Shelagh Power-Chopra


Location Cape Cod
Website http://saidobject.com/
IM () Email: powerchopra@gmail.com

About Me

having fun: http://drunkonjunk.com

Any favorite authors? Books?

Susanna Moore, ,J .M. Coetzee, Max Frisch, Justin Cartwright, Peter Handke, J. P. Donleavy, Kate Atkinson, Virginia Woolf, W.S. Sebald, Dylan Thomas, Steinbeck, Francine Prose, Kafka, Nabokov, Somerset Maughmn, John Donne, Goethe, Amitiv Ghosh, Bernhard Schlink, CHekhov, Carver, Dickinson, Ibsen, William Mathews, Cheever, Joyce, Ginsburg, Rilke, etc etc

Shelagh Power-Chopra's Wall

Meg Pokrass – Dec 15, 2011

well, we should start one!

Meg Pokrass – Dec 15, 2011

oh, i just meant "with us" meaning an interview at the five.. so we will do one in the new year! "with us" is a sort of silly way to say it. An interview.

Meg Pokrass – Dec 14, 2011

Shelagh - thank you your comment on my story "Summer Gun" means a lot to me. I hope all is well. Would love to have you with us or a Fictionaut Five Interview sometime.. Let me know what you think about that! xo

Jules Archer – Dec 01, 2011

Shelagh - thanks for the comments and suggestions on "Cloudy..." Very appreciated!

Marcus Speh – Nov 22, 2011

thanks for your comment on "the serious writer occupies wall street"—much appreciate the observation on the "helper"/atwood. cheers!

Kathy Fish – Nov 21, 2011

Hi Shelagh, thanks so much for reading and faving "Baby, Baby..." I appreciate it!

Christopher Allen – Nov 11, 2011

Hey, Shelagh! Thank you for your encouraging comment on "Freedom Can Wait". Very much appreciated.

Marcus Speh – Sep 02, 2011

shelagh, i appreciate your comment on "before the bloodbath". there's a german version of this story. in it, the "lens tunnel" sentence is at the end instead of at the beginning, which COMPLETELY changes the story. most amazing. thank you!

Jack Swenson – Sep 01, 2011

Shelagh, Thanks for the thumbs up for "Visiting Sally." Yes, the loss of a friend is a bitter blow. I try not to visit the past too often, but if I am going to play at being a writing, what else can I do?

Account Closed – Aug 29, 2011

Thank you for reading and commenting on my Les Stroud silliness!

Bill Yarrow – Aug 28, 2011

Thanks for commenting on "The Empty Bed," Shelagh.

Jack Swenson – Jul 27, 2011

Shelagh, Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and for the fav for "Sisters"!

Maura Fitzgerald – Jul 15, 2011

Shelagh, thank you for your lovely comments on Snapshot!

Christian Bell – Jul 02, 2011

Thanks, Shelagh, for reading and commenting on "Swim"!

Christopher Allen – Jun 15, 2011

Hi, Shelagh! Thank you for your comment on "The Number 4". Hope you're doing well.

Susan Tepper – May 20, 2011

Shelagh thanks so much for liking Tool and what you wrote to me!

James Robison – May 20, 2011

Thank you. Very uplifting for me.

Julie Innis – May 18, 2011

Shelagh, thank you!

Foster Trecost – May 16, 2011

Hi Shelagh, thanks for reading Table Thoughts - I appreciate that, and the comment, too! fos.

Lori Lou Freshwater – May 12, 2011

Sorry I'm a little late getting here, but thank you for your comment on This Girl. I really appreciate it.

Jack Swenson – May 09, 2011

Misfits? What a terrible thing to say about a bunch of nice Lutheran ladies! (Just kidding. Thanks for the kind words!)

Linda Simoni-Wastila – May 08, 2011

Hey Shelagh, thanks for reading/commenting on Unintended Consequences -- I appreciate the read! Hope all is well in your world. Peace...

Craig Lancaster – May 07, 2011

Thanks for reading "Check," Shelagh, and for the kind comment.

Jules Archer – May 07, 2011

Shelagh - many thanks for the kind words on Bleached.

Mike Lynch – May 06, 2011

Thanks for the comment Shelagh! Glad ya dug "Spoiled Meatloaf."

Meg Tuite – May 02, 2011

Hey Shelagh,
Thank you so much for your great comments on "Sinister Age of the Draft." I love that Mrs. Pufry is color coordinated with pink barrette and brown teeth. Loved your cigarillo story!!!!

MaryAnne Kolton – May 02, 2011

I am way to jealous of your talent and where you live to go on. . . Looking forward to more Cigarillo

James Lloyd Davis – Apr 30, 2011

Thank you, Shelagh, for the fave and the lovely comment on "The Rising."

Neil Serven – Apr 30, 2011

Shelagh! Thanks so much for the comment & fave on "The Wreck of Me." I'm glad you enjoyed it.

M.H. – Apr 29, 2011

Thank you so much, Shelagh, for your nice words on "The Last Swim" - I'm glad you liked it :)!

Kathy Fish – Apr 29, 2011

Thanks for the kind words & fav for "The Bed" Shelagh!

Julie Innis – Apr 24, 2011

Shelagh, thank you!

M – Apr 23, 2011

Shelagh: Thank you so much for your very kind remarks about my piece for my mother on mother's day. We should email chat again soon. I miss you virtual friend.

Gary Percesepe – Apr 22, 2011

thanks so much for yor comment on april 9--made my day. frank o'hara always knocks me out--nyc writer for all seasons. ciao--g

Meg Pokrass – Apr 19, 2011

Shelagh, thank you for your warm comment on my story "Mammaries". very kind of you.

M – Apr 16, 2011

Shelagh! Thanks for your very kind remarks on alys. I see you have posted something recently and I look forward to reading it. I hope you and yours are well!

Susan Tepper – Apr 14, 2011

Shelagh, so many thanks for what you wrote on Swastika! cheers! susan

David Ackley – Apr 13, 2011

Frankie has laid claim to "wolverine poets" but the honorific "coyote poets" is still available. If you wish. And thanks for the read and compliment.

Bill Yarrow – Apr 13, 2011

Thanks for faving "The Truth Will Out"! It hardly deserves it, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks, Shelagh.

Jack Swenson – Apr 01, 2011

Shelagh, so glad you liked "Big." Thanks very much.

M – Mar 28, 2011

Hi Shelagh. I never officially thanked you for your kind comments on what I wanted in 1968. I'm sorry this is a bit late but it is nonetheless felt. I hope you are well.

James Lloyd Davis – Mar 26, 2011

Alright, Shelagh, if that's how you feel. Have your lawyer call my lawyer. You can HAVE the villa at Côte d'Azur, but I want the dog ... AND the Vermeer ... Wait a minute ... You can't divorce me. We're not married. Phew. Scared me for just a moment. Flashbacks.

Meg Pokrass – Mar 26, 2011

Shelagh - thanks so much for your comments on "Union"- I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the piece. Warmly, Meg

James Lloyd Davis – Mar 26, 2011

Whoops... I meant Shelagh. Isn't that just like a man?

James Lloyd Davis – Mar 26, 2011

Joani, thanks beyond thanks for the comment and fave on "She said."

Frankie Saxx – Mar 25, 2011

Hi Shelagh, thanks for your comment on Momma's Dogs. (And sorry I did not answer sooner, I didn't realize I was supposed to reply on your page. :)

-F.

Jack Swenson – Mar 21, 2011

Happy birthday, Shelagh. Happy birthday to Bach, too. Be sure to send me 'n Beethoven birthday greetings next Dec. 16

Mark Reep – Mar 16, 2011

Hi Shelagh, thanks for your comments on Snowdick- Funny and a little bittersweet, interactions etc- Much appreciated. Was a fun piece to write, glad you enjoyed.

Jules Archer – Mar 13, 2011

Shelagh- thanks for the kind comment on "Health Code."

James Lloyd Davis – Mar 10, 2011

Shelagh, thanks ever so much for your generous comment and fave on "1967, The things they wanted." I truly appreciate it.

Account Closed – Mar 10, 2011

Thank you, Shelagh, for reading and commenting on "The Musical!" I really am blushing. What a nice feeling. Thank you!

David Ackley – Mar 08, 2011

Thanks for the comment on 2K. Random is right: you don't know the half of it.

Roberto C. Garcia – Mar 02, 2011

Thank you Shelagh for reading "Somewhere, Midwest, USA". Its crazy how bad things are across the country and that all politicians seem to care about is attacking unions and healthcare. How about reducing costs and inflation? Anyway, I changed the ending. Pop back in when you get a chance and tell me what you think. Thanks again.

Christian Bell – Mar 02, 2011

Shelagh, thanks for your read, fave, and comment on "Dear What I Wanted." Much appreciated!

Jack Swenson – Mar 02, 2011

Shelagh, I'm happy that you liked my "Merry" story. Thanks for taking the time to comment in detail. Thanks for the star, too!

Mark Reep – Feb 27, 2011

Hi Shelagh, thanks for reading and commenting on So Few Dreams. Much appreciated!

Account Closed – Feb 27, 2011

Thank you so much for reading "1991" - and for commenting, and for the star!

Bill Yarrow – Feb 25, 2011

Thanks, Shelagh, for your kind words on and fave of "Staring at Waves."

Susan Tepper – Feb 24, 2011

Shelagh, thanks for your comments on my Chenille story!

Jane Hammons – Feb 19, 2011

Shelagh-thank your commenting on the lack of sentimentality in Descanso. I read an interview with Louise Erdrich in which she commented about the hardest thing about writing after having children. It's not time, but rather the need to resist sentimentality.

M – Feb 16, 2011

Shelagh: Thank you very much for your generous remarks on ash. Cheers - Q

Jules Archer – Feb 16, 2011

Shelagh, thanks for reading and commenting on "Liplorn". So appreciated!

Doug Bond – Feb 15, 2011

Shelagh...thank you! And loved Bus Ride, in this and others you have done a wonderful job of capturing a feeling of the Cape.

M – Feb 13, 2011

Shelagh, you are so awesome! Happy Valentine's Day!

M – Feb 13, 2011

Thank you for your kind remarks on fly, Shelagh. I hope you're having a great Sunday.

Bill Yarrow – Feb 12, 2011

Thanks, Shelagh, for your kind comment on "Wahrheit und Dichtung." I appreciate it very much.

Roberto C. Garcia – Feb 11, 2011

Hi Shelagh, thank you for your wonderful comments on "Muse". I love Bukowski's work, the rawness of it. "Muse" was inspired by the fickle(ness?) of the muse/duende.

David Ackley – Feb 02, 2011

Thanks, Shelagh. Glad you liked "Express." Tried to keep it to the minimum. Yeah, lot of white space, that's the ticket.

Mark Sutz – Jan 31, 2011

shelagh, thanks so much for your postive notes on 'the swap'... i send stuff out so much and am at about a 2 percent acceptance rate, so i guess i kind of gave up on this one, but your words are urging me to push on with it. thanks!

M.H. – Jan 30, 2011

Hi Shelagh! - Thank you so much for your nice comments on my story "Nothing Good..." :)!

Jack Swenson – Jan 30, 2011

Wonderful comment about "Carver Country." I printed it out 'cause I didn't want to forget it. Thank you so much.

Jules Archer – Jan 29, 2011

Shelagh,thank you for reading and commenting on "Solar Plexus". Happy to hear your thoughts.

Account Closed – Jan 28, 2011

Thank you for reading and faving Froggy! :)

Susan Tepper – Jan 27, 2011

Shelagh thanks so much for commenting on "the world will end.." I am most appreciative, and, yes, that little color-- as you said.
Cheers! susan

James Lloyd Davis – Jan 26, 2011

Thanks ever so much for the fave and the comment on "Sand."

Jamie Iredell – Jan 18, 2011

Hi Shelagh, thanks for the kind words and for the fave on "After Detox"! You da bomb!

Kim Conklin – Jan 09, 2011

Thanks for the comment and fave on Unheard, Shelagh! I appreciate the read, and I agree: simplicity is best.

Jane Hammons – Jan 06, 2011

Thank you for reading the "wide open spaces" between the pain. And, of course, for liking the Coyote section.

Bill Yarrow – Jan 06, 2011

No albinos Africans being hacked to pieces! Quite different.

Kilean Kennedy – Jan 06, 2011

Hi Shelagh, thanks for your comments on my story. I look forward to reading some of your work.

Bill Yarrow – Jan 05, 2011

Shelagh,
Thanks for your wonderful comment on and fave of "Whiplash Marriage."

Jack Swenson – Jan 05, 2011

Glad you liked "Mad Max" Shelagh. That last line is my favorite, too!

Kathy Fish – Jan 05, 2011

Shelagh, I loved what you had to say about my story "Empty". Thank you so much!

Jules Archer – Jan 04, 2011

Shelagh - thanks for the awesome comment on "I Like It".

Pamela J. Parker – Dec 20, 2010

Thanks so much for your comments and fave on "The Silence of Harold." I grew up near Northampton so it was familiar territory for me too. (I have another piece up on Fictionaut that's set on the Cape - "The Echoes of Infinity." I'm in Eastham every summer.)

stephen hastings-king – Dec 20, 2010

gad i hope that being next to a marsh doesn't inevitably produce pretentious preachy landscape poetry. if it does, we may be doomed....but somehow i trust in the annual protection of the biblical plague of greenheads to make the life of the pretentious unbearable. (i had a long drunken conversation about the ways in which we owe things to the pestilence of the greenheads. without them, someone said, essex would be salisbury. which is think is bad. this despite the fact that i like abandoned miniature golf courses)....essex is a curious little place--very different than rockport (which is no longer dry)...

stephen hastings-king – Dec 20, 2010

Hello Shelagh..thanks for the read and lovely comment on "Amelia"...I was quite haunted with the new story. Glad that the reprocessing works for you. btw--I'm on the other Cape, the one north of Boston.

Jack Swenson – Dec 20, 2010

Thanks, Shelagh, for your comment on my composite "Wipe Your Feet." How's the weather these days on Cape Cod?

Kathy Fish – Dec 17, 2010

Shelagh, thank you so much for reading "Disassembly". I'm glad you liked the humor in it. Thanks for the kind note on my wall!

Julie Innis – Dec 13, 2010

Shelagh, thank you so much - I always appreciate your thoughts on my work.

Sara – Dec 10, 2010

Hi Shelagh, Thanks so much for your kind note on Whipping Post. I'm so happy you liked it, S

David Ackley – Dec 09, 2010

This play has turned out to be a bit of a slog--though I hope not for you lot that have stuck with it to the--almost--end. For that, it's hard to express how much I appreciate your reading on( and on...and on...) but thanks, deeply meant.

Jules Archer – Dec 07, 2010

Shelagh - Your comment on "Help Me Own You" made me laugh and love it. Thanks so much for reading!

M – Dec 04, 2010

Thank you so much for your very generous comments about god's man, Shelagh! They made me happy! Have a super weekend. -- Q

Account Closed – Dec 03, 2010

I could talk to Sam Rockwell for a sold week just about Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Account Closed – Dec 03, 2010

Thank you for reading and commenting on "Ex Husband." And faving. :) I'm behind, so I apologize for my delay in acknowledging your courtesy and kindness.

And please don't get me started on Dinner with Sam Rockwell - I have goosebumps, start to finish. If I try to tell you every facet I find amazing and wonderful, I'm afraid I'll sound like I'm off my meds.

Every word of it is remarkable. It has been a joy, a treat, to read.

kim teeple – Dec 03, 2010

Hi, Shelagh! Thank you so much for reading, and your kind comments!

Kari Nguyen – Dec 02, 2010

Thanks so much for your nice comments on Star Anise! It’s a longer one so I really appreciate it. You are very kind (And you live on the Cape – nice!)

Cherise Wolas – Dec 02, 2010

Shelagh, thank you for your lovely comments on Gin And A Cowboy: Redux, I so appreciate your kind and generous words!

Foster Trecost – Dec 01, 2010

Hi Shelagh, thanks for reading Familiar Things, and thanks for commenting, too - I really appreciate it. fos.

M – Dec 01, 2010

Thanks for your kind words about loon, Shelagh. I very much appreciate them. Now to put myself in a good mood with a Shelagh story... -- Q

Kathy Fish – Nov 30, 2010

Thanks for the nice words and fave for "Repair Man" Shelagh!

M.H. – Nov 28, 2010

Hi Shelagh - I'm so glad you liked "Willie Nelson"! Many thanks for faving it :)

Jack Swenson – Nov 26, 2010

Glad you liked "Night & Day" Shelagh. Esp. glad you enjoyed the nurse tidbit.

M – Nov 23, 2010

Thanks for the info about the bitter, Shelagh. I think a good bitter would be nice this holiday. Cheers, friend. (Raising my virtual old fashioned to you.) -- Q

M – Nov 23, 2010

I wonder if it might be possible to pack a batch of Negronis in the bag I'll be taking for Thanksgiving and sip them from one of those beer hats all weekend. Actually, I've never tried that particular beverage either but when I looked it up, it said "a thinking man's drink." hmmm... Thanks for the tip on where to find them. Cape Cod it is! Happy Tgiving! -- Q

Marko Fong – Nov 23, 2010

Shelagh,
Just wanted to thank you for your kind comments about my Chinese Thanksgiving story. It's funny, I wrote it not along I'd finished Lahiri's Unaccostomed Earth and Interpreter of Maladies. In the latter, she has a story about Halloween and the sudden divide between a Bengali couple and their Bangladeshi friend at the University.She went New Yorker and I went Reader's Digest. Maybe that's why she's who she is and I'm where I am. :}

Susan Tepper – Nov 23, 2010

Hey Shelagh, thanks so much for "rug" and what you wrote, so much appreciate!

Jules Archer – Nov 22, 2010

Hi Shelagh- Thanks so much for *ing and reading "Lay on Me". Appreciate your generous comments.

Susan Tepper – Nov 22, 2010

Shelagh, many many thanks for liking Tall Men, and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving & great writing year ahead to you

M – Nov 22, 2010

I'm glad you liked virtual recovery, Shelagh. Thank you for your kind remarks. Now about those Negronis... Q

Meg Pokrass – Nov 20, 2010

Thank you so much, Shelagh for your comment on "Slices"! best, meg

Jane Hammons – Nov 20, 2010

I appreciate your comment about differentiating the characters in Minor Damage (I), Shelagh. There's yet another cast to come in part II!

stephen hastings-king – Nov 19, 2010

Thanks much for reading and commenting on Postcards, Shelagh.

David Ackley – Nov 19, 2010

Thanks Shelagh for your willingness and ability to look under the surface, where indeed things lie in wait for the unwary. Glad you liked this piece which has been lurking around for a while: turns out writing things the way they happened is not all that easy, damn it.

Jason Lee Norman – Nov 16, 2010

Thank you thank you! I think my profile is set to invisible or something because people don't drop by as often as they used to. I hope you keep reading, enjoying, and commenting on my stuff til you're blue in the face.
j

Kim Conklin – Nov 16, 2010

Thanks for the very kind words and fave on 4P28! I appreciate the read and your thoughts.

ABxx – Nov 15, 2010

Hello, Shelagh, thank you for the FAV on "Amahle and I". Much appreciated.I look forward to reading your work.

Account Closed – Nov 15, 2010

Ha! Thanks for the introduction to Quenby! :)

M – Nov 15, 2010

I'm so glad you liked after amelia Shelagh. Thank you for your very kind remarks. I posted something about the gauyabera but will post here too: Yes, a classic Cuban shirt, very retro, maybe "in?" I had fun researching it and thought it highly likely a man at that time in California might don one when he goes to the beach. Cheers. -- Q

Michelle Elvy – Nov 15, 2010

Shelagh -- thanks so much for the comment on Two Trees. I really appreciate your read. Interesting that you sense there's more to this story - I like what you wrote!

Kathy Fish – Nov 11, 2010

Really appreciate the lovely feedback for "Moro" Shelagh. Thank you.

M.H. – Nov 09, 2010

Thank you so much, Shelagh, for your generous comments on "She spread her legs" :)

Account Closed – Nov 09, 2010

Thank you so much for reading, commenting, and faving my sad, sad, rejection letters! I've miss you. :)

Matthew A. Hamilton – Nov 05, 2010

Thank you for reading Tarawa. Glad you liked it.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Nov 04, 2010

Thanks for reading Drinking Homemade with the Saints. Glad you liked it.

M – Nov 02, 2010

Dear Shelagh: Thanks for the nice comments re: splicing. And if I did not thank you already for the comments on shades... I now thank you! -- Q

Jack Swenson – Oct 31, 2010

Shelagh, Thanks for your comments on "The Party." All the more so because you such a perceptive reader!

James Robison – Oct 29, 2010

Thank you for your lovely words about my poem.
Jim

Cherise Wolas – Oct 29, 2010

Shelagh, thanks so much for your nice words on An Italian Lunch. Much appreciated.

David Ackley – Oct 28, 2010

Hey, thanks for the look and the fave, It's funny to write these: sometimes the comments are longer than the piece.

Kathy Fish – Oct 27, 2010

Shelagh, thanks SO much for the kind words and fave for "Stampede." I really appreciate it.

Julie Innis – Oct 27, 2010

Vrry glad, my dear!

Sara – Oct 26, 2010

Shelagh, Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on Tomorrowland.

Julie Innis – Oct 25, 2010

My friend, I thank you! How goes the writing?

Matthew A. Hamilton – Oct 08, 2010

Thank you for he high praise for Mafia Girlfriend. Much appreciated.

David Ackley – Oct 05, 2010

I also found the phrase " all starry eyed and mystic shitty," compelling.

David Ackley – Oct 05, 2010

The boys are back, the boys are back in town...

That was brutally funny. "Sausage Soothsayer" and "Beast Ribbon" ... he "horfed on the mixer." You could fell governments with an anarchic imagination like that. I have been bested and no mistake.

Meg Pokrass – Oct 05, 2010

ha! i forgot to mention that it was funny to know that you met your husband here in SF (and that explains a lot!) haha! It is unique! Oh boy and how. I take it you don't live here anymore?

Meg Pokrass – Oct 05, 2010

Shalagh- thank you for reading and for your comments on my story "The Drunk Elephant" - much appreciated!

David Ackley – Oct 04, 2010

The Naked Rowdies: Rehab and Resurrection?

Much is being made of the rumor that Naked Rowdies founders--lead singer Paddy McRory and Guitarist Brian " The Snake" Dooby--are talking of a reunion tour. Nothing has been heard from the band since the epic brawl with Secret Service agents during a concert at the White House. Stories persist that the boys were renditioned to a secret rehab center in Somalia, where they've spent the last three years chained to the walls of adjacent suites, on a purification diet of Comfrey Tea and Burdock root. Stay tuned.

David Ackley – Oct 04, 2010

Thanks, Shelagh for the laudatory remarks on "La vie...etc." Every time I visit your wall I get nostalgic for the Rowdies. Wonder what the lads are up to these days. Dead drunk in an alley, chew toys for feral beasties?

David Ackley – Sep 13, 2010

Thanks, Shelagh. Here I go grafitting your wall again and not even anything fun or original. We should write something...

Marcus Speh – Sep 10, 2010

hi shelagh, thanks for yer comment. your site, gootdings, is fantastico. i hadn't looked at it in a while: so stylish, shopping genius meets writer, wow.

David Ackley – Sep 08, 2010

Hey, Shelagh, Thanks for picking up on "Who's Your Mommy?" Glad it caught your eye and your favor.

Susan Tepper – Sep 06, 2010

Hi Shelagh, thanks so much for reading Live and adding your comments, most appreciated!

Kathy Fish – Jul 28, 2010

Thanks for reading and commenting on "Florida" Shelagh!

Linda Simoni-Wastila – May 28, 2010

Thank you for reading and kind words on SURVIVOR -- so appreciated! And HOW I write? Lots of coffee, mornings at a small desk shoved into a bay window as the sun comes up, furiously then before everyone else wakes. then, stolen moments -- the metro, grocery lines, vacation days. You?

Peace...

Michelle Elvy – May 28, 2010

Hey Shelagh, thanks so much for your read on Elephant. Glad you liked it so much. It's fun getting to know you here. :)

Doug Bond – May 27, 2010

thanks for comment on Folded Flower...really enjoyed your Fancy Me...great turn on the prompt...Fancy Me would be a terrific shampoo! and could be a great name for one of those cheesy hair salons too!

David Ackley – May 25, 2010

Thanks, Shelagh, good stuff, aint it, mate?

Walter Bjorkman – May 22, 2010

Shelagh, thanks for reading & comment on Bow Ties, yes they are one way I can freeze flash a time, like a song.

Marc Lowe – May 21, 2010

Hi Shelagh. I appreciate your comments on "Tails." You pose an interesting question above, i.e. "How" does one write, not "why." In my case I'd say usually with music (a lot of Sigur Ros of late, though currently listening to Burial), a stick of Japanese incense burning, and a head full (or "headful") of ideas that won't relent until after I've written them down. A glass of red wine from time to time can be nice as well, though it's certainly not a requirement. You?

Matt Dennison – May 20, 2010

Thanks for your knid (knid? how about "kind") comment on "Failure."

Julie Innis – May 12, 2010

Thank you re Atonement! Love your work here. Hope all is well!

Carol Reid – May 12, 2010

Hi Shelagh, and thanks for reading my Deer Collage story and for the encouraging comments!

Stephanie Bobo – Apr 25, 2010

Oh, Shelagh, thanks so much for reading "Classmates," and the fav, and your wonderful comments!

Sara – Apr 15, 2010

Shelagh, Thanks so much for reading and for your kind comments on my story.

Walter Bjorkman – Apr 10, 2010

thanks for the read and comment on Poetipedia - I haven't come across you til now, so much here on fn, I will have a look see at your writings.

David Ackley – Mar 29, 2010

Thanks for browsing round in the archives and for saying nice things about the story. That one was the second I wrote since on Fictionaut, and first try at writing that short in a long time.

Jason Henry McCormick – Mar 27, 2010

McQueen! Thanks for the comments, Shelagh.

David Ackley – Mar 19, 2010

Where you lead, O Master, I follow....

Notes From the Audubon Society Monthly Newsletter:
It has been several months now, since the last recorded sighting of the last known remaining specimen of the Female Naked Rowdy, driven from its nest by two birders whose names will go down in the everlasting annals of Birding Infamy (Stu and Cliff, last names unknown, although birders everywhere are on the case: We Will Find You!)This single specimen, of a species thought extinct since 1904, had galvanized the birding world and created " A zone of sanctity" for a 10 mile radius around the great lady's nest, until the two drunken idiots blundered past all warning signs, electric fences, and land mines( *unauthorized by the Audubon Society.)

Now the only possible specimens of "the rowdy" are thought to be found in the vast, mucky and redolent "Stayoutaheah Wilderness" a swamp in Southeast Georgia, not, it must be said, readily distinguishable from the rest of the state's terrain, awash with

David Ackley – Mar 19, 2010

(One last from me, for the road0

David Ackley – Mar 18, 2010

(oops dropped the ending)stay away from them evil little turds," and in late spring, when the boys stripped down to dive off the bridge, " them clothesless devils, them naked rowdies." Paddy quailed appropriately his eyes wide, but inwardly exulted. At last, out of the blue, a gift! Brilliant!
The name of the band!

David Ackley – Mar 18, 2010

Each day, the poor wee boys went off trembling to St. Agatha's School, in their blazers, striped ties and grey shorts, the hopes of their middle class families contained in these sprightly containers and the little briefcase each carried filled with books and scrawled upon paper. Down Killarney Road, across the bridge where their nemeses dove and swam in the summer, and past the long rows of flats and alleys--anyone of which might be the source of the rain of missiles, rocks, bottles and occasionally, ripe handfuls of shite that met them nearly every morning from the wretched urchins who waited to jeer, chase and throw. In Hanranhan's class, to make matters worse he roared at them, threatening deadlier bodily harm if they came "Under the influence of them evil little snots." As if INFLUENCE was the problem. "Feckin' murther, more like," Paddy said to Liam, out of Hanrahan's hearing of course. Meaty fist shoved right under Paddy's nose, the English master roared and spluttered," You s

David Ackley – Mar 18, 2010

You have the comic novelist's gift (ala Gogol) of spinning fully realized idiots out of air and soap bubbles. Unfortunate though that I shall never again see a bird's nest without picturing Stu and his large and murderous ass.

David Ackley – Mar 17, 2010

Let's do that...but we won't worry about it until--if ever--we're done. Then I won't have to think about things like how many adverbs I strung in a row in that last entry.

"Turkish Bath Delite" and " The Hirsute Agenda": These are albums that must be made!

And what the hell use is a " sheer codpiece" Sheer madness, I say.

David Ackley – Mar 17, 2010

It's a little known side note in the history of this seminal band that the boys collectively took an oath to eschew all use of hard drugs, before Paddy and Liam's venerable{ In fact, virtually, incommunicably senile) catechism teacher Sister Bejesus, the Ghost of Mary.

"Who?" She kept saying,"Are you them little sh__tes that was always after swearin' in me catechism?" The group were firm in their zeal to reform--all, of course, save Roddy Doyle, the legendarily catatonic drummer; simultaneously addicted to crack and smack, he had been 3 times declared legally dead from overdoses and 3 times resurrected; er, resuscitated. (We think. We're not really sure how well that last one took.)On being asked to join in the Oath to swear off hard drugs, Roddy said...well, here we must draw the veil of probity and good taste. But it wasn't very nice.

David Ackley – Mar 17, 2010

P.S. Sorry about the extra e in your name above, must of wrote what I'm hearing in my head....

David Ackley – Mar 17, 2010

Jeez, Sheelagh, blow me out of the water, why don't you? I'd be off somewhere licking my wounds and whimpering from that last salvo if I weren't still laughing.

Point of information for us lesser practicioners: How is it possible to write hilariously about a Naked Irish Rock band without resorting to a single obscenity, whereas even in my most Jamesian outings I can't go two sentences without resorting to that invaluable all purpose, verbnounadjective that starts with f.?
Anyway, I'll be back, with a small placeholder just to keep things going. But go easy on the old guy, willya?

David Ackley – Mar 17, 2010

Now that's! what I'm talkin' about! I started laughing midway the first line and haven't really stopped. "Vats of horse tranquilizer...." Killer!

David Ackley – Mar 16, 2010

A devoted fan: "They'e always gettin' it wrong about the Rowdies. Like that night, you know, when they said Patrick pissed on everybody in the mosh pit. That's just bull shit. I was in the club that night and it wasn't like that at all: Patrick pissed in a cup, I saw it. I even saw him throw the cup at the waitress. Patrick's never gonna piss on his fans."

David Ackley – Mar 16, 2010

I don't know Shelagh, I'm loving the alliteration in that last line. Anyway, this is a whole story: you should post it.

Jack Swenson – Mar 16, 2010

Well, Bodega Bay is actually not terribly sinister. The character is between a rock and hard place. Her sister is still her sister. Thanks for the read and the comment.

David Ackley – Mar 16, 2010

"Citing the band's continuing refusal to abide by even minimal standards of decorum and dress, the Roman Catholic Diocese of New York regretfully announces the cancellation of tomorrow's Concert Appearance of the Irish band, "The Naked Rowdies" --Originally scheduled as part of the celebration of St. Patrick's Day Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral."

David Ackley – Mar 15, 2010

I couldn't think of another one for laughing: you win.( For the moment.)

David Ackley – Mar 15, 2010

Or a short story about a naked Irish band.

David Ackley – Mar 15, 2010

That was fun, Shelagh, reading your comments, but now every time I think of the Mass. coast, I'll see your naked rowdies boozing and singing along the shore...

Finnegan Flawnt – Mar 14, 2010

shelagh not wanting to abuse the space meant for complimentary comments on your story: that the last chapters are missing (not to worry - only joyce's favourite chapter and a really looong exteeeended monologue by bloom's wife missing) may be god's way of letting you know what you ought to write next. but it sounds like you're saying "yes I will yes" to ulysses so let me not stop you on that crusade and bring home a trophy.

Christian Bell – Mar 14, 2010

Shelagh, thank you for reading and commenting on "The Common Cold"!

Foster Trecost – Feb 22, 2010

Shelagh, Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my story.

Darryl Price – Feb 15, 2010

Said Object is really fun and interesting!

Christamar Varicella – Feb 13, 2010

Thanks for the nice comments on Attachments. I've also enjoyed reading your lyrical prose.

James Robison – Feb 02, 2010

Thank you so much for your nice critique.

John Woodington – Jan 31, 2010

Thanks for the comment on "Visitation Hour". Much appreesh.

Christian Bell – Jan 28, 2010

Shelagh, thanks for your comments on "Havana"!

Douglas Light – Jan 07, 2010

Hey, thanks for the kind comment on"Gatlinburg." Glad you enjoyed.

Shelagh Power-Chopra – Dec 29, 2009

Sure! Seems like it might be a very interesting novel, maybe you should continue with it...the blog is fun, always fun to write about objects, a good starting point.

Finnegan Flawnt – Dec 29, 2009

thank you for your comment, shelagh! i like your profile pic and you have a fascinating blog - i'll make sure to check it out. excellent story presentation!

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