Author Archives: dianabletter

Tool For Tuesday: Even in the Midst of War, Celebrate Life. Photos of a Henna Ceremony in Israel

Even in the midst of war, celebrate life. Especially in the midst of war. A lot of Islamic terrorists boast that they will win against the West because they celebrate death and we celebrate life. As if that’s something to … Continue reading

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Good News from Israel (For a Change): Got My HarperCollins Contract for My Novel, A Remarkable Kindness

There may or may not be a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. But you want to know what is definite? My novel, A Remarkable Kindness. Here is a photo of the contract from HarperCollins Publishers signed and stamped by them and … Continue reading

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Israel, Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS and Speaking the Truth

OK, so what does the Israel-Arab conflict have to do with living our best chapter? Everything. Because it’s about living our truth and not being afraid to speak up for what we believe in. I came across Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s … Continue reading

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On Hamas Missiles, Motorcycles, and the Lost Summer of Rock & Roll in Israel

Long time no write…Tough to concentrate on living our best chapter when it feels like the world is collapsing all around us. Here’s my article in The Wall Street Journal about life in a war zone. Moving Targets in Israel My … Continue reading

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While Bombs Fall On the Start-Up Nation: How To Keep On Keepin’ On

We interrupt this blog to report on the war that Hamas is waging against Israel. (Do not be deceived that it is the other way around.) What other country warns people that they should leave their houses because a bomb … Continue reading

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One Way to Get a Happy Ending? Write a Novel, Says Reuters Journalist Dan Williams.

I’m happy to welcome Reuters Journalist Dan Williams, based in Jerusalem, who has just self-published his novel, Strip Mine. Diana Bletter: Strip Mine is your first published book starring an unflappable heroine, Jodie Moore, a Mossad agent, who tackles nothing less … Continue reading

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One Country Where Muslim and Christian Arab Women Are Free: Israel.

The Arab girls next to me looked like they were having fun. I was sitting one palm frond hut away, trying to understand what they were saying in Arabic, a language I’ve been casually studying for the past few months. … Continue reading

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1 Tool For Tuesday: DIY. Publish? Write? Start a Business? Travel?

One of the biggest literary agencies on the planet represented me for my memoir, The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle. After my agent—I’ll call her Francesca—finished editing it and I’d made the revisions, she invited me into her … Continue reading

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Writers: What’s The Nicest Rejection Letter from A Literary Agent You Ever Received?

Calling all writers: what’s the nicest rejection letter from a literary agent you ever received? Or, for that matter, from a journal or newspaper? I’ve gotten hundreds of rejections. First, there’s the kind that most editors practice these days. The … Continue reading

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How to Stop Self-Pity: Tools From Helen Keller and Pope Francis

So there I was with my head in the refrigerator after spilling a bottle of homemade iced tea all over the place. I went from feeling like a happygoluckyfella to Cinderella the moment I reached for a shmateh and started … Continue reading

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