In honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, I’m going to tell you something I’ve never told anyone before:

When I was eleven years old, I saw a girl named Julie steal a candy bar during the Days of Judgment.

For those who don’t know about the Days of Judgment, these are the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, our Day of Atonement.  I was taught that during these 10 days, God is watching extra closely because it’s during this time that he decides to seal you in the Book of Life for another year or…well, or not.  In other words, this is life and death.

Farewell to All My Children

On Friday, the final episode of the soap opera ALL MY CHILDREN will air.  I have to admit two things.

1.  I haven’t seen it in years.

2.  I’m really going to miss it.

It’s hard to explain how that’s possible, but there was something magical about soap operas.  And I don’t mean the stories.  Yeah, they could be compelling.  Certainly, they were outrageous–evil twins and husbands back from the dead and colorful pimps and every tawdry affair you can imagine and some you can’t.  And there were also important story lines–gay characters and rape storylines and eating disorders and a character who died of AIDS –all of it back before it was “okay” to tackle those subjects on TV.

Why can’t I ignore a ringing phone?

I mean really!  How hard can it be to let a phone ring a few times and then flip over to voice mail.  It’s not as if I’ll miss anything important.  Besides, I’m WORKING.  I’m concentrating.  I’m creating.  I don’t have time to get distracted by a phone call.

And yet I drop everything and reach for the phone at the very first ring.

That’s not even the worst part!

A Conversation between Author, Agent, Editor

Have I got a blog for you to read…and no, it’s not mine.

A couple of weeks ago Barbara Krasner, who writes a great blog called The Whole Megillah, came up with an interesting idea:  a triple interview.

It all started after she read OyMG and posted a very wonderful review.  From there, Barbara suggested an in-depth look at how a book is written and sold–told from the perspective of the three people involved: The author, the agent and the editor.