I'm 49. I have a fixation with football (soccer) and chess. I have been a journalist all my working life and write a blog on the process of writing and the fine art that is sub-editing. At one point or another I have been a sports reporter, TV critic, features writer, sub editor, news editor and am now - by a series of unfortunate events -production editor of a national newspaper in Scotland.
I'm a grammar nut. I believe 90% of sentences written in the English language are too long. I enjoy discussions on the evolution of the language (I am, sadly, of the opinion that one day soon alright will be all right).
My novel ~ Adventures In Misogyny, under the pen name Destry, and an accompanying novellete Adventures In Misogyny — The Darkest Chapter ~ Both under the pen name Destry, are available from Kindle, iBooks and all other digi download sources.
Someone read 'em, facrissakes!
I believe every piece of fiction reveals something about the author. It is that which makes fiction, especially shorter pieces, so fascinating. I have an abiding opinion that psychiatrists should ask their patients to write short pieces of fiction. Anything I write is a part of me. Sometimes, I squirm with embarrassment at having (in my opinion) revealed my innermost thoughts. But then, if we only wrote in a ‘comfortable’ and ‘safe’ manner, there wouldn’t be any good fiction!
I’m a huge fan of Sebastian Faulks’ storytelling. I admire the imagination of Tolkien. I wish I could write prose with the clarity of Orwell.
I particularly enjoy works that bring a geographical place to life. Cormac McCarthy and John Irving are excellent at this.
For escapism, I hugely enjoy the fantasy works of the now sadly deceased David Gemmell.
I feel I might also list what I don’t like. I don’t like things that are hard work, fiction should be enjoyable. I’ve never made it to the end of a William Faulkner book, I think I must be of too low intelligence to understand James Joyce and Kerouac sends me to sleep.
Thank you, Steve. Encouragement enough and I might write this book!
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Steve, thanks for the comments on my story. I was a journalist for more than 20 years. I worked in Southern California. Writing fiction has been a real switch. But I truly enjoy it.
Steve, thanks for the comments on Dead Relatives Day.
Thank you for your kind words on "After Prom", Steve. As you can see, I'm all sunshine and roses...
Thanks for your note on the Giant Thermometer. The Mojave fascinates me and the demise of the Giant Thermometer is a set back for the Baker Valley.
Thanks for your sad truth about Conversation.
Thanks for the comments on "Three Endings," Steve; I wouldn't be offended at all if you stole the idea, as I kind of like the idea of having therapy patients writing short fictions. But I guess BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN already sort of covers that, and PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT. Or is that too direct, too obvious?
Thanks for the high praise, Steve. Means a lot coming from you. (And how nice it would be to be paid some for fine, thoughtful comments, in fact I used to be before life took me in other directions ... maybe one day again.) Look forward to more of your writing. Lilia
TIME:J.M./S.F. Do you know how many times "crazy" days at the clinic are blamed on the full moon? Forty-five minute sessions with no break? In that way, my brain injury was a blessing. I'll never have to do that again.
Thank you for reading and commenting on Dealing with Sudden Melancholy. I was moved by your remarks. Nonnie
Hi. Thank you for your comment on my story 'Trust'. I just read your About Me section and smiled at this line: "I believe 90% of sentences written in the English language are too long." You're right. I also agree with: "I believe every piece of fiction reveals something about the author." This is something I think a lot about at the moment, actually ...
Thanks for your comment on Aflame. Unfortunately I've worked with kids like this.
Thanks for your comment about the shapes in the Princess and the Frog.
Steve, thanks for the kind words on "The Mechanics of Sex."
Yes, it's my worst fear, running out of stories.
Steve, thanks so much for reading and commenting on "Leaving Home".
Hi Steve, I only just read your comment on Seal Skin. Thanks so much for commenting. I've always been haunted by stories of selkies. So I wrote one. As one does.
Thanks from the Running Accountant.
I'm so flattered by your kind comment on Muselman. The quality does of course vary -- let's not kid ourselves. But the sentiment was sweet.
I never thanked you for your comment on Rain. I find myself so befuddled keeping track of these things.
Thank you (very much) for reading! Chapter two is up. :)
Thank you so much for that comment. I have been pondering why my readership seems to be heading steadily downward, comments often at zero, and contrasting my early stories with later ones. I wish someone would just explain to me what's going on. I know the disturbing aspect plays a part: some people just don't want to be disturbed. Sometimes I get too pedantic and less a story-teller. I could rewrite this in more of a story format, I suppose, but I like having different voices. I am so grateful to you to say you at least learn something, even if it's not always things you want to learn. I am so very grateful for the comment. Thank you.
Thanks for your comments on my stuff - letting anyone read anything is a bit scary and I only last a little while before I panic and delete it. Nice to know that it's been read and enjoyed in the meantime!
Steve - thank you for your comment and for reading my piece. Yes, commiseration is, indeed, a balm. I look forward to diving into your writing. Cheers, Gloria
Hi Steve, thank you for reading my 'lawyer' story and for the suggestion to amend the title. I have done so, "How to Win With Mom" is the new title and I think it does more for the ending than the previous one. Cheers!
Oh, I'm so embarrassed. Does What You Talk About reveal how much TV I watch?
Steve, thanks for the read on "Missing." Glad you enjoyed.
Thanks for reading Physical Education and thanks for the kind words, Steve.
Glad you enjoyed Werewolf.
You have a swash-buckling head of hair and “Steve Finan’s Wall” is an anagram of ‘Naval Few Enlists’.
- Longest way up, shortest way down –
I thank you.
Thanks so much for your very flattering Mother's Day comment which still makes me laugh. My comments are taking awhile to get to me.
hello. she definitely mixes some cement then throws it is the river. i suppose the story later implies that the phone went in the river. i'm confused a lot too. thanks for commenting
Thanks so much for your interesting Munchausen's comment.
Thank you very much for your kind words -- and advice.
Re: The Tortured Nazi. See my longer note.
So glad you enjoyed my piece. Steve - Thx for the kind words and the read.
Thanks for your fine compliment on Just Desserts. I love "dark" and consider it high praise.
thanks for reading My Space. yes, i was aiming for loneliness and being stuck in a
certain place, a self-imposed prison of sorts. L
Thanks for reading, Steve! :)
Regarding The Cough: Steve, as someone trained in nearly every school of psychotherapy I still have the nagging doubts of the early research that compared people on waiting lists to people in treatment and found no difference in outcome. A lot of what we credit psychotherapy for is just time passing. Thank you for your amusing comment.
Thanks for stopping by; reading and commenting.
Steve, thanks for the fav and your words of encouragement, all best, Lillian
Thank you for your Anne Frank comment. I really have an issue about the book being presented as a view of the Holocaust because it's really about a family hiding from the Holocaust. The horror happens after the book. I hope someday my book will be read in schools.
This is an incredible compliment about my "Pool Toys." That you didn't even think about the writing.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. It is so nice to "meet" you on here.
Your comment on New Jersey was one of the most flattering things ever said about my writing. Thank you so much.
Thanks for your comment on Absence.
Thank you for your sweet comment on For My Next Act.
Thanks for your comment on Catechism.
Thanks so much for reading my pieces and leaving some great comments. Glad you enjoy my work. I'll have to check out some of yours!
I appreciated your generous comment on Waiting and also enjoyed ZinZins. I thought it interesting you are a sports writer and did add obsession to my tags. As a psychologist, I thought it a brilliant idea having patients write very short stories. They are often asked to journal, but that can often result in more self-obsession. Stories is a fantastic idea.
Thanks Steve for reading "Childless." Appreciate your insightful comment and the fave. Looking forward to reading your work.
Thanks, Steve: Much appreciated!
Steve: Thanks, too, for your generous appreciation of "Any Given Recent Day". Renewed kind regards to you and Scotland! s
Thanks, Steve. Glad you liked my Afghanistan story.
Steve: Thank you for looking at "Cranial Electrification" and for your appreciative comment. Pleased to hear of your grammarian sympathies, although I suspect some of my fiction would prove less inviting than this essay. Concerning Orwell: after readings of "Politics and the English Language", I went through the American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots to compile an 1100-word glossary of contemporary English words of Anglo-Saxon origin, an exercise I found fruitful. Kind regards to you and Scotland, keep up all the good work! s
Hi. Thanks for reading Melanie. I think you are right. She likes the porch too much.
I'm touched, proud, flattered... Thank you for "Glorious Zinzins!" I had a lot of pleasure reading it, and I believe you had a lot of pleasure writing it.
Thank you Steve for the comment on "Geneviève's Voice"...
My voices come and go on their own and I appreciate you enjoy them.
Steve, your comment on "Apnea" is too kind and very much appreciated. Looking forward to reading your work.
Bonjour! Thank you for your comment on "Etienne's Voice"!
It’s refreshing to see someone admit to not being able to read Joyce and Kerouac. I agree. Faulkner though, when read as comedy, isn't as bad. Thanks again for “America from the Outside.”
Hi Steve, thanks so much for reading and commenting on both Madness and Voices from a Playground. It's much appreciated :)
Thanks for sharing your response to Stuck Shut, I do appreciate it.
Steve, thanks so much for commenting on "Mr. Wazzeldot".
thank you Steve, for you kind words. Salut.