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Hello Everyone. I'm Bobbi Duffy and I invite you to share in my newsletter, One Woman's Voice. In addition to my own offerings I will from time to time put information I have found useful into the newsletter. And as always, your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Newsletter Dated: 2/27/2003 10:01:58 PM

Subject: One Woman's Voice

Hello, All;

Another month has gone by and life goes on. (It has that habit.) And in the last month I have read hundreds of poems by some very talented people.

I have a short story to tell you, and I know that you will appreciate it because it's about how I started writing poetry again.

Many, many months ago, I made an effort to start a writers' group her in my area. I did a search on AOL of all profiles that included the words "writer" or "author" in them. While the group never got started, something else did. I met two wonderful new friends online and that is where the story really begins.

One of the people who responded to my email about the group was Erica G. Ivory. I had finished the first draft of Ghost Maker, the second book of the Sha'Mung series, and in our discussions the subject of poems came up. I wanted to include some Bardic songs in the manuscript, so I wrote one and sent it to Erica. She made a few suggestions and added a poem of her own. The poem I wrote was "Amara's Song." Before she was finished badgering me about it, I had added "The Song of the Eagle Clan," "The Protectors" and a few others. One poem we can't even remember which one of us wrote the original version, that's "The Keepsake."

From there with her encouragement, I began writing about my life as a child for the book on surviving Child Abuse called "Survivor Songs." We are two women of different generations who faced lives very much alike, at one point in our overlapping history; we actually lived less than 60 miles apart and didn't know each other.

The first humorous poem I wrote was "Patience" Erica encouraged me to write more humor, and I started what has proven to be a wonderful experience for me, and hopefully my readers.

So, please, the next time you chuckle at my words, remember you have Erica G. Ivory to thank for them.

School Marm News;

3/3 is my last class for this term, however, I have contracted with the school to teach two classes next term, Creative Writing 1 and 2. Like AD, teaching has been a wonderful and exciting experience for me. And as of now, my entire class from this term is coming back for class 2.

Books to Look for:

There is a wonderful reference book on the market for poets. It's called Painless Poetry. It is a witty book designed to introduce people to the elements of poetry. Unlike many reference books, this one, written for 6th graders uses funny stories and examples to teach the necessary lesson. So, if you know someone who could benefit from this book get it for them, I bought one for myself. Being ancient, I have forgotten much about the mechanics of poetry, so I use it as a quick reference.

Bye for now, catch you on the flip side.

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