Sunday, July 17, is the date for the Gala Celebration for the Members Only edition of The Rockford Review. This event will be held at the Clock Tower Resort at East State Street and Interstate 90 in Rockford. Guild President David Ross sends out a last call for procrastinators: Checks may be sent to Rockford Writers Guild Gala, P.O. Box 858, Rockford, IL 61105. Reservations are $20 per adult and $12 per child age 4-12.
No membership meeting in August
No membership meeting will be held in August. Tim Hughes will guest-edit an edition of Write Away, RWGs newsletter.
We could refer to the entire movie industrythe studios, actors, writers, film distributionas Hollywood, the place where (most) motion pictures are manufactured. The use of a citys or a places or a persons name to attribute a renowned quality to another city, place or individual is a figure of speech called an antonomasia. It is easy to write a sentence about, say, the balkanization (the fragmentation) of central Africa or a sentence in which a man is called a doubting Thomas (John 20:25), but a well-worded antonomasia is a rarity.
In his story A Tale of Three Lions (on pg. 63 of The Oxford Book of Adventure Stories), H. Rider Haggard describes the effects on a herd of oxen by the nearness of a hungry lion. The oxen become terrified and separate from the group and rush away madly. Lions know of this habit on the part of oxen, which are, I do believe, the most foolish animals under the sun, a sheep being a very Solomon compared to them, Solomon is not a symbol of wisdom; rather insight and good judgment were some of his reputed qualities which are here imputed to sheep.
On pg. 159 of his Burmese Days, George Orwell uses an antonomasia to describe a Burmese village in the wet season. In the rains the creek would flood, turning the lower parts of the village into a squalid wooden Venice where the villagers stepped from their front doors into their canoes. Here Venice calls to mind a city of rivery streets, but itself is not a symbol or representative of such cities.
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The RWG Press
Fliers will soon be sent out for Writers Guild Chap Book Press.
One advantage of self-publishing with the RWG Press is being able to have your title page say, Published by the Rockford Writers Guild Press, Rockford, Illinois, 2005. A second advantage is that you can advertise your chap book in the Guilds newsletter and on the Guilds Web site.
From the July 13-19, 2005, issue