March 1st is coming soon......
nervous, excited, busy
Added by Vicki Malits Addesso on February 19, 2013 at 5:06pm —
For the past several years I have been lucky/fortunate/blest to be a member of a small, informal writing group with three other women. We meet every Thursday morning to read/share what we have been working on, and then critique each other's writing, giving one another the advice, suggestions, encouragement to keep at it, and develop a finished piece of writing. We vary in age, background, experience, and preferred genre. However, a few years ago, we serendipitously began bringing in memoir… Continue
Added by Vicki Malits Addesso on February 9, 2013 at 10:08pm —
I have always believed in the power of the stories women tell about their lives. These are the stories that can soften landings, bolster new beginnings, and telescope dreams so that they appear within reach. These are also the types of stories that were shared by our grandmothers and passed down to our mothers, the stories that came from the heartbreaks and revelations of our… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on January 2, 2011 at 3:42pm —
When people ask how my life has changed since adopting 3 children from Ethiopia two years ago, I tell them it has changed in every way. Now in my 40s, with a 3-, 5-, and 10-year old, I am enrolled in Motherhood 101: the accelerated course. While most of my friends are staring at an empty nest, I am cultivating motherhood. Mastering three developmental stages simultaneously is rife with moments of epiphany, fierce doubt, hard knocks, and waves of… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on December 10, 2010 at 9:30pm —
I grew up in a rather nontraditional Jewish family, yet one with many traditions. Each year at holiday time my siblings and I experienced a unique fusion of Hanukkah rituals and Christmas festivities. Amidst the amalgamation of chaos, excitement, and dread of Santa’s reindeer and friends, I always looked forward to two customs, in particular, the “Hanukkah Bush” and “Hanukkah Hunt”. To call a spade a spade, the “bush” was a Christmas Tree, a blue spruce, always the biggest tree on the lot. It… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on December 1, 2010 at 8:28am —
10.11.10: To Tell or Not to Tell: A Debut Novelist Opens up at a Book Group By Ilie Ruby, author of The Language of Trees
Filed in Featured, The Back Page, Viewpoints: Weekly Columns on October 11, 2010
Whenever I attend a book group, there is a sort of magical author-fan experience that ultimately becomes a mutual fan-fan experience. It happens organically, as questions are being asked, as insights are being gleaned, as I marvel that I am surrounded by the smartest and most… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on October 11, 2010 at 11:22am —
This is my to-do list as I complete one leg of the book tour for THE LANGUAGE OF TREES (Avon) and begin another. Soon, it’s onto Los Angeles, my old stomping ground, on October 29th at the B&N Grove, but first, 3 events this month. Go, go, go…I’ve been chosen to read at the Reading Group Month event in Boston, donating books at fundraiser for Ethiopia, and appearing at Natick Open Studios, where I’ll be selling and signing books. In the meantime,….
Checklist for… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on October 6, 2010 at 9:41pm —
I want to give a shout out to a fellow SheWriter for writing this beautiful review of my book. It was just published on Joseph's Reviews! Review by April Sweazy
On Reading – A Book That Changed My Life
I read The Language of Trees not long after it was first published this past summer. The massive review in the local paper promised it would be a good read, and it did seem to be right along the lines of something I would normally pick off the shelf.
I came to… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on September 20, 2010 at 3:30pm —
All, I feel compelled to say this, based on a letter I received from a teenage girl thanking me for a section in my novel, “The Language of Trees”. So I need to send a message to a certain group of girls. And it is this:
To all the girls who ran wild at 17, that let their hair grow long and flung it boldly in the rain, who dyed their hair, who snuck out of windows and stayed out too late, who drank and smoked and danced too much, to those who may have hurt themselves, who may have… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on September 6, 2010 at 7:00pm —
After the blog reviews have come and gone and the flurry around the birth of the book into the world has begun to quiet, there comes a time when, still in mid book tour, a writer must face the blank page again. With all that has happened on this journey thus far, all the new people, the thoughts, the sharing and surprises, and all that is to yet to come, it's not surprising that getting back to the art of writing can feel somewhat foreign. Today, I thank "Sue B" for her blog review of my novel,… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on September 6, 2010 at 11:00am —
Those of you who have been following me know that I have been traveling with my 10-year old daughter, almost 2 years home from Africa, on this book tour for "The Language of Trees." I came across this reading from Maya Angelou tonight and my daughter and I sat together and listened to this great poet read her piece titled "Letter to My Daughter". Maya Angelou had only a son, but what touched me is that all women were her daughters: "Black and… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on September 3, 2010 at 12:14pm —
It’s Showtime! Your Novel is Born!
August 19, 2010
Guest blogger, Ilie Ruby
You’ve waited your whole life for this to happen. And now it’s finally here: the publication of your debut novel. You have given up everything for this book—men, jobs, nights out with the girls. You worked so damn hard on it—almost ten years, but you know that a lot of people work hard for things and never get them. You revel in it all. You feel unimaginable gratitude. But you remember… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on August 18, 2010 at 7:30pm —
“The saving grace is that some girls learn. They’ll grow wise to their own hearts meanderings. They’ll spot a train wreck miles away and they’ll run in the opposite direction. They’ll find good men to marry and go on to live good lives. But others will spend their lives compelled by the rescue. These women will become the forever disappointed, so much so that sometimes it will hurt to look them in the eye….”
“Who can say what they’d have done in her situation. She’s stronger… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on August 15, 2010 at 8:30pm —
Yesterday afternoon I piled our family into the station wagon (yes, we still drive one), and headed to East Hampton for Author’s Night at the E. Hampton Library. Though I was honored to be among the list of attendees, and I had received the invite two weeks prior, I had hesitated for the last two days because I need to catch up on rest. I knew that some of my favorite authors would be there but it wasn't until the day of the event, even though I had said no, I wouldn’t be coming, that I threw… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on August 15, 2010 at 4:00pm —
20 Things to do mid book tour:
1. Start working out
2. Check Amazon ratings
3. Think about what more you could be doing
4. Make children's dr, vaccination, soccer, fall activities schedules
5. Try and coordinate itineraries with out of town relatives and friends in order to please everyone
6. Accept invitations to stay at old friends' houses even if you haven't seen them in 20 years
7. Try to write
8. Eat raw cookie dough and vow to start working out… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on August 5, 2010 at 4:30pm —
Well, 10 days post publication date. It's better than I could have imagined. I had no idea. Really. I had no idea that I would fall in love with book readings, that I would fall in love with readers, that at every signing I would find at least 5 people who I wanted to take home with me and talk to and hear their stories. As a kid who suffered stage fright, this is a real turnaround. I mean, a huge coup. And tonight, I am in my hometown, and will be reading to a crowd of about 100. I've never… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on July 31, 2010 at 6:30am —
Since it's 5 days til pub date and I'm running on 3 hours of sleep, two days in a row, I thought I'd post this interview I just did with ArtSake of the Mass Cultural Council. Have a look!
PLOT TWISTS IN THE ILIE RUBY STORY
Ilie Ruby is a Boston-area writer and painter whose about-to-be-published novel, The Language of Trees, has gotten some choice praise from the likes of Gregory Maguire (Wicked) and Publishers Weekly. In… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on July 16, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Brevity is my nemesis.
I know this because after writing a 339-page novel, I am now embarking on writing a one-minute book trailer that has me blocked. After three days, I succumbed to trawling Youtube in search of great book trailers and have come up with the best, I am certain. I am completely and utterly awestruck by the absolute perfection of the first line of Kelly Corrigan's now famous book trailer, "The Middle Place". I am in awe of how this one line says everything and… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on May 27, 2010 at 7:00pm —
Hi All, I've just created this mini-tour of scenes from my novel, The Language of Trees
. 49 days and counting!
Hope you can get a feel for the place!
Added by Ilie Ruby on May 26, 2010 at 8:30am —
The most important lesson my artist-mother ever taught me was this: one should practice writing and painting every day as though a prayer. I grew up believing that everyone did these two things every single day. This is why this week I'm on a deadline. Not a writing deadline. A painting deadline. Months ago, I was asked if I would create a new painting and donate it to a charity auction near Boston. At the time, I thought I would be so immersed in my writing world that I would not so much as… Continue
Added by Ilie Ruby on April 28, 2010 at 8:00pm —