Steve Gowin produces corporate video in San Francisco.
Something means me to write whether that's for better or for worse.
Lately what fuels creativity seem to be snatches of ideas that in the beginning seem ordinary and mundane but take on some little particularity through the process of writing. I believe any art in my writing is often the result of exploration of writing's craft...
But even more recently I've realized that the writing's only good when somehow you get to a deeper truer place, whether that's through humor or drama or narrative or characterization or language... but hopefully through all of it.
In the end though, it's touching that deep true place that makes the writing worthy.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Jorge Luis Borges
McCabe and Mrs. Miller is the best film ever made. Unforgiven is a close second, followed by Grand Illusion. No Country for Old Men should be seen with There Will be Blood and Unforgiven on a triple feature... every day.
Thanks for your kind comment on "After Prom", Steve. I'm flattered.
Thanks, Steven, for your comment about Night Moves. I like that kind of story, too. Could be about lots of things. I'll let you decide...
Oh, yes. Some little boys, too. Thanks, Steve.
Thank you for those valuable words on my writing, sir.. :-)
Seems I'm a bit late to the party here at Fictionaut, Steven. I've been waiting quite some time for an invitation and it finally arrived. Anyway, reading stories like "Daddy Walked the Pits" is a big part of what inspires me to write. I look forward to reading the rest of your fiction/poetry. Also, thanks for the comment on "Parade," as well as the fav.
Hi, and thanks for your comment on "A Note Left on the Counter."
Loved the piece inspired by your Austin trip. Very cool.
Thanks for feeling the strange in "Metastasis.
Hi Steven - thank you so much for commenting on Daddio.
I have actually watched "Plan 9 from Outer Space". Poor Bela- died before the shoot was done. I understand that's where the the ape in a space helmet came from. Loved the Johnny Depp portrayal. Thanks for reading "I'm Waiting"- the encouragement means a great deal to me.
Steve, it's a real treat to see your comment at "Listing." I get the idea you do know something about poetry. I guess the most important thing is that it moves you. And if mine did, then that makes my day. Thank you.
Glad you liked my story, thanks!
Thanks very much for the kind words on Spring Uprising
Thanks for the comment, Steven!
Thank you for your comments on my story!
Thanks for your comment on Life's Meaning.
Steve: Thanks for the strategic approval of Spring Fever.
Thanks for reading and commenting on the Dowagers piece.
Steve- Thanks very much for reading and commenting on Black Bombers.
Steven, I didn't give it a helluva lotta thought. It just sorta squirted out. Glad you liked it. I didn't add that while we waited by the stage door Bob Denver rode up on a bicycle and escorted us to the set. Friendly, humble, seemed like an old friend.
Thanks for your read and comment! Glad to hear that you appreciate the work Teach for America is doing.
Belated thanks for your comment on The Fly.
Thank you for your comment Steve, much appreciated!!
Thanks for you comment on "Good Boy", I was aiming for the dog's viewpoint.
Hi Steven, thanks for reading Brick Walls. I love your take on the characters, esp William Powell. fos.
Thank you for the kind response to Tics. I enjoyed French Piss enormously and look forward to the next piece in the Rawanda suite.
Thanks for your dry comment.
Thanks for commenting on the poem, Steven. Much appreciated.
Thanks for the comment on Tolstoy. Didn't you keep a marble by your bed?
Thank you, Steven:)
Thanks, Steven, for your comments on Aerospace. "Rosie's Back!" was the banner on a small cement block bldg. Inside Rosie and the Screamers, including her brother--a goth-looking cadaver on lead guitar--pounded out Rolling Stones covers...the joint was rocking...
Hello, Steven. Thank you for your insightful commentary on "The Swiss Lunch". I look forward to reading your work.
Thank you, Steve, for reading and responding to "Linear A". I am grateful for your encouragement.
Thanks so much for your interesting comment on Forgiveness.
Steven, thanks for commenting and faving "Testimony." I'm delighted you enjoyed it.
Hi Steven and apologies for not responding faster to your kind comment on my microfiction. Newbie navigator. I'm so glad for your approval. Thx again.
You broke into a smile?
It is funny in an absurd way, not being able to concentrate on TV, the lowest of the lows.
Steve, I appreciate that you got so much out of my flash piece "The Crack". It's funny, I've been remembering it periodically all of my adult life and only just then, when I wrote it, did the Freudian implications occur to me. I was too young then to know anything about vaginas or their significance - I think. I have the flying dreams occasionally, too, but always find them exhilarating as they represent a triumph of sorts or an escape for me.
Thanks, Steven, for commenting on White Cliffs. "Cinematic" means a lot, and something I most often strive for.
So much kindness and empathy in your Chrysalis comment, means so very much to me. I never even thought of that. The loneliness of bipolar, where you are always on a different plane than everyone else. Thank you for that gift.
Interesting variations in spousal relationships to a writer's writing.
Thank you and Happy New Year, Steve. You are a keeper-friend. I have to catch up and read more of your work. I will.
Thanks for the funny binocular comment on Sleepy Ranch.
Blue Angel: That's a beautiful comment. Of course they are death machines. And this particular son is my most intuitive and cynical. Thanks for that.
Hi Steven, thanks for reading my story, Eight States Away. I really appreciate your comment, too. fos.
Thanks, Steven for reading "Menthol." This voice has been misunderstood for years. I'm happy you and some of the good folks at Fictionaut enjoy it.
Thanks so much for your comment on Flinch
Thanks Steven for your kind words on Pastoral Hide & Seek!
Thanks, Steven. "Routine of the Abyss" leaves much to the reader's imagination. Nice to see your comments on the page.
Thank you, Steven. And I'd better see you around Fictionaut. I need my fellas. Nonnie
Thanks for reading and responding to "Dreams", Steven.
Thanks for EX!
Thanks for your insightful and resonant comments on "What Some Boys Do," Steven!
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my "coffee mug" story. Your kindness ("you’ve sung a true song") has kept me walking on clouds for days. Thank you.
And to tell you the truth, I don't remember how I broke the mug. Funny, I have no memory of how it happened, at all.
Thanks for your insightful comment on The Ring.
Graduate school? You sure you can take the pain?
Hi Steven, if I'm in the company of Jim Morrison, then I'm in good company indeed! Thanks for reading and commenting on a bar for all occasions! fos,
Steven, much warmed by your kind words for Four Hearts and a Vase of Jonquils.
Thanks for the read, Steve!
Steve, thank you for your kind comments on "Texas Route 29." Gotta treasure earnest praise from a bear Republican!
Thanks for your intense comment on Aflame.
And. Reading and liking. Me talk pretty.
Hello, Steven, thank you so much for reading a liking my recent eBay silliness!
Thanks, Steven for reading "Belt." I find these violent pieces the hardest but quickest to write. There's a companion piece to this one that is a much longer story.
Thanks for the comment on Soup.
Thank you so much for your so sweet comment on The Hair.
Re: Orwellian Holocaust survivor kids are all from Minnesota.
Steven, I much appreciate your encouraging words on my poem "Why Men Compete"
Thank you for commenting on my poem Steve. I hope you travel safe and that your flights provide both good food and inspiration.
Thanks, Steven, for your nice comment about my Neil Young poem.
Thanks for your comment on Tribe.
Re: Princess Steven: I always need a rationalization for what I'm doing and I'm very argumentative.
Steven, sometimes crap just happens in my head. Dunno why just try to get it on the page when I can. Thanks for faving "The Man in a Blue Ski Jacket"
Thank you for your "iron filings" comment on Alien Child.
Hi, Steven. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Five.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Thanks for the read and comment of Paris Review. Don't know about Poe, but there is something creepy putting a microscope to the personality of a writer.
Hi, Steven, thanks for reading and commenting on "Muddy Creek." I tried to center it in what I came to think of as a death culture growing up in the country. It's cool you picked up on that.
Hi Steve, thanks for sharing your thoughts on Dog Days. I appreciate the time you took to read, to comment. fos.
Re: Muselmann I am so deeply, deeply flattered. It means a great deal to me and is so, so validating that you said that. I never quite know what reaction to expect when I write about the Holocaust and my relationship to it.
Thank you Steve! Meg Pokrass just taught me how to write on walls here, that's why I haven't thanked you properly. Ah, Montmartre!
You are horrible to laugh that the suffering never ends in Great Expectations. I am horrible too. I laugh and read it again and laugh again.
Happy you laughed at Werewolf.
Thanks for your funny comment on Mother's Day. Comments are taking forever to reach me these days and I have to look into it. The story still makes me laugh.
Thank you, Steven. I so appreciate that you read and comment. Best, HM
Thanks for your comment on Catechism.
Thank you so much for your comment on Steam. That is one of the most moving passages for me as well.
Hi Steven, thanks for liking Suzy and Emily! So naughty. Ha.
Steve, thanks for not reading anything I've posted! I can't tell you how much I appreciate this. So.. I won't.
Steve, thanks for the kind comment of "A Change of Heart."
Thanks, Steven for reading "A Hint of God.". Always good to see your name on the comments box.
Thanks for the comment on "Agra Road," Steven.
Hi Steven. I'm glad you like Melanie. She is a looker you know. She wishes she could get up and Go-Go!
Steven, thanks for commenting on "Tractors" and for your kind words.
Hi Steven, Thank you for your sweet comment on 'Marmalade'. I hope you are well.
Thanks for reading my Afghanistan story, Steven, and for letting me know how much it moved you. These endless, unwinnable wars are wearing me down, breaking my heart. Peace.
Thanks Steven, for your nice words at The Waiting Game.
Hi Steven. Thank you for seeing the wholeness in Huntingtons. I appreciate it so.
Thanks for such flattering words about "Wiscasset, Maine," Steven. You made my evening!
Boringer reminds me of what I love of Borges as well.
Thanks so much for the validation of Rin-tin-tin. What a great show. Who would think of that now?
Thanks for commenting on "Bees in the Eaves," Steven.
Hi Steven, thanks for your comment on Madness, and for bringing up the most maddening yet fascinating character, Mr. Manson. I used to watch documentaries on him and wonder if any of that seeped into my story.
fog 8 thankee x
Thank you for your Birds of Prayer comment focused on the challenges of Mosey's voice. I loved that man too.
Hi Steven, great to meet you, I'm enjoying your work. I've been on the dark side before, and some might claim I currently am. I'm okay with that.
Steven. Sorry. (posted too soon!)
Thank you for commenting on "Not Enough Sin to Go Around," Steve. Glad you liked the poem!
Thank you for your comment on "Want", Steven. Appreciate it.
Thanks for your comment on DOOD Sapperstein.
Thanks, Steven, for your comments on 'His Kind of Woman.' I'm glad you liked it.
Thank you so much for your thought-provoking comment on Birds of Prayer 3/8 The Snow Queen.
Thanks, Steven, for commenting on "Bare, Ruined Palace." Glad you liked the poem.
thanks for the star and kind words
Thanks for checking out Riding with the King.
I changed my title on Taking a Bath with my iNuke about five times. Thanks for the comment.
Thanks, Steven. I like that detail too but I wasn't sure what it conveyed to the reader. Good to know it's doing something.
Steven, how can I thank thee for Suicide Notes? I credited you at the beginning of the story.
Thanks for reading "Weak Knees." Been out and about so I'm a bit late with my thank you notes. Cheers!
Steve, thank you so much for your comment and fave of Fairy Tale in Dachau. It means a great deal to me.
Thanks, Steven, for reading and commenting on "A Thousand Books."
Hello Steven - thank you for your comment on "The Artist's Conk." Some of the best things anyone has said to me about it.
Hi Steven! Thanks for reading and praising my latest. All my best pieces are products of nervous breakdowns.
So glad you liked There's Going to be a Test at the End. Did you pass?
Steve, thanks for the read and comment on "Fat Tuesday." Glad you liked the story.
Steven, thanks for the sweet comment/fave on Reading at the Table. I hope the mice situation is resolving.
Steven, thanks for the props on "This Is Not A Love Poem." This one has been brewing for a while.
Thanks for your 'thin' comment and fave on Spaghetti Woman. I also enjoyed and faved Faith.
Thanks, Steven for reading "Pink Dress." As always, I'm very appreciative.
Thank you so much for the kind words, Steven!
Loved and faved Daddy Walked the Pits. And thank you for reposting your dancing comment and fave on my second attempt to post Binge Painter. It reminds me to pay attention to my sentence lengths and rhythms.
you are so nice...
Steve, thanks for reading and liking my Saturday Morning. That you picked up on the tone means so much. Readers like you are the best kind of readers. HM
Thank you so much for your comments on "Momma's Elephant." I appreciate them very much!
Thanks Steven for the kind words about 'Just A Bit' ! I'm glad you enjoyed it !
Thanks, Steve, for your neat take on 'Used Rainbows.' Greatest Rock & Roll band ever...
Thanks for commenting on the Tapeworm poem, Steven. Pleased you like it.
Hi Steven, thanks for faving "Lover." I hid it for now...maybe it will re-appear elsewhere. We shall see.
Steven, thanks for the kind words and fave on "Tongues." I often feel about other writers' work that I'd written it--no higher compliment.
Thank you for the comment on "Beginnings". It's okay: no wolf-bites. ;)
Thanks, Steven for faving “A good man deserves a good woman"...I write these but I don't analyze them. It's always nice to hear your take on my stories.
Steven--Thanks for commenting on "Somewhere East of There." I'm delighted you liked it. There are some rhymes but I wouldn't go so far as to say there is a scheme. Glad you picked up them.
Steven, thanks for the fave of "I Can Take Satan." Great comment!
Thanks for commenting on "Loose End," Steve.
Thanks, Steven, for your comments about 'Hints of the Blitz.' I can't understand it either. I think that's why the madness of war has long fascinated me.
Hi. Thank you for reading and enjoying Measures. It means so much.
Thanks, Steven, for such kind words about 'Benny Goodman...' It means a lot.
Thank you for your comments on "Water." I appreciated them very much!
Thanks for the read and comment on "Whole Life."
Steven, thanks very much for your comments on Bron-yr-Aur. Glad it packed a little buzz :) All best.
Thanks for your comment on "Saul Lies, 33," Steven. Thanks for reading!
Thanks for the read and comments on "Maalox."
Thank you for the note to Regina Vagina. She needs notes. She's got a tart mouth.
Thanks for the read and comment on "Fleur De Sel." You were right on with erotic and balanced...that's what I was going for.
Thank you for commenting on "Keep Chopping," Steven and for your kind words.
Thanks, Steven for reading "Hanky-Panky." Your comments are always so kind and generous. Cheers!
Thanks again, Steven! Mucho appreciated!
Thanks for the kind words regarding my story, Proper Grammar. Nice to see another videographer on fictionaut!
Thanks, Steven, and good one too!
Steven, Thanks for your kind words on Outside Starbucks... I would trade the Chandler convo for the silent treatment ;^)
thanks steve. probably deserve the razzing....
cheers, steven. we'll see what comes of the Old Man as thing unfold...
Now that's a profile picture! Much as I do enjoy Daniel Plainview and the like.
Hey Steven! Thanks for reading the post office piece and commenting. We can't let the bastards get us down!
thank you so much Steven for your comment on "The Tangle"! Greatly appreciated!
Oink <3 x
Thank you for commenting my "Mercy Mercy Mercy," Steven. Your comment are very much appreciated.
Thanks, Steven, for the fave on my Land of the One Night Stand pieces. Appreciated!
Hi, Steven. Thanks for reading 'Wattle and Daub-3.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Thanks for commenting on "Party at my Place," Steven. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks again, Steven. Appreciated!
Hey Steven! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Yeah- I have a pair of cockers- cute as the dickens and rough & ready as they come, but sled dogs they are not! :-)
Thanks for commenting on "Not That Kind of Pain," Steven. Appreciate it!
Never heard of Jose Skinner, but I'm kinda digging the name...Thanks again for commenting on "Herstory."
It's one hellava story ! I'm looking forward to the video. Thanks so much for sending the link. Will report back from the front!
Hi, Steven. Thanks for reading 'Wattle and Daub.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Hi Steven, thanks for reading Cactus and thanks for the comment, too - I appreciate your thoughts. fos.
Thanks for the welcome Steven. It made me feel, well, welcomed.
Thanks for your comments on 'After Hours,' Steve. Hadn't really thought much about the bathrobe. It seems to work better with the gun than, say, sweats, but it's always nice to get a fresh perspective. I really appreciate that.
Thanks for liking No Sugar, Steven!
Thanks for the comments Steven. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Re: the Blogspot. I retired that particular blog
a few months back.
Forgot to pull the link off my Fictionaut profile.
By summer, I plan to hook up a new website on Word Press.
Thanks for your note, Steven. And welcome!
Thanks, Steven, for commenting on 'Checkout.' Gave me a chance to read your bio. Just finished Mentor by Tom Grimes, so I feel I know a bit about your time in Iowa.
Thank you for your comments about "Momma's Prayers." I appreciate them very much!
Steven, you do know the sauna is a religion in Korea? They've built multi-storied cathedrals that welcome all, especially men who have been kicked out by their wives and need a place to spend the night. Thanks so much for commenting on "Mixtape".
Thanks Steven for your comment and fave of After he failed to wake up. Here's a cyber beer--or a good birch switching, whatever you prefer--to cheer you up. Peace...
steven, avocado rats are those sleek-coated lovelies that infest our avocado trees and gnaw at the precious bounty. they're large, voluble, and must perish. thanks for the positive feedback on the stories. i'm working hard to produce enough for a book-length manuscript. cheers, james
Hi Steven, thanks for your generous read and comments on SNOW JOB. It's a wee piece, but one of five that tell a larger story about those blue hi-tops. Peace...
Thanks for reading and enjoying Mark E. Smith, Steven. I look forward to reading some of your work. It's hard to keep up with all the work that people put up.
Thank you, Steven, for commenting on "Eyes Off the Road."
Thanks so much for your kind comment about Flight, Steven!
Thank you so much for taking the time to ride along with me for a little while on my madcap journey into satire and farce and for leaving a comment. I appreciate your company as I digress into silliness. Ready or not, there's more to come. The Woman in the Wet Raincoat and much much more. It's all in fun! I am looking forward to reading your work, so I'll be back!
Hi Steven, Thanks for taking the time to read 'All Will Be Well'. Your generous comments are much appreciated!
Welcome, Steven, from across the Bay!
Welcome to Fictionaut, Steven!