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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Working While on Vacation

So, yes, I stole a few days last week for a vacation.

And in case you’re wondering, it is very pleasant to have a (big) glass of champagne at the ready as you reread a book that you’ll soon be teaching.

(But even without the champagne, I’d have loved Julie Orringer’s The Invisible Bridge anew. Can’t wait to discuss it with my group tomorrow!) Continue reading ›

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

dollar-sign-mdMonday 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). Continue reading ›

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Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure Chest
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. (Exceptionally, these will have to last you about a bit longer, because I’m taking a brief break from blogging for the next week or so. Thanks for your patience, and see you again soon!) Continue reading ›

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • It’s unlikely that you’ve ever read a Jewish wedding story quite like the one Judy Bolton-Fasman shares in this essay.
  • Discussed at a marvelous study session last Shabbat (led by Sivan Butler-Rotholz): Stacey Zisook Robinson’s stunning Purim poem, “The Book of Esther.”
  • This week brought the latest Jewish Book Carnival. Check out all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from the world of Jewish books.
  • And from the “subset” world that I inhabit at Fig Tree Books came a fresh newsletter.
  • The week also brought the launch of an Israel-focused website that I’m proud to have helped create. (“My” content areas: “Arts & Culture” and “Getting Involved.” Which seems appropriate, yes?)
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    Words of the Week

    “I do feel that it’s part of my job…to make sure that [readers] realize what Zionism really is.”

    Jessamyn Hope (photo credit: Yoav Bergner)

    Jessamyn Hope (photo credit: Yoav Bergner)

    Source: Jessamyn Hope, author of the novel Safekeeping, interviewed on Tablet‘s “Unorthodox” podcast.

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Beyond-Your-Blog-Hall-Of-Fame-Showcasing-our-favorite-writing-from-our-readers-who-have-been-published-beyond-their-blogsI’m Famous!

    Well, sort of.

    This week brought the happy news that a piece of mine had been “chosen” for the Beyond Your Blog “Hall of Fame.”

    You’ve probably seen me mention Beyond Your Blog before–I find it an inspiring and helpful site. I’ve also joined the BYB Facebook group, where, each month, members are encouraged “to post their best work that has been featured outside of their personal blog. A guest editor selects five favorites (in the areas of humor, non-humor, how-to/informational, reported stories & essays and editor’s choice) to be featured on this page and we also promote them in our newsletter and on social media.”

    When the February call came around, I decided to share the link to my poem “Self-Portrait with Root Rescue™,” which appeared last month on Silver Birch Press. And, lo and behold, it “won” the humor category.

    I’m especially grateful for the kind comments of this month’s judge, Norine Dworkin-McDaniel, who said, “I thought this piece was so clever, riffing on the frustrations of getting older without the negativity. Really made me laugh. Well done.” Continue reading ›

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