Frank Vander Rasky

Location Toronto, Canada
Occupation Writer/Editor
IM (GTalk) frank.vander.rasky [at] gmail [dot] com

About Me

A writer/editor whose career has included broadcasting (CBC-TV national network, TVOntario provincial network, CFMT-TV multilingual programming), journalism (The Globe and Mail, Ryerson University), advertising (Leo Burnett agency), and corporate communications (Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows). An "AmeriCanuck," he was born in Manhattan, influenced as a youth by the wilds of New Hampshire, lived most of his life in Toronto. May also be found exploring Europe or Ontario's north country. Likes big ideas that start small and small dogs with big heart - especially beagles. Has been known to be poetic and have a wicked good sense of humor.

Why do you write?

I start by writing for myself. I write what I know. I write what I dream. I write in the hope that what I have to say will enlighten and/or entertain. I write because I see the possibility of things.

I also write in the hope of connecting with an audience beyond myself. To me, a writer without a large appreciative audience is the sound of one hand clapping.

A note to readers of my short stories, non-fiction, and poetry, who are not members of Fictionaut and thus unable to post their comments on this website – I like hearing from you. Please email your comments to me in care of frank.vander.rasky [at] gmail [dot] com

Frank Vander Rasky's Wall

Marcus Speh – Jun 07, 2011

thank you so much, frank. wonderful comment: "The Mediterranean glitters but is shut out by the narrator living behind closed shades." that is practically a story all by itself! i have exaggerated there (the crying singing man) but you know how it is - pictures of the past easily assume mythical proportions (especially when love is involved).

Berit Ellingsen – May 29, 2011

Hi Frank! :) Thank you so much for reading The Empty City and for commenting! It means a lot to me.

I will probably tweet too much about the story inspired by Caravaggio and the Dutchmen when it's published in July. :)

Berit Ellingsen – May 23, 2011

Hi Frank! Nice to meet you on Twitter! I enjoyed your stories about the boy who killed Christ and the fish eggs a lot. Very sharp and well observed and communicated. I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories. :)

Andrew Stancek – Mar 19, 2011

Thanks for your welcome and comments. Love Badabing Badaboom. When I am next in Toronto (I am close) I will have to buy you a drink. Badaboom!

Marda Miller – Feb 26, 2011

Frank, thank you so very much for reading commenting and especially for the favorite, on Love Sick. Your words move me.

M – Feb 25, 2011

Thank you for your very kind remarks about what I wanted in 1968. I very much appreciate them.

Jack Swenson – Feb 19, 2011

Frank, thanks for the praise and the fav for "War." Much appreciated.

Jane Hammons – Feb 18, 2011

Thanks for your comment on Descanso, Frank.

M – Feb 16, 2011

Thank you for your wonderful remarks on to reggie, antarctic baby daddy. So much appreciated!

Christian Bell – Feb 15, 2011

Frank, thanks for your comments last week on I'm Not Charlie Sheen!

M – Feb 13, 2011

Dear Frank: Thank you for your very generous and humorous remarks on my veggie tale!!! Means so much to me! Happy Vday! - Q

M – Feb 09, 2011

You made some really generous remarks on my story Kids Guide to the Art of the Grift, Frank. It pleases me so that you enjoyed it so! Thank you!

Kim Conklin – Feb 09, 2011

Thanks for the comment and fave on 10 Keys, Frank. Glad it tickled your wicked good sense of humor!

Christian Bell – Feb 08, 2011

Frank, thanks for reading and commenting on I'm Not Charlie Sheen. Glad to hear it gave you a laugh!

J. Mykell Collinz – Feb 07, 2011

Hi, Frank. Thanks for reading 'Stupiditās.' I greatly appreciate your comment and critical judgment.

Susan Tepper – Feb 06, 2011

Frank I appreciate very much your read, comments, etc on "teapot" and glad to hear it stands alone, too. Thank you, Frank

Kim Conklin – Jan 27, 2011

Thanks for tracking back to read and fave This Is Something She Would Miss, Frank. I appreciate thoughts and kind words.

Bill Yarrow – Jan 25, 2011

Thanks, Frank! Appreciate the fave of "Fate."

Marcela Fuentes – Jan 22, 2011

Thank you very much for your comments on my story. :) I enjoyed your story, "Oh, Fish Eggs"--funny and skillfully done!

Chelsea Biondolillo – Jan 18, 2011

Thank you for the fun comment on Safari Club. I appreciate the read!

Kathy Fish – Jan 16, 2011

Hey Frank, just signing off of Fictionaut for awhile so I can work on a couple of big projects, but man, your generous comments about "The Hollow" have surely left me smiling. Thanks so much!

See ya – Jan 11, 2011

Interesting and flattering comparison on the feel of the storytelling approach you offered in your comments about "Buckaroo". Thanks for the close read and for taking the time. Much obliged.

Jack Swenson – Jan 11, 2011

Thanks, Frank, for giving "Silent Summer" the thumbs up. I appreciate it.

J. Mykell Collinz – Jan 10, 2011

Hi, Frank. Thanks for reading 'Creeper.' I appreciate your comments and suggestions, very much.

Kathy Fish – Jan 07, 2011

Frank, you're the best. Thanks for reading and faving "Empty."

Jack Swenson – Jan 07, 2011

Frank, Thanks for reading "Dream Girl." I got a kick out of your comment!

Kim Conklin – Jan 06, 2011

Thanks for the wonderful comment and fave on Unheard, Frank. I'm very, very glad you heard the music in it.

M – Dec 26, 2010

You're most welcome, Frank. Likewise, I am wishing you a most peaceful year's end. Sincerely -- Q

Kim Conklin – Dec 23, 2010

Thanks for the very kind words and fave on Things Left Unsaid, Frank! I'm very happy you liked the writing!

Kim Conklin – Dec 12, 2010

Thanks for the great comment and fave on A Question of Choice, Frank! "finely ground prose"... Fun! :)

Jules Archer – Dec 07, 2010

Frank! Thanks for reading and faving "Help Me Own You". Always glad to get a comment from you. Maybe one day I'll return to writing sweetness and light. ;)

J. Mykell Collinz – Dec 05, 2010

Hi, Frank. Thanks for reading 'Atonement.' I appreciate your encouraging comments.

Kim Conklin – Dec 04, 2010

Thanks for the very kind and brave words and the fave on Heart Line, Frank. I'm both touched and honored.

kim teeple – Dec 04, 2010

Hey, thank you, Frank! Really appreciate you reading and your generous comment!

Kathy Fish – Dec 04, 2010

Thank you, Frank, for the Industrial Strength comment and fave for "Repair Man"!

M – Dec 03, 2010

oops. meant to say superfine comments on god's man, but my god's man is a loon, poor thing. I'm still only on coffee cup 1.5 and coming off a couple of nights' worth of bad sleep. Hoping for better. -- Q

M – Dec 03, 2010

Thanks for the super fine comments on loon, Frank. Made my day, my week! -- Q

Cherise Wolas – Dec 02, 2010

Frank, I so appreciate your wonderfully generous comments on Gin And A Cowboy: Redux, and for the fav. Thank you!

Kristen Tsetsi – Nov 30, 2010

Hi, Frank - thanks so much for reading and commenting on "Under Perfect Conditions."

Jerry Ratch – Nov 29, 2010

Thank you, Frank! Appreciated!

M – Nov 28, 2010

Thank you for your kind words, your wonderful insight about my piece loon, Frank. It means a lot to me. Cheers. -- Q

ABxx – Nov 26, 2010

Thank you so much, Frank, for your compliments and the FAV!

Pamela J. Parker – Nov 26, 2010

Thanks so much for your comments and fave on The Silence of Harold. Looking forward to reading your work too. Thanks again!

M – Nov 23, 2010

Thank you for your kind remark about my dog is, Frank. I'm glad you would have considered reading this out loud a treat to Birdie. -- Q

Jules Archer – Nov 23, 2010

Frank, you make me swoon with your review. Much thanks.

Kim Conklin – Nov 22, 2010

Thanks for the epitaph and the fave on Eat, Pray, Network, Frank! Glad you liked the story, and happy to see you back!

Kim Conklin – Sep 28, 2010

And thanks for the great comment and fave on If Wishes Were Horses! So kind of you to follow up the history!

Kim Conklin – Sep 28, 2010

Belated thanks for the comment and fave on Paradox! Just caught it!

Kari Nguyen – Sep 27, 2010

The wilds of New Hampshire – my neck of the woods. Nice to meet you here. And slightly jealous about the typewriter gift.

Jack Swenson – Sep 23, 2010

Frank, your line about Freudian slip covers is better than anything I've ever written! Thanks.

Kim Conklin – Sep 22, 2010

Hi Frank! Just caught the comment and fave on Allergic to Love. Belated thanks! I always appreciate your thoughts.

Cherise Wolas – Sep 21, 2010

Frank, thanks for your great words about The First Date Questionnaire and for the fav!

Anonymous – Sep 21, 2010

Thank you for your star and compliments on "Why God was Vovka's follower!" I like Polish proverbs, songs, and intelligent men.

Paula Ray – Sep 20, 2010

Hi, Frank - thank you so much for your kind words on Tethered Lashes. I'm so happy you enjoyed it. I look forward to reading your work as well. Nice to meet :)

ABxx – Sep 20, 2010

Hello, Frank--
Your comment on "Ghosts" made my day. This piece has been a difficult one but compliments like the one you delivered are my clearest signs; I must continue. I look forward to reading your work.

James Lloyd Davis – Sep 17, 2010

Frank, thanks for the read and the comment on "The man who killed Molly Bloom - Act II."

Kate Brown – Sep 12, 2010

Hi Frank, I'm glad you stumbled on 'Climbing', too! Thanks for the comment.

Jules Archer – Sep 12, 2010

Frank, my main man, thank you for your most-awesome comments on "The Ace". Appreciate and adore it.

Cynthia Hawkins – Sep 08, 2010

Thanks so much, Frank!

Keith U. – Sep 07, 2010

Thank you for the fav and comment: I laughed out loud at your rejection letter quote, and this day needed some laughter!

Bill Yarrow – Sep 07, 2010

Thanks, Frank, for reading and commenting on "Bone Density." Very pleased you liked it.

Larry Strattner – Sep 06, 2010

Thanks for your comment on Inheritance, Frank. Hard to know what to say.
I went to school in Pinardville NH for a few years. People from Montreal, Fern and Maryanne, owned the bar. They always inquired when I came in, "Eh Larri, two otdogs loadi?"

Kim Conklin – Sep 06, 2010

Thanks for the comment and fave on Responsible, Frank! Always love your comments!

Jules Archer – Sep 05, 2010

Hi Frank - thanks for reading "Halo" and the super-cool comments you had to say. Many thanks!

Bill Yarrow – Sep 05, 2010

Thanks for commenting on and faving "Parabola Tango." Loved your comment, Frank, but you did make me laugh!

Myra King – Sep 05, 2010

Thanks, Frank, for your very insightful comments about 'Leaving'.
Crazy time for me at the moment as we are packing to move interstate from Victoria to South Australia. I'll get back soon and read some of your work asap.

Lou Godbold – Sep 04, 2010

Hi, Frank! Thanks for stopping by 'An Honorary Jew.' I'm so glad I was able to make you laugh.

Rick Rofihe – Sep 04, 2010

Thanks for the kind words for "Helen Says" -- yes, an orphan among my stories if there ever was one. (But people who like it -- few though they may be -- seem to like it a lot.)
Very best,

Bill Yarrow – Sep 04, 2010

Hi, Frank. We're up early this morning! Thanks for finding, commenting on, and faving "Life with Fish."

Thanks for the fishing invite. I might take you up on your offer some day! (My youngest son is living in Toronto.)

Michelle Elvy – Aug 29, 2010

Thanks, Frank, for the comment and * on Bedtime Story. And welcome again -- looking forward to reading your stories, here and perhaps at 52|250 as well.

Kim Conklin – Aug 29, 2010

Thanks for the comment and the fave on Black Swans, Frank! I always appreciate your thoughts.

J. Mykell Collinz – Aug 29, 2010

Frank, thanks for reading 'Nineteenth Amendment.' I appreciate your insightful comment. And thanks for the fav.

Bill Yarrow – Aug 29, 2010

Thanks so much, Frank, for commenting on and faving "Andalusia." Really appreciate it!

JM Prescott – Aug 27, 2010

Welcome to The Glass Coin Group. Cheers

Susan Tepper – Aug 25, 2010

Frank, I so much appreciate your read and comments and faves on my stories Stickers and Cookie Head! Welcome to Fictionaut and look forward to reading your work

Kim Conklin – Aug 25, 2010

Thanks for the wonderful comment and the fave on Midnight Riders, Frank! Wish I could take that pad out for a spin myself!

James Lloyd Davis – Aug 25, 2010

Frank, thanks for your generous comments and the faves on "The man who killed Molly Bloom," and "Things you remember ..."

Nicolette Wong – Aug 25, 2010

Thanks Frank for commenting on my story! It means a lot to me. I look forward to reading your works.

Robert Vaughan – Aug 24, 2010

Hi Frank, welcome to Fictionaut! Dive on in, can't wait to read some of your stories.

Kim Conklin – Aug 23, 2010

Hi Frank! And welcome! So glad you joined, and looking forward to that wicked good sense of humor here.

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