I dig: James Joyce, Tom Robbins, Thomas Pynchon, birth stories, midwifery, Waldorf schools, the paranormal, sharks, Canada, pugs, hibiscus bushes, Teavana, Saabs, Macs, Feist, the OED, rain, and quiet.
I'm married to John Minichillo, and we have a son.
I'm the editor-in-chief of Atticus Review (www.atticusreview.org).
Creativity fuel = witnessing people/animals/plants transcend their given circumstances; anything heartbreaking or serendipitous; wit; a fire inside.
Writing reasons = trying to make sense of all of the above.
Tom Robbins, James Joyce, Thomas Pynchon, Thomas Mann, Susan Minot, Jeanette Winterson, Mary Gaitskill, Alifa Rifaat, Naguib Mahfouz, Richard Brautigan, Paul Bowles, Jane Bowles, Alfred Chester, Leonard Cohen, Helene Cixous, Jacques Derrida, Arnold Lobel, John Minichillo
thanks for coming out of the attic, katrina, and thank you for having me over at atticus review...
Katrina: Thank you for your generous remark about splicing. I look forward to reading your work. -- Q
Katrina -- xoxo, fo' reals.
Hi Katrina, Thank you so much for your warm note. Love Paul & Jane (that Jane, boy, I try to reread Two Serious Ladies every year.)
Katrina, thanks so much for the kind words about my post 9/11 story.
when freewriting it is important to write absolute bullshit. that means, you are not supposed to assume anything good comes of it. the whole thing is to lower your standards! Then if you get even one or two sentences out of it, take it from there!
thank you for your kind words about "Lost".
Hi Katrina, thanks for reading Eight States Away, glad you liked it. i can't believe something like this happened to someone you knew! foster.
katrina, thanks also for reading "don't rub me out now". did you take a look at jim's work, like http://bit.ly/bZpqYu - this is good stuff. otherwise i dare say you'll rather write my eulogy - though i don't feel old on this particular day (10 yrs younger in fact without the facial hair!) i don't think i'll outlast you. giacomo & john will be grateful!
Thank you so much for your kind words about Villa Monterey Apt.,Burbank!
katrina, thanks for filtering out my "flatulence", reading commenting and faving it. on an unrelated note, ms flawnt and i are also into waldorf schools and little miss flawnt attends one (complete with sheep in the innermost city backyard).
Hi Katrina, thanks for your comments on A Life Twice Told - glad you liked it.
Katrina, thanks for reading and commenting on "The Common Cold"!
Thanks for your nice response to "The Boy by the River Told," Katrina.
I DO appreciate it!
ditto on my last post here x 3!
thank you thank you thank you! very glad the piece worked for you!
Katrina, thanx for reading and commenting on "the spaces between words".
"Coming from me"? Surely, you flatter me. Yeah, last lines are what I often manage never to get right on my stories either. "Peach" strikes just the right cord, sending shivers down the spine.
"Nearly spat out coffee several times. Good coffee, at that."
Hopefully not Cafe Bustelo! Be a sin to waste it.
Thanks, K! Much obliged for your help and kind words. I hope it's tighter. I had good professors! ;)
thank you for your kind comment and that fav my dear...let your elusive hubby know i loved his "love koan"... and since i'm over-e-xhausted i will take a ramadan from fnaut, facebook and all those marvelous distractions for a week (ms flawnt wonders if i will make it and if people say nice things to me i might fold) ... couldnt find a valentine from you otherwise i'd have devoured it with glad glee!
Katrina: I think if Fictionaut doesn't have one already, it needs a southern writers group of some sort. Transplant Yankees wouldn't count, and being a Faulkner fan would be mandatory. Just a funny thought.
Well,I was joking, as were you, at first, but maybe we're onto something about the whole process.
Your comment about my story was the hands down coolest I've ever read. About any story. By anybody.
"Why do we write?"
"Well, at day's end, turns out it's this S&M deal..."
alas, there can be only one flawnt and only one flawntwalk. you could have a gray-zone though?
Just wanted to thank you again for the awesome comment on "...An Nail" and the fav. Rock and roll.
Katrina, thanks so much for reading my story. I really appreciate your thoughts, Sara
hi katrina. thanks for commenting on Mother Tongue... much appreciated
Thanks for the fav. I go for laughs - rarely get faves. For every one I paste a little gold star on my forehead. You made my day!
Thanks for the note, Katrina. Big yes to Written on the Body. That's one of the best novels that could possibly be written. Such a great approach to character - and to story in that book. Winterson's essays are marvelous as well.
geez, i love that name.
did i tell you that i found a way to work Giacometti into my novel? Palace at 4 am
I spend almost zero time on this site; it has never quite clicked for me. But I just read your newish stories and re-read your older ones. You have a real talent for empathic habitation of an imagined soul... using truthful details closely observed, making a unique voice with the quirky turn of phrase... I think Twine is my favorite, so oblique.
And correct me if I'm wrong, but not many others besides us cite Brautigan as a favorite. "1/3, 1/3, 1/3" -- one of the greatest stories ever.
Goodness. Thanks for the kind words. I always wonder about the content warning on my blog-- I didn't put it there. Perhaps I'm just that offensive. Ha.
Thanks for commenting! I, too, listed Tom Robbins - I really dig his imaginative approach.
One of those authors really doesn't belong with the rest ;)
What the fuck! . . . I love it. A most righteous compliment. The best really. Thanks for reading the old Loretta story.
Nice to meet you as well, Katrina!
thanks so much for your comments on Missy. Good to meet you!
Hi Katrina, thanks so much for your kind words/fave of "Not Really". I love reading your work. Good luck in the NPR contest!
And thank you for reading Authentic Smorgasbord Dinner, Katrina. I look forward to reading more of your stories...
Thanks for the nice comment on The Hamburger Story! I loved your NPR nurse story -- really beautifully done.
Oh, yes. Tom Robbins. Yay! Villa Incognito -- love that one!
(Sorry for the name-shortening in my comment. Confused you with another Katrina!)
Hi Katrina--we miss you here--come on out and play. We like the game better with you in it.Hope you and yours are doing fine.
Hola, Katrina, thanks for faving A Baby. Hope this finds you well. Best, David
Hi Katrina-- just wishing you and your family a very wonderful spring to come. As always I look forward to reading your new stuff and sharing mine with you.
Thank you so much, Katrina, for your kind words about "Not Really". That last paragraph is one of my favorite writing moments (I think I have two).
Thanks for the kind words about the baby. He's beautiful.
I hope you're doing well and that you and your baby are happy.
I have a huge literary crush on Jane Bowles. Reading her (sadly, short-ish) body of work was very freeing for me in terms of my writing. I felt like she gave me permission to reclaim adverbs, which many writers seem to frown upon (I guess verbs are supposed to do all the work--I'm all for economy, but where's the fun in that?).
Katrina, thank you for your kind words. As for publishers being awake, well....
I thought "Apple" was wonderful, both sweet and horrifying, and full of heart. Glad to know you!
Thanks for the beautiful email you sent me! I've wanted to tell you thanks ever since you sent it but I coudln't find the words to express my thanks.
I was just thinking about "Still Life With Woodpecker" before I went to sleep the other night. I remember reading it in highschooland loving it.
My girlfriend wants to have a home birth. We're seeing a med-wife right now though. Maybe you might have some good tips for me.
I hope you're well.