Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System
Editor: Howard Denson
STUFF FROM A WRITER’S QUILL
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
In this issue:
Stuff (and links) from hither and yon:
1. George Saunders: what writers really do when they write
2. Is this German novel the deadliest book in history?
3. Making poetry their own: the evolution of poetry education
4. Deaths of the Poets review: A superficial take on ‘self-destructive’ poets
5. When language can cure what ails you
6. Old English Words & Anglo-Saxon Worldviews
7. The Women Behind Famous Male Writers
Amy Quincy Wins Book Island Literary Award
No April meeting for NFW, but Rodney Hurst will discuss his writing projects on May 13
Book Mark to welcome Karen White, Steve Berry, Wendy Wax, Ace Atkins, Frank Green, Daniel Waller, Ann Kidd Taylor, and Adm. James Stavridis
Clay Writers to hear Richard Preston speak about writing books
Amelia Writers to hear about uses and abuses of copyright law
FWA blog for Northeast Florida
REGULAR POSTINGS: Writers Born This Month . . . Keep up with the NFW on our Facebook page . . . Meetings of NFW and Other Groups . . . Useful Links . . . Need someone to critique a manuscript? . . . The Write Staff
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George Saunders: what writers
really do when they write
A series of instincts, thousands of tiny adjustments, hundreds of drafts … What is the mysterious process writers go through to get an idea on to the page? Saunders says: “As text is revised, it becomes more specific and embodied in the particular. It becomes more sane. It becomes less hyperbolic, sentimental, and misleading. It loses its ability to create a propagandistic fog. Falsehoods get squeezed out of it, lazy assertions stand up, naked and blushing, and rush out of the room.” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/04/what-writers-really-do-when-they-write
Is this German novel
book in history?
Sean Braswell writes about THE SORROW OF YOUNG WERTHER by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. When it was published two years before Americans were signing the Declaration of Independence, it captured the sensibilities of Europeans. A young man’s beloved marries someone else, and he suffers, and suffers, until he commits suicide. The poignant story allegedly encouraged many a romantic to off himself . . . although the frequency of this drastic case may have been an example of an urban legend. http://www.ozy.com/flashback/is-this-german-novel-the-deadliest-book-in-history/76099?utm_source=AOL1&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=cpc
Making poetry their own:
the evolution of
Laura Apol of Michigan State traces how poetry was routinely included in schools in past centuries (and millennia). It was used to teach history, patriotism, spelling, and mathematics. In the mid-20th Century, a shift began occurring, really thanks to the after-effects of Sputnik, until finally the curricula hardly included it. Later, a greater awareness of diversity kicked in, and poetry returned with many different voices. https://theconversation.com/making-poetry-their-own-the-evolution-of-poetry-education-74671
Deaths of the Poets review:
A superficial take
on ‘self-destructive’ poets
Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts have written a big book DEATH OF THE POETS, but the only substantial thing about it seems to be its size, according to a review in The Irish Times. Their book’s explorations into fatal self-destruction focuses on Phillip Larkin, Dylan Thomas, Thom Gunn, Robert Frost, John Clare, W.H. Auden, Thomas Chatterton, among many others. https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/deaths-of-the-poets-review-a-superficial-take-on-self-destructive-poets-1.2995246
what ails you
An endless battle goes on among disciplines about what is the most effective treatment for certain diseases or conditions. Some scoff at 12-step programs (“cult-like”). Others bemoan any excessive reliance on drugs to treat conditions growing out of chemicals. So . . . ? https://daily.jstor.org/when-language-can-cure-what-ails-you/
Old English Words
Language can be a window to culture: by studying Old English words, we can get an insight into how the Anglo-Saxons saw the world around them. This blog post considers Old English words for fingers, pigs, old age and anger. All word clouds were made with www.tagul.com. Information about Old English words is taken from the Thesaurus of Old English.
The women behind
famous male writers
Many significant others of famous writers have played important roles in the writing of novels, poetry collections, plays, memoirs, etc. This article focuses on the famous Russians, plus Dickens, Twain, and Fitzgerald. http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2017/04/07/thanksfortyping-the-women-behind-famous-male-writers/
AMY QUINCY WINS
The winner of the 2017 Book Island Literary Award is Jacksonville resident Amy Quincy, who received the honor for her book MISADVENTURES OF A HAPPY HEART: A MEMOIR OF LIFE BEYOND DISABILITY.
Ms. Quincy suffered a severe brain hemorrhage in her 30s, and, despite the life-altering effects, she eventually returned to her first passion – writing. The result, according to many readers, was to produce an unflinching memoir, stripped bare of pretense.
Books are judged by a panel invited by the Festival Award Committee, including authors, speakers, educators and others with credentials and experience in evaluating writing and books.
Information about when the festival will begin accepting entries for the 2018 Book Island Literary Award will be announced later this spring. For ongoing news and updates about this and other festival events, visit the website at http://www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org.
NO APRIL MEETING FOR N.F.W., BUT RODNEY HURST WILL DISCUSS HIS WRITING PROJECTS ON MAY 13
No meeting is scheduled for the North Florida Writers in April, but the NFW will hear Rodney L. Hurst on Saturday, May 13. Hurst is the author of IT WAS NEVER ABOUT A HOTDOG AND A COKE and UNLESS WE TELL IT…IT NEVER GETS TOLD . The talk will be in the meeting room of the Riverside-Avondale Watson Realty branch (on the corner of Herschel and San Juan). The meeting will start at 1 p.m.
Hurst and his late wife Ann (June 24, 1945-September 5, 2016) would have celebrated their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary on December 10, 2016. Hurst has two sons, Rodney (Vandlyn) and Todd, and two granddaughters, Marquiette, and Jasmine. He worships at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church and Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
Members have voted on two measures important to the organization:
BOOK MARK TO WELCOME KAREN WHITE,
STEVE BERRY, WENDY WAX, ACE ATKINS,
FRANK GREEN, DANIEL WALLER,
ANN KIDD TAYLOR, AND ADM. STAVRIDIS
Owner Rona Brinlee says that in the upcoming weeks the BookMark will host Karen White, Steve Berry, Wendy Wax, Ace Atkins, Frank Green, Daniel Waller, Ann Kidd Taylor, and Adm. Stavridis. The BookMark is located at 220 1st St., Neptune Beach 32266.
Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It's a place where reserved old-timers such as town matriarch Sugar Prescott co-exist uneasily with wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, epitomized by Heather Blackford. Merilee knows that no life is perfect, especially her own. But all three women will be shocked by just how dangerous deceptive appearances can be.
Wendy Wax, ONE GOOD THING (Berkley Books), Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m.
Ace Atkins, ROBERT B. PARKER'S LITTLE WHITE LIES (G.P. Putnam's Sons), Sunday, May 7, 3 p.m.
Frank Green, Steve Berry and more, WEDNESDAYS WITH FRANK: A PANEGYRIC (Cypress Publications), Friday, May 12, 7 p.m.
This monthly tradition keeps getting more and more popular, and for good reasons. Miss Pat has a way of capturing the attention and imagination of her young listeners (and their adult friends). Don't forget...it's the second Saturday of each month.
Daniel Wallace, EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES (St. Martin's Press), Friday, June 2, 7 p.m.
The bestselling author of BIG FISH and MR. SEBASTIAN AND THE NEGRO MAGICIAN offers a new treat. Edsel Bronfman works as a junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware. He lives in a seedy neighborhood and spends his free time with his spirited mother. Things happen to other people, and Bronfman knows it. Until, that is, he gets a call from operator 61217 telling him that he's won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida. But there's a catch: the offer is intended for a couple, and Bronfman has only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him. The phone call jolts Bronfman into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway. Open at last to the possibilities of life, Bronfman now believes that anything can happen. And it does.
This debut novel about love, loss, and sharks is by New York Times bestselling co-author of TRAVELING WITH POMEGRANATES (written with her mother, Sue Monk Kidd). Attacked by a Black Tip shark when she was 12 (on the same memorable day of her first kiss), Maeve Donnelly is now a famed marine biologist. But she's not so adept socially, which her rotten brother is about to reveal in a novel based on her stumbling love life.
From one of the most admired admirals of his generation -- and the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO -- comes a remarkable voyage through all of the world's most important bodies of water, providing the story of naval power as a driver of human history and a crucial element in our current geopolitical path. From the time of the Greeks and the Persians clashing in the Mediterranean, sea power has determined world power. To an extent that is often underappreciated, it still does. When most of us look at a globe, we focus on the shape of the seven continents. Admiral Stavridis sees the shapes of the seven seas.
CLAY WRITERS TO HEAR
RICHARD PRESTON SPEAK
ABOUT WRITING BOOKS
The Clay County Writers will present Richard Preston speaking on “So You Want to Write a Book: 5 Things You Need to Know to Be Successful.” The talk will be at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the meeting room of the Orange Park Public Library (2054 Plainfield Ave., Orange Park, behind the Dairy Queen on Kingsley Ave.). This meeting is free and open to all.
Since Preston’s book, SERENITY GRANTED, came out last year, his life has been a series of presentations, media interviews, and community events around his addiction/recovery story. Find out his secrets about:
· How he wrote his book.
· How to plan a book and get started.
· Deciding whether to self-publish.
· Book marketing.
He discusses how to approach your story, produce a quality book, and connect with the people you need to reach to keep your sales humming briskly along from Day 1. Born in Jacksonville, he discovered alcohol at age six. Although named “Most Likely to Succeed” in high school, addiction, anger, and aggression hobbled his dreams for 35 years, With raw honesty, he recounts his wild ride down a super highway of self-destruction, a journey punctuated with bottles of Miller High Life, stays in correctional facilities, and attempts at suicide. Then fate stepped in. A brother’s love combined with the stroke of a judge’s pen delivered Richard to a different path. He found himself in the realm of serenity, where peace, faith, and connection, make everything possible. Learn more at http://serenitygranted.net/
You may also keep up with Clay Writers on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/107392142634903/ .
AMELIA WRITERS TO HEAR
ABOUT USES AND ABUSES
OF COPYRIGHT LAW
Writers by the Sea (WBTS) will hear Jacksonville attorney, Deborah Reid, on the Uses and Abuses of Copyright and Trademark Law at their April 20 meeting at the Amelia Island Museum of History. The meeting will have introductions from 6 until 6:30 p.m., when Ms. Reid will talk.
You may go to the FWA blog and check out meetings of the River City Writers, the Clay County Writers, Writers by the Sea, the Ancient City Writers, and the Ponte Vedra Writers.
To check out the names of writers who were born this month, go to this website:
.The list includes novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction authors, writers for the small and silver screen, and others.
.If you see that we have omitted a writer, give us his or her name (and preferably a way to verify the belly-button day).
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