My hometown is about the size of a monopoly board, but the game we play here has no upscale neighborhoods or high priced real estate. Our homes are the little red square houses, and there is one hotel. I don't know which marker I am, since it is so hard to choose between the hat, the iron, and the little dog.
There is an element of longing in nearly everything, a yearning to know or be known, a feeling of anticipation married to dissatisfaction. That is what I feel and see, so I write about it.
My favorite author is John Updike, and I am most fond of his short stories, as I have been since the early 70's when I first read "Museums and Women". I just finished rereading "A Month Of Sundays".
Lydia Davis is another favorite. I am impressed by the way she works the short story form in so many different ways.
I read "The Grapes of Wrath" every two or three years to maintain my Leftist tendencies.
Short stories interest me more than novels. I like the challenge of a restricted form.
Thank you for the encouraging comments on my "The Phone Call and The Green Murk Crisis". I'm very pleased that you liked it.
Hi Angela, thanks so much for reading and liking Wet Rainbow.
Thanks for your kind comment on 'Salem the Dead'!
Hi Grey, this is months and months late, but thank you for reading my work. I really appreciate it.
Great comment on "Mussel Memory." Thanks, Grey!
Thanks for liking "Designer Jeans" -- and you're right, it's not easy being ahead of your time.
Thank you muchly for the comment (and *) on 'Gift,' Grey. 'Dreamlike' is good...
Looking forward to reading some of your writing.
Grey I love what you wrote about "chocolates" thank so much and best of holidays! susan
Updike's my favorite, too. One of them. I like your work. It's fun.
Hi Grey, thanks for your read and wonderful comments about "Arrival." I have given this piece much thought about continuing the bus ride, so your comment resonated about it possibly being Chapter One. Thanks for the fave also.
yr welcome, grey - this is one undervalued poem in my view...really like it. have been back even.
Hello Grey---Thanks for the read and comment on "Amelia"...much appreciated.
Hope you have a great Christmas, Grey. Thanks for the read.
Grey, thank you for your kind words about "Tada!" a few days ago. Much appreciated!
thanks so m,uch for reading and commenting on my work--really.
i love your name, grey.
hey, thank you, grey, for your comment on "cahiers du cinema". one can never get enough positive comments, i say. check out the full story at BFR if you wish.
thank you for your comment on "electric eyes", grey. i'm full of tricks. i loved "mutual respect" just now. great mastery of the form here. looking forward to read more!
Grey, thank you for the kind comment! I look forward to reading your work as well.
Grey - warm thanks on a cold day, hope you are well, enjoying your work here!
Grey, thanks for the kind words and the star on Ping Pong!
Thanks for the "*" Grey on Help Me Own You.
* = fave.
I cleared my throat because I accidentally called you Gret. Not as nice a ring as Grey.
Thanks Grey! What a nice comment to see on Two Trees. I really appreciate the read.
Thanks Gret for commenting on Mama's Mass. I love your comments.
Thank you, Grey!
Thanks for the kind words on Rats. I appreciate the read and the comment.
Thanks for reading "I Am Not a Corpse," Grey. I appreciate your taking the time to comment.
I'd love to see you win the Rannu contest, it's a new one and not well known, yet. So, there are great odds to winning the $500!
Hi Grey, Thanks so much for the comment on 4P28. Sorry I missed it earlier; I truly appreciate the read.
Thank you for reading shades... Grey and for your very generous remarks. I look forward to reading more of your work. Sincerely -- Q
Thanks for the kind words on 4P28, Grey. I appreciate the read.
Interesting tidbit about Konstancja. I wrote a long story about a man who buys a Steinway and learns to play a Chopin nocturne, no. 9 in B flat major, I believe. But more research into the piece revealed this would need a longer time to master and more experience for my character than I could allow. (I love Chopin.) So I switched to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, which still worked. There is unrequited love in the piece and love realized too late. Basically I like the idea of Chopin + love. Goes well together. So, that's all to say it was so fun to read your piece. It was as ethereal as a Chopin nocturne.
Thanks, Grey, for the kind comment on "Wake Up."
Grey: I very much appreciate your comments on "it's just death, so what." I appreciate the fairy tale aspect as that's where I'm leaning, or prefer to lean. Hope you are good on this Wednesday. -- Q
Grey- cool reference to "Alpha & Omega". Appreciate the read and great comment on "John & Cathy Come Home".
Thanks for commenting on "Self Alaska." Glad the poem worked for you, Grey.
Grey-thank you for commenting on "Pussy Love".
Grey -- thanks so much for finding X and Pi in the Sky. I am glad the details worked for you in the story X. And that you appreciate Pi as you do, especially with your background as a mathematician. I really appreciate your comments. Coming back here soon... looking forward to finding out more about your own stories.
Thanks for the read Grey! Glad you enjoyed "12 Steps".
Grey - thank you for your kind words about Crisp. I'm glad you enjoyed the prompt. I do this kind of thing, prompt word/freewrites on Facebook with friends if you are on there. Let me know. I have them posted every night.
Thank you for the kind words. They really made my day. Much appreciated.
Grey - thank your for reading Things I Should Have Done - #3, and for your insightful comments!
Thank you for your very kind remarks about my story "while we sleep." I like your bio. I also have a liking for Lydia Davis stories. And I like the thimble in the Monopoly board game, though I don't sew a stitch. I live in a much bigger town, though, where properties, at least until recently, have been bought and sold with all the fever pitch capitalism can inspire.
Thank you for your comments, Grey! Very much appreciated!
Thank you, Grey, for commenting/faving The Big Dipper!
Thanks for commenting on "Halo". Happy/glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for your interesting comment on "Son of Uncle Sam," Grey. Glad you stopped by.
Thanks so much for finding Lake Chelan and for your lovely words about it.
Grey, consider yrself FAVed FORever. Thank you!
Thank you, Grey, for the fave and the generous comments on "From the Fotomat - Print # 27."
Again, thank you for reading another story - "Chatty Cassie".
P.S. Have I told you that I really love your name...?
Grey - thanks so much for reading and your lovely thoughts on "Just a Mountain". Always appreciated.
Thank you about my poem. Thank you.
Grey, I looked it up. That piece is called: "Pharaoh...Pharaoh."
Thanks for reading, Grey. These pieces are from Voice of the Past, a series I'm working on. The JAM reference is explained in an earlier piece. I think they're all posted under the Unpublished Flash group, which makes it easier to find, if you join that group and go in there.
Grey - thank you kindly for reading my story and for caring about the outcome. That feels good to me. -Meg
Hi Grey. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my story 'Sundays'. Glad you enjoyed it. Warmest regards, Ian
Thanks, man. Nicest thing anyone has said about me or my work all week, if not all year. Fave it, if you would be so kind. And your birthday is exactly one week after mine. 7-17-58.
Thanks for your insights about Part of Life: Two Ways. I appreciate your kind words and comments.
thanks for the comments so much!
Grey - thanks for reading and commenting on "Small Potatoes". Much appreciated and welcome to Fnaut!
Welcome to The Glass Coin Group. Cheers