Monday, June 16, 2008

IWW Members in Print and Published

We're at it again, just as we are every week--IWW members publishing here and there all over the place. Must be something in the water, or, more likely, the help and encouragement we all get from others in the workshop.


Sue Ellis

Two of my three submissions to Pen Pricks will appear in July. They didn't choose the one I expanded for this week's Practice assignment, however, so it's a good thing I'm getting some mileage out of it now.

Alice Folkart

My first-ever book review is up in the June Internet Review of Books.

The book is Here Comes Everybody: Organizing Without Organizations, by Clay Shirky. As you'll probably see when you read the review, I enjoyed the book, and recommend it to anyone with any curiosity about how communications technology, what the author calls
'social networking tools,' is changing our world.

I'm in good company at the IRB with many other IWW writers.

Maria K. Grace

My flash nonfiction piece "My Father" is up and running at Pen Pricks in the June issue.


Joe Hendrix

OK, just was notified that my second submission to Pen Pricks has been accepted and will be in the July 2008 edition. I thank everybody on here, this site has been a blessing. Or, as my wife would say, it's a gift from baby Jesus.

Louisa Howerow

My flash fiction "Dreaming of Catching Bass" appears in Bateau, volume 1, Issue 2.

This piece began as a Practice exercise, "Child's Play." Thank you to the members at Practice who read and provided input.

Bateau is a biannual journal of approximately 80 pages, perfect bound. According to their publication information, the journal is printed in Massachusetts on waste fibre with soy inks, using wind power. : )

The editors accept e-mail submissions of poems, flash fiction, playlets, mini "creative" reviews, comics, and illustrations.

Mel Jacob

Hooray! Train to Yesterday made it into Readers' Picks in the June 10 Christian Science
. Short, but nice!

Carter Jefferson

Some writers write, and then somehow find themselves not only writers, but editors. It's an accident that can happen to about anybody in the writing business.

Now lemme tell you how it is to be an editor and get an issue of a monthly book review publication out.

First, you've gone through dozens of publishers' catalogues of forthcoming books, or maybe some that came out very recently, and chosen just enough that look interesting.

Then you've managed to get through to a lot of publishers, some of which are not too good at keeping up with their mail and faxes, and collect a lot of books. Seems as if every time you pass the concierge's desk in your huge apartment house she or he hollers, "You got a package!"

Then you and the associate and fiction editors find just the right reviewers, and ship the books out to Illinois or Washington state or God knows where.

Pretty soon the reviews start coming in. They're all perfect in every way, of course, but, being editors, you and the others find things to carp about, and change everybody's punctuation, check the grammar, do whatever's necessary to make them even more perfect (which is grammatically impossible, but you do it anyhow).

Bob, the webmaster, then puts each one as it's done into the "sandbox," where you and the rest of the editors can all look at them and make him change a few more little things that need fixing.

So it's all together, the contents page all set, and you argue with Bob and the rest a while about just how the index page should look, get whatever pictures Bob hasn't already found, discuss where the ads ought to go.

Meanwhile, Gary's been plugging the operation on the blog, Julie's got the fiction section all set, Ruth has set another record for finding things that need fixing, and you're committed to getting the thing out on time. So, finally, when everybody's agreed, you say to Bob, "Go!" And he does.

You think being a writer can be a pain in the neck? Try being an editor for a while. You write, you suggest, you ask, you argue, you do a million other things. If you have some truly outstanding associates like Bob, Gary, Julie, and Ruth, it all comes together and you publish something you can be proud of.

Think that's worth a Yahoo? I do.

Jayne Pupek

Two of my poems, "Lazarus" and "Red Rulers," appear in the newest issue of

Wayne Scheer

My short story "The Flowers on Bloom Street," which was critiqued in Fiction a while back, will be included in Love After Seventy, a print anthology put out by Wising Up Press.

The July issue of Pen Pricks will include my 55-word story "Conflict."

And another short one, "Learning the Hard Way," has been published by Dogsplot, which describes itself as an "Erratic Literary Magazine."

Thanks to all at the IWW for keeping me going.

Rebeca Schiller

Modesty fails me as I write these simple words: HOORAY, YAHOO, WHOO-HOO! My
"sharp and insightful" review for Winter in Madrid is up on the Internet Review of


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