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Jan.07.2014
Nothing makes me feel stupider, less talented or more guilty than working on a first draft. Except not working on a first draft.
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Jul.30.2013
If TREK TO SINAI ends up being about the same length as ESCAPE FROM GOSHEN, I'm about halfway through the first draft. But Leah and Jacob aren't halfway through the trek! They've made it to Rephidim, the high plain surrounding Mt. Sinai (which the Israelites call the Mountain of God). Rephidim is...
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Jul.30.2013
If TREK TO SINAI ends up being about the same length as ESCAPE FROM GOSHEN, I'm about halfway through the first draft. But Leah and Jacob aren't halfway through the trek! They've made it to Rephidim, the high plain surrounding Mt. Sinai (which the Israelites call the Mountain of God). Rephidim is...
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Jul.20.2013
We all know that first drafts are hard. We wouldn't be here on a site connecting us with other writers if we didn't. But since I'm breaking cherry on writing a first draft of a book with a predecessor, I'm observing a few differences that make it easier. For one thing, I didn't have to pick a font...
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Jul.18.2013
Recently I have read a few different posts from various "Women of the Wall" about how ultra-orthodox Jews in Jerusalem, known as "Haredi" in Hebrew, have continuously upped the ante for Jewish women who want to pray at the "Wailing Wall" using such traditionally male accoutrements as the fringed...
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Jun.21.2013
This post is in response to a blog post by Orna Raz. We met in Iowa City when her now incredibly accomplished and yet well-grounded daughters were little more than toddlers. I was in my twenties and further than I ever would have dreamed from motherhood - almost two decades and seven time zones....
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Feb.16.2013
So I've been wrapped up in my job, long-term subbing for 8th grade English at a private girls' school, working on my cover letter to apply for the full-time job that's opening up there, and completely forgot that I planned to send out my picture book manuscript King David's Wrong Notes at the end...
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Jan.22.2013
My daughter's bat mitzvah planning session is coming up at our temple, and of course I Googled the Torah portion that she will read if we get the date we're hoping for. It starts in Numbers 30.2, and immediately discusses the difference between a man's vows - which are an obligation in the sight of...
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Jan.13.2013
No siblings of Little, Brown editors. Not even second cousins. But the Adult Learning session I led at Temple this morning, which incorporated this article from the London Daily Telegraph, gave me something more important: A self-aware and literate view of miracles. No one at the session, after...
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Jan.12.2013
So after a week in my first full-time job in Cleveland - even if it is only for a semester - my boss at the temple Sunday school where I teach in the Hebrew resource room asked me for a favor. She wanted me to conduct the "Adult Learning" session this week, where parents of religious school...
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Jan.05.2013
Or why get paid for making any art? Are we sick with insecurity to want this life of insecurity? Is the appreciation we are after best expressed in money? Or are we, as so many writers have said over the centuries, just too viscerally lazy to hold down a day job? I'm having issues with this today...
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Jan.03.2013
Received a very nice reply to an email I wrote to the book editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Karen Long, who was on the NPR radio show I called in to yesterday (see yesterday's post). The PD puts all of its children's book reviews into a sort of "salon" page in the Sunday paper. Reviews are...
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Jan.02.2013
My local NPR station, WCPN in Cleveland, featured a panel on the weekday arts show "Around Noon" today that had a terrific perspective on self-publishing. Host Dee Perry - a Cleveland NPR legend - spoke with Suzanne DeGaetano, owner of independent Cleveland Heights bookstore Mac's Backs; Sari...
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