Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Sometimes I Can't Come Up With A Clever Title

Sometimes I go into diary mode. Sometimes I reach out. Sometimes I post poetry.

This is diary style:

Tonight my improv group (I don't own it, I'm in it) had a successful performance as part of an arts night at The Civic Center Synagogue.

This is reaching out:

These talent nights are happening once a month so keep an eye out if you want to attend or perform in the next one.

These is a poem that I wrote tonight while Seth Glass was singing:

Lovely music
makes me think
of paradise
makes me think
of love


Blogger ilan said...

This isn't apropos of this post in particular, but considering the sheer quantity of writing you generally produce (not to mention the quality), have you considered participating in a massive creative effort, such as NaNoWriMo? I highly recommend it.

October 25, 2006 at 4:28 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...


This sounds great. Is there an issue of having the novel you wrote taken if you past it?

What other such venues, etc. can you kindly point me to?

October 25, 2006 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger ilan said...

They claim on the site that your work is your own, and that they will not take it. I wouldn't worry too much in that regrad, but you could always register it with a copyright, or just not upload it at all.

Other venues? Not that I know of. Wait - what do you mean, other venues? Like other writers' communities? I don't know, but I think that the NaNoWriMo site should have some decent resources.

October 25, 2006 at 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You probably already know this, but just thought I'd mention, a simple approach to proving your work is your own, (if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to), is to send it to yourself, not open it, and just file it away in case there is ever any kind of dispute.

And wow! (Loosely), what's your novel about?

October 26, 2006 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger ilan said...

Maayan, I'm going to assume that you're writing to me, since R' Fleischmann hasn't yet committed to writing one. As for me, I'm committing, but I'm not overly optimistic about writing the requisite 2000 words/day for a whole month (excluding Fridays).

You asked what my novel wil be about. To be honest, the idea of writing a novel was more the attraction than a specific novel I was planning on writing. But what I've come up with so far is a fantastical novel that takes an unsuspecting person from America to Israel, and at the smae time from a world that makes sense to one that doesn't exactly. (What I mean by 'fantastical' is hard to explain. It certainly isn't like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter - more like Neil Gaiman's American Gods or Neverwhere. Think real-world setting, with unexplained things happening - time and space being somewhat malleable, appearances shifting, etc. The ultimate goal is to use the world-not-making-sense element as a metaphor for making aliyah and/or becoming religious - as both involve entering a new world with its own internal logic that often must be experienced, not merely considered.

I hope that made some sense. Now the hard part: turning those ideas into a novel. Oh, and coming up witha plot. And characters. That's all.


October 27, 2006 at 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Ilan! That sounds like a really interesting premise-especially the use of the metaphor as you describe it-would love one day to read the book.

October 27, 2006 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

I have some ideas, some I prefer to hold close to the vest. One I'll share. Years ago wrote a short story about a popular teenage girl myseriously falling for an unpopular teen-age boy, with a supernatural explanation behind it. Ilan your idea sounds interesting. This website sounds interesting. Over the last few years I took some writing classes and have some started ideas and pieces worth continuing. Maybe.

October 28, 2006 at 11:45 PM  

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