I tend to read and comment on flash fiction, not because I prefer it but because I hardly ever have the time to sit down and read longer short stories. You may notice that my posts are pretty much all flash length too.
My first novel 'The Night Rainbow' is now out in the UK, USA, Canada & Australia from Bloomsbury. German and Dutch translations forthcoming in May.
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As I get older I find I cannot keep it all in my head.
Thanks, Claire, for your nice comment about 'We Are Busy Sewing the Flags of Our Children.' I'm glad it touched you.
So nice to hear from you, Claire! Thanks for the lovely comment about "Picking the Bark off Experience."
Hi Claire: Thank you for your generous response to "For a Wounded Boy." I appreciate it much.
dear claire, thank you for fav(or)ing my serious writer story. hope you're well & writing! cheers from berlin!
ClaIre (sorry for the stupid typo!)
Clare, thank you!, though now I have that song stuck in my head... ;)
Hi Claire, thanks very much for faving House Rabbit. Was a fun little piece to write, glad you liked!
Thank you, thank you Claire!
Thank you for your kind words about "Sundays." They are much appreciated!
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on Admission. Much appreciated.
Thanks for your comment about "A Little Fishing." Yes, poor "Harpo." He never got around to sprucing up that car. It was a beauty, too.
Claire, thanks for your enthusiasm for the verse part of "Urgent Reply"...contorted Frost, probably best in small doses, like: His yoke he tinkles in a terror /Wonders what might be the error.
Thank you Claire, for the fav on Ping Pong. I just saw on FB one of your stories touted, I think as part of 52/250... and will go, post-haste, to read it!
Thank you for your wonderful note about loon Claire. It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance as well! Have a great weekend. Cheers. -- Q
Hi, Claire. Thanks for reading and faving "The Proud Accounting." Always appreciate your visits and comments.
Thanks so much Claire for you generous comments on "She spread her legs and flew away" :)!
Claire, your words on Unpacking Sentences really made my day in so many ways! Thank you for your comments and the star.
Thanks for checking out the Orange Julius poem, Claire. Love your comments, as always.
Hi Clarie! Thanks for your wonderful comment on 'Swimming Pool'. I guess I'm sometimes more here than I am at others. The whole of life feels a bit like that at the moment ;)
Hi, Claire. Thanks for reading 'Three Times Fifty Five.' I appreciate your comment.
Thank you so much Claire for commenting on "Just a Mountain". Appreciate it...
Thank you,Claire, for your read and comment on "Ashes."
Claire, thanks so much for reading and enjoying some of my latest stories, very much appreciate!
Thanks for the great comment on No Goodbyes! I really appreciate the read.
Thank you for reading Rivals. Glad you liked it.
World weary? Me? And kinky? Well, maybe. In my youth. Thanks!
Claire! Thanks for the fab comment on Escalation! Much appreciated!!
Aw, Claire. thanks so much for your note on Sex in Siberia. I'm glad it surprised you! -meg
Claire - thanks so much for your supportive comment on "Separation"! xo-meg
Thank you, Claire, for looking for me here and reading, commenting on, and faving rejection letters.
I got a little weepy at your comment. I can't thank you enough. I write because I have to, I share what I write because every once in a blue moon, someone comes along and says something like you did. Thank you.
Thanks for faving "Bone Density," Clair. Very pleased you liked it so much.
Thanks, Claire, for letting Making it Right work on you!
i appreciate you're comments on It's Not Over...so, yes a different but still ardent appreciation of the oblong ball, each to their season...or better yet listen to the great George Carlin bit!
Thank you for reading Summer. Glad you liked it.
Thanks Claire! Responded on story wall: "Godot is like Leviathan and Behemoth rolled into one invisible monster."
Thanks, Claire, for reading and for your comments!
Thanks, Claire. I think Godot may take many forms before it's all over.
Thanks so much for reading Thin Pages. That means a great deal to me.
Thanks for checking back in on Lish. My f'naut family is really great!
Thank you for your great words on In the Lake... the fav... and for engaging in the dialogue that developed as a result of my piece! So appreciate it all.
Thanks for the read, Claire. I really appreciate the positive comments on "Postman". When I get the audio version finished, I'll be sure to send you a link. ;)
thanks, Claire, for finding Pi in the Sky. I'm glad you found it compelling! :)
So pleased that you re-read "Modern Warfare" and read it to your husband: thanks for the thoughtful attention and response.
Thanks for the read and the kind words on Limboland, Claire. Life is a waiting game, isn't it?
Thanks, Claire, for the comment and the fave of my little paene to death and destruction.
Thanks, Claire, for commenting on "Poleward" - I bet that character will be smoking in the frozen north, too!
Thanks for the generous comment on Midnight Riders. I appreciate the read.
Yikes! Put down that stick, Claire. This story ("Peace") isn't about me! I mean I was young at the time. Young and dumb. Help, help!
re: "Infinity Pool." I'm responding as a reader only, Claire, not as a critic. I don't think the story necessarily has to be more explicit. For me, though, it needs to reward close reading. In other words, you don't have to spell everything out for me, but I need all the clues to be there, so if I'm truly observant, I should be able to figure it all out. There are a number of tantalizing details re: family relations in the story that don't quite cohere for me. As a reader, I find that frustrating. That being said, it all comes down to what you, the writer, intend with your story. What do you want the reader to come away with?
Claire, my own experience is difficult to write about and I never really tried. Oh, not because of some trauma. There was none of that, really. Survival sometimes overcomes all other emotions, so the terror becomes something else in your head. That's why Infinity Pool resonated with me, expressing something I'd more or less forgotten. I'll think about your question, though, and if I can write about it, I'll be sure to let you read it.
Thank you so much for your wonderful compliments--especially regarding the Russian. Glad to know my portrayal of this character so interesting.
Lovely blog. I looking forward to reading it.
Claire, You must have been on an early Sunday morning readathon to find "Food Porn" in my vaults :) Thank you for reading it, and commenting on it. It was, in fact, the three meals I made for myself in a single summer day last year. I also love this piece for many reasons, not the least of which is that the memory of it makes my mouth water.
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Blossoms and Buds," Claire.
Thank you for commenting, Claire. Your words are so dear. The truth is sometimes scarier than fiction. I'm glad to meet you on here. Harley
Claire, you made my night! Wow, thanks!
Thanks, Claire. Glad you liked "It's Like." Thanks for the fav!
Sorry I made you cry. Love your responses to my stuff. Love my responses to your stuff. Did I tell you that a character has been brewing a couple months now in response to Peach? Soon... he wants out.
Nice to meet you, Claire. Thank you for the nice comment on SOMETIMES. I think as we grow older we long for a simpler time, B.C. (before computers). A time today's kids probably will never see: frogs, first love and unsoiled environments.
Thank you, Claire, for reading "Feeeeeuck" and commenting and for being Claire! Hope you are having a good summer! I cannot believe it is almost, over -- sort of. -meg
I was in a funny place when I wrote that! Thanks, Claire, for comments on Leaving.
Claire - isn't baggage fun?
Thanks for the read and the comments!
Reworked Eleven. Take a look.
Thanks, Claire! True story.
Hi Claire, thank you for your comments about Requirement. I appreciate it very much!
Claire, thanks for your good wishes on my Short Review piece, and your other kindnesses
Thank you for reading and commenting on White Death. Much appreciated.
Thanks for your kind comment on "Processes," Claire. I appreciate your words very much.
PS. "Tyler is learning..." is a good concept. The piece here has a funny twist. If you can keep it going at this level I'd say go for it. I saw a YA novel written entirely in emails. And you're right on about the internet. So. Cheers LS
Thanks, Claire. re "What Words Are" - The last two lines are imported from another poem of mine, and I used them to shock the reader, and to contrast between the approach to God through words, and how words can seem irrelevant in the face of our new "gods" - high tech, the machine-mind.
Ooooo, that's a good word. Slash. Must add to collection...
Thanks Claire, I have been working and cringing, not necessarily in that order over the ms, it is better than it was, and a few thousand words shorter! Thanks for your encouragement, much appreciated! I haven't been on fictonaut for awhile as I'm preparing for my book launch of short stories, City Paddock. I'm hoping to raise lots for the Light Horse.
Thank you for reading Blindness. I was thinking about having the title identical to the prompt. Now that you suggest that, I think I'll change it.
Oh my goddess, Claire. I went ahead and started reading you, and I think I'm hooked. "Flash", Peach, & Peach 2. Love them. I am learning to admire writers who's voices are, unlike mine, more than their own. Good good good. ~J
Claire, Thank you for your thoughtful comment on "Red Smells Like". I will get to reading your work right after the July 4th weekend. Have a good one. All my best, ~J
Claire, you are always so kind. Thank you so much for your comments about "Naked Ladies."
Claire: That reminds me, I've got another hospital story. It's a doozy. Thank you, thank you.
Thanks, Claire, for your comments on Weakest Link. Oh that zebra crossing! someone's got a funny sense of humour. I love it.
So pleased you were pleased with my comments on Peach. Peach is a peach. But Peach has got to rein herself in, or she'll just be a split peach, perhaps a badly bruised peach. But she'll always have (at least until everything falls down!) that peach-like bottom.
Great going Claire.
I so look forward to your comments on my pieces.
I love Peach!
Claire! So glad you liked Rock On and esp that last bit. Thanks for the comment.
glad you are here on FN
thanks or wandering through the archinve and reminding me i HAD a poem called "question."
now that i remember it, i will try to remember what i am am doing today, also.
The Three Kings? The Kings Shall Rule?
Maybe there are more than three of us on here!
Thanks, Claire, for your lovely comments on my poem.
Claire, thanks for finding my stories!! Glad you liked Love, Story and the others too. See you around more!
Claire, great that you enjoyed Purple Patch! :-)
I wanted to, too! Thanks for yor nice words and the fav!
Thanks for coming back to read again. No worries about misssing the metapor. The beauty of words to me is that they can mean so many different things to different people when mashed together.
Claire, Thanks so much for your kind and flattering response to my story "The Birds."
Thank you for the fave on the kamikaze songbirds! It is greatly appreciated.
Claire, thanks for your kind comments on Hummingbird and the fave, always appreciated. M
Thank you, Claire and welcome.
Claire, I'm glad you enjoyed my poem. Thanks for the fav!
We must be related :-)
Thank you both! I have just descended out of a cloud of volcanic ash. There should be fictional substance here any time now...
Hey, we share the same name! Welcome.
Welcome to Fictionaut - great to see you here. M