Definition of Insanity

I’ve been remiss with this blog (and have been waiting a week to use the word ‘remiss.’) I can’t even entirely blame my thesis. The last couple of weeks have been occupied with Top Secret Work of a Holiday Nature and Top Secret Work of a Nostalgic Nature, neither of which can be discussed on a public forum. Yet. (There are spies everywhere.) Also, the acquisition of Angry Birds for…

December 15, 2010

No Going Back

No matter how many professors, seasoned authors, and other assorted writing sages tell me that published works are actually the product of a dozen agonizing rewrites, I never lose the hope that the first draft I toss onto the computer screen will be pure golden perfection. And then I’m very frustrated when it isn’t. (But, maybe, next time…) There are times when I look at a chapter, or an essay,…

October 22, 2010

Update from the Trenches

It’s now half-way through the semester at USC, and I’ve written four essays in varying states of readability for my thesis.  The process of writing, writing, writing without looking back is difficult for me – I’m the type of writer who can’t move forward until she’s fixed earlier mistakes. (I’ve signed up for National Novel Writing Month at least four times and haven’t finished once.) It’s important to keep reminding myself…

October 15, 2010

Can’t Blog – Thesis

I considered announcing a hiatus for this blog as I spend the next eight months crafting my master’s thesis in creative non-fiction. I haven’t been posting much lately, both from a lack of time and a lack of something to say. I admire people who can blog on a daily basis, but I don’t like to come to this blog and just throw out some random thought. This blog is…

October 1, 2010

Tweets from Israel

The following is what I would have Tweeted in the last eleven days if I had had access to Twitter: @hollywoodjane  Saw an orthodox Jewish man at LAX with a hat case attached to his backpack. He wore a baseball cap. 11:28 AM Aug 8th @hollywoodjane  Seem to have been placed in the kiddie corner on flight to JFK. 11:47 AM August 8th @hollywoodjane  I’m fairly certain Adam Busch (Warren…

August 21, 2010

There’s a God for That

April 8, 2010

With the Greek pantheon, you just know you can always find what you’re looking for in terms of divine intervention. Problems in the bedroom? Bitch to Aphrodite. Desperate to cure that irritating skin condition? Consult Apollo. Can’t pay off that loan shark? Hades’ll take care of you. Whatever the problem, there’s a god for that.


Shape Up!

One of my biggest concerns about embarking on the ten day trip to Israel is that I won’t be able to hack it physically. It’s not an unreasonable fear; I have twelve scars from seven orthopedic surgeries, trouble breathing after any sort of cardio exercise, terrible hay fever, and a general difficulty standing for any length of time. I get winded on a flight of stairs. So in order to…

March 16, 2010


For a long time I thought ‘JAP’ was a peculiarly capitalized, derogatory term for someone of Japanese ancestry. I’m not sure when I realized that JAP was actually a derogatory acronym for someone like… me. Though my father was born Roman Catholic, I am a Jewish American Princess in every sense of the slur, and though my kind typically hail from the Eastern Seaboard, I’m sure that as a spoiled…

February 23, 2010