Retired newspaper reporter. Born and raised in Wisconsin. Army veteran. B.A. degree in Slavic Languages from U. of Wisconsin.
Prosaic, it would seem, but I sizzle with the unexpected on Twitter: @mattpaust and @bscriveners
Compulsion. Best way I know to quiet an addled mind.
I'm not going to bore you with an interminable list of obligatory and esoteric works with which any writer of conceit should be familiar and, at worst, pretend to hold in sacred esteem. Besides, many of those appearing on many such lists would not appear on mine, such as...haha...I savor my recreational reading slowly and in bed, and am usually too tired to read more than a few pages before turning out the light. Oh OK, OK!. here's one that if you haven't read it, you must: "Super Sad True Love Story", by Gary Shteyngart.
Kind of you to notice my little poem, and comment. Thanks, Mathew!
Very kind of you to comment on my little poem, Mathew. Startling to be noticed by a pro like you. Grazi!
Thank you so much, Mathew, for your kind thoughts about my poem.
Thank you very much for reading my poem, Mathew, and for your kind comment. Greatly appreciated.
Thanks for the fav Mathew on PROFESSOR EINSTEIN'S LIVING PROOF. His quiet but steadfast work behind the scenes during the Civil Rights movement is worthy of so much more attention.
Thanks Mathew, for commenting on my piece, Central Washington State On Five Dollars A Day.
Thanks Matt for visiting and commenting on my wacky New Year's Eve Tribute - The Calendar of Minutes. Hope yours was a good transition to 2016.
Thanks for the comment on Babybonic Plague. It really is a fun time!
Thanks for reading 'Five Bones', Matthew.
Thanks, as always, for reading, Matt.
Thanks very much for reading Returning and for the feedback. Cheers!
Thanks, Mathew for being the first and fortunately not the last to speak kindly of "consolations," though I hope you have no need of same.
Matt - Well, dammit, Matt - Thanks for visiting "For You" and leaving a comment. Glad you enjoyed it.
Hey, Mathew, thanks once again for your generous response to one of my pieces, i.e. "Blinding Light." Good luck with placing your novel(s), and congratulations on completing it, a stunning accomplishment to my mind.
Thanks, Matthew, for your kind comment on 'Bedfellows'!
Thanks for reading Palm-Sized Woman, Matt!
Thank you so much for the comment, Matthew!
Hello Matthew, very glad you enjoyed Wet Rainbow. Thanks!
Hi Matthew. Many thanks for reading/commenting on "New Mass." Really appreciate the note on the form as well! Best -- CH
Mathew, thank you for reading and commenting
Hi Matthew. Thank you for reading and marking "Induce Me" as one of your favorites. I was nervous about publishing my first story on Fictionaut, and your comment made my day. It gave me the motivation I needed to keep writing, so once again, thank you!
Thank you for your comment on my story "Night Terror". It is when we are able to write from our darkest places that the lightest gems emerge. I hope I have managed this on Fictionaut.
Thank you Mathew for the kind words on ODE TO AN AFRO. And yes, I would ABSOLUTELY follow a band called Follicular Physics.
Thank you Mathew for your very generous compliment on The Invite. Deeply appreciated. R
Matthew, I've got the black thumb drive here if you want to take it for a ride! Who knows, you just might meet Rod Serling! Thank you for visiting and commenting on "You Should Change at Jamaica". It really helps to get a friendly and positive pat on the back!
Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment for "The Family of Unsharpened Pencils" Mathew.
It really helps.
Thanks, Mathew, for taking note of "Morning Gift," that slice of spleen. Glad it did something for your sinuses.
Much appreciated Mathew; your readership, comments and fav's...
Thanks for taking the time to read my aul poem! You're a shtar~!
Thank you for the feedback on "Mother."
Thank you for your comment on my story!
Retired newsie, huh? I was a reporter for almost 7 years. Assigned crime and courts at both papers. It's a good beat for a writer.
Thank you Mathew for your kind words on "Lullaby for a Dragon Baby." They are much appreciated.
Thanks for the comment Mathew. In my experience, lettuce doesn't make a sound, haha.
Thank you for the comment on my story - delighted you liked it. Kirsty
Thank you for the reading of the circus poem. I read your Conjured Love poem. Loveeeeeeeee.
Thanks for reading 'The Judge', Matthew!
Thanks for reading and commenting on "EF4 Photos". Your two words made my heart sing because they tell me I communicated exactly how I wished to in this piece. TY!
Hi Matthew and thank you for reading 500 Words (afraid I've not seen Breaking Bad!).
Thanks for reading and commenting on Bloodless. Much appreciated.
Thank you Mathew.
I'm glad you heard my sigh, Matt.
Thank you for your continuing support. During the course of such a long project, even if it is only kindly cheerleading, it does take on some importance. Thanks.
Thanks, Mathew for reading and commenting on "A Forest."
Mathew, thank you for commenting on 1964 Dodge.
haven't read _time was soft_ yet
look forward to it
where can i read yours ?
Thank you for commenting on Patterns on Time. It was a challenge to incorporate all the words some friends gave me.
thanks very much for reading and commenting on the short fiction, "Swimming Lessons" and btw your comment was exactly right. thanks again Mathew. - brian.
Thanks for your comment on Holiday Newsletter.
I've never used the "wall" posting procedure, please forgive me if I'm going about it incorrectly or clumsily; just wanted to thank you for that intriguing story about the Schofield revolver souvenir from the hands of the Gray Ghost. In the Northern Neck of Virginia such souvenirs weren't quite so common, although folks still (in the fifties) did display the occasional saber over the hearth. Except in museums, I never saw a firearm from the era, never got to handle one to get that warm I-was-there-too feeling. And thanks again for BALLS. You have a fine eye and ear for recreating the atmosphere of the War Between The States (as we were taught in elementary school Virginia History class to call that unfortunate conflict).
Best of luck in your work! Willie
Thank you, Mathew for reading "The Restless Animus (or My 2013 Manifesto)."
Thanks for reading and commenting on 21.- BMB :-)
Hi Mathew, thanks for reading Brick Walls, I really appreciate it. fos.
Mathew, thank you for your kind response to New Questions of Travel. I am grateful.
Thanks for your comment on Insanity.
Mathew, your commenting generousity is much appreciated. Thanks for reading & liking my diminishing verse.
Excellent line for Beginnings That End. It could go on and on. Thanks for the comment.
I accidentally deleted your comment on Hagaddah and was thinking how sickened I feel as well by Holocaust deniers. I hate that you can't undelete on FN. I've deleted many of my stories from fidgety hands. Sorry. It was a great comment.
Mathew, thank you again for your generosity in commenting. I'm glad you approved my ovillejo.
Thanks for reading "Linear A", and for your kind commentary.
Thank you for your Forgiceness comment.
Thanks Mathew, I'll do some tags as I think of them
No tags? That’s because the stupid author doesn’t know how to do them.
Oh, of course, I mean Mathew. I knew I would screw up early on. It was you, Mathew who gave me a good laugh to start my day.
Ha, indeed, Marcus! thank you for commenting Metamorphosis and starting my day off with a good laugh.
Thanks for your comment on Tolstoy.
Thanks for your comment on For Rent.
Mathew, thanks for commenting and faving "Testimony." I'm delighted you enjoyed it.
Thanks for reading and the thoughtful comment (but really!).
So glad you noticed the intentional space between Dead and Line. Thanks, Mathew.
Thanks for your sweet comment on Perspective.
Thank you, Mathew for your much appreciated comment on my short-short which warmed the cockles of me heart. Apologies for not replying more promptly. I'm just learning to navigate and it took a while for me to figure out where to post this. But now I know. Thx again.
You broke into a smirk?
Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
That's a real option with lithium, just ride it out, but then the people I care about suffer as much as I do.
Hi Mathew, thanks for reading "The Fire Escape." One of the few stories I've written with a happy ending.
Thank you for your comment on my squirrely companions.
If that's how you feel about the Conversation, fine.
Thanks for your insightful comment on Conversation.
Thank you so much for your comment on Attachment.
Thanks for your comment on Sleepy Ranch.
Hi, Mathew. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Seventeen.' I greatly appreciate your thoughtful comments.
Thanks for reading "Eulogy for the Eating Disorder". I've been thinking of writing about that for a couple of years but didn't think it had an audience. Glad you proved me wrong.
Hi Matthew, thanks for reading Eight States Away, I really appreciate your time. fos.
Thanks, Mathew for reading "Menthol." A real, unreal portrayal of quirkiness.
Thank you for your comments on And her son. I really appreciated it.
DUO: Thanks for your comment. Experimenting with writing without punctuation has been eye-opening.
BOXWOOD AT NINE: I basically wrote this in my head as is when I was nine.
Thank you for "Falling" with me and for the lovely comment, Matthew.
Thanks, Mathew for reading and commenting on "Folly Island." I'm delighted that you enjoyed it.
Thanks for your lovely comment on my poem "Feeling fences".
Thanks for your sweet comment on Turning Tricks.
Hi, Mathew. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Fourteen' and 'Assiduity Fifteen.' I greatly appreciate.
Thanks Matthew for your kind words on Pastoral Hide & Seek! I really appreciate it!!!
Thank You, Mathew, for commenting on my story. Really responded to the stength of "Gasp and Dash"
Thank you for your wonderful comment and fave on "Sending kisses".
Thanks, Msthew. Nice to see your comment on "Routine of the Abyss."
Thank you, Mathew, for reading, laughing, and putting A Novel Begins on Facebook. Wow!
Mathew, thanks for faving my poem "Factory Girl in a Blurred Photograph."
Hi, Mathew. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Thirteen.' Your comment, your recommendation, is greatly appreciated and will be seriously considered.
Thanks for EX!
Hi Mathew, thanks for your comments on "What Some Boys Do."
I felt terrified when I first put on the ring.
Thank you, Matthew, for your thoughtful comment on my poem "Regret". Very astute of you to notice the whimsical tone. I see you studied Slavic languages. I have also dared to do that, but will stick to only one of them and that is the Czech language.
Thanks for the read and comment. Glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for the insightful comment on Sukkos Morning.
Thank you for your thoughtful comment on Sukkos Morning.
Thank you so much for your comment on Gas Chamber.
Thank you for reading and commenting on my Borders story. The old man was real. I saw him coming up an escalator in a huge mall in Maryland. He had a large magnifying glass sticking out of his pocket and I loved him immediately.
Thanks, Mathew for your comments on "The Good Cancer." A subject that I stayed away from for a long time. Second story is much longer and it's making the slush pile run. We'll see if it lands in a good home somewhere.
Hi, Mathew. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Nine.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Thanks for your comment on Sanctuary. That guy appears with me sometimes too.
Mathew - I'm a little taken aback by your positive feedback on Night Journey 6, but that kind of encouragement might be good for another 20 miles. Thanks so much.
Glad Mall made you laugh.
Hitchcock for Lifetime! High praise! Thanks.
Thanks, for the read and the kind comment!
Thanks, Mathew, for the read and fave of 'What the Future Holds...' Sometimes fnaut's not the easiest site to navigate.
Thank you, Mathew, for your spot-on response to "Good Times."
Hey Mathew, thanks for reading and commenting on Familiar Things. Sorry I'm so late, but I really appreciate your time. fos.
Thanks for your kind comments and for taking the time to read Christmas Presents.
No screenplay, I'm afraid - but I'll be happy to sell the rights! But seriously - and more realistically - thanks so much for the positive feedback on the ongoing Night Journey.
I really liked what you said about the younger self in Matchmaker.
Thank you, Matthew, for reading Sudden Melancholy. Your comment touched me. Nonnie
Thank you for your comment about Beam. I am a woman of many faces, but one heart.
Thanks for your comment on "Tangerine Slip Cat"! It's great to know people enjoy reading these little things of mine.
The great hypochondriac will be missed.
Hi, Mathew. I appreciate your great analysis of 'Assiduity Eight,' and your feedback on the story's progress. Thanks.
Greatly appreciated your enthusiasm for Hair.
Thanks, Mathew for reading and faving " The Man with the Blue Ski Jacket." Welcome to Fictionaut!
Hi, Matthew, thanks for reading and commenting on "The Mechanics of Sex."
Hi Mathew, thanks for your comment on "Elegy for the N word". The Garden is the ultimate reset button, no?
Oh, there are all sorts of words at staff meetings, but I blank them out.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Six.' Your insightful comments are very helpful and I appreciate.
Happy at your delight over the accountant story.
Thanks, Matthew, for your thoughtful remarks on "Remember the Lions?".
Thank you so much for your interesting comment on Tribe.
Hi, Mathew. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Five.' I greatly appreciate your helpful, insightful comments.
I love your description of the gastric reception of Magda's return from Saratoga and I also love the fire flies melding with the stars scene, one of my favorite. You give wonderful feedback and are an empathic and articulate reader.
Hi Mathew. Welcome to Fictionaut. Thanks for the kind words about "Your Last Rooster" and thanks for the star!
So enjoyed your comments on Saratoga 1,2, and 5. They buoyed my mood and made me happy that someone was reading so deeply and was so involved with my characters. I consider it, let's say, fictionalized memoir. I couldn't make these people up. i am learning about myself as I write. Thank you so much. It's time I started to read your own work. g
Thank you so much for the kind, thoughtful and insightful things you said about the story Saratoga. All of the things you said are true, though I had never thought about it. We had all kinds of things going on, but we were safe, the most important thing of all.
Also enjoyed Cats' Eyes.
Thanks for Relativity. Feeling not so clever these days.
Thank you Mathew for the kind words on my story, the Hunley. And it's all true, mostly, or half of it.
Welcome Matthew. I, too, am a Wisconsin product, back when it was a bit more blue. Hope you like it here. If you want to reply to a post by another member on your wall, it's best to go to the individual's wall to whom you want to reply as they probably won't see it if you post it on your own wall. (Tip # whatever : )
Welcome to Fictionaut!
My dad's twin brother practiced law in Milwaukee. My favorite "big city" to visit growing up. Thanks for the welcome. I'm still trying to get the hang of this platform.
Hey Matthew, welcome to Fictionaut. I live in Milwaukee, so we have something more than writing in common!
Hey--don't I know you from somewhere?
Thank you, Marcy Demansky, for inviting me to join Fictionaut, and thank you Fictionaut, for admitting me to membership. This is an attractive and exciting website and I am delighted to be here.