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Writing Process Blog Tour

by Rebecca Kanner
Rebecca Kanner
Essay, novel and short story writer. Author of Sinners and the Sea
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on Monday, 21 April 2014
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This post is part of a blog post relay, which the beautiful and talented Donna Trump invited me to join, and this is me in my office after hastily pushing all of the stray books and papers out of sight:

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Question #1:  What am I working on now? 

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How Do We Know That What Happens To Us Isn’t Good?

by Rebecca Kanner
Rebecca Kanner
Essay, novel and short story writer. Author of Sinners and the Sea
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on Friday, 24 January 2014
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I spend more time than I would like wondering what will happen. I want control of not only my input but the outcome. Yet when I look back at my life sometimes I see that not getting what I want has been the best thing for me.

A few years ago there was a job I wanted. It would not have paid enough for me to cut back on freelancing, but I thought it would be a steppingstone in my career.

Today I thank G-d that I didn’t get it. I wouldn’t have completed Sinners and the Sea. At least not anytime soon.

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When I find myself getting overly invested in what I think should happen, the best spiritual medicine for me is reading this short-short by Amy Hempel. I hope it helps you too.

The Man in Bogotá

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Alternate Beginning to Sinners and the Sea

by Rebecca Kanner
Rebecca Kanner
Essay, novel and short story writer. Author of Sinners and the Sea
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on Friday, 07 June 2013
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CHAPTER ONE: THE ROPE

All the fountains of the great deep burst apart, and the floodgates of the sky broke open.

                                                                                                            -Genesis 7:11                                        

God chooses cowards to be brave, barren women to give birth to prophets, passionate men to be patient, and a man who stutters to command his people through the desert. So it was He chose Noah, a man who couldn’t nail one board to another without hitting his own thumb, to build a great ark.

Blog Noah


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No One Will Know

by Rebecca Kanner
Rebecca Kanner
Essay, novel and short story writer. Author of Sinners and the Sea
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on Wednesday, 29 May 2013
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The genesis of “No One Will Know” was a story my father told me of a cow the Germans took from his great aunt three times. Twice, the cow came back. I started thinking about the legacy of the holocaust, about how even after all the survivors have died it won’t really be over. Only the “during” part ends.

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Short Stories Dwell In Possibility

by Rebecca Kanner
Rebecca Kanner
Essay, novel and short story writer. Author of Sinners and the Sea
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on Thursday, 16 May 2013
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BLOG on the short-short

What I love most about the short story is that you can do things that you can’t in a novel.  Especially the short-short.

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Month One of Being a Published Author: Three Things I’ll Do Differently At Future Events

by Rebecca Kanner
Rebecca Kanner
Essay, novel and short story writer. Author of Sinners and the Sea
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on Thursday, 02 May 2013
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As anyone who has looked at my facebook author page over the last month can see, I’ve had a ton of support and a lot of fun since SINNERS AND THE SEA was published one month ago, on April 2nd. Still, I’m always looking for ways to improve. Here are a few I’ve found so far:

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Each Day I'm Given Exactly What I Need

by Rebecca Kanner
Rebecca Kanner
Essay, novel and short story writer. Author of Sinners and the Sea
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on Monday, 01 April 2013
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Ivy for blog

A year ago today I woke up way too early and was quite crabby. I was upset that Ivy had “ruined” my day with her 4 a.m. meowing. I couldn’t afford to have it ruined. I was on deadline, working on a section of Sinners and the Sea in which Noah and his wife are struggling and in so much pain.

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by Rebecca Kanner
Rebecca Kanner
Essay, novel and short story writer. Author of Sinners and the Sea
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on Wednesday, 23 January 2013
A Spiritual Path 8 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I listened to a rabbi talk about God from a Kabbalistic perspective. God as Ein Sof. Ein meaning “without,” Sof meaning “limit.” The God that Rabbi Glaser spoke of was one I’ve always wanted and have struggled to believe exists, a God that is love. I’ve heard “God is love” so many times it’s like water off a duck’s back. God manifests in the goodness between people, etc. But at the end of the lecture he said something that stuck with me. He said that there is enough love in the world, but we don’t let it in.

The Monday before I’d gone to the doctor for an annual physical. During the breast exam the doctor had put my hand on my breast. My left hand was behind my head, making me think I must look rather glamorous, and he brought the right one across my body, below my nipple, and moved it in a circular motion. “Do you feel that?” he asked.

a little lump mammograph machine

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by Rebecca Kanner
Rebecca Kanner
Essay, novel and short story writer. Author of Sinners and the Sea
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on Tuesday, 22 January 2013
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I’ve spent the last few years dreading events and gatherings where I might meet people who would ask: “So, what do you do?”  When I told them I was working on a novel I could see it in their eyes, they were looking at me and thinking “Unemployed.”  Except for those who believed me. The next time I would see one of these believers—be it a year, a month, a week later—they would inevitably ask if I’d finished my novel. When I told them no, I was certain they too were filing me under “Unemployed.”

After a while it starts to become uncomfortable.  The person feels sad for you, or disgusted that you don’t look for real work.

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