Jack Swenson


Location Fremont, CA
Occupation cat herder
Website http://jackswens.blogspot.com/

About Me

I'm on the dole. Do some volunteer work. Put a lot of words down on paper. Herd cats.

Why do you write?

Gotta scratch the itch.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Gide and Proust. The guy who wrote Ubu Roi. Feike Feikema. Estelle Bruno. Susan Tepper. Rod Whitaker. My favorite book is The Art of War.

Jack Swenson's Wall

Nonnie Augustine – Dec 02, 2013

Thank you for reading and commenting on "Swoon," Jack! Are you really a Viking?

Joani Reese – Apr 26, 2013

Jack? JACK!!!! Yay!

Catherine Arnold – Nov 05, 2012

Hey Jack, I haven't been on Fictionaut in a while (sorry), and can't recall whether I thanked you for your comment on my piece about an owl. Best to you!

Benjamin Matvey – Jan 30, 2012

Wow, you have a very long wall...somehow that feels dirtier to say than it is

Joani Reese – Dec 04, 2011

Hi Jack: What a great comment about my POV choice in "For the Lost Boys!" Thanks!

J. Mykell Collinz – Dec 03, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading, 'Heart of Gold,' laughing, commenting, and *.

Mary Lane – Dec 02, 2011

Jack the Mac, goodness. Thanks for liking my music flash. You're too kind.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Dec 01, 2011

Thank you for commenting on Human Trafficking. Much appreciated.

Matthew Robinson – Nov 29, 2011

Haha, any time, Jack!

Bill Yarrow – Nov 28, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for liking and faving "Exercises in the A of B."

J. Mykell Collinz – Nov 27, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading, 'Lule of Raw-3.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *. And I'll be greatly surprised if Santa does show up in your chimney. Yet I'm playing it safe and not betting otherwise, either.

ABxx – Nov 27, 2011

Jack, this is getting to be a pattern. I don't realize something I wrote was funny until I hear it from you. This little epiphany makes me feel great, as you've got an excellent sense of humor. Thanks for the fave.

Barry Basden – Nov 27, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for your support and for the nice comments about 'Domestic Particulars...'

David Ackley – Nov 25, 2011

Thanks, Jack for the comment and fav for "The Last Chance...Story Contest." Still no entrants, though; hard to fathom.

J. Mykell Collinz – Nov 25, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading, 'Lule of Raw-2.' I greatly appreciate your insightful comment and *.

Joani Reese – Nov 24, 2011

Hi Jack: I've now gotten my exercise for the day by walking down your wall! Thanks for commenting on "For the Lost Boys." I appreciate you as a reader.

Kathy Fish – Nov 21, 2011

Hey Jack, thanks a bunch for the kind words & fave for "Baby, Baby..." I really appreciate it!

Foster Trecost – Nov 21, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for reading and commenting on chairs and mirrors. I appreciate both. fos.

Marcus Speh – Nov 20, 2011

yes, jack, the "occupy" stories are certainly coming in now...lulu as print shop is a great idea, and i thank you for suggesting me but, you know...the teaching term, the little writing i get to do...the family...you know how it is. "occupy" has distracted me from the hiatus i had in mind (and that i'm still steering towards)....

J. Mykell Collinz – Nov 20, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading, 'In Distress.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *.

Barry Basden – Nov 20, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for your comments on Texas Tornado. It was a fun piece to write.

Jerry Ratch – Nov 17, 2011

Thank you, Jack, for your faves! Bless you!

Bill Yarrow – Nov 17, 2011

"In your dreams." Ha!
Thanks for faving ""Fish Boil." Jack!

Jane Hammons – Nov 16, 2011

Thanks for paying Old Tom Joad a visit always appreciate your reads and faves!

Bill Yarrow – Nov 11, 2011

Ha! ha! Your comment on "Before the Door" really cracked me up! Thanks for the fave, jack.

J. Mykell Collinz – Nov 11, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading, 'Lule of Raw.' Your comment and * are greatly appreciated.

Bill Yarrow – Nov 02, 2011

Docs--can't live with them, can't live without them. Thanks for the fave. Glad you like the "Ketone" piece.

Bill Yarrow – Nov 02, 2011

Cheeze! How'd you ever find "Par Delicatesse"? Thanks for faving it!

J. Mykell Collinz – Nov 02, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for reading 'A Life of My Own-8.' I greatly appreciate. And the *, too.

ABxx – Oct 30, 2011

Hello, magnificent Jack--Thanks for reading, following and faving. Love hearing your commentary.

Gill Hoffs – Oct 29, 2011

Thank you for what you said on 'Creature in the coal' and the fave - really appreciate it. I've not got on here as much as I'd like to over the past few months [finding it hard to log in at times] - so I tend to be an invisible reader instead. Hope to get more regular access soon and catch up on things properly - including your recent stories. Take care, Gill

Tania Hershman – Oct 27, 2011

Thanks for your lovely comment on "Missy"!

Marcus Speh – Oct 27, 2011

thank you, jack. if it can't be stopped perhaps it can be tamed, but i'm not so optimistic this time.

Bill Yarrow – Oct 27, 2011

Great comment. Thanks, Jack, for faving "Love and How It Gets That Way."

"Mythology, T-shirts, Bowties, and Vomit." Good book title!

Kari Nguyen – Oct 27, 2011

Thanks, Jack! You are stellar.

Barry Basden – Oct 24, 2011

Thanks for liking my lingering little pivotal moment, Jack.

Joani Reese – Oct 22, 2011

HI Jack: You were my second "wow" for this piece--that wowed me! Thank you, my friend. I appreciate you.

David Ackley – Oct 22, 2011

Thanks, Jack for reading and commenting on "Base," sliced life with a dull knife...

Mark Reep – Oct 21, 2011

Jack, thanks for your comment on 'Kilz'. That series has been an ongoing project, and the encouragement's appreciated. All best.

Bill Yarrow – Oct 20, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for faving "Gabrielle," a poem that began in the real world and ended in a poetic one.

Marcus Speh – Oct 19, 2011

jack, <a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/moondog--2">moondog</a> didn't get very far. perhaps it's too european or too personal. thank thee for being first commenter and complimenter. cheerio!

Barry Basden – Oct 19, 2011

Thanks for taking the time to read my Korea story, Jack. And for your kind words.

Andrew Stancek – Oct 19, 2011

Jack,

I hugely appreciate your warm comments on my Mirko series. I will send you links soon.

Christopher Allen – Oct 16, 2011

Jack! Thank you for taking the time to comment on "The Shoes, the Girl and the Waves that Washed Them Away." VERY much appreciate. Hope you're doing well. Chris

Paula Ray – Oct 15, 2011

Thanks so much for commenting on Mercer's Pier. I'm glad you liked it. I've been away from Fictionaut for a quite a while and was surprised that anyone still read my stuff. I look forward to reading more of yours :)

David Ackley – Oct 12, 2011

Thanks, Jack for the lively comment on "Offramp." ( Not packing, are you?)

Foster Trecost – Oct 12, 2011

Hi Jack, Been away for a spell, life and other things... Anyway, thanks for giving We All Have Wings a bit of your time, I really appreciate it. fos.

Bill Yarrow – Oct 12, 2011

Your comment on "Satan and the Moon" made me smile. Poetry is a kind of malapropian madness. Thanks for the fave, Jack!

Meg Worden – Oct 12, 2011

Hi Jack. So appreciate your comments on Frail Flowers... And interested that your reaction to it spanned the spectrum. Makes me grateful all the more. Thanks for the second read.

J. Mykell Collinz – Oct 11, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own-6.' Your comments and * are greatly appreciated, I can't say it enough.

Joani Reese – Oct 11, 2011

Jack! There's always this wall between us! Thanks doubly for liking both For Captain Paul and Three More for Nailpolish. I am pleased to have you as a reader and I appreciate you. Now, take down this wall!

Erin McGrath – Oct 11, 2011

Hi Jack, Thank you for the comment! I appreciate it very much.

Joani Reese – Oct 07, 2011

Calling a piece of mine beautiful always gives me a buzz, Jack. Thanks for stopping by to read No Bees Please.

Bill Yarrow – Oct 05, 2011

My previous comment sounded glib. (I shouldn't try to be funny.) Really appreciate the reading of the Dali poem and the fave, Jack! Thank you.

Bill Yarrow – Oct 05, 2011

A+--Wow! Thanks, Jack. That really boosts my spiritual GPA.

J. Mykell Collinz – Oct 05, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own-5,' too.

Mark Reep – Oct 03, 2011

Jack, thanks for commenting on 'Mystery'. I think we all love one, really. Should, anyway :) All best!

Bill Yarrow – Oct 01, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for your kind comments and fave of "Getting Home Alive."

Joe Kapitan – Oct 01, 2011

Thanks Colonel, uh, I mean Jack, for your comment on Feral. Justice indeed.

MaryAnne Kolton – Sep 30, 2011

Thanks for liking my manicure set!

J. Mykell Collinz – Sep 30, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own-4.' I very much appreciate your most excellent comment. Also, your *.

Joani Reese – Sep 29, 2011

My mom and dad were both graduates of Univ. of WI, Jack. Special place in my heart for badgers...

Beate Sigriddaughter – Sep 24, 2011

Thank you for your comment on A Fable of Leaves. I want to be a pine tree too!

Bill Yarrow – Sep 21, 2011

Best comment ever! Thanks for faving "The Sum Above."

Christian Bell – Sep 21, 2011

Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on "Ascend"!

Roberto C. Garcia – Sep 20, 2011

Hiya Jack! Thanks for the comments and fave(?)on "Submission guidelines". Trying to stir some controversy without (to quote Marcus Speh) spilling too much blood. Cheers.

Jackson Stone – Sep 19, 2011

Hey Jack- thanks for taking the time to read and comment on "Plaque on the wall...."

Bill Yarrow – Sep 15, 2011

Thank you, kind sir, for commenting on and faving "The Knitting Needle."

Christian Bell – Sep 14, 2011

Jack, thanks for reading, commenting on, and faving "I'm Not Emilio Estevez"!

J. Mykell Collinz – Sep 13, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own,' part one and two. Your comments suggestions, and * are greatly appreciated.

Joani Reese – Sep 13, 2011

Jack-- I wish there were no ground zero on which to etch anything, but I appreciate your kind words about "It is what it is."

Bill Yarrow – Sep 12, 2011

Thanks for the fave of the Chattanooga poem, Jack. Your vote always counts.

Jim V – Sep 07, 2011

Jack, appreciate you commenting on Power Outage.

Joani Reese – Sep 06, 2011

Jack: Your generous response to "The Lost Boy" made my day. Thank you so much.

Cheryl Snell – Sep 06, 2011

Thanks for the rather thrilling words you laid on my "Separation Anxiety," Jack. Much appreciated.

Susan Tepper – Sep 05, 2011

Jack thanks so much for what you said about my story "kid".

Joani Reese – Sep 03, 2011

Hi Jack-- I'm happy you liked "Abstinence." A "marvelous" is always good ; ) Best.

Andrew Roe – Sep 03, 2011

Hi Jack -- thanks so much for the read/comment/fav for "Movie Night." Greatly appreciated!

Bill Yarrow – Sep 02, 2011

Best title of the year? Thanks, Jack. Zeugmas will do that.
Thanks for commenting on and faving the visa poem, Jack.

Susan Tepper – Sep 02, 2011

Jack thank you for what you wrote about hidden passageways in "the question", you are always so on the money.

Bill Yarrow – Aug 31, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for faving the visa poem.

M.H. – Aug 31, 2011

Thank you, Jack, for your kind words on "Waltzing Mathilde." It's much appreciated :)!

Marcus Speh – Aug 31, 2011

so, fergus falls (makes me think of bedford falls) is where you tank up for your dreams...this place really could be anywhere, it's atmospheric and ... deadly. thank you, jack!

Foster Trecost – Aug 31, 2011

Hi Jack. Just a little thank you for spending some time with Blank Checks - I really appreciate the read and your comments. fos.

David Ackley – Aug 29, 2011

Jack, thanks for remarking "Felder on Ice," glad it got your attention.

J. Mykell Collinz – Aug 28, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Nothing in the Middle.' I greatly appreciate your Amen and Bulls-eye Fave.

Matthew Robinson – Aug 27, 2011

Thanks, Jack! I really enjoy reading your work.

Bill Yarrow – Aug 24, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for faving "The Empty Bed." Mucho grateful.

Gill Hoffs – Aug 24, 2011

Thank you for reading and fave-ing 'Acceptance' - especially after it's been here a while. Much appreciated! It's one of my favourites of my wee writing babies, so I'm particularly glad you liked it.

ABxx – Aug 22, 2011

Hi Jack--

Thanks again for the fave--but most of all thanks for your honesty...it totally resonates. I am back to the drawing board, trying to recapture some of that voice which worked so well, that voice I miss.

Best, I.

Foster Trecost – Aug 22, 2011

Hi Jack, thanks for the comments on The Pretenders, I really appreciate that. A series? Now that's an idea worth thinking about! fos.

Tina Barry – Aug 22, 2011

Hey, Jack. Thanks for rereading "Claudine" and for the comment. I'm having one of those "I can't write and I should just stop trying" days (weeks, actually) so your kind words come at the right time. Thank you! Tina

J. Mykell Collinz – Aug 21, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading: 'Bubble Busting, Boom!' I greatly appreciate your comment and fave.

Gill Hoffs – Aug 19, 2011

Thanks for the fave and comment on 'Rain' - much appreciated!

Traci Moore – Aug 19, 2011

Hi Jack. Thank you for your thoughts about my story, "Human Resources". Best to you!

James Lloyd Davis – Aug 19, 2011

Yeah, Jack, Irish teetotalers. Can you imagine my shock? Can you imagine my shock when I learned there are also Irish Protestants? Oy and begorrah!

Soon to be deleted – Aug 18, 2011

Jack, thanks for reading Notice. Even though it's dark!

Christian Bell – Aug 18, 2011

Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on "Burn"!

Tina Barry – Aug 17, 2011

Hi jack. Thanks for digging up "Bride & Groom." I've written a few short vignettes like this from my time in Woodstock, but I haven't put them together in a logical order yet. Soon...

Bill Yarrow – Aug 17, 2011

Thanks for the fave of "The Grave of Rimbaud," Jack.

Fred Osuna – Aug 16, 2011

Thanks for your generous opinion about "We Put a Smile Back on Your Face," Jack, and thanks for the little shiny *star*.

J. Mykell Collinz – Aug 14, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-8.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *.

M.H. – Aug 13, 2011

Thanks so much, Jack, for kind words on "Sunshine Loop" :)!

Roberto C. Garcia – Aug 12, 2011

Jack! I mean Capt Jack! Thanks for your comments and fave on "Poetry is like baseball". What time do I show up for the next controversy? :O)

Joani Reese – Aug 12, 2011

Jack: Happy to give you a wacky start to your morning. Thanks for stopping by...

Bill Yarrow – Aug 10, 2011

Jack, Thanks for commenting on and faving "We Must be Carefully Taut."

Tina Barry – Aug 10, 2011

Thanks for the kind words and star for "Maine." Dude, you're the man!

Foster Trecost – Aug 10, 2011

Hi Jack - Thanks for giving Eight States Away a bit of your time - I appreciate the read and comments, and I hope I've not ruined travel for you! fos.

ABxx – Aug 07, 2011

Hi Jack, great to hear from you. So pleased you enjoyed the little excursion into Madeline-land!

J. Mykell Collinz – Aug 04, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'The Yin Yang of Corporate Execution.' I appreciate your comment, your insight, and your *.

Tina Barry – Aug 04, 2011

Thanks, Jack. Glad "Don't Grieve..." got you thinking. You're very supportive! Much appreciated.

Bill Yarrow – Aug 04, 2011

Thanks for commenting on and faving "Bogdan."
If only...

MaryAnne Kolton – Aug 03, 2011

Ah, Jack. You always "get" me. Thanks for reading and your wonderful comments on Tree Car Crash. . .

Marcus Speh – Aug 01, 2011

jack, thank you. only the bold will ever truly appreciate the bold.

Tina Barry – Jul 29, 2011

Jack--I'm always a less is more person, but your story is good with or without the last graph.

Joani Reese – Jul 29, 2011

I've now had my exercise for the day--walking down your wall is brutal--it's long! Thanks, Jack, for commenting and liking "The Rest Home." Cheers.

ABxx – Jul 28, 2011

After a bit of stumbling with this novel, I finally feel on solid ground. Thanks for sticking with this story and inspiring me with such glowing commentary. Much appreciated.

Bill Yarrow – Jul 27, 2011

Jack, glad you liked the Euclid poem. You never know how far a joke will take you. Thanks for the comment and the fave.

J. Mykell Collinz – Jul 27, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'I wouldn't Wanna Be Me.' I appreciate your comment and fav.

Robert Salley – Jul 27, 2011

Thanks for the comments (and the advice) you left on "Suzanne". I'll take that one with me, wherever I go.

Mark Reep – Jul 27, 2011

Jack, thanks for commenting on 'Reasons', and for the excellent suggestions :) Imagining a Portrait of the Artist kinda thing: "It was another hundred-degree day, and he wheezed and dripped like a tired air conditioner..." :) All best!

ABxx – Jul 26, 2011

Absolutely, quote away!

Joani Reese – Jul 23, 2011

Hi Jack: Another thank you for coming by to read and comment on "The Human Condition." I appreciate your time and attention. Cheers.

Gill Hoffs – Jul 22, 2011

Yay! Let's see what those sisters do next. Emery board torture? Nail polisher remover solvents knocking everyone out in a haze of pear drop scented chemicals? Go Nancy and Mimi!

Gill Hoffs – Jul 22, 2011

Ach, I could never hate your work ;) In Scotland we would say 'bairn' or 'wean' [pronounced Wayne]. Where I live now they say 'baba' even about kids about my son's age [nearly 4]. Who'd have thought such a small, inoffensive word would trigger such debate? Carry on, what what, tally ho etc etc ;)

Bill Yarrow – Jul 20, 2011

Thanks for your kind comment on and fave of "Four Noble Lies." You da man, Jack!

Tina Barry – Jul 20, 2011

You know all about "naughty and nice," Jack. I'm glad you like "Penny Candy"! Thanks for the star, too!

ABxx – Jul 18, 2011

Good to hear from you, Jack. Thanks for the fav, for sticking with this thing.

Jane Hammons – Jul 18, 2011

Jack--Silence of the Lambs! . . . oh that book/movie is too much even for me :) But I'm flattered nonetheless :)

Joani Reese – Jul 18, 2011

Hi Jack-- Boo! Thanks for your reaction to "Imago." Unsheathing my butcher knife to vent the carapace...

Susan Tepper – Jul 18, 2011

Jack! thank you for what you said about my poem Untitled. I'm glad the voice was confident and the doors are open. Very lovely comments!
xxx susan

Gill Hoffs – Jul 16, 2011

Well, Pinnochio, thanks for the comment and fave on 'Manolos...' - much appreciated! I shall now stick on my hair shirt and dunce's cap, and write a thousand times 'I will only write happy, fluffy, kindly things'. ;) All the best, Gill

David Ackley – Jul 16, 2011

Jack, thanks for catching up with 'that ringing' your comment gave me a good laugh for which even more .

J. Mykell Collinz – Jul 16, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-6.' I appreciate, greatly.

Joani Reese – Jul 15, 2011

Hi Jack: Thanks for your fave and comment or "Soir Bleu." I love ekphrasis because it gives me carte blanche to tell big, fat lies about someone else's narrative. This piece was fun to write but took years in the tinkering.

Maura Fitzgerald – Jul 15, 2011

Hey Jack, just want to thank you for reading Snapshot. Appreciate your comments...family photos can be so telling and full of dark corners. And we all have them -- under the bed, stuffed in bags, hidden in closets, etc.

Nicolette Wong – Jul 14, 2011

Hey Jack, thanks for your kind words on my work, as always. When are you going to send something new to Dark Chaos?

Bill Yarrow – Jul 13, 2011

Haha! Great comment on the tree poem. Thanks, Jack!

MaryAnne Kolton – Jul 12, 2011

Jack, so glad you've never experienced it. If you ever feel it coming on, just swim as fast as you can. . .Think it's part of my Russian, Polish, Irish, Welsh and Italian heritage. All very passionate people and all a little screwy!

Robert Salley – Jul 11, 2011

Hey Jack... Loved Dr. Doom. Fave
Great voice. keep it up!

Gill Hoffs – Jul 11, 2011

Thanks for commenting and fave-ing on 'Sparking a sneeze' - much appreciated!

Greg Davis – Jul 11, 2011

Hi Jack,
Thanks for checking out my post "Amateur Theory of the Universe" and for your kind words about it. Hope you didn't have too bad of nightmares about cosmic jellyfish.

Joani Reese – Jul 11, 2011

Your writing is terrific, Jack, so your comment about and fave for "Release" is especially gratifying. Thanks.

Susan Tepper – Jul 10, 2011

Jack, if we could reincarnate as anyone we wanted, I would become Mozart because of his combination of musicality and idiocy. I am a true Idiotsky at heart, I love the fun side of things... thanks so much for what you said!!!

J. Mykell Collinz – Jul 09, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-5.' I appreciate your comment and *.

Christian Bell – Jul 09, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for reading and commenting on "Shoot"!

Joani Reese – Jul 08, 2011

Hi Jack--Third excessively long wall I've tackled today. You guys are busy here at F'Naut and clearly well loved! Anyway, thanks for your love on "Happy Hour." I appreciate it much.

Foster Trecost – Jul 07, 2011

Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on Hidden Reminders. I really appreciate the time you took for both. fos.

Bill Yarrow – Jul 07, 2011

Thanks for the high marks on "Black Ice"!

Beate Sigriddaughter – Jul 07, 2011

Jack, with all due respect to your wife, I do believe you about the unicorn in your garden! Thanks for your comment and * on The Devil's Advocate.

Jules Archer – Jul 05, 2011

Glad to make you laugh, Jack. Thanks for reading Burn, Baby, Burn.

Gill Hoffs – Jul 03, 2011

Aw, thanks for the comment and fave on 'The Ghost Of A Smile'! Really glad it made you laugh.

Splash!

J. Mykell Collinz – Jul 01, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-4.' I greatly appreciate your helpful comments and suggestions. And *.

Christian Bell – Jul 01, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for reading and commenting on "Swim." I always appreciate your take on my work!

Jules Archer – Jul 01, 2011

Bang, bang, baby. :) Jack - thank you for the read on "Traitor". Appreciate and glad to be back!

James Lloyd Davis – Jun 30, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for the fave, comment and suggestion on "Look in the empty mirror ... tell me what you see."

Bill Yarrow – Jun 30, 2011

Thanks, Jack. Glad you liked "Paradise Island." Working on it since I was a wee lad.

Mark Reep – Jun 29, 2011

Jack, thanks for your comment on 'Berthier Door', and for the fav. Had some good coffee that morning :) Glad you enjoyed!

Jim V – Jun 28, 2011

Jack appreciate the read and comment on "The Disease". Looks like I caught it bad anyway. :)

MaryAnne Kolton – Jun 28, 2011

Jack, told JLD putting his ashes in the nearest dumpster. . .I will, however, make sure to put them in a box which previously contained a very expensive pair of shoes. . .Mar

J. Mykell Collinz – Jun 27, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-3.' Your comments are greatly appreciated. As is your *.

Traci Moore – Jun 27, 2011

Hi Jack, Thanks very much for your comments on my story, "The Wonders of Wonder". Very kind of you!

Foster Trecost – Jun 27, 2011

Hi Jack, thanks for reading Bliss - I appreciate your thoughts. fos.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jun 26, 2011

Thank you for reading and the kind words for "Looking Both Ways." Much appreciated.

Barry Friesen – Jun 25, 2011

SO glad you found "Hat Trick" COMIC, Jack. Me, too; all for fun, I thought. But Jeez, put a strap in the hands of a father, and some readers go Dickensian! Ha. Brutish father, blah blah. Sometimes this writing gig is like herding cats....

Thanks for adding lift to my day!

Gill Hoffs – Jun 25, 2011

Thanks for fave-ing 'Shoot first' and taking the time to comment - I'm still mulling over your suggestion about losing the last line. Might try that when I find somewhere to submit. All the best, Gill

Sam Rasnake – Jun 25, 2011

Great painting, Jack. Thanks for the link.

David Ackley – Jun 24, 2011

Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on "South Texas Mobius."

Bill Yarrow – Jun 23, 2011

Thanks for commenting on and faving "The Lost Boys," Jack. Grateful to have you as a reader.

Tawnysha Greene – Jun 22, 2011

Thank you so much for your comments on "Momma and Me." I appreciate them a lot!

Marcus Speh – Jun 20, 2011

i'm not in a position to be generous, really...just growing alongside all of you. it is curious though isn't it: i have plenty of pieces that i don't think too much of but others do. still no idea what to do with that sentiment. suck up the sugar, i suppose.

Roberta – Jun 20, 2011

Thank you for the comment on 'Beneath the Worlds.'

It's so interesting to me that it read to you as frightening. It's based on some ideas from a Werner Herzog documentary 'The Cave of Forgotten Dreams.' To me the landscape he depicts - man roaming alongside the wild animals - just felt incredible to me. (But maybe my piece is a bit darker!)

Nicolette Wong – Jun 20, 2011

thanks for your lovely comment on The Statue. you put it perfectly: 'to make the heart stand still'. i guess that's what most of us strive for.

Marcus Speh – Jun 19, 2011

thank you for commenting on "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/under-the-apple-tree">under the apple tree</a>", glad you liked it.

Robert Vaughan – Jun 19, 2011

Hi Jack, thanks for the read and comments on my 3 Short Shorts. I always enjoy your sentiments, your style shining through.

J. Mykell Collinz – Jun 19, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-2' From south of Bakersfield, I appreciate your comment and *.

Roberta – Jun 18, 2011

Thank you very much for the comment on 'Mulch.' And for the sentence nomination! :P Made me laugh.

Bill Yarrow – Jun 17, 2011

Thanks for faving "Demolition Derby," Jack. Here's to swing and swagger!

Christian Bell – Jun 16, 2011

Jack, thanks for your comments on "Drive"!

James Lloyd Davis – Jun 15, 2011

Holy Christmas, Jack ... took me twenty minutes to get to a clear space on your wall. Lotta people like you. Not surprising. Thanks for the fave and the comment on "The running from San Pedro blues." Only time I ever got seasick was in the wallows off Frisco Bay enroute to Seattle after a hard night in a bar near Pine and Jones on the hill.

Ralph never answered. I called out to him long and hard and often. I think he drowned.

J. Mykell Collinz – Jun 14, 2011

'Mercury Unbound,' thanks for reading and commenting, Jack.

Kari Nguyen – Jun 13, 2011

Hi Jack, thanks so much for stopping by Migration! Happy you liked it.

J. Mykell Collinz – Jun 11, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Destiny Knocking-2.' I appreciate your encouraging comment.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jun 11, 2011

Thank you for Benaue Rice Terraces. Much appreciated.

Mark Reep – Jun 11, 2011

Thanks very much for faving 'Bukowski', Jack. Fun piece, one of those that nearly wrote itself- All I had to do was not mess it up :)

Mark Reep – Jun 09, 2011

Jack, thanks so much for your comments on House By The Sea.
Quiet, understated etc is generally a priority, so your feedback means a lot.

Foster Trecost – Jun 09, 2011

Jack, you just described my story with the title of my favorite Beatles song (except for Paul's part in the middle) - thank you! And thanks for the read, too. fos.

Bill Yarrow – Jun 09, 2011

You can't go home again, right! Thanks, Jack, for the fave of "Hitting the Wall."

Linda Simoni-Wastila – Jun 07, 2011

Jack, thanks so much for reading and faving ANT FARM -- much appreciated, sir! Peace...

Bill Yarrow – Jun 06, 2011

Don't know about masterpiece, but thanks for faving "Prowl Car," Jack!

J. Mykell Collinz – Jun 05, 2011

Hi, Jack thanks for reading 'Destiny Knocking.' I appreciate your insightful comment.

Marcus Speh – Jun 05, 2011

jack, that is one of my own favorite sentiments that you picked out of <a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/in-the-nude">in the nude</a>. thank you. i suppose "vintage" is a compliment and doesn't just mean "aged & expensive" ;-)

Tina Barry – Jun 05, 2011

Hi Jack. Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you found the comb and brush so amusing.

Foster Trecost – Jun 02, 2011

Hi Jack, thanks for reading my telephone story - I always appreciate your comments. fos.

J. Mykell Collinz – May 31, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'The Forest is Falling.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *.

Berit Ellingsen – May 30, 2011

Hi Jack! Thanks for the comment about Repatriation! I see you're wearing your viking horns with pride. :) For a moment I wasn't sure if that was a samurai or a viking helmet. Glad to see the larger picture on your wall.

Jane Hammons – May 28, 2011

Thanks for the comment and fave on Headstone III, Jack.

J.A. Pak – May 26, 2011

Thanks so much for commenting on "The Woodsman"!

Jackson Stone – May 26, 2011

Hey Jack- thanks for the note and the fave of "let us be thankful"

Bill Yarrow – May 26, 2011

Jack, thanks for your comment on and fave of "Mad Love." "Insanely good" is how I might define love in general--no figure of speech!

Roberto C. Garcia – May 23, 2011

Hi Jack, thank you for your comments on "For Liu Xiabo". I want to spread this poem far and wide so that we don't forget about this man. He is a modern revolutionary for non violent change.

Fred Osuna – May 20, 2011

Thanks for your generous first comment on my hint fiction, "Bumper Repair." Always appreciate you, Jack.

Jerry Ratch – May 20, 2011

Thanks, Jack. Again!

Susan Tepper – May 19, 2011

Jack I only get "a bunch" of stars when I get them from you. So happy you had fun with "Tool"!
xxx susan

ABxx – May 19, 2011

Hi Jack--Thanks for the great comments and fav on "Il Silenzio".

I.

Christopher Allen – May 18, 2011

Hey, Jack! Thank you for stopping by and commenting on "The Pain Taster"! :)

James Lloyd Davis – May 17, 2011

Jack, thank you for the commment and the A+ for "On the train to Otsu Station." Don't get many A+s these days. Come to think of it, I never did.

Julie Innis – May 16, 2011

You, sir, are too kind, and it's much appreciated!

J. Mykell Collinz – May 16, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Customer Obsessed.' I greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Carol Reid – May 16, 2011

Thanks sincerely for the kind comments, Jack!

MaryAnne Kolton – May 14, 2011

Thanks Jack, having an out of body experience the last few days and think I've produced some automatic writing. I feel it coming on now so I added something for you to BREAKING NEWS

Fred Osuna – May 14, 2011

Thanks for reading and faving "Clockwork," Jack. You're right: Bill rocks.

Mark Reep – May 14, 2011

Jack, thanks for taking time to read and comment on House Rabbit, glad you enjoyed. Was telling Sam, I enjoyed last year's NL playoffs and the Giants WS win a lot. Tim Lincecum is so much fun to watch. Wilson's a great closer, they've got a great manager too.

Drew Jackson – May 14, 2011

Jack, thanks much for the kind words.

Best,

Drew

MaryAnne Kolton – May 12, 2011

Jack, your comments about my work are so generous. Thank you, thank you!

James Lloyd Davis – May 12, 2011

Jack, if I ever become a famous author, will I get a few groupies? Thanks for the great comment on "The complete, unabridged contents of an abandoned diary found in Memphis."

Foster Trecost – May 12, 2011

Hi Jack, thanks for reading Table Thoughts, and thanks for the comment, too. I really appreciate your feedback. fos.

Bill Yarrow – May 05, 2011

Thanks for commenting on "Semi Tiresias," Jack.

See ya – May 04, 2011

Hi, Jack. Ahh, it's a pleasure to see that you stopped by and read my recent story here. Thanks to you many times over.

Ajay Vishwanathan – May 04, 2011

Appreciate you taking the time to read Snake Walk, Jack!

James Lloyd Davis – May 04, 2011

Jack, thanks for the fave and the comment on "Romancing the bones of Belinda." I wish that for every flash I write, I had time enough to write a novel. Course, then I'd have to be Joyce Carol Oates.

Roberta – May 03, 2011

Thank you for the comment on 'Blind'. (Though I don't quite get the Bette Paige ref?) And no: inspired more (at least in part) by some of my favourite animal totem archetypes. Snakes and jungle cats are obviously wonderful. :)

Marc Lowe – May 02, 2011

Thanks, Jack. Much appreciated!

Tina Barry – May 02, 2011

I would have responded sooner, but it took me 20 minutes to scroll down your page! Thanks for the kind words about "Fever". Any more cat stories I can look forward to?

Jen Knox – May 01, 2011

Thanks, Jack. It always helps to write through this type of thing :)
And insurance, yes!!!

M.H. – Apr 28, 2011

Hi Jack,
A big, big thank you for your nice words on "The Last Swim" :)

Kathy Fish – Apr 28, 2011

Thanks for the kind words & fav, Jack. Glad you liked "The Bed"!

James Lloyd Davis – Apr 28, 2011

Jack, thanks for the fave and the comment on "The Rising."

Bill Yarrow – Apr 27, 2011

Thanks, Jack. Glad "Bats in the Catacomb" worked for you. Thanks for the fave!

Jerry Ratch – Apr 27, 2011

Thanks for the faves, Jack. Appreciated so much!

John Wentworth Chapin – Apr 22, 2011

Thanks for the kind comments on "Eggshell White Frigidaire" -- it's fiction indeed, although I'll never forget my mother's face when I arrived blood-drenched in the kitchen after little Brucie Clark shot me in the hand with his BB gun...

Julie Innis – Apr 22, 2011

Jack, thank you for your vote of confidence. Always appreciated.

Foster Trecost – Apr 21, 2011

Jack, thanks so much for reading and commenting on Misplaced Emotions. Your reaction is just what I hoped, for things to be just a bit ambiguous. Thanks also for the fave. fos.

Bill Yarrow – Apr 21, 2011

Thanks, Jack! Glad you liked "Addictions." Thanks for the fave.

Roberto C. Garcia – Apr 20, 2011

Thanks for the love on "I will be a child again" Jack. Glad you like it!

Andrew Stancek – Apr 20, 2011

Jack, I really appreciate your comment on "Parrot". I fear that both Mirko and the parrot are heading into the eye of the storm. Stay tuned! And I just read your "Naked Ladies" which is one terrific story.

Foster Trecost – Apr 18, 2011

Hi Jack. Thanks for reading Books and Covers, and thanks for the comment, too - means a lot! fos.

Jules Archer – Apr 17, 2011

JS - thank ya sir for the read on Woman.

Robert Vaughan – Apr 17, 2011

Jack, thanks so much for your recent comments on "Loneliness." I really appreciate them!

Bill Yarrow – Apr 14, 2011

Jack, funny how our trifles ("The Truth Will Out") hit the bulls eye more often than the products of our hard labor. Thanks for liking and starring (!) this, whatever it is.

Foster Trecost – Apr 14, 2011

Hi Jack, thanks for reading More Important than Money, I really appreciate that. And thanks for the comment, too - means a lot to me. fos.

Jerry Ratch – Apr 13, 2011

Thanks for the suggestion, Jack! Fixed it! I hope!

Jessie Campbell – Apr 12, 2011

Thank you for the kind words and the fav on "The Grape."

Matthew A. Hamilton – Apr 12, 2011

Glad you enjoyed The Dancing Lady. Thank you for reading. And thanks for the editorial suggestion. If it gets published again, I'll chop the last lines.

J. Mykell Collinz – Apr 12, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Made in Japan-2.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.

Jerry Ratch – Apr 11, 2011

Thanks for your encouragement, Jack. Much appreciated!

Chelsea Biondolillo – Apr 11, 2011

Thank you for the kind words on "Latecomber"-- I think I was tougher then than I am now. :)

Robert Vaughan – Apr 06, 2011

Hey Jack, thanks for your recent comments and fave of "Watching Them." I am so grateful.

James Lloyd Davis – Apr 06, 2011

Jack,thanks for the fave and the comment on "Women? Don't get me started."

Brendan McKennedy – Apr 05, 2011

Hey Jack! Thanks for commenting and faving "Where You Lay Your Dreams"!

Mark Reep – Apr 04, 2011

Hi Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on Get Me Gone. Another segment's upcoming at A-Minor, and a longer one's making the rounds- More shortly :) All best!

Pamela J. Parker – Apr 04, 2011

Hi Jack - thanks so much for the comment and fave on "Secrets." Appreciate it!

Christian Bell – Apr 02, 2011

Jack, thanks for your recent comments on "Anemia." Always appreciate your read on my works!

J. Mykell Collinz – Apr 01, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Made in Japan.' I appreciate your comment and * very much.

Mark Reep – Apr 01, 2011

Hi Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on Ambiguity. Glad you enjoyed :)

Bill Yarrow – Apr 01, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for commenting on "Disappearing Ink." Glad you liked it!

Tina Barry – Apr 01, 2011

Hi Jack,
So glad you like "August" and thanks for the five stars! I'm waiting breathlessly for your next cat story....

Joe Tripician – Mar 30, 2011

Thanks for your comment on "My Night with Sarah Palin" - It included more homework than you can imagine.

Jules Archer – Mar 30, 2011

Jack - so many thanks for reading "Hog Heaven". Appreciate.

M.H. – Mar 29, 2011

Hi Devilkin,
Thanks so much for reading and commenting on "Christina Heppel" :)

Roberto C. Garcia – Mar 29, 2011

Jack, thanks for your comments on "Lunch Bird". They are appreciated and I will continue to tinker with it and keep your suggestion in mind. That's the kind of feedback I love to receive.

Susan Tepper – Mar 29, 2011

Jack, Jack, it's you, you, thank you, thank you! on Ringing

Pamela J. Parker – Mar 29, 2011

Many thanks for the fave and comments on "Waiting." So appreciate it!

Kim Conklin – Mar 28, 2011

Thanks so much for the comment and fave on Humpty Dumpty 2011, Jack! Listening to the meaning rather than the words can be crazy but fun!

Foster Trecost – Mar 28, 2011

Hey Jack, thanks for the read (man on the run). thanks for the comments, too. and for the fave. Thanks all round. fos.

Misti Rainwater-Lites – Mar 28, 2011

Hi Jack! Thanks for complimenting & favoriting my cock story!

M – Mar 28, 2011

Hi Jack. I'm sorry I'm late in thanking you for your comments on what I wanted in 1968. So thank you! And cheers.

Michael J. Solender – Mar 28, 2011

Naw..here is how I deal with neighbors I don't like: http://theflashfictionoffensive.blogspot.com/2011/03/cold-storage-by-michael-j-solender.html

Frankie Saxx – Mar 25, 2011

Jack, thanks for your comment on Picking Up Physicists. I thought Naked Ladies was phat, but didn't leave a note as it seemed a little late on. Looking forward to reading more of your extensive backlog.

-F.

James Lloyd Davis – Mar 25, 2011

Jack, thanks for the fave and the high praise on "She said.' You're the best.

David Ackley – Mar 24, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for the great comment on "tortillas."

Misti Rainwater-Lites – Mar 24, 2011

Hello Jack! Thanks so much for commenting on my latest and for making it a fave.

Bill Yarrow – Mar 23, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for commenting on and the high marks on the Translator poem. I need to keep up my GPA.

Cherise Wolas – Mar 23, 2011

Jack, love that comment "heady brew" - many thanks, my friend, for the comments and star on Sisters At The Lake!

Bill Yarrow – Mar 23, 2011

Thanks for the fave of "Ribs," Jack. Your endorsement always carries weight.

Shelagh Power-Chopra – Mar 21, 2011

Very cool to have Beethoven's birthday. Nice!

Misti Rainwater-Lites – Mar 20, 2011

Hi Jack! Thanks so much for commenting on Cooter Shorts and for making it a favorite.

Erin Zulkoski – Mar 20, 2011

Jack, thank you for reading and the fav on "Thing."
You make my day. I think it's the viking helmet.
:)

Robert Vaughan – Mar 20, 2011

Jack,

As always, thanks for your comments on "Dew Drop Inn." I am grateful for your support.

Shelagh Power-Chopra – Mar 20, 2011

Jack, thanks for you nice comments on Old Salty! ...more to come..

James Lloyd Davis – Mar 19, 2011

Jack, thanks for the fave and positive comment on "From the Fotomat - Print #31."

Larry Strattner – Mar 17, 2011

And the winner is...!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.
LS

Mark Reep – Mar 16, 2011

Hi Jack, thanks for your comments on Snowdick, and for the fav. Was a fun piece, glad you enjoyed!

Chelsea Biondolillo – Mar 15, 2011

Thank you for your * on Punk Rock Girls, Jack. Gotta love those self monitoring crowds... Your burly friend sounds like he could have come in handy!

Jules Archer – Mar 15, 2011

Jack! Thank you for the cool comment and the * on Cuffless.

Misti Rainwater-Lites – Mar 13, 2011

Hi Jack~
Thanks so much for readin' & appreciatin' my story.

Kim Conklin – Mar 12, 2011

Thanks for the awesome comment and fave on 2010, What I Wanted, Jack! You are far too kind...

Roberta – Mar 12, 2011

Thank you for the comment on 'Crackle.' And yes, what you said - absolutely.

Christian Bell – Mar 11, 2011

Jack, thanks for your read and comments on "Soulless, Dreamless." Glad to hear you loved the Crow section!

Marda Miller – Mar 10, 2011

Hi Jack - your comment and fave on Too Late warmed my heart and made my day. Also made me feel good about going ahead and publishing this :) Thank you.

James Lloyd Davis – Mar 10, 2011

Jack, thanks ever so much for your generous comment on "1967, The things they wanted." You're a @%%$#@&* prince.

Catherine Davis – Mar 09, 2011

Jack Swenson, Cat Herder (I love that) - thank you for reading and your remarks* on "Lovelies." So kind, I'm wowed.

Jules Archer – Mar 08, 2011

Jack-
Thank you for the feedback on "Health Code". So appreciated!

Jane Hammons – Mar 07, 2011

Thanks for reading The Uninvited Guest, Jack. I hope that sentence was the only one that elicited memories!

Mary Lane – Mar 07, 2011

Mr. Swenson, with a Nordic helmet (I do love me a viking photo), thank you so much for reading, commenting, and faving my 1999 piece. I look forward to your pillaging. All the best, HM

Jerry Ratch – Mar 07, 2011

Appreciate your comments on my Adulterated Memoirs, Jack. Thank you so much!

Soon to be deleted – Mar 07, 2011

Thanks for reading 2089

Bill Yarrow – Mar 06, 2011

Thanks for the comment on "In My Nephritic Dreams." You'll have to excuse me. I have a bad expostulate.

Jason Henry McCormick – Mar 05, 2011

Captain Ron is one of a kind; nobody from around here, Earth, could ever fill his shoes, because Captain Ron doesn't wear any shoes. He is half Chuck Norris, and half the Most Interesting Man in the World in the Dos Equis commercials. He is one man who can replace two and a half men. Somebody call CBS.

Thanks, Jack, for reading my story about pirates.

Marda Miller – Feb 28, 2011

Hi Jack - thank you so much for your touching comment on 2006, and for the fave. It put a smile on my face.

Erin Zulkoski – Feb 27, 2011

Jack Attack;
Thank you for the comment and fav on "Not Her."
:)

Soon to be deleted – Feb 27, 2011

Jack, thanks for the kudos on Aftermath!

Jerry Ratch – Feb 27, 2011

Thank you so much, Jack!

Catherine Davis – Feb 27, 2011

Jack, thanks for your fav on my romp! (ooh, that doesn't sound right does it?) Appreciate your read.

Erin Zulkoski – Feb 26, 2011

Jack, thank you for the read and fav on 2010, What I Wanted. I'll have a chat with Scarlett about you. Keep your fingers crossed!

Bill Yarrow – Feb 25, 2011

Thanks, Jack! Glad you liked "Staring at Waves."

Shelagh Power-Chopra – Feb 25, 2011

Thanks so much Jack! Wanna be my agent?!

Matthew A. Hamilton – Feb 24, 2011

Thank you for the high praise for The Dancing Lady. Yes, I hope to write a longer version one day.

Erin Zulkoski – Feb 23, 2011

Mister Jack: thanks for faving "Horny." I don't know about you, but I'm hungry for nacho cheese Bugles now. :)

Karen Eileen Sikola – Feb 22, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for your comment about "Sunrises and Borrowed Pages." Much appreciated.

Mark Reep – Feb 22, 2011

Hi Jack, glad you enjoyed Bad Attitude. Telan's one of those characters who's been kicking around for awhile waiting her turn, so your feedback on this segment's much appreciated. Thanks!

Jim V – Feb 21, 2011

Jack, thanks so uch for your comment on Welder-Skelter.

Jerry Ratch – Feb 18, 2011

Thanks again, Jack!

Jane Hammons – Feb 18, 2011

Thanks for your generous comment on Descanso, Jack--especially from someone who knows so well how to do micro. (Is that like the macarena? I dunno)

Tina Barry – Feb 18, 2011

Thanks for the kind words about "Frida...." and for the star. I'm dedicating my next poem, "Frida with House Cat, 2011" to you.

Karen Eileen Sikola – Feb 17, 2011

Thanks for stopping by, Jack. Glad you enjoyed "21."

Soon to be deleted – Feb 17, 2011

Hey Jack, thanks for the comment on Baby...glad you like it!

Cynthia Hawkins – Feb 17, 2011

A comment *and* a fave! You're the best, Jack. Thanks for reading "Hoops."

Bill Yarrow – Feb 17, 2011

Thanks for reading and commenting on "Sermon of Lilacs." Gracias por el favo!

M – Feb 17, 2011

Thanks for your awesome comments on to reggie, antarctic baby daddy!

Roberto C. Garcia – Feb 15, 2011

Hi Jack! Thanks for the awesome comments on "Oh, dinner". Much obliged!

Jules Archer – Feb 15, 2011

JS - My best guy...thank you mucho for reading and commenting on "Liplorn". C'mon, Jack...what would you tell the girl? :) Have a happy Valentine's Day.

M – Feb 13, 2011

Thanks for the very kind words about ash, Jack. I've got to read me some more Jack Swenson soon. Needing a fix.

Shelagh Power-Chopra – Feb 13, 2011

Thank you, thank you, Jack! For your nice comments & of course, your sense of humor.

Kim Conklin – Feb 09, 2011

Thanks for the comment and fave on 10 Keys, Jack! Loved your answer...

Bill Yarrow – Feb 09, 2011

I'll wear all those asterisk stars as a medal on my Fictionaut uniform. Thanks, Jack, for the kind words on "The Assassination of Sadat."

Kim Conklin – Feb 09, 2011

Jack, I'm honored for a day or two, and always enamored with directness and honesty! :)

Yasmin Elaine Waring – Feb 08, 2011

Hello Jack. Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to review my pieces and offer such encouraging words. It means alot to me.

Roberto C. Garcia – Feb 08, 2011

Thanks for the awesome comments on "Muse" Jack. Much appreciated.

Soon to be deleted – Feb 07, 2011

Glad you like I.C. Thanks for the comment!

Frank Vander Rasky – Feb 07, 2011

Hi Jack. Happy you enjoyed “Badabing Badaboom.” Your comment and fave much appreciated! Franco :)

Lacey N. Dunham – Feb 07, 2011

Hi Jack - Thanks for the comment and the fave on "Safa's Hair." It's taken a long time for it to arrive at its current state, so what a relief that it is, at last, working!

Larry Strattner – Feb 05, 2011

Thanks for the comment on my quasi Jack London Robert Altman (McCabe and Mrs. Miller) piece. It seemed timely. I hope you too are surviving the winter. (I'm sure you're doing better than SoCal.) I'm flying thru SFO next week, pray for the fog to be out.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Feb 04, 2011

Thanks for the * for Mama's Funeral. Glad you liked it.

J. Mykell Collinz – Feb 03, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Stupiditās.' I appreciate your insightful comment.

Carol Reid – Feb 03, 2011

Jack, thanks for being such a good pal, and for your comments!

Bill Yarrow – Feb 03, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for commenting on "Wahrheit und Dichtung." Wind chills in Chicago going down to negative 40 tonight. Glad I'm inside writing to you.

Matt DeVirgiliis – Feb 01, 2011

Jack, thanks for commenting on Love At Last. Much appreciated.

Christian Bell – Feb 01, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for your comment on Echoless!

J. Mykell Collinz – Jan 31, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Big Bang Cools.' I greatly appreciate your comments.

M.H. – Jan 30, 2011

Thank you so much, Jack, for your nice words on my story :)!

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jan 30, 2011

Thank you for putting a * on Border Town. Much appreciated.

Boudreau Freret – Jan 29, 2011

Thank you for reading, commenting, and faving Froggy!

Jules Archer – Jan 25, 2011

Jack! Many thanks for the comments and fave on Solar Plexus. Always glad to get a read from you. :)

Susan Tepper – Jan 22, 2011

Jack my head is def in a fog, where things are quite peaceful indeed... it's is PEACE my mom is wishing for me. that elusive PEACE...

Bill Yarrow – Jan 19, 2011

"Had a lot of trouble returning serves"-(in the figurative sense I wrote about) expected nothing less of you!

Thanks for fave of "Fate."

Kim Conklin – Jan 19, 2011

Thanks so much for the great comment and fave on Sins of the Father, Jack! Did you look under the couch for your socks? :)

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jan 19, 2011

Thanks for the * for Dubai on Ice. Much appreciated.

Tawnysha Greene – Jan 19, 2011

Thank you for your kind words on "Make-Believe." I appreciate them very much.

J. Mykell Collinz – Jan 18, 2011

Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Z Boson with a Hardron.' I appreciate your chuckling comment and *.

Mark Reep – Jan 18, 2011

Hi Jack, thanks for faving Last Bell, and for the very kind words. Much appreciated!

Michael J. Solender – Jan 18, 2011

Leave it to a Norseman to appreciate a good lunker story - thx Jack!

Bill Yarrow – Jan 17, 2011

Thanks for commenting on and faving "George," Jack. Glad you liked it.

Raymond Gibson – Jan 15, 2011

I do like "Silent Summer," but think the ending may be a bit too quick and telling. Just a thought for revision: I think an image that lingers would be a good end for this story, one that hints rather than declares too clear (like the characters' uncertainty). Show the vehicles driving off rather than just saying what they are. I think it can be stronger that way.

Bill Yarrow – Jan 15, 2011

Ha ha! I meant your mad speaker. Somehow, that just seemed right for him--closet transvestite.

M.H. – Jan 15, 2011

Thanks so much, Jack, for your generous comments - so glad you liked "The Forest" :)

Foster Trecost – Jan 14, 2011

Hi Jack, thanks for reading Just for Kicks, I appreciate the comments! fos.

Mark Reep – Jan 14, 2011

Hi Jack, glad you enjoyed Loch Traignarry Light. Much appreciated!

Linda Simoni-Wastila – Jan 08, 2011

Jack, thanks so much for your kind words on It's True What They Say -- mucho appreciated! Peace...

Susan Tepper – Jan 08, 2011

Yeah, Jack, I mean, honestly, no sex scene??? You SHOULD be ashamed!!!
Well there's always the next story... HA!

Susan Tepper – Jan 08, 2011

Jack, yes, Hydra, yes, snow here, yes horrible here. I really enjoyed your humor, Jack... haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
did you get my note that the books arrived? GORGEOUS & Enjoying reading!

Carol Reid – Jan 08, 2011

Hey, you read my story! Thanks loads, Jack:)

Kim Conklin – Jan 07, 2011

Thanks very much for the comment and fave on Unheard, Jack. I'm happy it resonated with you.

Jane Hammons – Jan 06, 2011

Hey Jack, Thanks for your comment on Headstone. I write about a poem a decade, so I'd probably be dead before I'd qualify for your Poet of the Year award, but I appreciate the thought (it's what counts after all!).

Frank Vander Rasky – Jan 06, 2011

Thanks, Jack, for the read and your generous comments on “Oh, Fish Eggs!” Much appreciated.

Bill Yarrow – Jan 05, 2011

Perfect reaction to "Whiplash Marriage." Just what I was hoping for. Thank you, Jack!

Con Chapman – Jan 05, 2011

Jack--thanks for reading 21. A personal poem, didn't know if the subject was too close to consider.

I've been out of the loop because of end-of-year work, hope to get back to this site more.

Kathy Fish – Jan 04, 2011

Hey Jack Swenson, thanks for the good words for "Empty." Norwegians are awesome, all around. ;-)

Jules Archer – Jan 04, 2011

JS! Thanks for the kind comment on "I Like It". Love hearing from you.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jan 04, 2011

Thank you for the * for Homeless. Much appreciated.

Larry Strattner – Jan 03, 2011

Thanks for the encouragement on, A Life, Jack. Whenever there's a literary term I'm not quite sure of I throw it into a story to see if anyone salutes. Cheers, LS

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jan 03, 2011

Thanks for reading Protest. Glad you liked it.

Bill Yarrow – Dec 29, 2010

Don't take it down. It's good. I guess I was just a little foggy when I first read it. Sex--yes--I should have guessed!

Susan Tepper – Dec 26, 2010

Jack it's a looooong scroll to the comment box here, you gotta lot of fan mail! Thank you Jack for the high praise on "Bones" I feel very proud that you wrote that about my story.

Roberta – Dec 23, 2010

Thank you for the comment on 'Gift!' Much appreciated.

Kim Conklin – Dec 23, 2010

Thanks for the great comment and fave on Things Left Unsaid, Jack! It means a lot that you liked the hair-raising ride!

Angela Kubinec – Dec 23, 2010

Got your plate at the "Dessert Buffet". Thanks.

Bill Yarrow – Dec 23, 2010

"Whatever happened to the Towson girl? I've always wondered."
Me too!
Thanks for the comment and fave of "Mussel Memory."

Bill Yarrow – Dec 23, 2010

"Ah, yes, the dreaded MM. Yet Marlow begins his sentences with subject & verb. What to do? What to do? And the AHD says either oversize and oversized is correct."
I knew I never get those by you!
Happy holidays, Jack!

Marcus Speh – Dec 21, 2010

thank you jack for your warm, kind words on "winter". may the festive season hold more warmth and kindness for you and yours! greetings from berlin.

James Lloyd Davis – Dec 21, 2010

Jack, thanks for your great comment on my story, The Victorian Sunset of Daniel Ellison."

Larry Strattner – Dec 20, 2010

Thanks Jack, for the Critic's Dance contest. I've been edititing this right on the posting (I know I shouldn't) After your comment I considered cutting it to just the next to last paragraph. "Flashing it for fictionaut"

Susan Tepper – Dec 20, 2010

Jack so happy you enjoyed Idiotsky. I love
Chekhov and so it was great fun to write this story. Happy
Christmas!xxx

Shelagh Power-Chopra – Dec 20, 2010

Snow and more snow with sleepy seagulls and smelly quahogs...!

Matthew A. Hamilton – Dec 18, 2010

Thank you for the * for Christmas Miracle. Much appreciated.

Claire King – Dec 17, 2010

Dear Sir Jack, a belated Thank you for you lovely comment on It Stops. Very much appreciated x

Susan Tepper – Dec 15, 2010

Jack does anything escape your eagle's eye and eagle's heart? Thank you pal o mine for "saying"...

Kim Conklin – Dec 13, 2010

Thanks for the great comment and fave on A Question of Choice, Jack! Love the name, Fergus Falls. That alone is worth a road trip!

Cheryl Snell – Dec 13, 2010

Yep -- eyes wide open. Thank you so much for reading Ninety, Jack.

Julie Innis – Dec 11, 2010

Wow, a comment like that from you? Feels like I musta won the lottery - thank you!

Lynn Beighley – Dec 09, 2010

Jack, if I can work out a happy ending to "Beige" I'll dedicate it to you. :) Thanks for the comment and fave!

Roberta – Dec 09, 2010

Thank you for the comment and * on 'Arms of the Forest,' Jack. Thought-provoking is generally good...

Cherise Wolas – Dec 09, 2010

Jack, as always, I love having you read my work. Thanks for the lovely comments on Ping Pong!

Jules Archer – Dec 07, 2010

We girls are gonna git you boys, JS! But that said...thanks for reading "Help Me Own You" and your comments. They made me laugh. And howl.

Kim Conklin – Dec 07, 2010

Thanks for the comment on Heart Line, Jack. I always appreciate your thoughts.

M – Dec 06, 2010

Thank you for your awesome comments about god's man, Jack. So glad you read and liked! Hope you are well. -- Q

Matthew A. Hamilton – Dec 06, 2010

Thank you for reading Admission. Much appreciated.

Shelagh Power-Chopra – Dec 06, 2010

Jack, thanks so much for your nice comments, love your avatar, or is that really you!?

kim teeple – Dec 05, 2010

Hi Jack, I really appreciate your kind comment on my story Punk and adding a fav to it as well! Thank you so much!

M – Dec 01, 2010

Thank you for your kind remarks about loon, Jack. I so appreciate them! Cheers. -- Q

Christian Bell – Dec 01, 2010

Jack, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on Raging Life!

ABxx – Dec 01, 2010

Thank you, Jack. I'm trying to create a bit more texture throughout this work with the letters. I so appreciate you sticking with, following this story.

ABxx – Dec 01, 2010

Thank you, Jack. I'm trying to create a bit more texture throughout this work with the letters. I so appreciate you sticking with, following this story.

Joani Reese – Dec 01, 2010

Thanks for your kind comment about "The Rest Home" Jack.

Larry Strattner – Nov 30, 2010

Thanks for Requiem comment Jack. BTW did you see recently; cats have an innate understanding of hydraulics? The way they lap water with an upside-down tongue curl is unique.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Nov 30, 2010

Thanks Jack. Glad you enjoyed Hands.

M.H. – Nov 29, 2010

Hi Jack - I'm thrilled you liked "Willie Nelson" - thanks for reading :)!

Bill Yarrow – Nov 29, 2010

Hey, Jack. Thanks for the fave of "The Proud Accounting."

Kathy Fish – Nov 26, 2010

Very glad to hear that, Jack. :-)

Matt Dennison – Nov 23, 2010

Excuse me, sir. Can I help you carry your groceries out to the car?

(thanks for all the recent comments!)

Jules Archer – Nov 22, 2010

JS - always appreciate a read from you. Many thanks for your comments on "Lay on Me".

Kim Conklin – Nov 22, 2010

Thanks for the kind words and fave on Eat, Pray, Network, Jack! Best (personal) writing advice I ever got was: You're best when the issue is right in your face! :)

Bill Yarrow – Nov 22, 2010

Thanks for commenting on "Dad and the Red Light," Jack. Appreciate it greatly.

Shelagh Power-Chopra – Nov 22, 2010

Thank you Jack, for your comments on Palace! Embellished fiction of course...

Kathy Fish – Nov 19, 2010

Very kind of you to say, Jack. Thanks!

David Ackley – Nov 19, 2010

Thanks, Jack, Good of you to notice my little nature parable, the detailed comment very pleasant to read.

Susan Tepper – Nov 18, 2010

Jack, so glad you like "Rug"! How's things...?

Michelle Elvy – Nov 16, 2010

Jack! Your lovely comment on The Chair made my night. Deft: gosh. !!

Bill Yarrow – Nov 15, 2010

Thanks for the fave on "Raw Salt." Appreciate it!

ABxx – Nov 15, 2010

Hi Jack, I so, so appreciate you following this story--and enjoying it enought to do so. Many thanks.

ABxx – Nov 11, 2010

Hi Jack, I love that you spied a poem in those first four lines. Love your input. Thanks!

Jerry Ratch – Nov 10, 2010

Thanks again, Jack! Appreciate it!

M.H. – Nov 10, 2010

Thanks, Jack, for your enthusiastic response to "She spread her legs and flew away"!

Kim Conklin – Nov 10, 2010

Thanks for the comment and read on Rats, Jack! And I agree, humans can be the hardest animal to love!

Bill Yarrow – Nov 09, 2010

"Well, this ain't stupid stuff." I'll take it! Thanks, Jack, for commenting on "I Am Not a Corpse." Never know what you're going to say but always happy to have you say it.

Jules Archer – Nov 08, 2010

Jack! Thanks for your positive words about "Mama's Mass". Happy you read.

James Lloyd Davis – Nov 08, 2010

Jack, thanks for your comments on "Sand." Glad you enjoyed it.

Cherise Wolas – Nov 08, 2010

Jack, thank you for reading Unpacking Sentences. I am not exactly sure what makes it Lishish (which I assume is not the same as delicious), but having spent the summer in Lish's presence on a weekly basis, I'll take it!

Kathy Fish – Nov 08, 2010

Jack, I feel lucky that you read my stories and always have such positive things to say, thanks also for the star for "Moro".

Michelle Elvy – Nov 08, 2010

Jack! I believe I was reading yours while you were reading mine. How wonderful. I was completely caught up in "Welcome Back" -- such outstanding stuff to read. Been away a while, so good to be back. And thanks SO VERY MUCH for that generous comment on Two Trees. You are a dear.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Nov 05, 2010

hahaha...thank you for reading The Clinic. Yes, I'm ready to come home.

Jules Archer – Nov 05, 2010

Ahem. *faving

Jules Archer – Nov 05, 2010

I expect your best behavior, Jack! And on another note...thanks for reading and facing "Romance Writes".

Jerry Ratch – Nov 04, 2010

Thank you so much, Jack!

Shelagh Power-Chopra – Nov 04, 2010

Thanks once again for your kind words!

Kathy Fish – Nov 04, 2010

Jack, looks like you're doing a lot of reading today! I appreciate your including one of my stories and commenting so kindly on it. Thanks!

James Lloyd Davis – Nov 03, 2010

You called me Sheldon.

Shelagh Power-Chopra – Oct 28, 2010

Thanks so much for the comments, Jack. Will be sure to read the story, if I can find it ;)

Angela Kubinec – Oct 28, 2010

Jack, my pal. Thanks for reading my "Liturgical" bit of writing. Convince me that the hair in the picture actually grows from your own head.

Michael Dickes – Oct 28, 2010

Thanks for commenting on "Not Your Fault." Not autobiographical, but I would love to have a chat with Steinbeck and Bukowski...

Matthew A. Hamilton – Oct 28, 2010

Always honored to have a master read my stuff. Thanks for reading Whitechapel and for the fav.

Kathy Fish – Oct 27, 2010

Jack, you're the best. Where in the Midwest are you from? I'm an Iowa gal myself. Thanks for what you said about "How Elm Trees Die."

Julie Innis – Oct 27, 2010

Jack, so glad my story held up for you! Thank you, thank you!

Bill Yarrow – Oct 25, 2010

Thanks for the swell grades on "Florid Psychosis," Jack. (God, I hate grading!)

Kathy Fish – Oct 25, 2010

Such nice feedback for "Stampede", Jack. Thanks!

Walter Bjorkman – Oct 23, 2010

Appreciate your read of Something Jazzy, one of the few flashes of mine that I like.

Diane Becker – Oct 20, 2010

Hi Jack, appreciate your comments :)

Angela Kubinec – Oct 20, 2010

Jack, thanks for reading "Stolen Shoes". I notice from your bio we have the same vocation.

Jerry Ratch – Oct 20, 2010

Thank you Jack! Appreciate very much your fave!

Bill Yarrow – Oct 19, 2010

Thanks for commenting on "Knot Eye," Jack. Glad you liked it.

Foster Trecost – Oct 18, 2010

Hi Jack, thanks for reading sunrise, and thanks for commenting, too. foster.

Mark Reep – Oct 15, 2010

Jack, thanks so much for your comments on 'Check Engine'. High praise from a master, and I'm floored and greatly encouraged too. All best.

Kim Conklin – Oct 14, 2010

Thanks for the great comment and fave on 4P28, Jack! So glad you found delight in it!

Kathy Fish – Oct 14, 2010

Jack, thanks so much for the nice comments and fave for "Wake Up." Been meaning to post it for awhile. I knew you liked that one.

Jules Archer – Oct 11, 2010

JS - thanks for commenting on "the loudest loud". Made me smile.

p.s. love your blog.

Kathy Fish – Oct 11, 2010

My pleasure, Jack. Thank you for the kind words about "Searching for Samuel Beckett."

Mark Reep – Oct 09, 2010

Jack, thanks for your comment on Better Days, glad you like.
More from that sequence shortly. All best.

ABxx – Oct 09, 2010

Jack, the term "lament" is an ideal fit for this piece. So glad you continue to read and comment. Your feedback usually causes me to look at what I've written in a slightly different way. Best, I.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Oct 08, 2010

Thank you for the high praise for Mafia Girlfriend. Another Raymond Chandler? Maybe...:)

J. Mykell Collinz – Oct 08, 2010

Thanks for reading 'Working the City,' Jack. Your encouraging comments are greatly appreciated.

ABxx – Oct 07, 2010

Hi Jack, Thanks for your read of "Confession"!

Susan Tepper – Oct 05, 2010

Dearest Jack, I'm glad you liked "gutter" thank you

Julie Leung – Oct 03, 2010

Thank you for your comment on "1958-1961." It's tough to be a newbie, thanks for the encouragement. :)

Matthew A. Hamilton – Sep 30, 2010

Thank you for reading Water Heart. Much appreciated.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Sep 30, 2010

Thank you for reading The Dancing Lady. Yea, I was thinking about chopping off the first half, but I don't know. Gotta play with it a little more. I always enjoy hearing from you. I've learned a lot these past several months.

David Ackley – Sep 30, 2010

Thanks, Jack for the read and the fave. Glad you liked this one.

Bill Yarrow – Sep 30, 2010

Thanks for the fav, Jack. Glad you liked "Son of Uncle Sam."

J. Mykell Collinz – Sep 30, 2010

Thanks for reading 'Blues Away,' Jack. Your comments are greatly appreciated.

Kim Conklin – Sep 28, 2010

Thanks for the comment and suggestion on If Wishes Were Horses, Jack. I appreciate the read, and I'll try to expand on my next work break!

Jules Archer – Sep 27, 2010

Wow, "brave writer"? Thanks for the awesome compliment(s) on "Nowhere in Sight". It comes from the heart so glad it affected it. I really appreciate it, JS.

Johnny Dantonio – Sep 27, 2010

Hi Jack! Thanks for reading and commenting on Calluses ... 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!

Susan Tepper – Sep 27, 2010

Jack, I can see you laughing your buns off at my vagina girl story (centerpiece). thanks so much!

Julie Innis – Sep 26, 2010

as always, xo Jack, xo.

Larry Strattner – Sep 26, 2010

Thanks for Snake Eyes, Jack. Gods are pretty iffy. I only like the ones who smile.

Kate Brown – Sep 26, 2010

HI Jack. Cat herder and Viking is an interesting combination... Thanks ever so for your comment on Amoco Cadiz!

Matthew A. Hamilton – Sep 24, 2010

Thank you for reading Rivals and for the suggestion. As always, I appreciate it.

Claire King – Sep 24, 2010

Jack - I'm so glad that Marjory's bag gave you a laugh, and that you were taken with (the very different) Anything Again. I do so appreciate you keeping up and encouraging my mad ramblings this week. I'll be quiet again for a while now!

Larry Strattner – Sep 23, 2010

Thanks for the Fluid Life, Jack. Already three edits on the post. I find it difficult to capture NorCal. (The paper gets all mushy.) Cheers

Christian Bell – Sep 23, 2010

Jack, I don't know what negative space is either, but James said it and it sounded good so I joined in.

Gary Moshimer – Sep 23, 2010

I mean, cat herder, not car herder.

Gary Moshimer – Sep 23, 2010

Thanks, Jack, especially since you are a car herder, and know about their hat thing.

Cherise Wolas – Sep 21, 2010

Jack,
Thank you for your great comments and the fav on Sisters At The Lake. So glad it "moved" you!

Bill Yarrow – Sep 21, 2010

Appreciate the fav of "Epithalamion." Thanks. Writing out the title takes longer than writing out the whole poem!

Michelle Elvy – Sep 20, 2010

thanks for the comment about music betw. the sheets, Jack! Since you're not on Facebook (or are you?) I should tell you I am feeling Naughty Naughty this week anyway... Thanks for reading Escalation. Thanks for reading, always.

Paula Ray – Sep 20, 2010

Jack, thanks so much for your kid words on Turtle Summer. I enjoyed your writing as well. Nice to meet you here.

Jules Archer – Sep 20, 2010

Jack, thanks for reading "Just a Mountain". I always appreciate you taking the time to comment.
Cheers, Jules.

Kim Conklin – Sep 20, 2010

Thanks for the awesome comment on No Goodbyes, Jack! You are too kind!

James Lloyd Davis – Sep 20, 2010

Jack, thanks for the fave on "Class of '65." False teeth as metaphor is not easy to pull off. But there it is.

ABxx – Sep 20, 2010

Thank you, Jack!

M.H. – Sep 19, 2010

Hi Jack,
A heartfelt thank you for your generous comments on "Origin"!!

Walter Bjorkman – Sep 19, 2010

Jack, thanks for reading The Last Time. The original didn't have the dream ending, as you wished wouldn't happen. Being relatively new to Flash, I thought it needed a snap ending. Either works. And congrats on Naughty Naughty!

Claire King – Sep 19, 2010

Jack, Jack, Jack...you know my tongue is in my cheek!

M.H. – Sep 18, 2010

Hi Jack,
I just went to comment & fave on your great story - Through a Glass Darkly - and it was gone - I hope it got picked up by a smart editor!

Christian Bell – Sep 16, 2010

Jack, thanks for commenting on "Firecrackers"!

Michelle Elvy – Sep 16, 2010

Thanks, Jack -- you are very kind. I am glad that Ordinary Boys worked so well for you.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Sep 15, 2010

Thank you for reading Dark Water. As always, much appreciated.

Kathy Fish – Sep 13, 2010

Jack, you're the best. Thanks for the read of "Lens" and the fave and always for your support! Kath

Bill Yarrow – Sep 13, 2010

Thanks, Jack, for reading and commenting on "Black Squirrel Poem." Always appreciate your visits.

Julie Innis – Sep 12, 2010

Age is just a number, Rock Star.

Jules Archer – Sep 11, 2010

My dear JS! Thank you for reading The Ace and your comments.

Kate Brown – Sep 11, 2010

Oh, thank you for your lovely comment on 'Swimming Pool'. You made my day. Big hug from Berlin!

Lori Lou Freshwater – Sep 11, 2010

You really floored me with your comment on Craving, thank you.

James Lloyd Davis – Sep 08, 2010

Jack, thanks for the read, comments and a fave, even, on "Where have you gone, Norma Jeane, Norma Jeane?" I'm honored.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Sep 07, 2010

Thank you for reading The Lottery. Always a pleasure to see you on my wall.

Bill Yarrow – Sep 07, 2010

Thanks, Jack, for dropping in and commenting on "Bone Density."

"Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter" (Keats).

Matthew A. Hamilton – Sep 06, 2010

Thank you for reading and comments on The Secrets of the Dead. Always appreciated.

Kim Conklin – Sep 03, 2010

Thanks for the kind words on Responsible, Jack. I always appreciate your insightful comments.

Linda Simoni-Wastila – Sep 03, 2010

Jack, thanks so much for your amazing comment on COCHINOS. I want to bronze it. I'm just starting to market my stories and after seven rejections this week, I've been licking my papercuts. Your kind words righted my world. Thank you.

Susan Tepper – Sep 02, 2010

Jack, so glad you liked my little poem "blank" and cheers to you, dear pal!

Bill Yarrow – Aug 31, 2010

Thanks, Jack! Glad you liked "Parabola Tango."

Matthew A. Hamilton – Aug 31, 2010

Thank you for reading Afghanistan and for the kind words. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

Foster Trecost – Aug 23, 2010

Hey Jack. Thanks for reading and commenting on Burger and Fries - I appreciate that.

ABxx – Aug 22, 2010

Jack, Love your work. So it's a real pleasure to get a compliments from you. Thanks so much. I.

Ian Ayris – Aug 20, 2010

Hi Jack. Just wanted to thank you for your kind words regarding my story 'Chained'. So pleased you enjoyed it. Warmest regards, Ian.

Michelle Elvy – Aug 19, 2010

Jack! Thanks so very much for the magical words on Between. Glad that part about the obscured past grabbed you. Sometimes it's like that, ain't it?

Bill Yarrow – Aug 18, 2010

Holland America!
Thanks for the fav on "Self Alaska," Jack!

Jules Archer – Aug 16, 2010

To my favorite cat herder-
Thank you so much for your kind comments on "Halo". They mean a lot and I truly appreciate you reading.

Lillian Ann Slugocki – Aug 15, 2010

Dear Jack: I'm a former cat herder myself.

J. Mykell Collinz – Aug 15, 2010

Hi, Jack, thanks for reading His Longest Day. I appreciate your helpful comments very much.

Kristen Tsetsi – Aug 14, 2010

Thank you for stopping by to read "Under Perfect Conditions" and for your comment.

Jules Archer – Aug 13, 2010

Jack! Tell your cats hello for me! And tell me how I can talk my husband letting me have more than 2!

Matthew A. Hamilton – Aug 13, 2010

Wow! Another one recommended by you to be published. Thank you for the comments about Summer. Glad I made your day.

I sent Peace of Mind to Smokelong Quarterly, so hopefully I'll hear back soon.

Kim Conklin – Aug 13, 2010

Thanks for the generous comment on 3 a.m.! I appreciate the read.

Bill Yarrow – Aug 12, 2010

As always, love your comments, Jack. Thanks for reading "Augustinian Prayer Sonnet."

Cherise Wolas – Aug 12, 2010

Jack, whew it takes a while to get to the end of your wall!

Thank you for reading In The Lake! So glad it is your favorite kind of story.

Bill Yarrow – Aug 10, 2010

"What's wrong with taking Levitra? Even day traders deserve a little love."
The views expressed in this poem belong to the poem and to no one else.

David Ackley – Aug 09, 2010

Thanks, Jack,for a bit of your legendary generosity.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Aug 09, 2010

Thank you for reading Qean. Glad you liked it.

Jules Archer – Aug 08, 2010

Thanks Jack for reading Blue. I know I'm supposed to "Kill my darlings..." but it felt imcomplete w/o it...Hmmm...let me try...

Kim Conklin – Aug 06, 2010

Thanks for the awesome comment on Midnight Riders! So glad you liked it, and I appreciate the read!

Linda Simoni-Wastila – Aug 05, 2010

Jack, thanks so much for taking a gander at Flying to the moon, praise from you makes me sing. Peace...

Bill Yarrow – Aug 05, 2010

Hey, Jack. Thanks for reading "Andalusia," that baggy monster. Glad you liked it.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Aug 05, 2010

Thank you for reading Arlington Cemetery: Section 60. Much appreciated. And thank you for the positive feedback.

Lori Lou Freshwater – Aug 01, 2010

Jack, thank you for your comment on "Where the River Stopped" about a hundred years ago, and I'm sorry it took this long to express my gratitude.

Juhi Kalra – Jul 31, 2010

Thank you Jack. I wrote For Those Who Ask Why 2 months ago when I actually did it, and am grateful for your support, which also works on many levels.

Jules Archer – Jul 30, 2010

A second "Amen" JS!
Thanks for reading.

Michelle Elvy – Jul 28, 2010

Jack -- I am glad we are in this mutual admiration club. Your comment made my day!

Ramon Collins – Jul 28, 2010

Jack: Thanks for the encouragin' words on POSEY'S POND. They mean a lot because you're a real writer-fella.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jul 28, 2010

Thank you for the encouraging words about Peace of Mind. Rick Magazine just opened up, offshoot of Mississippi Review online, so maybe I'll send it there. You should check them out, too. I certain they'd like your work.

Kim Conklin – Jul 27, 2010

Thanks so much for the kind comment, Jack!

Bill Yarrow – Jul 27, 2010

The Frost found poem is a curiosity. Thanks for commenting on it!

Jules Archer – Jul 26, 2010

Well Jack...I suppose you can take that comment many ways. I'll let you decipher...

;)

Myra King – Jul 26, 2010

Ah, yes, Jack, I thought as much! Thanks for your comments and fav on Leaving :-)

Jules Archer – Jul 26, 2010

Jack-
Thanks for the fave. Appreciate the comments on "Summer Son".

Bill Yarrow – Jul 26, 2010

Thanks, Jack, for your generous comment on "The Death of Sherwood Anderson." Appreciate it!

Cherise Wolas – Jul 26, 2010

Oh gosh Jack, no, no sarcasm was intended regarding your Author's Note on Cats. I was sincere! I loved the note and think it is quite accurate, even when your work is dark and marvelously twisty, there is still a heartfelt optimism about the goodness of people's natures.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jul 24, 2010

Thank you for reading White Death. Glad you liked it. White Death is a general term divers, swimmers, surfers, give to the Great White Shark, so I can't take the credit for coining it.

James Robison – Jul 23, 2010

Thanks, Jack, for the vivid appreciation of Prologue. It really is a prologue--for somethig I was losing interest in chasing, but if you and some of the vets like the overture, maybe I'll stay this opera a while longer.

Kari Nguyen – Jul 23, 2010

Jack, I appreciate your comments about Requirement. Means a lot to me!

Myra King – Jul 21, 2010

Thanks Jack, I'm pleased that my story resonated with you.

Michelle Elvy – Jul 20, 2010

Rockin' 'n' rollin' -- that's how we like 'em. Thanks for the fave on French Kiss, Jack. So pleased to have you read my work.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jul 19, 2010

Thank you for reading Ocean Front Epitaph. Thank you, too, for the suggestion. I'll play around with it a little more.

Bill Yarrow – Jul 19, 2010

Jack, thanks for reading so much of my work. Glad "Processes" hit you right. Thanks for commenting.

Bill Yarrow – Jul 18, 2010

Thanks, Jack! Glad you liked "Found Poem."

Michelle Elvy – Jul 17, 2010

Aw, Jack, you made me blush this morning. Twice. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and raucous nature and kick-ass stories. And for the comment on Bedtime Story. Lovely way to start my day.

Susan Tepper – Jul 17, 2010

Yes, it's all Madame Tishka, always and forever...

Susan Tepper – Jul 14, 2010

"Ow!" she says as she lands on the floor--
true/not true, whats the diff-- it's a scream!
And I'm enjoying QUARTET very much (sorry for the gaf--

Jane Hammons – Jul 14, 2010

Ru and Win say thanks!

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jul 11, 2010

Thank you for reading Body Double. Glad you liked the Marmalade line.

Robert Vaughan – Jul 10, 2010

Hi Jack,
I'm in the midst of reading your Spiders story collection. I'm loving every single one. You are one hell of a story writer. Thanks for all of the pleasure you are brining me.
Hope your weekend is going swell.

Susan Tepper – Jul 10, 2010

Jack, so glad my story Summer in the City made you laugh! And thanks a ton for the fav

Julie Innis – Jul 09, 2010

Jack, you are def. a fave-rave o' mine!

M.H. – Jul 09, 2010

Thanks so much Jack, for your reading & commenting on "Goodnight Dogs" - I'm thrilled you liked it!

Con Chapman – Jul 08, 2010

9 cats? You're nuts.

Growing up we had 9+ cats at one point. We took in a cat, she had a litter, then someone walking by our house one day saw that we had kittens and dumped another litter in our yard and ran.

Roberta – Jul 07, 2010

cheers for your comment on wolfskin, jack. i expect it'd have scared me senseless as a child too. (i was freaked out enough by the story of the three little pigs and that big bad wolf.)

the nice thing about when it's my own writing is that i find it pretty hard to unnerve myself.

Jules Archer – Jul 06, 2010

I did read Superman and Woman as a kid...but it's not "their" S that gets me. Just a strange affinity I have....

Jules Archer – Jul 05, 2010

Jack-
actually nix the two "goods" and instead sub "Super!" since it does start with the best letter EVER!

Sara – Jul 05, 2010

Jack, thanks so much for your note. I'm so glad my little short worked for you.

Mark Reep – Jul 05, 2010

Thanks for your comment on 'Doctor Eyepatch', Jack. All best!

Susan Tepper – Jul 03, 2010

Jack, I'm so happy you laughed at Mixed Dominance

Rick Rofihe – Jul 02, 2010

Jack, Thanks for faving "NEVER Drunk, ALWAYS Disordely" -- and I see you like The Art of War (me, too.)
Best,
RR

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jul 01, 2010

Thank you for commenting on Blindness. Glad you liked it.

ABxx – Jun 29, 2010

Thanks so much for reading, Jack. Looking forward to reading your work.

Jane Hammons – Jun 27, 2010

Thanks for reading A Joad so thoughtfully.

Susan Tepper – Jun 26, 2010

Jack,thanks so much for your good words on Insertion Hole. C'mon, come east, it will be a blast

Susan Tepper – Jun 25, 2010

I read you have a collaborative book coming out with the divine Miss Meg! You two will be a wild ride!

Ajay Nair – Jun 25, 2010

Ah, well, you fool around too well to keep fooling around.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jun 24, 2010

Thank you for reading My Eyes Don't See the Truth. Glad you liked it.

Susan Tepper – Jun 24, 2010

Jack, so many thanks for the read and fav on "blinking blinking." This oil spill-- so horrible

Christian Bell – Jun 22, 2010

Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on "Catatonia"!

Bill Yarrow – Jun 21, 2010

Thanks, Jack. I appreciate your comments on "Pruning."

Jules Archer – Jun 20, 2010

Greetings Jack!

Yes, S is my favorite letter...I know it's yours as well. Guess we will just have to share it!

;)

FM Le – Jun 20, 2010

Ha, no problem. It's what I deserve for reading in the early morning.

Karrie Higgins – Jun 20, 2010

Thanks so much for your comments on my very first story here at Fictionaut!

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jun 19, 2010

Thank you for reading Allah Akbar.

George LaCas – Jun 19, 2010

Hi, Jack, thanks for your comments on "Minerva Gets Pierced by Love" and also the fav. Much appreciated.

Susan Tepper – Jun 19, 2010

Jack, rats in general are disgusting, but your story "Rats" has this indefinable adorable quality-- Cannot explain why. You have the magic. You have made "Rats" adorable

Bill Yarrow – Jun 18, 2010

Thanks for the comment on "Truman Compote," Jack.

Cherise Wolas – Jun 17, 2010

Jack,

I got the books, thank you kindly! I look forward to diving in. But there's all this hoopla about The Girls in France!

Bill Yarrow – Jun 17, 2010

Thanks for faving "The House Flounder," Jack! Glad you liked it.

Susan Tepper – Jun 16, 2010

Hi Jack, Just loving your new story collection "Oh the Girls in France," what a treat to read one winner after the next. Best collection of short-short stories I've read in a very long time.
Congratulations!

Rick Rofihe – Jun 14, 2010

Really appreciate your liking "Me. You. Love."
Best,
RR

Myra King – Jun 14, 2010

Thanks Jack. It just seems like a lifetime ago - about four years really. I rewrote, edited and added words from the original before posting on here. Thanks again for your nice words. Much appreciated!

Bill Yarrow – Jun 14, 2010

Jack, thanks for faving "The Sticking Point." Very pleased you liked it.

Mark Reep – Jun 14, 2010

Hi Jack, glad you enjoyed 'Third Shift'. Hope any nightmares make for good conversation :)

Nicolette Wong – Jun 14, 2010

Thanks Jack for reading my stories and your very kind words! Looking forward to reading your work here.

Juhi Kalra – Jun 14, 2010

Jack, Thank you so much for your comment on "Two" of Sunday Morning Series. Hope you continue to enjoy what I post, and I continue to hear from you. I'm on my way to reading "the words you put on paper". Also this cohesive community of supportive writers. ~ J

Bill Yarrow – Jun 13, 2010

Thanks, Jack! Appreciate the kind comment on "The Meaning of Life."

Michelle Elvy – Jun 12, 2010

Jack, thank you so much for your comment on my flag day challenge story, X. I am glad it touched you, and I too am thinking those thoughts.

Myra King – Jun 11, 2010

Thanks, Jack. I was a strange little kid! Some of them had Egyptian names too - Nefertiti was one.

Claire King – Jun 09, 2010

Look forward to seeing the next one, then! Glad you liked the clowns. Too many people consider them to be sinister...

Doug Bond – Jun 09, 2010

Hello Jack! thanks for reading ...WIld Blue Yonder...I just re-read Minn. Menage...that's one good thumping read!

Julie Innis – Jun 08, 2010

Jack Swenson - you are most kind and generous in every way. Still rereading those Craft Notes of yours over at Metazen - you are the Master!

Mark Reep – Jun 08, 2010

Jack, thanks very much for your comments & fav. "The pace is just right" is especially encouraging and appreciated.

J.B. Lacombe – Jun 07, 2010

Jack, thank you for reading "Map to the Heart," and for your comment. I've been feeling like I need to elaborate my stories more, so your comment was really helpful!

Larry Strattner – Jun 07, 2010

Thanks for the comment on Flashback. It concerns me you and I may be the only people who know the Maude Frickert reference. Cheers.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jun 06, 2010

Thank you for reading Afshan. I agree that it ends abruptly, but with a limit of 250 words, the ending was tough to write. In fact, in all my writings, my endings are the weakest part.

Claire King – Jun 06, 2010

Hi Jack, thanks for your read & comment on Peach (2). Glad you enjoyed her.

Con Chapman – Jun 05, 2010

Jack--thanks for reading. I'm a relatively-unscarred veteran of Catholic schools, and so have more fond memories than most lapsed Catholics.

Myra King – Jun 04, 2010

Thanks, Jack :-)

M.H. – Jun 04, 2010

Many thanks, Jack, for your kind words on "I don't have a gun." I'm thrilled you enjoyed it :)!

Myra King – Jun 03, 2010

Yes, you are!

Myra King – Jun 03, 2010

I would not dream of taking away ayour fav! It's just that 'Mort' means death in french. Are you sure you won't reconsider - I thought is so clever of you! Maybe subconsciously???

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jun 03, 2010

Thank you for your kind words on Bean Talk.

James Lloyd Davis – Jun 02, 2010

Thanks, Jack, for the comment on "The Pure Land."

Cherise Wolas – Jun 02, 2010

That was meant to be "love of my life!" not love of my love! Bad, bad wordsmith at work tonight. Too much writing and editing.

Cherise Wolas – Jun 02, 2010

Oh Jack, so sorry. As a wordsmith, and as a wordsmith who drives those around me crazy when the wrong words are used, when I am called "pal" when what is meant is "love of my love,", I take back the silly and thoughtless use of the word "sick." But I was including myself in that!

We are different, wonderfully, uniquely different. All one of a kinds!

Cherise Wolas – Jun 02, 2010

You slay me, Jack! About The Celebrity. How sick are we writers, when it's cool that the rehab is where Raymond Carver sobered up! But it all makes for a great story, and that's what we're truly after!

Myra King – Jun 01, 2010

Thanks, Jack, for your nice comments, yes, we should never forget.

Matt Dennison – Jun 01, 2010

I am the KING of bad dreams!

;-)

M.H. – May 31, 2010

Hi Jack - send me a line if you post a story :) Have been swamped with work, but don't want to miss yours!

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 31, 2010

Thank you for the nice words on Young Journey. Glad you liked it.

Michelle Elvy – May 30, 2010

Hey Jack -- thanks for the comment on Rock On. Glad the dialogue worked for you; it was fun to write. That Bell sure got me going, with his George Saunders story, and while I didn't set out to make it like Beckett, it turned out that way, and then those turnips and radishes and carrots turned up at the right spot. So that's great to hear that it reminded you of Godot -- that's a lovely compliment!

David King – May 29, 2010

Jack, thanks for your kind comments on Priest in Kilvarnet. You're a fine writer and I look forward to reading more of your work.

Susan Tepper – May 29, 2010

Jack, your writerly advice column is excellent and has the Jack Swenson humor-touch which makes it esp fun to read. Now if I can just remember... ha ha

Larry Strattner – May 29, 2010

Thanks for the comments on Addict. I think I read in AARP that after a certain age it doesn't matter any more if you're a slavering addict. I'm on track, Jack. (couldn't resist)Cheers

Susan Tepper – May 26, 2010

Do you think you could get hired onto the committee? (PC Prize). Ha ha! Thank you, Jack

Michelle Elvy – May 25, 2010

Jack! Thanks for your comment on Elephant, and the support for the raw and unpolished. WOW, that means a lot. Really appreciate it.

Martha Williams – May 24, 2010

Hey Jack, thank you so much for your kind comment on Hummingbird, it means a lot to me. Loved reading your interview on the Fictionaut blog - good luck with those books, we're looking forward to them. M

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 24, 2010

Thank you for reading Nothing to Do. I thought about cutting the last stanza. I'll leave it for now, though.

Carol Reid – May 23, 2010

Thanks for wanting more of Rocamadour, Jack ! I always appreciate your comments.

Jane Hammons – May 21, 2010

Thanks for faving (is that a word?) Beatnik Blonde and for thinking I know what I'm doing :)

Matt Dennison – May 20, 2010

Thanks for liking the commas in "Failure." What's that called when a semi uses its engine as a brake to help slow down the rig? I find that's what those final commas do--it's loud and jerky, but it WORKS.

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 20, 2010

Thank you for reading and I assume, faving The Luckiest Guy Around. Yes, its fiction.

Walter Bjorkman – May 20, 2010

Jack - thanks for the comments on "Walking" - memories yes, softened by years

Myra King – May 19, 2010

Thanks for the nice words about, Empty House, Jack. :-)

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 19, 2010

Thank you for the kind words about Tsalagi.

Sam Rasnake – May 19, 2010

Enjoyed Meg's interview with you, Jack. Especially liked the connection with WC Williams' fiction. Also, excited about the prospects of the four collections. It will be interesting to see how that project develops.

Susan Tepper – May 19, 2010

Jacko, this is a very cool interview, indeed! As is the Short Review piece and interview! Congrats to you my dear friend and very fine story writer

Cherise Wolas – May 19, 2010

Great interview Meg Pokrass did with you! Very much enjoyed reading it and learning more about you and your work.

Kristin Fouquet – May 17, 2010

Thanks for the interest, Jack.

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 17, 2010

I pin stars on most of your stuff.

Myra King – May 16, 2010

Jack, appreciate your insight about my poem. Thanks muchly once again :-)

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 16, 2010

Thank you for reading My Girlfriend's Birthday. Glad you liked it.

Kristin Fouquet – May 16, 2010

Thanks so much for the comment, Jack.

I have only one cat.

Myra King – May 15, 2010

Love your job description, Jack, - Cat Herder - what does that entail?

Myra King – May 15, 2010

Not at all, Jack (me being way too generous) You are a brilliant writer!

Michael J. Solender – May 15, 2010

Jack, thx for reading and enjoying my bbq story.

Bill Yarrow – May 14, 2010

Thanks, Jack. Appreciate your comment about "Blossoms and Buds."

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 14, 2010

Black pumpkins, indeed. Thank you for reading.

Cherise Wolas – May 14, 2010

Jack,

Thanks for reading The First Date Questionnaire. Hagar the Horrible, huh!

Larry Strattner – May 14, 2010

Jack you deserve to know: none of my stories are real. Neither do any of the barbarisms in them reflect the opinions of management. I used to have two cats, a calico and a tiger, aptly named Bonnie and Clyde. Since then no pets. I can't stand it when a pet departs this world. The real Eli does however love chasing cats. I think he's mostly retarded.

Jane Hammons – May 13, 2010

Them crazy characters are my people! Thanks for the fave on "Giving Notice."

Stephanie Bobo – May 13, 2010

Total thanks, Jack, for your note on "My Thumbs." Is that you in that fierce Viking get-up?

Julie Innis – May 12, 2010

Jack, thanks - you're the master, horns and all.

Susan Tepper – May 12, 2010

Ray is definitely your muse, he's calling to you (Where I'm Calling From). It's your writer voice that's so distinct and clear that makes me feel this

Matt Dennison – May 12, 2010

"Come on over! Lutefisk for dinner with mashed potatoes and lime Jell-o."

Thanks! You make it sound so, uh, so... like SUCH a good, uh...

Sorry. Can't make it.

;-

Myra King – May 10, 2010

Thanks Jack, it's how I felt.

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 10, 2010

Thank you for reading Tatev. I always appreciate your comments.

J. Mykell Collinz – May 10, 2010

Jack, thanks for taking the time to read, for the fav and for your great comments on Doreen. I really appreciate it.

Susan Tepper – May 10, 2010

Jacko, "Secrets" is a real gem, each little secret shines in its own brightly dark way

Michelle Elvy – May 09, 2010

I'm sure I don't get the Norwegion inside jokes, Jack, but I do try. But lay some German humor on me, and watch me go! Er, wait a minute... um, yeah, they have humor, I'm pretty sure of it. Yes, yes, they do. (I think.) Love your stories, and the comments they provoke!

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 08, 2010

Nice to see you at NC Writers.

Michelle Elvy – May 08, 2010

Jack -- thanks for your comment on Routine. .38's in the nightstand drawer.

Carol Reid – May 08, 2010

Thank you so much for your comments on The Deer Collage, Jack! Especially appreciated, coming from a cat herder :)

Myra King – May 08, 2010

Thanks again, Jack. That poem brought back lots of childhood memories - I'd forgotten all about the cook's frieze until I started writing it.

Lori Lou Freshwater – May 07, 2010

Jack, I really appreciate you taking the time to read This Girl in That Shirt. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work.

Matt Dennison – May 06, 2010

Glad you liked "Wedding Tree," Jack. It's loosely based on a real tornado and real tree and real father-actions from my real youth (though female speaker is fictionated).

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 04, 2010

Thank you for the nice comment on The Winds of May. I working on the beginning right now.

Chalon Emmons – May 04, 2010

Thanks for your encouraging response to "Color Wheel." It's nice to feel so welcome right off the bat.

LynnAlexander – May 04, 2010

Hey Jack!

Foster Trecost – May 03, 2010

Hey Jack, thanks for reading Nine and five, and thanks for your comments, too. foster.

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 03, 2010

Welcome. You probably know this already, but you can advertise your books on you profile page. As soon as I get back to the US, I'm going to pick up one, probably all of them eventually. I don't trust the mail system in the Philippines. Been waiting for a few things to arrive for 2 months now and will more than likely never see them.

Myra King – May 02, 2010

Thanks for your kind words, Jack.

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 01, 2010

Thank you for reading and commenting on My Rice Krispies Treat. Greed, yes, twisted humor perhaps.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Apr 30, 2010

Thanks for your comments on The Turkey that Couldn't Gobble. Now to find an illustrator or get back into drawing myself.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Apr 29, 2010

Thank you for reading and commenting on Muted Corners. Based on your suggestions, I changed it around a bit.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Apr 28, 2010

Thanks for reading Leaves of Yesterday and your suggestions. If you please, check back in a few days and let me know if you approve of the corrections. I respect your judgment, so please, don't hold back.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Apr 26, 2010

Thanks for commenting on Blue Light. It means a lot. Awesome new profile pic, too.

Stephanie Bobo – Apr 25, 2010

Thanks, Jack, for the note on "Hammer Nail Nail"--glad you liked the last line!

Stephanie Bobo – Apr 25, 2010

Thanks, Jack, for the read and comments on "Mrs. Booth"--you nailed the mood.

Walter Bjorkman – Apr 25, 2010

Jack - thanks for stopping by for kaffe with the tantes. We appreciate it.

Lori Lou Freshwater – Apr 25, 2010

Ha, I'm 40 and I actually like being where I am, but the birthday thing right up top seems too prominent or definitive, or something. ;-)

Lori Lou Freshwater – Apr 24, 2010

We have the same birthday!

Matthew A. Hamilton – Apr 24, 2010

Thank you for reading and commenting on Thunder Snow. Glad you enjoyed it.

Martha Williams – Apr 23, 2010

Hi, Jack - thank you for your lovely comment on 'Nobody Told Marni'. All best, M.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Apr 22, 2010

Thank you for reading Yasamon. Yes, I have a series going, trying to make a chapbook. The first one I posted was Land of the Four Rivers. Others: Secret Love, Intention, Solitude, Garden Light, Humility, and Sacred Rock. I know that you've read most, if not all of these. I'm still working on changing Intention based on your suggestions.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Apr 21, 2010

Thanks for reading Urumqi. Maybe one day I can turn it into a longer story. Basically, the Chinese government is trying to take away ancient tradition of the people their and to "modernize" them. I got the idea of the story from a news article. Need to do more research before it becomes a longer story, though.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Apr 20, 2010

Thanks for reading and your comments on Intention and Garden Light. Some good points about Intention. I'll see what I can do to change it.

Foster Trecost – Apr 20, 2010

Hey Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on A Boy and His Tire. foster.

Michelle Elvy – Apr 18, 2010

thanks for your comment on Love, Story, Jack. I like punctuation, too! Especially commas (and the occasional exclamation point... and ellipses; sometimes I even employ semi-colons but would you believe that someone recently told me that colons and semi-colons are obsolete? it ain't so: they were mistaken).

Matt Dennison – Apr 17, 2010

"Are you bitter?" he asked.
"Bitter?! Bit him, too!" she said.

Jane Hammons – Apr 16, 2010

Thank you for your comment on Pleiku Jacket and for being such a generous reader.

Meg Pokrass – Apr 16, 2010

Figs ARE weird!! Ha!!! I miss you and thank you for your kind words and cautionary feelings about figs!

Kirsty Logan – Apr 14, 2010

Thanks so much for your comment on I Wanted To Say That Your Hands Are Like Unfurling Leaves, it's much appreciated. I'm glad something good could come out of my silly fight with my girlfriend!

Matt Dennison – Apr 13, 2010

"Nice pairing. Impatience/patience."

Neat. Hadn't seen that until you mentioned it.

Susan Tepper – Apr 13, 2010

Jack-- isn't Tales of the City a novel about SFO with that same title? You may have to re-think your title for your upcoming collection

Matthew A. Hamilton – Apr 11, 2010

Thanks for reading 15 Minutes More. Glad you enjoyed it.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Apr 10, 2010

Thank you for reading Back in an Hour. Glad you enjoyed it. Actually I didn't meet my fiance at the supermarket, either. I met her at a computer shop in the Philippines of all places. Who would have thought.

Susan Tepper – Apr 10, 2010

Jack, do tell us more about tales of SF. I'm intrigued by this character you made and his rich inner/outer life

Martha Williams – Apr 09, 2010

Hi Jack,
Thank you so much for your kind comments on 'Our Stop' - I'm new to this and I really appreciate you stopping by.
Martha

Foster Trecost – Apr 09, 2010

Hi Jack, thanks for reading The Hangman, and for the comments, too! foster.

Finnegan Flawnt – Apr 07, 2010

yr welcome, jack - everybody standing on someone else's shoulders - one of the most applicable cliches around!

Ajay Nair – Apr 06, 2010

First, I need to get work as a writer, man!

Matt Dennison – Apr 01, 2010

I *thought* you might like the cat poems.

;-)

Myra King – Apr 01, 2010

Thanks, Jack for your kind comments. Much appreciated.

Finnegan Flawnt – Apr 01, 2010

thanks jack! when you were standing, after reading 'flatulence' - were you, you know, generating ... wind? it'd be understandable. great enthusiasm makes for smelly ones. ;-))

Rick Rofihe – Mar 31, 2010

Did I thank you yet for your kind "Snowsuit" comments?

Very best,
RR

Foster Trecost – Mar 31, 2010

Hey Jack, thanks for reading Eight States Away - and thanks for the comments, too! foster.

Mimi Vaquer – Mar 30, 2010

thank you so much for your nice comments about my story, "North of Center." It means a lot to get good feedback from people whose work I enjoy :)

Carol Reid – Mar 29, 2010

Jack, thanks so much for the thumbs up and the comments- very nice of you!

Susan Tepper – Mar 28, 2010

How interesting that it was a Carver story that got you going again. He is masterful, in my opinion. Yours stories have that same honest stripped down quality

Matt Dennison – Mar 28, 2010

Thanks for the haikuproval, Jack. I just strive to capture the essence (as with all my writing) of a brief scene/act/understanding as efficiently as possible. Some events in life simply are haiku-ready, so to speak.

They're like the little pebbles at the bottom of my rock collection!

Stephanie Bobo – Mar 26, 2010

Jack, thanks for reading "Eddie Says" and for your kind words!

Foster Trecost – Mar 25, 2010

Hey Jack, thanks for the read. I don't like tricking people, which is why I quit writing stories with a twist in the tail - I guess I fell off the wagon.

Linda Simoni-Wastila – Mar 24, 2010

Thanks so much for your kind words on HABITS DIE HARD. you and others are making me feel very welcome here. Peace...

Walter Bjorkman – Mar 24, 2010

Jack,

Thanks for the read and the comments on my "Hollister" - yes UBU & Lonelyhearts, how did I omit Chekov? - different days, different moods. I'll be reading yours.

Walter

Matt Dennison – Mar 23, 2010

You're busted, Mystery Faver!

John Woodington – Mar 22, 2010

Jack-
Minnesota's looking nice this year. ice fishing ended early, but motorcycle riding started early to make up for it. Mild is wild.

John Woodington

M.H. – Mar 22, 2010

Hey Jack - You are welcome! And, surely don't lose your sense of roguish-ness. It's an essential quality for us writers :)

Kirsty Logan – Mar 22, 2010

Perhaps I should rephrase my comment! I liked a lot of things about Mannequin, but I liked the syntax best of all.

Sara – Mar 19, 2010

Jack, Thanks so much for reading -- and commenting on Girl. I really appreciate it.

Foster Trecost – Mar 18, 2010

Hi Jack. Thanks for your comments on Invisible Grime - happy you liked it.

Susan Tepper – Mar 18, 2010

Jack, "The Birds" are circling but not ominously, they have settled on the F'naut wire to gaze down upon us. What must they be thinking?Great piece

LynnAlexander – Mar 17, 2010

Hello Jack! I remember you from Full Of Crow!

See ya – Mar 17, 2010

Hi, Jack. I'm from Pike County, Kentucky. The most eastern county in the commonwealth. Wild country. I don't know McClanahan, but I've enjoyed reading his work. My uncle, a poet and early mentor, pushed his books on me from the get go. So good to hear from you. Look forward to reading more of your work.

Julie Innis – Mar 16, 2010

Always a pleasure - feel like I learn something about the process and the craft whenever I read the work you share here.

Meakin Armstrong – Mar 16, 2010

Thanks for your comment on my story!

Susan Gibb – Mar 15, 2010

Jack, don't go by me on the micros; it seems to be a trend lately, although in most cases they seem to have a connective tissue of some sort.

Susan Tepper – Mar 13, 2010

Oh, Jack, I hope I didn't give you a writing lesson. Firstly you don't need one, and it is something I strenuously avoid when commenting. I have a hard time giving and taking critique. I think the writer is best slogging it out alone until the pieces fall in place au natural. But this aside, it's always nice hearing from you

James Robison – Mar 13, 2010

I wonder why you call Mona an antique? Do you mean it was written long ago or that it's dated in some way? If the latter, I disagree. Last year I wrote a story where Jack Benny was on the radio and a saxophone player used pomade to make his hair gleam and people said, "Aw, nuts, pal, lay offa that stuff." I don't think any story that uses the props of a time and place is antique.

Susan Tepper – Mar 12, 2010

I'm blushing Jack

Kathy Fish – Mar 12, 2010

"Quitting" reminded me of a story I wrote many years ago, about a couple who were both on the Atkins diet, Jack. I love the dialog of your story.

Kathy Fish – Mar 12, 2010

Jack, I really appreciate your going back and reading my stories. I'm not participating much here anymore, but it's nice to hear from you, always.

Susan Gibb – Mar 12, 2010

No need for thanks, Jack, though I'm glad you take my comments to heart. I'm just used to close-reading, not for editing reasons but to find the jewels within a story that makes it special. And, to learn from writers who can provide those moments of discovery. I'm tired of some of the "new" style of writing that passes itself off as edgy yet doesn't hold a story within it. Yours always does.

Susan Tepper – Mar 11, 2010

Jack the feeling is mutual

Finnegan Flawnt – Mar 10, 2010

been there (anonymous) and now we're doing a couple hits a day feeling like criminals. oh well. thanks for the support, jack. perhaps you need to pen a sequel "how quitting saved my marriage and more". though looking at your stories, that title wouldn't be your style ;-)

Foster Trecost – Mar 09, 2010

Hi Jack, thanks for reading Cactus - I really appreciate your comments.

M.H. – Mar 09, 2010

Thanks, Jack, for your generous comments & support :)

Joshua Michael Stewart – Mar 09, 2010

Jack:

sorry to let you know Dave Brubeck is in his 90th year. to make you feel better I suggest checking out any of his recording he has made for the Telarc Lable. his albums he's released in the last 10 years are some of his best.

David Erlewine – Mar 08, 2010

Hey Jack, thanks again for checking out Vague Obscenities. By the by, I see that a Carver story got you writing fiction again. Which one? Love the guy's stories, especially "Cathedral" and "A Small, Good Thing" and about 30 others.

David Erlewine – Mar 08, 2010

Let's call it nasty and nice. I tend to find those one and the same, at least in writing.

Susan Gibb – Mar 08, 2010

Matt Dennison – Mar 07, 2010

"Hey, Matt. How did you hurt your leg?"

I was in a genetics accident back in the woods.

Susan Tepper – Mar 06, 2010

Jack, your comment on my latest story was really wonderful, and I wanted to thank you twice

Meg Pokrass – Mar 04, 2010

OK Jack, you caught me exaggerating! Gawd. My mother was right. She always told me to stop exaggerating!

Foster Trecost – Mar 02, 2010

Hi Jack, thanks for your comments on A Life Twice Told - I'm glad you liked this one.

Sean Ferrell – Mar 01, 2010

Thank you so much for your kind comments on my short story, Reversal.

Sean Ferrell – Feb 27, 2010

Thank you so much for your kind comments on "Reversal."

Matt Dennison – Feb 26, 2010

Tusen takk for your comment on The News!

Lou Godbold – Feb 24, 2010

Thanks, Jack, for your comments. Looking at the lonely hearts pages is a wonderful exercise in compassion! Probably because I'm lonely too. :)

M.H. – Feb 24, 2010

Hi Jack - Thanks for faving Punch Patty! And Zoo Animals IS brilliant :)

Christamar Varicella – Feb 22, 2010

Thanks for the nice comments. It was a blast to write.

Emily Sparkles – Feb 22, 2010

you are very welcome! and as for midwestern rivalries, i'm fairly certain the minnesotans have the edge. "Idiots Out Walking Around..." sigh. we'll think up a comeback one of these days. :)

Chris Okum – Feb 22, 2010

I'm glad that I could make you laugh out loud, Jack. That's a nice way to start out the day.

Jack Swenson – Feb 22, 2010

Yes, Nora, but not on payday.

Nora Nadjarian – Feb 21, 2010

film director, teacher... same thing ;-)

Nora Nadjarian – Feb 21, 2010

PS somebody wrote "i love your movies"... are you a film director? if so, how lovely for you.

Nora Nadjarian – Feb 21, 2010

hi Jack, thanks for commenting on my poem "Lizard".

Julie Innis – Feb 19, 2010

Thanks, Jack! Means a lot coming from you, sir, the Master of the Punch.

M.H. – Feb 18, 2010

Thanks again Jack - Old Wounds is grand!

Sam Rasnake – Feb 15, 2010

Enjoyed reading "Estranged" at Wigleaf, Jack. Great work. Congratulations.

Scott Garson – Feb 15, 2010

hey Jack--"Estranged" is up! will provide the link ha-- http://wigleaf.com/

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