A Final Thought on “Representation” in Fiction

Now, I’ve talked a bit about this nonsense before, so I’m not going to spend too much time talking about why the whole campaign for “representation” in fiction is stupid. In brief, anyone who feels some sort of personal need for characters who look like them is pathetic. All that should matter in fiction is ifContinue reading “A Final Thought on “Representation” in Fiction”

Revealing: Light Unto Another World

Well, I was originally going to wait a bit longer for this, but Yom Ha’atzmaut seemed like a pretty appropriate time. Today we celebrated the re-establishment of the state of Israel, which played a major role in ushering in a new era for the Jewish people, and revived the image of the fighting Jew, somethingContinue reading “Revealing: Light Unto Another World”

Why the Latest “Outrage” Doesn’t Outrage Me

I’m going to preface this by saying that this is not the blog post I wanted to write today. No, I had something much more fun in mind, something related to something I enjoy talking about (writing and Star Wars, to put it in brief.) Later this week, we get back to talking about funContinue reading “Why the Latest “Outrage” Doesn’t Outrage Me”

The Three Weeks: A Time of Mourning–but Also Pride

A few days ago, with the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz, the period of the Jewish year known as the Three Weeks began. Technically lasting 22 days most of the time (23 this year because fasts that fall on Saturday [Shabbat] are pushed off to Sunday, this is a sad period, during with weContinue reading “The Three Weeks: A Time of Mourning–but Also Pride”

Jews, Acknowledge Your True Enemy

“וּבְמָקוֹם שֶׁאֵין אֲנָשִׁים, הִשְׁתַּדֵּל לִהְיוֹת אִישׁ” “In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.” Pirkei Avot 2:5   This is something I’ve been meaning to talk about in detail for some time now, but things have been busy, and I wanted to do the topic justice. While I do intendContinue reading “Jews, Acknowledge Your True Enemy”

History Repeating Itself: Tish’a B’Av Today.

(Disclaimer: This touches on both political and religious issues. As I’ve said in the past, posts like this will by no means be a regular feature here, as I would much rather focus on my writings, but there are things that need to be said, and when I deem it necessary, I will say it.)Continue reading “History Repeating Itself: Tish’a B’Av Today.”

Real Talk: Being Honest About The Situation in Israel

(Note: I’ve created a new tag for this, because unlike pretty much everything else I plan to write on this website, I’m not going to tie in to writing, or genre fiction in general. This is just something that needs to be said. This is not meant to be an authoritativ treatise on the subject,Continue reading “Real Talk: Being Honest About The Situation in Israel”

Stepping Off Into a Dream: Rebranding, and a New Direction

I am writing this—at least part of this—while flying 35,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean (and possibly part while over Europe.) As today is the start of a new chapter of my life, with me moving to Israel, and I recently chose to pursue a different route to a career as a writer, I feltContinue reading “Stepping Off Into a Dream: Rebranding, and a New Direction”

Yom Ha’atzmaut: When Fantasy Becomes Reality

[Before I start, just a brief remark on the bombing at the Boston Marathon yesterday. I, like probably all of Twitter, tweeted about it, but as this post is coming just a day later, I figure I should probably put a quick word in here. I’d like to send my deepest sympathies to everyone affected by yesterday’s attack.Continue reading “Yom Ha’atzmaut: When Fantasy Becomes Reality”