Jake Barnes


Location California
Occupation Retired Teacher
Website http://

About Me

I have long admired the short story and began trying to write stories of my own some years ago. Fictionaut provides a forum for us scribblers. I for one am grateful. I write micro fiction for the most part, but sometimes I write flash. I like short races; I'm no miler! I am looking forward to posting my stories and commenting on the posts of others.

jb

Why do you write?

It's fun and it's a challenge.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Hemingway, Steinbeck, Faulkner, Carver, the prose of the poet William Carlos Williams, Isaac Babel. Also the short fiction of Kathy Fish, Carol Reid, Katrina Denza, Marcelle Heath, Jeff Landon, James Claffey, and many more.

Jake Barnes's Wall

Misti Rainwater-Lites – Nov 03, 2014

Jake, I juxtapose. Thanks for reading the rainbow!

Christopher James – Oct 04, 2014

Jake, thanks for reading and commenting on "Safe". Plus - I love your profile picture!

Christopher James – Oct 04, 2014

Jake, thanks for reading and commenting on "Safe". Plus - I love your profile picture!

Carl Santoro – May 25, 2014

Jake, thanks for your comment re: "Oh, what's this?" she"
Actually, regarding the ending, I did have a discussion with my wife. She feels the male is "kidnapping" the female. Putting himself into her space without a clear invitation. I had meant this to be a technique shared by family members only if it became adopted as a new
tradition. The ending came to me as my fingers were pounding the plastic and I left it. Perhaps a new ending would be better. Your thoughts?

Steven Miller – Apr 11, 2014

Thanks for commenting on my story, Jake. I had in mind those new diseases and disorders that make it into Time Magazine and then later turn out to either not exist or just be a variation on something basic. Have you noticed how every child in school is ADHA?

Carl Santoro – Mar 29, 2014

Thanks for your comments on, "I Ask You, Erin Burnett…is it fair?" Good advice!

Soon to be deleted – Mar 19, 2014

Thanks for commenting on Rotary.

Misti Rainwater-Lites – Mar 09, 2014

Hello Jake, thanks for lovin' my latest.

Soon to be deleted – Mar 09, 2014

Thanks for the comment on Pane.

Tim Young – Feb 22, 2014

Hey Jake. 'Bloody tools' all the way.
Thanks.

ABxx – Feb 20, 2014

Thanks, Jake. I've actually grown a bit tired of Fictionauters these days who are quite stingy with comments. Time to retire this account. Appreciate hearing from you.

Steven Gowin – Feb 12, 2014

Jake, thanks for the note on "Old or Fat." Carl's was better.

Steve

Alex M. Pruteanu – Jan 31, 2014

Thanks much for the fave and nice words on my story.

Ramon Collins – Jan 30, 2014

Jake: Your comments on BY THE BEACH were the nicest kick-in-the- fatty-part-of-the-brain I've ever received. Thank you. I'll reciprocate and try to not get it on the rug.

W.R. Smith – Jan 26, 2014

Thanks Jake.

Nonnie Augustine – Dec 30, 2013

As well you should blush! Thanks, Jake.

Nonnie Augustine – Dec 22, 2013

Oh, thanks, Jake. I rewrote it this morning. My ears popped when I read yesterdays's version. What? Where's the cadence? What was I thinking? Well, I know—it was a rush to post on the Solstice. Bad Nonnie.

Lucinda Kempe – Dec 21, 2013

Jake,

Thank you for reading and liking Something About Your Mother. Means a lot to have you stop by. All the best,Lucinda

loulou pollen – Dec 06, 2013

Thanks for the growl, Jake. Hope it's not ominous or through chipped teeth!

Allen Hope – Dec 05, 2013

Thanks, Jake, for the comment on "Christmas in the Big Easy."

Ivy Alvarez – Nov 20, 2013

Thank you for your kind comment about "Security Notes to the Museum of Winter", Jake. Hope this finds you well.

Penny Goring – Nov 19, 2013

<<3

J.A. Pak – Nov 16, 2013

Love your avatar BTW.

J.A. Pak – Nov 16, 2013

Thanks for reading "Happiness", Jake. I hope and pray that I will never have kidney stones.

W.R. Smith – Nov 16, 2013

Hey thanks Jake

Deb Oestreicher – Nov 16, 2013

Jake, thanks so much for your generous response to "Urgent Care."

Nonnie Augustine – Nov 12, 2013

There are many pieces I'm sorting out. When I find one that gives me a shout, I give it a go. Thanks for reading, Jake.

Deborah Oster Pannell – Nov 08, 2013

Thanks for your feedback on Cruelty, Jake. I'm glad you liked it... :)

Deb Oestreicher – Nov 07, 2013

Jake, thanks for reading and commenting on "On the Roof."

Nonnie Augustine – Nov 06, 2013

Thank you, Jake. Yeah. A day in the life...I've fallen for the company of ghosts.

ABxx – Oct 29, 2013

Hi Jake. Thanks for your lovely commentary on my writings. I am on and off Fictionaut, so it really is nice to have someone around who remembers some of the things I post.

Ginnah Howard – Oct 28, 2013

Jake, thanks for your comment on DOING TIME OUTSIDE, an excerpt from my new novel written by you way back on 9/12. I haven't been on Fictionaut for a while--too busy promoting. I see you are still as prolific as ever. I'll get back to reading your work soon.

Deborah Oster Pannell – Oct 28, 2013

Hi Jake!
Thanks for checking in on Seriously?
It's good to hear from you. My presence here has been spotty lately...
:)
D

Tim Young – Oct 26, 2013

Hi Jake,
Thanks for you comment on 'Affair.' No thighs it is.

Nonnie Augustine – Oct 05, 2013

Thanks, again Jake—for your comment on "Reprisal."

Nonnie Augustine – Oct 04, 2013

Thank you for reading "Otillie," James. Yes. Many mothers for us all. I'm going to read something of yours right now.

Deborah Oster Pannell – Sep 28, 2013

Jake. Thanks for the comment on Scar. That's my favorite part, too... :)

Deborah Oster Pannell – Sep 20, 2013

Hi Jake,
Thanks for checking in on Strangers on a Train.
Yeah, sometimes a nice connection that could have been, just doesn't happen...
D

David Ackley – Sep 18, 2013

Thanks, Jake. Glad you liked "Proximity."

Larry Strattner – Sep 15, 2013

Thanks for the comments on "Why?" They are appreciated.

Christian Bell – Sep 12, 2013

Jake, thanks for your comments and fave on "Coast to Coast." Don't get me started on Alexander Graham!

J.A. Pak – Sep 12, 2013

Thanks for commenting on "Kittens and the Hands of God"!

avocadoben – Sep 08, 2013

Jake! Thanks for the very thoughtful words on Mornings!

I would respond in detail but it would be way too much like work--Maynard Krebs says hi!

Han Kondabalu – Sep 08, 2013

Although, I am sorta obsessed with numbers.

Han Kondabalu – Sep 08, 2013

Thank you Jake for your comment on the midnight short :>) ---Wolfe.

Tina Barry – Sep 04, 2013

Thanks for reading and commenting on "3 Bedrooms," Jake. Thanks, too, for the star. You've been so supportive of my writing.

Christian Bell – Sep 04, 2013

Thanks, Jake, for commenting on "The Last Thing" and your fave!

Michelle Elvy – Sep 04, 2013

Thanks for the positive vibes on Cornfield -- much appreciated! Will get to that discussion about the lost narrative soon... Great seeing more of your work here, too.

Nonnie Augustine – Sep 03, 2013

Thanks for reading, Jake. Nightmares can be sort of fun, though.

Foster Trecost – Aug 31, 2013

Hi Jake, thanks for reading and commenting on Sliding Windows, both mean lots. fos.

Carl Santoro – Aug 21, 2013

Thank you Jake for reading - A Little Lotion Talk - and leaving comments.
Nothing beats a surprising real-life gem.
Just gotta be in the right place at the right time with a pencil in hand!

Ginnah Howard – Aug 20, 2013

Thanks for your comment on "Cache." This poem came to me one day when I was taking out the garbage and I was knocked back by realizing how vulnerable I had become by loving someone.

Charlotte H. – Aug 18, 2013

Happy to hear from a fellow/sister (?) lapsed somethingorother. Thanks for reading Baptismsl!

Akshay Dashore – Aug 16, 2013

Thank you! :-)

Deborah Oster Pannell – Aug 16, 2013

Hey Jake,
Yes, A Dream... hmmm... I don't know, was it?
:)

Neil McCarthy – Aug 14, 2013

Thanks for taking a read of the poem Jake!

Lillian Ann Slugocki – Aug 12, 2013

Jake, thanks for your comment on OCD man, much appreciated, looking forward to reading your work

Foster Trecost – Aug 10, 2013

Hi Jake, I really appreciate you giving Crossties a few minutes of your time; thanks for reading and commenting. fos.

Barry Basden – Aug 08, 2013

Thanks, Jake, for your comment on Eleventh Hour. It's those damned sutlers.

Charlotte H. – Aug 07, 2013

Jake, thanks for your comment on Details. :)

Tina Barry – Aug 05, 2013

Hi Jake--thanks for reading and commenting on "Her Hair, a Braid," and thanks for the star!

Nonnie Augustine – Aug 04, 2013

Thanks, Jake. Thanks for reading and commenting on My Early Thirties. I'll catch up with what you've been doing tomorrow. Cheers. Nonnie

Joani Reese – Aug 03, 2013

Thanks for your comments about "Legacy," Jake. --Going back into hiding now ;)

Deborah Oster Pannell – Aug 02, 2013

Thank you, Jake, for your comment on "Encore." I like harrowing... :)

Charlotte H. – Jul 29, 2013

Thanks so much' Jake, for your comment on "Blood or Kisses". I appreciate your opinion!

Deborah Oster Pannell – Jul 24, 2013

Jake, thanks for your comment on "Strange Disconnect." I'll take nifty anytime... :)

Charlotte H. – Jul 20, 2013

Thanks for your comment on Milk For Free, Jake. It made me happy!

Emily Bertholf – Jul 18, 2013

Hi Jake. Thanks for reading and commenting on Coffee Shop. I was trying to be all William Carlos Williams but I didn't have a red wheelbarrow, so the coffee shop sufficed. Thanks for indulging my addiction.

Elizabeth Kate Switaj – Jul 18, 2013

Thank you for commenting on "Out of Uniform"!

Loyola Landry – Jul 16, 2013

thanks for the comment, Jake. You fished the Irati recently?

Neil McCarthy – Jul 14, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to read Jake.

Jenny Rawls – Jul 13, 2013

Thanks for the kind words on "Sylvia" Jake. Never did anything that short before so I wasn't sure I pulled it off.

FM Le – Jul 09, 2013

Hello :)

Thank you for reading my cattywampus poem. love your profile pic !

Felicia

Elizabeth Kate Switaj – Jul 08, 2013

Thanks for your comment on "What the Doormat Said". We've all had lousy jobs, I think.

Jenny Rawls – Jul 06, 2013

Jake, your commentary on "Practice" was perfect. Absolutely perfect. Thank you.

Elizabeth Kate Switaj – Jul 05, 2013

Thank you for your comment on "Sof a". I had done the perspective of an exercise bike, so I figured I'd go for the opposite.

Deborah Oster Pannell – Jul 03, 2013

And also for your comment on "So freaking tired." You've got it good... :)

Deborah Oster Pannell – Jul 03, 2013

Hi Jake. Thanks for checking in at "Washing the Dishes." :)

Barry Basden – Jun 23, 2013

Thanks, Jake, for letting me know you liked 'Breaking in Print.' I'm trying to do more and more with less and less...

Tantra Bensko – Jun 21, 2013

thank you, Jake, for your comments on my poem.

Susan Rukeyser – Jun 21, 2013

Thanks for your comments about 'The Worst Girl's Best Day.' Much appreciated!

Carly Berg – Jun 20, 2013

Thank you!

Mary-Kim Arnold – Jun 11, 2013

Jake! I love your photo! Thank you so much for your kind comments on "bird." I am rather new to this community, but it seems like a great one. Looking forward to reading you!

Elizabeth Kate Switaj – Jun 09, 2013

Thank you for your comment on "Toothed and Thorny". It's part of a series I'm working on that takes the perspective of various objects.

Mary-Kim Arnold – Jun 07, 2013

Thank you for reading "bird," and for your kind and wonderful comments! Much appreciated. I look forward to getting to know your work. Many thanks.

Jenny Rawls – Jun 07, 2013

Thanks for your kind words on "Carver", Jake. It's a surreal experience reading realism around kids/teeenagers. It makes you think, "How did I go from Raymona Quimby to this?"

Larry Strattner – Jun 06, 2013

Jake - Thanks for the comment on Becoming an Author. We're heading in opposite directions on word count but hey, string together a pile of micros and you've got Finnegan's Wake! Welcome to fictionaut. LarryS

Barry Basden – Jun 03, 2013

Thanks, Jake, for your words of praise about Instructions. Belated thanks also for your comments and fave of Wild Horses.

Eric Lloyd Blix – Jun 02, 2013

Hi Jake. Thanks for the kind words on "The Bedroom Seems like the World." I'm glad you liked it.

Jenny Rawls – Jun 01, 2013

Thank you for your comments on "Break". I'm really flattered that it blew you away.

Jenny Rawls – May 27, 2013

Thank you so much for your support of "Letter for K", Jake. It wasn't emotionally easy to write, so your comments mean a lot.

Han Kondabalu – May 24, 2013

Like yer pic dude

Laura E. – May 23, 2013

Thanks for your response to my story.

Ramon Collins – May 22, 2013

Hey, Jake -- thanks for the read and comments on THINGS THAT GO POINK! I've studied Micro & Flash writing for over a decade and honestly think it's fiction's future. As a teacher, you'll probably agree. (thnx *)

Mark Reep – May 16, 2013

Hi Jake, thanks for your kind words about Only Dreams. Much appreciated.

Allen Hope – May 15, 2013

Thanks for the read and the fav on "Losing Marlene," Jake.

Lynn Beighley – May 09, 2013

Hi Jake,
Thanks for the comment and fave on my cicada thing. :)

Barry Basden – May 08, 2013

Thanks for letting me know how Night Moves touched you, Jake. All good.

Nonnie Augustine – May 01, 2013

Thank you for reading and commenting on The Most Beautiful Lady, Jake.

Foster Trecost – Apr 28, 2013

Hi Jake. Thanks for the kind words on Berets and Fish. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and then taking more time to make a comment. fos.

Jenny Rawls – Apr 27, 2013

Thanks, Jake, for the kind words on "Pyromania". High praise coming from one of the more Carveresque writers, since the person I'm writing about is a lot like that.

Charlotte H. – Apr 26, 2013

Jake,
Thanks so much for reading and commenting on "Chimera". I'm so glad you liked it!

Allen Hope – Apr 25, 2013

I have a rather warped sense of humor sometimes. Thanks for the comments, Jake, and the fav for "Night Sounds." I'm not sure this is one of my wife's favorites though. :)

Ann Bogle – Apr 20, 2013

Welcome to Minnesota, land of the Dakota Sioux. The Objibwe helped with the volume on the history of that war. Where are you? Let's drink a beer, with olives in it, green, if you're up for it. Otherwise, tea or smoothie or coffee. Do you teach English? I do when I remember to do it. ~Ann

Deborah Oster Pannell – Apr 12, 2013

Jake,
Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my poem, Moment to Moment. Much appreciated!
D

Allen Hope – Apr 09, 2013

Jake,
Thanks for the comment and suggestion on "A Collection of Fragments."

Gary Hardaway – Apr 04, 2013

Than you, Jake, for your response to my little cat poem, "Curious".

Deborah Oster Pannell – Apr 03, 2013

Jake,
Thanks so much for the heaping praise for The Bookshelves. It was really nice to receive that... :)
D

Bill Yarrow – Apr 02, 2013

Thanks, Jake, for your kind comment on "Poem for Danny."

Chris Okum – Mar 30, 2013

Thanks for the Clonopin tip, Jake.

Tina Barry – Mar 29, 2013

Hi Jake. Thanks for the kind words about "Float to Water," and thanks, too, for the star! Welcome to Fictionaut. I look forward to reading your work.

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