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.
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
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).
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. :)
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. :)
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!
Frank, thank you so very much for reading commenting and especially for the favorite, on Love Sick. Your words move me.
Thank you for your very kind remarks about what I wanted in 1968. I very much appreciate them.
Frank, thanks for the praise and the fav for "War." Much appreciated.
Thanks for your comment on Descanso, Frank.
Thank you for your wonderful remarks on to reggie, antarctic baby daddy. So much appreciated!
Frank, thanks for your comments last week on I'm Not Charlie Sheen!
Dear Frank: Thank you for your very generous and humorous remarks on my veggie tale!!! Means so much to me! Happy Vday! - Q
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!
Thanks for the comment and fave on 10 Keys, Frank. Glad it tickled your wicked good sense of humor!
Frank, thanks for reading and commenting on I'm Not Charlie Sheen. Glad to hear it gave you a laugh!
Hi, Frank. Thanks for reading 'Stupiditās.' I greatly appreciate your comment and critical judgment.
Frank I appreciate very much your read, comments, etc on "teapot" and glad to hear it stands alone, too. Thank you, Frank
Thanks for tracking back to read and fave This Is Something She Would Miss, Frank. I appreciate thoughts and kind words.
Thanks, Frank! Appreciate the fave of "Fate."
Thank you very much for your comments on my story. :) I enjoyed your story, "Oh, Fish Eggs"--funny and skillfully done!
Thank you for the fun comment on Safari Club. I appreciate the read!
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!
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.
Thanks, Frank, for giving "Silent Summer" the thumbs up. I appreciate it.
Hi, Frank. Thanks for reading 'Creeper.' I appreciate your comments and suggestions, very much.
Frank, you're the best. Thanks for reading and faving "Empty."
Frank, Thanks for reading "Dream Girl." I got a kick out of your comment!
Thanks for the wonderful comment and fave on Unheard, Frank. I'm very, very glad you heard the music in it.
You're most welcome, Frank. Likewise, I am wishing you a most peaceful year's end. Sincerely -- Q
Thanks for the very kind words and fave on Things Left Unsaid, Frank! I'm very happy you liked the writing!
Thanks for the great comment and fave on A Question of Choice, Frank! "finely ground prose"... Fun! :)
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. ;)
Hi, Frank. Thanks for reading 'Atonement.' I appreciate your encouraging comments.
Thanks for the very kind and brave words and the fave on Heart Line, Frank. I'm both touched and honored.
Hey, thank you, Frank! Really appreciate you reading and your generous comment!
Thank you, Frank, for the Industrial Strength comment and fave for "Repair Man"!
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
Thanks for the super fine comments on loon, Frank. Made my day, my week! -- Q
Frank, I so appreciate your wonderfully generous comments on Gin And A Cowboy: Redux, and for the fav. Thank you!
Hi, Frank - thanks so much for reading and commenting on "Under Perfect Conditions."
Thank you, Frank! Appreciated!
Thank you for your kind words, your wonderful insight about my piece loon, Frank. It means a lot to me. Cheers. -- Q
Thank you so much, Frank, for your compliments and the FAV!
Thanks so much for your comments and fave on The Silence of Harold. Looking forward to reading your work too. Thanks again!
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
Frank, you make me swoon with your review. Much thanks.
Thanks for the epitaph and the fave on Eat, Pray, Network, Frank! Glad you liked the story, and happy to see you back!
And thanks for the great comment and fave on If Wishes Were Horses! So kind of you to follow up the history!
Belated thanks for the comment and fave on Paradox! Just caught it!
The wilds of New Hampshire – my neck of the woods. Nice to meet you here. And slightly jealous about the typewriter gift.
Frank, your line about Freudian slip covers is better than anything I've ever written! Thanks.
Hi Frank! Just caught the comment and fave on Allergic to Love. Belated thanks! I always appreciate your thoughts.
Frank, thanks for your great words about The First Date Questionnaire and for the fav!
Thank you for your star and compliments on "Why God was Vovka's follower!" I like Polish proverbs, songs, and intelligent men.
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 :)
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.
Frank, thanks for the read and the comment on "The man who killed Molly Bloom - Act II."
Hi Frank, I'm glad you stumbled on 'Climbing', too! Thanks for the comment.
Frank, my main man, thank you for your most-awesome comments on "The Ace". Appreciate and adore it.
Thanks so much, Frank!
Thank you for the fav and comment: I laughed out loud at your rejection letter quote, and this day needed some laughter!
Thanks, Frank, for reading and commenting on "Bone Density." Very pleased you liked it.
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?"
Thanks for the comment and fave on Responsible, Frank! Always love your comments!
Hi Frank - thanks for reading "Halo" and the super-cool comments you had to say. Many thanks!
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Parabola Tango." Loved your comment, Frank, but you did make me laugh!
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.
Hi, Frank! Thanks for stopping by 'An Honorary Jew.' I'm so glad I was able to make you laugh.
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.)
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.)
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.
Thanks for the comment and the fave on Black Swans, Frank! I always appreciate your thoughts.
Frank, thanks for reading 'Nineteenth Amendment.' I appreciate your insightful comment. And thanks for the fav.
Thanks so much, Frank, for commenting on and faving "Andalusia." Really appreciate it!
Welcome to The Glass Coin Group. Cheers
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
Thanks for the wonderful comment and the fave on Midnight Riders, Frank! Wish I could take that pad out for a spin myself!
Frank, thanks for your generous comments and the faves on "The man who killed Molly Bloom," and "Things you remember ..."
Thanks Frank for commenting on my story! It means a lot to me. I look forward to reading your works.
Hi Frank, welcome to Fictionaut! Dive on in, can't wait to read some of your stories.
Hi Frank! And welcome! So glad you joined, and looking forward to that wicked good sense of humor here.