They call me…
You are dense and absurd, he said.
So I sank into the floor until my chin was resting on his toe.
Write, he said, I’m leaving.
Alice Walker - The Color Purple
...and many, many more.
Thanks for your kind words about "Flatlander's Suite." The experience that inspired that piece was itself sort of ghastly so I'm very glad that mood came through. Thanks again for the feedback!
Hey, Martha! Thank you so much for your encouragement on "The Number 4". Hope you and family are doing well.
Martha, many thanks for the kind words for "My Wife, My Love."
Thanks so much for the lovely comments & fav for "The Bed", Martha!
Thank you! XXX
Thanks, Martha, for the read and your lovely comments on “Oh, Fish Eggs!” Will see what I can do about getting you a sunbonnet made for two! ;)
Thank you for the comment on 'Tasted Like Apples,' Martha. Much appreciated.
Martha - thanks for the comments on Kill Allan - your reading of it is exactly what I hoped for. From what as an adult is a humorous anecdote but was real feelings at the time, to the hate building up as the years & incidents got worse - to a realization that he was harmed worse than me, with the absolute impossibility forced on him by circumstances - no kid could or should have to cope with it, He always protected me too, fiercely at times, at that shows his true love. Thank You again!
Martha, thanks for reading and commenting on "Great Moments in Blindness."
Martha, thanks for checking out "My First Serial Killer" - here's hoping!
Martha, Thank you for allowing Friend of the Week to haunt you.
thank you, angel, for shadowing my curdy rabbit!:)
Mustard green mouth...yeah, I got myself a little sick on that one...Thanks, Martha, for reading. You're a treasure.
Hi, Martha! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on my rejection letters that I totally made up because they never ever really happened, and if they had, not to me, nosiree bob. Which is an expression, like 'knee slapping funny,' that I will never understand.
And that you for the fav!
Thanks for the comment on Telephone, Martha. I appreciate the read.
Thank you for reading Afghanistan.
Hi Martha, thanks for reading my snail story. And thanks for the comment, too. foster.
Martha, I agree with you about the poor girl. It was clear, too, that she HAD been a very pretty girl. I don't know. I just want to shake my head. Glad you like cats!
Hey Martha, hope you're drying off. Thanks for the comment on Upstream and watch out with frisbees. Claire.
Thanks, Martha, where ever you are, for the read and comment on POSEY'S POND. I appreciate it.
Thanks, Martha, for the comment and Fav on A Night of Not Knowing. You know what fearless is, girl.
Yes, that's where I'll see it! Glad 'Leaving' gave you a laugh.
Thank you for your kind words, Martha.
Hey Martha -- thanks for the comment and fave on Bedtime Story! And now you are off sailing, you lucky girl! See you when you are connected... :)
Martha, I'm so glad you liked "The man who killed Molly Bloom." It was an experiment and it seems not to have failed. I love it when that happens. But you know all about that, I am sure.
Wish I'd thought of tripe. Liver with tubes in...maybe she's not that cruel after all.
Thanks for reading Requirement, Martha! So glad you liked it.
you are a sweetheart. I will write fukfukfukeeeeee for you whenever you ask! ha! Thanks, you!
Martha, You must be psycho! You really nailed the character in "Camp 7." An anxious child indeed. (And guess what? That child was me!) Thank you so much.
Thank you for reading "The Nightly Dance". I am much better now -- medication and proper sleep have done wonders. I wrote that piece two months ago; I vowed to write something every day to capture the experience, even when my hands were shaking too hard to type properly. It was such an awful time, and I'm glad I'm not there anymore.
Thank you so much for the comment on 'Love,' Martha. Glad it rang true for you.
Have you read 'Possessing the Secret of Joy?' I loved The Colour Purple, but found Possessing the Secret of Joy powerful on a whole different level.
Martha, thanks for reading and commenting on "Catatonia"!
Hi Martha, thank you for your comments about "Peanut Time" and "Minerva Gets Pierced by Love." Don't worry - that peanut is right under your sofa, or behind your stove.
Martha: Thank you for reading a commenting on my latest story. Recipping to you is easy because I enjoy your work!
Martha - thank you! I really appreciate your thoughts on Bee King. Hope all's well, Julie
Your story 'Can a Hummingbird Sing?' was published on Like Birds Lit .com today. :)
Thanks for you comment on 'You,' Martha. Nice to make your acquaintance.
Thanks Martha, for your comment on Knowing. Hardness disguised in curves is always interesting, no?
I go back to Texas for a few weeks every year. I'm overdue for the trip. Thanks for the comment.
I've been reading more of your work here and I do hope you're getting a book published. I'll buy it immediately.
Martha, glad you had a laugh - it was fun writing it :-)
Oh, yes, and here's that other "m" I left outta the word "comments." sheesh, I am such a clutz.
Martha, thank you ever so much for your coments on "Things you remember..." It made my day.
Thank you for reading and commenting on TWO FOR THE ROAD; I appreciate it. I've never posted like this, but apparently, it's the way it's done on Fictionaught. I usually just recip -- this seems like Advertisements For Myself.
Martha! Thanks for your exclamation marks on my Elephant. Glad you liked the stomp!
Hehe...I saw your message to me on FB! 'distinctively' - sorry. Finger slippage. Thanks for pointing that out. I stared at this so long I am surprised there aren't more egregious errors. And yes, please always comment candidly. If something isn't working, tell me. I want to GROW in this craft.
Thanks, Martha, for your thoughtful comments on "Mind You Don't" and the fave!
Thanks, Martha, for your kind words on my poem. It brought back memories for me as I wrote it.
Martha, thank you for reading This Girl in That Shirt. Looking forward to getting to some more of your work asap.
Martha! thanks for reading Celebrating Difference. Thanks for the comment about my voice, nice to hear that.
Hey Martha, thanks for reading and commenting on Nine and Five - much appreciated. foster.
Thanks for reading my story, Martha. I was egg-static to get some positive feedback, heehee ;)
Martha, thank you for your very poetic comment on 'a night on the f'naut'!
Hi Martha - Thank you SO much for your generous comments on "Three dreamers" - I'm so glad you liked the story :)
Many thanks, Martha, for reading "Hammer Nail Nail" and your kind words!
Thank you, Martha! I am really excited to be on Fictionaut :)
Thanks so much for reading and commenting on "Delivery" and "Moth Woman" Martha. I really appreciate the kind words!
Hi, Ramon - I've changed it back :) Good talking to you. M
Your new Profile pix doesn't do you justice!
Martha - thank you for your kind words on Sanctuary - much appreciated!
Martha, I think I owe you a thanks and a reply to your nice message on FB. So, thank you for your comments on my poem, and for your nice message. I'm quickly becoming a big fan of your work and I'm looking forward to reading more.
Oh, and thank you for the fav on Things I Should Have Done - #2!
Thanks again for reading Things I Should Have Done - #2. I'm really pleased that it rocked.
I look forward to reading your work!
Martha, thanx for your comment on "i cant do this anymore". Much appreciated!
Martha, thanks for your read and comment on "Raking Leaves with Billy Collins". I appreciate it.
Martha, thanks for reading 'Strange Tantes', appreciate much.
It's lovely to discover and connect with other voices, isn't it? Yours is lovely!
Thanks for wanting to reread Pleiku Jacket.
really lovely to meet you, especially since I see you're a former science writer too. Let's talk about science and fiction sometime!
Hey thanks for reading When a Bowl Hits a Tree and your kind comment. From one newb to another -- welcome to fn! Peace...
Hi Martha, thanks for the warm welcome! Still finding my way around here, so I'll be back when I've got my bearings. Just posted my first piece on Fictionaut, 'Letter to Neruda'. Cheers!
Thanks for reading Garden Light. I happy to see it brought back some happy memories for you.
Martha, thanks so much for your read of my story Little. I'm glad it made you laugh
Hey fellow newbie, I wanted to thank you for your comment on Bill Franklin. It means the world.
Martha, thanks so much for reading and commenting on Girl. I look forward to getting to know you through your work.
Hi Martha - thanks for the comment on Love, Story. Glad it made you laugh. This came from a real conversation in which a guy actually said that! The arrogance of some people -- harrumph! :)
Hey Martha - love seeing you here! Will catch up with your writing even more now... -michelle
Thank you for favoriting Picnic! Glad you are here, and yAWPing!
Martha, Thanks for your comment about my little story. And you didn't say the story needs an ending, thank God!
Thanx for your comments on "Toothbrush". Much appreciated!
sometimes i wish i could be "new and lost". a little like not ever being small and innocent and young again. i miss it and i don't. it's good to have young children around to be reminded. when they, too, grow up, what's left is memories. aww must write about that, i think. you stirred something up!
gosh, martha, you're digging deeply in the archives of humanity with your reading of "tickled pink"...this is the first story of mine ever published, in an early issue of metazen. underread and underrated, a text suited for your vows on this page "dense and absurd" both...thanks! if we ever travel to cuba together i'll buy you a mojito!
Thanks for your kind words about cake tin rusted. Love your sense of humour (Australian spelling) Welcome too!
Thanks for reading Back in an Hour. Glad you enjoyed it.
woohoo martha! thanks for reading "Flatulence". i'll tell nicholas. he'll be overjoyed. all this attention for a ...simple motion of the bowels. smashing! don't think i'm only farting around on the fictionaut...actually that is EXACTLY what i'm doing. welcome!
Martha, want to thank you here, too, for your read and great comment on How I Learned to Cook. And welcome to this terrific community of writers
I like all your answers very much!
Hi Martha, welcome to Fictionaut and thanks for reading Eight States Away. foster.
Hi, Martha. Welcome to Fictionaut!
You're going to love it here.
I am very excited to be here. Thank you, Meg Pokrass.