I maintain two blogs: Practicing Writing and My Machberet. Posts for both blogs show up on this page, but you can visit each blog by clicking on the appropriate link. It's also possible to subscribe to each feed.
Practicing Writing: Here you'll find updates on writing and publishing opportunities (especially handy between issues of our popular monthly newsletter). You'll discover ONLY opportunities that charge no fees, and ONLY publications/contests that will pay for your writing. The blog also shares writing-related news, resources, and quotations; book reviews; and occasional updates regarding this practicing writer's own work.
My Machberet: "Machberet" is the Hebrew word for notebook. Since it's also (appropriately) one of the very first words I learned in my first Hebrew school in Brooklyn (and, I confess, one of the few conversational Hebrew words I still remember), I've chosen it to title this blog, where I offer write-ups on Jewish news (especially of the literary sort) and occasional commentary.
Hello, friends. No, I’m not going fishing. But I am taking a long Labor Day weekend trip, and there’s a lot happening in my world this week as it is, and so this will be the last blog post for about a week.
I’ll be returning home early next Monday morning, and I expect to get the September issue of The Practicing Writer out to subscribers that day.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful several days.
Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
“Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage. Hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles. Children are our hope, not our human shields.”
“Statement from Creative Community for Peace and Friends”
“We didn’t have time to get the children and go into the protected room.”
Gila Tragerman, mother of slain 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman z”l, quoted in The Times of Israel
“The liberals among us must also understand that we’re not China or Russia, not a superpower. We’re a tiny minority-nation under attack, and sweeping criticism of this nation is like sweeping criticism of the black, gay or Yazidi minority. Despite the Zionist revolution and Israeli sovereignty, we’re still Jews. As Jews we must defend ourselves, and as Jews we must stand for justice.”
Ari Shavit, “The Challenge of Anti-Semitism,” Haaretz
Thankfully, UN has passed over 60 resolutions vs. Israel in that time MT @AFP: UN rights chief slams ‘paralysis’ on Syria as deaths top 191k
— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) August 22, 2014
In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”
“They didn’t seem to understand—they were too entitled to understand—that the production of great literature requires a deep engagement with great literature.”
Source: Steve Almond, “The Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect” (Poets & Writers)