Mid-Week Notes

Happy New Year, everyone! Today is the first day of a new year and a new decade. Three quick things:

  1. Every December I assess my year-end accomplishments and set long- and short-term goals for the coming year(s). A tool I rely on to do this comes from Annette Gendler. Check it out!
  2. I set out yesterday to write a new essay about the effects of DNA testing on family dynamics. It turned into fiction, which is probably a better idea given the family sensitivities.
  3. Jack El-Hai’s latest blog post reinforces the idea of writing about history from our own backyards. This is something I was just talking about last night with a fellow academic. And, it has inspired me to pull a failed middle-grade historical novel out of the vault and see what I could do with it with fresh eyes. I don’t think I’ve looked at it since 2005 when it imploded during an overhaul.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, productive, and prosperous year!

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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2 Responses to Mid-Week Notes

  1. Debbi Lakritz says:

    I’m assuming you’ve read INHERITANCE by Dani Shapiro? Also she has a podcast called Family Secrets. Amazing.

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