I grew up on the shores of the Chesapeake but presently live in New Zealand. I've grown comfortable with an in-between state of existence. In the last ten years I've lived on the edges of Pacific culture between North America and here. My sailboat, MOMO (named after Michael Ende's novel), has taken me from Mexico to Hawaii, from Alaska to California, and across the South Pacific. Long before I set sail with my husband and two young children (before I sold everything I owned, before I became intimately acquainted with Alaskan fjords, Mexican chilis, Polynesian canoe racing, and Fijian lice), I was a scholar of German language and history. Now, I write and translate as I travel, collecting stories along the way.
I'm a fan of profanity and a firm believer in chance. I advocate a less-is-more approach to life but live fully. I worry about living in a nuclear age and the nature of 21st century war and climate change and the devolving political discourse in my home country, but I admit to doing it while traipsing around sandy beaches in flip-flops.
I'm glad to be here.
You can find me most days sailing in the Bay of Islands or at Glow Worm (http://michelleelvy.wordpress.com).
I hung up my 52|250 hat in 2011 (52|250: A Year of Flash http://52250flash.wordpress.com/).
Now I read and edit at
Blue Five Notebook (http://bluefifthreview.wordpress.com/)
poetry, flash, and art with an edge
A Baker's Dozen (http://13extraordinarythings.com/)
thirteen extraordinary things
Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction (http://flash-frontier.com/)
New Zealand's flash fiction journal and competition site
I believe that a person is an outcome derived from a sum of experiences, events, and stories, all arranged seemingly willy-nilly yet producing precisely and only one result.
Capturing the person in the story is the challenge.
Authors I read and re-read: Barth, Bragg, Dickey, Didion, Fowles, Gowdy, Heine, Z.N. Hurston, Irving, Janosch, Kingsolver; Lahiri, T. Mann, C. McCarthy, Ondaatje, Proulx, Z. Smith, Styron, Vonnegut, C. Wolf, T. Wolfe
Fiction I love: John Barth, The Sot-weed Factor; John Barth, Tidewater Tales; James Dickey, Poems 1959-1969; Kate DeCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane; Michael Ende, Momo; Barbara Gowdy, The White Bone; Guenther Grass, The Tin Drum; Grimm Fairy Tales (the original un-sanitized version: scary is good!); Heinrich Heine, Deutschland: Ein Wintermärchen (Germany: A Winter's Tale); Keri Hulme, The Bone People; John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany; Jack London, The Sea Wolf; Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain; Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses; Robert Munsch, The Paper Bag Princess; Sten Nadolny, The Discovery of Slowness; Michael Ondaatje, Coming Through Slaughter; Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials trilogy; JK Rowling, Harry Potter series; Zadie Smith, White Teeth; William Styron, Sophie’s Choice; Christopher Tilghman, In A Father's Place; Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five; Christa Wolf, Der geteilte Himmel (A Divided Heaven); Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again
Non-fiction that stays with me: John Berger, Ways of Seeing; Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men; Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre; Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking; Ivan Illich, De-schooling Society; Primo Levi, The Drowned and the Saved; Peter Nichols, Sea Change; William W. Warner, Beautiful Swimmers
Thanks so much for reading & commenting on "miranda"!
Hi Michelle. Ramon Collins recommended I say hello, so a big friendly hi.
Sailing the world and sandy flip-flops sounds ideal.
I'm glad you found my story Boy/Girl through Editor's Eye. Thanks for the comments.
Michelle, thanks for commenting on "Mercy Mercy Mercy." I very much appreciated it.
Huge congratulations for your Glass Woman finalist story x
Thanks for your encouraging and lovely comments, Michelle, and especially for your support.
Well, thank you for your very kind thoughts and words about my story "Frim Fram Sauce" Michelle! Hope you are well! xo
Here I am. Come find me!
So happy to find you at my story today, Michelle. Thanks so much for the great words!
Hi Michelle: Thank you for your precise and positive comments about "Imago." I'm so happy it worked for you and the story will stay with you. I appreciate you time and attention.
Thank you for faving "Wahrheit und Dichtung," Michelle. Loved your comment.
Hi Michelle - Thank you so, so much for your generous comments on "Nothing Good..." You've made my day!
Happy Sailing :)
Hey. What are you suggesting with that "don't quite fit together" crack? That the author may have a screw loose? Ha ha. Just kidding. Michelle, I was SO glad to see your name on a comment about one of my stories. How've you been?
Michelle, thanks for reading and your sweet comments about 10,000 Dollar Pyramid. I appreciate it.
Michelle, just saw ... Never been a software consultant, but we seem to have or have had the same professions, haha! (Trained in history, write and edit, and nowadays translations)
My pleasure Michelle! And thank you for checking out my work! ***
And yes, you are right. A version of the first little tale was posted on F'naut some time ago. I'm not sure it fits in with the other segments in "You Tell Me." I am thinking about separating them for my next book, Echoes & Disconnets, Vol. II.
Michelle! I'm happy you paid a visit. Good to hear from you. Thanks so much for the kind words and the star for "You Tell Me."
Love comment on "Mussel Memory." Thanks so much, Michelle!
Can I just say how freaking happy I am that you exist. In every form!
Michelle, thank you for your comment on "The Power of Bad Words"! :)
Hey Michelle, the fact that i like your work made your compliments about mine really nice to read. : )
By the way, I'm with Martha. Your profile page makes me want to work on mine a bit.
Michelle, thank you so much for your kind comment on "Eggshells". You made my day! Cheers.
Hi Michelle, Thanks very much for your wonderful note on Tomorrowland -- it really means a lot. Hope all's well, S.
Thanks so much Michelle for your kind words on "She spread her legs and flew away" :)
Michelle, i appreciate your comments on Burying Yard. It's been a wonderful experience writing for the prompts at 52-250 THANK YOU THANK YOU
thanks for the read and lovely comment on my little geometry problem, michelle....btw the new issue of black warrior review is just out. my 16 distributions are in it. hooray!
Thanks for the fave of "I Am Not a Corpse," Michelle! I appreciate your dropping by.
Thank you Michelle! Looking forward to reading the others for this prompt!
Michelle, thanks so much for making the bad haircut challenge that prompted my story "angel" and thanks for the great words on this story
Thank you for reading and giving a * to Color Coded Pills. Happy you enjoyed it.
Thanks for the very kind words on Rats, Michelle! I appreciate your thoughts.
Michelle - thanks for reading and commenting and faving "Mama's Mass". So very appreciated.
Hi, Michelle. Thanks for reading 'Fifty Five Words or Less.' I enjoyed your insightful comment very much.
Michelle, so glad you enjoyed "fracture" and thanks for singling out the wind line, which I appreciate, and which I can see hitting you this way since you live with wind as a guide
Michelle, thank you for the fave and your comments on "Sand." What can I say? Yer a peach.
Michelle, such great comments on Unpacking Sentences, thank you for those and for the fav. It's funny, both you and Marcus Speh commented on the fun of it (you) and that it's a romp (Marcus), which I found so fascinating, as it seems to me so much darker. But I love that view of it, and find as much to take from that about the reader's perspective as the writer's POV! I have some of your work to catch up on!
Hi Michelle, thanks for reading both "Margaret & Beak" and "Moro"...I appreciate your kind words and fave!
Wonderful comment on "Convictions, Michelle. Thanks for the fave! I'll have to think more about the tidy/untidy idea. Life and art are both tidy and untidy sometimes. I see what you mean about the piece being random. Thanks for your insight.
Thank you, Michelle for your great review on "John and Cathy". Appreciate it!
Thanks so much for the comment and fave on 4P28, Michelle. And also, thanks very much for your creative leadership and encouragement on the 52250. I love that challenge!
Thanks, Michelle! Glad you enjoyed the Orange Julius poem. It was fun to write.
Hi Michele,I Just found your post on Cymbals Guy today. I don't know why it didn't forward by email but in any case want to thank you again for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.
hello michelle...thanks so much for the lovely, generous comments on "martini" and "antenna." they made my saturday morning.
Thanks so much for the kind comment on 'Genesis,' Michelle. Glad you found it punchy & that it stuck with you.
Thank you for reading Rivals and for the *. Much appreciated.
Thanks so much for commenting on "Game Night"!
Thank you so much, Michelle, for your comments on "Origin" :)!
Michelle, I can’t thank you enough for that beautiful review of Star Anise. Your kindness is overwhelming! I’m making you a bowl of Pho right now. Thank you!!
Thanks for the generous comment on No Goodbyes, Michelle! I appreciate the thoughtful read.
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on 'In transit'. Incidentally, I'm originally a kiwi- from Rotorua. I went to Whangarei at the end of school with friends to stay in someone's bach (sp?) and drink illegally :)
Hi Michelle - Many thanks for reading and your awesome comments on "Just a Mountain". Your input always makes me happy.
thanks for reading the secret lives of horses, michelle. i spent alot of time moving things around. i think it works, but one never knows. your comment let me think that maybe it does work. so thanks.
Bad, bad typo.
I don't mind if you share. At least someone is sharing. My kids don't want too. With themselves, with me, with anyone.
Just catching up... Thanks so much for the comment and fave on Telephone!
Thanks for the comment an fave on Responsible! I appreciate the read!
Thank you so much for commenting on 'Swimming Pool'. Much appreciated!
And thanks for the fav!
Thanks for your wonderful comments on "Bone Density," Michelle.
Thanks for reading and commenting on Afghanistan. Glad you liked it.
Michelle - Thanks for the notes. It's been a busy summer up here in the north and I've been focused on tidying up a novel. I was thrilled to be in Metazen. I love their stories and the accompanying artwork. I was thinking of you when I heard about the quake. I hope you and the family are well.
Flash fic is a wonder to me, but I'm far too long winded to pull it off. Every time I try, the piece bloats up and grows tentacles (but that's the curse of being a horror writer I guess). Eloquent brevity is a part of the craft that eludes me, still. But perhaps one day . . .
Thanks for the invite, however. Maybe this is the moment I step ouside my comfortable, dark cirlce . . .
Thanks for stopping in to read "Making it Right" and for your nice comment.
Many thanks, though belated, Michele, for reading "Not Today," my flag day piece, and "Later, Now." I appreciate your kind words. And thanks for the faves on flag and "Later" too!
Thanks so much, Michelle, for your lovely comment on my story “Monsieur Editor and Madame Malaprop.” I’m thrilled you enjoyed it! You’ve made me feel most welcome on my Fictionaut maiden voyage.
Hi Michelle, thanks for reading and commenting on Burger and Fries. You really opened my eyes to some things I need to work on, things that had not previously jumped out at me. Thanks again.
Michelle, "Time to Rest" is unspeakably beautiful. I am so touched. And honored you've sent it to the Oil group where it may rest among kindred spirits
Quiet down a bit… I love it! You are so right on.
Michelle, thanks so much for your great comments on Cannibals, which of course came out of the 52/250 Challenge! This group has been hugely inspiring for me!
Thanks for the great comment and the fave on Corner! I'm trying to stay ahead of the game, because I'm enjoying it so much I don't want to miss a week. BTW-One of my best friends is originally from New Zealand. Hope to make it there someday!
Thank you for reading Dream Catcher. Glad you liked it.
Thank you for reading Summer. Glad you liked it.
Thank you for commenting on Halo! You made my morning.
Thanks, Michelle, for the comment and fav on "Self Alaska." Really nice of you.
Godot is the abyss.
Thanks for faving "Augustinian Prayer Sonnet." Glad you enjoyed it!
Happy birthday, madame! :)
Thank you for reading my recent stories for the 52/250 group. Glad they worked for you.
Michelle, thank you for reading and commenting on all my catchup 24/250 pieces! I do have three done that I didn't even post because I felt I was overtaking the front page of new pieces. But honest, I totally caught up with the project!
Thanks, Michelle! Here's a secret: I've never seen that movie. It sounds terrible, doesn't it?
Thank you for your very astute observations about In The Lake. You hit it all right on the head! Thank you for reading and the fav. There is more already to the story... and I am finding it fascinating as I watch where the sisters take themselves and me.
Thanks for the kind words about "Florida" Michelle!
Michelle, Thanks for your comment on "Thirteen". The rest of this woman is in the Sunday Morning Series (posted under numerical titles) and everything else I write, the latest of which is "For those who asked why". Hope you find it interesting. ~ j
Michelle, wine-inspired or not, your comments are not only welcome, but, as usual, insightful ... and they always make my day. You're as gifted as a reader as you are with your prose. I mean it!
I just read your bio and learned that you are living on a sailboat - that is quite possibly the coolest thing I have ever heard!
Thanks, Michelle. She's in Boston entering her fourth year of grad school to become a psychologist. So tiny. So big. So soon! It passes in a flash.
Don't be sorry, I love crying! A response to Peach, now that is something to look forward to! I have a new voice brewing also but it has to wait until I've posted off my novel queries in the next few days...
Really appreciate your comment on "Penny Arcadia," Michelle. Love all you had to say.
Thanks, Michelle, for your reading of "And so it goes." I'm not much for writing into topics. I would make a lousy journalist ... too bohemian, which is not always a good thing.
Thank you for reading and commenting on Peace of Mind. Let me know if you think of the "too big" aspect your referring, too. I always enjoy your critiques. Maybe there is too many characters involved? Abrupt ending?
Thanks Michelle for your wonderful comments about Broken Mirrors - it made my day! (Felt honoured you got me mixed up with Claire - I love her writing)
Thanks for reading and commenting on my story, Michelle. I was hoping that the title of the story and the tone of the story would slide against each other and it appears that for you they did.
Thanks, Michelle, for your kind comment about "The Meaning of Life." Always enjoy what you have to say.
Great to be here again, too. Lost my writing boots for a while.
thank you so much for your lovely comment on 'rib,' michelle.
I giggled with pride to your comment about Union of Opposites. That was the reaction I was hoping for.
Hi Michelle, so glad you're back. I too have been gone from fnaut for a bit of time, out of the city, no computer, but reading your piece, Bedtime Story, I was reminded how great this community is, to be able to read such fine pieces of writing!
Hi Michelle, thank you for your fantastic comments on my short stuff. I’m so pleased you liked Ice Melts. You speak directly to my intentions with that piece!
I have not read "Ordinary Men." I'll have to check it out. Thanks
You're quite welcome! Tell you what -- I'll stalk you, too. lol.
New Zealand, wow!
Michelle: What a review! I'm so glad you liked "Goodbye." I am going to make copies of your comments about my writing and pass them out to people on the street! Thank you!
Michelle, thanks for all of your recent comments on my 52-250 stories!
Holy Guacamole, girl -- thank you for pretty much reading my entire portfolio and leaving me sweet little bon-bons. Better than Christmas morning! Peace...
Thank you for reading my 50/250 stories. Especially your comments on Blindness. Yea, I was trying to have the one soldier represent all the others, so that's why I had him begin at the ghetto, then firing squads, last the gas chambers. After rereading it, I can see how it would seem that I was focusing on one specific soldier. What I was trying to show was the progression of mass extermination, systematic horror, if you will. If I make it into a longer story, I'll probably just focus on one particular soldier and setting.
Michelle, thanks for your super nice note. I'm sorry I didn't get my act together to post it to 52/250 (I thought Sunday was Monday, what with the fourth of July -- and I'm pretty confused these days, besides) but I have been loving the work coming out of your group. It's such a great, inspiring project (I wish I could be more consistent) -- so again, thanks very much for starting it. Hope you're enjoying your summer!
From around the globe, I have missed you. Welcome back Michelle. Thank you for your great words on Lake Chelan and the fave.
Michelle, thank you so much for your great comments on Miss. So happy you read it! I will be back soon to read more of your work as well. Take care!
No, thank you. Never worry about being too forward with me. I like direct and sincere language. Your honest opinions open up new ideas and possibilities.
Thank you for reading my 52/250 stories and for the suggestions. Much appreciated.
Michelle, am so much enjoying the 52/250 challenges each week! Thanks much for your sweet words on Soup and my terror story (forgot the title!) yikes...
Michelle, thanks for your kind comments on Priest in Kilvarnet.
Michelle, even the author doesn't understand it all! Thanks for you thumbs up for "Naked Ladies."
Loved and adored and so appreciated your close read and your returning to the revision, An Italian Lunch (II)! You are dead-on, "spot", horrible, horrible word; I should be shot for that! And yes, on tying the lyrics in (and yes, that song gets everyone going!) to the narrative. I will take both those great comments with me when I revise the chapter in the project!
Just read X by the way. Sensational. Seriously! Taut, tight, filled with emotion and yet so controlled.
Re your comments on sex scene - Oh, I like that bit too, Michelle, thanks! And you are right, lots of unanswered questions here. As I said, in the author's note, it is a scene from a book I wrote (four years ago) and am now bringing back to life! So pleased to get your feedback :-)
Your comments on everyone's work (including mine) are very insightful- they help me to see and experience the piece I am reading from varying perspectives. Thanks for that!
Michelle, Thank you for lovely comments on I guess everything I've posted this week. It is so very generous of a fellow writer. Although I have none of your spirit for adventure and travel (so far) I am also a fan of profanity, so hopefully we will get along just fine. ~ J
Thank you for your kind words on my post for that new group 52\260 on this week's sterling theme "lovelies on the beach" entitled I Came. I do appreciate the insight and input, your comments always have good form.
Thanks for your comments on "My Favorite Emotion," Michelle! I commented back on the story page, but, being a newbie, I just now realized you might not even know that response was there! Very helpful -- thanks again.
Michelle, thank you for reading 'Running Naked Through the Oines' and for your helpful comments. I heard the italics and I'm so glad you liked the story. You're right about the facade line. The thing is this story was written as a flash with a 15 minute time limit and is entirely unedited. I was in two minds whether to post it or not but then thought, What the hell..
Thanks, Michelle for your comments on my poem. Much appreciated!
Thanks, Michelle, for your wonderful comment on "The Sun, the Trees The Clouds, the Grass." I'm very happy you liked this poem.
Michelle, I appreciate your comments about Double Barrel. Yes, it is scary and haunting, and although I am not violent by nature, my work often explores this vein. I can't wait to read more of yours!
Thank you for reading and commenting on 'The Ending...'
I like your taste in books. I only just read Animal Dreams by Kingsolver recently.
And yes: fairytales are best unsanitised and as bloody and frightening as originally intended. Disney has a lot to answer for.
Thanks for reading and enjoying Beard-Men - they are cousins of Toe-men, but that is another story!!
Thanks for reading "A Mountain So Lost." You're a jewel.
Your lovely and kind comments on An Italian Lunch really made my night. Not to be a greedy girl, but if you have the time or a chance, I'd love your view on my revision, also up here on fnaut, An Italian Lunch (II). I did some honing, some expanding...
Thanks for stopping by and reading "Raleigh B," Michelle. Glad you liked it.
Thanks for your comment on "Dis-Ease," Michelle.
Hi Michelle, So glad Peach lived up to your expectations! Now she is trying to get me to pay her attention when I'm supposed to be editing my novel though. It's like opening Pandora's box.
Thank you so much for your nice words on "I don't have a gun" and "Get Some Strange" :)!
You do what I do- find a piece you like then read all that writer's work! I love that. Top of the morning to you! You are in Monday, I am still in Sunday afternoon - well 6 pm actually.
Thanks for your comment on my post, The Room of Doors. I was partial to the last line myself. Cheers.
Thanks for your comment on "Acute Amusement." Always appreciate your reads.
Thanks to you too, Michelle, for all your lovely comments on my stories/poems! The darkness of white noise was the hardest of all to write and harder still to share (I wrote it about four years ago).
You are such a talented writer that I feel honoured that (a) you took time to read and (b) enjoyed my work so much. :-)
At the moment I am living in Clunes, an old gold rush town, in Victoria but hope to moving soon to be closer to my daughter, who lives in Victor Harbor in South Australia. Where are you?
Thanks for the messages... yeah I had a teacher that gave me the sixty word stories as an assignment so I just went with it whenever I got stuck in a rut on a larger project.
Thank you for reading The Luckiest Guy Around. Glad you liked it and gave it a "wow."
I was just starting to read through your pieces that I hadn't read, and when I got to Celebrating Difference (a story I have already read and commented upon) I saw that Eamon in commenting on YOUR story, used my name! Too funny.
Hi Michelle, Thank you for your comments, particularly on 'Ten years later'. They are very insightful comments - at least, you read the poem as I intended it!
Thanks Michelle, for the read and fav on Things I Should Have Done - #5! Great interview about 52/250... I've got to jump on that bandwagon!
Michelle, thank you for your powerful thoughts and observations on Kamikaze Birdsongs. I look forward to our reading/reviewing relationship here.
Glad you enjoyed reading Basenji. And yes, never met one, but met a person who used to own one. The truth in the story is that the guy bought one for his wife because she had bad allergies.
Thank you for faving Nothing to Do. Glad you like it. And by the way, I just put up my "animal fact" story, so check it out.
Hello, Michelle. Thanks for reading Doreen, Teacher, At Seventeen, and Nell Shea. I appreciate all your helpful suggestion and comments.
Michelle, Loved your "review" of my Amsterdam story. Thanks!
Michelle, thanks so much for your note on souffle. and for presenting the challenge in the first place -- i love your project!
Thanks so much, Michelle. I'm so pleased you liked it. I was worried it may have been too long but I feel really encouraged by all the positive comments.
Hi Michelle, thanks for stopping by to read and comment on Peach. What an amazing profile page, look forward to reading you stories (I'm new here, it's like entering a treasure trove!)
Michelle, thank you. Thank you also... Oh, and thank you once again. JD
Thanks Michelle, this is great! I'll join the group.
It worked, but wasn't a ruse, just me being me
Michelle, Thanks so much for reading and commenting on "Black Orchids."
thanks so much for reading -- and commenting -- on Spring. And Matrimony. So appreciate it.
Thanks Michelle, for responding to "Blossoms and Buds." Glad you liked it!
Thanks, Michelle, for your great comments about "Greyhound."
Thanx so much for your nice comments on my Moondance. Glad you enjoyed it!
Glad you enjoyed reading Tsalagi. Thank you for reading and for the kind words.
Funny you should ask about fancy me. I just finished it. Looking it over right now.
Glad you've returned! I, too, have been more absent than usual this week, and have so much reading here to catch up on. Thank you for your great comments on Things I Should Have Done #4 and for the fav!
I've been reading the Breadfruit entries, but haven't yet had a chance to comment. I'll try to give one of the posts a go in the group!
Thank you for reading My Girl Friend's Birthday. Not a true story.
Thanks for the invite to join 52/250. It's a great idea! I just don't write flash fiction, though I enjoy reading it. I'll join the group so I can read the entries. Good luck!
and Jack, further proof that Michelle doesn't know her Norwegians is her surprise in her comments that they would go out the next day! A Norwegian would never be so impolite not to, after doing the bawdiest thing a Norwegian could do, which is about the tamest thing anyone else would do. It just wouldn't be right not to be kind after.
Just sent you a message, subject : endings - not sure if it got through as my page needed to be refreshed. Can you let me know if you got it.
Thanks, Michelle. You must not be a Norwegian, though: You're smiling in your photo. Norskies never, ever smile when they are photographed.
Michelle, thanks for your comments (I didn't even notice the mix up - I did for Meg but as I said, I felt chuffed to be mixed up with such a wonderful writer) Having my morning coffee now!
M., I got rid of the bad line. Just wanted you to know and to say thanks.
Thanks for stopping by. The Chesapeake was my back yard as a child. Never been to New Zealand. Was close once and the Southern Cross, the Milky Way sky at night on the sea was well worth the reasons for being there.
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed La Tomatina.
Thanks, Michelle, for your insightful comments on Beloved my Bess and The Loss of a Child. I'm really pleased you liked them :-)
Michelle, Thanks for the tip regarding "Secrets." I think you're right. Do I need the added line? No.
And thanks, Michelle, too for commenting on blue. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work.
Thanks Michelle. I'm pleased you enjoyed CTR :-)
Thanks for your comments on "In the Pink Distance," Michelle. I really appreciate your careful reading.
My pleasure, Michelle.
You're welcome about Latitude Adjustment. I never got into The Corner. BUT, I watched every season of The Wire, from Netflix, seriously, one right after that other. Have you read Freedomland or Lush Life? I started with Lush Life, then Freedomland, lastly Clockers. Highly recommend Free. and LL. Tried reading Bloodbrothers, but so far it's been a no-go for me.
thank you Michelle for your comment about MILF. Very much appreciated!
Thank you so much for reading and wonderful words about all the Things I Should Have Done, #1, #2, and #3
Michelle - truly, truly appreciate the reads you have given my work, and your comments. Raise a glass and toast yourself from me.
Thanks so much, Michelle, for reading and commenting on "Hammer Nail Nail"--and for the fave!
Thank you again for commenting on Muted Corners. I made a few more minor changes.
Michelle - thanks for checking out "Quince Orchid", I had a peachy-keen time writing it, a little J. Alfie tells me.
As for "Celebrating Difference" reads fine to me as is. If you want to expand it with more scenarios it could provide more room for your satient observations, great! You could have shorter/longer versions, for different audiences.
G'day Michelle. My wife and I toured all around New Zealand on our honeymoon. Truly beautiful place. You've read an interesting bunch of books I see. Plus you're not bad at pointing a fellow 'naut at an interesting video. Write on!
Michelle, thanks so much for your read and comment on Level, I appreciate that
Thank you for commenting on Muted Corners. Based on what you wrote, I changed it around a bit.
It is WILD! Here (NYC) it is 6:25 am, and I was doing the same, catching up on reading on fnaut. I'm so enjoying your work as well.
Thank you for reading The Shloshim Period and for the fave. It's funny because I think when you were reading my work completely around the globe, I was literally reading your essay "Celebrating Difference" and commenting as well!
Thanks, Michelle for your nice comments on my poem. Very much appreciated.
Michelle, your feedback is EXACTLY what I'm looking for - thank you! I have taken out -- and put back in -- that line in The Blues Are Running several times. Need to listen to gut. Thank you for reading. Peace...
Michelle, thanks for the great comments you made on my stories. thanks a lot
Hey, thank you for the positive comments you had on my stories. Thank you so much.
You're welcome, and again it was really touching. I also meant to suggest you read Unction, by Linda Simoni-Wastila. I read both pieces within the same time-period and it just blew me away.
Great to meet you on here as well! I look forward to reading more of your work.
Thank you for you comments on Pleiku Jacket, Michelle. I was a little worried about the ending when I wrote it. But as at sat on the page for a while, it looked right.
It's such a great story, I was captivated
Michelle: Thanks for your generous words about "Bandit." I so admire your writing. I agree with Julie - even your "About Me" is amazing. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work.
Michele, Thanks for reading "Loony Tunes."
Welcome, Michelle. I live a few miles from the Chesapeake. Well, I live near Annapolis. My brother went to St. Mary's and I've spent a lot of time on the Eastern Shore over the years.
Very funny, Darryl! What I find most interesting about the Harry Potter books (never mind all the noise about her unwieldy adverbs) is that one can really see the author grow with each book. We read all of them aloud with our kids, and just as the characters change over time and the plots become more entwined and complex, so too did the author's voice become more mature and even sophisticated. I felt like I was watching Rowling grow as a writer as I picked up each new book.
I love definitely not a software consultant any more. And certainly yes to profanity--can't help it-- and Vonnegut and Barth.Nice to have you with us.By the way thanks for mentioning Harry Potter. All the snobs have definitely missed out. Deathly hallows was an amazing feat of imagination and writing.
Michelle, thank you for all of your comments! You started my week off better than any week has been started maybe ever. As soon as have some time I am looking forward to cruising your website and reading more of your work. You're awesome.
NIce to have you here and thanks for your comments on my wall. Looking forward to reading more of your work.
Michele - thank you for reading and commenting on "Emerald Eyes". I am reading your web writings on the Marsters of Palmerston right now - fascinating, you are 'capturing' the people.
thanks for visiting my wall, which i frequently forget i have. love, story ws so fine, so v fine, really. it is a pleasure to have you here at this site, exiled or not. stay a while. post more stuff.
Thanks for the comment on 'Head Between Knees' - and for the book recommendation (will look it up now). M.
thanks Michelle for your comments on Mrs. Doyle and Sweet & Sour...thanks too for the 2 you've put up so far...looking forward to others
thanks for commenting on "flatulence" - i loved your "love, story" which i read just now. and i also spent a year in NZ...auckland actually. take care!
How long were you in Munich. Did you study here? And all similar questions . . . :)
Hi, Michelle - just found you here, fantastic - going to read your stories now, although your profile page is a brilliant story in itself! M
Thanks, Julie. I could say the same about yours. So glad to have found this place; looking forward to lots of fruitful exchanges!
Michelle, yours is the best "About Me" ever. Looking forward to reading more of your work.