The Thousand Things

JordanMothers and Writing, Musings

From the archives. This post originally ran June, 2011–but it feels right for now. On the phone with a writing client today I say, “It’s a crazy week,” and he laughs knowingly. “It’s always a crazy week,” he says. I can’t read his tone. Is he chastising me? It does seem that I say this to him each week during our standing appointment. Is this his impression of the person he’s hired to coach him through seeing his manuscript through to publication? “It’s always crazy, for everyone,” he amends, but somehow I still feel guilty. The day spins out like a yo-yo flung too far and gone slack. I’ve finished several critiques and a book review on time and suddenly it’s … Read More

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Raising a Man

JordanMothers and Writing, Musings, Writing. Practice.

I am raising a man. Despite that he is three, a sweet-cheeked little tyke with cowlicks who likes to cuddle his mama and sleeps with a horde of stuffed animals, I try to remember this every day. Though this man-in-progress is just as prone to ask to wear his fairy wings as he is to turn his dinner sausages into things that shoot, I feel a wretched kind of tenderness watching him move from baby to boy—from a being who has very little consciousness of his gender to one who, at age three, already has gleaned that the culture around him says “pink is for girls,” “boys are naughty” and other such gems. Regularly, I hear terrible things said of … Read More

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Strong Wind

JordanMothers and Writing, Musings

This post keeps unfurling in my mind, I catch a glimpse of it, and then it’s gone, like the tail of a garden snake slithering away in tall grass. I think: I will start by telling the story of my brother’s graduation from college yesterday, about the many tiny little things that “went wrong” because I was in something of a rush–a rush to get there, a rush to make it to the ceremony on time, and a rush to get back to my husband and son who were not feeling well at home. I think: I will find a way to make it funny that the end result of that mad 24 hours–after dodging drunk grads (and being hit by one … Read More

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The Thousand Things

JordanGeneral, Mothers and Writing

On the phone with a writing client today I say, “It’s a crazy week,” and he laughs knowingly. “It’s always a crazy week,” he says. I can’t read his tone. Is he chastising me?  It does seem that I say this to him each week during our standing appointment. Is this his impression of the person he’s hired to “coach” him through seeing his manuscript through to publication? “It’s always crazy, for everyone,” he amends, but somehow I still feel guilty. The day spins out like a yo-yo flung too far and gone slack. I’ve finished several critiques and a book review on time and suddenly it’s time for the one truly luxurious part of this day, of the month: a trip to get … Read More

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Milk & Ink Anthology Benefit

JordanBusiness of Writing, General, Mothers and Writing

Milk and Ink is here now, if you didn’t know already! This anthology of stories, essays and poems by writing mothers celebrates the intensity of being both mother and writer. It also will inspire all to recognize the power of living true to your passions and life purpose. Milk & Ink focuses on the experience of motherhood, but it also speaks to everyone: fathers, daughters, and sons. This anthology, not only in its stories, but in its creation and promotion, seeks to acknowledge the need we have for one another. Most important, though, proceeds of the project will be donated to Mama Hope, which supports women and children in Africa in a variety of projects. To purchase copies you may … Read More

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Final Billing

JordanGeneral, Mothers and Writing, Musings

Death is on my mind (read my prior post). It’s unavoidable, and crushing, and I continue to remain completely dumb in the face of such tragedy. And so I’ve been digging through my fiction for something appropriate. I came across this story, first published in Zaum, the literary magazine of my undergraduate Alma Mater, Sonoma State University. The rights have reverted to me, though, so I’m free to share my thoughts/feelings on death the only way I know how (it’s also on my Scribd profile: www.scribd.com/jordan_rosenfeld  Final Billing  Jack and I spent our first date walking through the wet grass at the new end of the cemetery, assigning fates to the dead strangers. Dutiful Mothers became neurosurgeons, beloved uncles, sea … Read More

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Building a Web of Light

JordanGeneral, Mothers and Writing, Musings

Before I was a mother there was nary a subject I was afraid to tackle in my fiction. Fiction is, after all, a safer realm to explore those dark realities and questions that we often can’t in our daily lives. I wrote with almost cavalier freedom about a child who’d lost her arm, a teen mother who cracked under the burden of sudden motherhood, about drug addicted parents and their adult children and the vast gray areas in the human experience that have always fascinated me. And then my son was born two years ago. And it physically hurt to see tv shows in which children were going hungry, much less a movie or book featuring abuse or worse. Today, my friend Alegra Clarke and family have … Read More

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