The “Why” of it

December 19, 2012

Continuing my tradition of updating – rather than erasing and entirely renewing – this page, I would like to add two important events, as well as a locality change. I am now twenty-two and am studying in Oxford for my junior year abroad. I have a second blog, connected to this one, that is specifically about my Oxford experience and can be found here.

The important events are my two publications. I am now officially what may be called a “published writer”, whatever that moniker is supposed to mean. My published stories are both at Tin House: here is the first one, and here is the second, if you’re curious.

Things are happening in the writing world. It’s gratifying, to say the least, and it is terrifying as well. I am still waiting for my rejection letter fromΒ The New Yorker, though. That’s one I’m going to be proud of. Actually, I’m going to be proud of all of them, to a certain extent. To fail means to keep trying.

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Below is the first “About me” section I wrote for this blog. Below that is the update I wrote over a year ago. But now, after having completed the first drafts of three novels, things are a little different. I’ve proved to myself that I can write regularly, that I can sit my butt down in a chair and devote the time and energy to this craft. I’ve become a much more regular poster on my blog, and have proven that I’m able to stick with something. I’ve become more open to criticism, and I believe my writing has matured somewhat. And most importantly? I still love it.

Many things have changed: I’m now twenty-one, have finished my first year at college, am recovering from an eating disorder, and have gone through serious heartbreak. I’ve been on anti-depressantsΒ and have now stopped needing them, I’ve been in continuous therapy, and have learned to open myself up to the people who love me. I’ve acquired a tattoo and another piercing. There’s more, but it hardly matters; you get the picture.

In one month, I will have been with this same blog for three years. Here’s to another three!

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I’ve had many diaries and blogs over the years. I always used to start and open them just to talk about my own problems, my own silly day-to-day happenings. I still have a blog that’s like that. However, I wanted to try something different. I want to try to improve my writing, learn how to be funny and witty in my writing, keep people entertained. I don’t know if I’ll succeed, but my ultimate goal is to transfer my blog to my own website.

Why then? Because I have a year before I start college. I have a year to do something with myself. I don’t have many oppertunities or ways to do anything where I live, but I CAN try to have a successful blog online. A blog that people will actually enjoy coming to. I know, I know, I don’t have much of a chance, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try.

My general information, just to let you know who I am: I’m eighteen, I live in Israel, I’m American, I gradutated highschool, I’m a bit odd and I love to write. I’m also often shallow, an atheist, a liberal, a romantic, a very silly thing and a pessimist all too much of the time.

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Update, April 24, 2010, 1:30AM

Well, my blog isn’t what you’d call “successful.” But I have my friends, I have my readers, and I have my dedication. I’ve been writing on this blog for a year and a half now – actually, a year and eight months. And counting. I’m going to keep at it. I’m going to keep writing.

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62 thoughts on “The “Why” of it

  1. Hi, I finally found your blog. I’ve added it to my blogroll. It took a while to find it. I’ll try and see if I can figure it out so your name will leave a link. I’m not to great at stuff like this!!!

  2. I loved reading the “WHY” of it. No matter your age, you already sound like you’re on the right path.

    Recently I heard a saying that I’ve now adopted: When you’re young, you chase success. When you’re older (ahem! “wiser”), you seek significance. It sounds like you will always strike a balance.

    Good luck with your writing! See you on Oprah’s couch!

    P.S. Please do not hesitate to post on your blog(s) my offer for a FREE gift (pdf) copy of my book (see below). Simply my way of ‘giving back’ in life…

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    Louise Lewis, author
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    FREE gift (pdf) copy: http://www.noexpertsneeded.com
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  3. Hey you! I tracked you down! Yipeee *does dance* now I can have a good read and add you to my reader!

    To get your link on your name when you comment -> Click on Users then your profile -> add your blog address into the URL/Website section and save – from then on people who read your comment and want to know more of you will be directed here to your incredible blog!

    Will read more later when I have a moments peace, now I can’t wait dang! First… coffee

  4. Hi,
    id just like to say im in exactly the same position as you, i enjoy writing but im tryin to find my confidence in it, im hoping my blog will help. ive read your posts on here and they are amazing. ive just started out, so im hoping mine get better as i practice more.
    just thought id say hi
    x

  5. Tessa says:

    I’ll add you to my blogroll-even though no one goes to my blog yet- interesting reads! You’re great so far at 18 yrs old! Keep it up and never stop writing, you’ll just get better and better every year!! Israel, I’d love to hear more about your country.

  6. Re your comment “I’m also often shallow, an atheist, a liberal, a romantic, a very silly thing and a pessimist all too much of the time.”
    pretty much sums up most young adults. πŸ™‚

    Keep reading, reading, and reading (a variety of genres), and the writing will come in no time. The more you write, the more you will discover your voice.

  7. Aisosa says:

    Keep it up..you’ll make it wayy past Oprahs couch!! πŸ™‚ i like writing, and im taking a gap year as well! except mine is used to ‘find myself’ i hope we both find ourselves and our paths in life. xoxo
    aisosa.wordpress.com

  8. writing to improve your writing is *always* a good idea. i also second “auntie” — read, read and read. it’s the best (only?) way to get better at writing. good luck!

  9. hadassah99 says:

    Oh my, your post on my blog left no hint of your age.

    You are so very mature. I admire YOU. Go for it girl. Don’t ever doubt yourself. You can do anything if you put your mind to. Visualize the outcome you want and don’t stop believing.

  10. Always wonderful writing. I saw that you are at good reads so feel free to add me. I look forward to reading more. πŸ™‚
    r

  11. Hi Ignorant :^)
    Well… I am late entrant here…
    Nevertheless, can’t miss to say “All the best for ur writing venture”.
    Keep writing and making people smile(I have heard that it is difficult to steal a smile.. Be a good…Naah! great thief ;-)).
    By now I guess, u r in college… Again all the best for ur academics too.
    Keep Smiling and making others smile too πŸ™‚

  12. Hi there! I found you through Shouts From the Abyss’s blog – thanks for voting for FORCE on Facebook! I’m so happy to stumble across your blog – I have several friends who are writers – looking at your blogroll, it looks like you already know some of them. πŸ™‚

    Great to ‘meet’ you. πŸ™‚

  13. Wait a second…popped back over to see what I’ve missed, and now you are just “Ignorant” and not even “Slightly” so anymore? Well, “ignorant” of any degree does not accurately describe your blog or writing. I’ve been enjoying it!

  14. wayfaringthoughts says:

    Hey, I just ran across your blog from another site, and wow. I really enjoy your writing. Keep it up, and good luck! =)

  15. Hey– I like what you have here. If you want to exchange blogroll citations, let me know. It’s hard to find fellow writers who include short stories on their blog, especially ones I actually admire. I like your voice.

  16. lalalandofgaga says:

    great blog!!!
    Came across it on a friend’s blog where you’d commented.
    I feel almost like I’m that younger version of you, 3 years ago. πŸ™‚
    I read a few of your recent posts.. I love how you make the most ordinary and simple things so enjoyable to read…
    That’s what I’m attempting to do too… write for an audience.. or really just write what people would be inclined to read, without losing my own style, individuality.. πŸ™‚
    Keep writing! You have a wonderful, unique style!

    • Thank you so much, land-of-gaga! I really appreciate everything you said :).

      I do hope you’re not exactly my younger self, though, because it would mean you’d need to be dealing with a lot of difficulties in the near future ^_^”.

  17. I just read your post over at Deb’s site. Loved it. I am currently blogging my way to a memoir and have some password-protected posts you might appreciate. I’m just trying to create a degree of privacy for my family at the moment. If you would like to take a look, the passwrod is “mother.” By the way, I have bipolar disorder and sometimes blog about that, as well.
    Kathy

  18. Hello, I wanted to say that I’ve read some of your stories and I quite like them. How would you feel about submitting some of your work to the upstart magazine that I’m an art editor for. We are always looking for original work like your. What do you say?
    Janelle

  19. WhisperingSoul says:

    Thankyou for inspiring me tonight!! Keep writing….It looks like you’re doing exactly what you’re meant to be doing =). Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed and Happy New Year!

  20. I enjoyed reading this little piece about your self. Other than being a student I feel like im reading about me. Im just strting my third blog, and trying to write my first book. and idea that I have ad for like 15 years but I do lack the confidence in my self.

    keep going cant wait to see what you achieve and thanks for sharing.

  21. “proven that I’m able to stick with something”

    Kudos to you!

    This is something I want to prove too but haven’t been as successful as you. Yet. I’ll get there. I hope.

    Nice blog by the way. Quite interesting. I can learn lots from reading your work.

  22. I love your humility and your attitude on rejection letters–makes me realize I’m not an ass for proudly collecting them in honor of my perseverance…just stubborn perhaps. And proof, of course, that I love writing–that it is too much a part of me–to stop because this person or that magazine don’t care for that particular work. Thank you for sharing your enlightenment.

  23. An inspiring ‘about’ section. Your writing is comforting to read and your attitude makes me want to write more. Something I struggle with… what’s worth it, what’s not…

    Cheers!

  24. Hello, I’d like to ask you something, concerning your writing. I wanted to ask you for your email, but then i thought if I can’t find it anywhere here, it might be for a reason… So here’s mine, if you want to drop a line so that I can reply with what I have to tell you.
    elvan2@wanadoo.fr
    I’m also one of your followers on WP, so if you want to get in touch here…
    Thanks anyway

  25. Greetings Ma’am

    Your blog is anything but ignorant. Ha! In fact, it is a great reflection of observation! I love the thoughtfulness behind each post, and how you brew blog posts out of simplicity. Thank you so much for writing such fresh content! Congratulations!
    Also, I would love the opportunity to guest post for you, that is, if you are open to guest writers. It has been a pleasure reading your writing, and I would love to add to it.

    I look forward to your response.

    Cheers!
    Nikita Biswal
    The Conundrum

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