I live in Ann Arbor now. It's in the Detroit area so I can still claim to be a Detroiter. I grew up in Detroit, started my career as a self employed, petty bourgeoisie shop keeper there.
Why do I write? I enjoy the writing experience, critical thinking, imagination stimulation, rekindling of memories.
Fish Eye: All really interesting and wise thoughts to ponder, the similarities and differences of skill-building and sustaining in all these arenas. Earlier in life I was a painter and found that taking breaks and just looking for awhile improved my work more than constant practice. There also may be stages in the development of an art or skill requiring more or less "doing."
Thanks for your comment on Life's Meaning.
Spring Fever: Thanks for your comment, J.
Thanks for the funny comment on Amends.
Thanks for the comment on Obama. It's not as crazy as it sounds. Obama has a website for writing him email letters, as do all the Congressmen. I see it as my civic duty at the very least.
J. Mykell, your response to Black Bombers made me picture Chill Wills in Dr Strangelove. Thanks for both the response and the synaptic leap.
Mykell, if I'd have thought he could I'd have left out two of the first three sentences. ;-)
Thanks, Mykell, for the kind words for Shout to the Dead.
Glad you liked Holiday Newsletter. It's really so humiliating compared to everyone else's great lives.
I loved your interpretation of A Cozy Battle Station. Thanks so much.
Thank you for your empathy for poor Ziggy in False Alarm.
I loved your comment to Light.
J. Mykell, thanks very much for your generous reading of Tics.
Thanks for your funny comment on Maginot Line.
Thanks, J. Mykell, for reading and responding to The Horror.
Thanks so much for reading and continuing to comment on my work, J.:)
Thanks J. for your comments on Aerospace. Yes, long story short. About all I have time for...
Mykell, thanks for sticking with Hemingway Test! You're about to move ahead of me on chapter count, as I've been tied up rewriting Sacrifice for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest. Posted my entry this morning.
Thanks for your comment on Hagaddah.
What a pleasure to hear from you, J. I am so glad you liked "The Swiss Lunch".
Thank you, J. Mykell, for your very generous response to "Linear A".
Thanks for your Forgiveness comment.
Thanks for your sweet comment on Perspective. The "touch" comes and goes.
EXCELLENT make or break commment.
Happy you enjoyed my Conversation.
Thank you so much for your wise comment on Attachment.
Thanks for your kind comment on Thunderstorms.
I have to admit that the level of noise of the air show raised my anxiety as well. I mean, was it really the right place to take a kid for "entertainment"?
Mykell, much gratified that your interest in Hemingway Test extends to catching up when you get behind! I know the holiday season takes a toll on many, and I hope yours was fruitful and happy.
Thanks for reading Eight States Away...again! I appreciate your time and comments.
NINE: I basically wrote this as is in my head when I was nine.
Thank you for your kind words regarding "Adagio".
Mykell, so happy you're following Hemingway Test. Your discerning comments are inspiring.
Thanks for your comment on Turning Tricks. It takes so long to get to the bottom of your list there's time for at least two or three more tricks. That's why I just switched to messages. It's not easy having a fan club.
Appreciate you taking the time J.
Thanks JMC for your kind words on Pastoral Hide & Seek!
Thank you for your stunning comment and fave on my piece "Sending kisses".
I know. I would have loved to teach the class too. I probably should have described how up-tight he was.
Thank you for your comment on my poem "Regret". The stellar praise is very much appreciated. Laughter and sunshine are indeed vital ingredients in the broth of life.
Thanks for EX!
Thank you for a jewel of a comment.
Thank you for writing about "Milly" and being nice.
Thank you for your insightful response to Crime and Punishment.
Mykell, thanks for reading Chapter 4 of Hemingway Test. I'm putting it in the "novel excerpts" group to make room for a short story I just now finished. I think you'll get a kick out of it. ;-)
It's true. I do love this Sukkos story. I've been working on it for years on and off. Only because of my Fictionaut sequencing method is it getting done. Thank you for your heartfelt comment.
Gas Chamber: very validating that those passages reflected your own thought growing up in the Irish Catholic church.
Bathroom: Love your comments
Mykell ~ Thanks for sticking with Hemingway Test. I'm happy that it still works for you. As to the "cat-clinker", I actually read that account in a news item some years ago. It wasn't really a cat, of course, but it reminded me of some of the oddly shaped chunks of dross in the ashes I'd remove from our coal-burning furnace as a yout'.
Hi John, huge thanks for commenting on a bar for all occasions. Thanks for reading! fos.
Thanks for your comment on No Sanctuary.
Thanks for your comment on Lifetime.
Re: Mall. I feel that way almost all the time.
Thanks for your read and comments on "Mountain", J. MC!
Mykell, I greatly appreciate your kind words for my little poem, Conjuring Love. I've been away several days getting my book uploaded to Amazon, and have probly missed your latest chapter of Assiduity. I intend to catch up!
Time: J.M./S.F. Do you know how many times "crazy" days at the clinic are blamed on the full moon? Forty-five minute sessions with no break? In that way, my brain injury was a blessing. I'll never have to do that again.
Re: Aflame I can't tell you how many children I've met like this.
Thanks, Mykell for reading "Belt." Not exactly the world I grew up in but the world I inherited through family stories and memories.
Thanks for the soup.
Thank you for your detailed and generous comment on Sitting Shiva.
Thanks for your incisive comment on Mimsy.
Thanks for the read and comment on "Casual Violence." Just needed to get that out.
Thanks for the Matchmaker comment.
Thank you again, for your comment about Sudden Melancholy, J.Mykell. You gave me a boost! Nonnie
Thanks for Beam. I love the dog Chloe too.
I'm flattered by your enthusiastic comment about Hypochondriasis.
Thanks for your hopeful comment about Hair. I wish.
If I didn't laugh about Orwellian meetings, I would cry.
Mykell, I appreciate your following my serial, "Sacrifice", and the kind words you've left in comments.
Thanks, Mykell, for your comment on When the Buck Stops. I was hoping the story part of it would appeal to the judge, thriller novelist Brad Meltzer (with whom I was unfamiliar), but who picked a story -- a beautiful, artfully crafted piece -- about a dying man who thought he was "President Agnew", as told by his loving son. I had hoped recognition by Meltzer might interest an agent or two to look me up. I have no way of knowing if Meltzer even saw my story, as it was one of about 4,000 entries that were initially screened by students in graduate writing programs. Were I able to interest anyone in the traditional publishing industry I'd be happy to drop what I'm working on now and pursue Buck Stops as a novel. But I'm well into the sequel to "Sacrifice" and intend to keep that momentum going unless something else comes up. Thanks much for your kind words.
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Muddy Creek." And the fav.
Thanks so much for your interesting comment on Tribe.
Thanks from the Running Accountant.
re: Saratoga grief. The key is educating children to question authority and think for themselves. Where the hell is that happening?
Thanks for reading and your generous comment on Embroidery. Much appreciated. Looking forward to reading more of your work around here!
Thank you for reading and commenting on "All is Ready." Truly appreciated. Nonnie
I appreciate your kind words for Doubting Thomas. It was mostly whimsy that let me to do the parody, altho Dylan Thomas's engaging poem, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, has seemed more and more off the mark reasonably the older I've gotten.
Thanks for reading Dog Days. Thanks for commenting, too. Really, thanks for both! fos.
Your generosity and kindness are always so welcomed. Thank you for so often supporting my work here.Much appreciated.
John, thank you so much for your warm comment on "Them".
J. thank you kindly for your comment on "Extinction". I love Ann Arbor!
Thanks for the fave of "Low Dose Yoga," John. Great comment (as always)!
Your support has always meant much. Thanks for your kind words about "Witness".
Thanks for the thoughtful read and comments on "Waves Toward Zero," J. I certainly appreciate it.
Thanks for commenting on "My Books," John. Appreciate it.
Thanks for your kind words on "Outside Starbucks..." I hope I get my due in heaven ;^) Peace...
JMC, thank you for taking the time to read the somewhat lengthy running Forward. Was so pleased by your comments.
Thanks so much for your kind words about my three war micros. Much appreciated, Mykell.
Thanks for faving "Not That Kind of Pain," John!
Thanks for the nice words on "Yogurt." I think you might have had some fun with it, and that's all it was for. I have no idea what got into me last night when I wrote it. I'll be looking for more from you.
Thanks for faving "A Piece of Him," John!
I dig having you as a reader and commenter on my works! Thanks, John, for faving "The Hotel Where Esenin Hanged Himself."
Thanks for reading and faving SNOW JOB! Peace...
Hi John, thanks for reading and commenting on my bike story - I really appreciate that. You seemed to get the story just the way I meant it, nice when that happens. fos.
John, thank you for your comment and warm support for "The Oyster Queen" story. Hope all is well.
Thank you for posting work online for people to read. I am thoroughly enjoying your writing.
J, Thanks so much for reading and faving I Remember Kitty D--much appreciated! Peace...
Thank you for reading and fav HarmonyX. Means a lot to me.
Thank you for the kind words on Beeko
Thank you for reading "Huffing." Much appreciated.
Thanks for faving "Rattlesnake Pancakes," John. "Melamite"?--a word I misheard.
So very pleased you enjoyed my recent story here. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.
Thanks for the words. Glad someone knows the magnetic force! :)
On second thought, I'll answer my own question: I think it does befit it. Thanks again so much for the thoughtful read!
Thanks, J. Myk, for the comments and fave on The Second Sun! I played w tense a lot during revision, and ultimately the switch at the end was a choice made by ear. As in, I liked the sound of it when read aloud. However, this isn't a cafe. Think adjusting the story to full past tense would befit it?
So appreciate your thoughtful reading & comments on "The Breakfast Tree."
Thanks for the comment on my Eve piece!
Thanks for your comment on "The Anniversary." When I have more coherent text, I may have to run Kevin's sections by you for genuin-ification, because one third of the book is told in Kevin's voice; however, I safely make it his voice as he writes to a woman, because that's something I know about...how men present themselves to women. What they really think? I wouldn't know and would have to rely on all of your gender-mates' written words.
Thanks ever so much for reading "Immiscibility" and for your kind and thoughtful comments. Very, very appreciated.
Wonderful comment on "Babble," John! Thank you!
"Rome Ants in the Sky"
My sincere thanks for your kind words about "Swimming Lessons." Greatly appreciated--
Thanks for commenting on "Uncle Moscow," John! Your comments are always insightful.
Hi JMC, thanks for commenting on "Salmon of Wisdom" - GL
Thank you, J. Mykell, for your comment on "New Song of Innocence and Experience." A Kindle is, per my husband (and he should know) "an ebook reader, library, newstand, movie theater, alarm clock, music console, gaming device, and whatever else you want it to be, all in a few inches of electronics mechanism that's smaller than your average paperback." I admire from a safe distance, having given my heart irrevocably to paper books for many more years now than many people currently in existence have been a live. Talk about proudly old-fashioned . . .
Thanks for reading The Burka and for your words.
Thanks very much for reading 'The Explosions Sound Like Gunshots'. I'm pleased you enjoyed it!
Hi JMC, Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on 'The Day The Music Died'. Glad you enjoyed it!
Hi JMC, Thanks for reading and commenting on "Hobo Junction". I appreciate your input.
Thanks for commenting on "Magritte," John. Glad you liked the poem!
J. Mykell - Thanks so much for taking the time to read and offer a comment on Conversation at a Lunch Counter. I could almost feel my arteries hardening as I wrote this. The vegan diet sounds eminently more civilized and healthy! I'll be back later today to dive into your library!
Thanks for the encouraging words on Honorary Shaman...
JMC, thanks. Carol is a very special person indeed. I'm glad you liked this tribute.
Thanks, John, for your generous comments on my poem, "Homeless Outside The Church" --it's very much appreciated.
Thank you, John, for writing in response to my poem, "Daylight."--I appreciate it very much.
JMC, thank you so much, esp for finding that (to me, too) surprising connection! the story of gisela's son is a sad one, actually.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment on Odd Man Out! Gratitude and appreciation. You are right - nearly every word is true - except that I tweaked it from the Vietnam era to the present!
JMC: Thank you for your response to my Lennon tribute. It made my day.
Thanks for reading "Escape Literature." One day I may just post my very old story "Hamlet and Juliet" (which, in current literature would more or less amount to Norman Mailer meets Georgette Heyer).
Thank you for the fave, J!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my story and comment on it. I am also grateful for and appreciative of your input and excellent suggestions!
Hi JMC, thanks for your comments about my Jimmy Gollihue excerpt. Much appreciated.
Thank you, John, for reading and commenting on my "Soliloquy on Ma"--and thank you for the particular sentence you chose to quote. I appreciate it.
thank you, sir! i am very silly! (this sillyness keeps me going).
J. Mykell, my friend woke up indeed when he hit the floor. Fortunately, he is a very broad-minded fellow.
J - many thanks for the read and comments on "Cloudy..." Appreciate very much.
Thanx for the comment. I actually know somebody who did pedicab in Detroit. He worked Tigers games. I hear there's sort of a resurgence in the area. I'd probably consider pedicabbing in Detroit over pedicabbing in Chicago, though I continue to pedicab in Chicago.
Hello, J--Nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for your insightful commentary of "Happiness".
Thanks, John, for faving "Exercises in the A of B." Go mine that mine! Happy Thanksgiving!
JMC: Thank you for your very kind response to "For the Lost Boys." I am fortunate to have you as a reader.
Greatly appreciate the comment and fave on "Suburban Home," J Mykell!
Thanks, J. Mykell. I enjoyed putting the pieces together for "Europe, 1960." Glad you liked it.
Thanks for the kind words about Chairs and Mirrors. I always appreciate your comments! fos.
wonderful observations in your comment on "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/the-serious-writer-occupies-wall-street">the serious writer occupies wall street</a>", thank you. i am guilty of placing the events in said context. any confrontation like the one we're witnessing right now, between the power and the people, has the potential to turn ugly. keeping historical memories alive as a warning is a noble task of modern germans—even if they are possibly too strong. in the current situation, both government and governed are tense but personally, i'm very optimistic. pills are crutches.
Thanks, J. Mykell. I read the newspaper & think: if it weren't so sad, it would be funny. Not a lot of laughs, I'm afraid.
John, really appreciate your kind words and fav for "Baby, Baby..." Thanks!
Thanks for your kind words on "Fish Boil," John.
Hey, J. Thanks for the read & fave for "Welcome to the Occupation."
Your comments are always the best, John. Thank you for faving "Before the Door."
Triplets? Yeah, surprised me too!
Thanks so much for your kind input, J., on this, "16th Arrondissement" and "Innocence". You're one of my most loyal commentators!
Great comment on "Ketone Deficiency." Thanks, John!
J. Mykell, Thanks for the star for my Madame C. story. I 'preciate it.
Thanks, John, for commenting on "Love and How It Gets That Way."
thank you for reading JMC and for commenting. your idea about the villains growing old together in a cage: wonderful. i'd love to see that written up...cheers from berlin!
Thanks for your astute comments on "2008..." JMC. I'm afraid the whole mess isn't anywhere near a healthy resolution even now.
Thanks, J. Mykell. Yes, the Tigers make an interesting story. This one is true; I've got another one that is not so much. Don't know if I'll post it, though. Don't want get into trouble with the ghost of Madame Chaing.
Thanks, John, for your words on "Gabrielle." Great comment, as always.
I hugely appreciate your support of my Mirko series.
in #6 - woman?
Great comment on "Satan and the Moon." Thanks, John!
Thanks, J , mightily pleased "Offramp" worked for you.
Thanks for the star for "World of Hurt," Mykell. Wish I'd had your luck. Of course, you probably have more sense than to run out onto a rain-slick deck.
John, I smiled when I saw you drew comparison between We All Have Wings and Stepping on Snails :) Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comments - means lots to me. fos.
Thanks for your insightful comments on the Dali poem, John!
J. Mykell, thanks for the comment and fav for "Hot Dish." You are a good friend.
Glad you liked "Twister," J. Mykell. Yes, living in the Upper Midwest could be an adventure at times. Saw one twister up close & personal; don't want to get that close again.
Great comment on "Getting Home Alive." Thanks, John!
JMC: Thanks for coming back for seconds on "May You Live in Interesting Times." You're a jewel!
Thanks for your comment on "The Sum Above." It was perfect.
thank you for your comment/favorite for "Throwing Back" it is strongly appreciated J!
You got that right, J. Mykell. Thanks for your kind words & for the * for "The Heron."
Hi J., love definitely! Thank you for your comments and fave on "Submission guidelines".
Thanks for commenting on "The Knitting Needle," John. Always value your reactions.
Telling detail? Why, whatever do you mean, J. Mykell? Ha ha! Thanks for the read, the comment, and the star.
Thank you for your comments on "Husk of Hare." Much appreciated. :)
Thanks for commenting on Chattanooga poem, John. Perfect? Nah. Nice of you to say so though!
JMC: Thank you for your kind words about "The Lost Boy." I hope I am a good teacher. I know I am a lucky human being to have such interesting students.
J. Mykell, I enjoyed your comments about my biology teacher story. Thank you!
John thanks for reading "kid" and letting me know if affected you. The end lines were the worst part for me, too.
Thanks, J, for your comment on "Lettie in the Ozarks." I agree that we could be headed that way again. This time, though, people will probably be leaving CA instead of coming to it!
thank you, j, for commenting on "before the bloodbath". had not thought about reading it but i think now i will. cheerio!
Thanks for commenting on the visa poem, John.
Thanks for commenting, John, on "The Empty Bed." Provocation is what I'm after. Poet as agent provocateur.
J. Mykell, you are a prince of a fellow. I always say that, and it's true. Thank you so much for your comment on and star for "Visiting Sally."
Thank you! X
Hi John, thanks for reading and commenting on The Pretenders, I really appreciate you taking the time. Yes, we're all pretending, to some degree, all the time. fos.
JMC: Thanks for stopping by to "play" and for the *. I appreciate it.
J. Mykell, thanks for your great comments on my WCTU story. Thank you for your support.
Love your pun, John! Thanks for commenting on "The Grave of Rimbaud."
Thanks for the fave also!
Always love your comments, John. Thanks for responding to "We Must Be Carefully Taut."
John, thanks so much for what you said about Luxury. Thankfully it turned out ok!!
J. Mykell, Thank you for your very, very insightful comments about "The Wooden City." It is indeed a miracle what language can do sometimes. Me? I just play around. The words do all the work!
Hi John, Thanks for giving Eight States Away a bit of your time - I appreciate the read and comments. fos.
Hi J., its always so good to hear from you. Thanks for the comments and fave on "Ghost writing".
Hi J, you are too kind! So glad you enjoyed the excursion into "Madeline"-land. Thank you for your support and continuing to keep pace with me on this little journey:)I.
Thanks for commenting on "Don't Grieve for Fish," J., and thanks for the star. It's funny, long before I started writing I was a textile designer. I guess my background emerged in this poem.
Great comment about "Zoo Story," J. Mykell. Yes, we're all just waiting for feeding time!
Thanks, J. Glad "Nature of Things" worked for you.
Great comment on "Bogdan"! Thanks, John.
"Why didn't he ask Bogdan to help him with his dying dad first?"
Yes, exactly. First we think of and take care of ourselves. Others are an afterthought.
Thank you for your comments, Mykell.
Hi John, sorry I'm so late with this, but maybe better late than not at all. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on Cactus - I really appreciate both! fos.
JMC, thanks so much for reading Tree Car Crash. And for the kind words.
gosh, JMC, it took me AGES to get to the bottom of all the comments of this wall—and i'm not surprised, because yr comments are generous & to the point. i suppose swallows brought the apparent ease with themselves. this piece began as an experiment with repetitive phrase structures...and ended up elsewhere. thank you!
Thank you for the comment and fave on 'fiction ought' - much appreciated!
Thanks for your support, J. Mykell. I'd be tempted to change the ending of my bike story; I respect Bill's opinion. You hit the nail on the head. It's a matter of "viewpoint." It's a character speaking at the end and not the author.
JMC: Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my poem, "The Rest Home." Yes, it is why we learn to dance...
Hey, J. Mykell, Helluva good idea. I think I'll get a car without tires. Park it in the driveway. No more paying four bucks for gas!
Hi J.! Thanks so much for your comment and suggestion to Early Summer. I think I considered what you suggest a long time ago, but the idea vanished before I could test it out. I forgot to play, and it grew maybe overly serious.
Thanks again for reading and commenting on "Fish". So glad this story continues to inspire and capture your interest. All best.
Thanks, John. Good comment. Glad you liked the Euclid poem.
Thank you so much for you lovely words on The Lake Husband, and for the fave. It is part of a novel in progress, but one that I have temporarily halted work on while I revise a novel I completed a while back. Be back soon. Miss reading your work!
John, those are beautiful words to express my poem "holding", many thank, susan
J. Mykell, I very much appreciate your generous and thoughtful comment about my story "Sisters."
Thanks J. for your comment on Mapping the Territory.
John thanks for what you wrote about my poem Untitled. Inspired is a word I value, thanks so much for your close read.
Thanks, Mykell, for your more than generous comment about "Old Age." It's always fun when really good writers give a story of mine a nod.
John, thanks for what you wrote on Idiotsky. Am hoping to mount this as a theatre piece (expanded, of course). Chekhov just knocks me out. I saw his play The Seagull on b'way a few years ago and it was mesmerizing.
John, thanks for reading and commenting on "Shoot." Much appreciated!
John what you wrote about "afternoon" was really lovely, I appreciate so much, and you nailed my favorite part at the end about the dog. Hope you're having a nice summer! susan
Enjoyed your comment on "Black Ice," John. Thanks!
Thank you, J. Mykell, for your reading and commenting on The Devil's Advocate. I hope the pendulum will swing indeed, but I'm not convinced it's just an economic issue (unless everything is an economic issue, which it may very well be--what do I know?)
J- thanks for reading Burn, Baby, Burn. Your comments made me very happy. Have a great 4th.
John, thank you so much for instructing me in how to use this wall.
J. Mykell, wow, I don't know what to say. Guess I'll just say thanks. I appreciate your kind words for "My Way" and for me.
Thank you for reading and commenting on "Traitor". Appreciated.
John, I love your "pools of implication" as I saw blood in pools while writing this! Thanks so much!!
Thanks, John, for commenting on "The Lost Boys." Happy you stopped by.
Thank you so much for the nice comment on A June Defection! I'm glad to hear you liked it. I was worried I overdid the adjectives, but then I thought I could allow myself one adjective-heavy story. :)
No worries about missing a comment! :) I love it when the cats jump like that too. They must think our sudden bursts of laughter is strange and odd-looking.
Mykell, you comment on "The Violist" has more literary merit than the story! Thank you very much.
What a great comment on "Demolition Derby"! Thanks, John.
"Even the livestock have lawyers?"
Thanks for your comments on Mothering in Real Time, J. Yes. I hear you. All women are not the same. I can think of several I would not want leading the way. But, even including them, more representation in seats of power diversifies the pov!
J., thanks for your recent comments about 3 Short Shorts. I really appreciate them, and you.
Re: "Mercury Unbound." Bitter. Exasperating. Needs to be said. *
J, thanks for your comments about 'Bukowski'. Always looking to be spare and succinct, and wrote this one after watching a Buk documentary- So it's good to hear your take about some Buk rubbing off. Much appreciated.
-Oh, and your profile comment, 'I write despite not being too bright'? Not my business, but two (probably contradictory) responses- (1) I'd cut that, it's obviously not the case, and (2) Yeah, me too :)
J. Mykell: Glad you enjoyed "Ants." Thanks for the comment and the star!
JMC, thanks for reading my bus story, and thanks for the comment, too. Strange how this one hit so close to home! fos.
You've got a little typo in the last line of destiny knocking...
And we need more protest J Mykell! Please join me in writing a poem for Liu Xiaobo. Thanks for your comments on "Feng the chef realizes China's not buying salmon from Norway".
J. Mykell, thanks for the kind words and the star for "Snapshots." I'm glad you liked the story.
Hi J, so nice to hear from you again. Glad to still have you as part of my reading audience. Best, I.
thanks for your kind words, much appreciated
J. Mykell, thanks for your feedback for my Chagall inspired story. Really appreciate it.
Thanks so much for you comment on the expressive language in Headstone III.
Thanks for commenting on "Mad Love," John.
"pithy poem"--thanks for clarifying! I was wondering!
Re: "clues." What have you been looking up? The madness of marriage is each partner seeing the other as a Galatea capable of being shaped. The film "Mad Love" is about grafting.
thank you for your generous comment - Istruggled with this story and so am glad to hear that my handling of the subject matter worked for you.
JM, so happy you enjoyed "Tool" and thanks for all the nice things you wrote! Cheers! susan
Thanks, J., for the commment and the fave for "On the train to Otsu Station."
So happy you enjoyed reading the story, Mykell!
J. Mykell: Thank you so much for your fantastic remarks on for my mother on mother's day. What beautiful feedback!
Hi J.! Glad you liked "Egypt is Wisconsin". I too wonder about the inevitability of dissension. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Dear John: Thank you so much for reading, faving, and commenting on alys. This encouragement means a lot. Take care.
I haven't clocked in for so long I neglected to see--or thank--you for your gracious comments on Looking For Olivia. Said remarks and tips were of much use to me. Thank you.
Thanks for faving "The Truth Will Out"! Not sure it deserves it, but much appreciated anyway. The back story--yes! Love to know that myself. Did discover the email came from Nigeria.
Love having you as a reader, John. Your comment on "Son of Goya" was wonderful. Thanks for that and the fave.
Thank you for commenting on The Dancing Lady. Glad you liked it.
JM, I have a feeling Henry will never accept the pink cupcakes, but thanks for being optimistic!!! And for reading my story!
Thanks so much for your generous comments on "Christina Heppel" - I'm glad you liked the story :)!
Mykell, thanks for your generous comment about "Men Are Beasts." High five, sir.
JM, thank you so much for your word "fresh" on my story gum. Fresh is such a great word, I appreciate!
Great review of "Tatters," Mykell. Thank you.
John, thanks for commenting on and faving "Disappearing Ink." Always great to hear from you!
J - thank you for your cool comment on "Hog Heaven". Glad you liked and thank you for reading.
Many thanks for your kind comments on "Waiting." I so appreciate them.
Thanks for your comment on my birds 'n cats story. I know. I leave out kibble for the skunks, too. Wish the owls would stop leaving their calling cards on the back deck.
I'm sorry this thank you is so belated, but I want you to know how much I appreciate your generous remarks on my piece what I wanted in 1968. They meant, and mean, a lot to me. - Meg
Thanks so much for complimenting my latest and for making it a favorite.
JMC, thanks for your nice comments on “God Bless You, Mr. Rinsewater.” Appreciate your taking time to read. And I enjoyed our dialogue!
J, thanks for the fave and the comment on "She said." You da man. Check's in the mail.
Thanks, J, for the kind comments on the food, service and other amenities of "Tortillas."
Thank you for reading Tsunami. Glad you liked it.
Great comment on the Translator poem. Thanks for the fave! We're all waiting for the light. (Perhaps that's what we're writing for.)
Glad you liked "Ribs," John. That's enough for me.
Thanks for your comments on Home Invasion (Johnny Dangerously) which I renamed Hello Kitty.
I will not republish with the new title to save you re-reading saying to yourself,” haven’t I already read this damn thing? Like some stupid Tom Clancy paperback in the airport where they changed the cover causing you to get halfway to St. Louis before you realize you’ve already read it.
thank you for understanding "Popcorn". thanks for your warm words.
JMC, what I like is your remark on "1993, What I Wanted." My sincere thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It's very much appreciated.
Hello, and thank you for your comments on "1999, what I wanted." Much appreciated!
you made my day! thanks for the generousness re: the Adam & Eve story. I just now see that you're a Detroit man...have some great memories of times thereandabouts during my years in Ann Arbor...you a Tigers fan?
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my 19__. I appreciate your comments about the narrator's age - child writing can be tricky, so it's good to hear.
JM, so much appreciate that you read and liked "Loves Jimmy Ray" a story that is dear to my heart.
And of course those two minds are both me! Thanks for the bulls-eye comment on "Staring at Waves" and the sweet fave.
J - thanks for reading and your kind comments on "Liplorn". So appreciated.
Thanks J for commenting on the implications of Descanso, and always for reading.
Dear John: Thank you very much for your great remarks on to reggie, antarctic baby daddy. So glad you liked! Cheers. - Q
Thank you so much for the comment on "Orange Box." Very much appreciated!
Hi John. Some really great comments on my veggie tale! Thank you truly. Happy Valentine's Day.
Dear Mykell: Thank you for your very kind words on ash. I hope you are having a most excellent Sunday. - Q
Thanks for reading Second Chance and for the kind words. Much appreciated.
Another excellent comment. Thanks, John, for reading and faving "The Assassination of Sadat."
Thanks for the great comment and fave on 10 Keys, J.! I appreciate the wise read!
Thanks for your comment on "Safa's Hair." I appreciate it!
Hey JMC, I’m happy you enjoyed “Badabing Badaboom.” Your comment and fave are much appreciated! Franco :)
Thanks for the * for Mama's Funeral. Glad you liked it.
Pick of the litter, my friend: best comment about my bug story. Thank you, thank you!
Thanks for the fave and the comment on "Sic transit Gloria Mundy." You're a fine fellow.
Many thanks for reading my long story and your kind comments!
John, your summary of "Wahrheit und Dichtung" was spot on, as they say around here. Thanks!
Thanks, J. for the comment and the encouragement re Express.
Thanks for checking out Bring it On. Glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for reading and your insightful comments about "Summer of '66." I appreciate it!
Thanks for the nice comment on Snowdrops. :)
Thanks, Mykell. I don't know if they were "good" women exactly, but some of them were shall we say cooperative? Yes, indeed.
Thanks, J. for noting and faving " Hellgate," so glad it appealed to you.
Thank you, J. for the fave and the comments on "A heart that is not broken..." When it takes a long time to get down to the bottom of someone's comment wall, you know that those people are wonderful boosters of the work of others. Yours is longer than most. It's telling.
Your comments are so great. Thanks for what you said about "Hope's Amanuensis" and for the kind fave.
Thanks, JMC, for your nice comments – especially your remark that it stands on its own as poetry – and the fave on “Jump Shots.” Much appreciated!
Wow, thanks so much for reading and the awesome analysis of Solar Plexus. You got it. Really appreciate it, J. Thanks again.
Mykell, thanks once again for reading, commenting, etc. Glad you liked "Happy Trails."
J Mykell - belated thanks for your comment on Smite the Hindmost. I appreciate it. LS
Thanks, J. Glad you approve of poem and modifiers( er, which ones were those, again?)
John, thanks for your comment on "Fate." Your comment caught its essence. Glad you liked the poem.
Thanks for the kind words and the fave on Sins of the Father, J. I'm very glad you enjoyed reading it!
Hi J- Thanks for faving Last Bell, and for the extremely kind words. Made me laugh, got the day off to a good start :)
Thanks so much for your nice comments on my story!
JM, so many thanks for your good words on Doug. You're like a close friend stopping by for a visit. I appreciate!
Thank you for the * for Dubai on Ice. Much appreciated.
J. Thanks for the fave and the comment on "Foreplay."
Mykell, great comment about the narrator in "Madness." On the money. Thanks.
Thanks J for reading and commenting on "I Like It". Always appreciate a kind comment from you. Cheers!
John, another great comment! Thanks for reading and faving "George." Perhaps we've all worked with George.
My daughter and I found a Luna moth cocoon years ago. Big fat strong thing with its own beauty.
(but then, I'm the kind of guy who collects dead insects, spray-paints them and arranges them old wasp nests. Once I sprayed about 30 wasps crawling on a flat nest. The next day I saw they were still on it, so I sprayed the whole thing with gold paint.)
Left it on the mantel and forgot about it until one night there was suddenly a HUGE luna moth flying around the house.
Absolutely gorgeous. Would have been great to watch it coming out, drying wings, etc.
I'm happy you enjoyed "Buckaroo". I'm in love with Fights with Earth, too. Really. She's the only character I've ever fallen in love with. It's sort of strange and sick, I think. Oh, well. Thanks for reading.
Thanks for the kind words about my vanishing bugs story, my friend.
Thanks for the great comment and fave on Unheard, J! I'm so glad you liked it!
Thanks for letting yourself "be there" with Headstone and for commenting on the motivation.
Thanks, JMC, for the read and your salty :) thoughts on “Oh, Fish Eggs!” Much appreciated.
John, your comments are just the best. Thanks for faving "Whiplash Marriage." So glad you liked it.
you're welcome! new story: great! - indeed, i hold a ph.d. in theoretical particle physics. that's essentially slightly more grounded higher mathematics, very much like music actually. ex: even the title of my dissertation is a mystery to me today. i burnt out on science when i was young. the passion of writing saved the man.
JM, thanks so much for "east to west" I grew up among horses and cows and so they get into my poems a bit.
J., thanks for the close read and kind words for "Empty." Appreciate it so much.
Thank you for the * for Homeless. Much appreciated.
Thanks for the encouragement on A Life, J. Mykel. I appreciate it.
just read your "fifty-five words or less" again and enjoyed it, again. i'm such a sucker for minimalism especially because i can't really do it myself. cheerio!
J. Mykell, Thanks for your great comment about "Mad Max." No, the music stops some time, but it's a great ride while it lasts!
JMC, thank you for your generous comments on my interdenominational story “The Boy who killed Christ.” Much appreciated! Wishing you a serene holiday season, Frank.
Thanks for comment and fave of "Mussel Memory." I always find your comments revealing and insightful.
JM, thanks for your lovely poetic comments on body. Have a great holiday and new year! susan
Thanks for the great comment and fave on A Question of Choice. Good coffee is one of the joys of life, isn't it?
Many thanks for the encouraging remarks on my story.
Thanks very much for the comment and fave on Heart Line. I appreciate the read, and I'm happy you caught that some dogs, like people, are just special.
Hi J, thanks for the feedback and love the fact that you went back and read "From HCMC with Love". Been off Fictionaut for a while but looking forward to catching up on your latest. Best, I.
JM, really appreciate your close read and indepth comments on my story "um-hm", and wishing you a nice post-Thanksgiving weekend!
J., you're such a deep, excellent, and generous reader around these parts. I hope you post something new soon so I can return the favor!
JMC, I really appreciate your thoughtful, insightful comment on “The Duende.” Many thanks!
Thanks for the comment and fave on Eat, Pray, Network, J. Re: pretending--LOL! Don't try this at home, kids...
J - thanks for reading "Lay on Me". Appreciate your read and comments.
My pleasure J., thanks for commenting too: I grew up in Belgium so I really appreciate it!
Good to hear your thoughts, J. Thanks!
Hi J, thanks so much for sticking with this story, reading. All best, I.
Your comments on my poems are great, J. I really enjoy them. Thanks for the fave on "Raw Salt."
You are indeed a prince, J. Mykell. Thanks for reading, commenting, etc. on my latest post.
Many writers would pay to have readers like you, J. Thanks for commenting on and faving "I Am Not a Corpse."
J - thanks for the generous comments & the fave on "Mama's Mass". Cheers.
Thank you for reading Color Coded Pills and for the *. Much appreciated. Yes, a hard choice to make.
Thanks, J., for the great commentary and fave for my story "Moro". I really appreciate it!
Thanks JMC for the comment on Two Trees. Glad you liked the Sunday morning biscuits. Appreciate your read. Will come find you again soon!
Thanks J. for reading "She Spread Her Legs" and faving the story despite your confusion :). I was going for restraint.
John, thank you kindly, good sir, for your lovely comment about my packing sentences well in Unpacking Sentences, and for the fav. You are a kind and generous reader!
Thanks for the fave for "The Party." You are invited to the next one!
San Francisco - You are too kind. Thanks for the encouragement. I've been looking for a good airport in southern OR. Water approaches make me nervous.
Hi J, thanks again. "Avenging angel"? You are too kind!
JM-- so glad you like "fractured" particularly the opening stanza, thanks for reading
Yes! J. Mykell! Glad you liked "Jazz". I've been rewriting this for years. A tweak here a that there. O' Jazz.
Your comment on "Convictions" made me smile. Thank you!
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Romance Writes". Hope I didn't make you jump too much. ;)
Thanks for the very kind words on The Point. And I loved 55 Words or Less!
Thanks so much for your thoughtful feedback on Tomorrowland. I really enjoyed your note -- it's so cool to learn how you read it, and what worked for you.
Thanks for the comment & fave for "Sidereal", J. And I'm glad you kept your one-worder up after all. It generated a lot of intense discussion! ;-)
My pleasure JMC. Amazing the response one word can get... and its punctuation! Congrats to you!
Thank you for reading Drinking Homemade with the Saint and for the *. Much appreciated.
J, thank you for the kind remarks on "Searching for a poem".
Thanks, J, for commenting on and faving "Knot Eye." Always welcome and value your reads.
Thanks for reading Hustling at Starbucks. Glad you liked it.
Thanks again, J.
Thanks, J, for your comment on the Orange Julius poem. Glad you liked it. It was fun to write.
Thanks, J. for your kind comment on Lavender.
Hi J. Thank you for the heartfelt and wise thoughts. I share your sentiments and really appreciate the value you seem to sense in this character and this piece of writing overall. So glad to have you as a commentator. Best, I.
Glad you enjoyed Mafia Girlfriend. Thank you for reading.
JM-- so glad you liked Litte Peebles. It is a departure, I have no idea what or why. Thank you JM
Thank you for your incisive comments and wonderful compliments on Redux - Things I Should Have Done #4 - now called Heartbreak Waiting to Happen. I am thrilled it is fresh on multiple readings and that the form works well! And thanks for the fave!
Tactless? I don't know, J. Mykell...I think I brought it on myself.
JM-- that is such a wonderful compliment, thank you, and thanks so much for reading "gutter"
Hi J., thanks for the read of "Confession".
Thank you for reading Sometimes Its Hard to Forgive and for the title suggestion. Also, thank you for the grammar suggestion. I've seen "asked" in published stories, so maybe it is editor's choice.
Always love your take on my poems. Thanks so much for the insightful comment on and fave of "Precipice of Questions."
Thank you for reading The Dancing Lady. I've received so many great suggestions for this story. Thank you for sharing yours. I'll work on it a little more.
Thanks you J. for your nice words about "The Drunk Elephant"! Thanks for reading it.
Thanks, Mykell. I always enjoy your thoughtful comments, this time on "Only in America."
Thanks so much, J, for your generous comments on "Origin"!
Thanks, J, for commenting on "Son of Uncle Sam." Always appreciate your visits.
Hi J! Thanks for reading and commenting on Egypt... I'm pretty new to Fictionaut so I'm just catching on to seeing comments and replying, but I love interacting with other writers, so your comment means a lot!
Thanks for Snake Eyes, JM. My motto is always chose a smiling god.
JM, so glad you had fun reading my vagina girl story (Centerpiece) Thanks!
Thanks, J., for the fave and your comments on "Another, as Icarus..."
Thanks, J, for your comment and fav on "Ashes." I'm thinking of taking up sky-diving. Then if my short-term memory goes...
Thanks for the Fliud Life. It's a work in progress - already two edits on the post. Cheers
Thanks, JM, glad you read and commented about my shrink story.
Happy sad end of summer! I feel I have been gone a lifetime. Thank you for your lovely comments about Sisters At The Lake. It is so gratifying when one's work resonates for others! And thank you for the fave. I have much reading to catch up on here at fictionaut!
Thanks, JMC, for comments on AMTM. Do you have any suggestions for submission of this story?
Thank you so much, J. Such a pleasure to get your commentary.
Thanks. J. for the kind treatment of "The H.D. Chronicles.." Very much appreciated.
Thanks, J. for your comments on the latest chapter of my novel. I haven't read or commented on anyone's work for ages. So I'm looking forward to checking out your latest.
Thanks, J. Great comment on "Black Squirrel Poem." Thanks for being the tenth fav!
Thanks for the Falling In Love Again comments. I personally do not own a gun. People who own them fascinate me. Perhaps an imbalance?
Thank you for reading Awake. Glad you liked it.
JM - uber-thanks for reading "The Ace". Your comments are always appreciated.
Thanks, J. for the comment and fave for "Tens" which was on its way to oblivion until you stepped forward to rescue it.
Loved your comment about "Bone Density." Thanks for that and for the fav, J.
Thank you for reading The Secrets of the Dead for a second time. Glad you liked it.
You are welcome for my comments, J. I like your writing. Yep, I married at 17, 48.5 years when she passed in 2000; interestingly it was the 49th anniversary of when "I saw her standing there." Martin
JMC, thank you for reading "Monsieur Editor and Madame Malaprop." I very much appreciate your generous comment. And thanks for the fave.
JM, so glad you liked my poem "blank" thanks a million! hope all is going well with you...
Thanks for the comment and the fave on Responsible! Glad it captured the essence for you.
J. Thanks for your comment on The '08 Elections. Glad you enjoyed the story.
Thank you for reading Afghanistan. Much appreciated.
Thanks, J, for fav of "Parabola Tango." Much appreciated!
J., thanks for reading "Snowlands..." Like all good Penny Dreadfuls, it keeps on going, though who knows where.
Thank you for reading First Ones It. Glad you liked it.
I read that before the Wonsan landing, four minesweepers were sunk. I'm assuming a few frogmen went down with it.
Thanks, J! Appreciate the read and fav of "Parables for Rodin."
JM, thanks for read/fav on Busy at Work. Your comment made me laugh so hard. It's a true story-- for real. I've had some strange work experiences
J, thanks so much for following "The Forgetting Room" and reading. Let's stay in touch. Best, I.
Thank you for reading Secret Love Glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for your very kind words and the fave on Corner. I always love your comments!
Thanks for the generous comment and the fave on Paradox! I'm so glad you liked the story.
Thanks, JM, for the comment on Between. Much appreciate the read! I started reading a longer piece of yours a while back, got stuck with other projects... looking forward to returning here soon.
Thank you for reading Dream Catcher. Much appreciated.
Thanks Mykell. I try to do the right thing at Wal-Mart...Always.
Thanks, J, for the great comment on "Self Alaska." Thank you for the fav as well.
Thanks for the wonderful comment and the fave on Midnight Riders! Funny what three bottles of wine can fuel, isn't it?!
Thanks, J. for your comment on "Paris..." etc. One of those
" lest we forget" moments.
J. Thanks for the fave and the comments on "From the Fotomat - print # 1." I appreciate it.
thanks much for reading & commenting on the baronness of the perimeter.
Thanks for the wonderful comment and the fave on 3 a.m.! We all have those nights....
Thank you for reading Summer. Glad you liked it.
Thanks for reading, J. and for the comments!
JMC, thank you so much for reading, commenting and the fav on In The Lake. So glad that they ending worked for you. I am actually moving forward with the story, past this initial piece!
Thanks for the great comment and the fave on Limboland, fellow Detroiter! And hey, I'm still around. I'm just across the river...
Thanks for your comment on Upstream. I saw a wonderful documentary on Detroit recently. Heartbreaking really. Good point that even when 'home' hasn't changed, we do.
J., I really appreciate the kind read of "Foundlng." I have printed out your longer piece to read when I have a quieter house. I'm always kind of excited to see longer stories posted here! Thanks again.
JM, thanks for your comments on forest in the early morning-- much appreciated, as always. Hope you're having a good summer
Thanks again, J. Good to hear from you.
Thanks for your comment on my latest story, Mykell. Actually it's two stories squeezed into one. Two adventures I vaguely remember.
Thank you for reading Arlington Cemetery: Section 60. Your comments are always appreciated.
Thank you so much for your comments about Requirement. Thanks too for the words on my wall! I’m thrilled you like Star Anise and Miss – they’re my favorites too of what I have up here, so I’m so pleased you said that. You’ll have to let me know if you post more of the Private Security piece. I’m looking forward to reading more of it.
Thanks, so much J. I really appreciated your commentary. I look forward to reading your work.
All best, Isabell
Thanks for the comment on Birth of a Tiger. She's hoe the Girl with the Gun got started. Maybe she'll grow into something truly awful :-)
Thanks for commenting on Flaubert piece, J.
Thanks, JMC, for the comment on A Night of Not Knowing. I appreciate all the support for writing non-fiction too, which is sometimes harder but oh so rewarding, too.
Thank you for commenting on Girls with Guns. It is, perhaps, a fetish. Cheers. LS
Thank you for reading Peace of Mind. Glad you liked it.
Thanks, J. Pleased you liked "Penny Arcadia." The penny arcade was a magical place--from the outside! If you worked in one--not so magical!
Hi J., thanks for reading "Hotel Chelsea - Intercut 9" - I appreciate your comment.
Thanks John, for taking the time to comment on Leaving and for the fav.
Thanks for comment on and fav of Sherwood Anderson poem, J. Poem is largely factual, but I made up the toothpick being green.
Thank you for reading White Death. Glad you liked it.
Hi J., thanks kindly for your comments about "Unutterable" - I appreciate it.
Really funny comment on Spicer found poem! Thanks!
Thanks for faving "The Semaphore of Civilization." Appreciate, as always, the careful read.
Thanks, John, really pleased you were moved by Broken Mirrors. I haven't been on here for awhile - I've been pretty busy. Happy writing!
Hi J., glad you liked "obverse".
Glad you enjoyed "Evil Humors," Mykell. Thank you.
Thanks, J., for your comments about "Hotel Chelsea - Nanette 8" - more to come.
Thank you for reading and commenting on "fire and ice". I am honored. As I am just getting started, finding my voice and all that jazz, I really do appreciate your comments, advice and suggestions.
Aw, thanks JMC, for the generous comment on Bedtime Story. Glad you liked the story AND the writing. That is saying heaps.
Thank you, J., for your comments on "Hotel Chelsea - Intercut 8" - glad you liked it, and there's more to come.
Thank you for reading and commenting on The People I Thought I Knew. Much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed it.
J, glad you enjoyed All Credit Rescinded, thank you and hope you're having a good summer
Thanks for the read and the comment!
Thank you for stopping by my short stuff! It means much.
Thanks a lot, J., for your comments on "Hotel Chelsea - Nanette 7" - I'm glad the story-within-story thing is working for you.
Thanks for looking up and reading my stories. Appreciate it!
J, I really appreciate your read and nice comments on Summer in the City, thank you
Hi J., thanks for your comments about "Nanette 6".
Thank you so much for reading Star Anise. I enjoyed your comments very much!
Thanks for the comment. Glad it made you laugh.
Thanks for the 'fav' of Miss!
Hi J. Thanks so much for continuing to read my Seriphyn Knight story. I do hope it maintains an interest. Cheers.
Thank you sir, for My Stuff comments. Stay tuned for a rewrite. This one was the product of a few cocktails.
Thanks, J., for your comments about "Chelsea Hotel - Intercut 7" - appreciated!
J - thanks for the comment on New World! Your enthusiasm is much appreciated. I love the ideas there, working on the execution more, as I think it could use some real refining. Will show up here with next draft soon... as of now, I have just enough battery in an airport to send this quick hello and thank you! Will get back to more JMC stories soon!
Thank you for reading Blindness. Much appreciated, as always.
Your comment to Lake Chelan was so beautiful. You made my day!
Thanks for the comment on Faceless, J.
J. Mykell, I always appreciate your thoughtful comments on my work, thank you for reading Insertion Hole
Thank you for reading, My Eyes Don't See the Truth. Glad you liked it.
Thank you for your comment and endorsement of my recent post.
Thank you for reading Allah Akbar. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
J., Any club with a team batting average of .215 has got to have a break out game sometime.
J., thank you for your comments about "Hotel Chelsea/Intercuts 1&2".
Thanks, JMC, for your comments about "Minerva Gets Pierced by Love." Glad you liked it!
Thank you for reading a commenting on my latest story, J. Mykell. Now that you're fiddling with the intensity of Flash, I'll get on one of yours with some concise, pithy comments (be sure you read it as "pithy").
Thank you for your comments on Urumqi. Your suggestion is very helpful.
J, it just seems like a lifetime ago - about four years. I rewrote(edited and added words) from the original before posting on here so, no, the language would not be more explicit. Thanks for your nice comments. Much appreciated.
Thank you for reading Tarawa. Glad you liked it.
J, thanks for your comment on "The Meaning of Life."
Hi J- Thanks for your comment & fav. Good stuff!
J, such lovely comments, you are so kind :-)
JMC! Thank you for your lovely comment on my flag day challenge piece, X. This piece is special to me; I appreciate you reading it.
Thanks for your comments on "Chelsea 5" and for reading all the way to the end of the saga!
Thanks for your comment on "Chelsea 4"!
Re Mind Games J, yes you are right.
The main problem with perpetual motion is the friction so I used it against itself and the rest yes, as Rendine says, "it's not that simple". Some of the games facts are taken from real psychology that I have gleaned over the years but I have put my own slant on them of course. The law of (perhaps still a theory?)Gravity is being questioned now with the expansion of the universe. I really love science - so fascinating. Thanks so much J. Let's watch out for cell phones you can wear on your finger! Hard to type texts and they would need to be waterproof!
Thanks for the comment and the fav on School for Clowns. I just loved that writing prompt!
Thanks for your comments on "Chelsea 3" and the fav!
Thanks, J. You really got into it didn't you. I so appreciate your comments.
Re the gold bands, I liked the fact that Rendine actually tried to chat up his own wife but, because of the Chloether, he did not remember.
I'm pleased you liked the mind games portions. As far as setting the scene, working out how to explain perpetual motion was the hardest!
'Micromobs' are in reference to cell phones - we call mobiles here.
Thank you for your comments on "Hotel Chelsea" which I'm glad you liked, and of course I'm even more glad you're curious about what happens next. This thing is shaping up to be a longer work, maybe of linked New York stories. Stay tuned!
Thanks for your kind words about "Raymond Chandler and His Wife." The main details in the poem are true.
Thank you for your comments about "Hotel Chelsea 2," and don't forget to check out part 1!
Thanks for reading and commenting on my parsley story. I am slowly converting my Amazon Shorts to Amazon DTP. It is user-friendly so you don't you make some money.
J. Thanks for the fav and comments on "Driving with ghosts..." I took it off, but not before noticing. Thanks.
i was reading your about me. you said "ups" keep you going...and at that exact moment i was watching a film where the depressed man said, "but downs are the shit man" which seemed ironic...so i decided to tell you this.
thanks for the comment!
Thanks for the good words on Flashback. Appreciate them. Cheers.
Thank you for reading Afshan. Glad you liked it.
Your ferryboat story is hilarious. I see a story coming out of that experience. Would love to read it. Were you in the Korean War? My grandfather was. I recall you wrote a story about the war.
I have not been to China but would love to go one day, but not the large cities. I want to go up into the mountains and experience the village life.
Thank you for your comment on Rock On JMC. Been out all week, now catching up! Back to being philosophical, or silly, or both...
J, yes, you understood what my poem, Weakest Link, was all about. I've always said we are only as good as our readers, and you are one of the best as well as a damn good writer. Thanks so much.
J. Mykell, thanks again for your fav and comment on Soup
Thank you for reading The Burning Bed. Much appreciated.
I'm really pleased to get your lovely comments, J, they are always so insightful. Thank you so much, and for the fav too.
Thanks for the comment.
Thank you for reading Young Journey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks again JMC! Appreciate the second comment!
J. Mykell, thanks again for your comments on Who Sent You? I still get the chills when I hear Janis perform
Thanks JMC for the comment on Rock On. I had a Three Dog Night tape back in high school (not an 8-track, but it nearly could've been) that I used to crank up loud during my drive to school (along with The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys). 'One' and 'I never been to Spain' and all those other hits are stuck in me good. I love writing stories around song lyrics, it's fun and perhaps silly, but as you point out, even sometimes philosophical. Thanks for the read.
Thanks for the note on Addict - great suggestion about the Play!
I've linked your blog to mine. Thanks for reading and commenting on my works so far. You've made this fictnaut newbie welcomed.
Thanks for another quality read-comment, my friend.
Mykell, Thanks. Your thumbs up for "Falling Out of Bed" put a smile on my face. I really appreciate it.
Thank you for reading An Italian Lunch. Your comments always make me grin with delight.
Thanks for reading and commenting on Elephant, JMC! I guess sometimes unpolished is polished enough... I'm so enjoying meeting you here!
Thanks again, J, it was fun writing it (Purple Patch)
Thank you for reading and commenting on TWO FOR THE ROAD; I appreciate it. I've never done a post like this, but apparently, it's the way it's done on Fictionaught. I usually just recip -- this seems like Advertisements For Myself.
J.Mykell, thanks so much for commenting on The Fall of Love. What you wrote about Charles Manson was interesting, I didn't know that there were plot-scenarios at the time...
Thank you for coming to read Peach, twice! I really appreciate your comments. It's a touchy subject in shades of grey...
Indeed. Five bucks a day in 1960. Wonder what it costs now?
Thank you for reading and commenting on Nothing to Do. Glad you enjoyed it.
are you suggesting I delete the word aceeding? You're not the only one who writes that's not too bright.
What can I say? I got captured a ways back! I love reading how your writing is morphing!
Thanks for letting me know that "Beatnik Blonde" works on its own for you. Sometimes with this short things that are meant to go with other pieces it really is hard for me to tell.
Thanks for the read and kind comments, J.
J, I really love the way you take the time to write so much about my work. I was worried this piece may have been too long for fictionaut (I know everyone has busy lives)but your comments have dispelled this concern. Thank you so much :-)
J, you really are a very insightful person/poet/writer. Thank you so much for your lovely comments about , About Poetry!
Thanks for the quality read of "Failure," J. Deeply appreciated.
Thank you for your comments on Tsalagi. Glad you liked it.
Thanks, JMC, for your comment on From The Doctor, With Love. I appreciate it, and I'm looking forward to perusing your stories too. Nice meeting you here!
Mykell, Thanks for spotting the undercurrents in the story. I really appreciate your comments about "A Little Fishing."
J, I love the way you take time to dissect the meaning of my work and I'm really pleased that the cover note set the poem up for you, too. Thanks, you are a wonderful writer and I feel honoured every time you comment on my stuff.
Thank you for reading The Other Day and for the fav. Glad you liked it.
Thanks, J. And you're right about war stories.
I really don't know much about Model T Fords but I wrote that in a fictive state and the 'wings forever stalled' came to me. I found out later they are on the speedometer. Weird how that happens. I do remember the one we had in our paddock, in South Australia - it was too far gone for restoration. Thanks J, for your insightful words and you live where Model T Fords are made in Detroit - wow another thing I've learned.
Thank you for reading my girlfriends birthday. Glad you liked it.
Thanks for your kind comments, especially about Sergei...
J., Thanks for the read and the comments on "Black Orchids." I'm glad you liked the story.
Thank you for your comments on Eli. Eli thanks you as well. We get a large charge out of getting mail. :-)
Thank you for reading my short, dig the style.
Okay, JMC. I posted the First Date Questionnaire. Wildly inappropriate, it's hard to believe it spurred me to write Things I Should Have Done #4. I blush, I hope you won't!
Thank you for reading and commenting on John Hamilton's Reflection. As far as the dialogue, can you think of a way I can make it smoother?
Thank you for your comment on "Giving Notice." I am moved by your response to it.
J, thanks for reading my peom, Father, and for your very insightful comments, much appreciated.
Wait - you also have an "Atonement" story? Will be back to read it, mate. Best to you.
"Usually alone, thinking, reading, writing, contemplating, meditating, playing the guitar."
yep yep yep...
Your comment about "At the Faire" is better than the story! Thank you!
Thank you for commenting on Caning. Glad you liked it.
Thanks Michael, such insightful comments :-) it's my daughter's all time favourite (Australian spelling)too!
J., Thanks for the thumbs up for "Secrets." It was an interesting place to live, that's for sure.
Hi Mykell. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on "I Like it This Way." I'm glad you like the story. I see you're a fan of Joyce Carol Oates. Me too, and I often look to her for inspiration.
Thank you for reading Tatev. I questioned the footnotes, too. Without them, though, I'm not sure if most people would understand the poetry project as a whole. Also, translating Tatev within the poem would be difficult. I'm hoping to add photos to this chapbook, which I hope will supplement the footnotes.
Thanks, J, for your kind comments about "Dis-Ease."
Thanks for your comments on "I will be your girlfriend, Sam Pink." I'm glad you enjoyed the piece - hoping it was as much fun to read as it was to write.
Thank you for reading and commenting on Artsakh. Do you recommend any changes?
Thanks for reading an commenting on the naked man of barcelona. I've taken so long getting back to you that you may not even remember...but i appreciate the kind words.
Like the avatar, by the way. My copy of Dorian Gray has the same cover.
Love your (picture) portrait by the way up here on your wall.
Your comments about Things I Should Have Done - #4 really thrilled me. Thank you for them, and for the fav!
I'm glad you enjoy my poems. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read a lot of my work and for your fabulous comments!
Thanks for the read and comment on Smell of Rain, Mykell. I claim the other Michael Collins, Ireland's Greatest Hero, as a long-lost uncle.
Thank you for commenting on Youth. Yes, indeed. We are not that bright in our youth, are we. I should have died a thousand times over. Who really knows why one lives and the other one dies?
i really appreciate your kind comment on my updike piece--
Thank you for reading Otherworld. I changed it around based on Mr. Swenson's comments. I'm still working on it, though. Not happy with it quite yet.
Thank you for reading and commenting on My Rice Krispies Treat. Most of my stuff is serious, so I'm glad to share a bit of my humor.
Thanks for your comments on "Full of Mad Hope."
Thank you very much for reading and commenting on Yeah.
Thank you for commenting on The Turkey that Couldn't Gobble.
Thanks, likewise. Larry S
Thank you for commenting on Leaves of Yesterday. The "faithful" can be anyone, any religion. As long as one believes and lives with love toward all others, then I believe one has done all that is required of them.
Thank you for reading and commenting my Arcana Magi Series. I'm glad you are enjoying the series.
Thank you for reading and commenting on Blue Light.
thanks for commenting on my story, man--
tigers? well, ok.
got nothing against them.
red sox? another matter, entirely--
J. - glad you stopped by 'night on the f'naut'. Saw Nell Shea II out there, have mentally book-marked to read.
Thank you for your comments and keen observations on Thunder Snow.
Thank you for reading and commenting on Death Watch. Glad you liked it.
Hello there, thank you for reading and commenting on In the Path of Mary. I appreciate it more than you know. And as another existentialist of sorts, I have added The Tragedy of Existence to my list of things to do.
Thanks J. for reading my work and commenting on "Watts". I started reading Nell Shea a while back and said let me get back to this one when I am not hurried. Will take a look.
J - thank you for your kind words on 'All's Well', Martha.
Thank you for your comment on Pleiku Jacket.
Your welcome. Please do. I definitely want to see another version of your story, "At War." I think it will be a good one.
Thanks for reading and commenting on Urumqi. Yea, crazy things happening over there.
Thank you for your generous comment.
Yours truly, Picasso
Thank you for your kind comments about my "Serious Writer" pieces. Greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading and commenting on Humility. I'll see what I can do to make the transition of the poem smoother.