News/Blog

News/Blog

Right now, the news is that I have a website.

It has taken so much of my time I put the publishing steps of my memoir aside. And as incongruous as it may seem, the timing was perfect. The pandemic and its restrictions gave me unlimited time to accomplish this. It kept me going almost obsessively, occupying my mind so I wouldn’t dwell as much on separation from family, and friends too.

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Join that Zoom Meeting for Writers!

It was 5 am in Jerusalem and 8 pm Vancouver local time on November 2nd, 2021 when Rena Rossner joined the North Shore Writers Association, for a Zoom meeting.

I didn’t even have to go anywhere, yet I wasn’t sure I’d join at first. I may have Jewish friends, but I don’t write fiction…

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The Query Countdown

The countdown has begun. On September 4th, I sent a query to four of the first twenty agents I had selected out of my initial list of 50. Replies may come within 4-6 weeks unless I get none. A no reply means either implicit rejection or my submission is still among the hundreds of queries an agent..

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Working on My Book Proposal

That’s all I have been doing for the past weeks, not counting I was working from one written more than one year ago. Since then, learning and practice have helped me identify the mistakes I had made, then.

A book proposal is like a business plan. It will either convince agents to read my..

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What Is a Memoir?

From the French language standpoint, I have not written a mémoire but a récit, which translates as a story. It means I have narrated some of the authentic events of my life.

The French word mémoire is the final work of a student demonstrating learned expertise. At the doctorate level, it..

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The Power Of Accountability

Ah, the power of accountability if only to oneself.

Out of frustration one day, I wrote down my mental roadblocks about the memoir I had finally completed. It forced me to review how I got to those roadblocks, to ask myself questions, and to think of a course of action. Before I knew it, I..

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Welcome to my website!

Welcome to my website!

Who said, “Never say never”? I admit that I had to look it up. Charles Dickens coined the phrase in 1837, in the Charles Dickens’s Pickwick Papers.

I was working on a memoir, knowing I needed a website yet resisting it. As if the digital world needed just one more… Besides, I was busy..

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