Writing About Unlikeable Characters: Household Words by Joan Silber

In the quest to find novels that focus on families, loss, and conflict by female Jewish authors, I recently discovered Joan Silber.  In May,  her novel,  Secrets of Happiness,  was reviewed by Joshua Ferris in the New York Times. Ferris refers Silber’s signature style as “the relay narrative” and this intrigued me because I likeContinue reading “Writing About Unlikeable Characters: Household Words by Joan Silber”

Queries, Literary Agents and the Publishing Game

  Like the young hero going on a quest, I’m about to undertake what  is called in the literary world, “The Hero’s Journey.” It’s scary.

To Blog or Not to Blog? What You Can Learn From Blogging

If I gear my format and content towards making false promises of fortune, fame, instant health or happiness where is the artistic fulfilment? I’m blogging to communicate what’s on my mind.

What Does the Weather Have to Do with Conspiracy Theories?

The weather, regardless of political affiliation, is something that we can all agree on once it happens.

Decorating the Tree with Hope, Good Will, and Shalom

As I unwrap my boxes of ornaments I relive the past. Many remind me of past Christmases and people who are no longer in my life.

A Bedtime Story About a Grump Like Trump

Have you ever hosted a party, and been stuck with one guest who just doesn’t want to leave?  Have you ever had this one person in your home, who just doesn’t seem to grasp the party is over. You start clearing the plates, clanging them around in the kitchen and then start taking out the trash,Continue reading “A Bedtime Story About a Grump Like Trump”

Showing Compassion or Hate?–The Power of Touch during this Pandemic

I’ve been thinking about how our lives have changed in the past three months. I’ve been remembering the way things used to be when we could freely embrace one another, pat a friend on the shoulder to show encouragement, shake someone’s hand to express thanks or congratulations. The handshake stands out in my mind becauseContinue reading “Showing Compassion or Hate?–The Power of Touch during this Pandemic”

Annapolis, Maryland USA During the Covid-19 Pandemic- Week #2

On sunny days, taking a stroll has become a game of weaving back and forth across the street to avoid close contact with everyone else seeking fresh air.

Honor of Wendi Winters–Poem for Healing

A pro-active poem for healing In honor of  Wendi Winters By Nadja Maril   June 28th2018 The Facebook post says mark me safe I’m safe, here in Annapolis Maryland I’m safe, I’m safe Did you hear the news? White man with long gun and ponytail An angry vigilante Glass shattered at the newspaper office SeveralContinue reading “Honor of Wendi Winters–Poem for Healing”

Nadja Maril, Writer and Blogger

I’m switching this blog up a bit.  Several years ago when I started blogging, my objective as an editor of a local Annapolis area magazine was to promote events around Anne Arundel County. Thus I named my blog “Write On Annapolis”.  While I’m still doing some marketing and freelance magazine work, part of my dayContinue reading “Nadja Maril, Writer and Blogger”

Poetry on a Cape Cod Beach

Easter weekend on Cape Cod, walking on a windy beach, the sun shining in your face. It can’t get much better than this! Patterns on the Beach Shapes that look like fish bones Pressed into the wet sand The impressions of undulating waves A thumbprint of the sea. I walk along the ocean’s edge atContinue reading “Poetry on a Cape Cod Beach”

Giving During the Holiday Season

This month’s editor’s letter in Chesapeake Taste magazine. I had an aunt by marriage, Aunt Kay, who was one of those people who likes to keep busy. By her own description she was a terrible cook, although she loved to eat. She only knew how to cook two things well: chicken soup (which was moreContinue reading “Giving During the Holiday Season”

Mother’s Day Date at Farmers’Market

Mother’s Day Date at Farmer’s Market.  I had a great time last Sunday with my son Christopher. We selected a number of farm fresh items at the Annapolis downtown Farmers’ Market, walked home with our purchases, and then Chris cooked me breakfast and we ate outside in our garden. Joining us for breakfast  was husband PeterContinue reading “Mother’s Day Date at Farmers’Market”

Mother’s Day and Boating Weekend

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, a great day for planting trees and shrubs in honor of our mothers who are deceased. Unfortunately, I find myself in that category, so I’ve been thinking about what tree or shrub I’d like to plant to honor my mother Esta Maril, who died approximately two years ago. She loved azaleas,Continue reading “Mother’s Day and Boating Weekend”