Stealing Time is a quarterly print literary magazine about the heart of parenting. We explore the real stories of parents through fiction, essay, poetry, book reviews, and other pieces that are sad, hopeful, ebullient, resigned, reverent, wry, surprising, gut-busting, or just plain strange. We also have an annual pregnancy and childbirth issue, published in the spring (the first pregnancy/childbirth issue will be published in late June 2013).
Our second issue, "Celebrations," is now available.
Our first issue, "Genesis," can also be purchased separately.
Subscribers should receive "Celebrations" this week. Subscribe for $20 a year or $24 with the pregnancy/childbirth issue; we now offer special subscription rates for Canada, the U.K. and France, as well.
A little girl picks the winning dogs at the race track. Four 8-day-old babies will never meet the rabbi. A passionate and creative and very embarrassed teen navigates the bloody brink of womanhood with a sudden flirtation. A four-year-old rationalizes her dying pet with knock-knock jokes. A father buys Jolly Ranchers for the daughter he doesn't yet have. A 10-year-old runs in front of the camera, cape flying. These are some of the fictional and real lives celebrated in the second issue of Stealing Time.
Purchase the "Celebrations" issue for $6 plus $1.50 shipping. Expect it in about a week.
We give you, not tips on getting your baby to sleep, but a mother's internal monologue as her baby fights bedtime. Wondering how to choose the right time for a first babysitter? We give you instead a neighbor's criticism of an exhilarated and exhausted new mom: "He'll wake up to a stranger!" The second issue of Stealing Time examines judgment instead of wielding it, and contemplates -- without prescribing -- joy.
We discover that what we celebrate is how hard it is, this parenting work. We come bearing the truth as we see it, the stories of the heart of parenting. In the second issue of our quarterly magazine, "Celebrations," we bring you 54 pages of the mundane, the overwhelming, the absurd, the tragic:
~ P.K. Read strips her attic while wondering what her daughter will save in "The Cardinal Sin of Uncollecting."
~ Under the aegis of new poetry editor Wendy Chin-Tanner, she and poets Jen Karetnick, Angela Narciso Torres, and Sonia Greenfield watch their children in the rain, in the bumper cars, through the bedroom door, in the rear-view mirror.
~ Lee Hammerschmidt redefines parenting lit in his pulp story featuring a lovable bum of a dad and a mysterious and dangerous mother-in-law.
~ Michael Welch considers, and mourns, his own father while he examines his role in his child's birth.
~ And in my editor's essay, I quietly celebrate my birthday, September 11; a day of tragedies global and familial.
Following our explosive beginnings, we scramble for our own footing with this second issue, and we find purchase in ground that is sometimes mournful, always complicated, taking the greatest joy in the smallest things: a boy running through the woods on a sad day, a four-year-old jumping in the August rain, a teenage girl noticing a boy. We see the world in small windows through the eyes of another parent -- through the eyes of our children -- through our own eyes, sharpened and shaded and changed through time, but ultimately, our own. And we find reason for celebrations in it all.
~   Give the gift of Stealing Time! Celebrate stories this new year (and for many occasions of revelry to come). Our generous gift subscription rates reward you for spreading more love, with $4 off the third subscription, $6 off the fourth, and $8 off the fifth. Even if you only give one magazine, use our gift form; we'll send the recipient of your subscription a beautiful postcard with an exclusive piece of flash fiction.