My short stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in:
Necessary Fiction, Stymie, Mad Hatters' Review, Defenestration, Metazen, Staccato Fiction, r.kv.r.y. quarterly, The Northville Review, Up the Staircase, Used Furniture Review, Referential Magazine and Camroc Press Review.
For these last two, i am honored by their respective editors for inclusion of my stories as nominees to Best of the Net 2010 and 2011.
More of Doug Bond's Work http://dougbond.cc/myworkonline
Additional confabulations and portals to virtual worlds may be found here: www.dougbond.me
food, coffee, running for hours on trails, good movies (not always in that order)
Twain, Salinger, Jim Shepard, David Sedaris, Tony Earley, James Agee, Louis Menand, Aimee Bender, Joan Dideon, John Steinbeck, Wallace Stegner, John Updike, Evan Connell, Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, Flannery O'Connor, Tobias Wolff, Wells Tower, Kevin Canty
Lorrie Moore, Haruki Murikami, Kurt Vonnegut, Hemingway (stories,) Dickens, George Eliot.
Poets: Kay Ryan, Billy Collins, Mark Strand, Bob Hicok, Czeslaw Milosz, Floyd Skloot, Frank Bidart, Louise Bogan, Roethke, Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, Frost, Williams.
A very sweet comment on The Miracle of My Father's Hat. The sentence you chose is something I just realized, after years of getting psychotherapy patients to both write and talk. Thank you so much for you beautiful metaphor.
Thanks, Doug, for your kind words and fave for 'Benny Goodman...' It always helps to find we are not alone.
Hi, Doug. I want to thank you for the extended and heart-felt comment on "Swimming Lessons." As someone who is being there and doing that, your kind words about the story mean a lot. The wisdom of insecurity (as Alan Watts called it) without a doubt has a terrifying learning curve. But go there we must. Transformational. Humbling. Again, my sincere thanks for taking the time to read, and my best to you and your family as you work through these things.
cheers, doug. yes, a burger at the spot and a pint at island brew!
Doug: Thank you for reading and remarking on "The Rest Home." I send you strength and courage.
your comment on my poem got to me--may be finest ever received on this site, so thoughtful & just got to me. thank you for taking the time to read and to comment. g
Doug, Thank you for your comments on "Movement." Congratulations on your Best of the Net nomination!
Thank you for your very kind remarks on what I wanted in 1968 and I'm sorry it took me so long to thank you. I hope you are well and, as always, I look forward to reading more of your work.
Doug, thanks for reading and commenting on "Caffeine, Annotated"!
Doug your rib story is so original, right up to how you handled the date. Glad your having fun with this group and hope you'll send more stories
Hey Doug! I don't ever mind way-laters. Thank you so much for reading, commenting and faving the aerobics piece. I'm glad you enjoyed it and have learned to steer clear of devil instructors.
Hi Doug - I really appreciate your insightful comment on 2006. Thank you so much for reading it and the fave :) Cheers ~
Thank you for your kind words about "Clean." I appreciate them very much...
Doug, really appreciate your comments! When we were teenagers we used to call Cape Cod, the "dumb dune". Strangely, I've come full circle and am back...(stopped in SF on the way back...)
Thanks, Doug, for noticing the sly slant of meter play in "Abstinence" and "getting" my intentions. I appreciate your acuity.
Doug, thanks for reading and commenting on I'm Not Charlie Sheen. Much appreciated!
Thanks for the :-)comment on Economics. I appreciate you taking the time. LarryS
Doug - ooo, your comments on "Liplorn" made me smile. Really appreciate the review, thank you. And yes, there's something about Lucinda. Maybe one day I'll let her run free.
Thanks for your note Doug. I'm sorry I took off Kid's Guide to the Art of the Grift. When it didn't seem to be getting any more play, I took it down, but I may have jumped the gun. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you want to read it. It's got lots of baseball references in it! And if you read it, you can feel free to make suggestions. Definitely no pressure though. I may repost it sometime. Take care. - Q
Thank you, Doug, for your very kind remarks on my story fly. I look forward to reading more of your work and in all things, wishing you well.
Thank you for your lovely comments on my story "Like Worship". I keep fighting for that thing's life.
Hi Doug - Thanks for your comments on "Safa's Hair". I really appreciate it, especially as I've been tinkering with this piece for a very long time.
Yo, Doug! Glad you enjoyed “Badabing Badaboom.” Your comment and fave are much appreciated! Franco :)
Doug, so many thanks for what you wrote on "Doug" and the other story.
thanks Bondo! Here's hoping I don't f' it up.
Doug, thanks very much for commenting on boyfriends and yes, one should always send those creepos away!
Thank you so much for reading and your thoughtful comments!
Dear Doug Bond. Urgent good news! I am thanks to you for your comments that regard "So You Want to Write a Screenplay for the Children"! And also I am offer this special price on plugs for reduction in ear noise half price! Thank you!
Thank you for your kind words about "Sundays." They are much appreciated!
Doug! I love the supernova button idea. You are very sweet. Thanks for the * and comment on Two Trees -- your comments on restraint and the elements in the story made my day!
So glad you liked virtual recovery Doug. Thanks for your kind, fun remarks. I need another Doug read soon. Time to go track one down... Q
Doug, such a potent and interesting set of comments on Unpacking Sentences. Thank you for them and the fav. I love how you got the raw meat of the work via the sausaged dog! This is part of a dossier, I guess I would call it, for the main character in a long piece I am working on. She continually surprises me!
Thanks for the comment on Rats, Doug! Glad you liked the pink ribbon leash.
Thanks, Doug, for the GREAT comment on and fave of "I Am Not a Corpse." Glad you posted the couplet. Yes, hard to resist.
The Housman poem kills. Hard to pick a favorite couplet from it. I really love these lines though:
The world it was the old world yet.
I was I, my things were wet.
I don't feel anymore that my work has been treated to the full fictionaut feedback loop until I've read the comments of certain people like Doug Bond. I'm glad you liked splicing, Doug, thank you very much for your remarks. Enjoy the Glass documentary. -- Q
Thank you for your remarks on "motorcycle for a dream," Doug. I appreciate your analysis. It makes me realize, oh that's what I did. I don't think I can afford to pay you though but I appreciate it nonetheless. -- Q
Hey Doug, thanks for reading STONE and the fave! Much appreciated. Peace...
Thanks for reading Whitechapel. Glad you liked it.
DB, so glad you liked 'Corrective' & yr comments are always greatly appreciated.
yes, funny how that works, right? writing just takes its own coarse and we get to come along for the ride.
i once did an excercise in which I rewrote the same flash piece five times, highlighting one sense over all others in each version. scent and taste were by far the toughest.
it was one of the most helpful exercises i think i've ever done. you've inspired me to try it again.
Micky Mouse shower curtain? No wonder your daughter got sick. The horror! (don't. ever. go. back. there.)
Hi Doug, Thanks so much for reading Tomorrowland -- and for taking the time to share your thoughts. Disney is a terrifying machine, for sure -- and the message behind it is omnipresent. There is no escape.
Hello Mr. Bond. Thank you kindly for your comments on shades of a young ms. zorita. I appreciated your insights and your careful read. I look forward to reading some of your work. -- Q
Thanks for checking out Wufniks. We hope you had a pleasant stay.
aw shucks, Doug, thanks. Hope you're out riding horses.
Yeah, Tiger Stadium had a lot of stories! Nice to meet you.
Thank you for reading Summer. Glad you liked it.
Hi Doug, thanks for your "Godot" comments.
Now that I think of it, the old joke is don't put your horse before Descartes, so maybe the originality in in my tweaking of an older pun!
Great comment on "Augustinian Prayer Sonnet," Doug. Thank you. Love your analysis of the opening word. Glad the poem worked for you.
"when whores are put before Descartes"
I can't really claim credit for this--it's an old joke, made unfamiliar or disguised perhaps in iambic tetrameter, but thanks!
Doug, thank you for the fav on In The Lake. Even more importantly, thank you for your very astute observations - 174 words and it contains foreboding. The implication of the lake in the deed. So pleased you found this pitched perfectly!
Hey Doug, Nice to meet you, and I'm pleased you enjoyed Peach (2)! Thanks for the comments!
Doug, thank you so much for your thoughtful read and lovely note on Crystal. i love what you wrote.
Where have you been hiding? Come out and play!
Thanks so much for your fabulous read of An Italian Lunch (II)! And for the fav. But, truly, you got to a truth of the narrator! And as I continue to work on this project - An Italian Lunch (II) (now even more revised than what is posted) is actually the 5th chapter, and all of what you found in that story is bursting out of the narrator - the divide in him.
Doug, thanks so much for your comments on "Naked Ladies." You have the keenest reading eye! I think you said you were a lit major at one time, but wow!
Hey and thanks for the Goodreads invite (you and your friends read some awesome books!) and for you comments on my first Fictionaut story post. I picked your firefly story to read as I was surfing without design through this site, reading any story whose title made me want to write a story to go with it. : )
I just read on someone else's wall that you grew up in CT. I worked in Darien for a time. I used to call it "Scarien!" Lily white. Hope you are enjoying your Fictionaut experience in writing overall. I sure am.
Hi, Doug. "Good thumping read." Ouch!
Doug, thanks for you kind comments on "Fancy Me"!Yes, I think it probably is a shampoo - manufactured in some little eastern Europeon country by old babushkas.
Doug! Thanks so much for your comment on Elephant. Glad you like the gallons of piss. That just flowed (haha). Horton rocks.
Doug, Thanks so much for your kind note on Spring. I really appreciate the close read -- and look forward to catching up on more of your work.
And yes to "Hills" - one of my favorite stories to teach.
Glad you liked Model T Ford, Doug :-)
Doug, I listened to This Must Be The Place, very mellow loved it. I notice it was performed at the Sydney Opera house (I'm an Aussie)
Your word would probably be in another language - the Dutch have a word which means sort of cozy but much more - untranslatable)
Doug, thanks so much for enjoying The First Date Questionnaire. I'd love your comments to the story that emerged from that, which is wholly different, Things I Should Have Done - #4, if you have a moment.
I'm just starting to make my way through your stories, and so look forward to reading.
Doug, thank you and kudos on your recent pubs - great stuff!
Doug, thank you for the read and the comments! Glad you enjoyed the story.
Thanks for the comment on Love, Story. Glad you liked it -- fiction lite is fun too! I enjoyed perusing your stories the other day. Will do more of that soon!
Thanks for the comments on Pleiku Jacket.
Hi Doug! Thank you for your lovely comments on "The Face of the Moon..." I appreciate it!
Hey Doug, thanks so much for reading my poem and leaving some kind words - much appreciated. Off to check out your stuff! Peace, Linda
Yes! Yes! Kafka is in the house! Thanks for the comments, Doug.
Thanks Doug! Enjoyed being a moderator for the contest.
Hey Doug - thanks for reading Eight States Away - I'm glad you liked it, and thanks for the comments, too. foster.
Thank you so much, Doug, for reading "Eddie Says," for the things you noticed, and for your kind words.
I thank you, Edna thanks you, and the Lord thanks you. Bless your heart and thanks also for telling us about Riley Dog! Carol
Doug, What a great review of "Mannequin." Wish I'd thought of all that. 'fraid when I'm writing I just wing it. Thanks for the thumbs up!
Thanks for reading "Close to Ireland" and for your kind comments on my Pushcart nomination. I love the Oregon connection and look forward to reading more of your work.
I just wanted to thank you for faving "Three Dreamers" - It's very dear to me and I appreciate you taking the time to read it :)
hey doug, thank you so much for your comments on story & challenge, i enjoyed doing this...maybe i'll do it again next year unless someone else with more irish blood in him/her wants to pray to st patrick for plenty of great stories...night after night ;-)
Are we supposed to respond to wall posts that thank us for saying something nice about another's work? I'm really a newbie around here and trying really hard to learn the ropes.
Yes, Meggie has left that whore Arlene and says she's back with the Bonnies. I don't know where that leaves you!
Thanks for liking Beckett and Joyce, and I too look forward to my too often postponed trip to the Outer Sunset!
Doug, Will you be my agent? Your smash review of my birds story is terrific. Love that movie, though I can't say I'm a big fan of Tippi Hedren.
Thanks for the nod on my tale-o-blarney. Have one at the pub for me!
Hello, Doug! Thanks for writing on my wall and leaving a comment/fave for the 4 micros!
Hi Doug, thanks for reading Cactus, and for commenting, too. I'm glad you liked it.
thanks for commenting on "one more thing."
i see we have a fondness for mark strand poems--among other things.
Thanks for your comments on WINCE, Doug, and for your idea of a CPR group. Maybe later. Right now, I'm busy trying to figure out how this fictionaut stuff works. Follow? Message? Hmmmm.
Thanks for your comment on "Sanctuary" - I def. owe you a three-way for that one.
Hey, thanks for the interest in "Autobio of a Head Bully." You can get the whole thing (starting) here: http://bighair.bravehost.com/AutobiographyHeadBully01.html.
Great "review" Doug. Hadn't thought of that, but yes, it had to be bourbon! Thanks.
Hey Doug, thanx for your comments on "the spaces between words". Much appreciated.
Thanks for checking out my Wigleaf story. I 'preciate it.
Thanks Doug! I really enjoyed yr story in the new Northville too!
Doug I'm so glad you liked the interview. Meg asks good questions and it was really fun! Also glad the book arrived, hope it pleases
Well, howdy, Doug. Thanks for the yummy comments on Twine. I look forward to reading your stuff soon-soon-soon. For now, there's a toddler on the loose in my home threatening to pour tea on my laptop.
Who knew that Meg's fella was also the writery-type? Have I been out of the loop this whole time? Dang....
Doug Bond, thank you for your generous comment on My First SK!
Doug, that is HYSTERICAL and so damn cool, the image of the enterprising third-grade Doug putting on such a show. What a cool story. Thanks for sharing it and I'm so glad you checked out/commented on my story. Ha, I'm doubtful my story answered your question but if I tackle the issue again maybe I'll do better next time. D
"runner, writer, director, husband, father, singer of songs"
i am a runner (slow), writer, husband, father, and (horrific) singer of songs
nice to be in touch and thanks again for the kind words about the presidents story, doug.
Welcome to the Prick of the Spindle group! Thanks for joining.
Have at this late, late stage 'discovered' Kurt Vonnegut. He is simply superb, isn't he?
Thanks for your kind words on "I'm doing nothing wrong"! They are much appreciated :)
Thanks,man. I appreciate the feedback.