AJ Dresser

Location New Jersey
Website http://musingsalongelectricavenue.blogspot.com/

About Me

I write because I can. I read because I must. I'm not married to a genre, preferring an eclectic blend of words. I'm not a submission junkie, so I have a few stories published here and there but not a ton.

As the fiction editor of Gloom Cupboard, I do a lot of reading of others' stories and have learned a lot from that.

I'm married to a newspaper editor and writer (the same person; I only have one husband) and have a young toddler.

Odd tidbits: I wrote a 200 page book in under 30 days, including edits (not for nanowrimo, but those folks impress the hell outta me). My husband and I wrote a screenplay; am working on another solo.

Why do you write?

I get ideas from life by asking, what if? and keep asking until I get something bizarre or original then write that story.

My stuff can be read at Disenthralled, Boston Literary Magazine, Words That Lift (children's), Blink/Ink print issue 1, Deuce Coupe, Everyday Poets, 55 A Day, Snow Monkey, Metazen, and as a contributor to the Candy Sangria legacy.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Michener, Frost, Salinger. Stan Lee, Tom Waits. Some modern authors like Kingsolver, Rowling, Pete Hamill.

AJ Dresser's Wall

Julie Innis – Dec 15, 2010

Thank you for your comment on my story - really appreciate your insights!

Kim Conklin – Sep 18, 2010

Thanks so much for the great comment on Telephone! I appreciate the read.

Michelle Elvy – Aug 29, 2010

Thanks so much for the comment on Time to Rest -- that was a cool thing to say. Maybe it'll start something...

Kerry Johnston – Jul 22, 2010

Thank you so much for your comment about my 'cancer' poem :> It means a great deal!

Bill Yarrow – Jul 21, 2010

Thanks for commenting on Coleridge urine poem, AJ. I can't exactly take credit for the images since all belong to Coleridge, but I'm glad you liked them!

Susan Tepper – Jul 20, 2010

Allie, thanks for the read and comments on Stickers and All Credit Rescinded! Glad you like the quirk in those stories

Christian Bell – Mar 29, 2010

Thanks, AJ, for your comments on "Tips for the Prospective Superhero"!

Susan Tepper – Mar 27, 2010

AJ, thanks so much for your good words on my story Cockroach, most appreciated!

Christamar Varicella – Feb 21, 2010

Thanks for your nice comment. It's definitely a spoof. The whole saga begins with the post "My Idea of Romance" at my humor/parody site, http://dailybrass.blogspot.com/. The latest post is called "Greyhound to Sexville."

Meg Pokrass – Feb 03, 2010

ha! thank you for your funny comment on Kumquat Soda! Hooboy. I know i am Pam...

David Erlewine – Feb 03, 2010

Thank you, Allie. Your comment gets at exactly why I love flash fiction so much, particularly when it "works." "STILL", as I worked at it, just wanted to stay short and keep things unsaid. But, yeah, you read precisely into what I intended and I'm happy to see that.

Hobie Anthony – Feb 03, 2010

Hey Allie! Good to see you here. Cheers!

Erin Cole – Jan 29, 2010

Hey Allie,
One by one, I'm tracking you all down! Just wanted you to know that someday, I hope in the near future, I will be submitting to Gloom Cupboard!
How's your novels coming along? I'm just finishing my proposal package to my first one...now comes the scary part!
See you around.

Carol Reid – Jan 28, 2010

Howdy and thank you for commenting on my story! And belated welcome to F-naut:)

David Erlewine – Jan 26, 2010

THANK YOU! I am thrilled you liked Horned Heads and its style/approach. It's the first thing I've written in over a month. I had committed to writing about the year 1524 way back when and then suddenly it was "due" and I felt like I was in school and needed to turn in my homework or fisk failing! I worked on the story for a few days after reading about the synagogues burned over pepper in 1524!

Larry Strattner – Jan 22, 2010

Thanks for the Robert B. Parker comment. You like it take a look at one of his books. He was a lot better at this routine than I am.

Larry Strattner – Jan 17, 2010

This'll be longer than your average wall post - but is just too funny (at least to me)because you're the same Allie Dresser.
First. Thank you for your comment on 6.5. It is in fact a story, although I have family in Eureka and it was a real person who rooms with them who ran outside during the quake.

What's funny is; I sent what I thought was a clever piece to gcfiction and it came back with a very nice note but didn't get accepted. The note said it wasn't really a story. So I said to myself "OK" and submitted a considerably longer writer's fairy tale I was sure was a story. (How good a story no one knows)
Anyway, I then get this little "attaboy" on 6.5. You may be able to guess the rest.
One of my '10 resolutions was not to be such a wiseguy and it never seems to work out for me.
Cue Laugh Track

David Erlewine – Jan 17, 2010

Hi Allie, thank you so much for your comments on "When It Finally." I take it as a huge compliment that you compare to a movie recap. I really try for such strong imagery in story but rarely (if ever) get it. This is one of the few stories I wrote where I can "see" it unfolding. I won't say who I see playing the role of narrator. Uh, no one I know.

Darryl Price – Jan 13, 2010

I love that you put Tom Waits in the favorite author category!

David Erlewine – Jan 12, 2010

I spent a week in Dominican Republic and almost got broken up with b/c I couldn't stop reading the Poisonwood Bible.

Really like Gloom Cupboard and the New Jersey Turnpike (we head up from Annapolis all the time to Edison/exit 9 to see my in laws).

Finnegan Flawnt – Jan 11, 2010

welcome allie! don't be stuck. get unstuck, enjoying the fnaut.

AbsolutelyKate – Jan 10, 2010

Hey Allie - back'atcha ... Gotta spiff my profile pizazz up as definitive as you spin ... Glad you're only married to one husband, as it seems like you have a pretty full mind and plate of possibilities/potentials.

Then again, a double romance could genre up your market.
Appreci'kate the notice-welcome.

Jason McCormick – Jan 09, 2010

Did you see that photo at 6S? It's classic! Check out Air Jaws: http://sixsentences.ning.com/profiles/blogs/my-favorite-dinosaur-1

Michael J. Solender – Jan 06, 2010

Yo! They get the coolest people here!

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