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James Lloyd Davis


Location Ohio
Occupation Writer
Website http://jameslloyddavis.com

Books by James Lloyd Davis
  • by Nina Leo, Emily Reardon, Janet H Swinney
    Hopewell Publications, 2012.

  • by Annie Evett
    Raging Aardvark Publishing, Brisbane, Australia, 2012.
  • About Me

    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.

    Why do you write?

    Expiation of past sins.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    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.

    James Lloyd Davis's Wall

    David Ackley – Apr 15, 2014

    Thanks, James for taking a look at my poem and the comment.

    James Robison – Mar 30, 2014

    Thank you.

    Katrina Trepsa – Mar 19, 2014

    Thank you for your comment on "The Business of Shadows." I really appreciate your feedback.

    Jeffrey S. Callico – Feb 27, 2014

    Hey thanks much for your comment. Means a lot.

    Hazem Tagiuri – Feb 08, 2014

    Thanks for your kind words towards 'Kraken', James!

    J.A. Pak – Jan 21, 2014

    Thanks so much for reading and commenting on "Fantasm".

    Ari Ross – Dec 17, 2013

    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!

    Penny Goring – Nov 19, 2013

    i like your comment. thanks :)))

    J.A. Pak – Nov 16, 2013

    Thanks, James, for reading "Happiness". Your comment made me think...wonder what kind of sexual innuendo you can build into kidney stones...

    W.R. Smith – Nov 16, 2013

    Thanks James, for the comment on my story.

    Charlotte Hamrick – Nov 11, 2013

    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.

    Nonnie Augustine – Nov 05, 2013

    Thank you, James. I am slowly, slowly filling pages for this book.

    J.A. Pak – Nov 03, 2013

    Thanks so much for reading "To Live It Again". Love your comment.

    Isabell Serafin – Oct 29, 2013

    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.

    Ginnah Howard – Oct 29, 2013

    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.

    J.A. Pak – Oct 16, 2013

    Thanks for reading "Dinner", James. Such a wonderful compliment.

    J.A. Pak – Oct 01, 2013

    Thanks so much for commenting on "Static".

    J.A. Pak – Sep 29, 2013

    Beautiful photo, btw.

    J.A. Pak – Sep 29, 2013

    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.

    Nonnie Augustine – Sep 28, 2013

    Thanks you, James. I'm glad you read and liked Otillie.

    Javed Hayat – Sep 28, 2013

    Hi James. I would like to thank you for your wonderful comment on The Boy Who Knew Death. Highly appreciated.

    Christian Bell – Sep 24, 2013

    James, thanks for reading and commenting on "Samosely."

    Nonnie Augustine – Sep 15, 2013

    Thank you, James. I haven't gone near prompts for years, but these have been fruitful for me for some reason.

    Michelle Elvy – Sep 15, 2013

    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.

    Christian Bell – Sep 11, 2013

    Thanks, James for your comment/fave on "Coast to Coast"!

    Nonnie Augustine – Sep 03, 2013

    Hi, ho, Colorado to you, too, James. Where does that phrase come from? Thank you for reading Let the Others Drool.

    Foster Trecost – Aug 31, 2013

    Hi James, nice of you to comment on sliding windows, I really appreciate it. fos.

    Michelle Elvy – Aug 28, 2013

    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...

    Isabell Serafin – Jan 12, 2013

    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.

    Gary Hardaway – Jan 07, 2013

    Thank you, James, for reading Bitter Bits. I hope to find your elemental joy someday.

    Gessy Alvarez – Dec 26, 2012

    Thanks for reading "Menthol." Just love your responses. Cheers!

    Gloria Garfunkel – Dec 25, 2012

    Thank you for your poetic and beautiful comment on Snowflakes.

    Frankie Sachs – Dec 16, 2012

    Hello, James.

    Copper Sloane Levy – Dec 15, 2012

    What you wrote in the Connecticut forum thread gave me gooseflesh. Thanks for sharing your eloquence.

    Gessy Alvarez – Dec 12, 2012

    Thanks, James for reading "Routine of the Abyss." Your comment made me chuckle. Cheers!

    Robert Vaughan – Dec 08, 2012

    Hello, James! Thanks for your wise comments this week on "What Some Boys Do." I truly appreciate and value them.

    Jo Rasmus – Dec 07, 2012

    Thanks James for giving me a "fine gem" compliment on "Needle in a Pocket". jo

    Quirina Roode-Gutzmer – Dec 06, 2012

    Thank you, James, for your comment on my poem "Regret".

    Carol Reid – Nov 25, 2012

    More thanks, James. Appreciate your comments!

    Yasmin Elaine Waring – Nov 25, 2012

    You always encourage me so. Thanks for the love on Texas Route 29.

    Roberto C. Garcia – Apr 03, 2012

    Hi James, thanks for your awesome comments on "At the Root" and "Ode to Garcia Lorca".

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – Apr 03, 2012

    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...

    Barry Basden – Mar 13, 2012

    Thanks, James, for your enthusiasm about 'Slo-mo.'

    Berit Ellingsen – Mar 11, 2012

    Looking forward to reading your piece in the beautiful Lost In Thought Magazine!

    Love,
    Berit

    Beate Sigriddaughter – Feb 11, 2012

    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!

    Barry Basden – Feb 09, 2012

    Thanks, James, for your assertive and generous comments about 'The Next Side Road.' Some low down, mean sumbitches out there, for sure.

    Andrew Stancek – Feb 08, 2012

    James,

    Jerry Lee Lewis said "You leave me...breathless." You do that to me. Thanks for your continued support.

    James Robison – Feb 04, 2012

    Holy moly. Thank you!

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 03, 2012

    Thanks, James! Appreciate the fave and comment on "Eleutheria."

    Mark Reep – Jan 28, 2012

    JLD, thanks very much for your comment on 'Copper'. 'Awed' is a very big word; I'm humbled and honored. Greatly appreciated.

    James Robison – Jan 28, 2012

    Thank you, James L.D.

    sally houtman – Jan 27, 2012

    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.

    Marcie Beyatte – Jan 26, 2012

    Thanks for reading my story- and I'm looking forward to settling in with a few of yours.

    Michael Dwayne Smith – Jan 21, 2012

    Honored to have you read and thankful for the kind response to "Swimming Lessons."

    Penny Goring – Jan 16, 2012

    LUV your comment on NICK POP'S BRAIN ... Thanks, darlin - and big smilers :)

    Meg Pokrass – Jan 15, 2012

    thank you sir!

    Larissa Shmailo – Jan 14, 2012

    Thanks for your kind words about "Shore," James. A pleasure to intermeet.

    Barry Basden – Dec 28, 2011

    Thanks, James, for your thoughtful comments about 'Hawaiian Reservations' and for naming a new flash subset.

    Carol Reid – Dec 26, 2011

    Thanks very much for the read and comment, James!

    Chris Okum – Dec 23, 2011

    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.

    Sylvia Petter – Dec 19, 2011

    Thank you for reading The Burka, and for your words.

    sean m. poole – Dec 19, 2011

    Howdy James, Thanks for faving "The Second Poem of Xmas". Ho Ho Ho!

    Alex M. Pruteanu – Dec 19, 2011

    Thanks for the nice words on my story "Vanya."

    Deborah Rickard – Dec 19, 2011

    Thanks very much for commenting on and "faving" my story 'A Black Night', James!

    sean m. poole – Dec 18, 2011

    Hi James, Thanks for reading and enjoying "Sideshow Sam & The Heckler". I appreciate you taking the time.

    Marcus Speh – Dec 16, 2011

    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.

    Joani Reese – Dec 12, 2011

    Hi James:

    Thanks for coming by to comment on and like my Lennon piece. Hope the writing is flowing.

    Marcus Speh – Dec 12, 2011

    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!

    Joani Reese – Dec 04, 2011

    Hi James: Another thanks in order for your continuing support of me and my work. Hope the novel is going well. Best to you.

    Harley May – Dec 02, 2011

    James, thank you, thank you. Your time and words are precious things.

    Beate Sigriddaughter – Dec 02, 2011

    Gratias plena, beatus vir.

    Jules Archer – Nov 28, 2011

    James - big thanks for the fave and commenting on "Cloudy..." Gotta love those Freudian slips.

    Jack Swenson – Nov 22, 2011

    Yes, James; implication. I've been implicated more than once. Indeed, in a way it's the story of my life.

    David Ackley – Nov 21, 2011

    Thanks, James for the favorable reaction ( oh, right, FAVEorable) to my story contest. I've decided you were right: it was the Norwegians.

    Johnsienoel – Nov 21, 2011

    Hi, James. Thank you for the very kind words and the fave on my poem the other day.

    Marcus Speh – Nov 21, 2011

    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.

    Isabell Serafin – Nov 19, 2011

    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.

    Best,
    Isabell

    Barry Basden – Nov 19, 2011

    Thanks for the fave and your wise comments about 'Texas Tornado,' James. Made me laugh out loud.

    Maren Sandt – Nov 18, 2011

    Thanks for liking my poem "I, said he, I." and adding it as one of your faves.

    Yasmin Elaine Waring – Nov 13, 2011

    You leave the loveliest comments. Thank you James. They keep me going.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Nov 11, 2011

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

    Chris Okum – Nov 10, 2011

    "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?

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 10, 2011

    "Rye heart"--like that! Thanks for faving "Before the Door," James.

    Christopher Allen – Nov 09, 2011

    Hey, James! Thank you for giving "Freedom Can Wait" a thumbs-up. Very much appreciated. Hope you're doing well.

    Chris Okum – Nov 07, 2011

    Somebody already pitched my story to you? Did you give it a go?

    Isabell Serafin – Nov 06, 2011

    One of the best compliments I have received in a long time, thank you.

    Isabell Serafin – Oct 30, 2011

    Thank you, James. I have enthusiastically looked forward to you and MaryAnne's commentary. Nice to hear from you.

    Gill Hoffs – Oct 29, 2011

    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!

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 27, 2011

    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."

    DJ Young – Oct 27, 2011

    Hi James - thank you again for reading 'Duet' and for your generous comments - made the whole day.

    Kari Nguyen – Oct 27, 2011

    Mustard seeds - I like it. Thank you! Beautiful trees, btw.

    Marcus Speh – Oct 25, 2011

    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.

    DJ Young – Oct 24, 2011

    Hi James - I'm most grateful for you taking the time to read Inky and Vague and for your great comments. - DJ

    Penny Goring – Oct 24, 2011

    plus kisses xx

    Penny Goring – Oct 24, 2011

    in search of the moon pie <3

    Neil Serven – Oct 23, 2011

    Hey, James. Sorry (or is it you're welcome?) for the near-60s flashback. In any event, thanks for digging "Welcome to the Occupation."

    David Ackley – Oct 23, 2011

    Thanks, James for the generous words regarding "Base." I like your new scenery: Is that the road taken, or the road not?

    Luke Tennis – Oct 21, 2011

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 20, 2011

    Thanks for faving "Gabrielle," James!

    jake fuchs – Oct 19, 2011

    Thanks, James! Coming from you, it means a lot.

    Marcus Speh – Oct 19, 2011

    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.

    Marcus Speh – Oct 19, 2011

    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!

    Andrew Stancek – Oct 19, 2011

    JLD,

    your support of my Mirko series thrills me. And of course your writing thrills me.

    Chris Okum – Oct 16, 2011

    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.

    Christopher Allen – Oct 16, 2011

    Hey, James! Thank you for your encouragement. It means a lot. Chris

    Erin Zulkoski – Oct 15, 2011

    Dear Jim,
    Thanks for your comment and fave on "Little Grey Elephant." Also for looking like Santa. For all, I thank you :)

    Jack Swenson – Oct 15, 2011

    Thanks for the comment about my cat fight story. Amen to that thought. And thanks for the *.

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 15, 2011

    I'm going to hell; that's pretty clear. I forget if I meant "publicans" or "republicans."

    Thanks for the fave, James!

    Foster Trecost – Oct 12, 2011

    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.

    Joani Reese – Oct 11, 2011

    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.

    Erin McGrath – Oct 11, 2011

    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. :-)

    James Robison – Oct 09, 2011

    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.

    Joani Reese – Oct 07, 2011

    James: Your envy of my writing made MY day. Thanks for the words about "Nailpolish No."

    Jack Swenson – Oct 06, 2011

    JL, I agree completely with your comment about The Church. Lutherans make esp. good targets, though, in my opinion.

    Matt Robinson – Oct 06, 2011

    I love the sage maxim currently displayed in your About Me section, comes at a time when I need it. Thanks!

    Mark Reep – Oct 04, 2011

    James, thanks for your comment on 'Mystery'. Me too. Wouldn't be half as much fun to know.

    John Riley – Oct 02, 2011

    Hi, James. Thank you for reading and commenting on "Three Stories of You."

    Kari Nguyen – Oct 02, 2011

    Thank you, thank you James! Hope you are well!

    Joe Kapitan – Oct 01, 2011

    James, as always, I appreciate the time you take reading and commenting, this time on Feral.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Sep 30, 2011

    Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own-4.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fave.

    Barry Basden – Sep 29, 2011

    Thanks for your nice comments about Bodensee, James. Yes, I too think a flash ought to be bigger than it looks.

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 29, 2011

    Thanks for fave on "Getting Home Alive," James!

    Jack Swenson – Sep 29, 2011

    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!

    Christian Bell – Sep 27, 2011

    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.

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 20, 2011

    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.

    Jack Swenson – Sep 20, 2011

    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."

    Roberto C. Garcia – Sep 20, 2011

    Hello again friend James, thank you for supporting "Submission guidelines". It's an observation on one of many possible scenarios.

    Doug Bond – Sep 15, 2011

    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

    Foster Trecost – Sep 15, 2011

    Hi James, thanks for reading my snail story, and thanks for the comments, too. fos.

    Christian Bell – Sep 13, 2011

    James, thanks for reading, commenting on, and faving "I'm Not Emilio Estevez." Always appreciated!

    Joani Reese – Sep 13, 2011

    James: "The rest is silence." Thank you for reading "It is what it is"

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 12, 2011

    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

    Traci Moore – Sep 11, 2011

    James, Thank you for your notes on my story. Witty and thoughtful!

    Jack Swenson – Sep 10, 2011

    Right you are. It's not. Sigh. Thanks for reading and faving my little profile of the sci. teacher.

    Christian Bell – Sep 08, 2011

    James, thanks for the read, comment, and fave on "Strep"!

    Christopher Allen – Sep 08, 2011

    Good morning, James! Thank you for your comment and fave on "Husk of Hare." It's great to be back.

    Larry Strattner – Sep 07, 2011

    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

    Joani Reese – Sep 06, 2011

    James, your comment about fiction/nonfiction in relation to my story "The Lost Boy" meant a lot to me. Thanks.

    Susan Tepper – Sep 05, 2011

    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

    Gill Hoffs – Sep 04, 2011

    Thank you so much, James, for the compliment and fave on 'Annie MacLeod' - much appreciated!

    Jane Hammons – Sep 04, 2011

    Thin gruel indeed, poor Lettie's soup. Thanks for the fave & read.

    Joani Reese – Sep 03, 2011

    James--Black Velvet? I've only got a few fingers of Glenmorangie left--will that do? Thanks for your comments on "Abstinence" and the *.

    Susan Rukeyser – Sep 03, 2011

    Thanks so much for reading & praising my wee story "Dirty Business." Cubicles are most definitely "little Gitmos!"

    Jack Swenson – Sep 02, 2011

    JLD, thanks for reading and commenting on "Flying." It figures that you would note the subtext. And thank you for the star. Much appreciated.

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 01, 2011

    Thanks for faving the visa poem, James. "insinuation station"--Good title! Your next story, perhaps?

    Gill Hoffs – Sep 01, 2011

    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

    Susan Tepper – Sep 01, 2011

    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.

    Marcus Speh – Aug 31, 2011

    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.

    Foster Trecost – Aug 31, 2011

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

    Marcelle Heath – Aug 30, 2011

    Thank you James - You made my day!

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Aug 30, 2011

    your comment on my latest made me LOL
    (ha)
    i take the tacos (inspiration) wherever i find 'em
    thank you, sir!

    David Ackley – Aug 29, 2011

    Hey James, Thanks so much for commenting(and faving) my little commentary on weather, hot and cold, internal and external.

    James Robison – Aug 28, 2011

    Thank you profoundly, Mr. Davis.

    Jack Swenson – Aug 25, 2011

    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....

    Foster Trecost – Aug 22, 2011

    Hey James, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on The Pretenders - I really appreciate knowing you liked it. Springsteen??? :) fos.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Aug 21, 2011

    Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Bubble Busting, Boom!' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.

    Gill Hoffs – Aug 20, 2011

    Thanks for the comment and fave on 'Rain' - really appreciate it!

    Penny Goring – Aug 20, 2011

    Thank you for the favefavefave on Temp P. You always are so very supportive & I greatly appreciate XXX

    Jack Swenson – Aug 18, 2011

    Irish teetotalers? C'mon, you expect me to believe that?

    Thanks for the read and fave, JDL.

    Jeffrey S. Callico – Aug 18, 2011

    James, thanks so much for the comment on Notice.

    Joani Reese – Aug 18, 2011

    A little bit of Paul Simon? The master of the slippery phrase? Thanks, Jim!

    Christian Bell – Aug 18, 2011

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

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 17, 2011

    Thanks for commenting on "The Grave of Rimbaud," James. I so enjoy your comments and so appreciate you as a reader of my poems.

    Joani Reese – Aug 12, 2011

    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...

    Jack Swenson – Aug 11, 2011

    JL, Thank you, thank you for great review of "The Wooden City." I appreciate the bejeezus out of it!

    Fred Osuna – Aug 10, 2011

    Thanks for your comment on "Hector's Record Collection," sir.

    Foster Trecost – Aug 10, 2011

    Hi James, Thanks for giving Eight States Away a bit of your time - I appreciate the read and comments. fos.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 10, 2011

    Glad you liked "We Must Be Carefully Taut." Thanks for the fave!

    Isabell Serafin – Aug 07, 2011

    Wonderful to hear from you, JLD. Thanks for the fave on "Madeline". Best, I.

    Marcus Speh – Aug 06, 2011

    hey james, good luck with finishing the novel. see you around!

    MichaelDickes – Aug 06, 2011

    James...a sincere Thank You!

    Jack Swenson – Aug 04, 2011

    Wow! High praise for "Zoo Story" from one of the best writers on the site! Thank you, sir.

    Gill Hoffs – Aug 04, 2011

    Thank you for your input James - much appreciated. Best of luck working on the novel - and I love the heron [?]

    Ann Wahlman – Aug 04, 2011

    Thanks for the fav on "Insect Eater"--so glad you enjoyed it!

    David Ackley – Aug 04, 2011

    Mighty nice to have your favorable comment on "la Cucaracha," thanks.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 03, 2011

    Glad you liked "Bogdan," James. Thanks for the fave.

    Penny Goring – Aug 01, 2011

    Holy Macaroni! Thank you for onioning with me. XXX

    Marcus Speh – Aug 01, 2011

    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!

    Jack Swenson – Jul 29, 2011

    Ho haw! James, thank you for your vote and your wonderful comment on "The Bicycle." "Anachronistically Carverized." I'll never forget that one!

    Isabell Serafin – Jul 28, 2011

    Hi James, Thanks again for your support of this story. Your insights continue to inspire. Many thanks.

    Joani Reese – Jul 27, 2011

    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...

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jul 27, 2011

    Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'I wouldn't Wanna Be Me.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fave.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 27, 2011

    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.

    Foster Trecost – Jul 26, 2011

    Hey James, just wanted to thank you for reading Cactus, I really appreciate your comment, too. fos.

    Cherise Wolas – Jul 26, 2011

    James,

    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.

    Joani Reese – Jul 23, 2011

    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.

    Isabell Serafin – Jul 20, 2011

    "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.

    Marda Miller – Jul 19, 2011

    James, it always makes me smile seeing your comments on my stories; thank you immensely for reading The Escapists.

    Susan Tepper – Jul 18, 2011

    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!)

    Jane Hammons – Jul 18, 2011

    "Wow" why of course--it's the best. And I thank you for it!

    Joani Reese – Jul 16, 2011

    Hi James: Thanks for stopping by to read and comment on "Soir Bleu." I'm happy you liked it.

    Jack Swenson – Jul 15, 2011

    Thanks for the thumb's up for "Old Age," James. Wrote it out in one sitting in '08, and haven't changed a word.

    Maura Fitzgerald – Jul 15, 2011

    Hey James,
    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

    Summer Robinson – Jul 15, 2011

    Thanks for liking my triptych, James :-)

    DeMisty Bellinger – Jul 14, 2011

    James: You really do know how to read a piece! Your take on my short story is right on. Thanks for your comment!

    Michael Parker – Jul 14, 2011

    You honored me with a beautiful comment for "All the gaping mouths without a voice." I'm deeply grateful. Peace, Michael

    Gill Hoffs – Jul 14, 2011

    Thank you for reading and fave-ing 'Sally' - much appreciated. Especially the flattery!

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 14, 2011

    Swart? Just kind of came to me. Mysterious. Just like Frisian? Thanks for the fave of my curious tree poem, James!

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – Jul 14, 2011

    hey james, thank you for reading and faving mountain pose. your comments always make me smile. peace...

    Gill Hoffs – Jul 11, 2011

    Thank you for commenting so beautifully on 'Sparking a sneeze' and fave-ing it, too. Much appreciated, as always.

    Penny Goring – Jul 11, 2011

    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

    Greg Davis – Jul 11, 2011

    Hi James,
    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.

    Joani Reese – Jul 11, 2011

    Another thanks for reading and commenting on "Release," James.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jul 09, 2011

    Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-5.' I appreciate your comments and fav.

    Christian Bell – Jul 09, 2011

    James, thanks for your comments on "Shoot"!

    Joani Reese – Jul 08, 2011

    Hi James: You have a very long wall! Thanks for reading and adding my piece Happy Hour to your favorites. I appreciate you.

    Jack Swenson – Jul 08, 2011

    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

    Thomas Pluck – Jul 07, 2011

    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!

    Beate Sigriddaughter – Jul 06, 2011

    Thanks for your comment on "The Devil's Advocate." Beyond wry? Yes, that was a cold day in hell.

    Gill Hoffs – Jul 05, 2011

    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!

    Jules Archer – Jul 05, 2011

    James - thanks for reading "Burn, Baby, Burn".

    Isabell Serafin – Jul 02, 2011

    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...

    Best,
    I.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jul 01, 2011

    Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-4.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.

    Jack Swenson – Jul 01, 2011

    Thanks, James. Actually pantyhose weren't so bad; it was those #@*# panty girdles.

    Christian Bell – Jul 01, 2011

    Thanks, James, for reading and commenting on "Swim." Always appreciate your doing so.

    Maura Fitzgerald – Jun 30, 2011

    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.

    Maura Fitzgerald – Jun 30, 2011

    Susan Tepper – Jun 30, 2011

    JD, if I can feed your inner sociopath, well, my job has been done. ha ha! Did we meet on a plane over Hanoi?

    Gill Hoffs – Jun 30, 2011

    Thank you for taking the time to read, comment, and fave on 'Purgo' - I really appreciate it. All the best, Gill

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 29, 2011

    Love your comment on "Paradise Island." Thanks for the fave, James.

    Traci Moore – Jun 27, 2011

    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!

    Larry Strattner – Jun 27, 2011

    Thanks for the beaver comment. It could have merit. This is one hell of a photo of you here.

    Walter Bjorkman – Jun 26, 2011

    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.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Jun 26, 2011

    Thank you for reading and the kind words for "Looking Both Ways." Much appreciated. Metaphysical is what I was going for.

    Penny Goring – Jun 25, 2011

    Thank you for reading Oogy Wawa & fav & comment & I very like your new avi Pen XXX

    Marcus Speh – Jun 25, 2011

    lovely new profile picture, jim. charme personified.

    Gill Hoffs – Jun 25, 2011

    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

    Meg Tuite – Jun 24, 2011

    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!!

    Jack Swenson – Jun 24, 2011

    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?

    Joe Kapitan – Jun 23, 2011

    James, thanks for the comment on Three Prayers for Rain, much appreciated.

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 23, 2011

    Thanks for faving "The Lost Boys," James.

    Love your new picture! So you didn't always have a beard?

    Berit Ellingsen – Jun 21, 2011

    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.

    Marcus Speh – Jun 20, 2011

    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!

    Robert Vaughan – Jun 19, 2011

    James, thanks for your recent comments on my 3 Short Shorts. I especially enjoyed the "kung-fu" comparison. I appreciate them so much.

    Meg Pokrass – Jun 17, 2011

    Jim, thank you for your support on "Elizabeths" and yes, being seduced by cow meat is a west coast thing!

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 17, 2011

    Thanks for the dead-on comment on "Demolition Derby," James. You're right, a lot like the body politic! and academia! and high school!

    Gill Hoffs – Jun 17, 2011

    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.

    Christian Bell – Jun 16, 2011

    James, thanks for reading/commenting on "Drive." I appreciate it!

    Jack Swenson – Jun 16, 2011

    Yes, but you make debauchery so real, James! Thanks for the comment and star for my Chagall-inspired tale.

    Christopher Allen – Jun 16, 2011

    Hey, James! Thank you so much for reading "The Language." It's a long story for Fictionaut, so I appreciate you taking the time.

    J.A. Pak – Jun 16, 2011

    Thanks so much for commenting on my "Seal Skin" story!

    MaryAnne Kolton – Jun 15, 2011

    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

    Joe Kapitan – Jun 15, 2011

    James, thanks for the comment on Sleepless #3, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Gill Hoffs – Jun 14, 2011

    Thank you for your blush-inducing remarks on 'A bottle of raspberries'. Very very kind.
    All the best,
    Gill

    Roberto C. Garcia – Jun 13, 2011

    James! Mi amigo! Thanks for the comments on "Summertime City". I appreciate your feedback so much.

    Kari Nguyen – Jun 13, 2011

    James, you are too kind. Thanks so much for your time with Migration.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Jun 11, 2011

    Thank you for Benaue Rice Terraces. Much appreciated.

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Jun 11, 2011

    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.

    Mark Reep – Jun 10, 2011

    James, thanks for your comments on 'Bukowski'. It's true, it's all fair game :) Glad you enjoyed!

    J.A. Pak – Jun 10, 2011

    James, really loved your comment on my "Robinsons" story!

    Eryk Wenziak – Jun 09, 2011

    I really appreciate you taking the time to read my "fable." (I think I've been reading a bit too much Russell Edson, lately!)

    Foster Trecost – Jun 09, 2011

    Hi James, I appreciate the read, comment and fave on my bus story - thanks! fos.

    Kari Nguyen – Jun 09, 2011

    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!

    Meg Tuite – Jun 09, 2011

    Thank you so much for reading, commenting and faving "Unsaid." I so appreciate it, James!! Hope the novel's going well!!

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Jun 09, 2011

    thank you, sir! your comments are always appreciated.

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 08, 2011

    Thanks for the fave of "Hitting the Wall," James!

    David Ackley – Jun 08, 2011

    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.

    Kathy Conde – Jun 08, 2011

    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!

    Brett Garcia Rose – Jun 07, 2011

    Hi James:

    Thanks for your comments and recommendations of my story, Losing Found Things. I appreciate your time and words of encouragement greatly.

    -Brett

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – Jun 07, 2011

    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...

    Brittany Newmark – Jun 07, 2011

    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.

    J. A. Johnson – Jun 06, 2011

    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.

    Marcus Speh – Jun 05, 2011

    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.

    E. Victoria Flynn – Jun 04, 2011

    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.

    Jack Swenson – Jun 03, 2011

    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."

    Tina Barry – Jun 03, 2011

    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.

    Isabell Serafin – Jun 03, 2011

    James, as always you are a master critic. "Literary minefield", I love this description. As always you are astute.

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 01, 2011

    Erasmus, indeed! "Prowl Car" is "In Praise of Folly." Thanks, James.

    Greg Davis – Jun 01, 2011

    Hi 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.

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – May 31, 2011

    Hello James! Thanks for the compliment and for the favorite!

    Jack Swenson – May 29, 2011

    "Christ on a biscuit." Now, that's one I had never heard before! Thanks for the comment and the chuckle, James.

    Jane Hammons – May 28, 2011

    "Roadside bombs"--I really love that image and what it suggests. Thanks for reading Headstone III.

    Foster Trecost – May 26, 2011

    James, thanks for reading Retribution, and thanks for the comment, too - I appreciate both! fos.

    J.A. Pak – May 25, 2011

    Thanks so much for commenting on "The Woodsman". Death can be kind too, I think.

    David Ackley – May 25, 2011

    Thanks, James, for the good read of "Alamo Rag." Your simpatico comment much appreciated.

    Roberto C. Garcia – May 23, 2011

    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.

    Jack Swenson – May 22, 2011

    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.

    See ya – May 21, 2011

    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.

    Susan Tepper – May 20, 2011

    Che, you will just have to wait and wish and wonder...
    Did you get your beret dry cleaned?

    James Robison – May 19, 2011

    Thank you.

    W.R. Smith – May 19, 2011

    thanks for the fav and the better line finishing The Girl With The Sheep.

    J.A. Pak – May 18, 2011

    Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on "Zhou Yu's Train".

    Christopher Allen – May 18, 2011

    Hi, James. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on "The Pain Taster." I hope you're doing well, Chris :)

    Berit Ellingsen – May 17, 2011

    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. :)

    Beate Sigriddaughter – May 17, 2011

    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.

    Julie Innis – May 16, 2011

    Thank you JLD! At this pt. I'm in need of all the luck I can get.

    Isabell Serafin – May 16, 2011

    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.

    Amy Geeleher – May 16, 2011

    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

    Carol Reid – May 16, 2011

    Extreme thanks for the read and kind comment, James!

    Paula Ray – May 16, 2011

    Thank you for leaving comment on my new post. It is wonderful to see and read you again.

    Jack Swenson – May 16, 2011

    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.

    Jackson Stone – May 15, 2011

    Thanks for the thoughtful notes, James.

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – May 15, 2011

    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...

    Mark Reep – May 14, 2011

    Hi James, thanks for taking time to read and comment on House Rabbit. Was a fun little piece to write, glad you enjoyed.

    Greg Davis – May 13, 2011

    Hi James,
    Thanks so much for your comments and for making "Oaxaca Dreamland" a favorite. My first one ever. Greatly appreciated!!

    Foster Trecost – May 12, 2011

    Hey James, thanks for the great comment on Table Thoughts. I really appreciate your feedback. Fos.

    J. Mykell Collinz – May 11, 2011

    Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Raw goods.' Your comments and fav are greatly appreciated.

    Thomas Pluck – May 11, 2011

    Thank you for the kind words about Rain Dog. I'm glad someone thinks Denny is upbeat!

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – May 10, 2011

    I always appreciate your comments, Mr. Davis. Thanks so much!

    Jack Swenson – May 09, 2011

    Yes, poor Goldie. I'm afraid the contest was rigged. Thanks for your comment and fave!

    Ron Earl Phillips – May 08, 2011

    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.

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – May 08, 2011

    James, Thanks for reading Unintended Consequences. I sure am hoping you didn't hear something crunch under your wheel last night ;^) Peace...

    Bill Yarrow – May 05, 2011

    Thanks for commenting on and faving "Semi Tiresias," James. The Updike allusion, however, eluded me.

    See ya – May 04, 2011

    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.

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – May 04, 2011

    Happy to make you laugh! Hope your day is goin' well.

    David Ackley – May 04, 2011

    Thanks James for the comment and fave for "intervals,"very glad you liked it.

    David Ackley – May 04, 2011

    Thanks James for the comment and fave for "intervals,"very glad you liked it.

    Meg Tuite – May 03, 2011

    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!!

    Jarrid Deaton – May 02, 2011

    Much appreciated, JLD. Big thanks for reading, commenting, and fave-ing "A Story."

    Larry Strattner – May 02, 2011

    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.

    Tina Barry – May 02, 2011

    Thanks for the kind words, James, and for the star! I'm glad you like "Fever".

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – May 02, 2011

    Glad you like my latest! Thanks muchly.

    Meg Pokrass – May 02, 2011

    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.

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – May 02, 2011

    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...

    Rene Foran – Apr 30, 2011

    Thanks, James, for always taking the time to read my stuff. I truly appreciate it.

    Andrew Stancek – Apr 30, 2011

    James,

    your support means so much to me. Your writing thrills me.

    Kathy Fish – Apr 29, 2011

    James, I really appreciate, always, your feedback on my stories. Thanks so much.

    Alan Heathcock – Apr 29, 2011

    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.

    Marcelle Heath – Apr 28, 2011

    Hi James - Thanks for your nice words on "The Last Swim" - glad you liked it :)!

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Apr 28, 2011

    Hi James. Thanks for reading and liking my latest!

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 27, 2011

    Thanks, James, for commenting on and liking "Bats in the Catacomb."

    M – Apr 23, 2011

    Thank you for your great comments on flower boat, James. Man, you are making my days as of late!

    Drew Jackson – Apr 22, 2011

    James,

    Thanks for the kind words about "Before My Change Jar Went Missing." I look forward to reading your work.

    Best,

    Drew (ex Clevelander)

    Susan Tepper – Apr 21, 2011

    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!

    Julie Innis – Apr 21, 2011

    Thank you James! You are a master at channeling voice, so I hope I was somewhat successful in my attempt with this story.

    Foster Trecost – Apr 21, 2011

    Hi James, thanks for reading Misplaced Emotions, and thanks for the comment and fave, too. I really appreciate it, lots! fos.

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 20, 2011

    James, I don't know what to call it either, but thanks so much for liking and faving "Addictions."

    Kathy Fish – Apr 20, 2011

    You're welcome! Just poking my head in to read the good stuff this morning before I settle down to write. Cheers, James!

    Roberto C. Garcia – Apr 20, 2011

    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.

    Andrew Stancek – Apr 19, 2011

    James,

    I enjoy your writing enormously and am always thrilled by one of your supportive comments.

    M – Apr 19, 2011

    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.

    Jack Swenson – Apr 18, 2011

    James, Thank you for the very special comment on "My Wife, My Love." Thanks for the "favorito," too!

    Susan Tepper – Apr 16, 2011

    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"

    Foster Trecost – Apr 14, 2011

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 13, 2011

    Thanks, James, for commenting on "The Truth Will Out." re: your comment: see Auden's "poetry makes nothing happen."

    Andrew Stancek – Apr 13, 2011

    Yet another tip of the hat to you, The Great Wizard himself. Thanks for a thrilling comment on "The Magician".

    Jessie Campbell – Apr 13, 2011

    Thank you so much for your kind words on "The Grape"!

    Christopher Allen – Apr 12, 2011

    Hey, James. Thank you for your comment on "A Literary Separation". And thank you for laughing. :)

    Susan Tepper – Apr 11, 2011

    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!

    Jack Swenson – Apr 11, 2011

    Happy Trails, James. Thanks for the zing. And a star, too! My my.

    J. Bear Savo – Apr 11, 2011

    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.

    Yasmin Elaine Waring – Apr 10, 2011

    To you dear sir with love. Because you leave the most endearing and encouraging comments. Thank you.

    David Ackley – Apr 09, 2011

    Best way to start a revolution is build a castle. Thanks for the comment on "Kill Poets."

    Meg Tuite – Apr 09, 2011

    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!!!

    M – Apr 06, 2011

    Thank you so much for reading alys, James, and for your generous comments. I very much appreciate hearing from you.

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 06, 2011

    James, you do wonders for my self esteem! Thanks for commenting on "Son of Goya." Very pleased you like it.

    Brendan McKennedy – Apr 05, 2011

    James, thank you for the nice (and funny) comments and the fave on "Where You Lay Your Dreams."

    Marda Miller – Apr 05, 2011

    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 :)

    Mark Reep – Apr 04, 2011

    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.

    Karen Eileen Sikola – Apr 04, 2011

    James, your comment about "Sand Dollars" meant the world to me. Thank you.

    Jeffrey S. Callico – Apr 01, 2011

    James, thanks for reading three shorts. I'm happy you like them very much.

    Marcelle Heath – Mar 29, 2011

    Hi James,
    A big, big thank you for your generous comments on "Christina Heppel" - I'm just thrilled & honored.
    Cheers!

    Roberto C. Garcia – Mar 29, 2011

    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!

    Susan Tepper – Mar 29, 2011

    Jim, thanks for "Ringing" --Big Hugs

    Andrew Stancek – Mar 28, 2011

    James,

    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.

    M – Mar 28, 2011

    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.

    Jules Archer – Mar 28, 2011

    James - I love your comment on Hog Heaven. So appreciated. Thank you!

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Mar 27, 2011

    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.

    Foster Trecost – Mar 27, 2011

    Hi James, thanks for reading man on the run, I really appreciate your thoughts.

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Mar 26, 2011

    So, it's Joani now, eh? Last week it was Barb, then Linda, then...I want a divorce!

    Frankie Sachs – Mar 25, 2011

    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.

    -F.

    Frank Vander Rasky – Mar 25, 2011

    Thanks, James, for your comments on “God Bless You, Mr. Rinsewater.” Your “this is too hilarious” remark and “Major Fave” are much appreciated.

    David Ackley – Mar 24, 2011

    In English this time, Thanks again, James for the read and comment on " Tortillas."

    Bill Yarrow – Mar 23, 2011

    Thanks, James, for the lovely comment on and fave of the Translator poem.

    Cherise Wolas – Mar 23, 2011

    Ah James, thanks so much for reading my long piece, and for the fave. I appreciate your kind words about Sisters At The Lake!

    Bill Yarrow – Mar 23, 2011

    Loved your comment on "Ribs," James. Thanks so much. Not sure I want to be in the company of WB though!

    Jack Swenson – Mar 20, 2011

    James, your comments are always thoughtful and spot-on. Thanks for what you said about my story "Big."

    Penny Goring – Mar 18, 2011

    XXX

    Larry Strattner – Mar 17, 2011

    Thanks for your comments on Home Invasion (Johnny Dangerously) which I renamed Hello Kitty.
    I will not republish with the new title to save you re-reading saying to yourself,” haven’t I already read this damn thing? Like some stupid Tom Clancy paperback in the airport where they changed the cover causing you to get halfway to St. Louis before you realize you’ve already read it.
    LS

    Mark Reep – Mar 16, 2011

    Hi 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.

    Jack Swenson – Mar 14, 2011

    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."

    Susan Tepper – Mar 12, 2011

    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.

    Mike Lynch – Mar 11, 2011

    Thanks James -- glad you enjoyed the story!

    Marda Miller – Mar 10, 2011

    James, I sincerely appreciate the enthusiastic comment on Too Late and the fave :) You have been really nice to me, so thank you.

    Catherine Davis – Mar 09, 2011

    Gosh, James. Thank you re my "Lovelies." (I'm goshed by your words.)

    Boudreau Freret – Mar 08, 2011

    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. :)

    David Ackley – Mar 08, 2011

    Thanks Jim. Glad you liked 2K.

    Jane Hammons – Mar 06, 2011

    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).

    Frank Vander Rasky – Mar 03, 2011

    James, I so appreciate your wonderfully generous comment about my simple narrative "1993, What I Wanted." Thank you!

    Bill Yarrow – Mar 03, 2011

    Hi, James. Thanks for commenting on and faving "In My Nephritic Dreams." Your comments always make me happy.

    Larry Strattner – Mar 02, 2011

    Thanks for 2011. I appreciate it! LS

    Roberto C. Garcia – Mar 02, 2011

    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.

    See ya – Mar 02, 2011

    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.

    Yasmin Elaine Waring – Mar 02, 2011

    Just want to thank you James for your kind encouragements. I do cherish them.

    Jeffrey S. Callico – Mar 01, 2011

    Thanks for reading Chopped.

    stephen hastings-king – Mar 01, 2011

    hello james...thanks much for the read and comment on auditors. i accidentally deleted the story somehow....

    Catherine Davis – Mar 01, 2011

    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!

    Marda Miller – Feb 27, 2011

    James - your comment on 2006 really impacted me and made me remember why it is that I love to write. Thank you, immensely.

    Boudreau Freret – Feb 27, 2011

    James, thank you for your kind words on "1991," and for the star!

    Jack Swenson – Feb 25, 2011

    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.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Feb 24, 2011

    Thank you for reading The Dancing Lady. Always appreciated.

    Marda Miller – Feb 24, 2011

    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 :)

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 24, 2011

    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!

    Mark Reep – Feb 23, 2011

    James, meant to mention kicky works for me. For any youngsters wondering- No, that's not a typo :)

    David Ackley – Feb 22, 2011

    Thanks, James, for continuing to keep an eye on this ongoing ( on and on) piece, the comments fuel for the long haul.

    Mark Reep – Feb 22, 2011

    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.

    Mark Reep – Feb 21, 2011

    Hi James, thanks for reading and commenting on So Few Dreams.
    Much appreciated, glad you enjoyed.

    Tawnysha Greene – Feb 19, 2011

    Thank you for your kind words about "Clean." I appreciate them very much...

    Tina Barry – Feb 19, 2011

    Hi James--Thanks for your generous comments about "Frida." She fascinates me too. Thanks too, for the star!

    Meg Pokrass – Feb 18, 2011

    Jim, you beast for being honest! (I need it, thank you)

    Jane Hammons – Feb 18, 2011

    Thanks for reading, thanks always!

    Jack Swenson – Feb 16, 2011

    James, thanks for your comment and fav for "War." It means a lot coming from you.

    M – Feb 16, 2011

    Thanks for your kind remarks on reggie's note and for the fave. Very much appreciated, James.

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 16, 2011

    James, thanks for the comment on and fave of "Sermon of Lilac." Give my best to Thomas.

    Karen Eileen Sikola – Feb 16, 2011

    Thank you so much, James, for your comments on "The Raisin Effect." Made my morning.

    Boudreau Freret – Feb 12, 2011

    I like you.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Feb 12, 2011

    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.

    Chelsea Biondolillo – Feb 11, 2011

    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.

    Jack Swenson – Feb 11, 2011

    Thanks, James. Glad you liked my Bugsy story. Happy Valentines Day.

    M – Feb 10, 2011

    p.s. We share a birthday. Same day, different year. Happy, almost, birthday.

    M – Feb 10, 2011

    Aw, thanks James! So glad you liked ash. Looking forward to another great read written by you posted here.

    Roberto C. Garcia – Feb 08, 2011

    "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.

    Frank Vander Rasky – Feb 07, 2011

    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 :)

    Lacey N. Dunham – Feb 07, 2011

    Hi James - Thanks for your kind comment on "Safa's Hair."

    Christian Bell – Feb 07, 2011

    James, thanks for reading and commenting on I'm Not Charlie Sheen a few days ago!

    Carol Reid – Feb 06, 2011

    James, I always appreciate your very generous comments. Thank you!

    David Ackley – Feb 06, 2011

    James, thanks much for the appreciation of "pieces of Flight" . Yipes, almost wrote " pieces of eight." Avast, me hearties!

    Larry Strattner – Feb 05, 2011

    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.

    AMTL – Feb 04, 2011

    Thank you so much for your comment on Private Red, James. I really appreciate it.

    Robert Vaughan – Feb 04, 2011

    Hi James. I appreciate your comments and read of 10,000 Dollar Pyramid. That was kind of you.

    Jack Swenson – Feb 04, 2011

    Thanks, James. Reality indeed. Ouch. Appreciate your comment on my buggy story.

    Carol Reid – Feb 03, 2011

    James, thanks for the read and kind comments. Please get your work published, soonish. I'm not getting any younger here!

    Kathy Fish – Feb 03, 2011

    Hi James, wow, thanks so much for the generous response to "The Hollow." I'm glad you liked it!

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 03, 2011

    Hi, James. Thanks for commenting on "Wahrheit und Dichtung." Really enjoyed your recent interview.

    David Ackley – Feb 02, 2011

    Thanks, James for the attention, contemplation and fave of Express. Each and all mean a lot.

    Ann Bogle – Feb 01, 2011

    James, thanks for reading, commenting on, and fav'ing "Hoss Men." It's a baby baggy monster to me.

    Erin Zulkoski – Jan 31, 2011

    Hi James! Thanks for reading "Having Fun With Literature." I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Marcelle Heath – Jan 30, 2011

    Hi James - Thanks so much for reading/faving "Nothing Good..." I'm truly grateful :)!

    Kathy Fish – Jan 29, 2011

    Aw gee, James. What a nice thing you wrote on my wall. Reading your work is always my pleasure.

    Jack Swenson – Jan 28, 2011

    I love the way you describe my "Carver" story, James. You are one in a million!

    Tina Barry – Jan 27, 2011

    You're welcome, James. Your writing is beautiful.

    Susan Kleinman – Jan 27, 2011

    Thank you for your kind comments on "The Search." I'm glad you enjoyed it! Just posted something new; hope you like that, too!

    Roberto C. Garcia – Jan 27, 2011

    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.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jan 26, 2011

    Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Many Rivers To Cross.' Your helpful comments are appreciated and enjoyed, greatly.

    Kari Nguyen – Jan 25, 2011

    James, loved that interview. Excellent to know you.

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 24, 2011

    James,
    Thanks for forum comment on "Greyhound." Happy to see that one reprinted.

    stephen hastings-king – Jan 23, 2011

    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...

    Jack Swenson – Jan 21, 2011

    James, I'm glad you enjoyed "Happy Trails." Thanks for the read, comment, etc.

    Marcela Fuentes – Jan 21, 2011

    Thanks very much for your comment!

    Larry Strattner – Jan 21, 2011

    Belated thanks for your comment on Smite the Hindmost. I appreciate it. LS

    Tina Barry – Jan 21, 2011

    Hi James. Thanks for giving "Bride and Groom" a star. You're spoiling me with all the kind words of praise!

    Rene Foran – Jan 21, 2011

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 19, 2011

    Your comments make me smile, James, even as they make me feel good. Love your wit. Appreciate your loyal reads. Thanks for faving "Fate."

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Jan 19, 2011

    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.

    Tawnysha Greene – Jan 19, 2011

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

    Walter Bjorkman – Jan 18, 2011

    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

    Meg Worden – Jan 16, 2011

    Hello James, thanks so much for reading "Mabel..." I can't stop grinning on account of your kind words.
    m

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jan 16, 2011

    Thanks for reading 'Z Boson with a Hardron,' James. I appreciate your comments.

    Jack Swenson – Jan 14, 2011

    Hey, James, let's invited Sarah P. to go moose hunting with us.

    Jules Archer – Jan 13, 2011

    Hey James - you gym rat you - thanks for taking the time to read and comment on I Like It. Appreciate it.

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 12, 2011

    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.

    See ya – Jan 11, 2011

    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.

    Tina Barry – Jan 11, 2011

    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.

    Roberta – Jan 08, 2011

    Thank you for the lovely comment on 'Pillow,' James.

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – Jan 08, 2011

    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...

    Carol Reid – Jan 08, 2011

    James, happy that you read and enjoyed "Sage"!

    Matt DeVirgiliis – Jan 07, 2011

    James,

    Thanks for reading and commenting on Personal Trenches.

    Catherine Davis – Jan 07, 2011

    James, thank you for reading my Cows; your thoughtful and generous comments. Wonderful made my day.

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Jan 06, 2011

    Thanks for the great comment and the fave on Unheard, James. Let's hope all of our social networks helps us really connect.

    Frank Vander Rasky – Jan 06, 2011

    Thanks, James, for the read and your feedback on “Oh, Fish Eggs!” Much appreciated, Glad to know my Blondie link also was a hit.

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 05, 2011

    James,
    Thanks for commenting on and faving "Whiplash Marriage." I was going for that Cracker Jack thing.

    Erin Zulkoski – Jan 05, 2011

    James, thank you for your comment on "...until love lasts." And thanks for reading. I look foward to hearing from you again.

    Kathy Fish – Jan 05, 2011

    Hey JLD, thanks so much for the sweet comments for "Empty." You truly brightened my day!

    Kilean Kennedy – Jan 04, 2011

    Hi James. Many thanks for the kind comments on "CfK".

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Jan 04, 2011

    Hey thanks James for the kind comments on the leg!

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jan 04, 2011

    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.

    Ginnah Howard – Jan 02, 2011

    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.)

    Larry Strattner – Dec 27, 2010

    Thanks for the Z Gates - Your comment was what I was trying for. LarryS

    J. Mykell Collinz – Dec 24, 2010

    Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'I'll be Home for Christmas.' I greatly appreciate your encouraging comment. And the fav.

    kim teeple – Dec 22, 2010

    Hello James! Thank you so much for your very nice comments! Greatly appreciated!

    Ginnah Howard – Dec 22, 2010

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Dec 22, 2010

    Thanks, James. Great comment on "Mussel Memory." Glad to be back indeed!

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Dec 22, 2010

    Thanks for the comment and fave on Things Left Unsaid, James! It means a lot.

    Grey Johnson – Dec 22, 2010

    Thanks for having a nosh at my "Dessert Buffet".

    stephen hastings-king – Dec 20, 2010

    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.

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Dec 18, 2010

    Thanks for the awesome comment on Heart Line! I'm honored you found beauty in it.

    Catherine Davis – Dec 16, 2010

    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.'

    Jack Swenson – Dec 15, 2010

    Your description of my story (stories?) is a keeper, James. Thank you for the kind words about "Wipe Your Feet."

    W.F. Lantry – Dec 15, 2010

    Thanks for the fave on Transference!

    J. Mykell Collinz – Dec 14, 2010

    Hi, James. Thanks for reading 'Corrective Rejection.' I greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions. And the fav.

    Catherine Davis – Dec 14, 2010

    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.

    Julie Innis – Dec 13, 2010

    James - I'm on hold with Harrison's people right now. As always, thank you!

    Cherise Wolas – Dec 13, 2010

    James, thanks for the fav and for the great summation on Ping Pong!

    Grey Johnson – Dec 12, 2010

    Your readership is highly valued. Thanks for your comments on "Inconstant Nature", the story of a roller coaster that hit bottom very rapidly.

    Ginnah Howard – Dec 12, 2010

    James, I appreciate the "Perfectly." Always interesting to see how a Fictionaut post is going to "play."

    Ginnah Howard – Dec 11, 2010

    James, thanks for your comments on "April."

    Ginnah Howard – Dec 10, 2010

    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.

    Julie Innis – Dec 10, 2010

    JLD, these days, gotta hold my feet to the fire, but thank you for your encouragement - means a lot!

    Ginnah Howard – Dec 10, 2010

    Thanks for the comments on "Rope & Bone" way back in November. I just happened on it today, 12/9

    stephen hastings-king – Dec 10, 2010

    glad you liked "diorama" james. thanks for reading...

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Dec 10, 2010

    Glad you enjoyed Saying Goodbye. Thank you for reading.

    Sara – Dec 10, 2010

    smooth as pudding, rough as coarse grit -- i love what you wrote, how you write. James, thank you.

    David Ackley – Dec 08, 2010

    Thanks again, James, if this puppy ever gets produced you're on for a prime orchestra seat. On me.

    Robert Vaughan – Dec 06, 2010

    Hi James, thanks for reading, and commenting on my story, "The Wedding March." And I appreciate your fave, also. Means a lot to me.

    Claire King – Dec 04, 2010

    Thank you for your beautiful comment on It Stops. xxx

    M – Dec 04, 2010

    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

    Joani Reese – Dec 04, 2010

    James: What an interesting response to my poem "East Memphis." Made me think--I appreciate that ; )

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Dec 02, 2010

    Thanks James, appreciate your comments, you should check Sam R out, he's quite a talented guy.

    See ya – Dec 02, 2010

    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.

    stephen hastings-king – Dec 02, 2010

    Hi James--Thanks for the lovely comment on "A Catalog of Disappeared Things." A catalog is on it's way.

    Daniel Passamaneck – Dec 02, 2010

    James, I'm so delighted you liked Wax Off. Thanks for letting me know. Your brief comment carries a lot of weight for me.

    Cherise Wolas – Dec 02, 2010

    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!

    M – Dec 01, 2010

    Thank you so much for your very kind remarks on loon, James. I look forward to reading more of your excellent work. -- Q

    Penny Goring – Dec 01, 2010

    thanks for reading my thing. left you a question in comments :)

    Larry Strattner – Nov 30, 2010

    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

    Foster Trecost – Nov 30, 2010

    Hi James. thanks for reading Familiar Things, and thanks for commenting, too. fos.

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 29, 2010

    Thanks, James, for the commenting on "The Proud Accounting." Real life has a way of influencing that distinctly realistic vision you mention.

    M – Nov 28, 2010

    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

    Marcelle Heath – Nov 28, 2010

    Thank you so, so much, James for your generous comments on "Willie Nelson"!!

    Kathy Fish – Nov 27, 2010

    James, loved what you said about "Repair Man." Thanks for that and for faving it!

    Meg Pokrass – Nov 27, 2010

    James thank you for reading my rat story and for your lovely words as always! I hope you are having a great holiday.

    Frank Vander Rasky – Nov 27, 2010

    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.

    Kristen Tsetsi – Nov 26, 2010

    Thanks for your thoughtful comment on my story, James.

    Jane Hammons – Nov 24, 2010

    Thanks for your big-hearted comments and fave on Minor Damage, James.

    Marko Fong – Nov 23, 2010

    James,
    thanks for reading and commenting on my Thanksgiving story. I look forward to getting to know your writing here.

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Nov 23, 2010

    Thanks for the great comment and fave on Eat, Pray, Network, James! Sometimes I think BS also stands for "Big Seller"...

    Matt Dennison – Nov 23, 2010

    re: last comment:

    yer check's in the mail!

    Thanks, mon frere...

    Jules Archer – Nov 22, 2010

    James-
    Let's toast - JD and Black Velvet. Thanks for commenting on "Lay on Me". Appreciate it always.

    Jane Hammons – Nov 22, 2010

    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?

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Nov 22, 2010

    Thanks James, for your lovely comments!

    Robert Kloss – Nov 21, 2010

    Thanks for the comment on "Blades".

    Jane Hammons – Nov 21, 2010

    I hope you do come Bach, James. But Arnold can stay away--once he actually goes away, that is!

    Joani Reese – Nov 21, 2010

    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.

    Meg Pokrass – Nov 20, 2010

    thank you sir. You always, always make my day or in this case, night.

    M – Nov 19, 2010

    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

    Susan Tepper – Nov 18, 2010

    James, you wanna dance? I cut a mean rug. Ha! Thanks for liking "rug"

    Robert Kloss – Nov 18, 2010

    Thanks for reading and commenting on my "Cannibals", James. Was nice to see your words.

    David Ackley – Nov 18, 2010

    James, thanks for your thoughtful reply to 'under the skin,yes the Darwinian struggle has a beauty of its own, tragic though it be.

    Pamela J. Parker – Nov 18, 2010

    Thanks for reading The Silence of Harold. Glad you liked it.

    Isabell Serafin – Nov 17, 2010

    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.

    Michelle Elvy – Nov 16, 2010

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on The Chair! I like bumping into you so much here.

    Kathy Fish – Nov 16, 2010

    Hi JLD, want to thank you for taking the time to read and comment on "Snow". Made me happy, thanks so much.

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 15, 2010

    James, your comment on "Raw Salt" made me laugh. Yeah, the Hittites not really in the news these days. Thanks for the fave!

    M – Nov 15, 2010

    Thank you, James, for your very kind words about after amelia. This means a great deal. -- Q

    Isabell Serafin – Nov 15, 2010

    Thank you, James. Have not written--really written in nearly six weeks. I so appreciate you sticking to this story and commenting.

    Anonymous – Nov 15, 2010

    Dear James,thank you very much for your countenance in "About men`s pshychology",Mata

    Melanie Yarbrough – Nov 14, 2010

    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.

    Susan Tepper – Nov 11, 2010

    James, I am the original dark angel, but no deaths squads! ha ha! thanks for your lovely words on "angel"

    Isabell Serafin – Nov 11, 2010

    Hi James, thanks again for your feedback. Best, I.

    Julie Innis – Nov 11, 2010

    Looove Archy and Mehitabel, honored to have struck that tone with Fly. Much thanks, as always!

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Nov 10, 2010

    Thanks for the great comment and fave on Rats. I'm so glad you liked the story.

    Marcelle Heath – Nov 09, 2010

    Hi James - Thanks so much for reading and "getting" "She hadn't wanted one" :)!

    Andrew Roe – Nov 09, 2010

    Hi James, thanks so much for the read and comment on "Kramer vs. Kramer." Greatly appreciated!

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 09, 2010

    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."

    Cherise Wolas – Nov 08, 2010

    James, thank you again for being a diligent reader on Unpacking Sentences. I greatly appreciate your returning to it! And for the fav.

    Michelle Elvy – Nov 08, 2010

    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. :)

    Jack Swenson – Nov 08, 2010

    Yessiree, James. Great comment on "Welcome Back."

    David Ackley – Nov 07, 2010

    James, Thanks so much for your receptiveness to what I'm trying with this off-the-wall work. It's very encouraging.

    David Ackley – Nov 03, 2010

    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.

    Kathy Fish – Nov 03, 2010

    Thanks, Mr. Davis, for the nice comments and fave for "Margaret & Beck." Keep writing and I'll keep reading!

    Jack Swenson – Nov 02, 2010

    Perky? You're not talking about me, I hope. Thanks for reading "Pixie," Sheldon.

    M – Nov 02, 2010

    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

    M – Nov 02, 2010

    James: Thank you for your very fine, insightful comments on my story "splicing." I very much appreciate them. -- Q

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 01, 2010

    Thanks for reading "Convictions," James. Your comments always make me feel good.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Oct 31, 2010

    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.

    Larry Strattner – Oct 30, 2010

    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

    Kathy Fish – Oct 30, 2010

    James, thank you. I appreciate the time you took to read and comment on "Sidereal." Glad you liked it!

    Randal Houle – Oct 29, 2010

    James, thank you for the kind read and comment on "What to Bring to Critique Group." Good to hear from you again.

    Grey Johnson – Oct 28, 2010

    James, you read my "Liturgal" bit of writing, and I appreciate that as well as your comments.

    Kathy Fish – Oct 27, 2010

    Kind words, James. Thanks so much for reading "How Elm Trees Die."

    Walter Bjorkman – Oct 27, 2010

    James - thanks for reading Something Jazzy, dropping out is a great passtime.

    Julie Innis – Oct 26, 2010

    Yes, you ARE the best!! I thank you!

    Jack Swenson – Oct 25, 2010

    Wow! What a terrific comment on my story "The Party." James, you are the best!

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 25, 2010

    Loved your comment on "Florid Psychosis." Thanks, James!

    Jane Hammons – Oct 24, 2010

    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.

    Meg Pokrass – Oct 23, 2010

    thanks for your nice words about "Dog Park". I see that Jerry calls you Jimmy! Should I be jealous?

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Oct 23, 2010

    thanksfortheawesomelyfunnycommentonthepointjldyourock

    Jen Knox – Oct 23, 2010

    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.

    Katherine Nabity – Oct 22, 2010

    Thanks for your comment, James. I'm glad you took the chance on a little fantasy.

    David Ackley – Oct 21, 2010

    Thanks, James, delighted you liked my grim little vignette.Can't beat Hemingway for grunts on the march, though.

    Cherise Wolas – Oct 19, 2010

    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.

    Grey Johnson – Oct 19, 2010

    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.

    Daniel Passamaneck – Oct 18, 2010

    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.

    Roberta – Oct 17, 2010

    Thank you so much for the lovely comment on 'Gobstopper,' James.

    Kathy Fish – Oct 14, 2010

    Thanks, James. Very kind of you to comment on and fave "Searching for Samuel Beckett." Appreciate it.

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Oct 14, 2010

    Thanks for the awesome comment and fave on 4P28! Love the observation about cruel culture!

    James Lloyd Davis – Oct 12, 2010

    Where do I live in Ohio? Under the "h."

    Julie Innis – Oct 12, 2010

    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?

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 11, 2010

    "First, let's bill all the lawyers."
    That's VERY funny, James!
    Thanks for commenting on the Orange Julius poem.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Oct 10, 2010

    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.

    Mark Reep – Oct 09, 2010

    James, thanks for your comments on Kilz and Better Days, and for the faves. Much appreciated. All best.

    Isabell Serafin – Oct 09, 2010

    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.

    Meg Pokrass – Oct 09, 2010

    You made my night again. Thanks so much for your kind (and funny) words about "Specimen".

    Cherise Wolas – Oct 08, 2010

    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.

    Mark Reep – Oct 07, 2010

    James, thanks for your comments on 'Kilz', much appreciated!

    Isabell Serafin – Oct 07, 2010

    Thanks for the compliment on "Confession", James.

    Foster Trecost – Oct 04, 2010

    Hi James, thanks for your comments on Cheap Thrills. fos.

    Kate Brown – Oct 02, 2010

    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!

    Jack Swenson – Sep 30, 2010

    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.

    Marcus Speh – Sep 28, 2010

    loved your wharf story in the comment on my agence piece. so very vivid. thanks a ton for that.

    Paula Ray – Sep 27, 2010

    Thank you for your thoughtful words about Johnny Mercer's Pier.

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 27, 2010

    "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"!

    Johnny Dantonio – Sep 27, 2010

    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!

    Susan Tepper – Sep 26, 2010

    James, so glad you like my vagina girl story (Centerpiece), thanks so much for the read and comment, appreciate

    Martin Dodd – Sep 24, 2010

    Thanks, James, for your comment and fave of "Ashes." I'm taking up skydiving, so when my short-term memory goes...

    Claire King – Sep 24, 2010

    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.

    stephen hastings-king – Sep 23, 2010

    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...

    James Lloyd Davis – Sep 23, 2010

    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.

    Jack Swenson – Sep 23, 2010

    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!

    Kate Brown – Sep 22, 2010

    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

    Sly V. Rourke – Sep 22, 2010

    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).

    Sly V. Rourke – Sep 21, 2010

    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

    Cherise Wolas – Sep 21, 2010

    James,
    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.

    Michelle Elvy – Sep 20, 2010

    Oh thanks for the comment and fave on Escalation, James! Even if I worry about being too reprehensible... :)

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 20, 2010

    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!

    Siren of Brixton – Sep 20, 2010

    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

    Siren of Brixton – Sep 20, 2010

    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.

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Sep 19, 2010

    Thanks for the comment and fave on No Goodbye, James! And I love it that I gotcha with the dog....;)

    Marcelle Heath – Sep 19, 2010

    Hi James - Thanks for your kind words on "Origin"!

    J. Mykell Collinz – Sep 17, 2010

    James, thanks for reading 'Unfit-V.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.

    Jack Swenson – Sep 17, 2010

    James, Be careful of those cats. They are wily, seductive creatures. Thanks for the great comment on my story "Kitty Love"!

    Sly V. Rourke – Sep 16, 2010

    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.

    Nigel Doylerush – Sep 14, 2010

    Thanks a lot for reading "Life experience" and even more so for your comments.

    Nigel

    stephen hastings-king – Sep 14, 2010

    thanks very much for the comment on "the re-enactments" and especially for the story about your friend who walks with a limp now.

    James Lloyd Davis – Sep 14, 2010

    Bill, I know what you mean. I find that old age is a lot like a spin cycle, just before the rinse.

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 13, 2010

    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."

    Larry Strattner – Sep 12, 2010

    Thanks for the Falling In Love Again comments. I appreciate them.

    Roberta – Sep 12, 2010

    Thank you for the comment on 'Meditations,' James. V. appreciated.

    Tracy López – Sep 11, 2010

    James, I started a group for "Latino fiction".

    http://www.fictionaut.com/groups/ra%C3%ADces-y-alas-writing-group

    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.

    Isabell Serafin – Sep 10, 2010

    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!

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 09, 2010

    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.

    Mark Kerstetter – Sep 07, 2010

    Thanks James for your kind comment. Your answer to 'Why do you write?' is right on.

    David Ackley – Sep 05, 2010

    Thanks, James, for the read and the comment. Still trying to figure how to stitch this all together, but the pieces are fun.

    Cynthia Hawkins – Sep 05, 2010

    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.

    Lou Freshwater – Sep 05, 2010

    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. ;-)

    Frank Vander Rasky – Sep 04, 2010

    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!

    Susan Tepper – Sep 03, 2010

    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

    Jane Hammons – Sep 03, 2010

    Retail! Dude, you better be careful what you promise :)

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Sep 02, 2010

    Thanks for the generous comment on Responsible. I'm very glad you liked it.

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 01, 2010

    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!

    Robert Crisman – Aug 31, 2010

    James, Thanks for your comment on Stevie Wonder. I appreciate you taking the time and I'm really glad you liked it.

    Juhi Kalra – Aug 31, 2010

    James, Thank you for the very enthusiastic Yeses on Letter to Natalie Goldberg. Made me :)

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 31, 2010

    "Pique fight!"
    I'll put that in the queue of poems I need to write!
    Thanks for commenting on "She Who Misunderstood Love," James.

    Heather Fowler – Aug 26, 2010

    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. :)

    All warmest,
    H

    JM Prescott – Aug 26, 2010

    Thank you for joining The Glass Coin Group and sharing your story, The man who killed Molly Bloom. Cheers

    Frank Vander Rasky – Aug 25, 2010

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 24, 2010

    Thanks for comment on and fav of "Parables for Rodin," James.

    BTW, I don't think your friend was pulling your leg!

    Isabell Serafin – Aug 22, 2010

    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.

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Aug 20, 2010

    Thanks for your great comment and the fave on Corner. @#$*ing A! I appreciate the read!

    Ian Ayris – Aug 20, 2010

    Hi James.
    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.

    Jane Hammons – Aug 19, 2010

    Thanks for faving "The Corners" James. I'm off to do a bit of reading over at Noir.

    Michael J. Solender – Aug 19, 2010

    James,

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 18, 2010

    James,
    Thanks for unearthing "Truman Compote." I appreciate the fav!
    I put a video of me reading it on You Tube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb1K-eKXNsM
    Kind of fun, I think.

    Lorenzo Sewanan – Aug 18, 2010

    thanks for the comments!

    See ya – Aug 17, 2010

    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.

    Kait Mauro – Aug 16, 2010

    Thanks for reading "Wanderlust" and for your kind comment. :)

    J. Mykell Collinz – Aug 15, 2010

    Hi, James, thanks for reading His Longest Day. I appreciate your comment and fav.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Aug 13, 2010

    Thank you for reading Summer. I'm glad you liked it.

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Aug 13, 2010

    Thanks so much for the wonderful comment on 3 a.m. We should all have a bouquet of green mornings!

    Cherise Wolas – Aug 12, 2010

    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!

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 10, 2010

    Haha! That's why they call it fiction!
    Thanks for commenting on "DHL in Suburbia."

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Aug 10, 2010

    Thanks for the great comment on Limboland, James. Glad you like the stasis line!

    Kathy Fish – Aug 10, 2010

    Love your fotomat series, James. I posted the piece I told you about, from a photo from the 50s.

    Claire King – Aug 10, 2010

    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!

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 09, 2010

    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?

    David Ackley – Aug 09, 2010

    Thanks, James, for your generous take on my brief excursion.

    Claire King – Aug 09, 2010

    Hello James, Thanks for your very thoughtful comments on Infinity Pool. I'd be interested to hear about the experience you mention...

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 08, 2010

    "I love arson in a work of art."
    You crack me up, James!

    Thanks for commenting on "Something, He Wrote."

    Kim Conklin Hutchinson – Aug 06, 2010

    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.

    Penny Goring – Aug 04, 2010

    Thanks sweetie xx

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 03, 2010

    Thanks for faving "Bosch's Last Words." Surprised and gratified.

    Jane Hammons – Aug 03, 2010

    Meant to say thanks for the fave on The Devil's Inkwell in my rambling note about Peoples Temple!

    Isabell Serafin – Aug 02, 2010

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 01, 2010

    Hey, James. Glad you enjoyed "Vigo Beach." Thanks for the fav!

    Con's comment:

    "Zero for conduct? It's so unfair!"

    Lou Freshwater – Aug 01, 2010

    Me again. ;-) Thank you also for your thoughts about 'On West Fourth Street'. Very much appreciated.

    Lou Freshwater – Aug 01, 2010

    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.

    Cherise Wolas – Aug 01, 2010

    James, Just saw your comment on Red-Eyed Rabbit. Me too, always wanted to rob a bank!

    Ryder Collins – Jul 31, 2010

    Thanks for reading, and commenting poetically on "your story"!

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 31, 2010

    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.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Jul 30, 2010

    Thank you for reading The Abyss of Contemplative Hatred. Much appreciated. Glad you liked it.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 30, 2010

    Appreciate the read of "The Solace of Olives." Kind of a trivial piece, eh?

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 29, 2010

    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.

    Michelle Elvy – Jul 28, 2010

    James -- I really appreciate your read of A Night of Not Knowing! Thank you so much.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Jul 28, 2010

    Thank you for the kind words about Peace of Mind. Much appreciated, as always.

    Martha Williams – Jul 27, 2010

    Thanks for the kind comment on Strawberry - just going to read yours now. Also great to see you on A-minor. M

    Kari Nguyen – Jul 27, 2010

    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.

    Meg Pokrass – Jul 27, 2010

    thank you very much, for your support of Contortionist Love! (this sounds very strange!) Ha!! -mp

    Myra King – Jul 26, 2010

    Thanks, James, for comments (and fav) on Leaving.
    Just a bit of fun as I said!

    Claire King – Jul 26, 2010

    Hi James, thanks for the kind and slightly cryptic words on Flesh & Blood!

    Boudreau Freret – Jul 25, 2010

    Thank you for taking the time to read, comment, and for the fav!

    Mark Krieger – Jul 25, 2010

    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.

    Mark Krieger – Jul 24, 2010

    Hey, nice work on The Pure Land. Beautiful play of words my man.

    Myra King – Jul 23, 2010

    James, thanks for the fav and nice comments on Broken Mirrors, it was a hard one to write.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 23, 2010

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 22, 2010

    Thanks for faving the Spicer found poem!

    "You can't do that!"
    I get that a lot.

    Kari Nguyen – Jul 22, 2010

    James, thank you for the words and star for Requirement. Thanks as always for reading!

    Rene Foran – Jul 20, 2010

    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!

    Meg Pokrass – Jul 20, 2010

    thank you for your comments on my story called "Feeeeeuck". Holy Ghost marketing! Yes!!!!!!!

    Meg Pokrass – Jul 20, 2010

    thank you for your comments on my story called "Feeeeeuck". Holy Ghost marketing! Yes!!!!!!!

    James Lloyd Davis – Jul 18, 2010

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 18, 2010

    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?

    Michelle Elvy – Jul 17, 2010

    Thanks, James, for your sharp comment on Bedtime Story. Very much appreciated! Such a good way to start my day. Now, back to editing...

    Dorothee Lang – Jul 17, 2010

    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

    Matthew Salesses – Jul 16, 2010

    Thanks for the comment/fav

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 13, 2010

    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!

    Kari Nguyen – Jul 12, 2010

    Loved your comment. Thanks so much for understanding!

    Isabell Serafin – Jul 10, 2010

    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.

    Kari Nguyen – Jul 10, 2010

    Thank you for your incredible comments on Star Anise. It means so much to me that it meant something to you.

    Kari Nguyen – Jul 09, 2010

    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!

    Ryder Collins – Jul 09, 2010

    Thanks James for commenting on my break-up piece. I think this part of it is the most brutal, so thank you!

    Isabell Serafin – Jul 08, 2010

    Hi James. So glad to see you joined Novel Excerpts. Looking forward to reading and commenting on your work. All best, Isabell

    Marcelle Heath – Jul 08, 2010

    Hi James - Thanks so much for reading "Goodnight Dogs" - it's much appreciated :)

    Sara – Jul 05, 2010

    James, thank you for your beautiful note. So happy to have you as a reader.

    Isabell Serafin – Jul 05, 2010

    Wow, thank you James, I so appreciate your commentary. Kind regards, I.

    Claire King – Jul 05, 2010

    Thank you, James for reading my slightly squeam-making piece 'Tyler learns...' and for your encouragement. Much appreciated!

    Teri Pastore – Jul 04, 2010

    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!

    Carol Reid – Jul 03, 2010

    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",^ .

    James Lloyd Davis – Jun 29, 2010

    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.

    Cherise Wolas – Jun 29, 2010

    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.

    Cherise Wolas – Jun 29, 2010

    James,
    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!

    Chris Okum – Jun 26, 2010

    Thanks for reading my dialogue, James. I'm glad you liked it. BTW: Huge Brautigan fan. You have good taste.

    David Ackley – Jun 26, 2010

    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.

    Savannah Schroll Guz – Jun 24, 2010

    Thank you so much,James, for the good words about One-thousand Incarnations!!

    AMTL – Jun 24, 2010

    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

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 24, 2010

    Thanks, James for reading and commenting on "The Transportation of Hens." Really appreciate the positive feedback.

    Isabell Serafin – Jun 22, 2010

    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.

    Isabell Serafin – Jun 22, 2010

    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.

    Jane Hammons – Jun 20, 2010

    I was wondering who would call me on the dog. I shoulda known!

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Jun 19, 2010

    Thank you for reading Urumqi. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    James Lloyd Davis – Jun 17, 2010

    And so it goes.

    Molly Bond – Jun 17, 2010

    Yes. She does. Unfortunately, her cousin says "heck" and "gosh". The cousin is a girl scout leader/den mother type. Life is so unfair:)

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – Jun 16, 2010

    Thank you so much for your generous comments on THE HOUSE THAT TIEN BUILT. Collegiality indeed ;^) Peace...

    Cherise Wolas – Jun 16, 2010

    James,

    My pleasure on "Not with a Bang." I am happy to read the next version as well.

    Jeremy Holland – Jun 16, 2010

    Hey James - Thanks for taking the time to read "The Celebrity" and the positive feedback. Glad you enjoyed it!

    Cherise Wolas – Jun 15, 2010

    James,
    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!

    Erica Hoskins Mullenix – Jun 15, 2010

    Thank you for the day brightening comment on "why are we feeding the lawyer?" and the fave.

    Savannah Schroll Guz – Jun 15, 2010

    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! :-)

    Kristen Tsetsi – Jun 15, 2010

    Thanks, James. It is a fine leaf.

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 13, 2010

    James, glad you enjoyed "The Meaning of Life." Thanks for the comment.

    James Lloyd Davis – Jun 13, 2010

    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.

    Kristen Tsetsi – Jun 12, 2010

    I love your bio.

    Michelle Elvy – Jun 12, 2010

    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.

    See ya – Jun 11, 2010

    Thanks for taking the time to read "A Mountain So Lost." I greatly appreciate you, hoss.

    Robert Vaughan – Jun 11, 2010

    Thanks for your nice comments on Part of Life; Two Ways. Glad it brought an affirmative response from you.

    Jules Archer – Jun 09, 2010

    Hi James, thank you for the very nice comment on "Quotes".

    Doug Bond – Jun 09, 2010

    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!

    Julie Innis – Jun 08, 2010

    Thank you for your kind words on my story - a much-needed boost today.

    Mark Reep – Jun 08, 2010

    James, glad you enjoyed 'A Woman Walks Into A Bar'. Thanks very much for the comments & fav.

    Michelle Elvy – Jun 06, 2010

    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...

    Robert Vaughan – Jun 06, 2010

    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.

    James Lloyd Davis – Jun 06, 2010

    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.

    Susan Tepper – Jun 06, 2010

    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

    Marcelle Heath – Jun 04, 2010

    Hi James,
    Thanks so much for your comments on "I don't have a gun." I'm so glad you liked it :)!

    Cherise Wolas – Jun 02, 2010

    James,

    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.

    Susan Tepper – Jun 01, 2010

    James, very much appreciate your read of Who Sent You? and your kind words

    Stephanie Austin – May 27, 2010

    Hi James. I wanted to say thanks for your comments. I like your profile and I bet I'm going to like your stories.

    Michelle Elvy – May 25, 2010

    James, thanks for finding and reading Love, Story. Appreciate your comment!!

    Cherise Wolas – May 24, 2010

    It's fun reading your changing profile!

    Mark Reep – May 24, 2010

    Hi James, glad you enjoyed 'Blue Pinto'. Thanks for the comment & fav.

    Kari Nguyen – May 24, 2010

    James, you are too kind. Thank you for your words on “Miss.” It means a lot!

    Meg Pokrass – May 23, 2010

    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!

    Matt Dennison – May 23, 2010

    Thanks for the quality read/comment on "The Purpose of Floors," JL.

    Mark Reep – May 23, 2010

    James, thanks much for your comments, and for the fav. Looking forward to reading more of your work.

    Michelle Elvy – May 22, 2010

    Hey James, Jim, JL! Loved your comment on A Knobby Thing. That made my morning, that did! Thank you!!

    Carol Reid – May 22, 2010

    And thanks for having a look at the story fragment!

    Kait Mauro – May 22, 2010

    Thanks for the comment. I am going to have to check out The Things They Carried and Blood Meridian. :)

    Jane Hammons – May 22, 2010

    god bless the kooks and thanks for your comment on Beatnik Blonde!

    Cherise Wolas – May 21, 2010

    James,
    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.

    Walter Bjorkman – May 20, 2010

    James, thanks for the read of Walking to School - but I couldn't hear it, had my ipod in.

    Michelle Elvy – May 20, 2010

    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!

    Susan Tepper – May 19, 2010

    James, another thank you for your kind words on my poem Broken

    Carol Reid – May 19, 2010

    Your comment made me happy, thanks! So glad you enjoyed my story.

    Meg Pokrass – May 19, 2010

    thank you...like... um... it's dudalicious!

    Maggie Sokolik – May 18, 2010

    Thanks for your kind comments on Stations of the Cross. Write on.

    Christian Bell – May 17, 2010

    James, thanks for reading and commenting on my Breadfruit story. Much appreciated!

    Matthew A. Hamilton – May 14, 2010

    Thank you for reading My Favorite Color.

    Myra King – May 13, 2010

    ps love your profile

    Myra King – May 13, 2010

    Thanks, James, for your insightful comments :-)

    Jane Hammons – May 13, 2010

    Thanks, James for commenting on and faving Giving Notice. I hope everyone has a big old Burton Steele in their life.

    Jane Hammons – May 13, 2010

    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.

    Julie Innis – May 12, 2010

    Thanks for the Atonement read! WalMart's greeter policy is surprisingly generous in some parts of the co.

    Meg Pokrass – May 11, 2010

    Your words about "The Happiest Mall in America" are greatly appreciated, James.

    Jack Swenson – May 10, 2010

    James, I 'preciate your commenting on "Secrets." Yes, indeed; the possibilities keep you going.

    Meg Pokrass – May 10, 2010

    thank you for reading and commenting on my story "Extinction". Very much appreciated!

    Michelle Elvy – May 10, 2010

    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.

    James Lloyd Davis – May 08, 2010

    Thank you, Lou. But ... dapper? I'll have to do something about that. Can't be considered ... dapper. It's ... un-American, no?

    Lou Freshwater – May 07, 2010

    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.

    Cherise Wolas – May 07, 2010

    James, thank you for reading, for the fav, your great comments, and wanting to keep reading!

    Bill Yarrow – May 07, 2010

    Thanks so much for your extremely kind comments on "The Blocked Toxin." Deeply appreciated.

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – May 04, 2010

    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...

    Foster Trecost – May 03, 2010

    Hi James, thanks for reading Nine and Five, and thanks for the comments, too. foster.

    James Lloyd Davis – May 03, 2010

    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.

    Beate Sigriddaughter – May 02, 2010

    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!

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – May 01, 2010

    Thanks for the nice comments on both stories, James. Always appreciate people reading my work.

    JM Prescott – May 01, 2010

    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.

    Meg Pokrass – May 01, 2010

    thanks for googling those words and commenting! I know! What a world!

    tifini kamara – Apr 30, 2010

    hahaha. you are welcome!

    James Lloyd Davis – Apr 30, 2010

    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.

    Larry Strattner – Apr 29, 2010

    Thanks for liking Multiple Simultaneous Submissions. To like it (or write it) you have to have been there. So welcome fellow traveler.
    LarryS
    PS Blood Meridian is an all timer. And spooky...Whoa!

    James Lloyd Davis – Apr 29, 2010

    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.

    Julie Innis – Apr 29, 2010

    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.

    Marcelle Heath – Apr 28, 2010

    Thanks so much, James, for your kind words on "Punch Patty" :)!

    Lou Freshwater – Apr 26, 2010

    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.

    Cherise Wolas – Apr 26, 2010

    James,
    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!

    Meg Pokrass – Apr 25, 2010

    Thank you for your lovely comments about my stories. Very appreciated. Am enjoying your work!

    Marcelle Heath – Apr 22, 2010

    Thanks James for your kind words on "Get Some Strange" :)

    Cherise Wolas – Apr 22, 2010

    Hi James,

    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!

    Walter Bjorkman – Apr 21, 2010

    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.

    Sara – Apr 18, 2010

    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.

    Jane Hammons – Apr 16, 2010

    Thanks for your comment on Party Line and welcome to Fictionaut.

    James Lloyd Davis – Apr 13, 2010

    "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.

    Susan Tepper – Apr 13, 2010

    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

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Apr 11, 2010

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

    Martha Williams – Apr 11, 2010

    Hi, James. Thank you very much for your kind comment on my story. Martha.

    James Lloyd Davis – Apr 10, 2010

    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.

    Darryl Price – Apr 10, 2010

    Let's bring Brautigan back. He influenced so many great writers I think.Welcome.

    James Lloyd Davis – Apr 10, 2010

    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.

    Jerry Ratch – Apr 10, 2010

    Welcome, Jimmy.

    See ya – Apr 09, 2010

    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.

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