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December 2000 Index ~Volume 17 No. 4

Regular Features:

3 From the Editor by Deborah Ranchuk

16 Spotlighting the Linksby Carole Roy In this issue: Diaries, Journals and Resolutions.

57 NOTES Canadian and other Markets, Contests, Notices, Awards and Writer's Guidelines.

64 Advertisements - A Word from our Supporters.

SIDEBARS on page 33, 41.

Quotes for Thought on pages 18, 38, 53, 59, 60.

5 Short Fiction Winners

First Prize Winner:

7 The Quilt by Jean Rae Baxter, Hamilton, ON.

Honourable Mention Winner

10 The Reunion by Becky Alexander, Cambridge, ON.

Honourable Mention Winner

13 Flower Child by Christine G. Richardson, Hearst, ON.


19 How To Write A Synopsis by Marg Gilks How to distill a novel into an interesting synopsis.

23 The Impact of the Title by Carol A. Adams Eye-catching headers to draw your reader.

25 Gift Ideas for Writers by Bob Hostetler Share words from your heart this holiday season.

26 ...and the Cat Gnawed Off its Tail by Alvin Abram An argument for writers' rights.

28 What About Lies, Anyway? by Irene A. Godin A wholesome view on writing lies.

30 How To Become A Published Writer by Joyce-Anne Locking Safe keeping your work from emotional outbursts.

33 Season's Writings by Joyce-Anne Locking Getting ahead on on seasonal writings.

34 Through the Eyes of a Child by Linda Vich A new way to record details.

36 Computers and the Business of Writing by Ronald C. Epstein Upgrading to a computerized writing life.

39 On Mothering and Writing: Lessons From Two Obsessionsby Elayne Clift Excellent analogy.

42 Peaceful Night by Joyce-Anne Locking Finding serenity during the holidays.

43 Creative Query Letters by Glynis M. Belec Making your query letter work for you.

45 Never Ever Change A Quote by Linda Sherwood When and how to use quotations.

48 A Foray into the 808s by Karen Bass A librarian points the way to a favourite area of the library.

50 Parallel Pursuits by Hazel Smith Art in writing and writing as art.

52 Let Your Subconscious Do The Scrub Work by Elaine Azzopardi Unleash your mind's writing power.


6 Hope Poem by Carol A. Adams

9 Snow Poem by Elaine Azzopardi

12 The Shadow Poem by Len McIntosh

12 Under Snow Colour Sleeps Poem by Kathyrn Davies

15 For A Christmas Past Poem by Wayne Brown

18 Assembled Words Poem by Jack Baum

22 My Page Poem by David Gebhart

24 Winter by Ronnie R. Brown

27 The Shadow of the High Bluff by Karen Kraco

29 In Battle Fatigues Poem by Jill Harrington-Fox

31 I Am That Cry Poem by Patricia Andrews

32 The Wolf Hunt Poem by Alan A. Sandercott

35 Second Chance Poem by Catherine MacDonald

47 Silent Scream by John A.C. Gross

49 Finding the Future Poem by Jack Baum

51 Life's Work Poem by David Alec Knight

52 The Artist and His Room Poem by Patrick Arbour

52 The Wisdom of the Poet Poem by Karin Brideau

53 Poets' Biographies

54 Reviews:

The Ink of Light by Patricia Abram

Reviewed by Dan Johnson

Writing from the Heart by Nancy Slonim Aronie

Reviewed by Patricia E. Gilmore

Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively by Rebecca McClanahan

Reviewed by L. Jans