I joined fictionaut to learn from you.
I've published The Geek Assassin, a thriller, Nurse Maggie Cooper and the Shaman Dawn, an action adventure and Queen of Hornets,a motorcycle racing novel on Kindle ebooks and Smashwords for all eReaders. I've also done some non-fiction, science fiction and short stories in places such as M-Brane SF, the Deadly Ink Collection, Full of Crow, Bewildering Stories, Cynic On Line, Final Draft, A Twist of Noir, Powderburnflash, Adventure Cycling, King Pin Chess, the It's Our Pleasure Collection, Computer Graphics World, Modern Dog Magazine, Penninsula Pulse and Saponifier Magazine.
Maybe I even published a poem I sent away once and forgot about.
Mostly I edit and organize a large Excel spreadsheet of my rejections.
Yeah, well I am
a little bored.
Stood on the verbal corner
Suffered the fools;
realized they were me.
Hoped for visions
but couldn’t see.
Quit before I really tried.
took a hot air balloon ride.
Lied and lied and lied
Second nature to me now.
I say you’re gorgeous.
You’re a cow.
You see it’s white.
I say it’s black.
And no, I’ll never
take it back.
Secure in my
Citizen of a two-faced nation.
I do not step on sidewalk
Lest I break my mother’s
heart. Already broken
long ago, by some bozo
I do not know,
whose genes, still angry
in my jeans
making sloshing sounds.
So, imperfect as I may be,
lying makes it true for me.
I have read many lists of what others have read. It appears I have read none of the books I was supposed to and all of the books I was not. I remain committed to this approach.
Blue Highways - Least Heat Moon. His name alone should make you curious. A fine treatise on America. (Blue highways are the secondary roads on a roadmap.)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Valente - This book may not be aimed at your market niche but you must read it anyway. 99.9% Pure.
The Dog Star - A well written dystopia that's genuinely sad in spots.
They Eat Puppies, Don't They? - Christopher Buckley
The poems of Paul Hostovsky. Best poet I've read recently. A tinge of magic in the real world
1Q84 - Murakami. Drawn with a different pen filled with magic ink.
The Leopard - Jo Nesbo. It's confirmed. Jo is the best Scandanavian thriller writer.
Nightwoods - Charles Frazier. When they make the inevitable movie of this book actors and actresses will be scratching each others eyes out to be cast.
Don Quixote - Cervantes. Genisis of the novel and suprisingly funny still.
The God of Nightmares - Paula Fox. Jonathan Franzen was right. I will be reading more of Paula's work.
Lord of Misrule - Jaimy Gordon. I've never liked horses but I love this book. A hell of a voice.
Going for a Beer - Robert Coover - New Yorker, 3/14/11 (SS)Think you're inventive? - read this.
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks, also, maybe Use of Weapons
I am a Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo fan.
The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors - Young-Stone. Funny, insightful,complicated, suprising to the last page. A story of art, artiface and most of all, hope.
A Small Furry Prayer - Kotler. If you like dogs this is good love mixed with good science in a true story of dog rescue.
Desert - JMG LeClezio. 2008 Nobel Prize for literature. Try this one on for size if you want to read some lyrical prose.
I Claudius - Graves. "That's not a memoir, THIS is a Memoir."
B is for Beer - Tom Robbins. You have to admit, the guy is amazing. (All his work)
Hunger Games Trilogy - I started it to see what all the fuss was about, then couldn't stop.
Burning Bright - Rash. You wanna read a short story? Here are a few that will curl your hair.
Tales from the Madman Underground - Very incisive YA.
War,Sebastian Junger - a suprising conclusion. (BTW, see the documentary "Restrepo" made while writing this book.)
Random Acts of Senseless Violence, Jack Womack - a journey through a changing world and an evolution of language.
Marcelo in the Real World, Fransisco X. Stork - an insightful YA tale about the meaning of love.
End Zone, Don DeLillo - Very high on the, 'WTF?' chart. A great sports book with some meaning attached.
What It Is, Lynda Barry (Graphic) Unfreakingbelieveable. You wanna learn how to write? This is one book you need.
Border Songs, Jim Lynch. Heartwarming. Funny. Instructive. Satisfying.
Half Broke Horses, Jeanette Walls (The Glass Castle). Proof we all have a story.
The Crime and Suspense Stories of Anton Chekhov
Debby Harry Sings in French - quite a nice suprise
The Elegance of the Hedgehog - wow
The Master and Margarita and The Heart of a Dog by Mikail Bulgakov
Beowulf. Seamus Heaney's translation.
Ron McLarty. "Art In America."
Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" stunning grittiness, mood, relentless menace and depiction of true evil.
Jim Harrison's "English Major" and "Returning to Earth" Any of Jim's books are worth a look.
Lisbeth Salander in all three of Stieg Larsson's books; The new Lyra Belacqua. (see the Swedish films, AFTER reading !!)The most fun flawed books of recent years.
To Kill A Mockingbird and The Education of Little Tree.
Aristotle's Poetics. I understood two or three pages. You can try for four.
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Two.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Hey Larry: Thanks for your comments. Yes, I enjoyed "Winter's Tale" immensely also but am somewhat disappointed that Mark Helprin has done so little since then. I've since become quite fond of Scott Turow's writing in "Presumed Innocent," but was disappointed by "Ordinary Heroes." He wrote that like an ordinary writer, and I felt his first novel was extraordinarily written. Will keep reading what you have in here. In the meantime I will be trying to improve my blog writing as I'm afraid I'm not very good at keeping up with the blogosphere. Cheers, Shawn
Feel free. Steal away! Thanks for reading and commenting on "Agra Road," Larry!
You are funny.
Thank you so much for your comment on The Sneeze. I really enjoyed your story Eli.
Thanks, Larry, for your comments about 'Ray's People...' Yep. Sad, ain't it, to know so many?
Larry, thanks for reading Marc Bolan. What sad anniversary are you talking about?
Larry, thank you so much for reading and faving After he failed to wake up. Appreciate you taking time to read my itty-bitty story. Peace...
Thanks for reading and commenting on 'My Last Hunts,' Larry. But surely you jest. Hunting is generally not PC and often quite distasteful and messy. But there are lots of hunters and, comparatively, very few serial killers...
Thanks Larry! For thinking I am not swanning around.
Larry, thanks for your kind comment on "Immiscibility." Yeah, my kinda science, too. I love your comment above where you spend your time organizing a spreadsheet of your rejections. Yeah, me too. I bet my spreadsheet could beat up your spreadsheet.
Waltham is a lot like Lynn, but it doesn't have the cool rhyme, known to all Mass. schoolboys: "Lynn, Lynn, City of Sin--you never come out the way you went in."
Hi Larry! Thanks for the comment on The Untold Story.'
Also I have to tell you the poem you put up for Why Do You Write is hysterical. So, thanks again.
Larry, please make Geek Assassin available for the Nook.
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading 'Along Came Doreen.' I appreciate your comments.
Thanks, Larry, for your kind words on "Puncture." Much appreciated.
Hi Larry, thanks for reading Mai Tai Daze. I know you know a thing or two about guns! Best, Katie
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading, 'Heart of Gold.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Thanks, Larry, for relating to "The Last Chance...Story Contest," Which, strangely, is suffering a slight shortage of entries.
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading, 'Lule of Raw.' I greatly appreciate your insightful comments.
Thanks for reading and commenting on"Fish Boil," Larry.
Hi Larry, thanks for your comments on "Dr. Norm O. Pathy, M.D." - GL
Naw, Larry. Surely we will both go to heaven )if not heaven on earth) because we both have a sterling character. Thanks for your read of my Twain story.
Mr. Strattner: thank you for the comment and fave of Little Grey Elephant. You rock.
larry, i go back and forth on the music of "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/moondog--2">moondog</a>" myself...but the look is unparalleled, i wish you could've seen the real man. thanks, mate.
Thanks for your evocative comment on "Eclipse." I love Ingmar Bergman, most of all the fairytale ending of "The Magician." When will we get our summons to perform for the king?
Larry, what's the latest on your book?
Larry, spoken like a true ex-waiter (if indeed you are). Thank you so much for reading "Sideburns" and commenting.
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own-2.' I greatly appreciate your insightful comment and *.
"Larry! Good to hear from you. Good to hear that you have a book close to publication. Be sure to keep me advised. I want to see it. Smashwords adapts for all E-readers. The tricky part is converting the ms. for Smashwords. The do-it-yourself route is tedious beyond words, so I hire it done for $25. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you the details." ~Bob Lamb
Larry, thanks for chiming in on Power Outage. I'm grateful.
hey, larry, thank you for commenting on "before the bloodbath". the dog likes you, too.
Larry, thanks for the thoughtful comment on my little visiting old friends tale.
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading 'I Wouldn't Wanna Be Me.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.
Hiya, Larry! Thanks for your kind words. Truth is I don't have time for much of anything with the Retreat, Blog, Press, Review, and Readings. Too much! I need a vacation!
Thank you so much for your comments on "After." They are greatly appreciated!
Larry -- thanks for reading Burn, Baby, Burn and your kind comments. Now I need to work up a "Jules Archer: The Definitive Collection" book.
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Larry, good idea for a new product: The Marital Bliss Lawnmower. Bet it would sell like crazy!
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading 'Destiny Knocking.' Your story comment is greatly appreciated: likewise, for your heads-up on the typo, which you posted on my wall.
Larry, Tough story to write as well. Thanks for reading it.
Re: your profile. Turns out I have read more than half the books you have. Think Jeanette Walls "Glass Castle" has the best first sentence in contemporary fiction. You know there is no right or wrong list of books - just read.
Thanks for you comment. I am new to this whole internet computer thing. Posting that story felt like putting a note in a bottle and dropping it into the sea, only with more expensive equipment. Again thank you for reading and responding.
Thanks for the comment and the fave, Larry.
Thank you so much, Larry, for Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Do you remember that book, "Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" It was by a John? Can't remember the author (Powers?) maybe, anyway, you're right! I should have thrown that into the mix!!! I so appreciate your reading!
Thank you for such a kind comment on 'The Arms of the Forest' !
What's up, Doc?
Larry, am reserving Lord of the Misrule as we speak. . .Also loved many of your fave books. That first line in Jeanette Walls "Last Castle" was probably my all-time favorite first sentence.
Larry - thanks so much for reading Woman.
Glad ya dug the stories Larry -- thanks for reading!
Larry I don't believe you were crying. I think you want to touch the studs, too! Ha ha! Thanks Larry!
Thanks, Larry, for your kind comments re "The Whippy Guy." Thanks especially for your insight into my character's feelings after the fight. I look forward to reading your work.
Thanks, Larry. A very flattering metaphor! Thanks for your comment on "Men Are Beasts."
Thanks for reading, Larry, but my dictionary definitely says 'pein'! Perhaps it's UK vs. US spelling.
Thanks for the comment, Larry! Glad you enjoyed your colonic. :)
Larry, Many thanks for your comment on "Tatters" and also the star. I'm very pleased.
Thank you for your comment on my story, "Plus and Minus." I really appreciate it. I look forward to checking out your work. Nathaniel Bellows
Larry, thanks for appreciating Living Without Blood!
Thanks, Larry, for the comment on "Disappearing Ink." Thanks also for the fave!
Thanks, Larry, for reading 'Made in Japan.' I greatly appreciate your comment, correction, and fav.
How come one of my cats bites me then? Got a kick out of your comment about my story, Larry.
what kind of job would google offer me i wonder...court jester? sushi roller? you cracked me up, larry. thanks for the note & comment. i added your site to my blogroll: http://marcusspeh.com
Larry, thanks for your comments on “God Bless You, Mr. Rinsewater.” Glad you enjoyed it! Always great to hear from you.
Thank you for reading Tsunami. Glad you liked it.
Hi Larry. Thanks so much for commenting on my Saphris piece. I've tried almost all the drugs but never Vicodin.
Thanks, Larry, for the comment on the Translator poem.
Larry, please don't feel itchy and squirmy about Shoes! Thanks for reading!
Thanks, Larry. It's always good to hear from you. Glad you give "Big" a thumbs up.
Hi Larry, thanks for your comments on Snowdick, glad you liked. And yeah you're right, we're not outta the woods yet. Hard to imagine that in five or six weeks we'll be firing up the lawnmowers :)
Thank you for the comment on cul-de-sac i just published. I really like your bio on your profile, most of writing is being rejected, and it's the people who don't give up who make it, as I can see with all the work you have published and what is on here! thanks again though!
Larry, thank you so much for your comments on "1991!"
Thanks for reading "Not Her." And you're 100% right at your reaction of "what an AH."
Larry, Larry. A DUI? I drank like a fish and never got one of those. I did get busted for drunken walking one time, however.
P.s. Thanks for the fav.
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading '1965, what I wanted.' I appreciate your comments very much. And the fav.
Ha! You understand. I agree with your comments about cats. Good for the soul, indeed.
Thanks for the comment on Beet!
Thank you so much for the kind comments about "The Hollow" Larry!
Larry - so happy the picture I painted worked for you in "Liplorn".
Yo, Larry! Glad you enjoyed “Badabing Badaboom.” Your read and comments are much appreciated. Thank you!
Larry, thanks for your recent comment and fave on The Real Fun of Vivian Darkbloom. Much appreciated!
Larry, thanks for your comment on "A Halo of Smoke." Means a lot.
Larry, Thanks for your hilarious comment on my bug story. It may be better than the story!
Larry, glad that worked out for you. I'm going to start posting here again. Been doing a lot of niche writing for my blog on SavoAuctioneers.com, but now it's time to start flexing my fiction and poetry muscles again. Even started a new blog to showcase it: Speltr.com
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading 'Stupiditās.' I appreciate your insightful comment.
Larry, thanks for the fave and the comment on "Sic transit Gloria Mundy." It's loosely based on something that happened in Texas. Something I read about, but never forgot.
Larry, thanks for commenting on Love At Last.
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading and commenting on 'Big Bang Cools.'
Scat a what? That's a pretty big for a couple of old country boys, don't you think?
Thanks for commenting on my story Dream House
Thanks for commenting on and reading my work, and for catching that misspelled word.
Larry - thanks for reading/commenting on "I Like It".
Thanks for posting on my wall! Yes, that's Moishes Moving company--very big in NYC. I worked for a much smaller company that is owned and run by artists and writers and musicians and other creative freaks of nature. It's a fascinating world, this moving world. Good luck with your book, too!
Larry, thanks for reading 'Creeper.' I like your comments.
Thanks, Larry, for reading and commenting on “Oh, Fish Eggs!” I appreciate it.
Thanks for the read, Larry. We O.F.s have to stick together.
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading 'I'll be Home for Christmas-1&2. I appreciate your comments and the fav.
Hey Larry thanks so much for "chocolates" maybe I should go get myself a nice crappy box of cheap ones! cheers!
Larry, thank you for your thoughtful comment on my interdenominational story “The Boy who killed Christ.” Much appreciated! Wishing you a serene holiday season, Frank.
Glad you liked Erzurum. Its in Turkey, former ancient Armenia.
The boy may grow up to surprise you. Chapter II was already up, and Chapter III is up now of "The Hill Behind the Door". Safe holidays.
Larry, what a profile! You were very kind and encouraging in your comments on "Continuing Sundown". Thanks.
Larry, thanks for the read & star for my cheery (?) Christmas memoir. You are the best!
thanks Larry! Glad to know "Urgent Reply" got a chuckle!
Larry I'm so happy you enjoyed "oasis" and thank you! cheers! susan
Thanks, Larry, for also being a big fan of the green table of yes! Glad you liked Ping Pong.
I'm pleased Lost in the City connected with you. Thx for the feedback.
Hello: Thanks for the read and comment/fave on "A Catalog of Disappeared Things" and especially for the tip on Le Clézio, about whose work I had forgotten somehow (I didn't know that Desert had been translated into English...) Any resonance between what I'm doing and his work is terribly flattering to mine, I think. But I'm pleased about that, and more that I can scurry out and get ahold of/read Desert. So thanks all the way around.
Yer right, Larry, that mortality thing is overwhelming at times. I like to think, "If there was any real justice, I'd of been dead at nineteen." Subsequently, every day after that is gravy on the plate. Pass the biscuits.
Thanks for the welcome, Larry. Looking forward to reading your stuff. =)
Larry, I love your cool insight on "Mama's Mass". Thanks for reading.
Thank you Larry, for your lovely comment on Unpacking Sentences!
Thanks for reading, appointment! And your nice comments!
I'm so glad my "motorcycle for a dream" piece resonated with you, Larry. Thanks for your kind words and for cheering on my narrator. "She" really appreciates it. -- Q
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading 'Fifty Five Words or Less.' I didn't spend too much time writing this, unlike everything else I write. And I'm still falling behind on my reading.
Larry, how do you guess? My wife is a saint!
Glad you liked "How Elm Trees Die" Larry. Thanks for commenting on it.
Larry, thanks for your comments on "The Minds of Men". Appreciate your read.
Larry thank you so much for your comment on Dog Park and the reading suggestion! Greatly appreciated!! Will do.
Thanks for your comment about my story 'Bus' - I am intrigued about those voices ...
Larry, thank you for reading and commenting on Redux -Things I Should Have Done #4 - now called Heartbreak Waiting To Happen. I always love finding out how readers interpret my characters!
Thanks so much Larry! I hope those guidelines serve you well ;)
Larry, Thank you for the read and feedback on "Nowhere in Sight". Gotta love a comment from you.
Larry, I'll buy you a Red if you buy me a Purple. And no, the vodka's not optional.
hello larry...actually, i didn't know about this approach. i thought that you were referring to the kabbalistic template that i adapted to talk about permutations in the story. so i took you as riffing on that. very interesting. thanks for the bounce-back. investigating.
Hello Larry, Thanks for the reading and commenting on The Imagination Factory. Much appreciated. I'm interested in some of the lower-level snowflake classes you mention. Got a reading list?
Hi, Larry. Thanks for reading 'Number Nine.' I appreciate your comment.
Larry, thanks for the fave on "....Norma Jeane, Norma Jeane?"
Larry, thanks for the kind word about the salad porn. As for "showhorn," um, no, I'm sure that's what I meant at the time. However, times being what they are, I've decided to move to the more traditional "shoehorn." Thanks for picking up on that!
Mr. Strattner, I never visited St. Anselms, but knew a few monks from there. Indeed, the Benedictines are excellent educators. When I arrive in Fairfield in December, I'll be able to compare them to the Jesuits.
thank you for the comments! would you mind telling me what you meant by inconclusive?
Hi, Larry, thanks for reading His Longest Day. I appreciate your insightful comment and the fav.
thanks, Larry. The TFC stuff is a parody of it, nothing more. I don't get any of that tech speak, and hate it. I love to mock it, and none of it is at all real. I'm glad you liked the Jim Jones line. best, meg
Larry- Glad to help! That's what we're here for.
"For me this poem has made all the difference"--ha! Thanks for your comment on the Frost found poem, Larry. The poem definitely is a curiosity.
Larry, I may love Roald Dahl (much to your amusement), but I'm with you on Lisbeth Salander - she is a character in a million!
Larry, so glad you enjoyed my story All Credit Rescinded, thanks, and have a great summer!
Kari, Larry, and Marcelle
all of you truly excel
at making my heart skip a beat
leaving comments, such a treat.
Sam, my old friend from weeks aught
giving helpful hints for naught
How did I deserve to get
3 favs from this talented lot?
...hey, wait a minute, I'm missing a fav...
Larry, I really appreciate your insightful comments on Star Anise. Thank you so much for taking the time to read it! I'm looking forward to reading your work.
Thanks, Larry, for reading Unoriginal Sin and commenting.
Thank you, Larry for your very encouraging comments on 'Tyler is learning...' I'm so pleased you liked it and I'm definitely going to keep shaping this one up.
I'm glad "Magritte" worked for you--exactly in the way I'd hoped--evoking the quality of Magritte without referencing specific paintings. It's a very early poem for me, but I'm very pleased you and so many others at Fictionaut liked it. Thank you for your expanded comment.
Thanks, Larry, for commenting on "Magritte." I appreciate it.
Hey there Larry-
Glad you enjoyed my seductive story "10 Jobs..." and thanks for the nice comment. Oh, what we could do with the letter "s"...
HA. Larry, thanks for your note: masochism, always.
Larry, many thanks for your comments on "Call Me Naked." I figured aromatherapy and licentiousness might be a winning combination for a story. Where in Wisconsin are you? I have family in Oregon, WI, near Madison.
Hi Larry, nice to see you're on Fictionaut. I'm a Wisconsin writer also. Just wondering, are you in the Milwaukee area?
thanks for reading and commenting. I felt the metal ruler on my hand in fifth grade, when Scott Dick (I'm not making that one up) and Tommy Walje were teaching me how to give someone the finger.
Thanks for the comment on 'The Ending...'
I haven't actually read Justine - or any De Sade at all for that matter. I probably should.
And Bob and Ray. Write if you get work, and hang by your thumbs.
Larry, it occurs to me that we may be the only two people on the site who know who Ernie Kovacks is.
Larry, Alas, you may be right. Whatever happened to Jonathan Winters?
Yes, Larry, a story about a "home" for the elderly comes too close for comfort, doesn't it? At least for those of us who are a little long of tooth.
Sorry, should have said it's published anew here, An Italian Lunch (revised).
I've worked on a revision of An Italian Lunch, chapter 5. If you're game for a fourth read!
Thanks so much for reading and commenting on An Italian Lunch. Yes, I knew that Gabrielle's line about wanting the experience might be tad off-putting, but it is Cameron's pov here. I'm glad that the concept of men fearing what a sexual encumbrance might ultimately mean emotionally worked for you.
Regarding Addict and your thoughts, in line with the longer works thread, yes, man, I would hope we all could turn our lives into a least a three volume book series... whether it would prove to be any good is a whole different kind of story!
Yep, Mate's fine!
Hi Larry, thanks for your comments on 'Lost Dream'. Glad you liked.
Thanks for your comment on Elephant! Glad you enjoyed it.
Larry, thanks for reading Teacher. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated. Look forward to reading more of your work, also.
Thanks, Larry. Yes, Amsterdam is a delight. Great place.
Thanks Larry for your nice comments about , About Poetry!
Elegantly depressing - I love that. Thanks Larry, muchly appreciated :-)
My pleasure Larry!
Thanks Larry for enjoying mu chicken piece
Mox nix to me, too, Larry. Thanks for the comment on "Secrets"!
Thank you for your comment on my story. Type-os are my curse, I'm afraid. And they are invisible to me - being dyslexic. I'd appreciate any you can point out.
Thank you for commenting on The Turkey that Couldn't Gobble. I used to draw a little, thinking about doing it again, charcoal, maybe. I appreciate your insights.
Thanks Larry for your comment on Drug War Snitch, I appreciate it very much. I enjoy reading your work, The Demon Rum comes to mind. I'll be reading more.
Thanks so much for reading What I Should Have Done - #1 and commenting! I just got onto a Richard Price jag, read Lush Life, which I adored, then Freedomland (if you haven't read you should), then Clockers. Love The Wire too. I look forward to reading your work!
Thank you, Larry!
Larry, thanks for seconding my opinion. Actually, what I really want to say is I'm originally from Wisconsin and you made me miss Wisconsin just a little bit more, which may not be cool, but it's the truth (as I see it right now at this moment).
Larry, Tell me about it. I'm a year older than you are; I was born in 1909. Thanks for the kind words about my Senior Center story.
Larry, thanks for the reads on my humble offerings. You and others are making fn very homey. And hey, I'm here same reason as you -- learn from the fine folks here. So much talent... Peace, Linda
:-D The Netherlands are small, but not that small. Actually, I think there may be over a hundred people here that read literature so 99 to go ;-)
Hey Larry, thanks a lot for the read. I'm glad you enjoyed my story. Are you the guy who looks like he fell off a yacht?
Larry, It means a lot that you took the time to read Magic X and comment. I know it's a long piece. I hear you about the distance from the main character and will look closely at pacing and repeating words. Thanks so much!
Larry! Small world. Hello.
Thank you for reading, Larry! Your comment was really appreciated! :-)
Larry - thx for the nod to rat-arsed. Maybe I could do it as it is a sometimes natural state?? btw, I married the farmer's daughter from green county- south of Madison. Where are you?
Larry, Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the trio.
p.s. I'd also star Bulgakov's masterpiece( Stalin as Wotan some have suggested) and McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" still my favorite of his works. I'll have to check out some others of your intriguing choices...
The Last line above " lying makes it true for me" is a better statement of what I was trying to say in my reply to your comment. Thanks again.
Glad you enjoyed my smoking story, Larry. It sure is a bitch to quit, isn't it?
Yup. I'm not a big fan of the GOP. And I doubt very much that St. Pete will send you to the D room. They recognize brains and talent up there.
Hey Larry, thanks for the comments on "Down Cellar." I grew up in eastern Mass., and now live in western Mass. myself. So far I know the collocation "down cellar" to be common as far down south as New Jersey.
Thanks for the support Larry. Always good to be welcomed and encouraged. And to know that I can prove people right. Looking forward. --David
Glad you liked my micros. Thanks.
larry, thanks for the comment on "rose petals" - i LOVE your 'why i write'. dark belly laughter. falstaff.
I've picked up a few shipments from Eureka in the past. You gotta watch out for the fuzz.
Thanks for the recent spate (is that the wright woid?) of comments and faves, Mista' Larry!
Yes, indeed. J.T.S. Brown was Fast Eddie’s tipple. I see you know your bourbon.
Geez, Larry. I got my drinking career off and running in Wisconsin. You couldn't drink legally until you were 21 in Minnesota. Wisconsin folks were more reasonable.
Brilliant "why I write" poem you have up on your page.
Thx Larry for the nice nod.
Thanx for your kind words Larry. Glad you liked my optimistic piece! i thought i'd try it out for a change!
All good. I had a little fun with it. You play?
Larry, love your "why do u write" poem. Especially the first stanza....will be checking out your work.
Larry, Thanks so much for reading -- and commenting -- on my story. Very, very kind. I look forward to reading your work.
I was wondering if someone would mention something about it - the swing's too flat. Normally I'm lights out and I play a three handicap. Now that Tiger's taking a break, I think that I'm the next big thing (yeah, right)!
Thanks Larry for the comment!
Thank you, Larry! Glad to hear you enjoyed The Manual of Detection.
That we will; thanks for the comment.
Well, we can only improve from here on!
Larry, Thank you for the comments about The Love Diet.
Thanks for the comments, Larry. Appreciate your input.
"My creativity is fueled by others. If you sniff plagiarism somewhere in our relationship you know I like you."
Ha! That made me laugh tonight. Love it.
Hey my friend, thanks so much re "good kids, bad endings." Scott Garson echoed your comments on the "Not Really" story (which I'd posted separately last week). It really is a creepy as hell story, one i have mixed emotions about at this point. Take care, David
master and margarita kills! i just read his heart of a dog the other day and it wasn't anywhere near as good, though. weird. but, i guess, what IS as good? so it's okay.
and i love how heaney's beowolf opens with "So." it's so perfect. enough of that "hark" crap!
thanks for your great comments!
Larry, I can't wait to read your auction story.
thx, larry. glad you liked it. happy belated nth brithday!
Hey Larry, thanks for your comment and it's really nice to meet you!
Larry, thanks much for your very interesting comments about my story "No More Carl". I have a next door neighbor with a pool and sometimes I look out the window. I'm still digesting what I wrote but your comments are really helpful/interesting in terms of edits and maybe to help me get a handle on what I'm trying to make the story about. Thanks again.
Are you THAT Larry? I must cybervisit Kazbegi Gorges now and leave a comment on one of your fictions here ... asap. I'm remiss.
I look forward to seeing what you do. Please bear in mind, though, that my comments are mere opinion. Well, maybe not "mere," given all my years as an editor and writing teacher, but still opinion. Keep in mind, too, that the fundamentals can be taught, but talent can not be. Still, I liked your line about the possibility of losing on the fundamentals. Stephen King said it all in his very good book on writing: the language is the writer's toolbox; he must learn to use all of the tools in it and know how to pick the right one each time.
[Ha! I talk too damn much for my own good. They ought to warn you about a character limit.] Here's what I was trying to get out:
And it's highly likely that he knew Bach's nephew, too, or at least heard/gossiped about Kapellmeister J.C. Bach's rocky relationship with the court... You have a really delicious piece of history to work with there. And to present Claire bringing the music of her ancestors to life in a piece of writing in which you bring Claire to life is truly wonderful. Whatever you do, don't rush it. It'll come. I really look forward to seeing how things develop. (Sorry to poop all over your wall.)
I'm so glad that my comments on Concert were helpful to you. I had enough time to start secondguessing, and I was starting to think that perhaps the lacuna was the point--that the absent presence might be something you were working toward there. It was an "easy" set of critiques for me to deliver because I was basically projecting a similar set of problems I have with a piece I've been reworking for so long it'd be embarrassing to say. (And, in all honesty, when I reached that point where the character was satisfactorily rendered, it was no longer the person I'd been trying to transcribe, go figure.) As for your saying perhaps you shouldn't have attempted, I couldn't disagree more! And besides, now your feet are wet. I did some cursory poking around on the internet, found out Georg Christoph Strattner was vice-Kapellmeister and director of the opera house in Weimar. Weimar! What a gig! He was alive when Bach and Handel were composing, and it's highly likely that he knew B
Thanks so much for your comments on "Cracking Open." I really appreciate your time, and look forward to reading your work.
Thanks for the comment on my story! I'm prone to fictional violence, but thankfully, not actual violence.
Thanks for the advice Larry. I have written a couple of hospital screenplays. However, hospital screenplays aren’t sellable (for the most part) because of all the ER type shows on TV. The reasoning goes it’s free on TV why would people pay to see it in the theater.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Larry! Tell me when you post a story here and I'll happly read it! Cheers, Carol