I write fiction mostly, sometimes poetry and essays and the occasional freelance article.
My story "The Land With No Air"is included in Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer (Norton 2010, ed. Robert Swartwood).
My writing has appeared in A Twist of Noir, Able Muse, Alaska Quarterly Review, Atticus Review, Brain Child, Concho River Review, Corium Magazine, Crimespree Magazine, decomP, JMWW, kill author, Metazen, Opium, Poetry Quarterly, Shotgun Honey, Southwestern American Literature, taint magazine, Verbicide and Word Riot. I've been nominated a couple of times for Pushcart Prizes, a gazillion years ago was awarded an Academy of American Poets prize, and recently received a Derringer Award from the Short Mystery Fiction Society for Best Flash Story. A collection of short stories was shortlisted by Salt Publishing for The Scott Prize (2013).
I'm always hearing voices. They like to tell stories.
Roberto Bolaño, Octavia Butler, Anne Carson, Marguerite Duras, Thaisa Frank, Eduardo Galeano, Shirley Hazzard, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Larry McMurtry, China Miéville, Alice Munro, Flannery O'Connor, Michael Ondaatje, Robert Stone, Sarah Waters, Walt Whitman, Robert Wilson
Jane, I am truly enjoying your photographs. Thanks for them and for your generous response to Black Bombers.
Jane, thanks for commenting and faving "Testimony." I'm delighted you enjoyed it.
Hi Jane. Thanks for the comments and star for "The High Line, NYC." I know what you mean about each poem being a frame. There's a lot of peering through the glass, so to speak, in the poems. Happy New Year.
Jane, thanks for your recent comments on "What Some Boys Do."
Perfect ending! Thanks so much for your fav and encouragement.
Hi Jane, thanks for reading a bar for all occasions, and thanks for taking the extra time to comment; I appreciate it very much! fos.
thank you for your kind comments on my story Moldova, 1977
Thank you Professor Hammons! Your comments on "Texas Route 29" mean a lot to me.
Hair: I think the real action of change was on the farms and the communes. NYC was the center of narcissism.
Thanks for "Mother's Day." I still laugh when I read this one.
Thanks so much Jane for reading "Childless." I've never heard of Nataliz Ginzburg. Thanks for the recommendation.
Hi Jane - I'm brand new here and just found your comment on my wall. I didn't realize I had a wall! Thank you so much. I really enjoy your work.
Looking forward to more in your series relating to your Cherokee heritage, Jane. Thanks for answering my question about native soldiers.
Hi Jane! Thanks for reading and commenting and your support for "Them". Hope all is well, and hope to see you very soon.. meg
Hi, Jane. Thanks for reading 'Global Arms.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
A belated "Thank you!" for the welcome to Fictionaut!
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on O Fortuna. Greatly appreciated.
Jane, thanks so much for checking out my poems at Camroc Press Review. I liked your review of the novel too, and I'm reccommending the book to Ann, who's the reader of mysteries in our family.
Thanks, Jane, for your touching comments about 'Ray's People...' My people, too, have been like yours and Ray's. A most poignant and restless weekend for many like us, I suspect.
Jane, thanks for taking the time to read Running Forward. I think Bethann and Lloyd must have slept through health and human sexuality class. . .
Hi Jane. Thanks for commenting on "Everything is Fine" and for the star. And your note to me ("power of your pen")made my day! Thank you.
Thanks Jane, for reading and commenting on "Throw"! Much appreciated! Looking forward to reading more of your work, too.
Thanks, Jane. Very appreciated. x
Hi Jane, thanks for giving Cactus a few minutes of your time - I really appreciate the read, and the comments, too. fos.
Thank you so much, Jane, for your comments on "Telling." I hope you are doing well - have been enjoying your pics on FB!
Hey Jane, thank you for your generous comment and fave on After he failed to wake up. So glad you're back (yes, I have missed you) and writing and reading. Hope all is well in your world. Peace...
Thanks, Jane, for your comments and fave for 'My Last Hunts.' I'm glad it resonated.
Jane, thanks for commenting on and faving "The Hotel Where Esenin Hanged Himself."
Hi Jane, thanks for your comments on 'Grace', very much appreciated. Saw you've listed China Miéville among your favorite writers- Have you read M. John Harrison's 'Light' and 'Nova Swing'? All best!
Thanks, Jane. I MUST try to sort a decent recording of 'I Fear Nuffink'. x
Hi Jane. On the Texas story... you said: Great fiction always tells the truth! This is very real. I can taste the Jack Daniels. I would actually end the story "I was on his back, smiling true happiness, a bitten apple in my right hand"--A little girl having taken a bite out of the apple would be too hard for me to resist as the closing image-- not that you asked :) *
Do you mean you'd end it right after "apple in my right hand," ? If that's what I understand you're saying, I think you're absolutely right. I'd get out right there... no mas. Back right off. Whatever followed was superfluous. I'm not completely sure how Fictionaut works yet, but this is Steve Gowin (Steven Gowin).
Hey Jane - thanks so much for the comments and feedback on "Cloudy..." Appreciated!
ha, "mother's little helper"...thanks jane for the generous comment on "the serious writer occupies wall street". cheers!
I am a great admirer of your work so your kind words about "Sounds of Silence" mean much to me. Thank you.
Thanks, Jane! Really appreciate the comment and the fave on 'Annie MacLeod' - looking forward to seeing our work together soon :)
Jane, so nice of you to stop by my short pieces. Glad you liked them. Hope all is well!
Hi Jane: I always appreciate it when you comment on and like my work. Thanks for your response to "2008..."
*YELLS HER THANKS* XXX < loud kisses
Thanks, Jane for the look and comment on "Base," bit of gritty nostalgia for you...
Jane, how very interesting! Thanks for reading and the comment - I'm glad you liked my little poem. :-)
Hi, Jane. Sorry for the slow response. I've been slammed with work lately. Thank you for your comment on "Husk of Hare". I hope you're doing well.
Your comment on "The Knitting Needle," made me very happy, Jane. Thank you. And for the fave.
Thanks for your comment on "Spray-Tans in the 70s!" I really appreciate your support.
Thanks, Jane. Glad you got a chuckle out of "The List." More truth than poetry in that little tale, I'm afraid.
Thanks for the welcome, Jane
Jane, thanks for the comment on "The Dog Catcher." Appreciate your support.
Jane, thanks for checking out " In the Woods," glad to have your ever insightful eye applied.
Thanks for the comment and the fave, Jane!
Jane, it's funny but I find this story tame by comparison to some of yours, but like they say: the writer is the last to know. That you found this so disturbing is such a great compliment, because I so much admire your disturbing stories-- esp the one we chatted up.
Thank you for the lovely comment and fave on 'Annie MacLeod' - much appreciated!
Thanks for your kind words abut "Mother Lies." I hope you're right & he stays part-savage, if only in his imagination. He's most himself in the woods - perhaps that's where his wild man lives.
Thanks so much for your thoughtful words about "Dirty Business!" And thanks again for introducing me to this wonderful community. I'm slowly but surely finding my way around, and I love what I see. Looking forward to getting to know your work better.
thanks jane, for the comment on "before the bloodbath". during production, the title actually came to me last! but then everything fell into place...
Hi Jane. Just a little thank you for spending some time with Blank Checks - I really appreciate the read and your comments. fos.
Thanks for the great comment on " Felder on Ice." Love it back.
Hi Jane: Glad "Play" could twist your tongue. I appreciate your comments and *.
Hi, Jane. Thanks for reading 'Nothing in the Middle.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *.
Thanks for reading me! (Temp. P.) XX
Haha, it's a lot of fun. Although I didn't realize until after I had commented on your piece that today is Borges' birthday.
Just saw your comment on "Final Notes." Thanks for liking it--It's a work in progress. I added another cinquain about cutting up an autographed football and feeding its pieces to the dog... Left over anger at an ex's strange proclivities is wonderful fodder for mean little poems, especially when it becomes emotion recollected in tranquility, though I'm not sure this type of thing is what Wordsworth had in mind ; )
Hi Jane, thanks for the kind words for my first stab at flash fiction, "Ghost writing". Cheers!
Jane: "Simply beautiful" are simply exquisite words of praise. Thank you.
Always appreciate your support, Jane! Thanks once again, and looking forward to your next story.
Jane, thanks for weighing in the Great Tots Controversy. I changed "ladies" to "people." I did know that the word lady could be offensive in the singular, but I thought is was okay in the plural form, e.g., Ladies and gentlemen, welcome. Lady, out of my way, please.
Jane, can you wait for me to get there? I would give a body part to hear you read this in any BART station. . .
Hi Jane: Thanks for the kind words about "Imago," now back to the novel! Best--J
Jane, thank you for being a reader of my poems and for faving "Black Ice."
Thank you so much for taking the time to read 'A bottle of raspberries' and fave it - I really appreciate it! All the best, Gill
Hi Jane! Thank you so much for the nice comment to and rereading of my story. :) The setting is even better in real life.
Thank you, Jane for your generous comments on September Morning. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my work. I'm new here, so I'll look forward to reading your work too.
cheers, jane. am looking forward to reading your mothering story on my kindle ...thanks for commenting on <a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/under-the-apple-tree">under the apple tree</a>.
Thank you for your comment on "The Number 4"! I think Randall will feel awful as a piece of boxy boxite. :)
Hi, Jane. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound.' I greatly appreciate your wonderful comment and *.
Jane, I worked for eight years rid myself of the big rocks and also still have a pile of pebbles to deal with. Writing is my therapy now. Each time I am able to reveal part of myself in my work those stones turn to pebbles and the pebbles to dust. Thank so much for seeing this piece for exactly what it is.
Jane thanks for commenting on my story, Motley Crew. I enjoyed reading your interview on the Fictionaut Blog. Those interviews with the writers keep me going. Thanks for that, too!
thank you jane so very much - also for tweeting about "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/in-the-nude">in the nude</a>". real memories here, you'd be surprised how close to the truth this really is. heck, i am surprised...the past is an odd weed.
Jane, thanks for the fave and the postmodern suggestion concerning quotation marks on "The secret meaning of dreams." ("See ... can't help myself." he said. Jesuit grammatical disciplines and all, eh?)
Hi Jane, thanks for the note on my tiny story. I'm sure you're right, the title is Avocados. :)
Jane, I hope you liked my Chagall inspired story. I live in a weird neighborhood! Thanks for the feedback.
Hi Jane. Thanks for the kind words and star. I'm glad the last line of "Tuscaloosa" resonates for you.
oh if only i were going to saint looie ...but alas no.. have a cold one for me..
Thanks so much for commenting on Repatriation! I'm impressed by your control of form and imagery, both in The Unknown Substance and Headstone III. Curious to see what you had in DecomP.
Hi, Jane! Thank you for commenting on "The Pain Taster." Hope you're doing well.
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on "Clockwork," Jane. I think that short scene could make for a heady Paul Auster-like labyrinthine piece ('cause what the heck is Bill really up to, anyway?). Whaddya think?
Jane - thank you!
Hi Jane, thanks for reading Table Thouthts - I appreciate that, and the comment, too! fos.
Jane, I'm so glad you liked my story, thanks!
thanks for your kind comments about Imitation of Life.
Hi Jane, thanks for reading and commenting on House Rabbit. Was a fun little piece to write, glad you had a laugh :)
Thanks so much once again for your positive feedback and for making "Oaxaca Dreamland" one of your favorites! It's wonderful to get such a positive response and some direction from another writer. Thanks a million.
Thanks for the encouragement, Jane. The old folks at the home in Fergus Falls appreciate your support.
Thanks, Jane! I x-posted the piece to the Noir group. Much appreciated.
thanks, Jane, glad you approve of my twisted "Intervals."
Thanks , Jane for the gourmet response to "Tortillas."
Thanks for the comment on my cowgirl song, Jane! I may have said this before, but I adore Dreaming In Mink.
Thanks, Jane! You are right! By the way, you can find these words at the intersection of College and Ashby. I think I've written about 3 books at Cafe Roma over the years!
Thanks, Jane, for the generous comment on "So I asked myself, 'What would Shane do?'"
Jane, thanks so much for the nice words & fav for "The Bed." Appreciate it!
Hey there. Thanks so much for giving “The Wreck of Me” a nice read, and of course for the fav and wonderful comment.
Hi Jane - Thank you so, so much for your generous comments on "The Last Swim" - I'm thrilled you liked it :)!
Jane, thanks ever so much for the fave and the comment on "The Rising." You're so good to me.
Dear Jane: Thank you so much for your great remarks on for my mother on mother's day. And I'm so glad to have continued the mom theme with the good read of your own work Dreaming in Mink. Wow! Can I take out an ad for it here on FN?
Thank you! XXX
Hi Jane, pleasure to meet you here! Thanks for your comments on "Egypt is Wisconsin".
Thanks, Jane for the great comment on "Son of Goya." Appreciate your reading and commenting very much!
Thank you so much for your kind comments on "An Arm and a Leg."
Yes, thought I'd give it a go! I could use the camaraderie.
Jane: Thank you so much for your very generous remarks on my piece alys. They mean so much to me!
Thank you so much for the invitation. Why isn't the world more like this website?
Hey, thanks for reading "Rowdy," and helping me out with that ending. You wrote: "This is to say I love the way it is both protective and threatening. Is it possible to get some of that tension into the ending?" and that makes me think hard, because I absolutely was trying to get both the character's protectiveness and his...infantalization?....of his wife into those last lines. If I missed, maybe that's what's hitting me wrong about the ending too.
I must be doing something right if you say something nice about one of my stories, Jane. Thank you. Glad you liked "Big." Been awhile since I wrote a story that stirred so many emotions in me.
Hi Jane, thanks for your comments on Snowdick. The dialogue was fun- Everything was, really :) And yeah, a little creative cussin' is always refreshing :)
Thank you, Jane, for your comment on 'Wave'. You're the best!
Thank you for the feedback on "Health Code". I really feel that's where the story needs some work too - so I appreciate the feedback SO much.
Thanks for reading 2089
That was an especially generous comment you made about Two Poets. Thanks, Jane.
Jane, thank you so much for reading "1991," and for the star!
Jane...really appreciate your comments on Traces..Winter Sky. -- it was all i could do to resist a David Wroblewskian urge to introduce ether and quicklime as a deux ex machina :)
I have been meaning to tell you this:
On the day I read your story, "Sphincter," I had my computer propped on the kitchen counter so I could work standing up. When I do this, the computer screen faces the apartment door. I am usually careful to twirl the computer around if someone knocks, because lord knows the research and writing I do just looks weird. I don't need to scare off the maintenance crew. :)
On this day, though, I forgot. The Fedex guy knocked. I answered. And there, right over my shoulder, blazing from my Macbook screen: SPHINCTER.
He saw it. Oh yes, he did.
Too bad I don't have a Polaroid of the face he made when he realized what he was reading--er, what I was reading.
Jane - thanks for reading and your kind comments on "Liplorn". I may just whip the longer story into better shape!
Thanks for your comments about "War," Jane. 'fraid my feelings were all over the place at the time.
Thanks Jane! I'm glad you noted the character dynamics in "Hoops" because that's one of those things I always wonder about, if it's actually coming across like I think it is. Very helpful!
Dear Jane: Thank you for your wonderful comments on ash. They mean so much to me. Happy Valentine's.
Jane, many thanks for your “*badabing!” Happy you enjoyed “Badabing Badaboom.” Your comment and fave much appreciated! Franco :)
Thank you so very much for your kind words. They mean the world to me.
Thanks, Jane for reading and commenting on 10,000 Dollar Pyramid. I am grateful.
Jane, thank you for reading and commenting on my story. I'm glad the opening drew you in! :)
Hi Jane - I'm so glad you liked "Nothing Good..." - & I can't thank you enough for your support :)!
Hey Jane, Thanks for picking up on " Hellgate," always great to have something catch your favor(ites).Favorwrites?Anyway, thanks a great bunch.
Thanks very much for your comments on my story. :)
Thanks for reading "Bogart Generations" and "Going in Circles" and leaving your kind words, Jane!
Thanks for the thoughtful comment and fave on Unheard, Jane. I appreciate the read and your connection to the piece.
The first person is rather vilified these days, isn't it? Thanks for the read!
Hi Jane! Thanks for inviting me. Looks like another great playground :)
My pleasure Jane, glad I discovered your work!
Hi Jane, Thanks for reading/commenting on my poem & invite to the noir group.
Thank you for reading and commenting on "Harpoon," and thanks for the star. I'm so glad you liked the story.
Hey Jane! One of my bestest friends is Larry McMurtry's daughter in law, well ex d in law. in, but still they keep in touch. He likes to send caviar during the holidays. Also, I love your list of writers. Swoon! I have a friend who is so obsessed with A. Monroe I think she'd have a stroke if you took her books from her.
Jane, so glad you liked the leg & yes, maybe I should submit it to the noir group...!
Jane! - thanks for the comment on "Why do I . . . ". Now you have me thinking of making this guy a sometimes co-hort of my Eddie, who only tolerates him like he does Chalky. He could be good for some stories - maybe another rant, this time maybe some where in New Mexico . . . Thanks again, always appreciate your reads & comments. And now your assigned duties.
Thanks for your lovely comment on and fave of "Whiplash Marriage," Jane.
Hi, Jane. I appreciate your comment on 'Piece of Mind.' Glad you enjoyed reading. Thanks for the "Top honors" and the *.
Good morning, Jane! Thanks for popping over and leaving your kind commentary on "le Misérable." ¡Espero que la su Navidad sea feliz! (That's three languages at once.)
Thanks for reading Bone Dust.
I get your:'I'm always hearing voices. They like to tell stories.'
That's how it is for me too. Cool! x
Thank you for your kind words about "Sundays." They are greatly appreciated!
Jane: Thanks for your read of "East Memphis." It's one of my favorite places. I suppose that came through in my word choices.
Jane I'm thrilled to get a reponse from the woman who wrote Pleiku Jacket which is one of my all time fave's, thank you!
Thank you for your kind remarks about loon, Jane. They are very much appreciated. I also look forward to reading more of your work. Cheers. -- Q
Hi Jane, thanks for reading Familiar Things, and thanks for commenting, too.
Thanks, Jane, for the lovely comment and fave for "Repair Man." I really appreciate it!
Hey Jane Hammons, thanks so much for reading the interview and for the kind comments for "Snow." I really appreciate it. I always smile when I see your author photo, I love it!
Thanks so much Jane for the great comments on 'Keepers'. Glad it appeared on your radar. Unfortunately, your comment didn't on mine...no e-mail, which is why I'm so late acknowledging it.
Thank you so much for reading, commenting, and faving "Lettuce!"
You made me smile, and made my day. :-)
Hey Jane, thanks for the nice words about my flash, "Nemesis." I'd love any editing thoughts you have on that one. It bugs me. Still like the idea but it feels like I'm missing my own point.
Jane: Thank you for responding to my work. It's a pleasure to be here with such talented writers. I'm waiting for your next piece.
Jane: Thank you. What a great comment about "Night & Day"!
Ha ha Jane, yes we are warped! I think you saw this at YM. Thanks for reading again!
just wanted to thank you for your very kind comment about my story, Battleship. I look forward to getting to know your writing too.
Jane - gosh. Thanks for the heartfelt comment on Two Trees, and thanks for feeling the connection. I hope that thinking of your brother brings you joy alongside the inevitable sorrow. I am glad you came here late, and I am glad you are reading and writing as much as you do. You are a force of nature! Thank you again!
thanks for reading and commenting on the next-to-newest event particle, jane. much appreciated.
Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I bow down to your awesomeness!
I am re-reading some of my faves of yours today. They just keep getting better.
My pleasure, Jane. Your writing is incredibly powerful... I feel as though I'm becoming a better writer just by reading your work.
Thanks for comments on Something Jazzy - wouldn't mind having a tollbooth on that line out of town, but it would have to be omnipresent.
Thanks for your comment on Three of Swords. You're right. You're in the middle of it. I'm bad at 'love' scenes so I was working on this bit. My 'violence' scenes are a lot better but I'm trying to be a more well-rounded person.
Jane, thanks so much for the read & the fave for "Dream Girl."
Thanks for the thoughtful comment and fave on 4P28! What an observant point about the female character!
Jane, Thank you so much for your thoughtful note. I've been off FN for a while, but it's so nice to return and receive thoughtful feedback from readers like you. Hope all's well, Sara
Thanks, Jane, always a pleasure to read what you have to say about my work. If you do come across the Hemingway story, do send it along; I would love to read it.
Thanks, Jane, for your very flattering comment about my post 9/11 story.
Thanks so much, Jane for your lovely comment on "Son of Uncle Sm." Appreciate it very much.
Jane, hysterical and crazy about sums up my mood when i wrote the vagina girl story (centerpiece), so glad you found it funny, thanks so much!
Jane, thank you! Means a lot coming from you as I quite admire your work.
Hi Jane - Thanks so much for reading/faving "Origin" - I'm so glad you liked it!
Jane - thanks for reading the flash The Last Time. That one I had fun writing, started with a recollection of someone derisively pronouncing wheat as all there is in Kansas - I flopped it. Hope that little thing - er, a novel or something, is going well and we will see some more flashes from ya.
thanks for the read and comments of "the replacement." i'm glad that it got into your head.
Jane, thanks for the warm welcome and kind words about "Enid's Hat."
Jane - thank you so much for your kind words about "California Fruit"! It means a lot. xo-meg
Thank you for the hospitality, Jane. It's nice to be here.
Thanks, Jane. I'd like having you read my stuff, even if you thought it was shit. Big bonus having you like it though.
Jane, many thanks for stopping in to read "We Have Eskimo Bars" and for your nice comment on my use of language. Your FYI also is appreciated as a heads up that the Eskimo Bar is known in New Mexico.
Jane. You write it. I'll buy it.
SOOOOOooo very cool to see Making It Right on mashable -- hits galore, you go girl! Peace...
I saw " Savages" liked it, and am very happy with the comparison.
Jane, so glad "burned" works for you, thanks! Also excellent interview on Noir group-- that's a great idea, will write something noir and send it
Few things more pleasant than to have Jane's stamp of approval on a piece of work--blessings on your kind soul.
Hey, thanks, Jane, for finding "Greyhound." Love your comments. Yes, Prufrockian is a word.
Thanks so much for the commentary on From HCMC with Love. Glad to see it's still being read and appreciated.
Hi, Jane, thanks for reading 'Private Security - IV.' Your helpful comment is greatly appreciated.
Hi Jane, thanks so much for your comments on "The Way is Dark, the Road Long" - George
Thanks so much for faving "Rod and Gun Club" - I'm so glad you liked it!
Jane, thanks so much for your comments. I'm glad to meet you.
Hi Jane. Just wanted to thank you for the kind words about my story 'Chained'. Was really nervous posting on here - not a lot of confidence, you know - and what with Michael (Solender) inviting me on here, didn't want to let him down :)
Thanks Jane for reading and enjoying my piece and for starting the Noir group - we are clearly on to something!
Thank you for reading and commenting, Jane. I look forward to reading some of your work.
All the best,
Jane, glad you enjoyed my noir blog. Thanks for checking it out.
Jane thx for reading and enjoying my noir piece at Yellow Mama, off to read yours at ATON now!
Jane, thanks for the kind words and for selecting "I Am" as a favorite. That business about my mother-in-law's name has turned into a much loved family gag, so I was glad to find a place for it an essay.
Thanks for the kind words about my essay.
Jane, thanks for reading my Paris story. Do you think the ghost of Hemingway will haunt me for stealing the ending from him?
I appreciate for the comment and the fave on Black Swans. Thanks!
Thanks, Jane, for the comment on A Night of Not Knowing. Thanks for reading, sorry for your ache, too.
Hi Jane, thank you for reading Requirement. I’m glad you liked it!
Thanks for the chuckle, the fave and your delightful comment on "The man who killed Molly Bloom."
Hi Jane - Thanks so much for tweeting "At the Rose Festival"!
Thanks, Jane, for your comments on Revenge at the Nudist Camp!
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Deep Pockets"! So glad you found it funny. Humor is tough, and I *always* wonder if it's really working.
Thank you, Jane. Yes, indeed; all good fiction is true.
Thanks, Jane, for reading and commenting on "The Transportation of Hens." I appreciate the "straight ahead clarity" comment. Reminds me of Auden's definition of poetry: "the clear expression of mixed feelings."
Jane, thank you for reading and commenting on Sports Day at the School for Clowns! I've been out of service for a while (day job!) but I'm glad you liked it! Claire
Thanks for commenting on my story, "Spring Ice," Jane. RE the father/son pairing, I tried to write that story four or five different ways before I brought the father and his dog in. Every time it was just an anecdote: 'guess what happened today! it was awful!' When I tried weaving the father in, i had a story.
Jane, thanks so much!
Thanks, Jane. I appreciate your kind comment on "Life with Fish."
Thank you so much for your comment and fave on "The Pure Land."
Jane, thanks for such lovely words about Lake Chelan, so glad you liked it. And I appreciate the fav you gave it.
Thanks for the nice comments, Jane!
Hi, Jane, I live in the Rockridge. Wrote an entire novel at Cole Coffee on College Ave, most of it posted here.
Hi Jane - Thank you so much for your generous comments on "I don't have a gun" - I'm so glad you liked it:)!!!
Sorry for the double-post. :(
Hi Jane. Thanks for stopping by my story!
thanks Jane so much for reading and enjoying Missed connections - the real ones are even more strange!
Jane...thanks for reading Wild Blue Yonder...and thanks as well for helping Meg navigate the San Pablo shuffle...what a difference 2 miles can make, yikes!
Jane, thanks for the thumbs up for "Naked Ladies." You're the best!
Jane, thank you so much. I'm glad it made an impact and thanks for the fav :-)
Thanks Jane! Good to see you on here. In my true absent-minded professor nature, I've already accidentally deleted a story ...
Thanks for your comments about Furballs. I usually do check about how many dialogue "tags" are left (after the initial blast). So glad you caught them and gave me great advice.
Hi Jane, so nice to read your work on Fictionaut! Hope to have some of your insights about my short pieces also.
Thank you for reading and commenting on the Judas Horse. I have researched the same and they break my heart.
Jane, thank you very much for your kind words on Hummingbird -your opinion means a great deal to me. Martha
Jane, Again, I appreciate your kind words. Thanks so much. The Amsterdam memory was for me wonderful and terrible at the same time.
Thanks, Jane for the read, kind comment and the fave. All deeply appreciated.
Jane, thank you for reading Drug War Snitch. I appreciate your interest and comments and look forward to reading more of your wonderful work.
No worries Jane, I really loved Dreaming in Mink. Every time I read it I get something new. Thanks for sharing it!
Thanks for the fave on "Not Today," Jane! Glad you are having some "Yes Today's" with your novel. Now nail that fucker down!!!
Many many thanks for readin' appreciatin' and favin' the continuation of the Ezra story and the flag day doo-dad. You always so totally get everything!
Hi, Jane- Thanks for the comments & fav. And yes, those gastanks were an issue. Happily, neither of my Pintos ever burst into flame :)
Thank you for the kind words about Tsalagi. Much appreciated.
LOL -- it totally does look like a ghost book.
Thanks for the supportive comments, Jane! I'm looking forward to delving further into the Fictionaut world, and I hope to post some newer work soon :)
And big thanks, too, for the comments and fave for "My Thumbs." Glad it was a surprise!
Thanks, Jane for the read and comments and fave on "Mrs. Booth Reading Locke and Other Things." I'll share fever any time!
Ah, the wonders of google. I had a breadfruit tree, but they offering was a traditional East Indian meal. Then the masi mash on google, and wiki tells all. Thanks for the read - and go 52/250!
Thanks, Jane, for your comment on "Blossoms and Buds."
Jane, thanks for the appreciation. It means a lot.
Thank you, Jane, for reading and faving At Seventeen. Your comments are very reassuring.
Jane, thank you for your kind words on Atonement. Glad you liked it. You are def. a master of the line - love your nanoisms.
Jane, thank you for such nice thoughts on "My Name is Bill Franklin," and I apologize it took me so long to get here.
Thanks, Jane, for your kind comments, much appreciated :-)
yay..thanks for pulling "Fireflies" off the shelf a couple weeks back, love to have that one get read and congrats again on Pleiku...you nailed that one
Hey Jane, thanks for reading and commenting on Nine and Five - I really appreciate it. foster.
thanks, Jane, for reading Latitude Adjustment. I appreciate your enthusiasm! I worried that the references to Stewart Island would be too obscure, but in the end if the language works, perhaps it doesn't matter so much.
Re: "Now or Never." Jane, Thanks so much. Yes, in Yountville at that! And I like the pun!
Thanks for inviting me here, Jane. Now how to stay focused on finishing the novel?
Hi Jane - I just wanted to thank you for your kind comments on "Three dreamers" - I'm so glad you liked the story!
Many thanks, Jane, for reading "Hammer" and "Scrap" and your comments and faves! Glad you like those pieces, and always appreciate your to-the-heart-of-it responses!
Hi Jane, thanks so much for finding and reading my story "Space Man" and for your kind comments. I really appreciate it!
Jane, thank you so much for your kind comment on 'Spill' - I really appreciate you reading it. M.
Thank you for commenting on The Other Side. This is not part of the novel. The novel only focuses on the Armenian Genocide. However, I am thinking about turning it into a novella, short stories following. The Other Side (which will be expanded) will be one of those short stories.
Hi Jane. Thanks again for commenting on my story "Stalling." So glad you liked it. I just checked out "Pleiku Jacket" and thought it was an amazing read. Damn. Looking forward to seeing it again in JMWW. Congrats on that.
Thank you, Jane, for reading "Classmates" and for you insightful words for the poems. Always a blessing, your appreciation!
Jane, I so value your comment on Almost There. Glad it touched you so; I'm glad you see the life and the journey in there, too, alongside the death. Your comment really touched me.
Jane, thank you for your thoughts on In the Path of Mary. It is deeply appreciated.
Jane, thank you so much for your kind words on 'Tears of a Trucker'. I'm so thrilled, especially after reading your story, 'Pleiku Jacket' which is so clearly a favourite. Martha
jane, Thank you for your comments on "Snowed In." Glad you liked the tale.
[Moving this from my wall so you can actually read it. Still fumbling around with the way things work here...]
First, thank you for your comments on "Waiting for a Terrorist".
Second, it was my pleasure to read "How Bittie Betina Learned to Fly," and if you don’t mind, from now on she’ll be close to heart as well.
I'd love a Hint Fiction group here on f-aut! Speaking of that, I gotta write some stories by July 1 for Wigleaf's contest. Zoikes!!!!
Thanks for reading and commenting on What Her Eyes Saw. Yes, this is part of the novel I'm working on. Slow going, I'm afraid. I need a library to do more research. Not too many resources in rural Philippines. Another trip to Armenia and Turkey would be a plus, too. I'll post selections in the coming weeks. I'll message you to let you know. Thanks for wanting to read more. That's very encouraging.
Thanks so much for reading and commenting on Memoir of a Hill Staffer. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for the welcome wall inscription! For some reason I'm surprised Fictionaut has a wall. But why should I be?
Oh, and Go Bears! What do you teach at Cal?
Thanks for the warm welcome. It, and you being the first female commenter, went a long way to cut the guilt of sharing such a cold, heartlessness piece as my first.
I like the hearing voices part.
Thanks so much for your comment on All-Night Cartoon Party! Your book looks fascinating, by the way.
Jane, thank you for your comments about "Villa Monterey"!
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my first story here Jane!
Thank you, Jane, for lending your fine eye and ear to "Mind You Don't," and for your insightful comments!
Hey, thanks for reading and saying nice words about my little stories. I have more, but they're in the publication-hopper, so I wait.
Thanks, Jane, for the comments on "Maps"--yeah, I think about that "not going anywhere just not going home" at lot--glad you get it!
Thanks so much for commenting on the two stories!
So glad you liked "Pirates". Thanks!
Thanks for reading the hypertexts, Jane, and I'm especially happy that you were intrigued by them. I think you'd enjoy writing in this style and your students should be exposed to it. Here's a link to a presentation I did that might give a fast explanation of it: http://susangibb.net/blog2/the-creative-process-a-blend-of-skills/ Then, you might want to check out some of the links on the Hypercompendia site or I can point you to more resources.
Jane, thanks for your kind comments about "Old Wounds" and the story's ending. Getting the ending lines just right gave me fits! I'm so glad it worked for you.
Thanks for letting me share "Boiling the Dog's Head". I emailed it to a friend who I know will appreciate it!
Thanks, Jane, for the reading and comments on "Hollister" - Appreciate!
Thank you, Jane, for inviting me to this wonderful place, and for your kind words about my work. I actually love it when you boss me around. And I'm a big fan of your work. I hope the novel is going well--you've got a big ol'bright horizon to write toward.
Hi Jane - Thanks so much for your kind words on "Aunt Ginny's Lunar Bash." They are much appreciated esp. since you're a native (the closest I've lived to NM is Durango, CO where I fell in love with the state) :)!
Jane, thank you so much for taking the time to read -- and comment on my work. I know it's not a cheery one but I'm glad it was effective.
hey jane, thanks-this resonates with me - all of it - my problem is that i don't want to be a ff writer (some may call me a whiner...) i continuously wonder where the attraction comes from (many answers have been given to that. i only read ff online apart from a couple of small pubs i bought since joining fictionaut because i met the authors here. i'm also sitting on unpublished (in fact unfinished) novels. your commentary is fasinating to me, so yes, definitely more. perhaps other want to join the discussion, too. none of the two novel-related groups here have a "how to get to the novel" discussion going...maybe we should start one? - cheers ff
this question keeps coming back to me so i must ask: why is working on a novel driving you crazy?
Thanks for taking a look at my story, Jane and I appreciated the comments very much. Also glad to have the opportunity to see your story, which is very solid work.
and an excellent ride this was - you do a lot with language there. great piece.
Hi Jane--Looking forward to meeting you in one of your trips out to State...Meg and I are out here in the Sunset..loved Beckett not Joyce
Jane, thank you so much for commenting on Pogo The Clown. Hope you're doing well. Looking forward to more of your stories.
Jane, thanks for commenting on "Blue Cotton Candy" and adding it as a favorite!
Thanks for the kudos and the fav click. Glad you liked the story.
Nice to read your work here!
Yeah, menace is always good. Especially in stories.