This post is part of a blog post relay, which the beautiful and talented Donna Trump invited me to join, and this is me in my office after hastily pushing all of the stray books and papers out of sight:
Question #1: What am I working on now?
I spend more time than I would like wondering what will happen. I want control of not only my input but the outcome. Yet when I look back at my life sometimes I see that not getting what I want has been the best thing for me.
A few years ago there was a job I wanted. It would not have paid enough for me to cut back on freelancing, but I thought it would be a steppingstone in my career.
Today I thank G-d that I didn’t get it. I wouldn’t have completed Sinners and the Sea. At least not anytime...
Chapter One: The Rope
All the fountains of the great deep burst apart,
And the floodgates of the sky broke open.
The genesis of “No One Will Know” was a story my father told me of a cow the Germans took from his great aunt three times. Twice, the cow came back. I started thinking about the legacy of the holocaust, about how even after all the survivors have died it won’t really be over. Only the “during” part ends.
What I love most about the short story is that you can do things that you can’t in a novel. Especially the short-short.
A year ago today I woke up way too early and was quite crabby. I was upset that Ivy had “ruined” my day with her 4 a.m. meowing. I couldn’t afford to have it ruined. I was on deadline, working on a section of Sinners and the Sea in which Noah and his wife are struggling and in so much pain.
A couple of weeks ago I listened to a rabbi talk about God from a Kabbalistic perspective. God as Ein Sof. Ein meaning “without,” Sof meaning “limit.” The God he spoke of was one I’ve always wanted and have struggled to believe exists, a God that is love. I’ve heard “God is love” so many times it’s like water off a duck’s back. God manifests in the goodness between people, etc. But at the end of the lecture he said something that stuck with me. He said that there is enough love in the world,...