Happy Friday! Yesterday was Yom Kippur, the highest of the Jewish Holidays. I'm not observant but relate to the spirituality of the concept behind the High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The ritual of taking ten days to reflect on the year that's passed seems like a good one. That we can repent and forgive ourselves for our mistakes seems necessary and also scary. But, if we forgive ourselves, is that a "hall pass" that encourages us to make the same errors over and over again? I
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Happy Friday, and Happy New Year! How did it get to be autumn so fast? It was May 27, and we were heading to Fire Island hoping to beat the storm which hit the next day, and we returned last night, beating the rain. I'm having culture shock. I haven't done a lick of work all day and keep going to my local Pioneer to buy silly things for the cat. This is a 7 out of 10 level stress response. I realize that there are good reasons for my stress: There are no cars in Fire Island during the
Happy Friday! A lot is going on in the coming week: Labor Day on Monday, and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Although they are not related, each holiday opens a window into a culture. For us writers, who are cultural anthropologists at heart, it allows us to see how it all works and find new ideas for stories. Mother Jones, teacher, and dressmaker became a prominent union organizer in 1897. Woody Guthrie, penned the song, This Land is Your Land, and influenced American culture with
Happy Friday! I've been in rewriting hell, in paradise. Why is it so hard? Because I revise word by word. Because I have to get my story straight so that the world is logical and makes sense. Because I don't want to have to do it again. Because there will always be typos, misused words, grammar issues, and other mechanical glitches. Here are some of the other concerns I'm addressing in this third revision: 1. Do my characters stay in character? 2. Events