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         From the Editor's Desk
         WRITER TO WRITER: Hurricane Katrina Relief
            by Peggy Tibbetts
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Back Up Your Writing -- and Your Life!
	     by Moira Allen
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         JUST FOR FUN: Are You Creative? by Michele Pariza Wacek
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

One Thing Leads to Another...
All things considered, it will be a miracle if this issue goes
out on time! It all began when Peggy and I decided that we would
dedicate a sizeable chunk of the issue to information on how
writers can help with Katrina relief efforts, specifically aimed
at things having to do with books and writing.  That turned into
a column all by itself.  At the last minute, after Peggy had sent
me the issue, I received information on two anthologies that two
writers are setting up to raise funds for relief efforts, so I
decided to add them to the end of Peggy's column.  Then I noticed
that proceeds from one of the anthologies would be going to
something called "Noah's Wish," which sounded like it had
something to do with pets, so I had to go check that out.

As a pet owner and pet writer, the plight of animals stranded
during disasters has long been a concern of mine. In the past,
rescue organizations have not been very helpful in this area.
Most emergency shelters will not accept pets (citing health
concerns), even if those pets are in crates.  I've heard that in
the New Orleans situation, many evacuation vehicles (e.g., boats
and buses) have "bent" the no-pets rule, since many of the later
evacuees had refused to leave the city without their pets
(indeed, that was often the reason that people stayed).

So I checked out Noah's Wish, which is an organization that
focuses entirely on the issue of pets and disasters, and that led
me to other websites, and then I decided that I really needed to
add this information to my Pet Loss Support Page (you can find
this info at http://www.pet-loss.net/katrina.html), and the next
thing I knew, my tummy was rumbling ominously as I'd completely
forgotten about lunch and was headed toward dinner time...

I'd also realized that the topic I had planned to use as an
editorial was getting out of control and turning into an article.
 Which isn't written yet -- but will be as soon as I attend to
that tummy rumble!

So this has turned, somewhat unexpectedly, into the "Katrina"
issue.  We always are happy to have readers pass this newsletter
on to friends, discussion groups, etc. -- but we would be
especially happy if you pass this issue along to anyone that you
think might be interested.

Which brings me to one last item -- a note from a reader, who
wants to remind newsletter editors and ANYONE who forwards e-mail
to a large number of people, to please protect your readers' or
correspondents' privacy by putting their addresses in the BCC
(blind copy) section. Otherwise, anyone who gets hold of that
e-mail, or who passes it along, is putting all your friends' or
readers' e-mail addresses out there for any spammer to find.  (It
also helps the rest of us by precluding the need to scroll down
through pages of forwarded addresses before we get to the actual
content of your e-mail.)

                                          -- Moira Allen, Editor


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WRITER TO WRITER: Hurricane Katrina Relief
                           by Peggy Tibbetts (peggyt"at"siltnet.net)

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Katrina and the devastating
flood, the need is ongoing. While we watched on TV the horror of
human lives shattered and lost, on top of the enormous property
damage, what isn't as visible is the great losses to libraries,
schools, bookstores, and newspapers across the Gulf Coast. These
are the foundations of our writing world and they need our help.
I've compiled a list of organizations, businesses, and
associations seeking your help. Books are also needed for the
thousands of people still housed in shelters, and I have provided
a list of volunteers who are accepting book donations. These are
just a few of the many ways you can help:

ABA Bookseller Relief Fund
Created by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to assist
storekeepers whose businesses were damaged or destroyed.

Texas Library Association's Disaster Relief Fund
Collecting donations for libraries in the Gulf Coast area. 100%
of donations will be sent to the state library agency or library
association in the state of your choice.

Friends of the Times-Picayune
As many as half of New Orleans Times-Picayune staffers and their
families lost their homes in the horrible aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina. Newhouse Newspapers, which owns the paper, has extended
salaries for a period of time and offered other benefits.
Heroically, the employees continue to publish online and in
print. Seeking donations to help employees re-build their lives.

A Book in Every Backpack
Books, school supplies, and backpacks are needed.

This Louisiana-based Internet bookstore is accepting donations to
help rebuild school districts in the hurricane and flood ravaged
areas, and to assist school districts that have added hundreds of
new students. https://www.booksxyz.com/katrina.php

Louisiana Library Association Disaster Relief Fund
Accepting donations to assist school, public, and academic
library restoration efforts in southeastern Louisiana.

First Book
Every $5 donated will be matched with one book that will go to
children in the devastated areas. http://snipurl.com/hmr9

The Geaux Library Project
Attempting to meet the information needs at hurricane evacuee
shelters around Louisiana and beyond. Using computers and
networking equipment donated to the Red Cross and others by large
commercial and local IT companies, Becky Hebert and Addie
Fletcher will be setting up small computer labs at Red Cross
shelters and staffing them with librarians and other trained
volunteers. Pilot locations in Louisiana will include the
Gonzales, Baton Rouge, and Acadiana (Lafayette) areas. They have
openings for several volunteer positions: coordinators,
librarians, techs, couriers, searchers, writers and a webmaster.
For more information: http://www.geauxlibrary.org

Books needed for shelters
Features Editor for The Daily Advertiser and RWA member Cherˇ
Coen is collecting books for shelters in Lafayette, LA:

Fellow RWA member Connie Rachel is collecting books for shelters
in Baton Rouge: ddracha"at"aol.com

Toni Causey is coordinating efforts to distribute books to
shelters in Baton Rouge, including the Baton Rouge River Center,
housing 45,000 people: toni.causey"at"gmail.com

The Louisiana Library Association can also direct you to
multiple shelters in the Baton Rouge area: office"at"llaonline.org

Two women in Houston have arranged for local Borders and
Waldenbooks locations to serve as collection points for book
donations for people currently housed in the Houston Astrodome:
Operation Books for Refugees from Katrina (Phone: 713-524-0200)
c/o Borders Books, 3025 Kirby, Houston, TX 77098

Primer Publishers is compiling a library for people at Arizona's
Veteran's Coliseum: bill"at"primerpublishers.com

The Colorado Child Rescue Foundation is collecting children's
books and educational materials only: childrescue97984"at"aol.com

Two Anthologies Planned to Support Relief Efforts
Writers S.A. Parham and W. Olivia Race are preparing two
anthologies to be published in PDF and print-on-demand paperback
format (via Lulu.com); all proceeds will be donated to Hurricane
Katrina relief funds.

Southern Comfort - Stories for this anthology should be set in
Southern states. Preference may be given to stories set in
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Science fiction, fantasy,
dark fantasy, retold fairy tales, and horror will all be
considered. While a happily-ever-after ending is not required, we
do ask writers to avoid tales that reek of despair. Proceeds from
this anthology will be donated to the American Red Cross Katrina
Disaster Relief Fund.

Animal Magnetism - Stories for this anthology should feature an
animal either as a main character or as a key element of the
story. Werewolves and animal shapeshifters will be considered.
Science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, retold fairy tales, and
horror will all be considered. While a happily-ever-after ending
is not required, we do ask writers to avoid tales that reek of
despair. Proceeds from this anthology will be donated to Noah's

All contributors will receive one PDF copy of the anthology their
story or artwork appears in. Please direct any questions
regarding the anthologies via email to sfh.anthology"at"gmail.com
More details about the anthologies are available here:


Peggy Tibbetts answers your questions about writing for children
in her monthly column, Advice from a Caterpillar:
She is the author of "The Road to Weird" and "Rumors of War".
Visit her web site at: http://www.peggytibbetts.net

Copyright (c) 2005 by Peggy Tibbetts


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Florida Press Club entries lost in hurricane
According to Florida Press Club President Stephanie Slater,
nearly 300 entries in the club's annual journalism contest, which
were sent to members in New Orleans for judging, were lost due to
the hurricane and flood. Slater attempted to contact the members
and was unable to determine if the entries were salvaged: "We
assumed they were lost because we could not track them down. We
decided that they would not be worried about grabbing our entries
while they were evacuating so we decided to forgo those
categories." Because of the circumstances, the contest will not
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October 15. The press club plans to donate the $4,155 collected
from the lost entry fees to a fund set up to aide Times-Picayune
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As residents of the Gulf Coast cope with the destruction of
Hurricane Katrina, publishing houses have come forward with
pledges. Scholastic will donate $100,000 to the American Red
Cross Disaster Relief Fund, and also announced plans to donate
books and other material to local schools affected by the
disaster. News Corp., which owns HarperCollins, pledged $1
million to the Salvation Army. And Viacom, Simon & Schuster's
corporate parent, is giving $1 million to the American Red Cross.
In an open letter to Random House employees, company CEO Peter
Olson said that Random House will also donate $500,000 to the
American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund and match
employee contributions, to the relief organization of choice,
dollar for dollar.

Booksellers, authors, publishers help hurricane victims
Booksellers and others in the book industry have responded to the
catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina. After first watching the loss
of life and homes with horror, independent business owners have
felt additional distress for those who face the daunting task of
repairing damage done to their bookstores, or the prospect of
abandoning their ruined enterprises and their livelihoods.
Bookselling This Week has compiled a list of the ways booksellers,
publishers, and book-related organizations are trying to help
those in the affected areas. For more information:

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libraries, and bookstores in conjunction with local cable
affiliates. As part of its tour, Book TV Bus representatives will
regularly interview local bookstore owners. Connie Doebele,
Executive producer of C-SPAN2's Book TV, said: "We're eager for
Book TV to get on the road, visiting communities where nonfiction
readers and our viewers live. Whether a reader is interested in
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                                                   by Moira Allen

At the grocery store the other day, I succumbed to the temptation
to pick up a copy of People Magazine to read its coverage of the
effects of Hurricane Katrina.  One article in particular caught
my eye: A photo feature on the items evacuees felt they
absolutely had to take with them, even when they had to leave
everything else behind.

As a writer, to me this question would be a no-brainer: My
laptop!  Not because I have a particular fondness for that piece
of hardware, but because that laptop holds something very
important to me: My work.  I can replace clothes, books,
household items -- but I can't replace the words that I've
written over the years, particularly those that haven't been

My laptop holds a great deal more than words, however.  It also
holds my entire output of digital photography.  It holds my
business records.  In fact, it holds a rather large chunk of my
life -- a chunk that I no longer have to worry about losing in
the event of a disaster.

Hurricane Katrina is a wake-up call to all of us, a reminder that
in an instant, you can lose everything you own.  But if you plan
ahead, you can ensure that some of the most important elements of
your life are protected against just about any kind of disaster
-- even if you CAN'T take it with you. Here's some tips on the
types of things you can preserve.

Back Up Your Work!
Every writer knows how important it is to back up files of your
"work in progress."  But how often do we actually do it?  (I say
"we," because I've realized that I have gotten lazy and
complacent about making frequent backups.)

I've found that the easiest way to remind myself of what needs to
be backed up at the end of the day, or the end of the week, is to
keep two separate "backup" folders/directories on my hard drive.
One folder is titled "Daily Backup," and is for those files that
get changed as often as every day, such as my spreadsheets that
track business expenses and income.  At the end of the day,
before shutting down my computer, I make a copy of each file that
I've worked with and drag it to the backup folder.

The second folder is titled "One-Time Backup."  This folder is
for items that are unique -- i.e., that don't get changed every
day.  When I write a new article or column, it goes into this
folder.  If I download an article of interest from the Web, it
might go here.  If someone sends me a photo that I want to keep,
it will go here.  I keep these items separate because, once this
folder has been transferred to my laptop, it will be emptied for
the next batch of items, unlike my "daily backup" folder.

Ideally, I know that I should transfer these files over to
storage every night, but of course I don't!  Instead, about once
a week I use a flash storage drive or "data stick" to copy the
two backup folders.  My "work" computer is downstairs; my laptop
(which is my photography and "play" computer) is upstairs, and
the flash drive is perfect for transporting files from one to the
other.  There's no way I could easily disconnect the hard drive
of my main computer in an emergency, but I know that I can easily
grab my laptop -- and that it will always be no more than a week
behind in archiving my records.

Back Up Your OLD Work!
It's easy to see the need to back up your work in progress: The
last thing you want is to lose the work you've done on that
article that is due in a week, or half the novel that you've been
sweating over for the past year.  But it's also a good idea to
back up your older work.  If you haven't made a backup copy of
older articles, stories, or whatever, consider doing so, even
though you may not think that you'll ever "need" them again.  If
something happens to your hard drive, that work could be gone
forever.  This is especially true of anything that you've written
but haven't published.

You can also back up work that you created before you had a
computer.  My older writings have been lurking in my file boxes
for years, typed on all sorts of interesting scrap paper.  A part
of me likes to imagine the day when archivists will be thrilled
to discover the genuine, original, hand-typed copy of the Gothic
novel I started to write in college -- and that is typed on the
back of some of my old college essays -- but the practical side
of me says "scan it and toss it!"  The same applies to a host of
other literary efforts that will mean nothing to anyone but me.

It's also not a bad idea to scan your clips.  With a color
scanner, you can create Adobe PDF files, which you can then use
as attachments when submitting to a publication that is willing
to review clips electronically.

Back Up Your Business Records
My grand archival project actually started when I began to back
up my tax records.  At the time, I wasn't thinking of disasters;
rather, I was thinking of moves.  When you've moved nine times in
twenty years, you look for any means possible of "lightening the
load."  Scanned copies of business receipts and other tax records
are considered acceptable documents by the IRS.  And if you're
one of those folks who is afraid to throw out tax records no
matter how old they are, backing them up electronically provides
the perfect solution.  At the same time, scanning your recent
returns and receipts provides peace of mind: you're secure in the
knowledge that if the IRS decides to audit you ten minutes after
your house burns down, you're covered.

I also recommend backing up important personal documents, such as
deeds, birth certificates, marriage licenses, passports, etc.
Unlike tax records, these will NOT be considered valid documents
if you lose the originals.  However, such backups WILL give you
all the information you need if you should ever have to replace
those originals.  Scanning your credit cards and other
identification cards can help if your wallet or purse is stolen.
A word of warning, however: It may be unwise to leave this kind
of material on a computer that is connected to the Internet,
unless you have a good firewall.  The last thing you want is to
put your identity papers in a place where hackers can find them!

Back Up Your Photos
Whenever people lose their homes in any sort of disaster, one of
the things they say they miss the most is their family photos.
Today you don't have to take the risk of losing those precious
memories: You can back them up!

Since my laptop has 30GB of memory, it's the perfect place to
store all my digital photos.  But I don't just use it to hold
pictures I've taken with my digital camera. This summer, I began
what is coming to be known as "the project that will never die"
-- the task of archiving all my pre-digital family photos on my
laptop.  I've been scanning my old albums. I've also been
scanning my "ancestral" archives -- including my husband's family
black-and-white archives, and a box full of family transparencies
taken as much as 50 years ago. (Actually, I cheated; I sent most
of those out to a professional slide scanner, along with the
transparencies and negatives of my honeymoon; otherwise, I
figured I'd be spending the next ten years hunched over my
scanner.)  This project gave me the added benefit of being able
to restore photos that had become severely discolored with age;
my electronic archives are now a better record now than the
original photos.

Back Up Family Treasures
Just as a scanner can be the ideal way to preserve your photo
albums, it's also a great way to preserve other family treasures.
My grandfather was an artist -- not a terribly good one, but his
few surviving paintings are something I wanted to archive in such
a way that I could share them with other family members.  So I've
been scanning the smaller paintings and taking digital photos of
the larger ones, and this Christmas everyone in the family is
going to get a nice CD-ROM in their stocking. But more
importantly, I know that I've preserved this artwork not only
from a possible disaster, but also from the ravages of time.

You may not have an official "artist" in the family, but what
about those works of art by your children that you've used to
wallpaper the refrigerator?  Those, and just about any other sort
of ephemera that you'd like to protect, can be scanned and
archived.  You can scan old letters, diaries, cards, recipes --
anything that you've collected or saved over time.  An archived
copy will never replace the original if the original is lost --
but it is still better than having nothing left at all.

Back Up Your House
If your home IS damaged or destroyed by a disaster, large-scale
or personal, having a record of your household goods can be
important when it comes time to convince your insurance company
to replace them.  Traditionally, insurance companies have
accepted photos as proof of ownership.  But if those photos have
been destroyed along with the goods theselves, that won't help
you much!

Therefore, it's not a bad idea to go through your house with a
digital camera and take DETAILED pictures of your possessions.
Open your cupboards and closets, and photograph what's inside.
Download those photos to your computer, and make sure that the
download includes the date that they were TAKEN.  (This generally
means using the photo download program that comes with your
digital camera.)  Repeat this process about once a year, or if
you move, or if you add anything major to your inventory.  This
way, even if your house is obliterated from the face of the
earth, you can still prove that you did, indeed, have a library
of 3000 books, or a collection of 420 glass unicorns.  If you're
truly obsessive-compulsive (I am), you might even want to do a
written inventory of your goods, such as books, CDs, DVDs, and
any collections of significant value.

Save It and Share It
My own archive project arose not out of fear of disaster, but out
of a desire to be able to share some family treasures with other
family members.  By making CD-ROMs of my archives, I will be able
to give everyone in the family a copy of grandfather's art and
grandmother's photos.  But more importantly, by making CD-ROM
backups, I can DISTRIBUTE my archives to different locations
around the country.  By doing so, I ensure that even if I can't
grab a thing in the case of an emergency, the majority of my
files will still be saved.  I may lose the most recent versions
of my work and my business records, but I won't lose my older
articles, my half-finished novel, my photos, or the family

If you embark upon an archiving project, make regular backups of
your work.  A major archive-scanning job can take weeks (mine is
taking months) -- and the last thing you want is to have to do it
all over again because your hard drive crashed.  CDs are cheap, so
burn them -- often.

When your project is complete, organize your files so that you
can easily determine where everything is, and burn several
archive-quality CD-ROMs or DVDs (depending on the amount of
information you need to store).  Do NOT use rewritable CDs!  If
you have more material than you can fit on a single CD, use a
DVD.  Label your disks with a notation of what they contain and
the date they were made.  (I've heard warnings that press-on CD
labels can damage your disks, so I just scrawl the info with a
permanent marker.)

Then, give or send copies of these disks to people who can store
them for you in a safe location away from your home -- the
farther, the better!  My husband keeps a set of my archives in
his office, but I also send a set to my mother-in-law, who lives
on the other side of the country.  Be sure that you choose people
you can trust (after all, these archives may contain personal
information that you don't want others to share), and people who
are reliable enough not only to put them in a safe place, but to
remember where that place is if you actually need them again.

The day hasn't yet arrived when we can download and backup our
entire personality electronically.  However, we CAN back up a
huge chunk of our history, our past, our memories, and our most
important achievements.  Today, all it costs to preserve some of
the items that are most precious to you (or most vital to your
business) is a handful of CDs and a chunk of time.  By making
that investment, you can ensure that no matter what happens to
your home, you are no longer at risk of "losing everything."


Moira Allen has been writing and editing professionally for more
than 20 years. A columnist for The Writer, she is also the author
of "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer", "The Writer's
Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals" (now available as an
e-book) and "Writing.com: Creative Internet Strategies to
Advance Your Writing Career". For more details, visit:

Copyright (c) 2005 by Moira Allen


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Get a piece of paper and number it one to seven. For each
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1. When you come across a rose, you immediately:

A. Smell it
B. Quote every rose poem you can remember
C. Write your own poem
D. Sketch the rose
E. Step on the rose

2. One of your dreams in life is to:

A. Write a novel
B. Become a painter
C. Travel the world
D. Climb all the famous mountains
E. Just once, get everything done on your to-do list

3. Your desk:

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    including the kitchen sink
B. Resembles a natural disaster
C. Is a bit of a mess, but you know where everything is
D. Is basically neat -- you use the stacking method
E. Is in perfect order -- everything in its place

4. The person you admire most is:

A. Einstein
B. Walt Disney
C. Your mother
D. Jane Austen
E. Anyone who can get everything crossed off their to-do list

5. You consider yourself:

A. Extremely creative
B. Creative
C. Somewhat creative
D. A little creative
E. About as creative as a turnip (actually, come to think about
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6. You get new ideas:

A. All the time
B. Several times a week
C. Several times a month
D. Once or twice a month
E. You dimly recall getting a new idea when Clinton was in office
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A. Color
B. Black and white
C. Both black and white and color
D. You can't remember now
E. Nothing -- you don't dream

Throw out all your answers except the one for number five -- "You
consider yourself:". If you answered:

A. Extremely creative -- Then you're extremely creative.
B. Creative -- Then you're creative.
C. Somewhat creative -- then you're somewhat creative.
D. A little creative -- Then you're a little creative.
E. About as creative as a turnip -- then you're about as creative
    as a turnip.

Okay, this was a bit of a trick. But it's true. How creative you
think you are corresponds with how creative you are.

There was a famous study done that illustrates this. A big
company wanted to increase creativity in its employees. So it
hired a group of consultants to come in. The consultants started
by thoroughly testing all of the employees. They discovered the
only difference between the employees who were creative and who
weren't creative was how creative they perceived themselves.

Even more telling was what happened to the group that wasn't
creative. The consultants focused on helping them nurture their
creativity, and at the end those employees were actually more
creative than the ones who had initially considered themselves
more creative.

And that means you too can become more creative. In fact, how
creative you become is entirely in your own hands.

Creativity Exercise -- Assumptions
Ready to become more creative? Here's an exercise.

Write down all the reasons why you're not creative. Go on. Write
them all down. Every negative reason you can think of. Things

I've never been creative in my life.
I haven't had a new idea in over a year.
I don't have time to be creative.

Now reverse those negative assumptions and make them positive.
Like so:

I am a creative person.
I have lots of new ideas all of time.
I don't need time to be creative because I already am creative.

Do this every day and see what happens. This is a great way to
start getting rid of those inner demons that keep all of us from
realizing our true potential.


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Creativity and Make More Money." She offers two free e-zines that
help subscribers combine their creativity with hard-hitting
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Native Peoples strives to offer a sensitive portrayal of the arts
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unique expertise about their subject. If you are Native, please
let us know. Competition is stiff: The magazine receives numerous
unsolicited manuscripts and hundreds of queries a year. The only
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section "Discovering." The magazine seeks stories reflecting
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LENGTH: 1,200-2,000 words
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