WD tribute to Paul Swearingen

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  • #346794

    cypher
    Participant

    Our new contact with WD magazine, Jessica Zafaris, contacted me recently. She had only just seen my request that our highly respected moderator, Paul Swearingen, be featured in an article in Writers Digest. She is looking for details about his personality, life experience and his work here on the Forum. I am sure many of you remember Paul with affection, and I hope that you will post reminiscences of his wry humor and helpful suggestions. Rosalie has already mentioned his famous suggestion for reviving a sluggish plot: Kick your protag down the stairs!

    I have tried to contact Paul’s brother, Kim, but Kim lives overseas and I doubt whether my Facebook post will reach him. Do any of you know a better way, please?

  • #655518

    Anonymous

    Some time ago, I retrained my writing habits thanks to Paul’s oft-repeated mantra that one should strive to use “all right” rather than “alright”, even though the latter has become more colloquially acceptable these days. Now, every time I type “all right”, I’m fondly reminded of Paul.

  • #655519

    cypher
    Participant

    Thank you for the memory, cynicalwanderer. I’ll include it in my snippets to Jessica.

    I received a reply from Paul’s brother, Kim, this morning. He didn’t have anything to add to his obituary that was posted on Facebook, but said he would like to read the tribute after Writers Digest publish it. I’ll make sure I send him a copy.

  • #655520

    Anonymous

    cynicalwanderer wrote:
    > Some time ago, I retrained my writing habits thanks to Paul’s oft-repeated
    > mantra that one should strive to use “all right” rather than
    > “alright”, even though the latter has become more colloquially
    > acceptable these days. Now, every time I type “all right”, I’m
    > fondly reminded of Paul.

    I do too.

  • #655521

    Anonymous

    For years, Paul was the only voice we heard from Writers Digest. Through all the troubles with the functionality here, and the period when we’d sign on to find 40 PAGES of overnight spam. And he soldiered on, taking the time to delete every last thread…

    We could report a post, and if we didn’t uncheck the option to hear back from WD, Paul made sure to respond. Even when I forgot I hadn’t unselected it.

    Paul is the sole reason I kept giving this forum more chances to “get it right.”

  • #655522

    Anonymous

    It looks like I’ve missed a lot on here. Paul was a great mentor to me over the past few years. I hope all is well. 🙂

  • #655523

    Anonymous

    He hated hand sanitizer.

  • #655524

    cypher
    Participant

    I sent a collection of your comments to Jess yesterday, but she was out of the office, dealing with a personal emergency. I hope it is not too serious and that whatever has gone wrong, can be put right soon. Best wishes, Jess.

  • #655525

    cypher
    Participant

    Jess hopes to be able to compile the tribute sometime during the first full week of March.

    I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

  • #655526

    cypher
    Participant

    FYI:

    I checked with Jess yesterday, and received the following reply today:

    Thanks for touching base, Dorothy. I began working on it, but was called away on a business trip for most of last week. However, it’s nearly complete, so I should be able to run it in the next few days.

    I will keep you posted.

  • #655527

    Anonymous

    Not to be ungrateful for Jess’s efforts but WD should have processed this a long time ago. He donated his time and energy on WD’s behalf to assist writers with their struggles and successes. Somehow I doubt this delay would have occurred had there not be a mass exodus by the magazine’s employees. Obviously something is going on there. I genuinely hope that they are able to get situated soon.

    I am eager to read what Jess has written. I’m also grateful that Dorothy (Oldtimer) devoted her time to pay tribute to our friend and mentor, Paul (pls).

  • #655528

    cypher
    Participant

    Rosedarling wrote:
    > Not to be ungrateful for Jess’s efforts but WD should have processed this a
    > long time ago. He donated his time and energy on WD’s behalf to assist
    > writers with their struggles and successes. Somehow I doubt this delay
    > would have occurred had there not be a mass exodus by the magazine’s
    > employees. Obviously something is going on there. I genuinely hope that
    > they are able to get situated soon.
    >
    > I am eager to read what Jess has written. I’m also grateful that Dorothy
    > (Oldtimer) devoted her time to pay tribute to our friend and mentor, Paul
    > (pls).

    On Jess’s behalf, she didn’t come on board until after Brian Klems left, and she didn’t receive my request for a tribute until a few weeks ago. Since then she has done all she can to get the tribute out. Big pat on the back for her. 🙂

  • #655529

    Anonymous

    Really? It seems longer than a few weeks and I’m not upset with Jess. I know she just came on board. I just wonder why a magazine with a staff full of writers couldn’t put something together sooner for a man who spent years keeping the forum in order.

  • #655530

    Anonymous

    Probably because the folks at the magazine don’t really give a * about the forum or its members.

  • #655531

    maxiuomc48
    Participant

    pls (Paul) did quite a job considering it was an unpaid position, he took a professional approach to his work here.

    And I’m glad Terry is back to take over the job again, he is another professional.

    I didn’t know that many of the employees of Writer’s Digest have left, the magazine might be having money problems.

    I hope they sort everything out because I don’t want this forum to close. 🙁

  • #655532

    cypher
    Participant

    Here is the link to the tribute to Paul that Jess has posted online at WD. I sincerely hope the link works, although I see that BBCode is off.

    http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/writers-perspective/writers-digest-news/remembering-paul-swearingen-unsung-hero-of-the-writers-digest-forums

    I think Jess has done a very good job in the short time that she has known about my request for a tribute, and I would like to thank her on behalf of all Paul’s friends here.

  • #655533

    debbieolch
    Participant

    Paul was the kind of guy I wish lived down the road so I could visit and have a cup of coffee with him.

  • #655534

    clareantoinette
    Participant

    Thanks, Oldtimer, for sending the request in to Jess in the first place. Paul deserved recognition for all he did for WD and for us. I still have a hard time accepting he’s gone.

  • #655535

    cypher
    Participant

    Thank you, updog, but I can’t help feeling it is too little, too late. 🙁

  • #655536

    Anonymous

    Nice tribute, Jess. Thank you for taking the time to write about our friend and mentor.

    Oldtimer, thank you for initiating this tribute to honor Paul.

    I will fondly remember him every time I sit down to write.

  • #655537

    urworstnitemare
    Participant

    I haven’t been on the forum in quite some time, but joined ages ago when this place was hopping. Paul, JMar, Jowen, LilliesCarol, Oldtimer, KarenRankowitz, JaiJoshi, and many others whom I haven’t seen in ages.

    Paul was always here, for all of us. Long before he had to fight his battle, long before the forum dwindled down, long before Life stepped in and took us down other roads.

    He was a wonderful person, a good man, and a great mentor and friend. I had his picture on my phone when I read of his passing on fb. I’m thrilled WD did a summary of him and posted his picture – putting a face to the words of the man who helped so many. He was so strong and so generous; the planet has lost a good man.

    I hope we can keep this forum going for him. I think he would like that.

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