"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.
I write because it's there.
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.
Hey Ramon, look what became of your post after all: http://yareah.com/kurt-vonnegut-challenge-0965/ - cheers from Berlin!
Hi Ramon, just a quick thanks for reading my micros...or whatever they are :)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my story 'Milkshake and Fries"
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.
Thank you very much for the kind comment and fave for Reading at the Table.
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.
Ramon, thanks so much for your comment and fave of Spaghetti Woman. I appreciated your funny take on it.
I enjoyed By the Beach. And welcome to the group Microfiction Cafe.
Thanks for your kind words, Ramon! I think a stanza is a kind of snake. Might be poisonous, not sure.
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).
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.
Hey, JP -- no problem. You are teaching, and commenting on, two university-level classes this summer (you must be a human dynamo).
Hi Ramon: Just read your June comment on "Postmodern Peanut Butter Sandwich." Thank you so much and forgive me for not responding sooner.
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).
Ramon, your response to my poem "The Human Condition" was so kind. I am blushing! Thanks so much for your attention. Cheers.
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?
That's a very generous thing to say, Ramon. Thank you!
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.
Thanks for "getting" my story, Ramon. I appreciate your smart reads of my stories, always. cheers, Kolorado Kat
Ramon - many thanks for your kind comment on Hog Heaven. Very appreciated.
Thanks for your kind comments on 10,000 Dollar Pyramid! You are too nice!
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?
I haven't seen your name around here for some time. I hope all is all with you.
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!
Thanks for the great comment and fave on A Question of Choice, Ramon! So glad you liked it!
Thanks for the very kind words and the fave on 4P28, Ramon. I'm so glad you liked it.
Hey Ramon, super kind of you to read and comment on "Foundling". Thanks so much!
Hi Ramon, happy you came across Requirement today! Thanks so much for those kind words and the star. Glad you liked it.
Thanks Ramon for your kind comments on Help Me Own You. Really appreciate.
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.
Ramon, thank you for your wonderful words on Ping Pong... I loved your novel take on it!
You're so kind, Ramon. Thanks. And there's actually a Wife Saver Laundromat in Denver. Knew I had to use that. ;-)
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!
Ramon: Thank you for your kind words about my piece "June, Texas, 1993." I appreciate them.
Thanks so very much for your generous comments on "She spread her legs and flew away" :)
Thank you, Mata
Thanks, Ramon! And yes, I guess that's why barbers were bloodletters at one point!
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
I feel lucky to have you for a reader, Ramon. Thanks so much for your kind comments on "Tenderoni".
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.
Thanks for the kind words and fave on Rats, Ramon! I appreciate the read and the fave, and I'll follow your suggestion!
Ramon! Thank you for your comment on Two Trees -- glad you were involved. That is always lovely to hear.
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!
Ramon, thanks for the kind words on The Bonds...words are good things and nice line of yours above about Gatsby too
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.
Ramon, many many many thanks! I so appreciate your kind words on The House-Sitter.
Aw, are you sure I can't tempt you with Blue Moon, Ramon? It's really good....
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"
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!
Thanks for the kind words on If Wishes Were Horses, Ramon. I appreciate the read!
Thanks, Ramon. Appreciate the reads and comments on my poems. Does the 55 word group accept poems? That would be an interesting challenge.
Patch, patch, patch. You got that right, Ramon. We're still on the right side of the grass, though. That's what counts.
Thanks, Ramon, for the great comment on Escalation. Glad the format worked for you... and that line! :)
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
The thought probes - they usually come during moments of extreme monotony. I think... Can monotony be extreme?
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...
Thanks for the awesome comment on Telephone! Love your POV.
Meg: Will you be my warming hut?
Oh, you are kind. Thank you for your comment on Sex in Siberia. You warm me up!
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.
Glad you liked Responsible, Ramon, and thanks for the great comment. I appreciate your thoughtful feedback.
Just caught your comment on Paradox. Thanks so much for the feedback, and glad you liked it!
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.
Ramon! Thanks for your wonderful words on Time to Rest. You are so very kind and encouraging. Seriously: it is lovely to know you!
Thanks, Ramon! I'm glad you liked The Reluctant Exhibitionist.
Ramon, I'm glad you liked the Bride story, yes, some do "tawk" that way, ha ha
Ramon, you are a prince. Thanks for the kind words about my trio of stories.
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.
WTF, indeed Ramon.
Thanks for the comments and advice...as always happy to hear your thoughts.
Ramon, thanks for reading 'His Longest Day' I always enjoy your comments.
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!
Thanks for finding and commenting on Ten Years Later. Prompted me to read it again too which was fun! Loved your 55 words!
Hi Ramon! Just caught your comment on Allergic to Love! Thanks! You are very generous, and I'm so happy I made you laugh!
Ramon, thank you for your great comments on After Dinner. I appreciate it!
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!
Thank you, Ramon, for your thoughtful read and wonderfully kind comments on Sharp Corners. Much appreciated!
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.
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.
Ramon, thanks for reading and commenting upon "Drive, you sd, for christ's sake"! Maybe I should change the title to "Drive..."
Indeed, Ramon. "Extracurricular" is not all pink & frilly. Thanks!
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.
Ramon, thanks for reading and commenting on Tryst. Hope all is warm there but not too warm! xo
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.
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.
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.
Just read "Evening Alone" in Camroc Press Review. Loved it!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Ramon, thanks for reading At Seventeen. Yes, you've inspired me to work on my flash story form.
Thanks for your comment on my story and on my wall! People like you help make writing my passion.
ps I seem to have another fav (for the Kitchen poem) did you give it to me? If so, thanks for that too :-)
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!
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
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!
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.
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 . . .
thank you AGAIN sir! Wow.
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.
Ramon, thank you for your kind words on Sanctuary! Greatly appreciated, looking forward to returning the favor!
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and generous comments on "Get Some Strange" and for faving it! I really appreciate it :)
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.
hahahahahaha!!!! you made me laugh thank you thank you. It has been a rough week, and I thank you!
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.
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.
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!
Ramon, thank you for reading and commenting on The Heart Jar. I adore your profile pic, and I look forward to reading your work.
"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.
Thanks so much, Ramon, for your insight comments about "Real Estate." Very kind!
Ramon, thanks for reading my four micros and providing thoughtful comments on each. I appreciate it!
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
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.
Hi Ramon. Thanks for your comments about One Bag of Popcorn and for the star! I had fun with that story.
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)
And the thank you for the star!
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.
Howdy Ramon, great to see you here!!
nice to have you Ramon
I appreciate the invite, Meg. There sure be some heavyweight writer-fellas 'round cheer!
Hi Ramon!! Welcome!!! Yay!!!