Ramon Collins

Location Boulder City, Nevada
Occupation Defying Gravity
Website http://

About Me

"Don't tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov

I've had stories published (ISBN-ISSN) and transmitted online.

Why do you write?

I write because it's there.

Any favorite authors? Books?

I've always liked authors and their books.

My favorite book: The Great Gatsby. A plot and characters so well-defined that Hollywood couldn't even screw it up.

Ramon Collins's Wall

Linda Williams – Jul 16, 2013

Hi Ramon,

Just wanted to stop and scribble on your wall and say hello.

Marcus Speh – Apr 10, 2013

Hey Ramon, look what became of your post after all: http://yareah.com/kurt-vonnegut-challenge-0965/ - cheers from Berlin!

Foster Trecost – Oct 14, 2012

Hi Ramon, just a quick thanks for reading my micros...or whatever they are :)

Bobbi Lurie – Aug 08, 2012

Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my story 'Milkshake and Fries"

Gessy Alvarez – Aug 07, 2012

Hi Ramon. So happy to see your fave for "Weak Knees." It's part of a collection of poems and prose. Been posting a few here and seeing how they are rec'd.

Gloria Garfunkel – Aug 07, 2012

Thank you very much for the kind comment and fave for Reading at the Table.

Ramon Collins – Jul 30, 2012

Thanks, Gloria. "Spaghetti Woman" is an extraordinary modern fable, a genre that's overlooked in short-short fiction. I'm not too active on this site, but will give the Microfiction Cafe an occasional lurk. Micro is my fav-O-rite thing to read.

Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 30, 2012

Ramon, thanks so much for your comment and fave of Spaghetti Woman. I appreciated your funny take on it.

Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 30, 2012

I enjoyed By the Beach. And welcome to the group Microfiction Cafe.

Misti Rainwater-Lites – Jun 22, 2012

Thanks for your kind words, Ramon! I think a stanza is a kind of snake. Might be poisonous, not sure.

Ramon Collins – May 31, 2012

Miss Joani: You know how to write and that means you can write anything -- of course, your original ideas help. I think Micro writing is more a cross between poetry and short essay than the traditional short story format of Conflict, Crisis and Resolution.

Poetry because every word must be chosen carefully to project an image. Short essay because every word should drive toward the conclusion (ala Andy Rooney).

Joani Reese – May 30, 2012

Hi Ramon: Thank you for your comments about poets and micros. I wouldn't go so far as to say I'm good at it, but your response gives me hope. I appreciate your reading and words.

Ramon Collins – Jul 28, 2011

Hey, JP -- no problem. You are teaching, and commenting on, two university-level classes this summer (you must be a human dynamo).

Joani Reese – Jul 27, 2011

Hi Ramon: Just read your June comment on "Postmodern Peanut Butter Sandwich." Thank you so much and forgive me for not responding sooner.

Ramon Collins – Jul 26, 2011

Kathy: A very easy thing to say after digesting your story.

Bill: VLake's peek-a-boo look should be on Mount Rushmore. No, my sit-com background is sadly lacking.

JP: Reading your poetry is an education. I'm happy you're in education -- please remind your students, daily, of their good fortune (without blushing).

Joani Reese – Jul 23, 2011

Ramon, your response to my poem "The Human Condition" was so kind. I am blushing! Thanks so much for your attention. Cheers.

Bill Yarrow – May 10, 2011

Thanks for finding the Veronica Lake poem, Ramon! Those of us over a certain age who know her films are still haunted by her. Ever see her in I Married a Witch?

Kathy Fish – May 05, 2011

That's a very generous thing to say, Ramon. Thank you!

Ramon Collins – May 05, 2011

Robert, Jules and Kathy:

Thanks for your thoughts. You three have built "reader trust" -- and that's why the author's name is as big or bigger than the title on book covers. "Writers sell books, titles don't."

It's a pleasure to read your work because you are quality writers who take pride in your bylines.

Kathy Fish – May 05, 2011

Thanks for "getting" my story, Ramon. I appreciate your smart reads of my stories, always. cheers, Kolorado Kat

Jules Archer – Apr 06, 2011

Ramon - many thanks for your kind comment on Hog Heaven. Very appreciated.

Robert Vaughan – Feb 04, 2011

Thanks for your kind comments on 10,000 Dollar Pyramid! You are too nice!

Ramon Collins – Jan 20, 2011

Hiya, Tina: I've had another medical setback, but have grown to love 'em -- what's the alternative? Other than that, I've been wasting my life away in yet another fiction class. Y'know the scene; far more interested in the manufacture of cute cyber-quips than the craft of fiction. How's by you?

Tina Barry – Jan 20, 2011

Hi Ramon,
I haven't seen your name around here for some time. I hope all is all with you.

kim teeple – Dec 23, 2010

Hahahah..Hi Ramon, it's not my horse! And thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments and support and thank you for inviting me here..I have already read so many, many fabulous stories and I'm excited about many of the authors I've met here as well!

Kim Conklin – Dec 22, 2010

Thanks for the great comment and fave on A Question of Choice, Ramon! So glad you liked it!

Kim Conklin – Dec 13, 2010

Thanks for the very kind words and the fave on 4P28, Ramon. I'm so glad you liked it.

Kathy Fish – Dec 13, 2010

Hey Ramon, super kind of you to read and comment on "Foundling". Thanks so much!

Kari Nguyen – Dec 13, 2010

Hi Ramon, happy you came across Requirement today! Thanks so much for those kind words and the star. Glad you liked it.

Jules Archer – Dec 13, 2010

Thanks Ramon for your kind comments on Help Me Own You. Really appreciate.

Julie Innis – Dec 10, 2010

Ah Ramon! You are too good to me. But who would play the lead? Julia Roberts refuses to return my calls plus she's a little long in the tooth, I think.

Cherise Wolas – Dec 09, 2010

Ramon, thank you for your wonderful words on Ping Pong... I loved your novel take on it!

Kathy Fish – Dec 05, 2010

You're so kind, Ramon. Thanks. And there's actually a Wife Saver Laundromat in Denver. Knew I had to use that. ;-)

kim teeple – Dec 03, 2010

Why thank you, Mr. Collins! I think we are at the start of a beautiful friendship..Thank you so much for your support, encouragement, and the invitation! I look forward to reading more of your work and keeping in touch!

Joani Reese – Nov 23, 2010

Ramon: Thank you for your kind words about my piece "June, Texas, 1993." I appreciate them.

M.H. – Nov 18, 2010

Hi Ramon!
Thanks so very much for your generous comments on "She spread her legs and flew away" :)

Anonymous – Nov 16, 2010

Thank you, Mata

Shelagh Power-Chopra – Nov 16, 2010

Thanks, Ramon! And yes, I guess that's why barbers were bloodletters at one point!

Meg Pokrass – Nov 16, 2010

Darlin' you are the best. I am so glad you liked my Wigleaf Postcard. I would write 10 more if they would make you smile. Thank you for being here. Oh, ignore the big guy with puffy shoulder pads. He's just...an extra.. ha. xoxoxo

Kathy Fish – Nov 16, 2010

I feel lucky to have you for a reader, Ramon. Thanks so much for your kind comments on "Tenderoni".

Sara – Nov 16, 2010

Ramon, Thank you for taking the time to read my work -- and for your note on courage. I can't tell you how much that means to me.

Kim Conklin – Nov 15, 2010

Thanks for the kind words and fave on Rats, Ramon! I appreciate the read and the fave, and I'll follow your suggestion!

Michelle Elvy – Nov 09, 2010

Ramon! Thank you for your comment on Two Trees -- glad you were involved. That is always lovely to hear.

Kathy Fish – Oct 18, 2010

Wow, Ramon, have you ever made my morning here. Thank for the kind words for the story and on my wall about "Wake Up." I'm glad you liked it!

Doug Bond – Oct 16, 2010

Ramon, thanks for the kind words on The Bonds...words are good things and nice line of yours above about Gatsby too

James Lloyd Davis – Oct 12, 2010

Ramon, thanks ever so much for the generous comments on "...Molly Bloom" and "Things you remember..." I do appreciate it when someone takes the time to find & read my stuff.

Julie Innis – Oct 07, 2010

Ramon, many many many thanks! I so appreciate your kind words on The House-Sitter.

Jules Archer – Oct 05, 2010

Aw, are you sure I can't tempt you with Blue Moon, Ramon? It's really good....

Susan Tepper – Oct 05, 2010

Ray, you're a doll, what can I say but that I'm glad for the friendship, and thanks for your good words on "gutter"

Tina Barry – Oct 02, 2010

How nice to see your name in my Inbox. Thanks for the careful reading of "Claudine" and for your generous comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story! I will post it on the 52/250 board. Oh, and thanks for the star! You brightened my day!

Kim Conklin – Sep 28, 2010

Thanks for the kind words on If Wishes Were Horses, Ramon. I appreciate the read!

Bill Yarrow – Sep 24, 2010

Thanks, Ramon. Appreciate the reads and comments on my poems. Does the 55 word group accept poems? That would be an interesting challenge.

Jack Swenson – Sep 23, 2010

Patch, patch, patch. You got that right, Ramon. We're still on the right side of the grass, though. That's what counts.

Michelle Elvy – Sep 22, 2010

Thanks, Ramon, for the great comment on Escalation. Glad the format worked for you... and that line! :)

Tina Barry – Sep 18, 2010

Hi Ramoner. So great to hear from you and in such a rewarding way! Your kind words (and the star) about "The Listening Place" mean a lot, not just because I love praise as much as the next girl, but because I admire your work so much. Speaking of titles, I have one for you: Mr. Generosity.
Not sure if you noticed it, but I posted a new story on Thursday called "Claudine." It might give you a chuckle. Thanks again. Tiner

Kate Brown – Sep 17, 2010

The thought probes - they usually come during moments of extreme monotony. I think... Can monotony be extreme?

Kate Brown – Sep 12, 2010

Hi Ramon, thanks for reading 'Climbing'. I've never had to lure a man into a cellar, so I guess I just had to make something up...

Kim Conklin – Sep 10, 2010

Thanks for the awesome comment on Telephone! Love your POV.

Ramon Collins – Sep 09, 2010

Meg: Will you be my warming hut?

Meg Pokrass – Sep 09, 2010

Oh, you are kind. Thank you for your comment on Sex in Siberia. You warm me up!

Teresa Tumminello Brader – Sep 05, 2010

Wow, thanks, Ramon, for your comments and encouragement. I truly appreciate the feedback. I was about ready to ‘give up’ on that 55-word story in a way, so I was very happy to read what you wrote.

Perhaps I was 'ignored' by the previous readers simply because "Lucky" was the first story I posted, so no one knows me. ? I hope I can do for other ‘unknowns’ what you’ve done for me! Thanks again.

Kim Conklin – Sep 04, 2010

Glad you liked Responsible, Ramon, and thanks for the great comment. I appreciate your thoughtful feedback.

Kim Conklin – Aug 31, 2010

Just caught your comment on Paradox. Thanks so much for the feedback, and glad you liked it!

Ramon Collins – Aug 29, 2010

Jack: Three outstanding Micros that were a real pleasure to read and digest. (hands off Meg baby)

Susan: Indeed, they do tawk theta way. I'm glad I caught on (duh!)

Jennifer: You controlled EXHIBITIONIST very well. Some erotica writers can't do that (might try that genre).

Michelle: TIME is a great story. I've met so many impressive writers on FN. You write well because you have a strong spirit of adventure. You are willing to live your stories -- I admire you.

Michelle Elvy – Aug 28, 2010

Ramon! Thanks for your wonderful words on Time to Rest. You are so very kind and encouraging. Seriously: it is lovely to know you!

Jennifer L. Lopez – Aug 24, 2010

Thanks, Ramon! I'm glad you liked The Reluctant Exhibitionist.

Susan Tepper – Aug 21, 2010

Ramon, I'm glad you liked the Bride story, yes, some do "tawk" that way, ha ha

Jack Swenson – Aug 19, 2010

Ramon, you are a prince. Thanks for the kind words about my trio of stories.

Ramon Collins – Aug 18, 2010

Cherise: You really know how to turn a boy's pretty head +blush+ thank you.

General Collinz: You done good.

Jules: The WTF wasn't meant for you. Yesterday FN posted my comments twice. That can be irritating.

Jules Archer – Aug 17, 2010

WTF, indeed Ramon.
Thanks for the comments and advice...as always happy to hear your thoughts.

J. Mykell Collinz – Aug 17, 2010

Ramon, thanks for reading 'His Longest Day' I always enjoy your comments.

Cherise Wolas – Aug 15, 2010

You, Ramon, are a fabulous reader, commenter, and terrific writer. Thank you so much for your works on In The Lake. I am actually now up to more than 1000 words on this story... and it didn't stop!

Claire King – Aug 11, 2010

Thanks for finding and commenting on Ten Years Later. Prompted me to read it again too which was fun! Loved your 55 words!

Kim Conklin – Aug 05, 2010

Hi Ramon! Just caught your comment on Allergic to Love! Thanks! You are very generous, and I'm so happy I made you laugh!

Kari Nguyen – Aug 03, 2010

Ramon, thank you for your great comments on After Dinner. I appreciate it!

Claire King – Jul 29, 2010

Just read what you wrote on my wall. I have two small children (girls) and they are all about tadpoles, insects and climbing trees. I want it for them for as long as I can manage it!

Claire King – Jul 29, 2010

Thank you, Ramon, for your thoughtful read and wonderfully kind comments on Sharp Corners. Much appreciated!

Jules Archer – Jul 26, 2010

Hi Ramon!
Thank you so, so much for the great comments and suggestion on "Passages". They are greatly appreciated!


P.s. Gotta love me some Bob Dylan.

Ramon Collins – Jul 13, 2010

Jack: ExtraC is a solid story and I recommend it to the less fortunate on this site who haven't read it.

Ryder: I will contact you privately with a title suggestion. We must go on seeing each other, but we might be first cousins, and that wouldn't be right.

Ryder Collins – Jul 12, 2010

Ramon, thanks for reading and commenting upon "Drive, you sd, for christ's sake"! Maybe I should change the title to "Drive..."

Jack Swenson – Jul 06, 2010

Indeed, Ramon. "Extracurricular" is not all pink & frilly. Thanks!

Ramon Collins – Jul 06, 2010

Cherise: I'm from WA state so have a soft spot in my head for Lake Chelan. I sent you a private answer to your question because my definition might be too "adult" for FN. :0)

Meg: TRYST is a fine job and will be a great addition to your new best-seller, NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY. It's been a cool summer on the Mojave, so far. A couple of 107o, but now the temp has plunged to the 100 - 104 range. We have single-digit humidity and that makes a terrific difference. I recall summers in SF and it's like living under a dreary, grey saucer.

Meg Pokrass – Jul 05, 2010

Ramon, thanks for reading and commenting on Tryst. Hope all is warm there but not too warm! xo

Cherise Wolas – Jul 02, 2010

I so appreciate your kind and lovely words about Lake Chelan. Do please tell me, what does it mean to break out on the other side? Thank you for reading.

Ramon Collins – Jun 30, 2010

I admire writers who cut the fat off the bone and still tell a story (the bone), Barry. And thank you for the exposure in Camroc Review.

Barry Basden – Jun 29, 2010

Hey, thanks, Ramon, for your kind comments about WAR BRIDE. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks also for letting Camroc Press Review showcase your own work. It is fine.

Jane Hammons – Jun 29, 2010

Just read "Evening Alone" in Camroc Press Review. Loved it!

J. Mykell Collinz – Jun 18, 2010

Thanks again, Ramon, for your comments on the new version of Along Came Doreen. You helped to "made a good story better." Now I'll get to work on that flat high note in Danny Boy.

J. Mykell Collinz – Jun 17, 2010

Ramon, I appreciate your helpful comments and suggestions, including the new title, Along Came Doreen, thanks. I'm looking forward to reading more of your Flash and Micro works and whatever else you may write.

Stephanie Austin – May 27, 2010

Thanks so much for your comments on my story. I'm sort of new around here, so I'm just feeling my way around at this point.

Tina Barry – May 25, 2010

Hum away, Ramon. Thanks for the kind words about "I Like it This Way". Looking forward to seeing "Bird-Watching" in Linnet's Wings. Thanks again, for that. So appreciated!

J. Mykell Collinz – May 24, 2010

Ramon, thanks for reading At Seventeen. Yes, you've inspired me to work on my flash story form.

Molly Bond – May 22, 2010

Thanks for your comment on my story and on my wall! People like you help make writing my passion.

Myra King – May 21, 2010

ps I seem to have another fav (for the Kitchen poem) did you give it to me? If so, thanks for that too :-)

Myra King – May 21, 2010

So nice of you Ramon, to make comment on From The Kitchen of My Childhood - yes, we did make do and often had lots more fun because of it!

Michelle Elvy – May 19, 2010

Thanks, Ramon, for your close reading of A Knobby Thing and your generous comments. I am so glad you liked it. Lovely to meet you here; will now go peruse some of your stories! Best, Michelle

Jack Swenson – May 19, 2010

Ramon, Thanks for going into my "archives" and reading my menage story. I'm always happy to recall that little incident. Actually, the only thing the husband was unhappy about is that we disturbed his sleep!

Myra King – May 18, 2010

I feel very honoured (Australian spelling!) that you enjoyed my poem, The Loss of a Child. You are a wonderful writer and it means a lot to me that you took the time to read and comment. Thank you, Ramon.

Ramon Collins – May 13, 2010

Meg: You know I'm just trying to turn your enchantin' head. I've had a schoolboy crush on you for years and you're not the type who'd crush a schoolboy . . .

Meg Pokrass – May 10, 2010

thank you AGAIN sir! Wow.

Ramon Collins – Apr 30, 2010

Marcelle & Julie: Thanks for the reads and wunnerful comments. I've read your work and feel the talent on FN is overwhelming. I'll have to work harder.

Julie Innis – Apr 29, 2010

Ramon, thank you for your kind words on Sanctuary! Greatly appreciated, looking forward to returning the favor!

M.H. – Apr 29, 2010

Hi Ramon,
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and generous comments on "Get Some Strange" and for faving it! I really appreciate it :)

Ramon Collins – Apr 24, 2010

Meg: You are doing writers such a service with Fictionaught, already. It is the most positive writers' site on the Web. We all should make you laugh and dance, then shower you with gold, diamonds and newly-designed $100 bills.

Meg Pokrass – Apr 24, 2010

hahahahahaha!!!! you made me laugh thank you thank you. It has been a rough week, and I thank you!

Finnegan Flawnt – Apr 24, 2010

why, thanks ramon. i'm just a hack with an ink-tipped hoe for a hand. your question "Is it possible to learn how to swim while applauding?" is lovely and generous. you ought to submit to metazen. just saying.

Martha Williams – Apr 23, 2010

Ramon, you have just given me a lovely compliment on 'Nobody Told Marni' and it's all the more wonderful because I love your writing - 'Evening Alone' is incredible. Thank you! M.

Finnegan Flawnt – Apr 23, 2010

thanks for your very kind comment on "teenage want" - it's good to hear "joyce's voice" in any comment on anything i write. our daughter is slowly getting there-i still don't feel prepared. "mercurial teenage mind" is spot on. now going to check your writing out...cheers!

Lori Lou Freshwater – Apr 22, 2010

Ramon, thank you for reading and commenting on The Heart Jar. I adore your profile pic, and I look forward to reading your work.

Jack Swenson – Apr 21, 2010

"For sale. Baby shoes. Never used." Yes, indeed; quite a punch. I am honored by the comparison, Ramon, and you are spot on regarding my "friend" being the senora. Thank you for the great review.

Bonnie ZoBell – Apr 21, 2010

Thanks so much, Ramon, for your insight comments about "Real Estate." Very kind!

Christian Bell – Apr 06, 2010

Ramon, thanks for reading my four micros and providing thoughtful comments on each. I appreciate it!

Bobbi Lurie – Mar 27, 2010

Dear Ramon,
Thank you so much for your very thoughtful comments on my prose poem "Traveling North"--your second comment brought tears to my eyes. You are the first person to read this poem who has ever picked up on the fact that I loved my father. I loved him dearly. Thank you so much for your sensitive perceptions. I am so moved by what you wrote! Thank you so much!--Bobbi

Tina Barry – Mar 25, 2010

Thank you, again, for all your thoughtful comments and your e-mail about "A New Tattoo." I'm glad the voice sounded authentically male. I wish I had more stories posted on Fictionaut so you could read them and comment. Your e-mails have been brights spots in my days. I'll just have to get more work published! I'm looking forward to reading more of your work.

Tina Barry – Mar 23, 2010

Hi Ramon. Thanks for your comments about One Bag of Popcorn and for the star! I had fun with that story.

Ramon Collins – Mar 16, 2010

Tina: BW is an amazing Micro -- the implication is masterful. I started studying the Micro and Flash crafts in 2003 and musta read over 3000 stories. I couldn't help but notice that writers with art background, or interest, seem to comprehend short-short fiction readily. Oy, the textile business. I hear you . . .

(it's a well-deserved star)

Tina Barry – Mar 16, 2010

And the thank you for the star!

Tina Barry – Mar 16, 2010

Hi Ramon. Thanks for your kind words about Bird-Watching. You were very generous. I see we share a background in the visual arts. My experience doesn't sound as colorful as yours though. No "retouching genitalia of household pets" although in the textile business, I did deal with plenty of pricks. Anyway, it's great to have you on Fictionaut. I look forward to reading your work.

Sharon Hurlbut – Mar 14, 2010

Howdy Ramon, great to see you here!!

Estelle Bruno – Feb 19, 2010

nice to have you Ramon

Ramon Collins – Feb 11, 2010

I appreciate the invite, Meg. There sure be some heavyweight writer-fellas 'round cheer!

Meg Pokrass – Feb 10, 2010

Hi Ramon!! Welcome!!! Yay!!!

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