I'm on the dole. Do some volunteer work. Put a lot of words down on paper. Herd cats.
Gotta scratch the itch.
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? JACK!!!! Yay!
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!
Wow, you have a very long wall...somehow that feels dirtier to say than it is
Hi Jack: What a great comment about my POV choice in "For the Lost Boys!" Thanks!
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading, 'Heart of Gold,' laughing, commenting, and *.
Jack the Mac, goodness. Thanks for liking my music flash. You're too kind.
Thank you for commenting on Human Trafficking. Much appreciated.
Haha, any time, Jack!
Thanks, Jack, for liking and faving "Exercises in the A of B."
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.
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.
Thanks, Jack, for your support and for the nice comments about 'Domestic Particulars...'
Thanks, Jack for the comment and fav for "The Last Chance...Story Contest." Still no entrants, though; hard to fathom.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading, 'Lule of Raw-2.' I greatly appreciate your insightful comment and *.
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.
Hey Jack, thanks a bunch for the kind words & fave for "Baby, Baby..." I really appreciate it!
Thanks, Jack, for reading and commenting on chairs and mirrors. I appreciate both. fos.
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)....
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading, 'In Distress.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *.
Thanks, Jack, for your comments on Texas Tornado. It was a fun piece to write.
Thank you, Jack, for your faves! Bless you!
"In your dreams." Ha!
Thanks for faving ""Fish Boil." Jack!
Thanks for paying Old Tom Joad a visit always appreciate your reads and faves!
Ha! ha! Your comment on "Before the Door" really cracked me up! Thanks for the fave, jack.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading, 'Lule of Raw.' Your comment and * are greatly appreciated.
Docs--can't live with them, can't live without them. Thanks for the fave. Glad you like the "Ketone" piece.
Cheeze! How'd you ever find "Par Delicatesse"? Thanks for faving it!
Thanks, Jack, for reading 'A Life of My Own-8.' I greatly appreciate. And the *, too.
Hello, magnificent Jack--Thanks for reading, following and faving. Love hearing your commentary.
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
Thanks for your lovely comment on "Missy"!
thank you, jack. if it can't be stopped perhaps it can be tamed, but i'm not so optimistic this time.
Great comment. Thanks, Jack, for faving "Love and How It Gets That Way."
"Mythology, T-shirts, Bowties, and Vomit." Good book title!
Thanks, Jack! You are stellar.
Thanks for liking my lingering little pivotal moment, Jack.
HI Jack: You were my second "wow" for this piece--that wowed me! Thank you, my friend. I appreciate you.
Thanks, Jack for reading and commenting on "Base," sliced life with a dull knife...
Jack, thanks for your comment on 'Kilz'. That series has been an ongoing project, and the encouragement's appreciated. All best.
Thanks, Jack, for faving "Gabrielle," a poem that began in the real world and ended in a poetic one.
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!
Thanks for taking the time to read my Korea story, Jack. And for your kind words.
I hugely appreciate your warm comments on my Mirko series. I will send you links soon.
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
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 :)
Thanks, Jack for the lively comment on "Offramp." ( Not packing, are you?)
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.
Your comment on "Satan and the Moon" made me smile. Poetry is a kind of malapropian madness. Thanks for the fave, Jack!
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.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own-6.' Your comments and * are greatly appreciated, I can't say it enough.
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!
Hi Jack, Thank you for the comment! I appreciate it very much.
Calling a piece of mine beautiful always gives me a buzz, Jack. Thanks for stopping by to read No Bees Please.
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.
A+--Wow! Thanks, Jack. That really boosts my spiritual GPA.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own-5,' too.
Jack, thanks for commenting on 'Mystery'. I think we all love one, really. Should, anyway :) All best!
Thanks, Jack, for your kind comments and fave of "Getting Home Alive."
Thanks Colonel, uh, I mean Jack, for your comment on Feral. Justice indeed.
Thanks for liking my manicure set!
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own-4.' I very much appreciate your most excellent comment. Also, your *.
My mom and dad were both graduates of Univ. of WI, Jack. Special place in my heart for badgers...
Thank you for your comment on A Fable of Leaves. I want to be a pine tree too!
Best comment ever! Thanks for faving "The Sum Above."
Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on "Ascend"!
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.
Hey Jack- thanks for taking the time to read and comment on "Plaque on the wall...."
Thank you, kind sir, for commenting on and faving "The Knitting Needle."
Jack, thanks for reading, commenting on, and faving "I'm Not Emilio Estevez"!
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own,' part one and two. Your comments suggestions, and * are greatly appreciated.
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."
Thanks for the fave of the Chattanooga poem, Jack. Your vote always counts.
Jack, appreciate you commenting on Power Outage.
Jack: Your generous response to "The Lost Boy" made my day. Thank you so much.
Thanks for the rather thrilling words you laid on my "Separation Anxiety," Jack. Much appreciated.
Jack thanks so much for what you said about my story "kid".
Hi Jack-- I'm happy you liked "Abstinence." A "marvelous" is always good ; ) Best.
Hi Jack -- thanks so much for the read/comment/fav for "Movie Night." Greatly appreciated!
Best title of the year? Thanks, Jack. Zeugmas will do that.
Thanks for commenting on and faving the visa poem, Jack.
Jack thank you for what you wrote about hidden passageways in "the question", you are always so on the money.
Thanks, Jack, for faving the visa poem.
Thank you, Jack, for your kind words on "Waltzing Mathilde." It's much appreciated :)!
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!
Hi Jack. Just a little thank you for spending some time with Blank Checks - I really appreciate the read and your comments. fos.
Jack, thanks for remarking "Felder on Ice," glad it got your attention.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Nothing in the Middle.' I greatly appreciate your Amen and Bulls-eye Fave.
Thanks, Jack! I really enjoy reading your work.
Thanks, Jack, for faving "The Empty Bed." Mucho grateful.
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.
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.
Hi Jack, thanks for the comments on The Pretenders, I really appreciate that. A series? Now that's an idea worth thinking about! fos.
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
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading: 'Bubble Busting, Boom!' I greatly appreciate your comment and fave.
Thanks for the fave and comment on 'Rain' - much appreciated!
Hi Jack. Thank you for your thoughts about my story, "Human Resources". Best to you!
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!
Jack, thanks for reading Notice. Even though it's dark!
Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on "Burn"!
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...
Thanks for the fave of "The Grave of Rimbaud," Jack.
Thanks for your generous opinion about "We Put a Smile Back on Your Face," Jack, and thanks for the little shiny *star*.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-8.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *.
Thanks so much, Jack, for kind words on "Sunshine Loop" :)!
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)
Jack: Happy to give you a wacky start to your morning. Thanks for stopping by...
Jack, Thanks for commenting on and faving "We Must be Carefully Taut."
Thanks for the kind words and star for "Maine." Dude, you're the man!
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.
Hi Jack, great to hear from you. So pleased you enjoyed the little excursion into Madeline-land!
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'The Yin Yang of Corporate Execution.' I appreciate your comment, your insight, and your *.
Thanks, Jack. Glad "Don't Grieve..." got you thinking. You're very supportive! Much appreciated.
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Bogdan."
Ah, Jack. You always "get" me. Thanks for reading and your wonderful comments on Tree Car Crash. . .
jack, thank you. only the bold will ever truly appreciate the bold.
Jack--I'm always a less is more person, but your story is good with or without the last graph.
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.
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.
Jack, glad you liked the Euclid poem. You never know how far a joke will take you. Thanks for the comment and the fave.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'I wouldn't Wanna Be Me.' I appreciate your comment and fav.
Thanks for the comments (and the advice) you left on "Suzanne". I'll take that one with me, wherever I go.
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!
Absolutely, quote away!
Hi Jack: Another thank you for coming by to read and comment on "The Human Condition." I appreciate your time and attention. Cheers.
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!
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 ;)
Thanks for your kind comment on and fave of "Four Noble Lies." You da man, Jack!
You know all about "naughty and nice," Jack. I'm glad you like "Penny Candy"! Thanks for the star, too!
Good to hear from you, Jack. Thanks for the fav, for sticking with this thing.
Jack--Silence of the Lambs! . . . oh that book/movie is too much even for me :) But I'm flattered nonetheless :)
Hi Jack-- Boo! Thanks for your reaction to "Imago." Unsheathing my butcher knife to vent the carapace...
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!
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
Jack, thanks for catching up with 'that ringing' your comment gave me a good laugh for which even more .
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-6.' I appreciate, greatly.
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.
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.
Hey Jack, thanks for your kind words on my work, as always. When are you going to send something new to Dark Chaos?
Haha! Great comment on the tree poem. Thanks, Jack!
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!
Hey Jack... Loved Dr. Doom. Fave
Great voice. keep it up!
Thanks for commenting and fave-ing on 'Sparking a sneeze' - much appreciated!
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.
Your writing is terrific, Jack, so your comment about and fave for "Release" is especially gratifying. Thanks.
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!!!
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-5.' I appreciate your comment and *.
Thanks, Jack, for reading and commenting on "Shoot"!
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.
Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on Hidden Reminders. I really appreciate the time you took for both. fos.
Thanks for the high marks on "Black Ice"!
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.
Glad to make you laugh, Jack. Thanks for reading Burn, Baby, Burn.
Aw, thanks for the comment and fave on 'The Ghost Of A Smile'! Really glad it made you laugh.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-4.' I greatly appreciate your helpful comments and suggestions. And *.
Thanks, Jack, for reading and commenting on "Swim." I always appreciate your take on my work!
Bang, bang, baby. :) Jack - thank you for the read on "Traitor". Appreciate and glad to be back!
Thanks, Jack, for the fave, comment and suggestion on "Look in the empty mirror ... tell me what you see."
Thanks, Jack. Glad you liked "Paradise Island." Working on it since I was a wee lad.
Jack, thanks for your comment on 'Berthier Door', and for the fav. Had some good coffee that morning :) Glad you enjoyed!
Jack appreciate the read and comment on "The Disease". Looks like I caught it bad anyway. :)
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
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-3.' Your comments are greatly appreciated. As is your *.
Hi Jack, Thanks very much for your comments on my story, "The Wonders of Wonder". Very kind of you!
Hi Jack, thanks for reading Bliss - I appreciate your thoughts. fos.
Thank you for reading and the kind words for "Looking Both Ways." Much appreciated.
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!
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
Great painting, Jack. Thanks for the link.
Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on "South Texas Mobius."
Thanks for commenting on and faving "The Lost Boys," Jack. Grateful to have you as a reader.
Thank you so much for your comments on "Momma and Me." I appreciate them a lot!
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.
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!)
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.
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.
Hi Jack, thanks for the read and comments on my 3 Short Shorts. I always enjoy your sentiments, your style shining through.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-2' From south of Bakersfield, I appreciate your comment and *.
Thank you very much for the comment on 'Mulch.' And for the sentence nomination! :P Made me laugh.
Thanks for faving "Demolition Derby," Jack. Here's to swing and swagger!
Jack, thanks for your comments on "Drive"!
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.
'Mercury Unbound,' thanks for reading and commenting, Jack.
Hi Jack, thanks so much for stopping by Migration! Happy you liked it.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Destiny Knocking-2.' I appreciate your encouraging comment.
Thank you for Benaue Rice Terraces. Much appreciated.
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 :)
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.
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.
You can't go home again, right! Thanks, Jack, for the fave of "Hitting the Wall."
Jack, thanks so much for reading and faving ANT FARM -- much appreciated, sir! Peace...
Don't know about masterpiece, but thanks for faving "Prowl Car," Jack!
Hi, Jack thanks for reading 'Destiny Knocking.' I appreciate your insightful comment.
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" ;-)
Hi Jack. Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you found the comb and brush so amusing.
Hi Jack, thanks for reading my telephone story - I always appreciate your comments. fos.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'The Forest is Falling.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *.
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.
Thanks for the comment and fave on Headstone III, Jack.
Thanks so much for commenting on "The Woodsman"!
Hey Jack- thanks for the note and the fave of "let us be thankful"
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!
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.
Thanks for your generous first comment on my hint fiction, "Bumper Repair." Always appreciate you, Jack.
Thanks, Jack. Again!
Jack I only get "a bunch" of stars when I get them from you. So happy you had fun with "Tool"!
Hi Jack--Thanks for the great comments and fav on "Il Silenzio".
Hey, Jack! Thank you for stopping by and commenting on "The Pain Taster"! :)
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.
You, sir, are too kind, and it's much appreciated!
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Customer Obsessed.' I greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions.
Thanks sincerely for the kind comments, Jack!
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
Thanks for reading and faving "Clockwork," Jack. You're right: Bill rocks.
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.
Jack, thanks much for the kind words.
Jack, your comments about my work are so generous. Thank you, thank you!
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."
Hi Jack, thanks for reading Table Thoughts, and thanks for the comment, too. I really appreciate your feedback. fos.
Thanks for commenting on "Semi Tiresias," Jack.
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.
Appreciate you taking the time to read Snake Walk, Jack!
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.
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. :)
Thanks, Jack. Much appreciated!
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?
Thanks, Jack. It always helps to write through this type of thing :)
And insurance, yes!!!
A big, big thank you for your nice words on "The Last Swim" :)
Thanks for the kind words & fav, Jack. Glad you liked "The Bed"!
Jack, thanks for the fave and the comment on "The Rising."
Thanks, Jack. Glad "Bats in the Catacomb" worked for you. Thanks for the fave!
Thanks for the faves, Jack. Appreciated so much!
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...
Jack, thank you for your vote of confidence. Always appreciated.
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.
Thanks, Jack! Glad you liked "Addictions." Thanks for the fave.
Thanks for the love on "I will be a child again" Jack. Glad you like it!
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.
Hi Jack. Thanks for reading Books and Covers, and thanks for the comment, too - means a lot! fos.
JS - thank ya sir for the read on Woman.
Jack, thanks so much for your recent comments on "Loneliness." I really appreciate them!
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.
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.
Thanks for the suggestion, Jack! Fixed it! I hope!
Thank you for the kind words and the fav on "The Grape."
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.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Made in Japan-2.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.
Thanks for your encouragement, Jack. Much appreciated!
Thank you for the kind words on "Latecomber"-- I think I was tougher then than I am now. :)
Hey Jack, thanks for your recent comments and fave of "Watching Them." I am so grateful.
Jack,thanks for the fave and the comment on "Women? Don't get me started."
Hey Jack! Thanks for commenting and faving "Where You Lay Your Dreams"!
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!
Hi Jack - thanks so much for the comment and fave on "Secrets." Appreciate it!
Jack, thanks for your recent comments on "Anemia." Always appreciate your read on my works!
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Made in Japan.' I appreciate your comment and * very much.
Hi Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on Ambiguity. Glad you enjoyed :)
Thanks, Jack, for commenting on "Disappearing Ink." Glad you liked it!
So glad you like "August" and thanks for the five stars! I'm waiting breathlessly for your next cat story....
Thanks for your comment on "My Night with Sarah Palin" - It included more homework than you can imagine.
Jack - so many thanks for reading "Hog Heaven". Appreciate.
Thanks so much for reading and commenting on "Christina Heppel" :)
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.
Jack, Jack, it's you, you, thank you, thank you! on Ringing
Many thanks for the fave and comments on "Waiting." So appreciate it!
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!
Hey Jack, thanks for the read (man on the run). thanks for the comments, too. and for the fave. Thanks all round. fos.
Hi Jack! Thanks for complimenting & favoriting my cock story!
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.
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
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.
Jack, thanks for the fave and the high praise on "She said.' You're the best.
Thanks, Jack, for the great comment on "tortillas."
Hello Jack! Thanks so much for commenting on my latest and for making it a fave.
Thanks, Jack, for commenting on and the high marks on the Translator poem. I need to keep up my GPA.
Jack, love that comment "heady brew" - many thanks, my friend, for the comments and star on Sisters At The Lake!
Thanks for the fave of "Ribs," Jack. Your endorsement always carries weight.
Very cool to have Beethoven's birthday. Nice!
Hi Jack! Thanks so much for commenting on Cooter Shorts and for making it a favorite.
Jack, thank you for reading and the fav on "Thing."
You make my day. I think it's the viking helmet.
As always, thanks for your comments on "Dew Drop Inn." I am grateful for your support.
Jack, thanks for you nice comments on Old Salty! ...more to come..
Jack, thanks for the fave and positive comment on "From the Fotomat - Print #31."
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.
Hi Jack, thanks for your comments on Snowdick, and for the fav. Was a fun piece, glad you enjoyed!
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!
Jack! Thank you for the cool comment and the * on Cuffless.
Thanks so much for readin' & appreciatin' my story.
Thanks for the awesome comment and fave on 2010, What I Wanted, Jack! You are far too kind...
Thank you for the comment on 'Crackle.' And yes, what you said - absolutely.
Jack, thanks for your read and comments on "Soulless, Dreamless." Glad to hear you loved the Crow section!
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.
Jack, thanks ever so much for your generous comment on "1967, The things they wanted." You're a @%%$#@&* prince.
Jack Swenson, Cat Herder (I love that) - thank you for reading and your remarks* on "Lovelies." So kind, I'm wowed.
Thank you for the feedback on "Health Code". So appreciated!
Thanks for reading The Uninvited Guest, Jack. I hope that sentence was the only one that elicited memories!
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
Appreciate your comments on my Adulterated Memoirs, Jack. Thank you so much!
Thanks for reading 2089
Thanks for the comment on "In My Nephritic Dreams." You'll have to excuse me. I have a bad expostulate.
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.
Hi Jack - thank you so much for your touching comment on 2006, and for the fave. It put a smile on my face.
Thank you for the comment and fav on "Not Her."
Jack, thanks for the kudos on Aftermath!
Thank you so much, Jack!
Jack, thanks for your fav on my romp! (ooh, that doesn't sound right does it?) Appreciate your read.
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!
Thanks, Jack! Glad you liked "Staring at Waves."
Thanks so much Jack! Wanna be my agent?!
Thank you for the high praise for The Dancing Lady. Yes, I hope to write a longer version one day.
Mister Jack: thanks for faving "Horny." I don't know about you, but I'm hungry for nacho cheese Bugles now. :)
Thanks, Jack, for your comment about "Sunrises and Borrowed Pages." Much appreciated.
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!
Jack, thanks so uch for your comment on Welder-Skelter.
Thanks again, Jack!
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)
Thanks for the kind words about "Frida...." and for the star. I'm dedicating my next poem, "Frida with House Cat, 2011" to you.
Thanks for stopping by, Jack. Glad you enjoyed "21."
Hey Jack, thanks for the comment on Baby...glad you like it!
A comment *and* a fave! You're the best, Jack. Thanks for reading "Hoops."
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Sermon of Lilacs." Gracias por el favo!
Thanks for your awesome comments on to reggie, antarctic baby daddy!
Hi Jack! Thanks for the awesome comments on "Oh, dinner". Much obliged!
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.
Thanks for the very kind words about ash, Jack. I've got to read me some more Jack Swenson soon. Needing a fix.
Thank you, thank you, Jack! For your nice comments & of course, your sense of humor.
Thanks for the comment and fave on 10 Keys, Jack! Loved your answer...
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."
Jack, I'm honored for a day or two, and always enamored with directness and honesty! :)
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.
Thanks for the awesome comments on "Muse" Jack. Much appreciated.
Glad you like I.C. Thanks for the comment!
Hi Jack. Happy you enjoyed “Badabing Badaboom.” Your comment and fave much appreciated! Franco :)
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!
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.
Thanks for the * for Mama's Funeral. Glad you liked it.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Stupiditās.' I appreciate your insightful comment.
Jack, thanks for being such a good pal, and for your comments!
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.
Jack, thanks for commenting on Love At Last. Much appreciated.
Thanks, Jack, for your comment on Echoless!
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Big Bang Cools.' I greatly appreciate your comments.
Thank you so much, Jack, for your nice words on my story :)!
Thank you for putting a * on Border Town. Much appreciated.
Thank you for reading, commenting, and faving Froggy!
Jack! Many thanks for the comments and fave on Solar Plexus. Always glad to get a read from you. :)
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...
"Had a lot of trouble returning serves"-(in the figurative sense I wrote about) expected nothing less of you!
Thanks for fave of "Fate."
Thanks so much for the great comment and fave on Sins of the Father, Jack! Did you look under the couch for your socks? :)
Thanks for the * for Dubai on Ice. Much appreciated.
Thank you for your kind words on "Make-Believe." I appreciate them very much.
Hi, Jack. Thanks for reading 'Z Boson with a Hardron.' I appreciate your chuckling comment and *.
Hi Jack, thanks for faving Last Bell, and for the very kind words. Much appreciated!
Leave it to a Norseman to appreciate a good lunker story - thx Jack!
Thanks for commenting on and faving "George," Jack. Glad you liked it.
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.
Ha ha! I meant your mad speaker. Somehow, that just seemed right for him--closet transvestite.
Thanks so much, Jack, for your generous comments - so glad you liked "The Forest" :)
Hi Jack, thanks for reading Just for Kicks, I appreciate the comments! fos.
Hi Jack, glad you enjoyed Loch Traignarry Light. Much appreciated!
Jack, thanks so much for your kind words on It's True What They Say -- mucho appreciated! Peace...
Yeah, Jack, I mean, honestly, no sex scene??? You SHOULD be ashamed!!!
Well there's always the next story... HA!
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!
Hey, you read my story! Thanks loads, Jack:)
Thanks very much for the comment and fave on Unheard, Jack. I'm happy it resonated with you.
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!).
Thanks, Jack, for the read and your generous comments on “Oh, Fish Eggs!” Much appreciated.
Perfect reaction to "Whiplash Marriage." Just what I was hoping for. Thank you, Jack!
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.
Hey Jack Swenson, thanks for the good words for "Empty." Norwegians are awesome, all around. ;-)
JS! Thanks for the kind comment on "I Like It". Love hearing from you.
Thank you for the * for Homeless. Much appreciated.
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
Thanks for reading Protest. Glad you liked it.
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!
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.
Thank you for the comment on 'Gift!' Much appreciated.
Thanks for the great comment and fave on Things Left Unsaid, Jack! It means a lot that you liked the hair-raising ride!
Got your plate at the "Dessert Buffet". Thanks.
"Whatever happened to the Towson girl? I've always wondered."
Thanks for the comment and fave of "Mussel Memory."
"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!
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.
Jack, thanks for your great comment on my story, The Victorian Sunset of Daniel Ellison."
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"
Jack so happy you enjoyed Idiotsky. I love
Chekhov and so it was great fun to write this story. Happy
Snow and more snow with sleepy seagulls and smelly quahogs...!
Thank you for the * for Christmas Miracle. Much appreciated.
Dear Sir Jack, a belated Thank you for you lovely comment on It Stops. Very much appreciated x
Jack does anything escape your eagle's eye and eagle's heart? Thank you pal o mine for "saying"...
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!
Yep -- eyes wide open. Thank you so much for reading Ninety, Jack.
Wow, a comment like that from you? Feels like I musta won the lottery - thank you!
Jack, if I can work out a happy ending to "Beige" I'll dedicate it to you. :) Thanks for the comment and fave!
Thank you for the comment and * on 'Arms of the Forest,' Jack. Thought-provoking is generally good...
Jack, as always, I love having you read my work. Thanks for the lovely comments on Ping Pong!
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.
Thanks for the comment on Heart Line, Jack. I always appreciate your thoughts.
Thank you for your awesome comments about god's man, Jack. So glad you read and liked! Hope you are well. -- Q
Thank you for reading Admission. Much appreciated.
Jack, thanks so much for your nice comments, love your avatar, or is that really you!?
Hi Jack, I really appreciate your kind comment on my story Punk and adding a fav to it as well! Thank you so much!
Thank you for your kind remarks about loon, Jack. I so appreciate them! Cheers. -- Q
Jack, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on Raging Life!
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.
Thanks for your kind comment about "The Rest Home" Jack.
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.
Thanks Jack. Glad you enjoyed Hands.
Hi Jack - I'm thrilled you liked "Willie Nelson" - thanks for reading :)!
Hey, Jack. Thanks for the fave of "The Proud Accounting."
Very glad to hear that, Jack. :-)
Excuse me, sir. Can I help you carry your groceries out to the car?
(thanks for all the recent comments!)
JS - always appreciate a read from you. Many thanks for your comments on "Lay on Me".
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! :)
Thanks for commenting on "Dad and the Red Light," Jack. Appreciate it greatly.
Thank you Jack, for your comments on Palace! Embellished fiction of course...
Very kind of you to say, Jack. Thanks!
Thanks, Jack, Good of you to notice my little nature parable, the detailed comment very pleasant to read.
Jack, so glad you like "Rug"! How's things...?
Jack! Your lovely comment on The Chair made my night. Deft: gosh. !!
Thanks for the fave on "Raw Salt." Appreciate it!
Hi Jack, I so, so appreciate you following this story--and enjoying it enought to do so. Many thanks.
Hi Jack, I love that you spied a poem in those first four lines. Love your input. Thanks!
Thanks again, Jack! Appreciate it!
Thanks, Jack, for your enthusiastic response to "She spread her legs and flew away"!
Thanks for the comment and read on Rats, Jack! And I agree, humans can be the hardest animal to love!
"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.
Jack! Thanks for your positive words about "Mama's Mass". Happy you read.
Jack, thanks for your comments on "Sand." Glad you enjoyed it.
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!
Jack, I feel lucky that you read my stories and always have such positive things to say, thanks also for the star for "Moro".
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.
hahaha...thank you for reading The Clinic. Yes, I'm ready to come home.
I expect your best behavior, Jack! And on another note...thanks for reading and facing "Romance Writes".
Thanks once again for your kind words!
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!
You called me Sheldon.
Thanks so much for the comments, Jack. Will be sure to read the story, if I can find it ;)
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.
Thanks for commenting on "Not Your Fault." Not autobiographical, but I would love to have a chat with Steinbeck and Bukowski...
Always honored to have a master read my stuff. Thanks for reading Whitechapel and for the fav.
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."
Jack, so glad my story held up for you! Thank you, thank you!
Thanks for the swell grades on "Florid Psychosis," Jack. (God, I hate grading!)
Such nice feedback for "Stampede", Jack. Thanks!
Appreciate your read of Something Jazzy, one of the few flashes of mine that I like.
Hi Jack, appreciate your comments :)
Jack, thanks for reading "Stolen Shoes". I notice from your bio we have the same vocation.
Thank you Jack! Appreciate very much your fave!
Thanks for commenting on "Knot Eye," Jack. Glad you liked it.
Hi Jack, thanks for reading sunrise, and thanks for commenting, too. foster.
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.
Thanks for the great comment and fave on 4P28, Jack! So glad you found delight in it!
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.
JS - thanks for commenting on "the loudest loud". Made me smile.
p.s. love your blog.
My pleasure, Jack. Thank you for the kind words about "Searching for Samuel Beckett."
Jack, thanks for your comment on Better Days, glad you like.
More from that sequence shortly. All best.
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.
Thank you for the high praise for Mafia Girlfriend. Another Raymond Chandler? Maybe...:)
Thanks for reading 'Working the City,' Jack. Your encouraging comments are greatly appreciated.
Hi Jack, Thanks for your read of "Confession"!
Dearest Jack, I'm glad you liked "gutter" thank you
Thank you for your comment on "1958-1961." It's tough to be a newbie, thanks for the encouragement. :)
Thank you for reading Water Heart. Much appreciated.
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.
Thanks, Jack for the read and the fave. Glad you liked this one.
Thanks for the fav, Jack. Glad you liked "Son of Uncle Sam."
Thanks for reading 'Blues Away,' Jack. Your comments are greatly appreciated.
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!
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.
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!
Jack, I can see you laughing your buns off at my vagina girl story (centerpiece). thanks so much!
as always, xo Jack, xo.
Thanks for Snake Eyes, Jack. Gods are pretty iffy. I only like the ones who smile.
HI Jack. Cat herder and Viking is an interesting combination... Thanks ever so for your comment on Amoco Cadiz!
Thank you for reading Rivals and for the suggestion. As always, I appreciate it.
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!
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
Jack, I don't know what negative space is either, but James said it and it sounded good so I joined in.
I mean, cat herder, not car herder.
Thanks, Jack, especially since you are a car herder, and know about their hat thing.
Thank you for your great comments and the fav on Sisters At The Lake. So glad it "moved" you!
Appreciate the fav of "Epithalamion." Thanks. Writing out the title takes longer than writing out the whole poem!
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.
Jack, thanks so much for your kid words on Turtle Summer. I enjoyed your writing as well. Nice to meet you here.
Jack, thanks for reading "Just a Mountain". I always appreciate you taking the time to comment.
Thanks for the awesome comment on No Goodbyes, Jack! You are too kind!
Jack, thanks for the fave on "Class of '65." False teeth as metaphor is not easy to pull off. But there it is.
Thank you, Jack!
A heartfelt thank you for your generous comments on "Origin"!!
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!
Jack, Jack, Jack...you know my tongue is in my cheek!
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!
Jack, thanks for commenting on "Firecrackers"!
Thanks, Jack -- you are very kind. I am glad that Ordinary Boys worked so well for you.
Thank you for reading Dark Water. As always, much appreciated.
Jack, you're the best. Thanks for the read of "Lens" and the fave and always for your support! Kath
Thanks, Jack, for reading and commenting on "Black Squirrel Poem." Always appreciate your visits.
Age is just a number, Rock Star.
My dear JS! Thank you for reading The Ace and your comments.
Oh, thank you for your lovely comment on 'Swimming Pool'. You made my day. Big hug from Berlin!
You really floored me with your comment on Craving, thank you.
Jack, thanks for the read, comments and a fave, even, on "Where have you gone, Norma Jeane, Norma Jeane?" I'm honored.
Thank you for reading The Lottery. Always a pleasure to see you on my wall.
Thanks, Jack, for dropping in and commenting on "Bone Density."
"Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter" (Keats).
Thank you for reading and comments on The Secrets of the Dead. Always appreciated.
Thanks for the kind words on Responsible, Jack. I always appreciate your insightful comments.
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.
Jack, so glad you liked my little poem "blank" and cheers to you, dear pal!
Thanks, Jack! Glad you liked "Parabola Tango."
Thank you for reading Afghanistan and for the kind words. Always a pleasure to hear from you.
Hey Jack. Thanks for reading and commenting on Burger and Fries - I appreciate that.
Jack, Love your work. So it's a real pleasure to get a compliments from you. Thanks so much. I.
Hi Jack. Just wanted to thank you for your kind words regarding my story 'Chained'. So pleased you enjoyed it. Warmest regards, Ian.
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?
Thanks for the fav on "Self Alaska," Jack!
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.
Dear Jack: I'm a former cat herder myself.
Hi, Jack, thanks for reading His Longest Day. I appreciate your helpful comments very much.
Thank you for stopping by to read "Under Perfect Conditions" and for your comment.
Jack! Tell your cats hello for me! And tell me how I can talk my husband letting me have more than 2!
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.
Thanks for the generous comment on 3 a.m.! I appreciate the read.
As always, love your comments, Jack. Thanks for reading "Augustinian Prayer Sonnet."
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.
"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.
Thanks, Jack,for a bit of your legendary generosity.
Thank you for reading Qean. Glad you liked it.
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...
Thanks for the awesome comment on Midnight Riders! So glad you liked it, and I appreciate the read!
Jack, thanks so much for taking a gander at Flying to the moon, praise from you makes me sing. Peace...
Hey, Jack. Thanks for reading "Andalusia," that baggy monster. Glad you liked it.
Thank you for reading Arlington Cemetery: Section 60. Much appreciated. And thank you for the positive feedback.
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.
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.
A second "Amen" JS!
Thanks for reading.
Jack -- I am glad we are in this mutual admiration club. Your comment made my day!
Jack: Thanks for the encouragin' words on POSEY'S POND. They mean a lot because you're a real writer-fella.
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.
Thanks so much for the kind comment, Jack!
The Frost found poem is a curiosity. Thanks for commenting on it!
Well Jack...I suppose you can take that comment many ways. I'll let you decipher...
Ah, yes, Jack, I thought as much! Thanks for your comments and fav on Leaving :-)
Thanks for the fave. Appreciate the comments on "Summer Son".
Thanks, Jack, for your generous comment on "The Death of Sherwood Anderson." Appreciate it!
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.
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.
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.
Jack, I appreciate your comments about Requirement. Means a lot to me!
Thanks Jack, I'm pleased that my story resonated with you.
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.
Thank you for reading Ocean Front Epitaph. Thank you, too, for the suggestion. I'll play around with it a little more.
Jack, thanks for reading so much of my work. Glad "Processes" hit you right. Thanks for commenting.
Thanks, Jack! Glad you liked "Found Poem."
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.
Yes, it's all Madame Tishka, always and forever...
"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--
Ru and Win say thanks!
Thank you for reading Body Double. Glad you liked the Marmalade line.
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.
Jack, so glad my story Summer in the City made you laugh! And thanks a ton for the fav
Jack, you are def. a fave-rave o' mine!
Thanks so much Jack, for your reading & commenting on "Goodnight Dogs" - I'm thrilled you liked it!
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.
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.
I did read Superman and Woman as a kid...but it's not "their" S that gets me. Just a strange affinity I have....
actually nix the two "goods" and instead sub "Super!" since it does start with the best letter EVER!
Jack, thanks so much for your note. I'm so glad my little short worked for you.
Thanks for your comment on 'Doctor Eyepatch', Jack. All best!
Jack, I'm so happy you laughed at Mixed Dominance
Jack, Thanks for faving "NEVER Drunk, ALWAYS Disordely" -- and I see you like The Art of War (me, too.)
Thank you for commenting on Blindness. Glad you liked it.
Thanks so much for reading, Jack. Looking forward to reading your work.
Thanks for reading A Joad so thoughtfully.
Jack,thanks so much for your good words on Insertion Hole. C'mon, come east, it will be a blast
I read you have a collaborative book coming out with the divine Miss Meg! You two will be a wild ride!
Ah, well, you fool around too well to keep fooling around.
Thank you for reading My Eyes Don't See the Truth. Glad you liked it.
Jack, so many thanks for the read and fav on "blinking blinking." This oil spill-- so horrible
Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on "Catatonia"!
Thanks, Jack. I appreciate your comments on "Pruning."
Yes, S is my favorite letter...I know it's yours as well. Guess we will just have to share it!
Ha, no problem. It's what I deserve for reading in the early morning.
Thanks so much for your comments on my very first story here at Fictionaut!
Thank you for reading Allah Akbar.
Hi, Jack, thanks for your comments on "Minerva Gets Pierced by Love" and also the fav. Much appreciated.
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
Thanks for the comment on "Truman Compote," 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!
Thanks for faving "The House Flounder," Jack! Glad you liked it.
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.
Really appreciate your liking "Me. You. Love."
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!
Jack, thanks for faving "The Sticking Point." Very pleased you liked it.
Hi Jack, glad you enjoyed 'Third Shift'. Hope any nightmares make for good conversation :)
Thanks Jack for reading my stories and your very kind words! Looking forward to reading your work here.
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
Thanks, Jack! Appreciate the kind comment on "The Meaning of Life."
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.
Thanks, Jack. I was a strange little kid! Some of them had Egyptian names too - Nefertiti was one.
Look forward to seeing the next one, then! Glad you liked the clowns. Too many people consider them to be sinister...
Hello Jack! thanks for reading ...WIld Blue Yonder...I just re-read Minn. Menage...that's one good thumping read!
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!
Jack, thanks very much for your comments & fav. "The pace is just right" is especially encouraging and appreciated.
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!
Thanks for the comment on Flashback. It concerns me you and I may be the only people who know the Maude Frickert reference. Cheers.
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.
Hi Jack, thanks for your read & comment on Peach (2). Glad you enjoyed her.
Jack--thanks for reading. I'm a relatively-unscarred veteran of Catholic schools, and so have more fond memories than most lapsed Catholics.
Thanks, Jack :-)
Many thanks, Jack, for your kind words on "I don't have a gun." I'm thrilled you enjoyed it :)!
Yes, you are!
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???
Thank you for your kind words on Bean Talk.
Thanks, Jack, for the comment on "The Pure Land."
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.
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!
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!
Thanks, Jack, for your nice comments, yes, we should never forget.
I am the KING of bad dreams!
Hi Jack - send me a line if you post a story :) Have been swamped with work, but don't want to miss yours!
Thank you for the nice words on Young Journey. Glad you liked it.
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!
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.
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
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
Do you think you could get hired onto the committee? (PC Prize). Ha ha! Thank you, Jack
Jack! Thanks for your comment on Elephant, and the support for the raw and unpolished. WOW, that means a lot. Really appreciate it.
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
Thank you for reading Nothing to Do. I thought about cutting the last stanza. I'll leave it for now, though.
Thanks for wanting more of Rocamadour, Jack ! I always appreciate your comments.
Thanks for faving (is that a word?) Beatnik Blonde and for thinking I know what I'm doing :)
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.
Thank you for reading and I assume, faving The Luckiest Guy Around. Yes, its fiction.
Jack - thanks for the comments on "Walking" - memories yes, softened by years
Thanks for the nice words about, Empty House, Jack. :-)
Thank you for the kind words about Tsalagi.
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.
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
Great interview Meg Pokrass did with you! Very much enjoyed reading it and learning more about you and your work.
Thanks for the interest, Jack.
I pin stars on most of your stuff.
Jack, appreciate your insight about my poem. Thanks muchly once again :-)
Thank you for reading My Girlfriend's Birthday. Glad you liked it.
Thanks so much for the comment, Jack.
I have only one cat.
Love your job description, Jack, - Cat Herder - what does that entail?
Not at all, Jack (me being way too generous) You are a brilliant writer!
Jack, thx for reading and enjoying my bbq story.
Thanks, Jack. Appreciate your comment about "Blossoms and Buds."
Black pumpkins, indeed. Thank you for reading.
Thanks for reading The First Date Questionnaire. Hagar the Horrible, huh!
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.
Them crazy characters are my people! Thanks for the fave on "Giving Notice."
Total thanks, Jack, for your note on "My Thumbs." Is that you in that fierce Viking get-up?
Jack, thanks - you're the master, horns and all.
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
"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.
Thanks Jack, it's how I felt.
Thank you for reading Tatev. I always appreciate your comments.
Jack, thanks for taking the time to read, for the fav and for your great comments on Doreen. I really appreciate it.
Jacko, "Secrets" is a real gem, each little secret shines in its own brightly dark way
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!
Nice to see you at NC Writers.
Jack -- thanks for your comment on Routine. .38's in the nightstand drawer.
Thank you so much for your comments on The Deer Collage, Jack! Especially appreciated, coming from a cat herder :)
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.
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.
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).
Thank you for the nice comment on The Winds of May. I working on the beginning right now.
Thanks for your encouraging response to "Color Wheel." It's nice to feel so welcome right off the bat.
Hey Jack, thanks for reading Nine and five, and thanks for your comments, too. foster.
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.
Thanks for your kind words, Jack.
Thank you for reading and commenting on My Rice Krispies Treat. Greed, yes, twisted humor perhaps.
Thanks for your comments on The Turkey that Couldn't Gobble. Now to find an illustrator or get back into drawing myself.
Thank you for reading and commenting on Muted Corners. Based on your suggestions, I changed it around a bit.
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.
Thanks for commenting on Blue Light. It means a lot. Awesome new profile pic, too.
Thanks, Jack, for the note on "Hammer Nail Nail"--glad you liked the last line!
Thanks, Jack, for the read and comments on "Mrs. Booth"--you nailed the mood.
Jack - thanks for stopping by for kaffe with the tantes. We appreciate it.
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. ;-)
We have the same birthday!
Thank you for reading and commenting on Thunder Snow. Glad you enjoyed it.
Hi, Jack - thank you for your lovely comment on 'Nobody Told Marni'. All best, M.
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.
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.
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.
Hey Jack, thanks for reading and commenting on A Boy and His Tire. foster.
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).
"Are you bitter?" he asked.
"Bitter?! Bit him, too!" she said.
Thank you for your comment on Pleiku Jacket and for being such a generous reader.
Figs ARE weird!! Ha!!! I miss you and thank you for your kind words and cautionary feelings about figs!
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!
"Nice pairing. Impatience/patience."
Neat. Hadn't seen that until you mentioned it.
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
Thanks for reading 15 Minutes More. Glad you enjoyed it.
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.
Jack, do tell us more about tales of SF. I'm intrigued by this character you made and his rich inner/outer life
Thank you so much for your kind comments on 'Our Stop' - I'm new to this and I really appreciate you stopping by.
Hi Jack, thanks for reading The Hangman, and for the comments, too! foster.
yr welcome, jack - everybody standing on someone else's shoulders - one of the most applicable cliches around!
First, I need to get work as a writer, man!
I *thought* you might like the cat poems.
Thanks, Jack for your kind comments. Much appreciated.
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. ;-))
Did I thank you yet for your kind "Snowsuit" comments?
Hey Jack, thanks for reading Eight States Away - and thanks for the comments, too! foster.
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 :)
Jack, thanks so much for the thumbs up and the comments- very nice of you!
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
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!
Jack, thanks for reading "Eddie Says" and for your kind words!
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.
Thanks so much for your kind words on HABITS DIE HARD. you and others are making me feel very welcome here. Peace...
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.
You're busted, Mystery Faver!
Minnesota's looking nice this year. ice fishing ended early, but motorcycle riding started early to make up for it. Mild is wild.
Hey Jack - You are welcome! And, surely don't lose your sense of roguish-ness. It's an essential quality for us writers :)
Perhaps I should rephrase my comment! I liked a lot of things about Mannequin, but I liked the syntax best of all.
Jack, Thanks so much for reading -- and commenting on Girl. I really appreciate it.
Hi Jack. Thanks for your comments on Invisible Grime - happy you liked it.
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
Hello Jack! I remember you from Full Of Crow!
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.
Always a pleasure - feel like I learn something about the process and the craft whenever I read the work you share here.
Thanks for your comment on my story!
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.
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
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.
I'm blushing Jack
"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.
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.
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.
Jack the feeling is mutual
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 ;-)
Hi Jack, thanks for reading Cactus - I really appreciate your comments.
Thanks, Jack, for your generous comments & support :)
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.
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.
Let's call it nasty and nice. I tend to find those one and the same, at least in writing.
"Hey, Matt. How did you hurt your leg?"
I was in a genetics accident back in the woods.
Jack, your comment on my latest story was really wonderful, and I wanted to thank you twice
OK Jack, you caught me exaggerating! Gawd. My mother was right. She always told me to stop exaggerating!
Hi Jack, thanks for your comments on A Life Twice Told - I'm glad you liked this one.
Thank you so much for your kind comments on my short story, Reversal.
Thank you so much for your kind comments on "Reversal."
Tusen takk for your comment on The News!
Thanks, Jack, for your comments. Looking at the lonely hearts pages is a wonderful exercise in compassion! Probably because I'm lonely too. :)
Hi Jack - Thanks for faving Punch Patty! And Zoo Animals IS brilliant :)
Thanks for the nice comments. It was a blast to write.
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. :)
I'm glad that I could make you laugh out loud, Jack. That's a nice way to start out the day.
Yes, Nora, but not on payday.
film director, teacher... same thing ;-)
PS somebody wrote "i love your movies"... are you a film director? if so, how lovely for you.
hi Jack, thanks for commenting on my poem "Lizard".
Thanks, Jack! Means a lot coming from you, sir, the Master of the Punch.
Thanks again Jack - Old Wounds is grand!
Enjoyed reading "Estranged" at Wigleaf, Jack. Great work. Congratulations.
hey Jack--"Estranged" is up! will provide the link ha-- http://wigleaf.com/