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Clarion West Write-a-thon

Clarion West is an intensive six-week workshop for writers preparing for ¬pr¬ofession¬al careers in science fiction and fantasy, held annually in Seattle, Washington. I attended CW in 2004 with 16 other talented writers. Many of us have gone on to publish short stories and poetry. Two people from our class, Brian Conn and Anil Menon have published novels. If you would like to see a now out of date list of my classes accomplishments, go to http://www.brianconn.net/cw2004/cw2004.html and scroll down. I know you'll be impressed.

Today is the official beginning of the Clarion West Write-a-thon. - just like a walk-a-thon, but with words. I have pledged to write 4 chapters of my new novel a week -- a rather daunting goal. Your tax-deductible donation goes to fund future writers of speculative fiction.

You can see my write-a-thon page here - http://clarionwest.org/events/writeathon/DLynnSmith. If you don't feel like pledging money for my efforts, you might consider one of the many other fine writers listed here:http://clarionwest.org/events/writeathon/2010.

I'll be posting weekly updates (maybe more, who knows) on my progress here on my blog. I'll also be posting excerpts from my work each week. But you must be kind -- remember that I'm trying to turn out 4 chapters a week!

So I'm off to work on Chapter 2 -- Chapter 1 is already in the can, to quote from my television days. I hope you'll follow my progress and find it in your wallet to donate to this great cause.

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NATO takes over command of military operations in Libya

[b]NATO is taking over command of military operations in Libya from coalition forces, world media reported Sunday.[/b]

The UN Security Council imposed the no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, along with ordering "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's attacks on rebel-held towns.

The 28 NATO ambassadors met on Sunday to decide on further military plans in Libya.

The United States transfers command for a no-fly zone over Libya to NATO, while coalition forces will continue to protect civilian population from attacks by Gaddafi forces.

The military operation in Libya, codenamed Odyssey Dawn, has been conducted so far jointly by 13 states, including the United States, Britain and France.

NATO members decided on Thursday to assume responsibility for the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya, but could not agree on taking full command of all military operations in the country.

Meanwhile, leaders of the 27 European Union states on Thursday issued a statement saying the EU stood ready to assist in building a new Libya "in cooperation with the United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union and others."

MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti)

http://en.rian.ru/world/20110327/163235937.html
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