These Normal Stories
Expanded Stories, Linked from This Normal Life

Tuesday, October 22, 2002  

My Writing Bio
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. As soon as I could spell and peck on the keys of my father’s old Royal typewriter, I was getting ink on my fingers and churning out stories.

One of my first endeavors into fiction was an episode of Lost in Space. I must have been 8 or 9. I think the plot had the Jupiter Two running into Aqua Boy somewhere out near Alpha Centuri. It never sold, of course, and then they went and cancelled the show. Tough break...

Later, in high school and college, I wrote features and news for the local weekly, covering subjects as diverse as the bearded lady at the circus sideshow (really) and the city planning commission (yawn).

I graduated from Oberlin College in 1983 with a B.A. in Creative Writing. I spent a few years in Israel after that where I wrote scripts for educational institutes like Pardes and Livnot U’Lehibanot. I also produced audio and video programs.

From 1987-1996 I wrote and produced CD-ROM titles, lectured at San Francisco State University, and wrote articles about multimedia and the web that appeared in magazines with names like CD-ROM Today, Multimedia World and Media Letter. In 1995 Ziff-Davis Press published my book, "Interactive Media: Essentials for Success."

Then, in 1997, I got fever and launched a VC-backed Internet start-up. Neta4 raised a total of $3 million and lasted until 1999. During that period, my writing turned to business plans, press releases, and marketing collateral, and my presentations were in front of investors and at conferences where we launched our products.

Now I'm devoting my energies into writing "This Normal Life," a syndicated column which appears regularly at, Jewsweek,, and Israel Insider. An audio version appears weekly at the online edition of the Jerusalem Post. You can also find articles from "This Normal Life" in Jewish newspapers across North America.

I may also be appearing in a city near you. To keep up on my latest speaking schedule or to book me to speak at your organization, please contact the Israel Speakers Agency.

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