Midweek Notes from this Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. Morning Pages, Redux
Yes, I saw the New York Times piece on Julia Cameron. Yes, it recalled the era, long ago, when I adhered to Cameron’s famous “morning pages” and “artist dates.” But it took this Twitter exchange for me to embark anew on the morning-pages practice. (Two days and counting!)

2. A Happy Book Birthday
Yesterday brought the official publication of The Dark Young Man, the first English translation (by Tina Lunson) of Jacob Dinezon’s 1877 bestselling Yiddish novel. Especially since I’ve been working with Jewish Storyteller Press on publicity efforts for this title, I was delighted to encounter a flurry of new coverage, including Words Without Borders, the New York Journal of Books, and (in a piece that, admittedly, I can’t understand), Forverts.

3. Recent Reads
The two books I’ve read most recently, one a poetry collection and another a book on writing for children, are very much connected with my ongoing writing practice. Want to know what I mean? You can find out more on my “brief book reviews” page and/or via Goodreads.

2 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from this Practicing Writer

  1. Erika, two good books about writing nonfiction for kids are from James Cross Giblin, The Giblin Guide to Writing Children’s Books, and from Margery Facklam and her daughter, Peggy Thomas, Anatomy of Nonfiction. Nonfiction authors to read: Russell Freeman, James Cross Giblin, Jim Murphy, Elizabeth Partridge, Neal Bascombe, Steve Sheinkin, Gail Jarrow, Susan Campbell Bartoletti–just a starter list.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Excellent! Thank you so much!

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