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Write Angles 12-08

Write Angles 12-08

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cover: "Ring Out, Wild Bells" poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
cover: "Ring Out, Wild Bells" poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Published by: California Writer's Club - Berkeley Branch on Jun 21, 2010
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Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The ying cloud, the frosty light;The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,Ring, happy bells, across the snow:The year is going, let him go;Ring out the false, ring in the true.Ring out the grief that saps the mind,For those that here we see no more,Ring out the feud of rich and poor,Ring in redress to all mankind.Ring out a slowly dying cause,And ancient forms of party strife;Ring in the nobler modes of life,With sweeter manners, purer laws.Ring out the want, the care the sin,The faithless coldness of the times;Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,But ring the fuller minstrel in.Ring out false pride in place and blood,The civic slander and the spite;Ring in the love of truth and right,Ring in the common love of good.Ring out old shapes of foul disease,Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;Ring out the thousand wars of old,Ring in the thousand years of peace.Ring in the valiant man and free,The larger heart, the kindlier hand;Ring out the darkness of the land,Ring in the Christ that is to be.- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
 
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from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
at Pasta Pelican, 2455 Marina Square Drive in Alameda.
rePLAYing YOUr DreAmS
 
I am taking a test. My friend Alan is also taking the test. Ilook over and Alan has answered all 100 questions. I amtrying as hard as I can, but I am moving very slowly. I haveonly done three. I feel horribleSound familiar? Many of us have recurring dreams likethe one above, which Veronica submitted to David Jenkins’sWeb site Dreamoftheweek.com. Waking up unsettled, we tryto forget the dream, only to feel horrible again the next timewe see it. Jenkins, a professional “dreamworker” with a Ph.D. in Psychol
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ogy, takes a different approach. He advised Veronica to tell her dream fromAlan’s perspective. What she came up with made her feel better:I am taking a test. Veronica is taking it also. It’s very easyfor me, and I just whip through the questions. I see thatVeronica is doing it very slowly and that she is very upset.She thinks there’s something wrong because she isn’tworking as fast as me or the other class members. She’sgoing at her own pace. There’s nothing wrong with that.There’s no hurry. All she has to do is keep at it.Replaying a dream from another’s perspective is only one of manydream-improvement techniques that Jenkins, our featured speaker for theDecember meeting, has to offer. Others, including bringing in a newcharacter, supplying back story, and adding dialogue to confrontations,sound a lot like what we do when we write ction.So bring a dream to share—and perhaps that scene you’ve beendeveloping—to Pasta Pelican, 2455 Marina Square Drive in Alameda. Themeeting, a brunch this time, will be held on Sunday, December 7, from10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CWC members and guests pay $17 each, checks to be received by December 3. Otherwise, the charge at the door is $20 per  person. Please mail your check to Berkeley Branch, P.O. Box 15014,Oakland, CA 94614.- David Baker Replaying Your Dreams
 David Baker 1
The View From the Helm
 AL Levenson 2
Member News
 Anne Fox 3
Member Spotlight
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Interview With Alon Shalov
 AL Levenson 4-6 
Seeds of a Series
 Bill Reinka 6 
The Road to Lulu:One Writer’s Story of Self-Publishing
 Risa Nye 7-8
Tidbits
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Who Cares? What’s the Point?
 AL Levenson 10
 
The View From The Helm
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A few weeks ago I received an email from a member asking for 
Write Angles
submission guidelines. Of course, new contributors are mostwelcome, and the inquiry prompted me to think about the
Write Angles
 
editorial vision. What is the conversation between the editors and the readers?What sort of content do we want? What is the personality of our newsletter?
 
A read of the last few issues of 
Write Angles
will reveal our preferencefor articles about writing: tips and tricks for writers, the writer’s experience,reective pieces, and provocative conversations. We want to hear from
Write Angles
readers about what inspired them at writers’ conferences andworkshops. What writing books prompted a breakthrough or experimental style? What is the experience of writing? Share. Inspire us. Please.We will to continue to explore the changes in publishing, changes with all the subtlety of an earthquake.Tremors occur with the frequency of the deadlines of writers’ magazines. The denition of what constitutestraditional publishing seems to change with each tick of a clock. New publishing models and their hybrids addoptions and confusion.
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The mechanical requirements for submissions to
Write Angles
are straightforward. A page of thenewsletter is 500 to 550 words. We like pieces that are fractions or multiples of a page. Please submit onlyelectronically to CalwritersClub@GMail.com. Put “WA submission” in the subject line. Email text as an emailattachment or in the body of an email. Format as you would submit to any publication: double-spaced, one-inchmargins, serif font. Author’s name, email address, article title and word count in top right corner of rst page. We prefer indented paragraphs. If your contribution is time-sensitive, deadline is the 15th of the month. We welcomea line or two about the author.How we would love to see a greater variety of bylines in our newsletter. Isn’t it time we got to see yours?
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In my rst days as your president, I learned there was a yearning to enhance the social nature of the club.Club meeting times are advertised as 10 a.m., but we deliberately don’t call to order until 20 or 30 minutes after that. And I have noticed that people are mixing with pals and reaching out to newcomers.In February we will return to the custom of a joint meeting with the Mt Diablo branch.And our December meeting will be the most social of the year. We’ll have brunch and plenty of time tovisit before our speaker, David Jenkins, presents a provocative hour about the stuff of dreams. Please put thisevent on your calendar and be part of the growing energy and vitality of the Berkeley Branch. Invite a friend to be at the last meeting before the oldest branch of the oldest writers’ club in the country begins its centennial year.- AL Levenson, President

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