Bruce ask me to forward this
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I have received the following "list-in-progress" and I would like to
make a few comments:
1. Article for beginners on how belonging can benefit them. Meeting other
iris growers and sharing rhizomes. How to find the nearest iris club. Assure
them they don't have to grow 800 iris to enjoy being a member. A new member
could write such an article with their experience.
***Yes, I agree. As a matter of fact, we ran, fairly recently, an
article by Rita Gormley on exactly that topic. I'm not sure which issue,
but maybe Rita will read this and can tell you exactly where it appeared.
Rita: If you're reading this, I would love to have a newer, updated version of
your article, perhaps addressing the above suggestions....
2. Article on
how it was in the old days. How hard it was to get new iris
and how much
***Yes! I would love to have this. Please, someone, write such
an article! It would be fun, and would also make us appreciate how easy
things have become!
3. Not all of us are writers. Could we arrange
for someone to edit their
article for grammar? This might help some get over
their fear of writing
***That's my job!!! I'm the person who edits things for grammar,
spelling, etc. Believe me, being a great hybridizer does not mean that a
person can spell or write well! The articles that appear, whether they are
by well-known hybridizers or "unknown" members (such as the short article in the
January issue by Linda Stirling), are all edited by me, line by line.
Errors do get through, or somehow are made during the printing process, but
anyway, editing is exactly what the Editor is here for! In fact, it's the
reason that I got involved with the Bulletin in the first place, just helping
out because, as a reader, I used to be frustrated by all the errors that were in
4. I see many post for information on companion plants with
help. An article on this might be good.
***We ran a Companion Plants article by Ray Schreiner about 3 years
ago, maybe more. But I would love to have a newer article. Again,
don't hesitate to submit an article on a topic that interests you.
Basically, my feeling is that if a topic interests YOU enough for you to write
an article on it, then it will also interest other members. I love to get
articles from new contributors. They don't have to be as
scientifically knowledgeable as someone like Neil Mogensen or Don Spoon; if all
the articles were scientific, it would be boring to most of the readers!
Again, if you have a subject about which you are passionate: Put your
words down on paper! When you've finished, send it to me. It's a
very nice feeling to see your words in print, and if it's a subject that
interests you, I think you'll automatically write well about it!
PS: And if you write an article, good photos to accompany it are always a
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