I fitfully manage a small educational publishing company and try to write when I get time. I'm married with two children and two Jack Russell terriers named Ted and Fritz. I've published some fiction and poetry in various places and hope to publish more.
Writing is the only thing that keeps me from staring at the clock.
Changes almost daily. Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Eudora Welty, Clarice Lispector, Thomas Bernhard, Franz Kafka, Annabel Thomas, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Denis Johnson, W. G. Sebald, Denton Welch, Robert Walser.
Family Ties, War and Peace, Berlin Stories, The Metamorphosis, The Phototropic Woman, The Rings of Saturn, In Our Time, Collected Poems of Elizabeth Bishop, War and War, The Great Gatsby, and whatever I happen to be reading that day.
thanks for reading an commenting on "you"---and for seeing the brackets!
thank you very much for your comments on my poem.
Thanks for your kind comments on 'The Worst Girl's Best Day.' Much appreciated.
Thanks so much for your thoughts on my story. :)
Thanks for reading "Carver" John. I wanted to make that ending, that last turn kinda subtle (because really, that title wouldn't be appropriate if it wasn't).
Thanks, John for your nice praise for Instructions. Trying to get moved taking a lot of my time right now.
Thank you for the read and comments on POINK, John. It's a long Flash at over 900 words, so your effort is certainly appreciated. And your writing style is admired.
Thanks for your kind response on my story, "Latex."
Thank you for reading and commenting on The Most Beautiful Lady, John. I'm glad you liked it.
Read A Forest comments.
You got that right, John. Crazy as loons. Thanks for the read and the star.
Thank you for reading Miss Jewel Eppinette, John. I'm always happy to see you've read and liked something of mine. I'll reciprocate soon.
Thanks, John for the kind words for "Place." What's going on in Greensboro?
Dear John, u r the best! thanks for your comment on Demons.
Thank you, John, for kind words regarding "Metastasis".
john, thanks for reading and commenting on my little emergency poem, yo--
Thanks for your kind words regarding "The Beauties Abandon You", John.
Thanks, John, for your generous reading of "I'm Waiting". I'm grateful for your kind remark.
Dear John: Thank you for your comment on Wild Garden!!
Thanks for your comment on Life's Meaning.
John, thanks so much for you note on Digital Garden, best, lillian
Thanks, John, for responding to Black Bombers. I appreciate your encouragement.
Thank you for Ziggy in False Alarm.
John Riley, nice to meet you, and thanks for your comments on my story!
Hi John, thanks for reading Brick Walls, and thanks for the comments, too. fos.
Thank you, John, for hearing the sun accelerate, too, and for your kind reading of Tics.
Thanks, John for your comments on Aerospace. Uprooted. Yes. Been there.
John, thanks for reading several of my stories and giving me such positive and helpful feedback. And for the intro to Samanta Schweblin's stories!
John, I am grateful for your generous response to New Questions of Travel.
Thank you for your thoughtful comment on Insanity.
John, warm thanks for your succinct comment on my ovillejo.
Thank you so much for your comment on Ilonka.
Thank you, John, for reading "Linear A'. I'm grateful for your response.
Thank you for your Forgiveness comment.
Thanks also, John, for kind words on First Day of Summer.
Thanks, John, for commenting Metamorphosis. I'm esp. glad to learn about lines that worked as I'd hoped they would. Thx for mentioning that.
Thanks for your comment on Tolstoy.
Thanks for your comment on For Rent.
Thanks for your comment on Perspective.
Thank you, John, for your kind look at Bitter Bits.
John, I appreciate the welcome and for reading my microfiction. I've just figured out that this is the place to say so. Not in my own pad. Thank you for kind comments to a newbie.
John, thank you for reading A New York Moment. Why did you think it was sad?
Thank you for your comments on "Three Endings," John. Very helpful and appreciated. Happy New Year.
Thank you for your kind words about Conversation dialogue.
Hey John, I'm happy you enjoyed Eight States Away, thanks for taking the time to read and comment. fos.
BOXWOOD AT NINE: I basically wrote this in my head as is when I was nine.
Thanks, John. "Routine of the Abyss" is meant to challenge a reader's response. Nice to read your take on the piece.
John, I appreciate your words regarding my story, "Dreams".
John, thanks for your comment on "Solution". I don't usually do stuff so spare.
Thank you, John for reading and commenting on When Borders was Alive and Well. I'll read something of yours soon. Promise.
John--thanks so much for your comment on All Bones. There are two other related stories here: Forging and Lettie in the Ozarks, though the connections might not be clear without the pieces that link all the characters. But anyway--thanks for asking.
Thanks so much for your comment on Gas Chamber.
Hey John, thanks for reading a bar for all occasions, and thanks for the comments, too; both are very much appreciated. fos.
Thanks, John for your comments on "The Good Cancer." The next story is an unexpected love story. We'll see if it lands anywhere.
Thanks, John. I remember you helped with 'What the Future Holds...' when it had a different title.
Mall: Glad you liked.
Time: It has its incredible highs and lows.
Thanks, John for reading "Belt." Glad the opening works...didn't know if I could pull it off.
Hi, John - thank you for reading, commenting on, and favoritng my eBay feedback bit!
Thanks for your generous comment on Soup.
Thanks for the read and fave on "Casual Violence." Just had to get that one out.
i liked your comment and was glad to make you laugh.
Thanks much for faving "Sacrifice", John. Appreciate your interest. The book is done. I'm getting it ready to put up as an Amazon Direct Kindle book. I'll probly take these chapters down once it's out on Amazon.
Glad you liked Hair.
Hey, John. Thanks for the read and insightful comment on "Sex."
Thanks for your comment on Princess.
Thanks John for reading and faving "The Man with a Blue Ski Jacket.". This one is a little experiment in voice. Happy you liked it.
Hi, John. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Six.' I appreciate your comment and *.
Thanks, John, for your kind words about my Neil Young poem. I also love all your rural noir stuff I've read. Got enough for a collection? It would really nail the creepiness.
Hi, John. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Five.' I greatly appreciate your comments.
Thank you for your last Saratoga comment..
Thanks for the comment and fav on 'evening cigarette', John!
Hi John--Thanks for the kind words about "Your Last Rooster," and thanks for the star. I'm a fan of Clarice Lispector too!
Hoping your friendship network isn't a pack of werewolves.
HI John, thanks for giving Dog Days a few minutes of your time. I appreciate the comments. fos.
Hi, John. Thanks for reading 'Independent Assiduity,' parts one through four. I greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions.
Thanks for the kind comment on "The Songs of Townes Van Zandt." He touched and continues to touch many people.
Thank you for reading Things to Come - glad you liked.
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Missing." Always appreciate your insight.
Thanks so much for your Munchausen's comment.
Thank you, John. I have so many versions of Getting There on my computer, largely because I didn't want too heavy a hand with it. Your comment means a lot.
Thank you so much for your kind comment on Steam. The line about watching the old movies is one of the most moving for me as well.
Thanks, John for reading "Childless." Taking chances as always with the sparse language. And yes, Lydia Davis is the shit.
Hi John, thanks so much for praising my latest. Much appreciated!
Thanks for the thoughtful comment on Apnea, John!
Hi John. Thank you so much for reading and enjoying "Huntingtons." Means much that you see the pain as a reader. Thank you, thank you. HM
Thanks for the read and comment on "Low Country Boil." Love that part of the world John.
John, thank you for your kind comment about The Movement of Inanimate Objects. Made my day. :)
Thanks for your comment on the use of imagery!
Thanks, John! Really appreciate your comment on "Notebooks." And the fave is awesome too. :)
Thanks for your comment on Salt. I'm not sure she knows what she's up to. I generally don't.
Hi, John. Thanks for faving "Not Enough Sin to Go Around." Great hearing from you!
Thanks for your Birds of Prayer Lost Ones comment.
Thanks so much for your generous, enthusiastic comment on Birds of Prayer.
Thanks, John, for replying to the identity of the writer thread at M ILLNESS group. I like to hear from you.
Thanks for your insightful comment/fave on Binge Painter.
John, thank you for reading and writing!
Thanks, John, for commenting on and faving "A Thousand Books." Much appreciated!
John, thank you so much for your amazing and moving comment and fave on The Miracle of My Father's Hat. You have no idea how much I appreciate it.
Hi John! Thanks so much for FAVing "Furniture Fights." Glad I'm on your radar & that now you're on mine.
Thanks for your comment on "Twedes." I agree that it is specific geography not widely Midwest. Cool, double marriage.
Thanks, John for commenting and faving "Dumb-Waiter.". Cheers!
I appreciated your funny comment and fave on Spaghetti Girl and enjoyed Tomorrow's My Birthday...
Thanks for faving "Annulling the Future," John. And thanks for your kind comments.
Thanks, John for reading "Pink Dress." I like to read ominous stories especially when the truth is really not as ominous as one would think.
I loved your mysterious story Jimmy and appreciate your kind, enthusiastic comment on Pig Girl and the fave. Thanks so much.
Thanks for the read and comment on "Cowgirl Love." Kind of a fun piece.
Thanks, John! Appreciate your reading and commenting on "Finland."
Thanks, John for reading and faving "A Good Man Deserves a Good Woman." Cheers!
Thanks for the great comment on and fave of "I Can Take Satan," John.
John, thanks for your comment on "Unmailed Letter to B'go." The letter form has its own demands and purities. I'll keep in mind what you said.
I'm grateful that you took time to read my recent story here, John. And your comment was a fine boost, that one thing we all need more of and more often. Thanks, hoss.
Thanks for the fave of "Low Dose Yoga," John! Glad you enjoyed the poem.
Thanks for the read and comments on "Maalox."
John, thanks for reading and commenting on "Fleur De Sel."
Hi, John. Thanks for faving "Under Commiseration." Appreciate the read and response.
Thanks so much for reading "Hanky Panky." As I get older, my mother has become more transparent and a helluva a lot funnier...
Thank you so much, John, for your comment on Always a Story. My mother made that one easy, as did circumstance. Every now and then, life just gives us stories. :) Thanks again!
Hi John! Thanks for taking the time to read "The Tall Man's Secret" and for your comment. If you ever watched Seinfeld, this guy is literally a real, live Kramer.
John, thanks for faving "Picking the Bark Off Experience." Great comment!
Thank you so much John for your support of "The Tangle"! Your kind words mean a lot. Warmly, Meg
Thanks, John, for liking 'May 1506.' Mercy...
thanks for reading my piece, john! much appreciated!
Thanks for reading "Rattlesnake Pancakes," John. Appreciate your comment and the fave!
Thanks for your read of "Childhood Factories," John. Weird jobs of the past, eh?
John, thanks for your ongoing support. Means so much and I appreciate it.
Thank you for leaving a comment on "For Carol", John. I appreciate it.
Thank you for reading and commenting on my poem, "Daylight"--it's very much appreciated.
Hi John: Thank you one more time for liking a piece of mine. The Lennon tribute was a hard one to write.
Thanks for your thoughtful comments about The Lonely Heart Hunts, John. That gun was more disturbing and created more tension than a southerner anticipated.
Chaucer? Wow. I'm in top company! (Maybe, maybe not.) Thanks for the comment and star, John.
thank you, john, i appreciate the comment. the serious writer appreciates the re-reading (or so he says), especially because his days are counted. cheers!
Hi John: Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on "For the Lost Boys." It's always nice when you like my work.
Great comment, John. Thanks. Add that "more" to just a few lines is what I shoot for. I guess we all do.
John, I appreciate your read and comment of my Twain story. Thanks!
Hi John! I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my story, "Baby, Baby..." and also for giving it a star! Thank you.
hi john, thanks for commenting on "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/the-sodomized-dictator">The Sodomized Dictator</a>". the abyss indeed, and <a href="http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/39793.html">it's staring back at us</a>.
Thanks, John. Glad you liked "Satan and the Moon." Appreciate the read and the fave!
Thanks for your warm comments about Lingering, John. Made my day.
Hi John: I owe you another thank you for commenting on and liking "2008, What I Wanted." Thank you. I appreciate you.
Thanks for the idea, John. I've got a second "Mickey" story. Maybe the third could be a ride for the Dragon Lady!
I am so pleased you like Mirko as he grows in complexity.
Hi John: Glad you found something to like about my nonfiction piece "For Captain Paul." I suspect we may be experiencing a mutual admiration society in miniature. Thanks.
Thanks, John. I appreciate the feedback for "Hot Dish."
Enjoyed your piece "Three Stories of You," John. Welcome to Fictionaut! I'm glad you're here. Oh, and yes to Elizabeth Bishop too.
Welcome to here, and thanks ever so much for your read on Da Capo. Another huge War and Peace fan here, and we agree on many of the others you've listed.
John thanks so much for reading and commenting on my story Underground. And a warm welcome to Fictionaut! Susan
thank you John for your comment about "Here on Earth" my poem!
Thanks for your kind words about Bodensee, John, and welcome.
Thanks for your encouraging comment about "Twister." I appreciate it.
Welcome to Fictionaut, John!
Welcome, John. This has just become a better place to be. :-)