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Trumpet Blowing

Ofer is very talented and diligent…
But he’s not good at blowing his own trumpet.

Saturday night folk dancing sessions in Jerusalem are run by Ofer Alfasi.

Ofer is very talented and diligent. He knows all the dances very well. He invests a lot of effort, demonstrating from the centre of the circle and watching to make sure we’ve learnt properly.

But he’s not good at blowing his own trumpet. He’s reticent about introducing the dances he choreographed. Fortunately, another Ofer, who also has a dance to his name, has been championing the first Ofer’s dances recently, and they’re really good.

I’m no better at blowing my own trumpet, but I need to say this, so please forgive me:

I recently reread my novel, Cultivating a Fuji, making very minor changes to it. And as I read it, I realised how good it is, and how much I’d love it to be read widely, firstly for enjoyment – the story mixes poignancy, humour, sadness and hope – and also to increase understanding in our crazy world.

The reason why I reread it was that it’s now being republished through Ocelot Press. Here’s where you can read about it at Ocelot Press.

And then, on Facebook, someone asked, “What are your writing strengths?”

I replied, “I think I do have strengths, but I’ve never owned a trumpet or blown one.”

But this is the time I need to fight my inclinations and blow my own trumpet from the rooftops! (And mix metaphors.)

To find out more about Cultivating a Fuji, watch these short trailers:

Cultivating a Fuji is available to pre-order ahead of the 19th January release on Amazon.

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Cultivating a Fuji, edition 3, a poignant, humorous and uplifting tale, published with Ocelot Press, January 2023.

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