·         Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System

· *November 2010

·         Editor: Howard Denson

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In This Issue:

NFW will Meet at Green Cove Springs Book Store on Nov. 13, on Shanty-Boat in December

Other Words Conference to Feature Panels, Nuts and Bolts Info

The Wrong Stuff

Stuff from Hither and Yon

Quote from a Writer's Quill – E.B. White

Writers Born This Month

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Maestro, a little traveling music! For the Nov. 13 meeting, the North Florida Writers will meet at Historic Grounds, the bookstore and gift shop, in Green Cove Springs (420 Walnut Street, Phone: (904)529-5141). The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. At 4 p.m., Historic Grounds will have authors doing multiple book signings.

If you have a manuscript for which you would like some positive feedback, you need to come to meeting.

In December, NFW will meet at Lynn Skapyak Harlin’s shanty-boat on the Trout River, where her writers’ workshops have been held for several years. (Directions in next issue.)

The critique process has people other than the author of respective works read aloud the submissions (up to 10 double-spaced pages of prose, and reasonable amounts of poetry or lyrics). Authors may not defend their work, but they should listen to the words and rhythms of their creations.

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The 2010 Other Words Conference, sponsored by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition, will be held on the Flagler College campus in St. Augustine Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 4-6.

The theme of this year's conference is "Writing about Something." Welcoming writers from across Florida and from several states, the conference will feature a number of panel discussions on the theme, along with nuts-and-bolts panels about publishing, submitting work, agents, editors, small presses, teaching creative writing, collaboration and others.

There will also be a number of poetry, fiction and non-fiction readings.

Panels and readings, along with creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction and special sessions of workshops as outreach to underserved youth will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Writing faculty include Terri Witek (poetry); Mark Powell (fiction); Lisa Zimmerman (poetry); Tania Rochelle (poetry). The writing staff will also offer individual manuscript consultations and publishing advice.

Evening readings are planned for Nov. 4, 5 and 6. They begin at 7:30.
Thursday, Nov. 4, and showcase local writers William Slaughter and Laura Lee Smith. Friday features poet Lola Haskins and writer Wil Haygood, while Saturday spotlights poet Diane Wakoski and writer Terese Svoboda. All evening readings are free and open to the public.

There will also be a keynote event featuring Jeffrey Lependorf of CLMP. In addition, Florida publishers and journals will sponsor readings by their authors throughout the weekend. Those participating include Autumn House, Snake Nation Press, Kitsune Books, All Nations Press, Anhinga Press, University of Tampa Press/Tampa Review, Yellow Jacket Press, The University of South Florida, Peace River Writers, Gulf Stream Magazine, and Main Street Press.

The FLAC Other Words conference has registration rates for both members and non-members. For more information on conference fees and events, see the FLAC/Other Words blogspot, Facebook page, and website. (Check out and, and become a fan on Facebook by searching "Other Words Conference.")

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Andrew Carter (“Orlando Sentinel” story on FSU game):

After Jimbo Fisher watched Florida State give him the only 45th birthday present he wanted on Saturday night, the Seminoles sung Fisher "Happy Birthday" in a jubilant Florida State locker room.

--and later--

After his players sung to him, Fisher said he talked to them about avoiding the predictable letdown that has plagued Seminoles teams of the recent past.

W.S. SAYS: Two problems: First, the past tense of "sing" is "sang." True, some wild-eyed anarchistic handbooks will give "sung" as an alternate form, but you wouldn't jump off a grammatical cliff simply because they did it, would you? Second, when a noun or a proper noun is used to modify the main noun, the modifier will be singular, as in "brick houses," "stone fences," or "Seminole teams." Other option: Go with plural possessive: "Seminoles' teams."

Peter Rainer, "Cinematic witness to Nazi horror" (“Christian Science Monitor”):

["A Film Unfinished" director Yael] Hersonski has described how she choose the survivors she interviewed: "I invited only those who thought they couldn't leave this world without having the final word on this silent footage."

W.S. SAYS: Past tense is required: "how she CHOSE." If present tense had been needed, it would have been "she CHOOSES."

John Yemma, "Nomad Nation Settles Down" (“Christian Science Monitor”):

Americans have always been known for their restlessness. Daniel Boone craved elbowroom. Tom Sawyer couldn't wait to "light out for the territory." The Joad family headed to California when the Dust Bowl became intolerable.

W.S. SAYS: Close, but a little off. Huckleberry Finn narrated this in the last chapter of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn": " And then Tom he talked along and talked along, and says, le's all three slide out of here one of these nights and get an outfit, and go for howling adventures amongst the Injuns, over in the territory for a couple of weeks or two; and I says, all right, that suits me, but I ain't got no money for to buy the outfit. . ." But the actual phrase Yemma referred to was Huck's in the last lines of the book: "But I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there before."


Calum McLeod, “China may relax one-child rule” (“USA Today”)”

Family planning officers enforces the rule elsewhere.

W.S. SAYS: “Officers” is the subject, so the verb should be “enforce.”


“Top 10 Mysterious Burial Sites” in Listverse.Com:

Yet the search for [Genghis Khan’s] remains continues, using advanced ground visualization techniques that not even the Great Khan, renowned for incorporating the technologies of the countless people he conquered into his war machine, could not have imagined.

W.S. SAYS: The sentence is overloaded, and the writer loses track of what he or she is saying. If we temporarily remove, “renowned for . . . into war machine,” we see it says “NOT even the Great Khan could NOT have imagined.”


“Nostalgic Terror: War of the Worlds Radio Play” (“Folio Weekly):

In reality, Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on The Air troupe created hysteria in some parts of the country when they presented a dramatic adaptation of H. G. Welles “War of the Worlds.”

W.S. SAYS: Orson’s last name is spelled correctly, but Herbert George’s last name doesn’t have a second “e” in it. H.G. also needed an apostrophe (Wells’ “War of the Worlds”).

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The Trouble
With the Nobel
Prize for Lit

In "Newsweek," Malcolm Jones discusses why literature prizes have way too much influence over what we read. Follow his argument at

The "Jewish Jane Austen"
Wins Man Booker Prize
For Comic Novel

Various stories have labeled Howard Jacobsen as "the Jewish Jane Austen."
After 30 years of publishing, he has won the United Kingdom's Man Booker Prize with "The Finkler Question." Explore the story at

Books are

A true bibliophile doesn't stop accumulating volumes just because his house is already full, says Simon Heffer in the “Daily Telegraph.” He watches a friend “downsize” his library and realizes he wasn’t ruthless enough for the task.

Jane Austen's famous
prose may not be
hers after all

Jane Austen is renowned for the polished prose of her novels, of which it was once remarked: "Everything came finished from her pen." Anita Singh, arts correspondent for the “Telegraph,” said her editor, William Gifford, often translated her original draft with its misspelled words (often in a Hampshire dialect) into what we recognize today. Follow the discussion at .

Keener Sounds:
How can poetry
that doesn't rhyme be
so pleasing to the ear?

In Slate.Com, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky explores the strength and beauty of unrhymed, often blank verse poetry. He notes that end rhymes may not be necessary. He notes that the Greeks and Romans did not use end rhymes. (But, of course, they didn’t have to since the languages themselves were so euphonious.)

True to type:
how we fell in love
with our letters

From easyJet to Facebook, road signs to clothing labels, Simon Garfield says in “The London Observer” that we are surrounded by a world of type. But what messages do its different kinds convey? In this extract from his new book, Just My Type, Garfield looks at the history of typefaces, the obsessive care taken over their design – and the role they play in shaping our lives.
The Discipline
of English

Douglas W. Texter, in effect, says in “The Chronicle of Higher Education” that the discipline of English is “inherently sadomasochistic.” With tongue in cheek, he suggests that WhipLady should dominate English classes and ask “Who’s been a naughty student in need of discipline?”

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No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader's intelligence, or whose attitude is patronizing.

-- E.B. White

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1--Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636), Christopher Brennan (1870), Stephen Crane (1871), Sholem Asch (1880), David Jones (1895), James Kilpatrick (1920); 2--Jules Amédée Barbey D'Aurevilly (1808), Shere Hite (1942); 3--Benvenuto Cellini (1500), William Cullen Bryan (1794); 4--William Habington (1605), Conte Aleardo Aleardi (1812), Will Rogers (1879), Ciro Alegría (1909);

5--John Brown (1715), James Beattie (1735), Sam Shepard (1943); 6--Colley Cibber (1671), James Jones (1921); 7--Mark Aleksandrovich Aldanov (1889), Albert Camus (1913); 8--Roger de Beauvoir (EugPne Auguste Roger de Bully) (1806), Margaret Mitchell (1900), Kazuo Ishiguto (1954); 9--Mark Akenside (1721), Thomasine Christine Gyllembourg-Ehrensvard (1773), James Schyler (1923), Anne Sexton (1928), Carl Sagan (1934), Roger McGough (1937);

10--Jakob Cats (1577), José Hernádez (1834), Olaf Bull (1883), Vachel Lindsay (1879), Karl Shapiro (1913); 11--Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821), Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836), Winston Churchill, of U.S. (1871), Howard Fast (1914), Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922), Carlos Fuentes (1928); 13--Robert Louis Stevenson (1850); 14--Robert Smythe Hichens (1864), Jacob Abbott, P. J. O'Rourke (1955);

15--Marianne Moore (1915), J. G. Ballard (1930), Ted Berrigan (1934); 16--Chinua Achebe (1930); 17--Sigurd Wesley Christiansen (1891), Shelby Foote (1916); 18--Wyndham Lewis (1882), Margaret Atwood (1939); 19--Hjalmar Fredrik Elgerus Bergman (1883), Allen Tate (1899), Sharon Olds (1942);

20--Thomas Chatterton (1752), le doyen Bridel (Philippe Sirice Bridel) (1757), Alistair Cook (1908), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Don DeLillo (1936); 22--George Eliot (1819), André Gide (1869), Endre Ady (1877), Richard Emil Braun (1934); 24--Dale Carnegie (1888), William F. Buckley Jr. (1925), Paul Blackburn (1926);

25--Count Gustaf Fredrik Gyllenborg (1731), John Bigelow (1817); 26--William Cowper (1731), Mihály Babits (1883), EugPne Ionesco (1909), Charles Schultz (1922), David Poyer (1949); 27--Friedrich Rudolf Ludwig Canitz (1654), Bankim Chandra Chatterji (1838), James Agee (1909); 28--William Blake (1757), Carl Jonas Love Almqvist (1793), Dawn Powell (1897); 29--Louisa May Alcott (1832), Ludwig Anzengruber (1839), C. S. Lewis (1898), Madeleine L'Engle (1918), Kahil Gibran (1922), David Kirby (1944);

30--Jonathan Swift (1667), Mark Twain (1835), Sir Winston Churchill (1874).

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