Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick updates from my desk.

1. Still feeling pretty overwhelmed by…everything. But I am managing to (occasionally) accomplish small things.

For instance, I’ve been working on updates to my c.v. Which has caused me to realize that I haven’t yet shared the beautiful, recently unveiled cover to this forthcoming anthology:


I’m proud to have had an essay (“Before Sunrise,” published in Brevity back in 2013) selected for inclusion in this volume. The book should be out in November, and you can read more about it on the Rose Metal Press website.

2. I’m preparing for my next “appearance”: Before this month’s over, I’ll be moderating an upcoming keynote session for the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)’s first digital conference. I’m looking forward to it! (FYI: As far as I know, it’s not going to be streamed for the public; you need to be registered for the conference to catch it.)

3. An area where I haven’t been making much progress: my aspirations for becoming a kidlit author (with a focus on Jewish history/biography). But over the past week I’ve taken some inspiration (and some tbr titles for closer study/”reading as a writer”) from this excellent piece by one of my AJL friends, Lisa Silverman: “Recommended Children’s Books About Little-Known Jewish Heroes.”

cover image for THE BEST OF BREVITY (Rose Metal Press)

10 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Thanks and best of luck!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you!

  2. Sandra Soli says:

    You continue to inspire and delight. Kidlit is up next and we look forward to your good news.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you!

  3. Jane Hammons says:

    Just a short thank you for your newsletter. A couple of weeks ago, I saw the post about Conium Review’s call for stories with the theme of renewal as they prepared to launch their new website. I submitted my story Creature Creator, which was chosen for this launch and is also this month’s online story (they publish one a month).

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Jane, that’s wonderful! Thanks so much for letting me know–and congratulations!

  4. David Bayless says:

    Thanks. I always look forward to your comments, your recommendations. Take care.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      So kind of you!

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