Writer, finishing an interminable novel.
My short fiction and a few poems have been published in literary journals and anthologies in the USA, the UK, Australia and Canada.
My wife, MaryAnne Kolton, is also a writer. You can catch some of her insightful interviews with authors at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Expiation of past sins.
Mishima, Steinbeck, Saul Bellow, Joan Didion, Philip Roth, Dostoevski, Cormac McCarthy, Sandra Cisneros, Graham Greene, Carson McCullers, Christopher Isherwood, Elmore Leonard, many, many others.
Favorite book, Blood Meridian.
Thanks, James for taking a look at my poem and the comment.
Thank you for your comment on "The Business of Shadows." I really appreciate your feedback.
Hey thanks much for your comment. Means a lot.
Thanks for your kind words towards 'Kraken', James!
Thanks so much for reading and commenting on "Fantasm".
Thanks so much, James, for your comment on Mount Baldy. It's a very helpful and thoughtful compliment. I am looking forward to reading what you have around here!
i like your comment. thanks :)))
Thanks, James, for reading "Happiness". Your comment made me think...wonder what kind of sexual innuendo you can build into kidney stones...
Thanks James, for the comment on my story.
James, thanks for reading Worlds Apart. Your comment about the toenails made me envision human nails which made me laugh! Thanks for making me think more about context in my little snippets.
Thank you, James. I am slowly, slowly filling pages for this book.
Thanks so much for reading "To Live It Again". Love your comment.
James - Thanks for commenting on Underworld. Your early very generous commentary during the early days of my novel really did serve to keep me going. I will always appreciate your kind feedback, as well as Mary Anne´s. Regards.
James.thanks for your comments on my novel excerpt, DOING TIME OUTSIDE written by you way back on September 13. I haven't been on Fictionaut for quite a while--too busy promoting.
Thanks for reading "Dinner", James. Such a wonderful compliment.
Thanks so much for commenting on "Static".
Beautiful photo, btw.
Thanks so much for your wonderful comment to "miranda", James. I'm sorry for getting back to you so late but I'm not getting notifications in any consistent way. And even the comment/fave counts seem to be awry.
Thanks you, James. I'm glad you read and liked Otillie.
Hi James. I would like to thank you for your wonderful comment on The Boy Who Knew Death. Highly appreciated.
James, thanks for reading and commenting on "Samosely."
Thank you, James. I haven't gone near prompts for years, but these have been fruitful for me for some reason.
Ah, thanks for the comment on Cornfield, JLD! Much appreciated. I just read your Riding Down East Carolina. Such a strong opening paragraph - drew me right in.
Thanks, James for your comment/fave on "Coast to Coast"!
Hi, ho, Colorado to you, too, James. Where does that phrase come from? Thank you for reading Let the Others Drool.
Hi James, nice of you to comment on sliding windows, I really appreciate it. fos.
Thanks for reading my Berlin story, James. Great seeing your work here, at Blue Five and in other great places. Always looking forward to more...
Hi, James. I really appreciated your commentary on "The Swiss Lunch". It's the first new piece I've written in ages. Glad to be back on Fictionaut.
Thank you, James, for reading Bitter Bits. I hope to find your elemental joy someday.
Thanks for reading "Menthol." Just love your responses. Cheers!
Thank you for your poetic and beautiful comment on Snowflakes.
What you wrote in the Connecticut forum thread gave me gooseflesh. Thanks for sharing your eloquence.
Thanks, James for reading "Routine of the Abyss." Your comment made me chuckle. Cheers!
Hello, James! Thanks for your wise comments this week on "What Some Boys Do." I truly appreciate and value them.
Thanks James for giving me a "fine gem" compliment on "Needle in a Pocket". jo
Thank you, James, for your comment on my poem "Regret".
More thanks, James. Appreciate your comments!
You always encourage me so. Thanks for the love on Texas Route 29.
Hi James, thanks for your awesome comments on "At the Root" and "Ode to Garcia Lorca".
James, thanks so much for reading not one, but two, of my itty-bitty stories. I do so love when you come around and set a spell. Hope all is well in your world. Peace...
Thanks, James, for your enthusiasm about 'Slo-mo.'
Looking forward to reading your piece in the beautiful Lost In Thought Magazine!
Thanks for your exciting comment on "The Anniversary." If you knew how much I love the sound of water over pebbles you'd know exactly how much I liked your comment. Also--impressive profile picture, on all levels, Fyodor!
Thanks, James, for your assertive and generous comments about 'The Next Side Road.' Some low down, mean sumbitches out there, for sure.
Jerry Lee Lewis said "You leave me...breathless." You do that to me. Thanks for your continued support.
Holy moly. Thank you!
Thanks, James! Appreciate the fave and comment on "Eleutheria."
JLD, thanks very much for your comment on 'Copper'. 'Awed' is a very big word; I'm humbled and honored. Greatly appreciated.
Thank you, James L.D.
Thanks, James, for reading and commenting on "That Night" - yeah, complex simplicity makes perfect sense. Well said. That about sums me up as a whole. I like the phrase. Much appreciated.
Thanks for reading my story- and I'm looking forward to settling in with a few of yours.
Honored to have you read and thankful for the kind response to "Swimming Lessons."
LUV your comment on NICK POP'S BRAIN ... Thanks, darlin - and big smilers :)
thank you sir!
Thanks for your kind words about "Shore," James. A pleasure to intermeet.
Thanks, James, for your thoughtful comments about 'Hawaiian Reservations' and for naming a new flash subset.
Thanks very much for the read and comment, James!
James: Who is Lori DeRemer? You told me to Google her and I did, but there are a lot of Lori DeRemers. I don't get it.
Thank you for reading The Burka, and for your words.
Howdy James, Thanks for faving "The Second Poem of Xmas". Ho Ho Ho!
Thanks for the nice words on my story "Vanya."
Thanks very much for commenting on and "faving" my story 'A Black Night', James!
Hi James, Thanks for reading and enjoying "Sideshow Sam & The Heckler". I appreciate you taking the time.
hi jim, appreciate the nod for "fox". me, myself and my inner editor have wildly differing views on the quality and fate of the novella. my wife things it'd make a great deck of tarot cards.
Thanks for coming by to comment on and like my Lennon piece. Hope the writing is flowing.
thanks james, for your kind words re: kaffe in katmandu. and i like your new profile photo! hope the writing goes well. have a great festive season!
Hi James: Another thanks in order for your continuing support of me and my work. Hope the novel is going well. Best to you.
James, thank you, thank you. Your time and words are precious things.
Gratias plena, beatus vir.
James - big thanks for the fave and commenting on "Cloudy..." Gotta love those Freudian slips.
Yes, James; implication. I've been implicated more than once. Indeed, in a way it's the story of my life.
Thanks, James for the favorable reaction ( oh, right, FAVEorable) to my story contest. I've decided you were right: it was the Norwegians.
Hi, James. Thank you for the very kind words and the fave on my poem the other day.
good to come to this wall, especially on the back of such a great comment for which i thank you. dove tails with what i said to maryanne just now...that confusion is the spring from which stories gush.
Thanks (once again) for the compliments on Yves and Anna Liu. I haven't had much of a response to this one, not this time around which leads me to question the writing a bit. But glad to have your generous feedback, which I trust.
Thanks for the fave and your wise comments about 'Texas Tornado,' James. Made me laugh out loud.
Thanks for liking my poem "I, said he, I." and adding it as one of your faves.
You leave the loveliest comments. Thank you James. They keep me going.
Hi, James. Thanks for reading, 'Lule of Raw.' Your comment and * are greatly appreciated.
"God, but I do love the Internet," you said. But what does that mean? Does that mean that there's something not right about being able to type in "The Mayor of Aspen" and reading about Mick Ireland? It seems to bother you. How come?
"Rye heart"--like that! Thanks for faving "Before the Door," James.
Hey, James! Thank you for giving "Freedom Can Wait" a thumbs-up. Very much appreciated. Hope you're doing well.
Somebody already pitched my story to you? Did you give it a go?
One of the best compliments I have received in a long time, thank you.
Thank you, James. I have enthusiastically looked forward to you and MaryAnne's commentary. Nice to hear from you.
Thank you for the comment and fave on 'Creature in the coal' - I appreciate you taking the time, especially with a novel going on. Love the picture by the way!
I always appreciate a good pun. "The Price of Emission." Hmmm. Pretty good story title! Go for it, James.
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Love and How It Gets That Way."
Hi James - thank you again for reading 'Duet' and for your generous comments - made the whole day.
Mustard seeds - I like it. Thank you! Beautiful trees, btw.
yes, jim, this is the "modern question" i suppose which you raise in connection with "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/the-sodomized-dictator">the sodomized dictator</a>". — am i invested. i think we are even if we don't know it (yet). especially as writers. thank you.
Hi James - I'm most grateful for you taking the time to read Inky and Vague and for your great comments. - DJ
plus kisses xx
in search of the moon pie <3
Hey, James. Sorry (or is it you're welcome?) for the near-60s flashback. In any event, thanks for digging "Welcome to the Occupation."
Thanks, James for the generous words regarding "Base." I like your new scenery: Is that the road taken, or the road not?
Say, James, thanks for reading my story. I like it when a reader feels involved enough to respond to the characters, be they good or bad. Also, it seems on this sight that since so many of the pieces are really short you don't get as many willing to venture into the longer stories, which makes sense. So I thank you again--for persevering.
Thanks for faving "Gabrielle," James!
Thanks, James! Coming from you, it means a lot.
hey, and thanks for your great comment on "<a href="http://pureslush.webs.com/seriouswriterhamster.htm">the serious writer and his hamster</a>". are you going to get one now? this piece would also work well in a novel about pets, politicians and procrastinators. thanks, mate.
you're among my favorite commenters. "pastiche" is such a great word for that story, <a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/moondog--2">moondog</a>. thank you, jim & write well!
your support of my Mirko series thrills me. And of course your writing thrills me.
You, James Lloyd Davis, sound like a strapping young man. Norman Mailer smelt it because he dealt it. He farted out a storm of words. Then, he got older, and he needed help in stirring up the fartstorm. He would accept nothing less than being thought of as a modern Socrates, or Nieyschzey (I'm spelling that like I hear it). The point being: don't get soft. Stay hard. And die hard. Kind of. Mailer was no Robert Capa. Die hard, James Lloyd Davis. You make me proud to call myself a Californian.
Hey, James! Thank you for your encouragement. It means a lot. Chris
Thanks for your comment and fave on "Little Grey Elephant." Also for looking like Santa. For all, I thank you :)
Thanks for the comment about my cat fight story. Amen to that thought. And thanks for the *.
I'm going to hell; that's pretty clear. I forget if I meant "publicans" or "republicans."
Thanks for the fave, James!
Hi James. I haven't posted anything in a while, thought I'd wade back in with something short - thanks for reading We All Have Wings and for leaving a comment - much appreciated. fos.
Hi James: You are my hero. Thanks for liking For Captain Paul and Three More for Nailpolish. I am always grateful to have a master storyteller on my team.
Thanks so much for the thoughts. You're right, it does sound clunky...going to have to make a few changes, but am glad you liked it. :-)
Saw a real shark today. Or its path. Making a straight dark line in the green water with a trail of pelicans and sea birds in its wake and silver white fish leaping in front. The line drew itself straight to where some some idiots were standing shouler deep in water. Chances were this shark would not bite them but then again there have been lots of bites in Florida waters lately. Thanks for your appreciation, Jim.
James: Your envy of my writing made MY day. Thanks for the words about "Nailpolish No."
JL, I agree completely with your comment about The Church. Lutherans make esp. good targets, though, in my opinion.
I love the sage maxim currently displayed in your About Me section, comes at a time when I need it. Thanks!
James, thanks for your comment on 'Mystery'. Me too. Wouldn't be half as much fun to know.
Hi, James. Thank you for reading and commenting on "Three Stories of You."
Thank you, thank you James! Hope you are well!
James, as always, I appreciate the time you take reading and commenting, this time on Feral.
Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own-4.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fave.
Thanks for your nice comments about Bodensee, James. Yes, I too think a flash ought to be bigger than it looks.
Thanks for fave on "Getting Home Alive," James!
I wuz told that most folks get kilt by debris during a cyclone. (I know, I know. A cyclone is something else. But you can't tell that to the folks in Otter Tail County.) Thanks for the comment & the star!
Thanks, James, for reading and commenting on "Head in a Box." I've also heard that one night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster.
jim thank you for saying that crazily kind thing you said about "Throwing Back". Your unflappable support for my work mean so much to me.
Old guys like me can't run. Can still walk, though, should I take a notion to. Thanks for the read & the star for "The Heron."
Hello again friend James, thank you for supporting "Submission guidelines". It's an observation on one of many possible scenarios.
James! Not active here much lately so quite a treat and perhaps fitting to get an unexpected read on It's Not Over...Thanks so much
Hi James, thanks for reading my snail story, and thanks for the comments, too. fos.
James, thanks for reading, commenting on, and faving "I'm Not Emilio Estevez." Always appreciated!
James: "The rest is silence." Thank you for reading "It is what it is"
Dear Jim, I understand the desire to shake and vomit. Sadly we also do not like to admit that we shake and vomit to at least 99% of the comments we read and then emotionally reject as being "NOT JUST RIGHT FOR US". Please remember, it is nun-phobics like you who create more nuns. the more nuns you reject the more they procreate. xo-the editor sisters of Geneva
James, Thank you for your notes on my story. Witty and thoughtful!
Right you are. It's not. Sigh. Thanks for reading and faving my little profile of the sci. teacher.
James, thanks for the read, comment, and fave on "Strep"!
Good morning, James! Thank you for your comment and fave on "Husk of Hare." It's great to be back.
JLD - Thanks for the Vorpal Blade fav. Feel free to say pander because all good pulp does. The book from which this was excerpted has a despicable villian in every chapter and each gets his or hers. There's even a Bernie Madoff look-alike. POW! Regards, LarryS
James, your comment about fiction/nonfiction in relation to my story "The Lost Boy" meant a lot to me. Thanks.
JD, where did "kid" come from, you asked. From just observing street life in nyc, and also some personal anecdotes (the cupcake store, I bought a homeless guy a cupcake and coffee because he specifically asked for that) which totally ripped me apart. It worked in a different context for this story, I thought. Thanks so much, Jim
Thank you so much, James, for the compliment and fave on 'Annie MacLeod' - much appreciated!
Thin gruel indeed, poor Lettie's soup. Thanks for the fave & read.
James--Black Velvet? I've only got a few fingers of Glenmorangie left--will that do? Thanks for your comments on "Abstinence" and the *.
Thanks so much for reading & praising my wee story "Dirty Business." Cubicles are most definitely "little Gitmos!"
JLD, thanks for reading and commenting on "Flying." It figures that you would note the subtext. And thank you for the star. Much appreciated.
Thanks for faving the visa poem, James. "insinuation station"--Good title! Your next story, perhaps?
Thanks for taking a break from the novel-in-progress and reading Firework Sand - means a lot to me. Glad you liked it - good luck with the novels. Gill
Jim Davis, so glad "the question" holds for you! I appreciate! This writer you mentioned, I don't know his work (duh) but humbly accept your comparison which I understand to be a compliment. Will have to check him out.
i like the connections your brain makes, jim. thank you for your comment & for the buddha (one image i left out ...) — "is it real"? i assure you, it is most real. all happening now.
Hi James. Just a little thank you for spending some time with Blank Checks - I really appreciate the read and your comments. fos.
Thank you James - You made my day!
your comment on my latest made me LOL
i take the tacos (inspiration) wherever i find 'em
thank you, sir!
Hey James, Thanks so much for commenting(and faving) my little commentary on weather, hot and cold, internal and external.
Thank you profoundly, Mr. Davis.
James, Thank you for the read & fave for my "Soul Asylum" story. Little did I know when I gave Kurt a bb gun on his ninth birthday....
Hey James, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on The Pretenders - I really appreciate knowing you liked it. Springsteen??? :) fos.
Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Bubble Busting, Boom!' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.
Thanks for the comment and fave on 'Rain' - really appreciate it!
Thank you for the favefavefave on Temp P. You always are so very supportive & I greatly appreciate XXX
Irish teetotalers? C'mon, you expect me to believe that?
Thanks for the read and fave, JDL.
James, thanks so much for the comment on Notice.
A little bit of Paul Simon? The master of the slippery phrase? Thanks, Jim!
James, thanks for reading and commenting on "Burn"!
Thanks for commenting on "The Grave of Rimbaud," James. I so enjoy your comments and so appreciate you as a reader of my poems.
James: Happy I could make you laugh. Come by anytime, and I'll give it my best shot. Thanks for the demonstrative hilarity toward "Manhattan, Sunday Morning." There are more in the works...
JL, Thank you, thank you for great review of "The Wooden City." I appreciate the bejeezus out of it!
Thanks for your comment on "Hector's Record Collection," sir.
Hi James, Thanks for giving Eight States Away a bit of your time - I appreciate the read and comments. fos.
Glad you liked "We Must Be Carefully Taut." Thanks for the fave!
Wonderful to hear from you, JLD. Thanks for the fave on "Madeline". Best, I.
hey james, good luck with finishing the novel. see you around!
James...a sincere Thank You!
Wow! High praise for "Zoo Story" from one of the best writers on the site! Thank you, sir.
Thank you for your input James - much appreciated. Best of luck working on the novel - and I love the heron [?]
Thanks for the fav on "Insect Eater"--so glad you enjoyed it!
Mighty nice to have your favorable comment on "la Cucaracha," thanks.
Glad you liked "Bogdan," James. Thanks for the fave.
Holy Macaroni! Thank you for onioning with me. XXX
apropos "ginger": i would come out to play for debbie harry, too, james. andy warhol was no idiot. that cage: it's faraday-like, both protection and prison, so in a way i'm making stuff up. but we knew that. thank you!
Ho haw! James, thank you for your vote and your wonderful comment on "The Bicycle." "Anachronistically Carverized." I'll never forget that one!
Hi James, Thanks again for your support of this story. Your insights continue to inspire. Many thanks.
I was just toodling around Camroc Press Review and bumped into "Being Picasso." How can you claim to have no poetic bones? This piece gives the lie to that...
Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'I wouldn't Wanna Be Me.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fave.
James, the Euclid pun came to me decades ago. I always knew I'd use it somewhere--and I finally did! Thanks for your comment and fave.
Hey James, just wanted to thank you for reading Cactus, I really appreciate your comment, too. fos.
Thank you for your nice words on The Lake Husband - I appreciate it. That story is part of a novel in progress, one that I have stopped working on while I revise a novel I finished a while ago... hope to be back soon.
Hi James: I think I was that little dancing/singing girl once. Wish I had one to pass it on... Thanks for your response to "The Human Condition." A fave from you is always meaningful.
"Sardonic humor" and "perfect foil", spot on characterizations of Vincent. Great to hear from you. Thanks for the fave. More encouragement, exactly what I needed.
James, it always makes me smile seeing your comments on my stories; thank you immensely for reading The Escapists.
JD, thanks so much for what you wrote on my poem Untitled. Both versions were good (though I'm somewhat partial to the sticky key comment! ha ha!)
"Wow" why of course--it's the best. And I thank you for it!
Hi James: Thanks for stopping by to read and comment on "Soir Bleu." I'm happy you liked it.
Thanks for the thumb's up for "Old Age," James. Wrote it out in one sitting in '08, and haven't changed a word.
Thanks for reading/commenting/faving Snapshot. Just read a quote today..."When a writer is born into a family, that family is finished." so true
Thanks for liking my triptych, James :-)
James: You really do know how to read a piece! Your take on my short story is right on. Thanks for your comment!
You honored me with a beautiful comment for "All the gaping mouths without a voice." I'm deeply grateful. Peace, Michael
Thank you for reading and fave-ing 'Sally' - much appreciated. Especially the flattery!
Swart? Just kind of came to me. Mysterious. Just like Frisian? Thanks for the fave of my curious tree poem, James!
hey james, thank you for reading and faving mountain pose. your comments always make me smile. peace...
Thank you for commenting so beautifully on 'Sparking a sneeze' and fave-ing it, too. Much appreciated, as always.
thank you baby! i'll maybe try slot breathing spaces in the part 3 Ornamental Onion I'm meant to be, meant to be writing now, but instead i'm hanging round fictionaut wondering how fast a taxi in tokyo would go go XXX
Thanks for checking out "Amateur Theory of the Universe." I'm glad you agree with my theory that the universe is actually a huge jellyfish. It seems so obvious.
Another thanks for reading and commenting on "Release," James.
Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-5.' I appreciate your comments and fav.
James, thanks for your comments on "Shoot"!
Hi James: You have a very long wall! Thanks for reading and adding my piece Happy Hour to your favorites. I appreciate you.
Saying "I'm sorry" and hanging your head. Two things men learn early in life. It may be in the genes. Thanks for reading & slapping a * on "Marriage," James
Thanks for your comment on "Hijinks Ensue." I wanted an almost corny, old time feel so I went with the old terms like dip, stall, etc. I usually write hard boiled, and needed a break!
Thanks for your comment on "The Devil's Advocate." Beyond wry? Yes, that was a cold day in hell.
Thank you so much for reading, commenting and fave-ing on 'The wrecking of the Tayleur' - your support means a lot to me. Had been wondering about whether to expand. I do so love writing [and reading] about the sea. Nearly as good as being back by it!
James - thanks for reading "Burn, Baby, Burn".
Marvelous to hear from you, James and thank you for reading and commenting on "Novembre". I'm pushing hard for something to happen with this novel. We'll see...
Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-4.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.
Thanks, James. Actually pantyhose weren't so bad; it was those #@*# panty girdles.
Thanks, James, for reading and commenting on "Swim." Always appreciate your doing so.
Hi James...please ignore my previous blank post. Just want to thank you for reading & commenting on "The Good Farmer." Death shows up in so much of my writing. Guess it's a favorite character.
JD, if I can feed your inner sociopath, well, my job has been done. ha ha! Did we meet on a plane over Hanoi?
Thank you for taking the time to read, comment, and fave on 'Purgo' - I really appreciate it. All the best, Gill
Love your comment on "Paradise Island." Thanks for the fave, James.
Hello James. Thanks very much for your comments on my story, "The Wonders of Wonder". An anthem? Wow. That is quite a statement. I appreciate your thoughts. Best to you!
Thanks for the beaver comment. It could have merit. This is one hell of a photo of you here.
James, thanks for Paper House - hearing aids are probably more legit - next job I turned down was the aluminum siding scam. See that pic has "shipbui" & "drydock" on it - used to work on ship engines in NY & Miami.
Thank you for reading and the kind words for "Looking Both Ways." Much appreciated. Metaphysical is what I was going for.
Thank you for reading Oogy Wawa & fav & comment & I very like your new avi Pen XXX
lovely new profile picture, jim. charme personified.
Loving the photos, James! Thanks for fave-ing 'Shoot first' and taking the time to comment - think I'll have a scout about for somewhere to submit it to. Really glad you enjoyed it, all the best, Gill
James, I can't thank you enough for outstanding comments. CCS for "Couple Busting" was brilliant!!! Always entertaining!!! And loving your work! Good luck with the novel!!
Re: your comment on "Sweet Dreams"--you got that right, my friend. Hey. Who's the dude in the new pic on your home page?
James, thanks for the comment on Three Prayers for Rain, much appreciated.
Thanks for faving "The Lost Boys," James.
Love your new picture! So you didn't always have a beard?
Hi James! Thanks you much for the nice comment on A June Defection. I'm very happy to hear you think I chose the best route through those mountains. I also used to spot one of Norway's most popular crime writers up there, but never dared say hi to him. I regret that now.
james thank you for your generous comment on <a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/under-the-apple-tree">under the apple tree</a>. life's a metaphor. for life. cheerio!
James, thanks for your recent comments on my 3 Short Shorts. I especially enjoyed the "kung-fu" comparison. I appreciate them so much.
Jim, thank you for your support on "Elizabeths" and yes, being seduced by cow meat is a west coast thing!
Thanks for the dead-on comment on "Demolition Derby," James. You're right, a lot like the body politic! and academia! and high school!
Thanks for the lovely comment and fave on 'Acceptance'! It's one of my favourites and I'm so glad that you like it too.
James, thanks for reading/commenting on "Drive." I appreciate it!
Yes, but you make debauchery so real, James! Thanks for the comment and star for my Chagall-inspired tale.
Hey, James! Thank you so much for reading "The Language." It's a long story for Fictionaut, so I appreciate you taking the time.
Thanks so much for commenting on my "Seal Skin" story!
Here. Take your pick. I, of course, have a favorite. . . .
Synonyms for gnarly (adjective)
fine , great , keen , neat , praiseworthy , wonderful , boss * , finest , distinctive , magnificent , superb , marvelous , sensational , extraordinary , nifty , swell , unmarred , hairy * , gnarled
James, thanks for the comment on Sleepless #3, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thank you for your blush-inducing remarks on 'A bottle of raspberries'. Very very kind.
All the best,
James! Mi amigo! Thanks for the comments on "Summertime City". I appreciate your feedback so much.
James, you are too kind. Thanks so much for your time with Migration.
Thank you for Benaue Rice Terraces. Much appreciated.
Thanks for reading and complimenting my latest, James. I am humbled and encouraged. That damn Caterpillar was too cool for school. I aspire to be the Caterpillar when I grow up. Ha.
James, thanks for your comments on 'Bukowski'. It's true, it's all fair game :) Glad you enjoyed!
James, really loved your comment on my "Robinsons" story!
I really appreciate you taking the time to read my "fable." (I think I've been reading a bit too much Russell Edson, lately!)
Hi James, I appreciate the read, comment and fave on my bus story - thanks! fos.
It's nice to be back here. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment on my latest. I hope the novel (novels?) are treating you right!
Thank you so much for reading, commenting and faving "Unsaid." I so appreciate it, James!! Hope the novel's going well!!
thank you, sir! your comments are always appreciated.
Thanks for the fave of "Hitting the Wall," James!
Thanks, James for trudging with such good spirits through the idiosyncrasies of format, subject and whatever other roadblocks my play represents. It's exceedingly good of you to stay with it and comment.
Hi James, Thank you so much for your comments on "Things Unseen." I really enjoyed reading what you have on this page. "Right now, I am the novel." And your answer to "Why do you write?"--"To be read." Yes, I love that!
Thanks for your comments and recommendations of my story, Losing Found Things. I appreciate your time and words of encouragement greatly.
James, thank you for reading, kind words, and faving ANT FARM. And I LOVE your update -- yes, writing a novel is being a novel. So happy I'm out of my psych ward scenes ;^) Hope all is well in your world. Peace...
Hello James, thank you so much for the kind words. I am new to this whole internet thing--there are people out there, nice ones.
James, thanks for your notes on White Noise. I just read Pulitzer Grade -- I'm going to have those images kicking around in my head for some time.
jim, txs for the comment on "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/in-the-nude">in the nude</a>". good luck with the novel, i sympathize with that mindset. i will keep writing flash but at a much lower level of production, i think. or perhaps i'll follow you into that manic place altogether and disappear in a flash.
James, Thanks so much for your comments and faving on "You are beautiful just the way you are." It made sense, oh, and how wonderfully it did.
No, James, your comment is what is priceless. Don't know if you started out with a vow to make somebody feel good today, but if so, you did! Thanks so much for your wonderful comment on "Snapshots."
Hi James. Thanks for the thoughtful words about "Tuscaloosa" and "Life of Charlotte". And thanks for the stars! It means a lot to me that you like my writing.
James, as always you are a master critic. "Literary minefield", I love this description. As always you are astute.
Erasmus, indeed! "Prowl Car" is "In Praise of Folly." Thanks, James.
Thank you for taking the time to comment on my story "Orion." I agree about the note, which I'm trying to think about, and may come back to that story to try to flesh it out and give more life to some of the aspects that make it seem flat. Again, thank you for your time and feedback.
Hello James! Thanks for the compliment and for the favorite!
"Christ on a biscuit." Now, that's one I had never heard before! Thanks for the comment and the chuckle, James.
"Roadside bombs"--I really love that image and what it suggests. Thanks for reading Headstone III.
James, thanks for reading Retribution, and thanks for the comment, too - I appreciate both! fos.
Thanks so much for commenting on "The Woodsman". Death can be kind too, I think.
Thanks, James, for the good read of "Alamo Rag." Your simpatico comment much appreciated.
Hi James, thanks for your comments on "For Liu Xiabo". I want to spread this far and wide so that we don't forget about this man. He is a modern revolutionary for non violent change.
James, thanks for your kind comment about "Breathless." One of a kind? Thank you for that, too! And the same could be said for you, my friend.
You are far too kind, James, but it's always nice to hear. I'm very thankful to you for reading Alligators. Continue your own wonderful writing and sharing. It benefits us all.
Che, you will just have to wait and wish and wonder...
Did you get your beret dry cleaned?
thanks for the fav and the better line finishing The Girl With The Sheep.
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on "Zhou Yu's Train".
Hi, James. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on "The Pain Taster." I hope you're doing well, Chris :)
Hi James! Thanks for the message on my wall.
I love to read stories about Japan (never been there) and, I discovered, about pineapple factories. :)
Incidental praise: I am in love with your work. Just spent an hour running in the rain and "On the train to Otsu Station" kept gently floating through my mind, braided, I must confess with tango scenes, and other incidental stuff. (My monkeys don't chatter, by the way; they sing!) Too bad I'm not young enough to one day be a graduate student studying your work. Anyway, I really don't know how to express this, so will refer you to Neil Young's song "Helpless," or even better K.D. Lang's version thereof.
Thank you JLD! At this pt. I'm in need of all the luck I can get.
Hello, James. Thanks so much for the fav on "The Mariner's Daughter". Been away for so long and have not done much in a while. Glad to be back.
James, thank you so much for your fav and comment on the ceiling micro, i truly appreicate this attention on such a weird short short! Peace Amy
Extreme thanks for the read and kind comment, James!
Thank you for leaving comment on my new post. It is wonderful to see and read you again.
I appreciate the comment and fave for "All of Me." You are a straight shoot, James, so I am especially pleased when I get a good review from you.
Thanks for the thoughtful notes, James.
Oh jeesh, thank you James for all the lovely adjectives and adverbs on PHANTOM SISTER. And the star is nice, too. Hope the novels are going, I'm neck-deep, too. Peace...
Hi James, thanks for taking time to read and comment on House Rabbit. Was a fun little piece to write, glad you enjoyed.
Thanks so much for your comments and for making "Oaxaca Dreamland" a favorite. My first one ever. Greatly appreciated!!
Hey James, thanks for the great comment on Table Thoughts. I really appreciate your feedback. Fos.
Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Raw goods.' Your comments and fav are greatly appreciated.
Thank you for the kind words about Rain Dog. I'm glad someone thinks Denny is upbeat!
I always appreciate your comments, Mr. Davis. Thanks so much!
Yes, poor Goldie. I'm afraid the contest was rigged. Thanks for your comment and fave!
James, I just wanted to thank you for that unexpected compliment on "Treading Water." You've been very kind and generous, but that was a surprise. If I ever do end up on the book shelves, I'll personally send you a signed copy.
James, Thanks for reading Unintended Consequences. I sure am hoping you didn't hear something crunch under your wheel last night ;^) Peace...
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Semi Tiresias," James. The Updike allusion, however, eluded me.
Your comments on my recent story here were damn kind, James. I like bar stories, too. But it can be tough, I guess, because it is a setting that's been used a lot. I think a Damon Runyon Best Sentence From A Bar Story Prize is a fine idea.
Happy to make you laugh! Hope your day is goin' well.
Thanks James for the comment and fave for "intervals,"very glad you liked it.
James, you killed me! "Sister Mary Torquemada.."" Ha ha! She sounds like an explosive and I'm sure she was!!!! Or a submarine!! Thank you so much for reading and commenting on "Sinister Age of the Draft" being another recovering Cath-oholic!!! Loved your comment!!
Much appreciated, JLD. Big thanks for reading, commenting, and fave-ing "A Story."
Thanks for Cassie Fly. Appreciated. I was a Chesterfield Kings guy. Couldn't do them and ride a bike too, so thankfully decided to lose the smokes. Still miss them, but I'm alive.
Thanks for the kind words, James, and for the star! I'm glad you like "Fever".
Glad you like my latest! Thanks muchly.
so have become a very good friend, i feel this though we have never met. thank you for your comment on the chat. It means the world, your support does.
Thanks so much, James. You're so kind! And I still want those Picasso etchings in the divorce, just don't forget to drop them off...
Thanks, James, for always taking the time to read my stuff. I truly appreciate it.
your support means so much to me. Your writing thrills me.
James, I really appreciate, always, your feedback on my stories. Thanks so much.
Thanks much for reading VOLT and for the kind words, James. It means a lot to me! Cormac is my all-time favorite, so that's high praise indeed. Look forward to reading some of your work. Best to you.
Hi James - Thanks for your nice words on "The Last Swim" - glad you liked it :)!
Hi James. Thanks for reading and liking my latest!
Thanks, James, for commenting on and liking "Bats in the Catacomb."
Thank you for your great comments on flower boat, James. Man, you are making my days as of late!
Thanks for the kind words about "Before My Change Jar Went Missing." I look forward to reading your work.
Drew (ex Clevelander)
Jim I'm laughing so hard! Yes, I goofed. Croatia is still here. You aren't the first one to call me out on that. So blame it on my "unreliable narrator"!!! But thanks for liking Crackers!
Thank you James! You are a master at channeling voice, so I hope I was somewhat successful in my attempt with this story.
Hi James, thanks for reading Misplaced Emotions, and thanks for the comment and fave, too. I really appreciate it, lots! fos.
James, I don't know what to call it either, but thanks so much for liking and faving "Addictions."
You're welcome! Just poking my head in to read the good stuff this morning before I settle down to write. Cheers, James!
Oh James, what an exciting time you remember (minus the war of course). I'm glad you enjoyed "Egypt is Wisconsin". I wonder if we can get a prompt going around my response to all of your comments.
I enjoy your writing enormously and am always thrilled by one of your supportive comments.
Thank you so much for your generous comments on for my mother on mother's day. If today was the last day of the rest of my life, heaven forbid, this would be the one piece I would have been proud to have produced, no matter its reception. Your reception of it has made my posting it here a happy moment.
James, Thank you for the very special comment on "My Wife, My Love." Thanks for the "favorito," too!
Jesus! This took the longest to scroll of them all so far! You are very popular! Thanks so much for what you wrote on my story "Leaning"
Hi James, thanks for reading More Important than Money, I really appreciate that. And thanks for the comment, too - means a lot to me. fos.
Thanks, James, for commenting on "The Truth Will Out." re: your comment: see Auden's "poetry makes nothing happen."
Yet another tip of the hat to you, The Great Wizard himself. Thanks for a thrilling comment on "The Magician".
Thank you so much for your kind words on "The Grape"!
Hey, James. Thank you for your comment on "A Literary Separation". And thank you for laughing. :)
Jim it is hard to smile through peanut butter, in fact it's hard to smile through anything at times!!! But you are a sweetie to read and comment on Leaves, thank you!
Happy Trails, James. Thanks for the zing. And a star, too! My my.
Thanks for the comment on "Antique Mannequin." I could never say why myself, but it remains one of my own favorite pieces, something that I've written and am proud of.
To you dear sir with love. Because you leave the most endearing and encouraging comments. Thank you.
Best way to start a revolution is build a castle. Thanks for the comment on "Kill Poets."
Thank you so much, James, for all your insightful comments and for taking the time to read the stories I've posted. I love your work and good luck with the novel? I think I read that you were taking some time away to work on something extensive! Looking forward to one day reading that!!! Thanks for all!!!
Thank you so much for reading alys, James, and for your generous comments. I very much appreciate hearing from you.
James, you do wonders for my self esteem! Thanks for commenting on "Son of Goya." Very pleased you like it.
James, thank you for the nice (and funny) comments and the fave on "Where You Lay Your Dreams."
Hello James, thank you for your comment (and fave)on Now and Then. Some things do keep up all the same and emotions are at the top of that list. Thanks for reading the things I write :)
Hi James, thanks for reading and commenting on Get Me Gone. Much appreciated, as always. Been meaning to write and mention a couple things you've said on fn that resonate- 'A man that never thinks himself a fool may be one,' and of course 'Less fiction is best.' Good stuff both, and good to remember, make use of. All best.
James, your comment about "Sand Dollars" meant the world to me. Thank you.
James, thanks for reading three shorts. I'm happy you like them very much.
A big, big thank you for your generous comments on "Christina Heppel" - I'm just thrilled & honored.
Hi James, thanks for your comments on "Lunch Bird". Sorry its so late but been a busy bee lately. I agree that those moments are rare and I'm so glad we have poetry to capture them!
Jim, thanks for "Ringing" --Big Hugs
I really appreciate your thoughtful response to Seven Samurai. I believe I will keep it largely intact and see whether the editors like it. Many thanks.
Dear James: Thank you for your willingness to entertain the ineffable, but unfortunately, my little piece the woodpile isn't that at all. You are too polite to know a certain expression that would be the key to unlocking the ribald riddle but I know you'll find it out soon. I look forward to reading more work by you.
James - I love your comment on Hog Heaven. So appreciated. Thank you!
Thanks for the kind words and fave on Humpty Dumpty 2011, James! No, it doesn't bode well for the egg, or anyone else I suspect.
Hi James, thanks for reading man on the run, I really appreciate your thoughts.
So, it's Joani now, eh? Last week it was Barb, then Linda, then...I want a divorce!
Hi James, thanks for your comment on Picking Up Physicists. I am a little sad, browsing your stories, that some of the really great titles no longer have stories. I imagine them beautiful.
Thanks, James, for your comments on “God Bless You, Mr. Rinsewater.” Your “this is too hilarious” remark and “Major Fave” are much appreciated.
In English this time, Thanks again, James for the read and comment on " Tortillas."
Thanks, James, for the lovely comment on and fave of the Translator poem.
Ah James, thanks so much for reading my long piece, and for the fave. I appreciate your kind words about Sisters At The Lake!
Loved your comment on "Ribs," James. Thanks so much. Not sure I want to be in the company of WB though!
James, your comments are always thoughtful and spot-on. Thanks for what you said about my story "Big."
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 James, thanks very much for your comments on Snowdick. Everything you mentioned- making the unlikely likely, believable dialogue, funny & a little sad too- I was trying, hoping I'd managed some of that, and so your feedback is greatly appreciated. All best.
Yes, I'm fan of military manuals, too. I feel the same way about theater reviews. Are these people serious? Thanks for the comment and fav for "Sniper."
Jim, I was sort of shocked that my little micro Loves Jimmy Ray struck you so forcefully, and it made me take a different look at that piece. So thank you Jim, for the friendship and comraderie (and the union)! You get to happen, I will sign up for sure.
Thanks James -- glad you enjoyed the story!
James, I sincerely appreciate the enthusiastic comment on Too Late and the fave :) You have been really nice to me, so thank you.
Gosh, James. Thank you re my "Lovelies." (I'm goshed by your words.)
James! Jim! Jimbo! Jimmy! Jimbob! Jimbobalobinator!
Sorry, I'll never do that again.
Thanks for reading and commenting on "The Musical" - we used to cover some Cheap Trick songs, including Want You to Want Me, in the late-80s. One of my top ten favorite songs, ever. :)
Thanks Jim. Glad you liked 2K.
Thanks, James. I want you to read the novel, too. But I want even more for me to finish the @#$*&% thing (it's finished; I'm revising, but really that's where a lot of the writing is taking place, too).
James, I so appreciate your wonderfully generous comment about my simple narrative "1993, What I Wanted." Thank you!
Hi, James. Thanks for commenting on and faving "In My Nephritic Dreams." Your comments always make me happy.
Thanks for 2011. I appreciate it! LS
James, it's always a pleasure to hear from you. Glad you enjoyed "Somewhere, Midwest, USA". I changed the ending, pop back in when you get a chance and let me know what you think. Thank you for reading. I hope politicians can stop attacking unions and healthcare long enough to lower small business costs and inflation.
You honor me with high praise, James. Lordamercy I reckon. What more could one ask for as a writer for a reader to afford them this? I thank you, hoss.
Just want to thank you James for your kind encouragements. I do cherish them.
Thanks for reading Chopped.
hello james...thanks much for the read and comment on auditors. i accidentally deleted the story somehow....
You bet your sweet bippy I'm going to find myself on Telephone Road after an introduction like "The Storefront Poet"! ("Holly I'm coming out to visit! Yeah, gotta see a storefront about a poet!") With the intimation that there's a real place there to find? ("Holly, I'm here. See you in a while - after Telephone Road. Sure it's been 10 years, I just gotta do this first.) That's the best - you've made me want to go there. (But - betcha it won't be as good in the flesh as it is on the page.)
Literary travels, oh yeah!
James - your comment on 2006 really impacted me and made me remember why it is that I love to write. Thank you, immensely.
James, thank you for your kind words on "1991," and for the star!
Glad you liked "Merry-Go-Round," James. Oh, those wild & crazy horses! Love that ride. You get on, get off. Getting off is the secret.
Thank you for reading The Dancing Lady. Always appreciated.
Hi James, thank you so much for the read, comment and favorite on The Last Piece. I anticipate reading your story with "The Cat". Cheers :)
Thank you, James, for reading, commenting on and liking "Staring at Waves" enough to fave it. I'm so grateful to have you as a reader!
James, meant to mention kicky works for me. For any youngsters wondering- No, that's not a typo :)
Thanks, James, for continuing to keep an eye on this ongoing ( on and on) piece, the comments fuel for the long haul.
Hi James, thanks for reading Bad Attitude, and for the comments and fav. Telan's one of those characters who's been backburnered and simmering for awhile, so your feedback on this one's much appreciated.
Hi James, thanks for reading and commenting on So Few Dreams.
Much appreciated, glad you enjoyed.
Thank you for your kind words about "Clean." I appreciate them very much...
Hi James--Thanks for your generous comments about "Frida." She fascinates me too. Thanks too, for the star!
Jim, you beast for being honest! (I need it, thank you)
Thanks for reading, thanks always!
James, thanks for your comment and fav for "War." It means a lot coming from you.
Thanks for your kind remarks on reggie's note and for the fave. Very much appreciated, James.
James, thanks for the comment on and fave of "Sermon of Lilac." Give my best to Thomas.
Thank you so much, James, for your comments on "The Raisin Effect." Made my morning.
I like you.
Thank you for reading Second Chance. I see your point, it does sound like prose. And maybe one day it will be. In fact, it is, just prose poetry.
Thank you so much for making it through all five acts! I appreciate the feedback, and I am so glad that my motifs (if not motives) were clear.
Thanks, James. Glad you liked my Bugsy story. Happy Valentines Day.
p.s. We share a birthday. Same day, different year. Happy, almost, birthday.
Aw, thanks James! So glad you liked ash. Looking forward to another great read written by you posted here.
"La Musa mas guapa..." I might just turn that into a title for a short story. Thanks for the awesome comments James. We should all get together at some watering hole somewhere.
James, you Texan expatriates are experts at wicked good humor so I’m happy you enjoyed “Badabing Badaboom.” Your comment and fave much appreciated! Franco :)
Hi James - Thanks for your kind comment on "Safa's Hair."
James, thanks for reading and commenting on I'm Not Charlie Sheen a few days ago!
James, I always appreciate your very generous comments. Thank you!
James, thanks much for the appreciation of "pieces of Flight" . Yipes, almost wrote " pieces of eight." Avast, me hearties!
Arcade Fire, the band from Montreal has perhaps the best album of 2010, The Suburbs. I was amazed there is no snow song on it. Cheers LS & thanks for your comments.
Thank you so much for your comment on Private Red, James. I really appreciate it.
Hi James. I appreciate your comments and read of 10,000 Dollar Pyramid. That was kind of you.
Thanks, James. Reality indeed. Ouch. Appreciate your comment on my buggy story.
James, thanks for the read and kind comments. Please get your work published, soonish. I'm not getting any younger here!
Hi James, wow, thanks so much for the generous response to "The Hollow." I'm glad you liked it!
Hi, James. Thanks for commenting on "Wahrheit und Dichtung." Really enjoyed your recent interview.
Thanks, James for the attention, contemplation and fave of Express. Each and all mean a lot.
James, thanks for reading, commenting on, and fav'ing "Hoss Men." It's a baby baggy monster to me.
Hi James! Thanks for reading "Having Fun With Literature." I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Hi James - Thanks so much for reading/faving "Nothing Good..." I'm truly grateful :)!
Aw gee, James. What a nice thing you wrote on my wall. Reading your work is always my pleasure.
I love the way you describe my "Carver" story, James. You are one in a million!
You're welcome, James. Your writing is beautiful.
Thank you for your kind comments on "The Search." I'm glad you enjoyed it! Just posted something new; hope you like that, too!
Thanks for reading and for the wonderful comments on "A sense that something has happened". At the heart of 'our' issues it feels like things don't change but change is like nature in a lot of ways. Its (change's) works are subtle and very slow.
Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Many Rivers To Cross.' Your helpful comments are appreciated and enjoyed, greatly.
James, loved that interview. Excellent to know you.
Thanks for forum comment on "Greyhound." Happy to see that one reprinted.
hello...thanks for your reads and comments on my pieces--i particularly appreciate your comment on the troupe because it feels like maybe something new even as i don't quite know where it might lead. it's good to know that the initial steps of a new adventure work for you...
James, I'm glad you enjoyed "Happy Trails." Thanks for the read, comment, etc.
Thanks very much for your comment!
Belated thanks for your comment on Smite the Hindmost. I appreciate it. LS
Hi James. Thanks for giving "Bride and Groom" a star. You're spoiling me with all the kind words of praise!
Thanks, James, for stopping by and commenting on "randy the ram" I really appreciate it. And yes "The Wrestler" was one of those rare movies that was able to do so much with so little.
Your comments make me smile, James, even as they make me feel good. Love your wit. Appreciate your loyal reads. Thanks for faving "Fate."
Thanks so much for your generous comment and fave on Sins of the Father, James. I am honored that it was a source of inspiration.
Thank you for your kind words on "Make-Believe." I appreciate them very much.
James - thanks for the immediate read & laugh on the Minotaur - think he is really sore about it. String Band inspired me. Was thinking a series of Chalky's take on other myths, but could get old quick, maybe now & then.
Hope to be reading around on f'naut again, I'll keep an eye out for new ones from you.
Thanks again, Walt
Hello James, thanks so much for reading "Mabel..." I can't stop grinning on account of your kind words.
Thanks for reading 'Z Boson with a Hardron,' James. I appreciate your comments.
Hey, James, let's invited Sarah P. to go moose hunting with us.
Hey James - you gym rat you - thanks for taking the time to read and comment on I Like It. Appreciate it.
Thanks for fave of and comment on "George," James. George was a real guy. Never saw him again after that visit. Hope he had a better end than I or you predict.
Hey James...thanks for taking time to read "Buckaroo". This story came to me as first paragraph to a blog post I had written announcing the first issue of Wrong Tree Review being available. The first paragraph stuck with me. Fights with Earth took me as her husband during that story. I'm glad you enjoyed, hoss. I appreciate it.
Hi, James. Thank you for reading "Harpoon" and for such kind, generous words. I'm flattered. And, of course, thank you for the star. You made my day.
Thank you for the lovely comment on 'Pillow,' James.
James, thanks so much for your kind words and ***** on It's True What They Say. I had fun with this story, and glad you liked it, too. Peace...
James, happy that you read and enjoyed "Sage"!
Thanks for reading and commenting on Personal Trenches.
James, thank you for reading my Cows; your thoughtful and generous comments. Wonderful made my day.
Thanks for the great comment and the fave on Unheard, James. Let's hope all of our social networks helps us really connect.
Thanks, James, for the read and your feedback on “Oh, Fish Eggs!” Much appreciated, Glad to know my Blondie link also was a hit.
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Whiplash Marriage." I was going for that Cracker Jack thing.
James, thank you for your comment on "...until love lasts." And thanks for reading. I look foward to hearing from you again.
Hey JLD, thanks so much for the sweet comments for "Empty." You truly brightened my day!
Hi James. Many thanks for the kind comments on "CfK".
Hey thanks James for the kind comments on the leg!
Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Piece of Mind.' I appreciate your comment and fav. Plus, during a recent software malfunction, I was unable the post a thank you note here for 'I'll be Home for Christmas-2.' So thanks for that, too.
Thanks, James, for your comments on "Message '93." And of course I especially am reassured that you add you're liking the Rope & Bone stories. I am still hoping that that novel will sell this spring after we see how the Night Navigation paperback did. A small independent press will be fine with me. I'm going to get back to you on your Willy story in Woodshed in the next few days. I've gotten very behind in critiquing any of that work.
(I'm posting this response here as well as on my page. I still haven't figured out where to put a post so I'll know the original commenter sees it.)
Thanks for the Z Gates - Your comment was what I was trying for. LarryS
Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'I'll be Home for Christmas.' I greatly appreciate your encouraging comment. And the fav.
Hello James! Thank you so much for your very nice comments! Greatly appreciated!
James, I only just got back to check for comments on Common Descent (posted on Woodshed.) I'm glad to hear that the opening held your interest. I'm thinking about the whole angle of whether Carla finds it demeaning. I've gotten behind on reading and critiquing the Woodshed work, but I'll try to catch up after the holidays and once I do, I'm going to post the next chapter.
Thanks, James. Great comment on "Mussel Memory." Glad to be back indeed!
Thanks for the comment and fave on Things Left Unsaid, James! It means a lot.
Thanks for having a nosh at my "Dessert Buffet".
Hi James---I wanted to say thanks very much for the reads and comments on my curious little pieces--and for both on "Amelia" in particular.
Thanks for the awesome comment on Heart Line! I'm honored you found beauty in it.
Happy, happy. Thank you for reading X, and *ing rather than Xing! It's sooo good to be gotten. I appreciate what you had to say, and in this I don't mean just 'like.'
Your description of my story (stories?) is a keeper, James. Thank you for the kind words about "Wipe Your Feet."
Thanks for the fave on Transference!
Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Corrective Rejection.' I greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions. And the fav.
James, thank you for your read and comments on (what is now) "That Night." And for the fav! It's good to know that chill is working. You are a prolific and generous Fictionaut reader, so good.
James - I'm on hold with Harrison's people right now. As always, thank you!
James, thanks for the fav and for the great summation on Ping Pong!
Your readership is highly valued. Thanks for your comments on "Inconstant Nature", the story of a roller coaster that hit bottom very rapidly.
James, I appreciate the "Perfectly." Always interesting to see how a Fictionaut post is going to "play."
James, thanks for your comments on "April."
James, thanks for your comments on Night Navigation. The novel alternates chapters between the mother and son's POV. Since the voice of the son is rhythmic and even sometimes humorous, I think that helps to make the story less dark.
JLD, these days, gotta hold my feet to the fire, but thank you for your encouragement - means a lot!
Thanks for the comments on "Rope & Bone" way back in November. I just happened on it today, 12/9
glad you liked "diorama" james. thanks for reading...
Glad you enjoyed Saying Goodbye. Thank you for reading.
smooth as pudding, rough as coarse grit -- i love what you wrote, how you write. James, thank you.
Thanks again, James, if this puppy ever gets produced you're on for a prime orchestra seat. On me.
Hi James, thanks for reading, and commenting on my story, "The Wedding March." And I appreciate your fave, also. Means a lot to me.
Thank you for your beautiful comment on It Stops. xxx
Super, excellent, learned comments on god's man, James! Both scripture and Latin. I'm impressed! You are a fun fictionauter. (So ffn. Like bff?) Have a really great weekend. Cheers. -- Q
James: What an interesting response to my poem "East Memphis." Made me think--I appreciate that ; )
Thanks James, appreciate your comments, you should check Sam R out, he's quite a talented guy.
Hey James, thanks a lot for reading and commenting on How To Burn Years. Also for your expressing confidence that my work will be worth the effort before reading. Very much obliged.
Hi James--Thanks for the lovely comment on "A Catalog of Disappeared Things." A catalog is on it's way.
James, I'm so delighted you liked Wax Off. Thanks for letting me know. Your brief comment carries a lot of weight for me.
James, thank you so much for reading Gin And A Cowboy: Redux, as well as the first iteration I posted on fictionaut, and for the fav. Your email comments to me gave me some food for thought, and I so appreciate it!
Thank you so much for your very kind remarks on loon, James. I look forward to reading more of your excellent work. -- Q
thanks for reading my thing. left you a question in comments :)
Thanks for Requiem. I'm getting old too. Some of my friends aren't making it to old; including the one this story was based upon. I'm getting concerned about the hegemony of mortality. Cheers
Hi James. thanks for reading Familiar Things, and thanks for commenting, too. fos.
Thanks, James, for the commenting on "The Proud Accounting." Real life has a way of influencing that distinctly realistic vision you mention.
You're welcome, James. You're a new writer/hero now. Always have been high on my list. Now, you're higher. Is it too much pressure to request that novel? -- Q
Thank you so, so much, James for your generous comments on "Willie Nelson"!!
James, loved what you said about "Repair Man." Thanks for that and for faving it!
James thank you for reading my rat story and for your lovely words as always! I hope you are having a great holiday.
James, thanks for your thoughtful comment, and the fave, on my tale of magic and the guitar. Much appreciated, and glad that "The Duende" hit the right notes with you.
Thanks for your thoughtful comment on my story, James.
Thanks for your big-hearted comments and fave on Minor Damage, James.
thanks for reading and commenting on my Thanksgiving story. I look forward to getting to know your writing here.
Thanks for the great comment and fave on Eat, Pray, Network, James! Sometimes I think BS also stands for "Big Seller"...
re: last comment:
yer check's in the mail!
Thanks, mon frere...
Let's toast - JD and Black Velvet. Thanks for commenting on "Lay on Me". Appreciate it always.
Hey James--I'd downloaded Three Palms a few days ago and just got around to reading it, so I was looking to fave it, but I see that it's gone. Loved the setting--the Taos hotel rooms: perfect. And the ending is great; I can absolutely see that truck pulling up and how it alters the landscape. Did you submit it somewhere?
Thanks James, for your lovely comments!
Thanks for the comment on "Blades".
I hope you do come Bach, James. But Arnold can stay away--once he actually goes away, that is!
Again, thanks for your generous response to one of my pieces, "The Lesson." Having lived in Memphis for ten years (a ten minute drive from the Mississippi line), there was still a shadow of menace present. Today people don't lynch;instead, they stop others from living through the strict imposition of class distinctions and economic imbalance. White people in Memphis, even poor ones if they can scrape up the money, send their children to private schools while the public school system languishes in decay. We have come far, but not far enough.
thank you sir. You always, always make my day or in this case, night.
Thank you for your awesome comments on virtual recovery, James! I laughed! It's good to have virtual friends. If I never "recover" because of my "friends," I won't mind. -- Q
James, you wanna dance? I cut a mean rug. Ha! Thanks for liking "rug"
Thanks for reading and commenting on my "Cannibals", James. Was nice to see your words.
James, thanks for your thoughtful reply to 'under the skin,yes the Darwinian struggle has a beauty of its own, tragic though it be.
Thanks for reading The Silence of Harold. Glad you liked it.
Thanks again, James. As for the one line structure? Susan Tepper posed the same question after reading "Amahle and I". I'm unsure. I just want to get the whole novel down first and then I'll see. Great to know you still find the writing strong.
Thanks for visiting and commenting on The Chair! I like bumping into you so much here.
Hi JLD, want to thank you for taking the time to read and comment on "Snow". Made me happy, thanks so much.
James, your comment on "Raw Salt" made me laugh. Yeah, the Hittites not really in the news these days. Thanks for the fave!
Thank you, James, for your very kind words about after amelia. This means a great deal. -- Q
Thank you, James. Have not written--really written in nearly six weeks. I so appreciate you sticking to this story and commenting.
Dear James,thank you very much for your countenance in "About men`s pshychology",Mata
James! So glad you found it, I ran behind and didn't send you a message yet. Also glad I didn't have to beg for you to pay me.
Again, lovely story.
James, I am the original dark angel, but no deaths squads! ha ha! thanks for your lovely words on "angel"
Hi James, thanks again for your feedback. Best, I.
Looove Archy and Mehitabel, honored to have struck that tone with Fly. Much thanks, as always!
Thanks for the great comment and fave on Rats. I'm so glad you liked the story.
Hi James - Thanks so much for reading and "getting" "She hadn't wanted one" :)!
Hi James, thanks so much for the read and comment on "Kramer vs. Kramer." Greatly appreciated!
Man, I just love your comments! They are like stories in themselves. Thanks, James, for the great comment on and fave of "I Am Not a Corpse."
James, thank you again for being a diligent reader on Unpacking Sentences. I greatly appreciate your returning to it! And for the fav.
Ah, James, thank you for the generous comment on Two Trees. I often agree with Jack. But gosh, what a lovely thing to say here. :)
Yessiree, James. Great comment on "Welcome Back."
James, Thanks so much for your receptiveness to what I'm trying with this off-the-wall work. It's very encouraging.
James, thanks so much for the very receptive look at "See?" and apologies for not responding sooner. I'm not getting comments e-mailed to me for some reason.
Thanks, Mr. Davis, for the nice comments and fave for "Margaret & Beck." Keep writing and I'll keep reading!
Perky? You're not talking about me, I hope. Thanks for reading "Pixie," Sheldon.
Oh, and thank you too for your kind remarks re: "motorcycle for a dream." I am going to look at several more of your stories this evening. Looking forward to some good reads. -- Q
James: Thank you for your very fine, insightful comments on my story "splicing." I very much appreciate them. -- Q
Thanks for reading "Convictions," James. Your comments always make me feel good.
Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Fifty Five Words or Less.' Your thoughts on the use of a period at the end of the one word story are greatly appreciated.
Thanks for the positive on "If Wishes were Horses..." I too write mostly novels. No one reads them but me. I don't have time to become John Stienbeck so I'm working on Roger Corman. The goal transition spawns the occasional post like "IWWHBWR" Cheers
James, thank you. I appreciate the time you took to read and comment on "Sidereal." Glad you liked it!
James, thank you for the kind read and comment on "What to Bring to Critique Group." Good to hear from you again.
James, you read my "Liturgal" bit of writing, and I appreciate that as well as your comments.
Kind words, James. Thanks so much for reading "How Elm Trees Die."
James - thanks for reading Something Jazzy, dropping out is a great passtime.
Yes, you ARE the best!! I thank you!
Wow! What a terrific comment on my story "The Party." James, you are the best!
Loved your comment on "Florid Psychosis." Thanks, James!
Thanks for the "encouraging" words on the novel :) It's all hard. But the plotting was killing me, and now that that is worked out, I'm ready to be tortured by revision.
thanks for your nice words about "Dog Park". I see that Jerry calls you Jimmy! Should I be jealous?
Thank you, James. A fellow Ohioan (I'm from Columbus). It's good to meet you, and I look forward to reading your story collection here.
Thanks for your comment, James. I'm glad you took the chance on a little fantasy.
Thanks, James, delighted you liked my grim little vignette.Can't beat Hemingway for grunts on the march, though.
Thank you again James, for seeing past brevity to beauty on Ante Meridiem, and for the star. I left a comment on the story...
And the questions you posed in your updated bio, excellent questions - exactly how I try to live my life.
Thanks for commenting on my recent work. I read in your bio the following, "Where do you really want to be? What do you really want to do?
If the answer does not equal your life, why not?"
I want you to know I'm thinking hard and hope to soon have an answer. Thanks for the questions. They sting a bit.
James, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about Heavy Weather. It was fun to write, and more fun to share. I look forward to reading more of your work, and of your other favorites. Looks like there's lots of good stuff out there to be appreciated.
Thank you so much for the lovely comment on 'Gobstopper,' James.
Thanks, James. Very kind of you to comment on and fave "Searching for Samuel Beckett." Appreciate it.
Thanks for the awesome comment and fave on 4P28! Love the observation about cruel culture!
Where do I live in Ohio? Under the "h."
I wanted to write "you've got serious f'ing range" but I'm trying to curb my public-posting cursing. But yeah, serious f'ing range, JLD. Where are you in Ohio, btw?
"First, let's bill all the lawyers."
That's VERY funny, James!
Thanks for commenting on the Orange Julius poem.
Thank you for reading Phantom Soldiers. Yes, I agree. I had a full page, but didn't like it, so decided to see how it would look as a 55 word story. Will battle the longer version these next few weeks.
James, thanks for your comments on Kilz and Better Days, and for the faves. Much appreciated. All best.
Hi James, once again a pleasure to receive your insights on this piece. You really do enrich the commentary and edge it toward discussion. This was a piece I'd written months ago and buried as it seemed too much. But I am so pleased I addded it after reading your feedback. All best, I.
You made my night again. Thanks so much for your kind (and funny) words about "Specimen".
James, thank you for rereading Redux - Things I Should Have Done #4- now retitled Heartbreak Waiting To Happen. It has been interesting, as you point out, playing with form. That series seemed like single paragraphs to me, but as I've been honing them, I am finding that breaking the stories out of single paras is freeing them up... as always, I appreciate the read and your incisive comments.
James, thanks for your comments on 'Kilz', much appreciated!
Thanks for the compliment on "Confession", James.
Hi James, thanks for your comments on Cheap Thrills. fos.
Hi James, thanks so much for your comment on Swimming Pool. I'm not very good at perfection as a rule, so this made me ever so happy!
Thanks, James. I'm glad you liked my post 9/11 story. The lady who was collecting cans...it's amazing what you see when you get up early in the morning.
loved your wharf story in the comment on my agence piece. so very vivid. thanks a ton for that.
Thank you for your thoughtful words about Johnny Mercer's Pier.
"How you keep doing these things?"
The five S's?
Or maybe the 6th S--salt.
To tell the truth, I only write when I'm soaking wet.
Thanks for faving "Son of Uncle Sam"!
Hi James! Thanks for reading and commenting on Y ... 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!
James, so glad you like my vagina girl story (Centerpiece), thanks so much for the read and comment, appreciate
Thanks, James, for your comment and fave of "Ashes." I'm taking up skydiving, so when my short-term memory goes...
Hi James and thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my flurry of posts this week. I'm having an infrequent flurry of free moments to post and read! So glad you liked Godfrey and also my oyster eating lady in Anything Again. I do so appreciate all your encouragement.
hello james. thanks for the read and comment on rodeo. it's a little scary that the place in the story is anyone's amerika. but it is & it's not that different from here except for the rodeo part...
Jack, I believe I stole the comment from something Eamon Byrne wrote to me. I will do that sort of thing, given half the chance. No shame, utterly, no shame.
James, I never got a better comment on a story or on my writing: bob, weave, punch. Love it! Think I'll make that my motto. Thanks!
Hi James, thanks so much for reading 'Amoco Cadiz'. Very happy you liked it so much... and that it's not an 'oil' story. Kate
OH, and any chance you've heard of/"know" Robert Flanagan, who taught at Ohio Wesleyan from years? He lives in Delaware, OH, just north of Columbus. He hails from Toledo and has written many fine stories set in Ohio. I took every course at OWU from him I could re fiction and still keep in touch 20+ years later. He was a huge boxing fan and knew the Buster Douglas camp quite well, which was VERY exciting to me as a sophomore in '93 (despite the Holyfield slaughter).
Hello, James, thanks a lot for taking a look and commenting on my novel excerpt. It seems that quitting novels is what I do best...however I will try to keep at it. In '02 I kept at and at and at writing perhaps the world's lamest novel, which clocked in at 300+ pages and still taunts me. I know it's in the rearview but images are in fact much closer than they should appear. I need to really move on. D
It is lovely to be back .. at home and on fn! Thank you for your beautiful comments on Sisters At The Lake. I will treasure your words.
Oh thanks for the comment and fave on Escalation, James! Even if I worry about being too reprehensible... :)
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Epithalamion," James.
"I'm not quite sure I really understand why"
I'm just glad you read it and liked it!
Thanks so much for commenting on 'In transit' - I'm so glad someone else likes it! I may take encouragement from your comments and revisit the characters. Regards Robyn
Thanks for commenting on 'In transit', I'm really glad someone else likes it. I may take encouragement from your comment and revisit the characters.
Thanks for the comment and fave on No Goodbye, James! And I love it that I gotcha with the dog....;)
Hi James - Thanks for your kind words on "Origin"!
James, thanks for reading 'Unfit-V.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.
James, Be careful of those cats. They are wily, seductive creatures. Thanks for the great comment on my story "Kitty Love"!
Thanks for the close reads of my stories, Jim. I went to college and grad school in OH (Delaware/Columbus then Cincy). I'm a huge Thom Jones fan, and Tim O' fan (The Things They Carried is probably my favorite book). Thanks again.
Thanks a lot for reading "Life experience" and even more so for your comments.
thanks very much for the comment on "the re-enactments" and especially for the story about your friend who walks with a limp now.
Bill, I know what you mean. I find that old age is a lot like a spin cycle, just before the rinse.
I, too, favor, organizers. The world needs agitation; I just hate the current crop of agitators.
There's a great line in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: "For God's sake, bring me some of the old!"
I feel like that a lot these days.
Thanks for commenting on "Black Squirrel Poem."
Thanks for the Falling In Love Again comments. I appreciate them.
Thank you for the comment on 'Meditations,' James. V. appreciated.
James, I started a group for "Latino fiction".
Please feel welcome to join it and add "The Storefront Poet", (if you wish, no obligation of course.)
Even if you wouldn't usually consider yourself to be a part of the genre, this story fits the group beautifully.
Hi James. Thanks so much for commenting. For some reason this one has been slow to garner feedback. But I'll keep moving ahead. We'll see. Great to hear you love Anna Liu!
James - you are so kind, with your regular support and encouragement. Thanks so much for being a warm light here, and for reading my work.
Thanks James for your kind comment. Your answer to 'Why do you write?' is right on.
Thanks, James, for the read and the comment. Still trying to figure how to stitch this all together, but the pieces are fun.
Thanks for your comments! More like devolving maybe ...
Also, been meaning to comment on your A-Minor discussion post. For now I'll leave you with a quote from author Stephen Elliot: "When I think of how I'm going to scrounge more money I never think, 'I should write something.'" Oof. Depressing.
James, I loved Molly Bloom. It has the perfect balance of grit and grace.
And thank you so much for your kind words on Morning. You made *my* morning. ;-)
James. many thanks for stopping in to read "We Have Eskimo Bars" and for your comments on what it means when a Canuck walks out of a Houston bar with a beautiful blonde. Your feedback, eh, is greatly appreciated!
James, so happy you appreciated the economy of "burned" its one of those stories that sort of popped out unexpectedly. Thanks so much for reading and your comments
Retail! Dude, you better be careful what you promise :)
Thanks for the generous comment on Responsible. I'm very glad you liked it.
wow, thank you for your note on Walls Now. You are very kind. I really don't know what is in the next room. If anything, that is my "secret". Not knowing what the heck i'm going to write... but writing it anyway. You said that really well, and I thank you!
James, Thanks for your comment on Stevie Wonder. I appreciate you taking the time and I'm really glad you liked it.
James, Thank you for the very enthusiastic Yeses on Letter to Natalie Goldberg. Made me :)
I'll put that in the queue of poems I need to write!
Thanks for commenting on "She Who Misunderstood Love," James.
Pleased to read you! Also, any fan of Tim O'Brien... LOVE The Things They Carried. Always have. Usually teach it when I get the chance. :)
Thank you for joining The Glass Coin Group and sharing your story, The man who killed Molly Bloom. Cheers
For your wonderful comment and fave on my story “Monsieur Editor and Madame Malaprop” – merci beaucoup! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it, James. You’ve made me feel most welcome on my Fictionaut maiden voyage.
Thanks for comment on and fav of "Parables for Rodin," James.
BTW, I don't think your friend was pulling your leg!
Hi again, James. I'm so glad you're following the progression of this novel. I always look forward to hearing from your comments. I too, think you were spot-on regarding the bath.
All best, I.
Thanks for your great comment and the fave on Corner. @#$*ing A! I appreciate the read!
Just wanted to thank you for your kind words regarding my story 'Chained'. Never quite understand the stuff I've written myself sometimes, so am always a bit unsure as to how it will be received by others. So, thank you. Your comments mean loads. Warmest regards, Ian.
Thanks for faving "The Corners" James. I'm off to do a bit of reading over at Noir.
So glad you read and enjoyed my NOIR piece, Two Things I Did Not Know. A grand start to your day to be sure. Looking forward to reading your work as well. Cheers.
Thanks for unearthing "Truman Compote." I appreciate the fav!
I put a video of me reading it on You Tube:
Kind of fun, I think.
thanks for the comments!
Uh, a hint about No Instructions. I don't know, that mystery is part of the idea around the story, but then I'm not sure if it's working well as a story right now anyways.
Thanks for mentioning that coke snorting scene. I wondered if that would work for readers. It was my favorite scene to write.
Keep on, hoss.
Thanks for reading "Wanderlust" and for your kind comment. :)
Hi, James, thanks for reading His Longest Day. I appreciate your comment and fav.
Thank you for reading Summer. I'm glad you liked it.
Thanks so much for the wonderful comment on 3 a.m. We should all have a bouquet of green mornings!
James, Thank you for your great comments on In the Lake. And I love that I could read the advice Philip Roth might give, about "Don't touch it" one of two ways!
Haha! That's why they call it fiction!
Thanks for commenting on "DHL in Suburbia."
Thanks for the great comment on Limboland, James. Glad you like the stasis line!
Love your fotomat series, James. I posted the piece I told you about, from a photo from the 50s.
Thanks for the fave and the cool comment on Upstream, James! I wrote it in a good mood but when I re-read it whilst reading the comments it cheered me down a lot. Birth to death in 55 words suddenly seems a bit like short change!
James, thanks for the fav on "Theorizing Salsa."
If you can use "wasps of mortuary remorse" somewhere, take it. It's yours. What's a phrase between friends?
Thanks, James, for your generous take on my brief excursion.
Hello James, Thanks for your very thoughtful comments on Infinity Pool. I'd be interested to hear about the experience you mention...
"I love arson in a work of art."
You crack me up, James!
Thanks for commenting on "Something, He Wrote."
Thanks for the great comments and faves on This is Something She Would Miss and Waiting for the Light! They were my first flashes, and I'm thrilled that you liked them.
Thanks sweetie xx
Thanks for faving "Bosch's Last Words." Surprised and gratified.
Meant to say thanks for the fave on The Devil's Inkwell in my rambling note about Peoples Temple!
Thank you so much, James. After much searching, finally found the story which would not let me rest...The story I had been avoiding. So pleased to have you in this audience.
Hey, James. Glad you enjoyed "Vigo Beach." Thanks for the fav!
"Zero for conduct? It's so unfair!"
Me again. ;-) Thank you also for your thoughts about 'On West Fourth Street'. Very much appreciated.
A very belated thank you for your comment on Where the River Stopped. Happened to be where I had to stop too, but trying to make my way back with a heartfelt thanks.
James, Just saw your comment on Red-Eyed Rabbit. Me too, always wanted to rob a bank!
Thanks for reading, and commenting poetically on "your story"!
Love your comment about found poems ("heightened awareness"). That says it perfectly. Guy named Dadd killing his father--stuff of fiction, eh? Thanks for commenting.
Thank you for reading The Abyss of Contemplative Hatred. Much appreciated. Glad you liked it.
Appreciate the read of "The Solace of Olives." Kind of a trivial piece, eh?
I don't think I want to watch a Ronald Reagan movie with anybody!
Thanks for faving "It's Like." Very pleased you liked it.
James -- I really appreciate your read of A Night of Not Knowing! Thank you so much.
Thank you for the kind words about Peace of Mind. Much appreciated, as always.
Thanks for the kind comment on Strawberry - just going to read yours now. Also great to see you on A-minor. M
It’s great to see your story up at A-Minor. It’s still smashing as ever! I think you have a new piece up that I need to read, and there are some other stories of yours that I want to get to as well. I’ll be back on here soon to read them, but I wanted to leave a quick note now.
thank you very much, for your support of Contortionist Love! (this sounds very strange!) Ha!! -mp
Thanks, James, for comments (and fav) on Leaving.
Just a bit of fun as I said!
Hi James, thanks for the kind and slightly cryptic words on Flesh & Blood!
Thank you for taking the time to read, comment, and for the fav!
Thank you james, for paddling through my story Song of the Neddle. I was telling someone else this yesterday: I’ve come to hate that story of mine. It’s through the POV of the little kid and i’m afraid it ended up sounding a little too in Golden Books direction, too kidish… I have other stuff (more recent) coming out in Narrative, Tampa Review and Shamballa Sun that i’ll post when they’re in print. Hopefully you and others can check them out. And, hopefully they won’t embarrass me as much! anyway, i can't wait to dig into more of your stories. you've got the gift, man.
Hey, nice work on The Pure Land. Beautiful play of words my man.
James, thanks for the fav and nice comments on Broken Mirrors, it was a hard one to write.
Thanks for commenting on "Greyhound," James. Appreciate the fav!
Those were the days! In 1973 you could get a bus pass for unlimited travel for a month for $100.00. Fun riding around the country willy nilly, getting out when tired and exploring some unknown city, getting back on the bus and changing direction. I always liked the demotic nature of a bus.
Thanks for faving the Spicer found poem!
"You can't do that!"
I get that a lot.
James, thank you for the words and star for Requirement. Thanks as always for reading!
James, I am jazzed that you take time out of your day to read and comment on my scribbling. Your input and advice really mean a lot to me. Thank You!
thank you for your comments on my story called "Feeeeeuck". Holy Ghost marketing! Yes!!!!!!!
Bill, I have a rule about poetry. I leave it in the hands of poets. Some of the little pieces in here, such as "Ghosts," "The Pure Land," and "Things you remember..." were originally poems. I think one day, I'll turn the Raskolnikov poems into a short story.
Thanks for faving "Found Poem," James. That one goes back pretty deep into my past! I'd like to read some of our Raskolnikov poems. Are they on Fictionaut?
Thanks, James, for your sharp comment on Bedtime Story. Very much appreciated! Such a good way to start my day. Now, back to editing...
James, thanks for your note on my "White" story. i just read your story "Things you remember in the middle of the night" - it's intense. interesting flow and viewpoint, too. if you have more on the theme, there currently is a call up for their "War" anthology by Editions Bibliothekas, the call is included here, together with some other themes: http://just1m.blogspot.com/2010/07/calls-return-leaving.html
Thanks for the comment/fav
Thanks for faving "Playing for Keeps," James. Appreciate it!
"Jayzus, Bill. How do you do this?"
Only the twenty-two-year-old Bill can answer that one. The fifty-nine-year-old one often asks the same question!
Loved your comment. Thanks so much for understanding!
Hi, again James. Just another quick thanks for your recent commentary. Have had many thoughts on your patchwork comment which I would like to implement. Also, one of your comments on a earlier piece inspired me to come up with this new ending for "Cherchez", one I quite like. So again insightful, constructive feedback from you.
Thank you for your incredible comments on Star Anise. It means so much to me that it meant something to you.
Hi James. I just saw that you posted a novel excerpt and I’m looking forward to checking it out. I plan to read it later on tonight and should be able to get back to you with comments tomorrow!
Thanks James for commenting on my break-up piece. I think this part of it is the most brutal, so thank you!
Hi James. So glad to see you joined Novel Excerpts. Looking forward to reading and commenting on your work. All best, Isabell
Hi James - Thanks so much for reading "Goodnight Dogs" - it's much appreciated :)
James, thank you for your beautiful note. So happy to have you as a reader.
Wow, thank you James, I so appreciate your commentary. Kind regards, I.
Thank you, James for reading my slightly squeam-making piece 'Tyler learns...' and for your encouragement. Much appreciated!
James, thank you so very much for "fav-ing" my story, and for your kind comments! I'll live off the thrill of it through way past its due date!
James, your comment on my story restored a little bit of my writing confidence today. Thanks!
And I really enjoyed reading your "why I write",^ .
Most reasonably weathered old white guys with beards and a tan tend to look a tad Hemingway-esque. Sheldon Lee Compton says I should enter one of those Hemingway look alike contests. I think I'd have to actually work on 'being' Hemingway, maybe train for it. Actually, the training might be fun if it involves what I think it involves. It might even help my writing.
James, it is great to see a picture, even though the scenic photo you posted was lovely. It's always illuminating to see the face of the writer. You are a tad Hemingway-ish.
Thank you for reading and faving Lake Chelan. Your comments, about sneezing, made me laugh. I remember reading that comment, directed at someone else, in one of the forum threads. I love how you turned it on its head!
Thanks for reading my dialogue, James. I'm glad you liked it. BTW: Huge Brautigan fan. You have good taste.
Ouch. Just read your (revised) bio, James, and am even more gratified that you were able to read, enjoy and comment through what sounds like considerable pain. Thanks, valiant reader.
Thank you so much,James, for the good words about One-thousand Incarnations!!
James, Thank you so much for reading and commenting on "Thieves." Your critique is exactly what I'm looking for - ways to strengthen the individual characters and the relationship between them - and I truly appreciate it! Thanks again, Angela
Thanks, James for reading and commenting on "The Transportation of Hens." Really appreciate the positive feedback.
Hello, James. I read your comments and thought, hmmm "eviscerating" and had to look it up just to make certain I had the right definition. You have encouraged me to keep moving with these characters, which seem to be speaking to me now. Kind, kind commentary. Thank you.
Hi James. I just read your feedback on my story. Many thanks! I've been away from Fictionaut for some months and am looking forward to posting more of m writings, especially the pieces from this latest effort. Kind words from you. I look forward to reading your work.
I was wondering who would call me on the dog. I shoulda known!
Thank you for reading Urumqi. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
And so it goes.
Yes. She does. Unfortunately, her cousin says "heck" and "gosh". The cousin is a girl scout leader/den mother type. Life is so unfair:)
Thank you so much for your generous comments on THE HOUSE THAT TIEN BUILT. Collegiality indeed ;^) Peace...
My pleasure on "Not with a Bang." I am happy to read the next version as well.
Hey James - Thanks for taking the time to read "The Celebrity" and the positive feedback. Glad you enjoyed it!
Your comment on my wall - absolutely lovely! I think the truest thing that one writer can do for another is to be generous: of time, of reading, of close reading, of thought, of commenting. To look at another's work from the stance of reader only, not as a writer, but purely as a reader, it's what we are all desire. I did not know it took a long time to get to the bottom of my wall!
Thank you for the day brightening comment on "why are we feeding the lawyer?" and the fave.
Thank you so, so much for reading "The Color of Silence...". I am so very grateful for your reponse--it's reactions like that, which keeps me wanting to write! Thank you again! :-)
Thanks, James. It is a fine leaf.
James, glad you enjoyed "The Meaning of Life." Thanks for the comment.
I only like my bio, so I change it every now and then, hoping maybe I'll love it myself, eventually. It's easy to do, change it, because I've done ... a lot of stuff. When I run out of stuff to tell people about me, I'll make up something. Then, maybe I'll love my bio too. Fiction is often less painful, more attractive than reality anyway.
I love your bio.
Thank you so very much, James, for your comment on my flag day challenge story, X. I am glad it moved you so. Interesting you thought of Don MacLean when you read it. Central in this piece are references to that song, Fourth of July, by the band X (of course that's their name - Exene Cervenka and John Doe, back in the 80s, 90s). Rockin band, some terrible-beautiful-sad songs.
Thanks for taking the time to read "A Mountain So Lost." I greatly appreciate you, hoss.
Thanks for your nice comments on Part of Life; Two Ways. Glad it brought an affirmative response from you.
Hi James, thank you for the very nice comment on "Quotes".
James, I appreciate your comment on "...WIld Blue Yonder" / The line you pointed out came in a late revision...it felt at the time like it pulled things together. Thank you for reading!
Thank you for your kind words on my story - a much-needed boost today.
James, glad you enjoyed 'A Woman Walks Into A Bar'. Thanks very much for the comments & fav.
Haha! James! Glad you liked Rock On and thank you for the FAV though I understand the reservation you have -- I wonder if that song is still in your head?? It IS a good song, but sooner or later, it should be replaced by something more... hip, perhaps. Those guys under a rock are not hipsters, you know. Will look forward to seeing what's been percolating in your world this last week...
Hi James, I loved your recent piece in Camroc Press Review (Being Picasso). Innovative, and so well crafted. Congrats! I am wondering if you would like to submit to one of three places of which I am editorial assistance: jmww magazine, Thunderclap Press, or Camel Saloon. If any or all interest you, please do submit! Thanks.
Susan, you're right, Thom Jones' voice was magnificent and I don't hear his name enough. Falco, I know, but Mark Wisniewski is new to me. I'll check him out.
James, your book loves are almost identical to mine. How great to hear someone mention Thom Jones, I was talking about him just the other day with another writer. We miss seeing his work out there. Also love Ed Falco's work, and Mark Wisniewski slaughters me every time
Thanks so much for your comments on "I don't have a gun." I'm so glad you liked it :)!
Thank you for your incredibly lovely words about my work in An Italian Lunch and An Italian Lunch (revision). To have gotten the male POV "eerily correct" (just love that phase) and to have it compared to the best of Philip Roth, what can I say, you've made my month, and as I write this, I am actually working on the project, deep into a revision of the second chapter.
Thank you again for your encouragement.
James, very much appreciate your read of Who Sent You? and your kind words
Hi James. I wanted to say thanks for your comments. I like your profile and I bet I'm going to like your stories.
James, thanks for finding and reading Love, Story. Appreciate your comment!!
It's fun reading your changing profile!
Hi James, glad you enjoyed 'Blue Pinto'. Thanks for the comment & fav.
James, you are too kind. Thank you for your words on “Miss.” It means a lot!
Thank you so much for your kind read of "Before Christmas". I like the word you came up with, Crypticulous!". It's an awesome word!
Thanks for the quality read/comment on "The Purpose of Floors," JL.
James, thanks much for your comments, and for the fav. Looking forward to reading more of your work.
Hey James, Jim, JL! Loved your comment on A Knobby Thing. That made my morning, that did! Thank you!!
And thanks for having a look at the story fragment!
Thanks for the comment. I am going to have to check out The Things They Carried and Blood Meridian. :)
god bless the kooks and thanks for your comment on Beatnik Blonde!
Thank you for reading, commenting on, and faving Things I Should Have Done - #5. I so appreciate your continuing to read my series.
You're the second person who has commented on my lack of paragraph breaks (within my one paragraph). In my defense there are a lot who love it, but I do understand what you're saying.
And I love your comment that you love my writing style (thank you for that!) and that if I had the breaks it would "make it damned near perfect."
I must admit, I don't know what it is with this series! In my head the story is a single paragraph, and each time I chop it up, in a natural fashion, it screams at me!
But I do so appreciate that you keep reading the pieces in the series, notwithstanding my resistance! Strangely, this is the only writing I have done without paragraphs.
James, thanks for the read of Walking to School - but I couldn't hear it, had my ipod in.
Thanks for your comment on From The Doctor, With Love, James. And for the Donovan quote! Glad you liked the piece - I'll look forward to reading more of yours now!
James, another thank you for your kind words on my poem Broken
Your comment made me happy, thanks! So glad you enjoyed my story.
thank you...like... um... it's dudalicious!
Thanks for your kind comments on Stations of the Cross. Write on.
James, thanks for reading and commenting on my Breadfruit story. Much appreciated!
Thank you for reading My Favorite Color.
ps love your profile
Thanks, James, for your insightful comments :-)
Thanks, James for commenting on and faving Giving Notice. I hope everyone has a big old Burton Steele in their life.
Hey James--Thanks for finding and faving little Bittie Betina. I'm going to post the story I first found her in when she was an old lady. It's called Giving Notice.
Thanks for the Atonement read! WalMart's greeter policy is surprisingly generous in some parts of the co.
Your words about "The Happiest Mall in America" are greatly appreciated, James.
James, I 'preciate your commenting on "Secrets." Yes, indeed; the possibilities keep you going.
thank you for reading and commenting on my story "Extinction". Very much appreciated!
James, thanks so much for your comment on Routine. Harsh, yes. Glad you saw the un-Hallmark approach so clearly. I appreciate your comment very much and look forward to reading more of your stories here, too.
Thank you, Lou. But ... dapper? I'll have to do something about that. Can't be considered ... dapper. It's ... un-American, no?
I wanted to thank you for your comments on This Girl. Okay, really I wanted to sneak another peak at that dapper photo you've got up there. But still, your comment made me feel great.
James, thank you for reading, for the fav, your great comments, and wanting to keep reading!
Thanks so much for your extremely kind comments on "The Blocked Toxin." Deeply appreciated.
James, thank you so much for your super comments on Bookends -- so much appreciated. I love that you love urban industrial squalor and French coffee in the same breath (me too), and am going through your readings. Wow. Loved the novel excerpt - just printed out so I can savor and reflect. I like to write gritty, so that resonated. Back later, after the day job. Peace...
Hi James, thanks for reading Nine and Five, and thanks for the comments, too. foster.
Beate, thanks for stopping by. Birth was traumatic enough that one time. So bad, I cried. Now, I have PTSD, which I am sure comes from the fact that, no sooner had I emerged from the womb, but some harridan of a nurse slapped my tender young behind just so I'd know I was welcomed.
Thank you for your wonderful comment on "The Lion." I like in your bio that you were born just that once. We have that in common!
Thanks for the nice comments on both stories, James. Always appreciate people reading my work.
Hey, I like to know who's reading my stuff. I have never been read by a tree before, let alone one from Arizona. "I write for the same reasons that most people do, but I cannot think of any just now." Brilliant. (I'm more of a one-period-pause girl.) And I'm with you, I hope it's not vanity.
thanks for googling those words and commenting! I know! What a world!
hahaha. you are welcome!
Thanks, Larry. You're right, "Blood Meridian" is an all timer on many levels. The language in the dialogue alone is worth the price of admission. Something absolutely authentic, if not to the period, to the atmosphere of the whole.
Thanks for liking Multiple Simultaneous Submissions. To like it (or write it) you have to have been there. So welcome fellow traveler.
PS Blood Meridian is an all timer. And spooky...Whoa!
Ohio is a beautiful place. I'm not from here, but have lived here before. Moved back from Arizona just to feel the seasons change. I live between Cleveland and Akron near the Cuyahoga river. I am originally from the tidewater in Virginia. That, too, is a beautiful place, but crowded now. The next time I get the urge to move on, I'll head for the Outer Banks of North Carolina and there remain.
Thank you so much for your comments on my story Yellow Bee Buzzing! Where are you in Ohio? I'm from Cincy, went to school in Athens. Miss my homestate.
Thanks so much, James, for your kind words on "Punch Patty" :)!
I really appreciate your thoughts on The Heart Jar. You're so right about the ending. I will take another run at it. Thank you.
My pleasure. I faved this story after I had written my comments, had forgotten to press the button. I am finding it so worthwhile spending the time reading others' work and commenting. The generosity I have already seen in people commenting on my work very much makes you want to keep giving back. I had read that general forum thread about seeing that a story has gotten views but no comments, and it's true what someone wrote, it doesn't help to just see views, you kinda want to know if the work sucked or shined!
Thank you for your lovely comments about my stories. Very appreciated. Am enjoying your work!
Thanks James for your kind words on "Get Some Strange" :)
Thanks so much for the read, the nice comments and the feedback. On this piece I am trying to work with visuals and setting only as seen through the eyes of the victim and the detectives, and I think when I get back to work on it, the second part will be lots of settings, visuals, etc, as the story of what happened to the victim emerges.
I will look forward to reading your work as well!
James, thanks for reading & comment on 'Is it Wrong'. Those times changed everything - like the civil war in a way, though mostly parents v. children as well as bro v. bro. I don't bear ill will for the future of all, including participants, I just don't have it in my heart, yet, to forgive. Perhaps writing this was a step.
James, Thanks for your thoughtful reads -- and generous comments. I'm so glad Common Trade and Jew worked for you, and I look forward to getting to know you through your work.
Thanks for your comment on Party Line and welcome to Fictionaut.
"Fathers and Sons" was a masterpiece, yes. I first ran across Turgenev in a book I picked up in a Salvstion Army Store a long time ago, "Torrents of Spring." Marvelously depressing. I do love the Russians.
James, I saw your mention of Turgenev on Foster's wall. I read Turgenev -- Fathers and Sons is a favorite story of mine, have recently read it again
Thanks for reading 15 Minutes More. Glad you enjoyed it.
Hi, James. Thank you very much for your kind comment on my story. Martha.
Brautigan was the best. I read all his books as they came out. It was like getting a letter from a crazy uncle in rehab. I tried to keep the books, but when he died, they all ran away.
Let's bring Brautigan back. He influenced so many great writers I think.Welcome.
Thanks for the welcoming, but virtual coffee? Can you at least email me a Starbuck's coupon? They pay people to look like dead novelists? Wow.
Hi, James. Have a seat. We've got coffee around here somewhere. Also, you should enter some Hemingway look-a-like contest as soon as possible. One that has a big cash prize, maybe.