Jaime Franchi's Blog

Jaime Franchi

Jaime Franchi
New York, US
July 07
Misses Write
Freelance writer living in New York. My work can be found in the NY Times, "Big" Salon, Punchnel's, Fictionique, The Broad Side, and on JedMorey.com, where I am a regular contributor. Follow me on Twitter at JaimimiMama. www.JaimeFranchi.com


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My first memory of my sister is like the artful strokes by a painter on a canvas.  She’s a little girl, but so much bigger than I am.  Her long curls hang down her back as she reaches up casually to take a strand of weeping willow through herRead full post »

JULY 3, 2012 10:25AM

Conspiracy Wrapped in Bacon



Mitt Romney has put two nails in the coffin of the working poor: he has stepped away from universal healthcare and he has introduced the bacon sundae to the masses.  In short, is he trying to kill off Obama’s potential voters?  If he wins, can we expect an extinctionRead full post »

JULY 2, 2012 11:44AM

My Final Tweet



The advent of social media has brought with it new pressures and new opportunities.  In addition to being able to keep my closest four hundred friends abreast in the latest news re: me, I also have the power to dazzle them with the cleverness that I’ve been honing sinceRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 27, 2012 8:21AM

Thank You, Nora Ephron



It is 1990.  I am in eighth grade.  The VCR is having a moment with corner video stores popping up in the shopping centers in our town, promising fun for the whole family in the front displays of new releases, and teasing with promises of debauchery behind curtains inRead full post »

JUNE 7, 2012 10:57PM

The Music and the Man



One of the first things I remember is the violin.  The crash of the drums.  Sitting in the passenger seat of the old blue Explorer being introduced to the Dave Matthews Band.  And quite a bit more.


“Do you know what this is about?” became the running thRead full post »

JUNE 1, 2012 1:55PM

Life in Movie Quotes


On Facebook the other day, I got on a rant with an old friend, quoting the movie Arthur back and forth for most of the afternoon, like we'd done for the last 15 years or so.  John is in Afghanistan, on his last tour.  It got me thinking aboutRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 9, 2012 11:45AM

In Defense of Literary Junk Food

I had my first argument with someone whose friendship has become almost as important as my marriage.  When we met, it was just happenstance, but upon closer examination, it seems as if there was nothing less than destiny playing its hand.  And though it was just a five minute snippy… Read full post »
MAY 8, 2012 1:08PM

Pandora's Locks

I packed up lunches and sent the kids off to school. I fed and watered the puppy, watched as he pooped on the shoots starting to spring from the dusty earth in the backyard.  Cell phone charged.  Money in my pocket.  

I put the earbuds in my ears and… Read full post »
MARCH 8, 2012 11:30AM

The Family Value of Internet Porn

I find it interesting, and by interesting, I mean disgusting, that rightwing figurehead Rush Limbaugh, while lambasting Sandra Fluke in the much-lauded "slut" radio bit, hasn't been brought to task for his support of Internet porn.  Not that it's surprising that he enjoys watching the explicit d… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 16, 2012 1:45PM

Happy Blogaversery to Me!

Open Salon has dribbled itself from a place I go to a place that comes to me.  I had it compartmentalized, who I read and interacted with, who my real friends were, and then who were not my real friends, but people I knew through Facebook.  Facebook changed things.  "Friend" becameRead full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 11:45AM

Sick in Love

If I could do it all over again, I’m sure I would have made a different choice.  But they looked up at me with those big eyes, those impossibly long eyelashes only bestowed upon the very young.


“Can we go to Chuck E. Cheese, Mommy?” They even added, “Please?”Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2012 4:29PM

Winging It

*Originally published on Fictionique


It wasn’t until she opened her mouth wide to pronounce the word “procedure” that I noticed the way her lips had to stretch just to cover the jut of her teeth.

Whereas my lips fit pretty seamlessly together,

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DECEMBER 18, 2011 1:43PM

Beth/Alysa's Open Call combo

I never got around to writing the first Alysa/Beth OC, so if it’s okay with everyone involved, I’d like to do a combo here since a few things came to mind in the shower a few minutes ago.  So with wet hair, I begin:


Something I’m Surprised I Like:

 … Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 17, 2011 10:23AM

A Strange Thing Happened

Two years ago, two important things happened to me: my father died, and I wrote a novel.  I say the novel “happened to me” because I don’t know who that disciplined girl was, putting all of her energy into writing, writing, writing every day, with a two-year-old and a four-yearRead full post »

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DECEMBER 12, 2011 10:56PM

Creatures Who Lurk in the Night

There are some families, big Irish/Catholic ones with multiple children milling about.  Their hard-working, hard-scrabble parents find a little piece inside themselves that isn’t too tired or overwhelmed, something miraculously intact from their own childhood and use it to create ChristmasRead full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2011 6:12AM

Some things even duct tape can't fix

There’s something about clean laundry that makes everything all right with the world.  Piled up, clean-smelling; tights waiting to be pulled up a young girl’s leg, t-shirts laying patiently, awaiting ketchup stains and dirt. Suits and skirts are wrapped in plastic dry-cleaning bags,Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2011 11:51AM

Not-So-Distant Relatives

When some parents divorce, I’ve heard of children having to stand up in courtrooms, to point their fingers, and to choose between them.  I can’t imagine the turmoil that might go on in a young mind like that, the guilt, the pressure.  Even as an adult, after my parents’ seRead full post »

OCTOBER 6, 2011 2:47PM

Wilting Awesome



Her name was Jamie too, but it was spelled differently than mine, like a boy’s.  And though I had no control over the name my parents had chosen, feet water-swollen and both their bellies protruding from chocolate-malted-third-trimester cravings sitting in front of the BionicRead full post »

JULY 27, 2011 10:47AM

Quitting quitting

Technically, I was fired, but all of my willful decisions leading up to my termination cause me to throw it into the “quitter” category, along with the many other jobs and hats I’ve tried on, and summarily cast off.  The difference with this one, however, was that it was a lifeRead full post »

JULY 26, 2011 9:29AM

A President's Wasted Breath

I watched the President speak last night, carefully worded rhetoric intended to inspire the people to action with their votes, their patience, their determination.  I watched him flinch around topics about the economic reality, dance around the issue of progress with words like “compromiseRead full post »

The thing about my favorite things is that they're probably not new to you, but I've always been a late bloomer, so here goes:

Karaoke.   I know! I've never been known (or tolerated) to carry a tune, but with quite a few vodka cranberries, I worked up the nerve at… Read full post »

JULY 24, 2011 6:39AM

A Writer Looks at 35

In “A Pirate Looks at 40,” Jimmy Buffett recalls his childhood dream of being a pirate on the stormy seas and laments that the times have changed such that this reality is made impossible.  There are no more pirates (I think he had Johnny Depp inspired pirates more in mind thanRead full post »

JULY 15, 2011 1:54PM

Color Wars

There is one red ice pop left.  The bag is full of the unpopular greens and yellows, the last chosen, like the fat, uncoordinated kids in gym class.  I hand them out randomly to my two kids, wincing in anticipation of the screams of the unfairness of the ice pop distribution. Read full post »

The Proust Questionnaire


My main character trait: My ability to love without reservation

The quality that I desire in a man: A tendency to like me back.

The quality that I desire in a woman: Camaraderie

What I appreciate most about my friends: I find my home in their loveRead full post »

JULY 7, 2011 1:37PM

Just the Thirteen of Us

The wires are bursting with the news of the acquittal of Casey Anthony, the woman we watched for weeks on Dateline partying it up while her toddler lay dead.  Facebook is teeming with those who vow to “Leave their porch lights on” for little Caylee.  Even more are sure that herRead full post »