Generally a flash of some thought or image spurs the writing - these tending to be very short self-contained pieces but lately extending somewhat in scope.
Dostoevsky, Aldous Huxley, Bulgakov, Victor Pelevin, Tolstoy, Kafka, Chekhov, Knut Hamsun. Favourite books other than by above include Russell Hoban's 'Riddley Walker' & of late enjoyed Zamyatin's 'We' & Sybille Bedford's 'Legacy'.
Hi Andrew! Thanks for reading and commenting on Y ... I'm pretty new to Fictionaut so I'm just catching on to seeing comments and replying, but I love interacting with other writers, so your comment means a lot!
Hi Larry, Bulgakov's certainly one of my favourites. All the renown goes to Margarita but there's other great atuff there too like White Guard
Happy to see another rare Bulgakov fan. I Larry.
Andrew, thanks for reading 'Along Came Doreen.' I very much appreciate your philosophical aside, and I agree, "this meaninglessness is simply tautologically nonsense."
Thank you for reading Peace of Mind. Glad you liked it.
I've read the link, Eamon, & can see where you're coming from - certainly something of an ilk. I think my intellectual/spiritual affinity is most with the Russians, & while Dosteovsky I think described them as all coming out from under Gogol's Overcoat, similarly Kharms is out I imagine of that similar mindset/soulset.
Good to see you posting something again, Andrew. After reading 'Space, Blank, Uninterrupted', I can't believe you're not familiar with the work of Daniil Kharms. Your story is uncannily similar to his 'On Phenomena and Existences No 2', which you can read on my site under the link 'Models' - http://users.tpg.com.au/epbyrne/texts
Thanks for the recommendation Matt. I’ve read little of Beckett, & the little a good while ago, but someone I know has a few times compared a few of my pieces to his - wisely or unwisely! - so I should give him more of a look. The only thing I’m a little afraid of is if there is a similarity, of my becoming conscious of it, & so becoming a little unnatural in how whatever comes out of me comes out.
Oddly enough I do actually share Beckett’s birthday.
Be sure and check out some of Sam Beckett's prose stuff.