Social Media as Competitive Sport

Social Media Chaos
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Social media is about being connected, staying in touch with old friends, finding out what’s happening in the world. Unless, like me, you’re a competitive soul. In which case it’s a matter of keeping one step ahead of, well, honestly, my husband. Yes, yes, I profess to only be competitive with myself. And for the most part that’s true. Unless I perceive a challenge by a boy, in which case…

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Advice from an Agent: Laney Katz Becker of Lippincott Massie McQuilkin

Lippincott Massie McQuilkin logo
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

While you know that I’m not the mushy type, I do tend to gush a bit when I’m asked about my agent. My agent rocks. Laney Katz Becker, of Lippincott Massie McQuilkin, has edited me, supported me, pushed me, consoled me, and made it clear all along the way that she’s in my corner. I found out the hard way, when my first novel didn’t sell, that Laney is a…

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How Do I Envy Thee? Let Me Count the Ways…

Careful, dear. Your envy is showing.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

We’re talking envy this week. Envy is not something I have an issue with. The truth is, I am a highly evolved human being who finds envy a waste of time. I mean, envy isn’t even a worthy enough sin to make it into Dante’s circles of hell; envy lies in purgatory. So I am not envious. But I have this blog post to write about envy. I’ve got to…

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Judy Batalion, Author of WHITE WALLS + Giveaway

White Walls by Judy Batalion
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Since I first heard about Judy Batalion’s memoir, WHITE WALLS: A MEMOIR ABOUT MOTHERHOOD, DAUGHTERHOOD, AND THE MESS IN BETWEEN, I have been eager for its release. Finally, this past Tuesday, the book pubbed and I have a copy in my hands. I can tell you, it was worth the wait. The writing is crisp and funny, and while you’re reading it, you’ll wish Judy could be your best friend….

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A Sea of Red: Being Edited

Book Editing
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A few years ago, I had an essay accepted at a literary journal. I was over the moon that they wanted my work, and when they informed me I’d be receiving edits, I figured it was no big deal; plenty of journals had tweaked my work, fixing grammatical errors or asking me to clarify a sentence or two. When this literary journal sent me back my work with edits, they…

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Reluctant Resolutions for a Writer

I can't believe it's been a year since I didn't become a better person
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

This week, we’re talking about resolutions, and I had to give a big sigh, because lately, I haven’t been much for them. For many years, I was go-getter, out to conquer the world, and I regularly made new year’s resolutions. I was an optimistic young thing who thought that if I voiced my ambitions to the universe that I would feel accountable and therefore achieve my goals. I dutifully wrote…

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Jenna Blum on Writing Out of Genre + a Giveaway

The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum
Saturday, December 26, 2015

I, like so many others, was captivated by THOSE WHO SAVE US. I read it in a weekend, as I found it so startling, captivating, and shocking that I just HAD to know how it ended! Jenna has written “2.10 novels”: her two novels, THOSE WHO SAVE US and THE STORMCHASERS and her novella “The Lucky One,” which is one of ten novellas in the postwar anthology GRAND CENTRAL. Currently Jenna is at work…

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Jennifer’s Favorite Reads of 2015

Books
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I read so many amazing books in 2015, however, my feeling is that many of them would not be of interest to a lot of folks, as they are books I’ve read as research. Captivating for me; maybe not so much for others. For instance, I devoured WE ONLY KILL EACH OTHER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BUGSY SIEGEL by Dean Jennings, a book that is a total cliche with its…

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Writing with (and without) Despair

Quote from Charles Bukowski
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

We’re writing about those dark places this week, which feels apropos here in New England where, as my son gleefully announced every night for eight nights, “It’s 4:12 p.m.! Sunset! We can do Hanukkah!” I face my morning runs with extreme trepidation, as I go at 6 a.m., but since sunrise isn’t until after 7 a.m., I am wary of cars and holes in sidewalks and tree branches (in October,…

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The Harshest Critique: Finding a Writing Group

A critique page
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Feedback. I have to laugh when people talk about being stressed about workshops and critiques and feedback. Because I have received the mother of all feedback—no, sorry, the grandmother of all feedback—and I’ve lived to tell the tell. The stereotype of Jewish grandmothers is pretty well known. They are warm. Motherly. Perhaps they pile on the guilt a little heavily, but they mean well. They think you’re too skinny. “Eat…

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