December 2005 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 9, Issue 9.

In This Issue:

The IWJ's Narnia Links Page
The feature film release of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has reignited interest in C.S. Lewis' classic children's stories which take place in the fantasy land of Narnia. Whether you're a fan of the Narnia books or the films (there are more planned given the impressive box office of the first one), the Internet is a great resource for finding out more information. We've selected what we think are the best resources for Narnia and C.S. Lewis on the Web. We've also configured searches for you, so you can easily keep up with all the latest breaking Narnia news.

New Year's Resolutions for Serious Songwriters by Mary Dawson
The time for New Year's Resolutions is here, but how serious are you about your songwriting? Mary Dawson issues an exciting three-step challenge to make your songwriting dreams a reality in 2006. If you're up to the challenge, Mary has the roadmap to get you started on realizing your aspirations.

Taking the Plunge by Leonard Susskind
What prompts a renowned physicist to write a popular book about physics for a lay audience? Physicist Leonard Susskind, author of The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design (Little, Brown), explains his initial reluctance and then his growing enthusiasm for the process of writing in his author essay, "Taking the Plunge."

Christmastime in the City by Chuck Fischer
Many of New York City artist Chuck Fischer's designs are in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. But he's also the author of a charming pop-up book called Christmas in New York (Bulfinch). In this author essay, he describes the magic of New York City at Christmastime and why every December, for over twenty years, he takes the same magical walk down Fifth Avenue.

Automatically Correct Typos in MS Word by Michael L. Cope
Technical and fiction writer Michael L. Cope dives into the mysteries of Microsoft Word's AutoCorrect function in his new article called "Automatically Correct Typos in MS Word." Everyone has certain words that seem to attract typos: Michael shares his tips for making sure your "problem words" don't slip past the spell check function.

Book Reviews

Children's/Young Adult

The Dark Flight Down by Marcus Sedgwick (Wendy Lamb Books)
Fairy Realm: The Water Sprites by Emily Rodda (HarperCollins)


Running From the Deity by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey)
Windfall by Rachel Caine (Roc)


Making A Good Brain Great by Daniel G. Amen, MD (Harmony Books)


The Girl With the Long Green Heart by Lawrence Block (Hard Case Crime)
High Heels and Homicide by Kasey Michaels (Kensington)

Romance and Women's Fiction

A Kiss Before Dawn by Kimberly Logan (Avon)
Red Hot Santa by Cherry Adair, Leanne Banks, Pamela Britton and Kelsey Roberts (Ballantine)

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