Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick updates from my desk.

1. Things may actually be starting to return to normal (or to whatever a new normal may be). Monday afternoon I spent some quality time sitting at an outside table, enjoying coffee and conversation with a writer friend. We talked about writing projects, and books, and although I admittedly felt uneasy when I removed my mask to sip my coffee (yes, even though both this friend and I have been vaccinated), it felt wonderful to be again taking part in an activity from Before Times.

2. This evening brings the start of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. So I’m especially glad that I was able to access earnings from Q1 sales of Quiet Americans (I’m glad that there were sales!) and to make another contribution based on those sales (albeit a tiny one—sales were few) to The Blue Card.

3. Speaking of Yom HaShoah: I’m grateful to The New York Society Library for scheduling my “30 Days of Poetry” video submission—in which I present “Pünktlichkeit,” from Birthright: Poems to be shared on this day.

an open spiral notebook with a pen resting on a blank page, plus a text label that reads, "Midweek Notes."