I write. I read. I profess. I mother. I give a damn.
My stuff's found homes at Monkeybicycle, Thunderclap!, Blue Fifth Review, Eclectic Flash, The Linnet's Wings, Istanbul Literary Review, Nanoism, Camroc Press Review, The Sun, Tattoo Highway, Boston Literary Magazine, Every Day Poets, Every Day Fiction, The Shine Journal, Six Sentences, and numerous anthologies, blah-blah-blah.
Genre confusion rules. When my novels confound, I rip out a poem or wash the floor with a toothbrush, whichever seems easier at the time. Usually the toothbrush wins.
When not writing, breathing, sleeping, you can find me reading long and short fiction for jmww.
Oh, and I study, too. Silly me, I'm getting an MA in Creative Writing @ Hopkins. What was I thinking?
I write to make sense of my world. Sometimes it works.
I am really hot on Tim O'Brien right now. He uses a circular technique that layers details unto details over and over within stories, and across. A master. Stuff that makes me ache ==> THE THINGS THEY CARRY.
And revisiting Atwood these days. Devastating prose...
For non-fiction, try WAR by Sebastian Junger, and THE MEADOW by James Galvin.
And then there's...
...Franzen. Evison. Baxter. Glass. Selgin. Asimov. Gladwell. Lessing. Swarthout. Pynchon. Herbert. Shreve. Easton Ellis. Atwood. D'erasmo. Tartt. Niffenegger. Davis. Oates...
Linda, thank you for noticing the termites. They only gnaw on hearts of punky wood, not of gold so your are safe.
Linda, thanks for the comment and * on my little Wall love story. Appreciate you stopping in. See you more soon enough...
Thank you so much for your sensitive comment on the Rin-Tin-Tin piece.
Oh. Thank you so much, Linda. Your words mean more than you know. And I completely agree that we as woman will do anything to grieve for a time. We cover it up with the "do" as you so wonderfully put. Thank you.
Thanks, Linda, for your kind words about 'Hints of the Blitz.' Peace to you, too, and to us all...
Thank you Linda, so glad you're enjoying it! Can't say for sure what got some of those stories clicking, but very glad they're clicking for you!
Thanks for liking my Rolling-Stones-Memoir piece, Linda!
thanks linda! working on the m/s right now, james
Thank you for your comments on "A House Made of Stars." I appreciate them very much!
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Aztec." It means a lot that you liked it.
Thanks Linda, for reading my tiny poem. I usually write long ones but I'm fascinated by the challenge of very few words. I see short poems as bright strangulations of intensity pinned on fields of white. XXX
Hi, Linda. Thanks for reading 'Wattle and Daub-3.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *.
Hi Linda, thanks for giving 9 and 5 a few minutes of your time, I really appreciate the read and comment. fos.
Thanks you for your lovely comment about "Not That Kind of Pain," Linda. Thanks for using it with your students!
re: the last line. The questioner is asking about physical pain. In the last line, the person suffering is saying (probably not out loud, thinking to himself) it's not physical--it's emotional, it's spiritual, it's a pain without cause not subject to relief.
But everyone reads this poem differently! I'm thrilled to see it appeal to so many different readers in so many different ways!
Linda, thanks so much for the gentle reading of my silly poem. Hope all is well.
I didn't want to post this right out in the comments, although I suppose it shows up anyway. I still haven't figured Fictionaut out. The Accidental Arsonist seems very Unitarian to me. My wife's one and I get dragged there more often than I like, even though it's only a few times every year. It's me though, not the Unis. They're fine people. Anyway, I read Accidental Arsonists and I'm right there, on Franklin Avenue, by Starr King's grave. With those Unis. That's a good story.
Linda, I forgot to thank you for commenting on my poem a while back. Thank you!
Hey Linda. I just read "The Minister's Wife..."
Ha! Before I even peaked at the author's note, I said to myself, this is a UU poem... well that's not the best way to put it... but I got the UU connection. I think it was the chalice.
The UUs are always fighting. My wife's on the board at her UU church. They're a good bunch of folks on the whole. As far me, though, I'm just too ornery for Unitarianism. They'll have me, but I won't have them. Too much Methodism when I was a child. Can't even stand the smell of a church and I hate hymns. That's just me though.
Anyway I liked the poem and think I'll give it to my wife, who unlike me, still has a bright soul.
Hi Linda! Thank you so much for taking the time to read "Disappointment" and to make a comment - Very grateful and appreciative!
Linda, thanks so much for your wonderful comments on The Second Sun! It means so much coming from such a prodigious talent. Thanks again.
Thanks, Linda, for commenting on 'My Last Hunts,' even though it unsettled you.
Thanks, Linda for reading "Weak Knees." I'm still very much trying to write a decent poem. Thanks for the much needed encouragement.
Thanks, Linda, for faving "The Hotel Where Esenin Hanged Himself." Glad you're enjoying the book!
Hi, Linda. Thanks for reading 'Masquerade-II.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
oh my goodness, thank you so much for your comments and love on those 2 pieces, I am so glad you got chills reading "The Oyster Queen" - I got them writing it.. so glad you're here, back here Linda. Makes me so happy!
Linda! thank you so very much for the heartfelt comment on my story Almost There. You know all about writing and healing, so this means a lot to me. Thanks for the connection... Peace back to you, always.
Thank you for the comment on 'My Promise' ! I had not really thought of it sounding like wedding vows. However, I suppose it could since it's portraying something rather similar.
Thanks for the comment on "Jury Duty in the West." If I got a smile out of somebody, that smile, seriously, made my day. I read "Food for Comfort" the other day and liked it. I may have left a comment. I've been trying to leave at least something so authors know, apart from the hit count, that someone else read their work. Anyway, I'll be watching for more.
Thanks for faving "Joan of Dark," Linda. Glad you liked the poem!
Thanks for commenting on Rear View, Linda.
Linda - Thank you for the kind words on Beeko
Thanks so much for your nice words on my story, The Sun Eaters.
Thank you, Linda, for commenting upon "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/the-sentinel">The Sentinel</a>". As far as the title is concerned, it was a last minute decision as I explain <a href="http://blog.marcusspeh.com/?p=6746">on my blog</a>.
Glad you liked "Rattlesnake Pancakes," Linda. Thanks for the great comment and fave!
I miss you. Your support is so appreciated. Glad you liked "Sweet Sounds of Home".
Thanks, Linda, for your comments on 'Waiting.'
'owdy, Linda! thanks for the read/comment on "Painting a Chimney." I too see it taking place in the New England area, around fall. When I started writing it I had no idea what would happen when the guy got on the roof, but had the feeling that once there, *something* would develop!
Thanks so much, Linda, for your comment on and fave of "She Waited for Him."
Thanks so much for your warm response to "Tortillas,"--I hope you had a great Christmas and that the fare was better than beans and tortillas, as fine as those may be.
I am so pleased you liked "Sounds of Silence". Thanks, as always.
Linda: Yes, the brave new world out there is a bit frightening and certainly chastening. Thanks for your comments about "2008..." Best.
Hi, Linda! Thank you for commenting on "Three-handed Bridge." I hope you're doing well. Chris :)
Hi Linda: I appreciate your comments about "Abstinence." Fingers crossed for your novel. Best.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read & comment on my wee story "Dirty Business." It's a thrill, knowing a reader understood just what I meant. I look forward to getting to know your work here.
Thank you for taking the time to read Firework Sand and commenting here. I'm really glad you enjoyed it - and thank you for the congratulations, too! Appreciate it.
one of my favorite sentences, too, linda, deadly musical. thanks for commenting on "before the bloodbath".
Hi Linda. Just a little thank you for spending some time with Blank Checks - I really appreciate the read and your comments. fos.
Hello and thank you for reading and commenting on 'Insatiable.' Look forward to reading your work!
Linda, Just finished reading "Waiting" in Blue Fifth Review.
Stunning. . .
Thanks for faving "The Empty Bed," Linda. Always enjoy hearing from you!
Thanks Linda for your kind comment on the etymology(Yikes!) of "Felder on Ice."
Thank you, Linda.
Mouthfeel. Of course, I will steal this coined word.
Hi Linda, Lovely to see you here too! Brilliant.
Hi Linda: Thank you for your positive response to "Play." I enjoyed your story at EDF as well.
Thank you! (Temp P) x
Linda, thanks for the fav for "Visiting Sally" and for the thoughtful comment. I'm glad the sadness came through. I hope the regret did, too.
Thanks so much for checking out "Flatlander's Suite" and for your kind words about it! I love your term "the plight of the outsider" and, like you, I've kind of felt that way all over the place, wherever I've gone. Glad this piece resonated with you.
Thanks for your lovely comment on "Son of Goya," Linda.
Hi Linda: I'm happy you found something to like about my poem "The Human Condition." Thanks for reading and commenting. Best.
Thank you for the kind comments on "Nebbiolo", Linda. All best.
Linda, Thank you for your kind comments about my "tots" story. A tempest in a tea pot, I think.
Linda, thanks for reading and commenting on Snapshot -- appreciate it.
"You just transported me to some other era"--but I couldn't name that era even if you paid me. I don't really know where that strange tree poem came from, but I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the fave, Linda!
Linda--Thank you for stopping by to read and comment on "Release."
Linda - thanks for the snort. ;)
Thanks, Linda. Glad you liked "Black Ice." Thanks for faving it.
thank you Linda for your comment on "Strawberry trees" xo
your hubby a UU minister! we were UU in NZ and if there's one thing we miss here in berlin it's UU, the rituals, the spirit of community...deeply jealously yours. but peace, too ;-)
Thank you for your comment on and fave of "The Lost Boys," Linda!
Thank you so much for commenting on 'The Ghost Of A Smile' - I hope your cheeks are feeling better!
Hi, Linda. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-4.' Your informative comments are very helpful and greatly appreciated.
Linda, thanks for reading and commenting on "Drive." I always appreciate your read and feedback!
thank you for commenting on <a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/under-the-apple-tree">under the apple tree</a> linda. i love how everybody engages with a different part of this story. i suppose that is the strength (and weakness?) of metaphor. this bit is part of a dream of a little girl actually. or at least that's how i see it in the larger picture of the book which i'm planning. writing. planning. something.
Linda, I hope your summer is progressing nicely. I am very grateful for your recent comments on my 3 Short Shorts. Happy writing!
Thanks for the comment on and fave of "Demolition Derby," Linda. Really appreciate it!
Thanks for the fave, Linda. Sleep well, dream big.
Linda, thanks for the fave and the comment on "The secret meaning of dreams."
Relationship stuff, indeed. Thanks very much for the comment and the * for "Snapshots."
Thanks for the fave of "Mad Love," Linda! Appreciate it very much.
My cairn does grow, yes. Thanks for your thoughtful read of it.
Ouch. Hope you didn't hurt yourself; have to admit the images are weird, though. It's my contribution to the Chagall crazy running rampant on the site. Thanks for the read & the star!
Hi, Linda! Thank you for your comment (and fave?) on "The Pain Taster." Much appreciated. Hope you're doing well.
Hi Linda! yeah, where else but NYC could a story like Tool take place! ha ha! Thanks so much for liking and reading, etc. Hope your enjoying the beautiful (finally) weather. We'll met up one of these days!
Hello, Linda--Thanks so much for the fav on "The Mariner's Daughter". Your comments were lovely.
Linda, thank you!
Hi, Linda. Thanks for reading 'Raw Goods.' I appreciate your comment.
Linda thanks for what you wrote about In Unison. BTW, I miss your photo! This one has sort of always overwhelmed me. But I guess you have your reasons! Cheers & Peace..
Linda - thank you for the read/comment on Bleached.
Many thanks, Linda, for your nice words about "Three short-shorts." Much appreciated.
Thank you, Linda, for the fave and the comment on "The Rising."
Thank you, Linda, for the really great reading of my piece for my mother on mother's day. I hope you have a great week.
Thanks for your kind words about "Addictions," Linda. Really appreciate them and the fave. Thank you.
Dear Linda: You are really kind. Thank you so much for all of your encouraging remarks about flower boat and thank you also for your very insightful remarks about the issue of a religious title. I value your thoughts so much! Thank you for reading and taking the time to share what's on your mind and heart. Yours - Meg
Thank you so much for the kind words on 'Eggshell White Frigidaire' -- praise from writers I admire means an ENORMOUS amount to me. :)
Thank you for reading my poem! XXX
Glad you liked "The Truth Will Out." Thanks for commenting, Linda!
Linda - thanks so much for commenting on Hog Heaven. Much appreciated.
Thanks for faving "Disappearing Ink," Linda. I always enjoy hearing from you.
Thank you so much for your nice words on "Christina Heppel" :)!
Thank you very much for your kind remarks about what I wanted in 1968. I look forward to reading more of your work. Blessings.
Thank you so much for your very kind message. I really appreciate it! I, too, am honored to be in TLW with you! (I haven't seen it yet--I shall go and look it up) I really appreciate your kindness.
Thanks for your support and comments on any of my work here at Fictionaut and also at 52/250. I value your insights and am so happy we get to rub elbows in the editorial world at JMWW also.
I appreciate your welcoming me to F-naut and above all I am thrilled to get to know you. I love your "1998: What I Wanted" and "The Golden Moment" and the chat about it. Your emphasis on space is so real. Thank you for being you.
Linda: great mini-review of "Sniper." On the money. Thanks for the star as well!
Linda - so many thanks for reading/commenting on Cuffless.
Hi Linda! Thank you so much for reading, commenting, and faving my 1999 piece. Thankfully we all grow out of things, yes? I look forward to knowing you. Take care, HM
Thanks for the great comment and fave on 2010, What I Wanted, Linda. Glad it made you feel good.
Linda, thanks for reading and commenting on "Soulless, Dreamless"!
Thanks, Linda, for the kind comments on "2000. What I Wanted."
Thank you commenting on "Health Code". Appreciate you taking the time to give me feedback...it helps a lot. Cheers!
Thanks for reading 2089
Glad you liked "Still Life," Linda. Thanks.
Thanks, Linda. So glad you liked "Staring at Waves." Thanks for faving it!
Linda, thank you for reading and your kind words on "1991," and for the star!
Linda, loved your comment on Welter-Skelter. Thanks a bundle.
thank you so much for your support of "Tip" Linda! -meg
Thanks for your kind words about "Frida...." I'm glad "nimbus of eyebrow" worked for you! and thanks for the star.
Thanks, Linda, for your comments on "More Letters to 52/250 Prompts." Much appreciated!
Lovely comment on "Sermon of Lilac," Linda. Thank you so much! And for the fave!
Linda --really glad to know Traces was well received! Lotus is terrific...just read.
Linda - thank you for your thorough review and observations on "Liplorn". I truly appreciate it!
Thank you for your sweet remarks on my tale of veggie love, Linda. Happy Valentine's!
Dear Linda: You are too kind. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Thank you for commenting on and faving "Wahrheit und Dichtung," Linda. Really appreciate it.
I hope you are enjoying the AWP. Thanks for taking the time to comment on 10,000 Dollar Pyramid. Such thoughtful words expressed, just like your wonderful stories. And congrats on your ILR pub. What a gem they got from you.
Thanks, Linda, for the great day-making comment on "Express."
Many thanks for your fav & for your comment about "Carver Country." Carver's stories got me writing again after a long, long layoff.
Hi, Linda. Thanks for reading 'Lucifer's Farewell.' I love your comment: very much appreciated.
Thanks for the great comment and fave on Sins of the Father, Linda! I'm glad you liked it and I appreciate the read.
Thanks for the generous comment and fave on Unheard, Linda. I'm very glad you liked it.
Linda, thanks for your rollicking response to my nutty story "Madness"!
Thanks, Linda, for reading, commenting on, and faving "George." I always appreciate your reads and positive responses.
Thanks for the lovely comment, Linda. I see you've made it into The Sun. One of my fav mags. -M
Linda, thanks for the fave and the comment on "Foreplay."
Linda, glad you liked "Hydra, 1980" thanks so much!
Thanks for the read and nice comment on "Sage"!
Linda-I was so moved by your comment about Headstone as a memorial, which I had really only thought about subconsciously! (I realize how ridiculous that sounds, but it's true. . .) Your spirit is such a good one to have here at Fictionaut.
Thanks so much, Linda. Loved your comment on "Whiplash Marriage." Thanks for the fave.
your last story was so good I am freaked and shivering.
Linda, wow, thanks for the super kind words and fave for "Empty."
Linda, thanks for commenting on and faving "Great Moments in Blindness." Wonderful comment. Thank you.
Thanks for your comments about my essay thingee, Linda!
Linda, you always go straight to the heart of my stories- thank you! I greatly appreciate your readings.
So happy to see you here. I adore your comments on my stories at 52/250 and especially love the pertinent sign-off. Peace. Indeed.
Hello Linda, thanks so much for your lovely comment on It Stops. I love your sign off "peace" every time, but this time it's especially pertinent. Peace.
Jeez Linda, I think we're riding the same air current. I just got this from you (which I appreciate very much) and you got one from me on the plane! Hope all is well & peace, YES, PEACE
Linda, very much appreciate your good words on "rug" and glad you found the 2nd person pov worked, thanks so much!
Thanks for the comment and fave on Rats, Linda. I'm really glad you liked it.
Thanks so much for the comment.
Thanks for reading Color Coded Pills and for the kind words. Much appreciated.
Thanks, Linda, for your comment on Two Trees. Lovely to see you here -- heartfelt is good.
thanks for reading and commenting on event particle 9...glad you liked. it's always a pleasure when you comment.
Linda, thank you for Chia kind words
Linda, I love your comment about "The Party." Thanks a bunch!
I'm very sorry, Linda, for posting that without correcting my misspelling of your name. I'm moving too fast this morning trying to respond to the comments from the shortest story ever written, at least by me.
Hi, Linds. Thanks for reading 'Fifty Five Words or Less.'
Linda, thanks as always for your kind words for "Sidereal." I appreciate it.
Thanks for the comment and fave on The Point, Linda! I'm so glad you liked it!
Great comment on "Florid Psychosis," Linda. Thank you. And thanks for the fave.
Linda, thanks for commenting and (fav)ing "What to Bring to Critique Group." I appreciate the read.
Thank you so much for the welcome, and for the lovely comment on Soft like Snow. I am so happy to be here. This site seems like a very supportive and inspirational place to be.
It's good to meet you. Warmly, Jen
Hi Linda, Thanks very much for your nice note on Tomorrowland. I'm so glad the thematic interplay worked for you.
Thanks for commenting on "Knot Eye," Linda. Happy you liked it.
Linda - thanks for the fave and the read on "John & Cathy Come Home". Thank ya!!
Thanks so much for the comment and the "jewelry" on 4P28, Linda! It meant a lot.
Thanks for reading Hustling at Starbucks. Glad you liked it.
Thank you, thank you, Linda!
Thank you for your kind note about my story "while we sleep." I love your avatar, beautiful. And I'm a mom too. Go moms. -- Q
Linda, thanks for the lovely comments and the fave on "Look in the empty mirror..."
Linda, thanks so much. Great comment about my wacky story.
Linda, thank you for your kind words and fave for "Searching for Samuel Beckett."
Hi Linda. Thanks for your kinds words about my story. They made my night. -db
Thanks for fave of Orange Julius poem, Linda. I had a lot of fun writing it.
Damn! May I just say you have the best descriptive comments. I love them - and I thank you heartily for reading "the loudest loud" and commenting.
Linda, my heartfelt thanks for your kind words about Birdbrain. Needing to write it, I felt as you stated, that that was how I actually felt. In retrospect I find the strength to doubt my smallness, and to imagine that my small shadow results from finding myself surrounded by bright lights like yours. Peace back at ya.
Linda- I so appreciated you reading my Negative Suck pieces and the great words you had to say. Love 'em.
Thank you, Linda, for the kind words on "Son of Uncle Sam." Always relish your visits.
Oh, thank you, Linda. Such a nice comment on my post 9/11 story!
By the way, what story made it into The Sun? I think that is a NC publication. Would love to read it.
Thank you for reading The Dancing Lady. I hope to finish the second draft (just a few changes) within the week.
Linda- many thanks for the read and comment on "Nowhere in Sight".
Hi Linda! Thanks for reading and commenting on Y ... I'm pretty new to Fictionaut so I'm just catching on to seeing comments and replying, but I love interacting with other writers, so your comment means a lot!
Linda, glad the vagina girl made you laugh! your life isn't boring, hers is weird...
Linda, I very much appreciate your insights on The House-Sitter. Thank you.
Thank you,Linda, for your read and comment on "Ashes."
Thank you for reading Rivals. Much appreciated.
Linda, thank you very much for your wonderful comment on Anything Again. The theme was great, that lady had been waiting for someone to open a door for her. So pleased you liked it. x
Hi Linda - Thanks so much for reading/faving "Origin" :)!
Hi Linda..Thanks for your comment on The Replacement. I liked it alot.
Linda - thanks for the reading of The Last Time. The scythe phrase you liked was my recollection of our first May weekend at the no utilities summer bungalow my Dad built, he having to use the scythe instead of the mower because of the length. I learned that a swaying rhythm worked the best. Peace!
Glad you enjoyed "Syllannibal," and thanks for the kind words (best not to eat them unless absolutely necessary, I've learned over the years). Take care...
Thank you for reading and commenting on 30 Seconds, it is very nice to meet you! Much common ground, common interests, I think.
Linda, thanks for your comments on “Firecrackers”!
Ah, Linda, 'pitch perfect' means a lot coming from you, my dear. Thanks so much for that. :)
Linda! I love rhubarb! :)
Thanks, Linda! Glad you enjoyed "Black Squirrel Poem."
Thank you so much for reading "Thursday" (and the fav).
Thanks for the generous comment and fave on Responsible! Glad you liked it.
Thanks for commenting on "Bone Density." Glad you liked the poem, Linda.
Thank you, Linda, for your comments and fave on ".... Norma Jeane?"
Thanks for dropping by Corner and lobbing a star, Linda! Glad you liked the read.
hiya. i think it took me 1 minute to get to the bottom of this wall space of yours. which is another reason not to get too deeply involved with fictionaut (time! writing time!) ... but of course your charming comment could not go unnoticed. peace to you, too, linda! (and thanks for the welcome. feels as if i've been here before... ;-)
Such an interesting comment about the meter of "Parabola Tango"! I rarely work in strict meter. Your observation is insightful and quite helpful to me. Thanks, Linda!
Thanks, Linda, for commenting on and faving "Parabola Tango.' Always appreciate your kind words.
Linda, it is of course perfect that we were reading each other at the same time! Thank you, as always, for your support.
Thanks, Linda. Nothing like being in the right place at the right time!
Thanks so much for reading Afghanistan and for the *.
Linda! Great to find you here. Always good to connect with good friends.
Thank you, Linda, for your heartfelt comment on Time to Rest. I love the image of the green-blue spinning marble. Yes.
Thanks for reading my Three Haiku. Glad you liked them.
Linda, so glad you liked my story Knives, in Drunken Boat, thank you and peace, always...
Linda, thanks for reading and commenting on “Christian Bell vs. Sleep”!
Hi Linda, thanks for your "Godot" comments :-)
Linda, What a wonderful note to wake up to! Thanks for your extremely kind comment about my story "Dog Days."
Thanks, Linda, for your great comment on and fav of "Self Alaska." I always appreciate your generous reads.
Thx for reading and enjoying Seventy-two Hours or less-- yes this will be the basis for my novel and nano...
Thank you, Linda. I am happy that you liked my "peaceful" story.
Thanks for the kind comment and the fave on Midnight Riders. I appreciate the read!
What a wonderful comment about "Andalusia," Linda. Thank you!
Thanks for the nice comment on "Cinnamon". :)
Thank you for Birth of a Tiger. Jack Swenson suggested it is a longer story. He may be right. I think she may be a subconcious clone of Lizbeth Salander from the Larsson novels. I really like Lizbeth.
LindaS-W: Thanks for the read and thoughtful comment on POSEY'S POND. Indeed, it was a more innocent time.
Linda, thank you for the kind words and fave for Requirement. I really appreciate your read.
Thank you for the kind words regarding White Death. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Linda, I'm so pleased you got the premise of my story, Broken Mirrors - the hypocrisy of the mother. Thanks for the fav too!
Thank you for your encouraging words about Prologue. I'm eeling better about it now.
thanks for the kind words. I appreciate them.
Thanks for responding to the Coleridge urine poem. So odd to have come across that weird sentence in his voluminous notebooks. Found poems are a curious sub genre. Fun to read. Even more fun to write. Impossible, as far as I can tell, to publish. More to come on Fictionaut though!
Sorry for the delay in response, I've been away at the tin House workshop for the last week. That part in your short "Bookends" made me laugh because it was so honest. Granted, I've never been a parent, but I imagine such thoughts occur. Great piece.
Thanks, Linda. Always enjoy your comments on my work. Thanks for commenting on "Found Poem."
thanks for the wonderful comment on Bedtime Story, Linda, and the fave!! So good to be back here!
Ah, Linda! Enjoyed my night out on the Fnaut! :)
Linda, thanks for what you said on All Credit Rescinded. I'm having a blast on 52/250, enjoying your stories there, too, and the others. Cheers!
Thanks for reading my latest, Linda. I appreciate you.
Linda, thanks for commenting on "Police Blotter." Funny thing is, my intern is in prison and I'm not (currently)!
Thanks, Linda, for your kind comments on "Playing for Keeps."
Linda, I appreciate the close read, especially of that first piece. Spot on.
Thank you for reading Body Double. Glad you liked the Marmalade line. Yea, I have lots of novels floating in my head. I can't decide which one to write first.
Hi Carol. Thank you for sending peace after reading "Eight". As much as I know the quality of my own voice, it's lovely to be appreciated. With metta, ~ J
Linda, thanks! The 4th paragraph is also my fave, because I'm a sucker for bad boys who smoke Marb Reds.
Linda, thanks for your comments on “Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.” Glad you liked that last line!
Thanks for your comments. I'm so glad the piece worked for you, and that you were compelled to read it twice. I'll have a look at something of yours this weekend.
Thanks so much for reading "Goodnight Dogs"! I'm thrilled you liked it!
honored that you read my work--thanks for commenting on quiver--all best,
Thanks, Linda. You really think I do girl good? It was my first time.
Linda, thanks for reading and commenting on Crystal. I appreciate it.
It is Thomas from Lesley. How have you been? The second novel has taken a back seat to short stories, looking into grad schools and studying up for the GRE.
Thanks for checking out "Poor, Dead Hamilton."
Looking forward to reading some of your writings here on fictionaut!
Linda, thanks for the time and attention to "Love Slut."
So what is " Lesser " Baltimore?? And what did it do to deserve its diminishment?
Linda, thanks so much for reading Flash, you reminded me that I wanted to go back and edit it, which I just did. Looking forward to reading your posts,
Thank you for reading and commenting on "Blindness," and "My Eyes Don't See the Truth." Much appreciated.
You are very welcome Linda. I’m still thinking about “Survivor” and I’m sure I will be for a long time. Also, thank you for your attention to my story, I appreciate it very much. I’ll be sure to read more of your work soon.
Thank you for the comment on 'Edge of the World.' I'm glad it resonated with you!
Linda, The Cutting Edge is an excellent story
Collegial, of course... heheheheh.
Linda, thanks ever so much for the comment and fave on "Not with a bang..." I look forward to the crit. Thanks!
Linda - thank you so much for your generous comment on my story, X. I am so pleased you liked it; your comment means a lot to me!
Thank you for reading Tarawa. Much appreciated. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks, Linda. I'm going over the chapters one by one editing and cringing and re-writing (not necessarily in that order lol) as it's been so long since I first wrote this manuscript.
I would love to read yours, I will check in a sec to see if it is on here. And yes, murder mystery is right!
Linda, Thank you for your kind words for "Sunday Morning". More are posted, waiting their turn at the starting gate. As I'm new to the Fictionaut community, I hope you will share with others; I'm looking forward to more input. And looking forward to reading you in coming weeks. ~ J
Thank you Linda! Your comments on WIld Blue Yonder..very much appreciated...I had first written silk dressed and felt much better about silk-tasseled. Your self-censorship/authenticity note on fb was terrific...honestly voiced.
Thank you so much for your comment on "Damn Sure Right" and on the JMWW blog!
Linda, thanks for your comments on "Thinly Sliced Raw Fish." Always glad to see you active here on Fictionaut!
As always, thank you for your great comments! So glad the male POV worked for you on An Italian Lunch (II)! The question about the question marks -- yes, I debated over those!
Thanks, Linda. I love it when you comment on my work.
Linda, Thank you for your review of "Only a Memory Away." Pitch perfect? Nobody's ever given me a nicer compliment!
Linda, thank you so much for your kind comment on Hummingbird - very much appreciated.
Thank you for reading Young Journey. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for your comments on Addict. And you are correct I am a kung fu master wiseass issue skirter. Thankfully there are endless supplies of issues. We do have one thing in common however, toothbrush floor washing. Cheers.
On my laptop, dining room table, no glamor, no mystique as the the mundane world revolves around me. Oddly enough, I have a river view and face my back to it - probaly due to the habit of having to work anywhere...Heck , I could write in a garbage can if I had to, not to say I'm prolific of course...
Thank you for the read and lovely comment on The Judas Horse.
Linda, thanks so much for the nice comments on “Small Talk”.
Thanks for the comments on "Not Today"!
Very nice. I have three in there: La Tomitina, The Mystery of the Azores, and Caning. Also posted on Fictionaut. I'll buy my copy when I get back to the US.
Thanks Linda :-)
Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading your work -welcome!
Thanks, Linda, for commenting on "Pain." Much appreciated!
Hey Linda, thanks for stopping by and reading and commenting. A poet? None too sure about that. Lyrical maybe. Though I am writing a poem about putrefaction right now. Thanks again. Bests
Thanks for the read, and welcome.
Thank you for reading caning. Much appreciated. Maybe I should have said, "tried to smuggle." After all, he got caught.
Thanks, Linda, for your kind words about my poem "Raleigh B."
Congratulations on the Hint Fiction Honorable Mention. I just saw the results.
Thank you for joining NC Writers. Happy to have you.
Linda -- thanks so much for your generous comments on Routine. Peace back to you.
thanks, Linda, for enjoying the humor in my Fuddy-Duddy Writer piece. It's so very good when writers inspire each other.
Thanks for the kind words on "Parable..." Unfortunately, I earned the right to write that poem(!)
Thanks so much for the read and fav on Things I Should Have Done - #3! Yesterday, I just put up Things I Should Have Done - #4... if you have a chance to read.
Thank you Ms. Talented for your comments on This Girl in That Shirt. Glad to see the next Bookends up and I will be reading it another twenty-thousand times.
Thanks, Linda for your lovely comments on 'blue' I'm pleased you liked it :-)
Thanks for The Fan(s). Read that comment the other day, think Twain said it, of course carried over to apply to comedians as well, of which I have been known to be one at times. That can't be said of Fuddy - just the name itself implies lack of wit (which admittedly she does say she does not do)
Linda, thanks. People who appreciate urban industrial squalor and French coffee simultaneously and yet, still give a damn, are rare individuals in America today, an aquaintance to be cultivated. Stop by any time.
Linda, thanks so much for your note on matrimony. I'm really enjoying reading your work.
Hey Linda, do you know how to set up the 'Follow' me on Twitter link here?
thank you for snorting at MILF!! (that sounds odd, but you know what i mean!)
Hello Linda! I just got here. Thanks for noticing and happy, happy birthday to you! Do something crazy.
thought you'd enjoy my fish story, glad to see you did. Thanks.
Thank you for your comments on Thunder Snow. Its much appreciated.
you are a very powerful writer. so nice to know your work.
thank you for your kind words about "Lost"!
Not OCD, rather GAD. Good call, though. Thanks for your comment on my earthquake quickie.
Thanks for reading Garden Light and comments. They are very much appreciated. I thought about take out "I think of death," too, but left it thinking it might pose some questions about one's place in nature, etc.
Thank you so much for your kind words and the fav on The Sloshim Period. I am so happy the story worked for you. I look forward to delving into your work!
Linda - thank you for your lovely comment on 'Nobody Told Marni' - I'm really thrilled that you liked it. M
Linda - thanks for your read of Watts. And your New Glitch posts in the forum, I laughed.
Linda! your comment on Love, Story made me laugh! But seriously, what's WRONG with us? love without ice cream?! Glad you liked the Pynchon part... Will be looking you up more often now that I know you are here!
Your comment about "desired remorse" on Pleiku Jacket is really interesting and makes me see this in a way I hadn't, exactly, when I wrote it--so thanks much for that.
Hello Linda. Thank you Linda. ;-)
Linda - Gaithersburg, when they let me out to play - my blues are running experiences were on the LI sound, peace back to ya
Linda - they let me out of the jacket long enough to write this. Your comment on my 'Poetipedia' sent me into one of my states of deep elation - Thanks!
Linda, thanks for commenting on A Song To Lose Your Shoes To. I read your work and especially liked The Blues Are Running.
Thanks for the welcome to Fictionaut, Linda.
Thanks for the comments on "Maps," Linda!
Thanks for your comments, Linda!
I too give a damn. Nice to have you here.
Well hey, I put up a poem -- hope you enjoy.
Awesome you are here - love your 'give a damn' writes.
I've been living in the Phoenix burbs since last August. I was in Baltimore (Fells Point) for two years and NY before that. Reisterstown? That's close to Towson, no?
Yes, Three Junes was amazing! But her last book was terribly disappointing.
Fingers crossed for me today. I'm sending out my first book proposal! How's your novel coming along? I enjoyed reading it as flashes. You have such a beautiful style.
Hi, Linda. Welcome to Fictionaut--glad to see you're here! Thanks for your comment on my "Irish, Until We Weren't" story!
Hey all, thanks for the welcome. It's like being in a candy shop -- what to read, what to post, where to hang, ACK! So much to savor, and I'm supposed to be a MONK, writing PURE. Damn, wish they'd take wifi off this mountain...
Woot! You've been busy!
Hi Linda. Great to see you here again. I'm on somewhat of a spirit week, so not very active here this week. Will check back with you later. Oh, PS, do you have anything for the Glass Woman Prize? The current deadline is on 3/21/10 and I haven't seen a submission from you yet. Have fun with this wonderful website!
Hey Linda! Nice to see you here. I didn't know you were a member of this site. It's interesting stuff. Inspiring writing.
Hey, I keep meaning to mention to you that I just moved from Baltimore. It's quite a city. I'm not sure I can say I like it, but it was an interesting couple of years.
If you ever make it out to the 'burbs, try to check out Ukazoo Books in Towson. It's a wonderful used bookstore that I used to manage. It's a great store and lots of my old employees still work there.
So, have you submitted to this site? I'm slightly intimidated, but I've been on a submitting frenzy. I haven't even found the time for FridayFlash lately. I miss the camaraderie!
I LOVE your bio. Short, sweet and to the point.