyagemag@zyworld.com) with the subject heading, "RGKEntryform."


~Deadline is March 5.

The 18th Annual Bellingham Review 49th Parallel Poetry Award -- 1st Prize $1,000; 2nd Prize $300; 3rd Prize $200. The winning poem will be published in the Bellingham Review. Second and third place winners and runners-up will be considered for publication.

Submission Guidelines:

1. Deadline: Contest runs Jan. 5 through March 5. (Note these are new dates!)

2. Poems may be in any style and on any subject.

3. Any number of poems may be submitted.

4. No maximum line length, though poems within a series of poems will each be treated as a separate entry.

5. The entry fee is $10 for up to three poems, $5/poem thereafter. Please make checks payable to The Western Foundation/Bellingham Review. Anyone entering the contest will receive a complimentary two-issue subscription to the Bellingham Review.

6. No previously published works, or works accepted for publication, are eligible. Poems may be under consideration elsewhere, but they should be withdrawn from the competition if they are accepted for publication.

7. The author's name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Enclose with each submission a 3" x 5" index card bearing the following information:

Title of poem(s) submitted.
Author's Name and Address.
Phone Number, fax number, e-mail address, if any.
Write contest name on outside of envelope.

8. Manuscripts will not be returned. Author should submit one copy of the manuscript for judging. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for announcement of winners.

9. Manuscripts should be typed.

10. The winners will be announced in August 2001.

11. Send manuscripts to Bellingham Review, Mail Stop 9053, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wash. 98225.


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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DarkTales Publications (http://www.darktales.com) is currently reading unsolicited manuscripts, however we are being very selective with anything new we take on. Please send your complete manuscript attached to an e-mail query letter (dave@darktales.com) in .doc, .rtf, or .txt format for use with Microsoft Word, with a brief synopsis, author bio and any publishing credits. Please include contact information such as an e-mail address, mailing address, etc. on the main page of your manuscript and in the body of your e-mail so we can get back to you.

Standard Operating Procedure is that we save the manuscript to a folder and read them in the order in which they came, then respond. Over the last year we've received about 20 manuscripts with no return info on them. We dump what we can't reply to, so please include your e-mail address or something for us to locate you with.

We don't accept or read paper submissions. Yes, I know it sounds like the opposite of what everyone else does, but this company was founded embracing the Internet, digital technology and the speed both bring. E-mailed submissions don't get piled into a room, aren't a fire hazard and they actually get read -- which is the most important part.

If we're interested in your manuscript, we will reply as soon as possible. Our production schedule is occupied for about two years into the future, but we are always looking for high quality manuscripts that are dark in tone, imaginative in plot and distinct in style.

At present we're looking for novels, between 75,000 and 120,000 words in length, and chapbook material (novelettes or two to three amazingly good short stories with a salable theme) in the 15,000 to 20,000 word length.

We now offer semi-professional advances for all manuscripts we accept. And just ask any of the authors in Asylum, or whose books we have published (or have coming in the year 2001)...our work is of the highest quality. We want our authors to be proud to have dealt with us, and we think they are.

We are interested in English Language Trade Paperback Rights and Electronic Rights. Because of this we are not interested in books that have been previously published as trade paperbacks (we don't do reprints) or have previously been published as e-books.

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Dark Fantasy - Best of 2000 Anthology -- We are reading for a new anthology to be published by Cosmos Books in hardback and trade paperback in 2001, and edited by Steve Savile.

We are looking for stories published in print or electronic format in the calendar year 2000. Stories must have been first published in that year, not as reprints from an earlier publication. We want only standard format manuscripts please, with information about where and when the story appeared, and some information about the writer. One story per writer please, and include contact e-mail, address and SAE or IRC for reply.

Disposable manuscript only, please. No e-mail submissions. Deadline for reading is March 14, 2001. Publication date anticipated June/July 2001. Reprint fee is $.01/word.

Send to Steve Savile, Dark Fantasy - Best of 2000, Bandhagsplan 11, 5tr 124 32 BANDHAGEN Sweden.



PanGaia (http://www.pangaia.com) is a magazine for all people who share a deep love and commitment to the Earth. If you live here, this is the magazine for you! Our readership includes Gaians, Pagans, Scientific Pantheists, Quakers, Christians, atheists and others. The one thing they all have in common is a desire to express their spirituality in harmony with the natural world.

We hope to reach not just people already involved in such things, but also those who would love to join in if only they knew we existed. PanGaia gladly accepts contributions of essays, factual articles, fiction, poetry, rituals, interviews, artwork and photographs relevant to our subject matter and goals. Please include your check-cashing name, pen name if you use one, postal address, e-mail address, phone number and a brief bio with all submissions. We cannot accept submissions without this information!

PanGaia is dedicated to helping explore our spiritual, emotional and practical lives in a way which respects all persons, creatures and the Earth while offering immediate application to our everyday lives. Folks of all paths may send their work, but our focus falls on material expressing an Earth-centered spirituality. We refuse to accept material which demeans persons or practices; we do not publish personal attacks, gossip or diatribes. PanGaia is a tool, not a weapon. Check a previous issue of our magazine or visit our Website to see what kind of material we like to buy.

All submissions must be the original work of the author/artist. If you collaborate with other folks, we need to hear from all parties concerned or else be assured that you have the legal authority to assign rights to the work. PanGaia valiantly supports and defends the rights of creative people to control their own material; we do not condone plagiarism or copyright infringement of any kind and will take action in that regard if necessary. This also means that we require citations for factual submissions -- if you quote someone, mention a specific theory or argument, etc., then you must give its origin.

We are aware that you have worked hard on your writing, it is personal and special to you, and contains your unique voice. Nonetheless, we often find it necessary to edit for length, clarity and grammar -- sometimes at the last minute before publication. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your article will appear precisely as you submitted it. If you do not want your material edited in any way, please do not submit your writing to us. Also, please inform us of deliberate uses of non-traditional spelling so the tone of your work does not get accidentally altered.

If you have previously contacted any PanGaia staff regarding a particular manuscript (i.e. sent us a query letter and we asked to see the proposed article, or met the Managing Editor at an event, or talked to the Editor-in-Chief on the phone), please reference that prior contact in the cover letter accompanying your manuscript!

We deal with a lot of different people and, as much as we'd like to, we just can't remember everyone off the top of our heads. So tell us when and how you made contact before, and whom you spoke with, and approximately what was said regarding your manuscript; then we should know what you're talking about. Yes, you can ask us if we think a given idea would appeal to our readers before you invest all that time and effort actually writing it.

PanGaia maintains contact with a number of regular contributors, but happily accepts freelance submissions. The easiest way to get your foot in the door is by writing letters to the editor, short articles, essays or reviews; you can work up from there, so don't feel that you have to begin with a huge feature piece.

Compensation: PanGaia is proud to be a paying market. We offer a standard range of about $.01 to $.03/word for all written works except letters to the editor, as well as a contributor's copy of the issue in which your work appears. Occasionally we accept reprints (almost always solicited by us) which get $.01/ word. We have a $10 minimum payment per item, so short pieces such as poems and reviews typically get a flat fee of $10.

Length: Features (articles, essays, fiction, interviews and rituals) should range between 500 and 5,000 words. We most often publish items between 1,000 and 3,000 words; we prefer in-depth coverage to tidbits in most cases, and the upper ranges are usually reserved for lead pieces assigned to specific writers. For poetry, we suggest a maximum length of 100 lines per poem; please bear in mind that we are more likely to publish shorter rather than longer poems, as PanGaia does not specialize in this type of writing.

Format: Our first choice is Microsoft Word file attachments e-mailed directly to the Managing Editor (ysabet@worthlink.net) with a second copy to the Editor-in-Chief (editor@pangaia.com). Other acceptable file attachment formats include text files and commonly used word processing programs; you may also paste the text of your manuscript directly into an e-mail message. Use a plain, legible font or typeface large enough to read easily.

Alternatively, you may send clearly labeled PC or Macintosh disks accompanied by hard copy with the contributor's name, address and phone number. Clearly typed, double-spaced manuscripts are acceptable for short pieces and poetry. When sending paper manuscripts, disks, etc., include SASE for return of material. The editor will try to reply promptly to your submission. Electronic submissions do enjoy a modest edge over hardcopy submissions because they are easier for us to handle.

Diversity: PanGaia seeks to represent the whole fascinating spectrum of humanity as relevant to our subject matter. Therefore we want to publish material by members of all different ethnic traditions, racial heritage, sexes and sexual orientations, religions, ages, body shapes and sizes, levels of physical ability, lifestyles, degrees of experience, geographic locations and so forth. If you belong to a minority and you'd like us to know about it, you can put that information in your bio or cover letter when you contact us. At this time, we are particularly interested in increasing participation by men and by people of color.

Topics: Ecology, gardening, herbalism; activism, current issues and political concerns; scientific mysticism, magic, shamanism and ritual; personal development, prayer and insight experiences; fiction (including science fiction and fantasy); scholarly research, history, anthropology and mimetic engineering; legends, folklore, mythology, God and Goddess lore; recipes; health, interpersonal relations and sexuality; celebrations of Nature, love, birth, death and other transitions; humor; interviews/profiles of individuals or groups.

In selecting an angle, consider some basic points. First, the above topics are general -- you need something more specific before you start writing. Narrow down the broad subject area to a single incident or argument, or to a set of related ones. Second, say something new and interesting. If you have seen a given subtopic covered more than three times in a Gaian/Pagan magazine within the last year or two, think twice before trotting it out yet again. Third, follow through on what you present -- never just complain about some awful problem and then conclude your piece without suggesting a response or solution. Tell readers what they can go do about it. The same holds true for more positive articles where readers may want to learn more about your subject. Fourth, no advertorials! If you want to recommend a product, write a review. Finally, we do set focus topics for upcoming issues of PanGaia. You may try to write something for these, but we usually assign focus features to our regular contributors.

On the bright side, there are some things we always love to see because we don't get enough of them: anything that includes an innovative and effective solution to some problem (i.e. a new way of combating government corruption); humor, particularly if it pokes fun at religion or government in a lighthearted rather than snide way; and serious scholarship which is delightful instead of dry. We'd like to see more high-quality fiction and poetry too. Then there's a nebulous category of stuff that defies description but which immediately grabs our attention, particularly if it seems likely to have the same effect on people browsing the newsstands.

Debates: We invite you to participate in "Toe to Toe," a forum for the expression of strong and opposing opinions. Here we present both sides of hot topics so that our readers can make an informed decision. See the current issue, or e-mail or send SASE for upcoming topics. Writing for this department requires a firm grasp of debate technique; you must know how to establish an effective argument without ranting, preaching to the choir, falling into logical fallacies or otherwise boring your audience with soapbox brouhaha. A skilled debater also addresses the opposing side's main points to refute them. If you don't want to write a whole essay yourself, we accept topic proposals as well.

Fiction: Exercise your imagination. Show us the kind of world you'd like to live in, or the kind that scares you silly. Stories may deal with any aspect of nature, sustainable technology, magic, Earth-centered spirituality, etc. They may take place in consensus reality, or they may add speculative elements. For a good example of realistic fiction we like, see John Broussard's "You Can't Stop Progress" in issue #27; for speculative fiction, see Alexander Bledsoe's "Croaked" in issue #25. We are especially interested in stories which depict science solving problems, people using their own talents to make a difference, what it means to live as a Gaian/Pagan in today's world, hopeful but not gooey futures, potential drawbacks of shortsighted actions or a healthy respect for diversity.

Poetry: We accept poetry in a wide range of forms and styles. The Managing Editor has considerable experience in this field and is very picky. If you use forms, the technical aspects of your work must be flawless; if you can't handle rhyme or meter well, try free verse instead. Submit three to five poems at a time.

Reviews: PanGaia prints reviews of books, music, movies, videos and other relevant products. We do accept unsolicited reviews and a copy of our reviewing policies is available upon request. However, a substantial
portion of our reviews come from a group of regular reviewers organized by the Managing Editor. If you would like to join this group, please send an e-mail message (or a snail mail letter with SASE) to the editor outlining your interests. If you are a writer, musician, artist, producer, publisher, etc., and would like us to review your product(s), then you may also contact the Managing Editor for arrangements.

PanGaia has a distinct style and tone that is not always easy to grasp. We like fresh, crisp images that convey a sleek professionalism without coming across as cold or modernist. Aim to instill a sense of reverence, or whimsy or joy -- you want to pull viewers into the world you depict.

Certain types of written material (interviews, event reports, travelogues, how-to articles, etc.) have a better chance of acceptance if you can provide high-quality photographs or artwork to match the text. We do pay extra for such visual aids if the writer can provide them. Questions regarding artwork or photographs should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief, who also handles design/layout work for our magazine.

Elizabeth Barrette (ysabet@worthlink.net), Managing Editor
Anne Newkirk Niven (editor@pangaia.com), Editor-in-Chief
P.O. Box 641
Point Arena, Calif. 95468



The God Allows U-Turns Book Series (http://www.godallowsuturns.com) needs 100 true short stories ASAP for a book that will be released Christmas 2001.

Volume one is in production now and we are currently seeking true short stories for volume two. The series is being published by Barbour Publishing Inc. under the Promise Press imprint and in association with Alive Communications. Volume one of the new Christian inspirational book series is called "God Allows U-Turns, Stories of Hope and Healing," and it will premiere at CBA in July.

The publisher has decided to release volume two back-to-back with an accelerated October release date. Volume two will be called: "God Allows U-Turns, More Stories of Hope and Healing." Both volumes will be marketed at CBA in July and will be available in bookstores internationally for Christmas 2001.

You can read all about the book project on the Web site. Writer's guidelines, a sample story and a list of authors whose stories appear in volume one can also be found on the site. Deadline for story submissions for volume two is Easter Sunday, also the same day as Uncle Sam's deadline -- April 15th. One time rights, reprints allowed. Payment given for stories. Send your true short story to Allison Gappa Bottke via the Web site.


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."



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:

Lives: The Biography Resource

Whether you're looking for a new biography subject, or you just want to add a historical figure to your latest novel, this site should be the first place you visit. Frequently updated, Lives offers thousands of biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, letters, narratives and oral histories. Categorized by name, it's easy to locate the perfect bio for your needs. The weekly birthday listings include links to all of the names presented, and the special collections area offers biographies based on specific topics like Holocaust survivors and African Americans. Just need a quick fact? Then use the handy search engine tool at the bottom of the page.



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

"Stealing Shadows" by Kay Hooper
Reviewed by Jade Walker (MaidenFate@aol.com)
Publisher: Bantam Books
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0553575538
Rating: * * * stars

Cassie Neill lives with monsters. A natural psychic, Cassie has the unique ability to connect with a killer's mind and use the information she gleans there to help the police find the victim and capture their tormentors. But all those mind-sessions with the worst humanity has to offer has taken its toll on Cassie, and she decides to retreat to a small town on the East Coast.

Cassie inherits her aunt's rural home, and takes up her place as the town loner. No one knows who she is or what she is, until a serial killer decides to make the town his latest target. Unable to sit idly by when she knows she can help, Cassie offers her services to the town sheriff .

For the more skeptical reader, Cassie's abilities are explained quite well. She overcomes even the most cynical overtures by continuously putting herself at risk to help others. Although her appearance is a fragile one, this woman is strong and powerful, and utterly determined to do two things -- find the killer before he strikes again and keep herself alone and remote from the rest of the world.

Those plans are ultimately complicated by Ben Ryan, the town prosecutor. Ben is one of the few people Cassie is unable to "read," and that makes her attraction to him that much more difficult. Ben is a typical romance novel hero. He's handsome, kind and troubled (he has "walls"), yet he simply exudes warmth. It's clear the two of them would make a great match, if they can just get past their individual fears...and the whole serial killer situation.

Filled with a dozen twists and turns, "Stealing Shadows" keeps the reader entranced. Just when you think you've got the next victim picked out, or the killer identified, Kay Hooper throws another option at you. The characters of this book are memorable and real, the kind you don't want to let go after the story ends. My only suggestion is to avoid reading this book in bed. O guarantee you'll get no sleep at night.


"The Heretic" by Jason K. Chapman
Reviewed by Liz Burton (blueiriscafe@att.net)
Publisher: First Publish
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1929925387
Rating: * * * * stars

Jake is a man who doesn't exist.

Once, he was an FBI agent, an expert in computers who discovered a complex international plot to trade drugs for weapons. He left the Bureau -- and his own existence -- when nothing was done to arrest the culprits. Instead, he used his skills to destroy the organization, then erased all trace of himself from the world's databanks. He becomes The Heretic.

Since then, he has lived alone on an isolated ranch in Montana, his identity a carefully concocted fiction. He maintains contact with the outside through virtual reality and a computer persona named Galileo. Galileo is a member of the powerful Guild, an organization of computer experts established to prevent misuse of the powers of technology.

But someone has found him, and suddenly people who know him start dying. He doesn't know why or who, but he must learn the identity of his mysterious cyberstalkers before his entire life is demolished -- literally and virtually.

Jake the Heretic is a hero in the classic mode, dragged from safety and comfort into a world he wanted only to abandon yet accepting the responsibility without hesitation. FBI Agent Dorrie Itake, his eventual partner, is equally compelling, tough and feminine and flexible enough to adapt to events that turn around her entire existence.

"The Heretic" is a stunningly creative cyberthriller that takes the reader by the throat and refuses to let go until the last high-adrenaline page is finished. Jason K. Chapman has written a book that recalls the very best of Tom Clancy and Neal Stephenson without losing the author's own taut style and distinctive voice. The great mysteries of technology are ever-present and yet never confuse -- Chapman shares Stephenson's enviable ability to make the complex easy to understand even by the technologically challenged.

This is a book that will enthrall both genders, written by a master craftsman who not only knows his genre and his subject matter but manipulates both with consummate skill. It is one you will want to read more than once, just for the sheer pleasure it provides.


"Piedmont Stubble" by Neca Stoller
Reviewed by Lynne Remick (LynnRemick@aol.com)
Publisher: Street Saint Publications
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1931090149
Rating: * * * * stars

Even though I admittedly did not know what "Piedmont Stubble" refers to, and had to look it up [according to Webster -- the short stumps of corn, grain, etc., collectively left after harvesting], the impact of this collection of rural thoughts and experiences was not lost on me.

In "Piedmont Stubble," poet Neca Stoller reveals herself and shares essential shards of her life via chapters entitled "Flowers in a Glass Jar," "Beachcoming," "Loosening Up" and "Measuring and Marking." Captivating words and well-strung phrases call up long-ago times and faraway places, as in "The Last May Pole":

That last May Day something broke
with a slight, definite sound
like ice settling under hot sugared tea
I was in the seventh grade
neither skinny nor fat
but self-conscious with my new breasts.

and in "Turtle Point":

At Turtle Point, children, pelicans
and seagulls are always leaving
yet always there. The sandbar spreads
like a drunk giant who wakes from a trance
to find the land deported to the airless sea.

Stoller comes from a different time and place, and yet I embraced her poems as if they were my own words and moments. Stoller has a way of inviting you in, offering you a seat and fixing up a nice pot of hot tea to sip while she tells her stories. Through them, you understand what it is like to live in the country down south, what it is like to be Stoller, and, what is like to feel human.


"Polymer Clay Tips & Secrets Every Crafter Should Know" by Eugene Boone
Reviewed by Karen Sweeny-Justice (ksweenyj@highland.net)
Publisher: RSVP Press
Format: Electronic
ISBN: 0930865103
Rating: * * stars

"Polymer Clay Tips & Secrets Every Crafter Should Know" would make a much better booklet than a book, coming in as it does at just 15 printed pages. Despite its brevity, this e-book does offer beginning polymer clay crafters techniques they may want to try.

A total of five tips are offered, each broken down into a short chapter. The first suggestion offers readers a way to stretch their clay and get more for their money. On the surface, this suggestion seems valid; unless disproved by personal experience, this tip alone could be worth the cost of the book.

The "secret to using traditional molds," tip number two, isn't much more than a review of the various molds that exist and the idea of using corn starch as a release agent.

Tip number three is about making polymer clay molds using natural and found objects by impressing items like buttons or seashells into polymer clay.

Tip four discusses making metallic paints at home. Like the first tip, if this one actually works it would be a boon to crafters.

Eugene Boone's final tip is on using paint as a finish on polymer clay, and he gives sound advice to crafters about using smooth, even coats of paint.

Although a longer book with more in-depth coverage of polymer clay techniques was suggested by the title, this book was easy to read. Full color photographs illustrate each tip, and while rather simplistic, the book on the whole is one beginning polymer clay crafters may want to read.


"Adventure Guide to the Yucatan" by Bruce and June Conord
Reviewed by Megan Kopp (mekopp@telusplanet.net)
Publisher: Hunter Publishing
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1-55650-908-1
Rating: * * * 1/2 stars

Whether you read travel guides as an active traveler searching for an off-the-main-street dining experience, or you read guidebooks for ideas for possible future travel, "Adventure Guide to the Yucatan" has what you're looking for.

It's a hefty 432 pages stuffed with fun, facts and folklore. Initial chapters warm up the traveler with a look at the Land of the Maya (geography, climate, flora and fauna); People of the Yucatan (Maya, Spanish, Colonial Days and Modern Times); and Ready Set Go Travel Info (from "what to take" to "how to get there" to "what to expect").

Taking a step further than the average guide, Bruce and June Conord tempt the adventurer in all of us with spicy activities that break from the norm -- from swimming in a cenote, to becoming involved in photographing Colonial and pre-Hispanic architecture as part of an Earthwatch Institute program, to information on how to join the approximately 150 couples who choose to get married in Cancun each month.

Side-bars throughout the guidebook intrigue with unusual facts -- who knew that Mexican General Santa Ana chewed the rubbery chicle as a habit? Or that one of the earliest chewing gums sold was called "Yucatan"? Quotes interject moments of deliberation and humor.

After the introductory chapters, the remaining three quarters of the book are devoted to specific travel information in the states of Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche. Accommodations are listed beginning with budget and work up to luxury. Numerous maps are clear and easy to follow. Although lacking in color photographs, a selection of black and white pictures do provide images of interesting sights.

Throughout the book, adventures and attractions are prominently listed -- whether you're looking for jungle hiking, watersports, adventures for the brain or adventures on wheels. Authors tips are set aside in italics and will save first-time travelers a lot of grief.

Appendices round out the guide with a list of Hollywood in Mexico, books of interests and Mayan and Spanish vocabulary lists. If you're heading to the Yucatan, or even just to Cancun, this book is worth reading from cover to cover and back again.


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LAST WEEK'S SURVEY: Ergonomics. Sitting in front of a computer for hours may cause serious health problems. Have you taken some precautions by investing in ergonomic products?


Yes -- 53%
No -- 45%
Other -- 1%

Total: 86 votes.



"For my 29th birthday, I asked for a proper computer chair. We only get one body. We spend all of this money on computers and word processors and then sit in these cheap chairs! I then got a footrest designed for sitting at the computer because my little feet can't reach the floor thanks to short legs and a high desk." --Dee-Ann LeBlanc (http://www.Dee-AnnLeBlanc.com)

"Yes, we have invested in some ergonomic products to help make our computer time more comfortable and healthful. We are both tall, me 6-3, she 5-10, and were tired of looking down upon the monitor and hunkering over the keyboard. So my wife Lynn and I pulled out all the stops during a recent trip to a nearby thrift shop and plunked down large money (about two bucks) for two highly beneficial and efficient posture stabilizers (large throw pillows) which have aided immeasurably in taking the 'cricks' out. Add to that, a monitor platform (a cardboard box which once held an electric typewriter) and, by gum, we have two low-cost, very low tech solutions to the ergonomic problems without pulling any baling wire or 'duck' tape off the pickup." --Rick Stivers (rickathome@alltel.net)

"I have a very expensive chair from Relax the Back but I don't use it properly so it's going to waste. Also bought the stool you sit on, resting on your knees but never found that very comfortable. Have a board under the desk for support. It just sits there. I have a glare screen on the monitor and I understand you can buy a shield to fit around the monitor to keep out reflections. Want to buy a keyboard but difficult because the only ones in stock where I live are for PCs. Would love to see people's suggestions of what has worked for them. I am subject to severe eye strain, sore neck, arms and wrist. No longer use the Kensington track ball because it's very hard on the thumb." --Andrea R. (WriteBites@aol.com)

"Recently my son gave me an ergonomic keyboard, fearing my hours of computer use would catch up with me. I'm glad for it, but I believe that most problems are due to 1) bad posture at the desk and 2) wrists down while typing. I'm from the old school where we were taught these important habits, having no idea they would come in handy some day." --Betty Rosian (BLRosian@aol.com)

"Yes I have taken precautions. In the U.K., we have the Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) regulations, which set out minimum standards for the ergonomic design of office environments and software. Interesting that there are a few companies out there whose Web sites might be considered to fall foul of even this basic set of requirements!" --Ross (ross.hall@garol.com)

"Yes, I've been keeping myself very aware of the ergonomic reality when sitting at my desk in front of this computer for any length of time. Unfortunately for me, I had a serious work injury and multiple spinal surgeries, several years ago. That situation has certainly opened my eyes to using correct body mechanics with all my daily activities, even if they are limited. Ergonomics, truly has a place in any writer's life, no matter how healthy you may be. Most of it is basic common sense. To start, evaluate where you are in relation to your computer screen and key pad. Looking at the screen should be relaxing, without having to look up or down. Your keyboard should be level, so that your fingers can comfortably reach all the keys. Your hands should be able to lay flat on top of the board itself. This will happen if your arms are bent at a 90 degree angle. I realize that some of this seems pretty simple, but so many people out there are suffering from a disabling condition known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Proper placement of your wrists, and comfort for use of your fingers, is vital when working for long periods in a continuous repetitive motion. Again, ergonomics play a major role when evaluating what type of chair to using at your desk. First, you need a chair that will easily adjust up and down for you. I would recommend a chair with arm rests, but that is an individual choice. In some situations, arm rests just don't work. You want to make sure that the chair will adjust high enough so that your arms bend at the elbow, in a 90 degree angle. Make sure that both feet are flat on the floor. Also, look for a chair that has a lumbar support. Meaning, make sure that the chair has a back rest. The back rest is located down towards your lower back, not up towards your shoulder blades. When leaning back in the chair, you want to feel the back rest press up against the small of your back. Most office chairs have this feature, but double check. Make sure the back rest can be adjusted easily. Finding the proper chair, may cost a little bit more, but your body is absolutely worth it." --Pamela L. Dow (pep5@mediaone.net)

"My best ergonomic decision was switching to the Dvorak keyboard. It not only stopped the aches and pains in my hands, it also speeded up my typing. After 10 years of failure to learn to touch type using QWERTY, I was touch typing in a week using Dvorak. Amazingly, anyone using Windows can change to it instantly, completely free. If you want to know more, there's an article on my Website at http://www.wordpool.co.uk/wfc/art/dvorak.htm." --Diana Kimpton (Diana@wordpool.co.uk)

"The biggest benefit I've seen has come from switching to a Dvorak keyboard layout. The investment was all in time and mental energy; the keyboard layout cost nothing. I switched cold turkey. The first week was agony -- I prayed for e-mails I could answer with a "Yes" or "No" so I could get them out in a reasonable time, and "No" was far preferable to "Yes." By the second week, I recall becoming comfortable with phrases again. I saved complete sentences for week 3 or 4. After a month or two, I was close to my normal speed at typing, and my hands had stopped hurting. I'm not going back. " --Bill Harris (http://facilitatedsystems.com)



"No I haven't, and my wrists hurt and I have a stiff neck!!! " --Connie (infinity@darientel.net)

"No. Hey, computers are expensive enough. We are glad to now have office chairs instead of using the dining chairs. This is as fancy as things get." --Roberta Beach Jacobson (editor@kafeniocom.com)



"A timely subject as I've just started out working from home, with my 14" monitor too close to my face, using the bench drawer to bring the mousepad closer, balancing the keyboard on my knees. My survey answer? I wish. One day soon I will invest in an ergonomic corner desk." --sy@simonyoung.co.nz

"Buying ergonomic equipment is not the only answer to preventing RSI. I was able to improve my work posture simply by adding a cushion to raise my seat, making my keyboard lie flat so my hands don't bend upward, and keeping the monitor lower than my eye level. Further, when I feel the symptoms of RSI beginning, I do exercises to relieve them. There are certain hand and arm exercises from yoga that relieve symptoms. I also know (since I wrote the book on it) a self-help body therapy called Body Rolling, which you do with an 8-inch ball, that has specific routines to relieve repetitive stress symptoms." --Stephanie Golden (sgolden@pipeline.com)



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