The First Day: Writers on Writing Series

I used to worry about the fact that my writing identity fits no particular niche and that my career seems headed towards no particular goal. I’ve had short stories published in obscure and “artsy” literary magazines and Twitter tips featured on the technology page of the Huffington Post. I’ve written two novels that will never see the light of day, and rather than attempt a third one, I’ve spent the last four years building a blog and writing essays and enjoying the occasional short story publication when I feel the random urge to write and submit fiction.

To read the rest please visit the online magazine The First Day, where I was invited to contribute to a series called “Writers on Writing.” My post there is called “Letting Go of What Comes Next.” 





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Judging a Writing Contest

mashstories podcast

Hey writer friends! I was asked to be one of the judges for the current Mash Stories competition, which runs until January 15th. We’ll get to those details in a minute, because I think you should enter. Yes, all of you! Why? Well, that’s what I want to tell you first. You may remember that…

Friendship Advice: October Column

HerTake with Nina Badzin

Welcome back to HerTake: Practical Tips for Modern Connections, my advice column for the HerStories Project all about friendship. For October I answered two more questions from readers about challenging friendship situations. I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts and suggestions for the women who shared. I think many people will be able to relate to the two issues from all sides…

10 Resources for Writers and Bloggers

resources for writers and bloggers

#1. THE PRACTICING WRITER Erika Dreifus, author of Quiet Americans (fiction) and a professional freelance writer and book reviewer, keeps up the incredible blog The Practicing Writer. What makes Erika’s blog unique is that she only focuses on paying opportunities. Updated several times a week, Erika makes sure that her readers know about submission opportunities she’s heard…

My Thoughts on a “Jewish Christmas”

Bryan building our sukkah

Yes, it’s October, not December. And that is exactly why I have some thoughts on the real “Jewish Christmas.” Hanukkah is for amateurs! You want the real deal? Meet Sukkot. (Feast of the Tabernacles in English.) Still don’t know what I’m talking about? Here’s a quick background on the holiday. You don’t need all the info, however, to understand why I’m calling Sukkot the real…

Friday Finds: Early October

edina mag collage

I should probably call these Thursday Finds. Alas . . .  1. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel At Great New Books I recommended The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. My book club read it as well and it was a hit. I tried to articulate the appeal in…

Forgiveness Without the Apology

I find the easiest part of this time of year in the Jewish calendar to be the commandment to ask others for forgiveness. And that is actually not that easy, but it’s infinitely less hard than letting go of a grudge, especially when the person you are upset with has not apologized. For my Yom…