Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Tally_marks-Five-bar_Gate.svgTally Time!

My fellow Poetry Has Value bloggers and I sent in our May “stats” (re: submissions, acceptances, rejections, and so forth) and Jessica Piazza has posted them. I recommend that you read them all if you have the time–this month’s posts include some frank talk on submission fees, simultaneous submissions, and a number of other topics that we’ve all thought about. But if you’re in a hurry to read the discrete update from yours truly, you’ll find it right here. (more…)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer


Let’s be honest. Much of the time, when we send work to magazines and websites, we may feel as though we’re gambling.

At the very least, we’re taking a risk. What are the chances that an editor will actually say “yes” to whatever we may have sent in? How may we feel when that all-too-likely rejection shows up? (For that matter, even acceptances can feel risky: How will others respond to our work once it’s published?)

Events of the past week within my own writing practice have made me feel as though I hit the jackpot. Suffice to say: I have never had a week like this one before. (more…)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Poetry Update(s)

Some good news arrived this week about one of my poems, previously published, which will be out again soon (possibly in time for the next of these updates, but more likely I’ll be mentioning it here two weeks from now). It’s part of the April stats report that I’ve sent in to Jessica Piazza for her Poetry Has Value project; I’ll be sharing that info with you when it has been posted, too. (more…)

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.

  • How I wish that I could attend the Tenth Memorial International Creative Writing Conference of the Shaindy Rudoff Creative Writing Graduate Program at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. It’s happening May 29-31.
  • This week brought new issues from both Lilith magazine and JewishFiction.net. So much good stuff tbr!
  • The week also brought publication of a poem of mine, “Black Sheep in the World to Come,” on Hevria.
  • And also freshly published: the latest newsletter from Fig Tree Books, edited by yours truly.
  • Finally, as we approach both Passover and, in a little while, Yom HaShoah, I’m grateful to my friend Suzanne Reisman for sharing this piece of hers.
  • Shabbat shalom, and have a meaningful Pesach.

    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.” (more…)