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Write Angles 12-10

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December2010
 
Erle Stanley Gardner
[1889-1970] was a California lawyer who enjoyed a trial’s strategy.As a writer, he turned this intrigue into the subject of his monthly writing goal of 100,000words. Later dictating to a staff of secretaries, he wrote stories for pulp magazines andpopular crime fiction like the Perry Mason series under his own name plus sevenpseudonyms.
"
 Dear Editor: It's a damn good story. If you have anycomments, write them on the back of a check."
–Erle Stanley Gardner
 
 
Write Angles
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 Write Anges
 
 Write Anges
 
 
December2010
Contents
President's Message1News from NorCal 2Write On! Winners 2Poetry Page 3West Winds Out 4Member Profile 4Survey 5Member News 6Tidbits 7Book Review 7
President’s Message…
“London had his camera confiscated in Japan and was often detained by Japanese officials when he got too close to the front lines...” 
London took photos in 1904 during the Russo-Japanese War in Korea and Manchuria.On page 57, the caption reads, "London had his camera confiscated in Japan and wasoften detained by Japanese officials when he got too close to the front lines,especially as the war spread to the Yalu River, the boundary between Korea andManchuria."Whatever experiences London had in Korea and China would lead to an essay and astory that ignited a debate that he was a racist. While at the NCIBA, I had twoconversations about London. One editor said she heard that London was a racistand had trouble believing that. Later, another editor from the University ofGeorgia Press said he didn't believe London was a racist either.London's 1904 essay, “The Yellow Peril,” may have contributed to the claim that hewas a racist. Using Google, I found sites that support this theory. However, afterseeing the pictures in
Jack London, Photographer
, it is hard to believe he was aracist. (See The Jack London, the Socialist Capitalisthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBQoYlXWZyc.)London wrote the
The Unparalleled Invasion
, which takes place in a fictional 1975,when the West decides to destroy China (for no good reason) by using biologicalwarfare.
 ______________ 
 
Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga,
My Splendid Concubine and Our Hart 
. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.
 
Recently, the California Writers Club joined the Northern California Independent Book-sellers Association (NCIBA) and staffed tables at their October 2010 Trade Show inOakland. While there, Alon Shalev, Berkeley Branch member and author of
TheAccidental Activist
, told me he saw a book about Jack London (1876–1916) at anothertable—
Jack London, Photographer
by Jeanne Campbell Reesman, Sara S. Hodson, andPhilip Adam, published by the University of Georgia Press. I have a copy in front of meas I’m writing this.This beautiful book proves that London had talent beyond writing stories such as
WhiteFang
or
Call of the Wild
. If you know London fans, this book would make a greatChristmas gift for them.
Jack London, the Photographer
 
UpcomingEvents
12/11—HolidayLuncheon1/9/11—Workshop:
Karin Ireland
Writing for the SeriousBeginner
1/15/11—Kickoff
25
th
Anniversary of the5th Grade StoryContest
 
 
Write Angles
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Write Angles
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 The CWC-NorCal group continues to bring fresh ideas and theenergy of idea cross-fertilization to Northern California CWCmembers. Since its beginning two years ago as an informal ideaexchange and forum for mutual event publicity, NorCal hascreated two writing retreats in Santa Cruz, set up a NorthernCalifornia Web site (www.cwcnorcalwriters.org), and estab-lished a publications committee to help members get pub-lished. It has also strengthened publicity among all NorCalbranches.
News from NorCal
The Web site is a one-click link to programs, contests, work-shops, and other events in Northern California. If you can'tfind what you want at a time you need at the CWC-BB, thenuse your CWC membership to avail yourself of other pro-grams, most within two hours of the Berkeley BranchThe CWC-BB invites all members to come to a NorCal meetingand enjoy camaraderie with members from nearby branches.When Linda Brown becomes president of the Berkeley Branchin February, she will step down as our representative.Ideally, two CWC-BB members would make the commitmentto be representatives to NorCal.In addition to the initiatives mentioned above, NorCal isworking on ways to attract younger members, developing atalent bank and more Open Mics, and making plans for aleadership conference.
When
: The first Saturday every other month. Next ones areDecember 4 and February 5. Brown bag lunch and conver-sation is 11:30–12:00, and the meeting itself is 12:00–3:30.
Where:
Dave Sawle's office (free parking, block or two fromAC Transit route, near Alta Bates Summit Hospital) 2945Webster, Oakland 94609.
NorCal agenda for 12/4:
Announcements & IntroductionsEventsDiscussionAnthology (Redwood)Contests (Central Coast)Attracting younger members (South Bay)Talent bank (Fremont)Conducting and promoting workshops(unassigned)Open Mic: conduct, value, and pitfalls(unassigned)Event work/cost/benefit sharing betweenbranches–an investigation (unassigned)Reports/CommentsPublications Committee/ Web site Demo–Nancy CurtemanLeadership Seminar
The results are in for the 2010 Write On! Story Contest. For the second year in a row, one writer was awardedtwo of the three prizes. Last year our own Berkeley Branch member, Clifford Hui, won first and third place.This year both the first and second prizes go to Marjorie Bicknell-Johnson. Congratulations, Marjorie!
1st Prize
: "The Poisoner's Handbook" by Marjorie Bicknell-Johnson (South Bay membership chair)
2nd Prize
: "One Last Ride" by Marjorie Bicknell-Johnson
3rd Prize
: "The Perfect Caterpillar" by Michael J. Cooper (CWC member who lives in Lafayette)
 
Honorary Mentions
:"All the Time in the World" by Barry Boland (CWC Berkeley member)"You're Going to Learn So Much" by Abby Lynn Bogomolny (CWC Redwood member)"The Seaglass Tide" by Jennifer Snow (new CWC Berkeley member)We thank Marilyn Abildskov for judging the 79 entries that mostly came from California but included storiesfrom several states, as well as one from the U.K. and one from Australia. The winners have been notified, andthe three prize-winning stories will be posted on our Web site in December.
Write On! Story Contest Winners Announced 
by Linda Brown
 

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