The best part of blogging is reading your comments.
Here are my favorites.
I’ll add more…
if you write them!
Updated as of December 21, 2021. Newer comments toward the end. Has yours made the list?
Special thanks to Friday Fictioneers and What Pegman Saw short-fiction writing challenges. I appreciate everyone’s encouragement and support. So many of these thoughtful, insightful, and well-written comments were penned by those talented writers!
To my newsletter and WordPress Reader followers and those who comment again and again, thank you so much for your words of encouragement!
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Faulted her, for wandering the streets alone?
(Even in broad daylight!)
Above everything else in your story THIS says so much. I only point that out because everything else says a lot. Well done.
AliciaOn short-short Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
I really enjoyed this piece, well written, thought provoking, and deep layered. It surprises (and horrifies) me that even today people often wonder what the victim did to “deserve it.”
BrendaOn short-short Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
What a horrible event and such a callous view from tourists. So many people see it from such a small point of view.
“Mostly Mexicans,” and
“Afterwards, a dozen ships’ hulls shaded the whispering beach.
As if haphazardly parked, by some drunken valet.”
really pack an extra punch. Very powerful!
DawnOn short-short Mostly Mexicans
What a lovely story Andrea. So visually appealing and emotionally poignant.
Girl in NiagaraOn short-short Midnight Tea
Intriguing start then the story unfolds really well. I want her to be safe for obvious reasons but also because I can imagine the homecoming and I hope you write it!
JillOn short-short Never
Wow, I love this piece. It seriously gave me goosebumps. Read it three times! The simplicity of the language belies the power in each line. I could see and hear and feel it all.
KarenOn short-short Big Sky
I’ve had the exact same thought as you with all of the furor over children “falling behind” if they’re not in school being a false premise. In many instances, children learn in spite of school, not because of it.
LizOn short-short Falling Behind
Wonderful language to paint a picture of a disturbed mind. Well told. Disturbing.
MargaretOn short-short The Light Monk
Beautifully written and left a real shudder – which I think was your intention!
MirandaOn short-short Due For a Haircut
Very well-written story, Andrea. I love this line: “To watch humanity steam and froth, warmed by the neon’s indulgent glow.”
Ms JadeOn short-short Invisible
Yikes – nice job with this respectful Veteran’s piece. Made me sad – and grateful for what our servicemen have done and still do.
PriorhouseOn short-short Good Fortune
Andrea, I love this poem. It scratches for attention despite the poet in me trying to look away from its truths.
The rose photo is superb
RobynOn poem To the Poet
I haven’t seen a pair of pinking shears (as we call them) in years. Good story, enjoyed it.
SandraOn the short short Seamstress
Not sure I understand the numerology bit but I too envisaged a male, overly obsessed and paranoid monkish figure who took to numbers because of his failure to interact with others. Funny how a few words portray a character
siobhanOn the short short Numerology
“Definitely not fruit punch!”
The Dark NetizenOn the short short Monster Mash
“King of the Masquerade” is a great line! This poem makes me think of the song “Hotel California.”
Tokens of CompanionshipOn the poem Smoky
We humans are pretty good at sword fighting and not so good at dealing with invisible threats. Great poem!
Tokens of CompanionshipOn the poem Horsemen
That last line is achingly beautiful, Andrea. It’s sad to envisage her plight, but hey who are we to comment?
VaradOn the short-short Sooner
I loved your photo of “Butterfly pea plant blooming blue…”
I very much like the fact that non-human nature has gotten a little break during our COVID-related slow-downs — although I am also aware that millions of families cannot pay their rent/mortgage/food bills.
Deep breath in. Deep breath out.
WillOn poem Quarantine
So glad I signed up for your newsletter, Andrea! Victoria and Siren Song were my favorites this week.
Margrit (by email)On Newsletter and poem Victoria and Siren Song
You’re spot-on with this one!
LizOn poem Public Square
Your poem conveys the inertia of the housebound very effectively.
LizOn poem Channeling
Yes, that unbelievable inertia, now that we finally have time to get things off the list we created when we were “too busy”. But, unlike me, you wrote a poem at least.
MargritOn poem Channeling
Awesome poem as usual my friend. Emily Dickinson being my favorite poet!
SabrinaOn poem A Vote
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the talks and WordCamps that you attended! I’m already missing how comparably easy it was to talk in person around shared interests like this.
DavidOn essay The How and the Why of WordCamp
Love it! Longing doesn’t express the grief I’ve witnessed in some for true companionship again.
AnonymousOn poem Longing
So sorry to read about the loss of your niece, Andrea. There’s much truth in the line, “This shallow patch, twixt birth and death.”
Tokens of CompanionshipOn poem Disbelief
I love the Christmas poem! 🙂
KCOn poem Christmas This Year(2020)
I like this one Andrea. Two images are interesting that you included a 911 everyday and the fact that we don’t have flags at half-mast even though we are losing so many great Americans…
SabrinaOn poem The Deadliest Day (December 2, 2020)
We do seem to be living in times Orwellian.
LizOn poem Without a Thought
wonderful poem, Andrea
could really feel the different emotions in each stanza and also on a very realistic note, the mind that prepares like this for empty nesting most likely will adjust to the actual empty nest with a lot more preparation.
I know everyone experiences the empty nest in different ways – but some do better and perhaps it is because they do prepare or know that it will come whereas others are caught off guard or have other things that surface, which then causes issues.
PriorhouseOn poem Empty Nester (2)
This poem really resonated with me.
LizOn poem In the Morning
I agree with Liz. This is deeply felt and expresses beautifully the horror of our times.
MargritOn poem In the Morning
The way you put these numbers into a poem is unexpectedly powerful—emotionally.
MargritOn poem Math
Thanks for making me think of EISWEIN!
AnonymousOn poem In the Gray
I’m very fond of the cicadas’ singing. When I was a kid, I referred to them as “heat bugs” because I only heard them when the weather was really hot.
LizOn poem Cicadas
These first two installments are wonderful, Andrea. What a treat to look forward to the next ones! And your beautiful tribute-to-motherhood poem fits right in. VIELEN DANK!
MargritOn short story episodes Resilience I and Resilience II
Keep ‘em coming, Andrea! Already looking forward to next week.
MargritOn short story episode Resilience IV
Yikes! Just as creepy the second time around.
LizOn poem The Kiss
Excellent. I could feel the Irish accent as this was so clever
PriorhouseOn poem Benediction
Although my days of “being in the trenches” of motherhood are long over, we mothers never cease worrying about and doing for our children, do we? Thank you for sharing this lovely poem. And yes, in my head it was read with an Irish accent!
AnonymousOn poem Benediction
Thank you for this wonderful holiday gift: your special newsletter. That‘s a treasure to be read many times. On this morning‘s first reading, my favorites are the ones with most connections to my past (and yours): Chopin‘s Tristesse on the Fire Escape (with your mother’s “mon dieu” in my ears), Eiswein—the memory of my first sip of that miraculous creation, and then one of my favorite flowers, Camellia—beautiful even in death. And finally, that delightful Snow story with the orangeball fight! Made me miss both Minnesota and Florida here in our green Missouri December. Happy Holidays, dear Andrea!
MargritOn poem Camellia , referring to Holiday Newsletter 2021
containing also Fire Escape , Eiswein , and The Next Best Thing to Snow.
How whisky can create perspective for things we dislike. Nicely done
BillOn short-short Ice Don’t Keep
Your lovely poem is a beautiful tribute to your parent’s love for each other. Very nicely done! I’m sure they are together, enjoying year 61.
BrendaOn poem Sixty Years
I do like this reflection on homeschooling an autistic child, it so chimes in with our own philosophy and experience.
CalmgroveOn essay Not Quite up to Snuff
I thought it was cool the way you added the art deco theme. That added a whole new dimension to the poem!
DebraOn poem Bombay Deco
Boom! Direct hit!!!
LizOn poem Debatable
I really enjoyed your two characters. So different, yet drawn to the same field. And who knows? Maybe, somewhere, a Pascal will arise to cap the pump 🙂
LindaOn short-short Double-Blind
Ah, the student beats the master! Great Story!
JelliOn short-short ZugZwang
A foretelling, farsighted well- constructed piece of poetry. A good rhythmic feel.
JohnOn short-short Green Land
Brilliant – even better read out loud!
KeithOn short-short Danged Cow
For some reason, I’m seeing this poem in the Childcraft book of poems for children, illustrated with a big, fat orange-faced bully in various postures of temper-tantruming.
LizOn poem Stolen
I love this. So sweet and passionate and illicit. And that description of frozen snow – just perfect. Well done indeed, Andrea
LynnOn the short-short Rendezvous
setting sun weaves threads through the turquoise sky…nice line. Lovely story
NeelOn short-short Adverse Possession
I don’t think she needs to choke back the smile. We will see the rainbow again, and we’ll smile.
NeilOn short-short Hope
This was a joy to read. I loved the lines, Dune sunflowers smiled on either side and Waves occasionally lapping her toes, like a friendly puppy. Makes you want to get away and be somewhere peaceful too.
Notes to WomenOn short short The Sandy Kingdom
This is one of the best statements/laments on climate change I’ve read. Stunning.
RochelleOn poem Inevitable
I loved the water giggling through gentrified neighborhoods. Beautifully written and evocative piece.
RochelleOn short-short Ghosts
I loved the name Filcher’s Row. The appearance by the heretofor “silent” partner made this a great cliff hanger.
RussellOn the short short Filcher’s Row
I absolutely love these two lines: ‘white candles on a layer cake’ and ‘the last man to ever upstage her.’ I am SO CURIOUS – how does he upstage her?! Why?! Does he mean to?! Please continue this story!
I would LOVE to know what happens next so when you do, please send it my way!
TaraOn the short short 1977
Ouch, what a punch in that final line. You set us up with nostalgic memories and then reveal the darkness beneath them. Nicely done
The Reclining GentlemanOn the short short Boundary Waters
Oh goodness this so scary. Hope your husband heals as quickly as possible and that the rest of your family remains healthy.
The Wife of BathOn the poem Winter’s Toll
Very tenderly told. You sound like a very loving and devoted mother, and your children are blessed to have you.
VioletOn the essay Our Stems Are Fragile
He sounds creepy to me – don’t go with him Magda !
Woman Walking MaxOn the short-short Mousetrap
A homely romantic tale. Good to know that romance is not dead.
Woman Walking MaxOn the short-short A Pearl of Great Price
I really look forward to getting your newsletter.
Two very dark poems this week, Andrea. We need those so that we don’t get too exuberant about our good fortune here while most of the world is still suffering. Thank you.
Margrit (by email)On Newsletter and poem Darkest Hour and poem Hoarding.
Oddly enough, the older I get, writing my life has become living my life.
AnonymousOn poem The Writer
I like this very much! It has a traditional folktale feel to it.
AnonymousOn poem Maid, Mother, Crone
Great job, Andrea! I suspect the rioters were actually surprised by their own success. One thing that has become clear during the trial is just how close they came to capturing members of Congress.
Tokens of CompanionshipOn poem Round Two
that was wonderful – and the truth and sadness of this situation was only ameliorated by your gift for prose
and praying for the many who really in the depth of suffering right now
and hoping the world
“Would right itself again”
PriorhouseOn poem Longing
Outstanding poem! Vivid and succinct. I think our country has always been a messier place than we’d like to admit.
Tokens of CompanionshipOn poem Interregum
Oh, no, Andrea! I am so sorry to hear that one of your loved ones is fighting a serious illness.
LizOn poem A Rose In Winter
Yeah, we’re pretty much in the land of Jabberwocky.
LizOn poem Electoral
You’re spot-on with this one!
LizOn poem Public Square
Your poem reminds me of two camps in the Vermont woods, my dad’s and my aunt’s, where nightime was without human noise and there was no ambiant light, just moon and stars.
LizOn poem The Racket
It does make me wonder why plastic packaging is so excessive, much more than is needed.
LizOn poem A Shellacking
Um, did one of my writing process students write this? 😉
LizOn poem Less Precious
I hear the thundering hoofbeats of four horses . . .
LizOn poem Hive Mind
What part of epidemiology don’t these idiots understand? Don’t get me started . . .
LizOn poem Frat Boy
No melodrama here, dear Andrea. Just a moving, beautifully crafted poem.
MargritOn poem Puzzled
This brought tears, dear Andrea, and many memories of you, your sister, your parents, the shingled house, Lake Superior. Thank you.
MargritOn poem Superior Haunting
As much as I like your poetry, Andrea, I would like to see more stories like this one. A great read, and thought-provoking. And even though I‘m 81, I have to confess that I am thrilled every day about how this phone keeps me connected to the whole world and provides me with a brain much better than my own: Google.
MargritOn the short story Twisting Wrenches
Hate to know that this is the last installment—great ending. Wish that this would be the beginning of your novel.
MargritOn the short story episode Resilience VIII
I will hang this poem on my door opposite my bed so that I can read it at sunrise to cheer me up for the day.
MargritOn the poem episode Promise
This is an excellent poem. It reminds me so much of the camp my father built in the woods of the Northeast Kingdom, which, sadly, is no more. Only memories remain.
What a clever way to encourage post engagement! I haven’t seen it done before.
I know a lot of online businesses use testimonials for engagement and social proof, essentially soliciting reviews to post on their own site.
This can be persuasive when trying to convince people to buy an unseen product or unfamiliar service in a touchless society.
Many themes and plugins and WordPress itself are equipped with the capacity to do a testimonial page.
I have never dabbled in it till now for two reasons: first, because in the shadow of my parent’s face to face generation, it seemed in poor taste and self-congratulatory. I hope it does not come off this way. 😬
Second I was worried about publishing anything that seemed to praise my own work since doing so used to be a big no-no in the practice of law. Even though this blog has nothing to do with that part of my former life.
This post is done with Gutenberg with a Genesis Blocks template. It looks awful on reader, pretty good on mobile and great on desktop. Fortunately I had a lot of great material to work with! I hope you enjoy these positive comments as much as I do.
I’m finding that getting your voice heard is a great challenge in this space, and people are more inclined to listen or read, when they know someone else liked what you had to say.
It also helps that readers often point out what is special about your work. Things you’re not aware of, because it’s yours.
And receiving and responding to comments is my very favorite thing about blogging. It helps me grow as a writer and meet all sorts of interesting people. Like you Liz!
Thanks for listening to my rather lengthy and guilty explanation of what I hope is a good addition to my site!
Since Im mostly writing creatively, I have to prove socially that in that sphere I can hold my own (or at least I like to think so.) I hope that sharing a few words of encouragement from some of my favorite online writers, will entice a few new people to dip their toes into the water.
I’ll be very interested in hearing how people respond to the new feature and whether it attracts new readers and followers.
Ill let you know.