About me

My writing site, Merylyourish.com, is where I blog today. My first novel in The Catmage Chronicles, Darkness Rising, was published in September. Book two, Darkness Ascendant, will be out in the spring of 2014. Below is my old “About” information.

You can contact me at [email protected]

Who am I? Well, my name is Meryl Yourish, and I’m a lot of things. I am a weblogger. I started this blog in April of 2001, and cringe now when I read some of the older entries, because:

I am a writer. My first non-assigned piece of writing was a poem I wrote in sixth grade; it is titled “Ode to a Hummingbird,” and the first lines were “If I were a hummingbird/A little, tiny hummingbird,” and while I may actually have that piece of paper in my memorabilia box, I refuse to go back and look at the rest of the poem. I was only eleven, but still. That’s as far back in my memory as I care to go about that piece of writing. I no longer write poetry, except as parody. I know my limitations.

I am currently working on the first book in The Catmage Chronicles, due out this August. It’s a YA fantasy.

I am a Zionist. I am an avowed, unabashed, unashamed supporter of Israel and Zionism (the establishment and maintenance of a Jewish state) and an uncompromising foe of anti-Semitism. If you hate Israel and Jews, you’re in the wrong place. This is a No Israel-bashing zone. This is a Zionist blog. I don’t care how badly you want to bash Israel on this blog. It’s not happening here.

I am a one-woman publishing company. I have been a web developer, desktop publisher, typesetter, copy editor, proofreader, editor, and writer. I am now back in the HTML business as a web manager.

I am a native of New Jersey, and proud of it. I like New Jersey, but it got too crowded. I made frequent trips south to visit a friend in the Richmond area, fell in love with Richmond, and moved here in the summer of 2002. It’s much less crowded here (for now), but Richmond needs more kosher butcher shops and Italian bakeries. My fellow New Jerseyans, come down, join me, and bring your families. But not your traffic. Leave that in New Jersey.

I am a teacher. I taught fourth grade at my synagogue’s religious school for six years, though my job got too time-consuming to continue teaching. I took great pleasure in teaching. My job was to turn little Jews into big Jews. My first class graduates from high school this year (2011), and they still like being around me. I’m calling it a win.

I am a feminist. I still don’t believe women are on an equal footing with men in America, and I certainly don’t believe that men are oppressed by radical feminists (I loathe the use of the “N” word in relation to feminists; I don’t call Rush a coNaziservative commentator; don’t cheapen the argument with Godwin’s Law.)

I am amused at how annoyed the fact that I’m a feminist makes so many of my conservative readers. Let me repeat: I am a feminist, and I am not ashamed to call myself that. Deal with it, dudes.

I am a wiseass. Conservative blogger Josh Trevino (using the handle Tacitus at the time) gave me the title that I yield to no one: The Master of Juvenile Scorn™. He didn’t like the way I was treating his buddy Aziz Poonawalla during a smear of Israel which Aziz eventually apologized for writing (although he did not, I will point out, apologize to me—and I didn’t even start the argument with him. I just ended it.) Here’s is the post that gave me the title.

I am constantly changing. My views used to be liberal. I am center/left, some say center/right. I think I’m leaning towards identifying myself as a libertarian now. I am intolerant of intolerance, for the most part—if that isn’t a contradiction in terms. Sometimes I find myself being intolerant of things I should be tolerant of. I’m only human.

I am me. If you knew a Meryl Yourish in New Jersey, yes, that was me. In fact, I’m pretty sure there’s no other Meryl Yourish in the nation, and quite possibly the world, so yes, if you met a Meryl Yourish at some point in your life, it was me. Thanks to Google and a unique name, I’m rediscovering people from my past. I am on Facebook, but for now it’s a private account for family and friends that I’ve actually met, so don’t be hurt if I don’t friend you. If I don’t know you, you’re going to have to settle for just reading the blog.

There are also the Terms of Use, a recommended read if you want to quote anything from this weblog.

About Facebook: I am currently using Facebook for family and friends. This blog is for current affairs. Facebook is for my (relatively) private life. So please don’t take offense if I refuse your friend request. If I haven’t met you, I’m unlikely to friend you on Facebook. As for Twitter: I do not like it. I do not use it. But I’ll have an account when I have a published novel.

Updated September 2012