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Sunday Sentence

“In the aftermath of the 1948 War of Independence, Israel signed armistice agreements with Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. These armistice lines lasted until the immediate aftermath of the June 1967 War.” Source: https://israeled.org/resources/maps/.

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.”

The new state was sealed north, east, and south by hostile borders and washed on the west by the merciful Mediterranean—the sea into which its children dove as if into the arms of complete freedom and from which they learned the audacity they made their trademark, and into which Fanya never stepped after she saw a jellyfish floating in its waters.

Source: Rachel Kadish, From a Sealed Room

A postscript: I often select images to accompany these posts (see last week’s Sunday Sentence for one example). I realize that by using a map, complete with its caption, I may be contravening the “out of context and without commentary” rule this week. I accept that criticism. A map seemed to me the most appropriate illustration for this line, and I couldn’t post this one without including its caption or attributing it to its source.

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Friday Finds for Writers


Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Just a few quick things:

  • The latest issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers this morning. So if you’re already subscribing to this free newsletter, please check your inbox! If you’re not, you can find the new issue online until the next one replaces it. And you can learn more about the newsletter and follow easy subscription instructions here. (Bonus: New subscribers receive access to a writing-contest guide, “From A(lgren) to W(illiams) The Practicing Writer’s Guide to Eponymous Literary Contests and Competitions,”which features only fee-free opportunities that pay for winning work. I update this guide each February, so anyone who subscribes now is getting a super-current edition.)
  • Following in a few others’ footsteps, I’m taking on a new habit: providing ultra-short “book reviews” of my current reading. I’m doing this mainly because now that I’m building up my book-publicist practice I’m really not doing much (any?) “official” reviewing. But I still want to share some thoughts about what I read. You’ll find them gathered here.
  • A quick “thank-you” to the folks at Pen & Paper Writing for the nice shoutout on their “list of resources for writers.”
  • Hope you’re all having a good week!

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    Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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    Sunday Sentence

    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.”

    To the south, there are five other cottages, cloaked from one another by a dense growth of trees—mostly spruce, but also pine, cedar, and poplar, whose leaves in the wind sound like hands clapping.

    Source: Alan Lightman, “The Infinity of the Small” (Harper’s)

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    Friday Finds for Writers


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