Good News/Bad News
H. L. Mencken
"If Mencken had never lived, it would have taken a whole army
of assorted philosophers, monologists, editors and patrons of the
new writing to make up for him. As it was, he not only rallied all
the young writers together and imposed his skepticism upon the new
generation, but also brought a new and uproarious gift for high comedy
into a literature that had never been too quick to laugh."
"And here too is Mencken, the human being of wildly contradictory
impulses: the skeptic who was prey to small superstitions, the dare-all
warrior who was a hopeless hypochondriac, the loving husband and generous
friend who was, alas, a bigot."
The Diary of H. L. Mencken
Charles A. Fecher
"Just because the microphone in front of you amplifies your voice
around the world," said Murrow," is no reason to think we
have any more wisdom than we had when our voices could reach only from
one end of the bar to the other."
"The business man has failed in politics as he has in citizenship.
Why? Because politics is business."
The Father of New Journalism
"I regretted in many ways publishing the book The New Journalism,
because in effect it set down a bunch of rules and standards by which
non-fiction could be practiced. In a way that undercuts what made
it so fresh and original. There were no rules for non-fiction when
the New Journalism began. There was a great deal of spontaneity and
there was never the sense that it was something to live up to. That
was the charm."
all movements labeled as "new" are doomed. They die very
quickly. What was new about it was the utilization of techniques in
journalism that had previously been used only in fiction."
-- Tom Wolfe
Word Smitten Quarterly Journal
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J. J. Marino
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Smitten - A Webzine and haven for beach bums.
Where the writing is crisp, the towels are wet and the wit is dry.
by a group of journalists undergoing media-withdrawal symptoms in
1999, Word Smitten provides exclusive interviews for the book publishing
industry. In a business that reluctantly changes
(with reasons for and against electronic books vis-a-vis the tactile
worth of knobby paper), Word Smitten remains impartial. Perhaps a
small personal bias creeps in since most of the work is done online
and therefore requires a few electronic gadgets.
Electronic publishing is an inconstant attractor.
missions change, companies find new directions, and our Word Smitten
group of companies (Native Shore Fiction, The Storycove, and our WS
Press) are like similar companies with ideas for the future in spite
of and perhaps because of the dot-com watershed.
Our long-awaited print version of www.wordsmitten.com arrives in 2004.
Why a quarterly magazine? Because the idea of print is as comforting
to us as an old, good-fitting shoe is - on a too long walk. Current
projects for the company include searching for notable individuals
to interview, creating a new fiction department to showcase new authors
(Native Shore Fiction: because everyone is familiar with their own
native shore), two fiction competitions that provide more than $1,150.00
to writers selected by our award-winning fiction judges.
and Executive Editor Kate Sullivan created the concept for
the Web site in 1999 and after completing the business model testing
went live in February 2001. A graduate of UCLA, she studied journalism
with Jim Howard (formerly associated with the Los Angeles Times)
and became a general assignment reporter with a Florida newspaper
during the "salad days and cub years," she says. Later returning
to Corona Del Mar, California she wandered aimlessly taking black
and white photographs from her 1978 Volkswagen van, until she moved
to the east to pursue a graduate degree in business. Between the grad
school stats and snow, a decision formed to never again live anywhere
but the tropics. Kate Sullivan booked the next flight to Hawaii and
for more than ten years lived in the tropics, writing, drinking guava
juice, and living on the side of a semi-dormant volcano, just as happy
as if she had sense. She now spends time in her Zoetrope office writing
and working on short story ideas in addition to participating in Zoetrope
Studios workshops with fellow writers.
Bill Loewenstein who participates in with the Word Smitten site says
of Kate Sullivan, "She's the kind of person who has poker wit.
When she talks, people listen and then
she gets them to blow coffee out their noses."
Management Biographies and Business Model.
In-depth reviews of writing conferences, faculty, lodging, dining, and
An American Poet.
Author of PitchCraft
and NYC Agent
Flash Fiction Contest
For Virtual Interns with journalism or English Literature majors.
Showcase for published and unpublished writers.
Query letters, manuscript format, contacting
agents, working with editors, book
promotion and public relations.
The realistic before-and-after of getting the book published.
our exclusive interviews with:
Editor at Simon and Schuster
Publicist for Black Hawk Down among
other great books
Editor at Algonquin Publishing
more than thirty years, Bill Loewenstein has been a professional
writer and writing teacher living both on the mainland and in the
South Pacific. He has a bachelor's in journalism from Michigan State
University and a master's in communication from Western Michigan University.
He has written for and edited weekly and daily newspapers in the Pacific,
served as a foreign correspondent for magazines and newspapers, traveled
widely throughout Asia and Indochina, and advised government and non-profit
agencies in the United States. He currently teaches both fiction and
non-fiction writing at Baker College and Michigan State University.
During the years he lived in the South Pacific he published a widely
read island newspaper, and although he now lives on the mainland,
Word Smitten's team delights in providing Bill with his own private
cyber island within our editorial pages. As soon as he could, Bill
Loewenstein left the daily grind of running a newspaper, moved from
the islands and found teaching journalism to college students more
interesting than standing watch for a Pacific Ocean tsunami. He moved
from Hawaii to Michigan in the late 1980s and each winter
visits St. Petersburg, Florida where he writes short stories.
Kate comments, "I take Bill with me to my writing group when
he's here on a visit. He then spends the next two days cataloguing
the discussions, some rancorous and some unorthodox, politely guised
as short stories. He's not to be trusted which is why I like him.
I prefer having friends who need to be watched."
A novelist and editor, Shelley Singer lives in Northern
California where she teaches creative writing and for more than a
decade has worked with writers as a manuscript consultant and editor.
She is the author of twelve published novels and many short stories.
The most recent novel is Royal Flush, the sixth Jake Samson-Rosie
Vicente mystery, published by Perseverance Press/John Daniel & Co.
"Shelley Singer is simply the best. I'm reasonably certain that without
her help, my first novel would be buried in my backyard somewhere,
rather than going into its third printing. She encouraged me from
chapter one to the end, gave me detailed and insightful feedback,
and helped me take an amateur draft of a first novel and turn it into
a polished manuscript. Nobody can guarantee you success, but if you're
already in the ballpark, Shelley Singer is the coach who can help
you hit a home run." Rick Riordan, triple-award-winning author
of Big Red Tequila, The Widower's Two-Step, and The
Last King of Texas.
Since 1991, Singer has taught fiction writing at the University of
California Extension in Berkeley and San Francisco (Mystery and Suspense
Writing) and at Santa Cruz. She holds private workshops as well as
one-on-one manuscript consultations, working with writers individually
on literary novels and in every genre from memoir, mystery, and science
fiction to horror.
Townsend Hall is a graduate of the Universities of London
(BA honors) and Southampton (doctorate). A lecturer in English literature
and then a language trainer, she crossed the English Channel and settled
with her husband, a musicologist, in deepest rural France. She continued
language training in French companies and started producing teaching
materials and translating.
the acceptance of her first piece of creative writing, a verse play,
The Crane, by BBC Radio 3 in 1992, she has continued to produce
poetry, short stories, feature articles and a novel (published by
Zander E-books, Necklace
of Warm Snow, a finalist in the 2003 EPPIE awards). Now a
freelance writer and editor, she writes nonfiction, specializing in
the environment, sustainable development and issues relating to the
European Union. However, she continues to write fiction and has just
embarked on a novel set in the seventeenth century. As a British writer
living in France she suffered a sense of isolation and so had the
idea for the website, Worlds
Apart Review, which she co-hosts with another British writer,
Valerie Collins, who lives in Spain. The website features the work
of other international writers and provides a supportive base for
writers wherever they may be. Brenda Townsend Hall, Ph.D., lives in
France. Future projects she has in mind include a travel guide to
the Gascony region in which she lives and another novel in which she
intends to abandon realism for fantasy.