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Julie Gray
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A top Hollywood story analyst, Julie has worked with screenwriters and novelists as a consultant and editor for over ten years.

The founder of the Tel Aviv Writer's Salon, Julie also blogs for the Times of Israel and is working on a memoir.

Her book Just Effing Entertain Me: A Screenwriter's Atlas is available now.

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Entries by Julie Gray

I'm So Blessed!

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 10:02 AM

CATHY! OMG! I am SO sorry for the late reply! I feel horrible that it took me a week and a half to reply to your email! Wait - was that two weeks? What, three? Super sad panda sorry! (Ha ha I saw that on Facebook today). Time goes by...

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How Big Pharma Made Us Hypochondriacs

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 2:15 PM

As I write this, I don't feel good. I have strep throat. My tonsils are like angry tangerines. My doctor here in Israel took a culture then prescribed an antibiotic. It's helping somehow, I guess. But not with the pain or fever. Badly I want to dunk my face in...

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How Facebook Made Me Real: One Woman's Vision Quest

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:46 PM

A few days ago, I decided to take a Facebook sabbatical. Of one day. Twenty-four hours. Not one status update. Not one peek at my newsfeed. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Like an online Fitzcarraldo, I had to prove it could be done.

The next day, after I made my coffee...

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Is Living Abroad Really All It's Cracked up to Be?

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Nothing shakes up your life like moving thousands of miles away from everyone you know and everything your life was about. It's a serious control-alt-delete move. But is it really all that great?

Living abroad has always been, in my mind, an extremely adventurous and glamorous thing to do....

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Nice Girl Rehab: Israeli Style

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 1:22 AM

I was a self-described Toxic Nice Girl for most of my life. A Conflict Avoiding Ninja. "It's okay" was emblazoned on my forehead. You know the deal.

If you are an American woman between the ages of 10 and 100, like me, you have been socialized to apologize for...

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Me Look Pretty One Day: In Defense of the Selfie

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 3:39 PM

Some cultures think that a photograph steals your soul. Well, I just want to point out that this is not only technologically impossible, it's super impossible if you take a selfie.

I know what you are thinking, that selfies are annoying. Do I have news for you!

A...

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Happiness Is the Truth: Fighting Despair

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 11:20 AM

It used to be that "end times," apocalyptic thinking was solely the purview of the crazies. You know, the fundamentalists, the recluses, the paranoid, the kooky guy holding a "The End is Near!" sign on the street corner.

Look at history, I'd say -- there have been many times...

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So This Is War

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 12:03 AM

This is what it's like, huh? After all the movies I have seen? I really didn't expect it would be like this.

It's not like the grinding nature of rations, eating beans from a can, crafting items out of stockings or cardboard in the flickering light of a gas...

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Moral Whiplash and Other Injuries

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 1:37 PM

It is a truism (that most of us only reluctantly admit) that there are some experiences in life that we cannot actually feel or understand -- ever -- until they happen to us, personally. Parenthood. Aging. Grief. War.

About 45 miles from where I live, a ground invasion is...

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Embracing Ambiguity

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 5:00 PM

On Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m., Hamas informed Israel that in one hour they would rain down hell on central Israel. They were late. It started at 9:07 p.m. But what Hamas lacked in punctuality they made up for in the number and capabilities of the missiles fired.

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Israel Under the Magnifying Glass

(4) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:09 PM

An air raid siren is a moan, it is a wail. It is low and dull and yet it pierces through walls and floods your brain with the need for immediate action. Horribly enough, a motorcycle approaching or receding sounds briefly similar.

The children playing outside cease their activity...

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'Big Bad' Israeli Film

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 6:54 PM

Eitan Reuven paced nervously toward the rear of the theater. His film Another World was about to screen for members of the Israeli Film Academy. The bulb for the projector had burned out and the crowd was getting restless. At least we were inside, enjoying dim lighting and...

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Bring Back Our Boys

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 11:10 AM

I sit at the bus stop next to a religious woman who is covered from head to toe in thick black clothing. It is hot, maybe 90 F and it's 10a.m. We glance at each other without interest and I shade my eyes looking for the number 61. Nearby, a...

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Dream Date

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 4:18 PM

I push back my chair, spilling my coffee a little. And with a HEAVE I upend the table like Jesus and the moneychangers. Glasses shatter! Dishes crash! Everybody looks up, shocked, most of all, the man with the thinning hair sitting opposite me.

"You don't think every living moment...

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The Freaking Autumn of My Life

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 11:40 AM

I have been pretty worried about turning 50 for about three years now. When I turned 47, the voice in my head was saying sure, sure, 47 WHICH IS ALMOST 50 I'M GOING TO DIE!

Of course, at that time, I was living in Los Angeles, or Land O'...

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The Good Girl

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 9:31 AM

2014-04-27-desertsign.jpgYesterday at dusk, as the call of the muezzin drifted from a nearby mosque, I walked into a courtyard of a sprawling concrete compound. A dog barked somewhere in the background.

At the door, my companion Amir turned to me quickly, and stubbornly pulled...

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Quitter

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 9:05 AM

That was what the man, my boss, whispered into my ear, his hot breath fluttering the hair on my young neck. I was a "personal assistant" for a D.C. bigwig. I had lasted six weeks before, in abject fear, I tendered my resignation. I was stung and humiliated. I was...

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Gaming a Scammer: How Far Can You Go?

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 4:13 PM

I had taken the day off, uncharacteristically, and was glued to CNN as I watched events play out in Syria. Living in Israel gave me more than a vested interest in the unfolding situation. My gas mask sat on the coffee table silently. Eventually, I decorated it with stickers.

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Syria: The View From Here

(19) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 5:01 PM

Totally Unqualified Middle East Hippy Correspondent. That's my joke moniker as I type updates about what's going on in Israel on my Facebook page. About the gas masks and all. About what it's like to be here in neighboring Israel, as Syria and the atrocities therein draw the attention of...

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Losing My Religion

(8) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 12:07 PM

Warning: This post contains serious subject matter and may not be suitable for all readers.

Three years to the day my brother killed himself, I had a breakdown.

Doesn't that conjure images of wild, matted hair and covering yourself in duct tape and tin foil and breaking stuff?...

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