If you have any comments and thoughts about my site, then this is the place to put them. I’d love to hear what you think, so feel free and get in touch.
Oh yes! that photo says it all.
ADL said this on 19/10/2011 at 17:10 | Reply
This was written under a bridge near where I live. It’s a paraphrase of an Axel Munthe quote. He was a Swedish psychiatrist. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axel_Munthe
asjellis said this on 29/10/2011 at 23:38 | Reply
Thank you for the reference. I love that he was an animal advocate, and fearless in the face of evil’s fatal dangers.
ADL said this on 30/10/2011 at 17:57
It’s beautiful, have you heard stephen king quote which is very similar “We stopped checking for monsters under the bed when we realized they were inside us.” – Stephen King, thanks four likes xo
oldworldcharmvintage said this on 22/06/2012 at 11:39 | Reply
If you stop by again:
http://colltales.com/about/ Stories. Which is why the whole thing’s started.
Reading yours now. Best. W.
colltales said this on 19/10/2011 at 18:26 | Reply
very interesting writings. i like the style and themes =] social deviance ftw!
furioustormcloud said this on 19/10/2011 at 18:29 | Reply
like the stuff so far!! dry writing, shot thru with sudden emotions. e.g. the berlin sub-experience.
devid.fdm said this on 19/10/2011 at 20:22 | Reply
I love the lucidity and pathos of your work. Very striking.
joncmt said this on 19/10/2011 at 20:57 | Reply
Tammy Holloway said this on 19/10/2011 at 21:26 | Reply
wow, i like the shapes of your words. Not sure how to relate to them, for example your Berlin is different to mine, I’m more of a surface drifter. But clever words, and I’m intrigued. Thanks for stopping by the squeaks.
nickysqueak said this on 20/10/2011 at 09:39 | Reply
I particularly like “The doorbell didn’t have a button. It was two open wires you had to put together to make a sound.”
That reminds me of many student flats and squats and places inhabited by the long-term unemployed that I have known.
wthirskgaskill said this on 20/10/2011 at 15:47 | Reply
My doorbell broke about 6 weeks ago. I haven’t had time to fix it, so that’s all it is – 2 wires you have to put together to ring.
kindredspirit23 said this on 09/04/2012 at 13:33 | Reply
Hey man, saw you liked my story and wanted to say thanks. I read Smoking In Prague. Really nice, solid writing. Modern yet classic.
Eli Hopkins said this on 21/10/2011 at 20:09 | Reply
Smoking in prague was great.. Keep up
--- :) ---- said this on 22/10/2011 at 19:29 | Reply
Dear Mr. Ellis,
as I see, you read German too and you liked my post about Bukowski. I will include your blog in my list of favourite blogs. You seem to be an intelligent and prolific writer, from what I have seen in this blog. I hope you get soon a commercial breakthrough and become as famous as Bukowski (you never know…).
Klaus Gauger said this on 23/10/2011 at 07:28 | Reply
Thanks for stopping by 20 Minutes a Day. I appreciate your support.
I have subscribed to your blog. I read the Prague story and must say, “Wow.” You are quite a writer. I thought this story was brilliant and I don’t use that word too often. Len.
lenleatherwood said this on 27/10/2011 at 15:07 | Reply
Thanks for liking my post at http://scienceofheroes.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/strange-tale-of-a-severed-head/
Mine is nonfiction, but us head-writers need to stick together!
Yvonne Carts-Powell said this on 27/10/2011 at 15:40 | Reply
Like everyone else has said, great moody, thoughtful, a little noir-ish writing (what I’ve read so far… just found your blog). Keep it up! I’m inspired
Matt Fraser said this on 28/10/2011 at 02:33 | Reply
Like everyone else on this page, I’m very happy to see your like on one of my stories. That gave me all the motivation I needed to write better.
ezuhaib said this on 28/10/2011 at 16:16 | Reply
*BE-E-EP* Anyway, thanks for the “Like”. Love your posts as well. Take care.
Julie Deshtor said this on 28/10/2011 at 17:33 | Reply
Thanks for following my blog. Let me know by email whether you’d like to receive the newsletter too. I always enjoy your writings too. Wish I could write with that kind of precision. Best.
colltales said this on 04/11/2011 at 23:41 | Reply
I have to confess. When I first saw the quote I thought it was about prisons.
David Halliday said this on 12/11/2011 at 00:20 | Reply
love this photo & your writing! Especially the stuff in the “Nuts!” column!
greetingsfromthefruitcellar said this on 14/11/2011 at 16:35 | Reply
love the photo…
k10blogger said this on 14/11/2011 at 17:05 | Reply
I admire your work. You have a great deal of imagination.
Anonymous said this on 14/11/2011 at 19:48 | Reply
Some writing reads like a song. Some words weave through the psyche and shake it into a sleepy, drunken fury: the kind that begs the reader to stop, for relief from the realness — but then grabs and pulls and claws as that reader turns to go. That writing is here.
Thank you for showing readers that rhythm and music have places in powerful prose. Your work demonstrates that, sometimes, these elements drip off lined measures and land on blank pages, beautifully arranged.
I’m very careful with the word “talent.” Often, I think it’s an excuse to demean toil. However, this type of melodic writing cannot be taught. Your gift is profound. Please, continue to use it with verve.
Jacinda Little said this on 14/11/2011 at 22:10 | Reply
thanks for the follow on Solqu shorts. Just had a look through your blog and love it! Would you be interested in contributing some shorts to the site? If so give me an email on email@example.com
We’d love to work with you
solqu said this on 15/11/2011 at 16:07 | Reply
hwaairfan said this on 15/11/2011 at 16:19 | Reply
I just tweeted this pic. It says EVERYTHING. Glad to have discovered you through you discovering me.
crampmystyle said this on 19/11/2011 at 19:42 | Reply
Really love the street art and all the stories on the site! Awesome!
GiaMedia3 said this on 20/11/2011 at 21:08 | Reply
Everyone experiences the art of another through their own lens….I think your writing has sort of a brutal quality to it, that I enjoy….a bit indifferent to externalized expectations…..
Rich Arnold said this on 21/11/2011 at 00:02 | Reply
Thank you for liking my post I like your blog very much. I admire your writing…
Gina said this on 21/11/2011 at 06:59 | Reply
I thought I left you a comment, but it appears not, so I’ll try again:
Thanks for stopping by http://www.jamesschannep.com! You got there before I’d even put anything up, so please stop by and check me out again. As a fellow writer, I look forward to going through your stuff as well.
PS Another guy new to wordpress who has some good stuff is jdchap, check out his page at jessendchapman.wordpress.com
schannepj said this on 21/11/2011 at 17:41 | Reply
Thanks A.S.J. for yet again liking my post on Thanksgiving, which is kind of surprising to me. About the Bukowski post above, hope you’ve seen these recently-surfaced clips with/about him: http://www.lettersofnote.com/2011/10/charles-bukowski-on-censorship.html
Also, there something called http://www.payablogger.org/ this coming 29th. Congrats for the Liebster Award shortlist. And keep ‘em spinning. Best
Wesley Coll (@colltales) said this on 24/11/2011 at 12:21 | Reply
Interesting stuff on Bukowski you found there.
asjellis said this on 24/11/2011 at 14:54 | Reply
elroyjones said this on 25/11/2011 at 21:32 | Reply
thanks for liking my post. Keep up the good work! Good writers are hard to find in our modern times…
Kattrina Claypole said this on 28/11/2011 at 11:50 | Reply
As a fellow writer, I am all too familiar with receiving criticism (constructive or not) about my work. After perusing portions of your writing, truly I am honoured to learn that you have ‘liked’ my reflections on Hector and Virgil. I do hope you visit often; certainly I will show my proverbial face here frequently.
afternoonsncoffeespoons said this on 29/11/2011 at 13:20 | Reply
k.s.bauerstory said this on 30/11/2011 at 17:44 | Reply
I really like the stories on your page I am looking at the Berlin diaries so far and you are a distinct writing style. I love how you painted so far the sometimes harshness and fragility of the human experience. I look forward to making my way through more of your website.
seeker2008 said this on 07/12/2011 at 19:37 | Reply
Thank you for reading my blog! I’m in awe that somebody with your prosaic talent would take the time to read my little corner of the web, but I appreciate it all the same. Avid new follower here!
whatisthestars said this on 09/12/2011 at 15:47 | Reply
Hi, you’re a writer? ) I suggest you post your stories/poems or other works on Wattpad. I’m sure many people would love your works )
RiMa said this on 10/12/2011 at 14:25 | Reply
Thanks again for another “like”. Too kind…
schannepj said this on 10/12/2011 at 16:25 | Reply
What a great message for humankind. Realizing the truth of this graffiti as it relates to each of us is one of the great challenges, even for the most thoughtful among us. Wow.
Thomas Davis said this on 11/12/2011 at 13:52 | Reply
The beast outside the cage is also the subject of an episode of the old “twilite Zone”, television series. I relate, quite well, for man is a most dangerouse thing.
the clouds said this on 13/12/2011 at 03:28 | Reply
I listed you as one of my fifteen recently found blogs in my acceptance of the Versatile Blogger Award – thus giving you the award, too. I know people have mixed views about these awards. But I view them as an opportunity to let people know about blogs they might not have found otherwise. And your blog is one I definitely enjoy following. Keep up the great work!
jmmcdowell said this on 15/12/2011 at 16:27 | Reply
Thanks for sharing your work. It interests me. : )
10 Day Book Club said this on 23/12/2011 at 14:40 | Reply
Peaceful Controversy said this on 03/01/2012 at 13:57 | Reply
Thanks for your comment… This is a thought provoking site… I will think first then comment. The writing’s definitely on the wall for our current western society.
rigbyte said this on 03/01/2012 at 21:20 | Reply
I was just reading some of your work, your writing is wonderful. Thank you for sharing!
spiritofcavalia said this on 03/01/2012 at 23:07 | Reply
Hi, thanks for checking out our blog! When we opened your page and saw the photo of the S-Bahn and your descriptions, we were taken back in time I personally lived in Berlin for 11 years. My colleagues visited Berlin several times and loved it too. Great posts, they capture the atmosphere and the spirit of the city very well
armida books said this on 04/01/2012 at 09:28 | Reply
You are my idol.
Thank you so much for liking my posts. I am trying to achieve something similar to you, in tone, feel, and vibe, with my own HNL identity.
you are the best, ellis!!
imhellag said this on 05/01/2012 at 22:54 | Reply
Marianne Slevin said this on 06/01/2012 at 11:11 | Reply
Shubho said this on 08/01/2012 at 02:27 | Reply
Interesting. Photo reminds me of Chicago.
The Real Sidney Shaw said this on 08/01/2012 at 08:22 | Reply
I was interested enough to read your fiction. The good news is I liked it very much. And this is from a William Golding fan who has read fiction for the past 40 years, sometimes with more interest than at others. I have a radar for good writing. You come within it. Keep going.
amonikabyanyuvva said this on 08/01/2012 at 12:52 | Reply
Wow, what a fantastic quote! I’m completely taken with it…
Eve Redwater said this on 16/01/2012 at 15:56 | Reply
As one writer to another, I appreciate your visit to The Sage of Texas. Also, I am wondering if we have conversed before? I truly love that photograph that opens this page by the way.
Bless you! The Sage of Texas
The Sage of Texas said this on 16/01/2012 at 18:41 | Reply
One of the truest pieces of graffiti ever
Anonymous said this on 16/01/2012 at 21:21 | Reply
Wow, your writing is riveting. Thank you for visiting my blog, for liking my recent painting of the creek. I will be back. This blog is wonderful!
Charlotte Hutson Wrenn said this on 18/01/2012 at 14:51 | Reply
Letting you know right now that if you write a book, I’ll buy. Your writing keeps me reading. It has some sort of added something. I’m usually all in after the first couple lines. It’s all very good!
Linda Vernon said this on 18/01/2012 at 17:20 | Reply
That’s very kind of you. Thank you.
asjellis said this on 18/01/2012 at 17:28 | Reply
A beautiful site, thanks….
followuidai said this on 23/01/2012 at 14:46 | Reply
One of the best things about comments or likes is that you get to investigate other blogs that you might not have otherwise found. Thanks for “liking” my blog because it gave me the opportunity to find yours.
tammyheff said this on 23/01/2012 at 16:08 | Reply
If you hadn’t stopped by my blog I would have never found the gem that is yours. Wow, your writing is amazing and very realistic. Thanks for dropping by and I’ll be sure to stop by here often x
eniola folarin said this on 23/01/2012 at 20:00 | Reply
Thanks for the like – now I know I can be transported to another world with one click!
placerias said this on 23/01/2012 at 20:07 | Reply
I just read berlin diaries. It is gritty yet compelling I will read some more……
Anonymous said this on 23/01/2012 at 20:07 | Reply
Hey, I read some of your work outloud, over breakfast. We love your rhythm and the genuine voice you speak with. Can’t wait to read more.
Sarah Ficca said this on 23/01/2012 at 22:17 | Reply
Beautiful words. They allow me to travel…
Tyran Grillo said this on 24/01/2012 at 01:38 | Reply
In a movie I saw recently there was a line that said “a blog is like a graffiti only with punctuation in it” … Just thought I’d mention it… I like the graffiti on the photo and your blog… thanks for stopping by blog.
Juliegum said this on 24/01/2012 at 19:11 | Reply
Heather Whitley Gibson said this on 01/02/2012 at 17:48 | Reply
What is it about your writing?! Your worlds lack hope and your topics are not exactly inspirational but I still come back for more. No, you’re just a good writer, plain and simple. Thanks man.
Girl Friday Makes Good said this on 06/02/2012 at 18:25 | Reply
Thanks for liking my post about Chef Wanda and her company Bah! I’ve not done much to keep up my blog or to get it out there. Just today I wrote a piece about Cousins based on a quote someone sent me on FB. It inspired me to write about my cousins and morphed into a piece about my grandparents travelling from Hungary to Canada in 1930. Perhaps you will read it. I loved the article about Berlin – I was there many years ago when the Wall was still in place. I’m going to follow you because like many before me have said, you write beautifully – for me I find it lyrical, sparse and more (just don’t know how to articulate it!). I see why you have many fans and I look forward to reading through your blogs. Thanks, Cathy.
Cathy said this on 10/02/2012 at 21:58 | Reply
Great, another writer, and oh so different from myself. Looking forward to reading more on your your site. Have a look at my blog tetralogia.wordpress.com
that’s where my main writing resides. Kristin
Kristin Shoolbraid said this on 21/02/2012 at 05:35 | Reply
Thanks for your appreciation of my writing about sitting in front of art. I am enjoying your work a great deal, particularly the piece about Prague, it brings back memories of New York in the late Seventies. Like Cathy above, I also went to Berlin several times (East and West) before the Wall came down; a different place altogether.
If you are interested in other cities, I have written about Rome recently
although this is more melancholy than noir, I’m afraid, a difficult difference to define though, mostly down to lighting and menace I suppose.
Mark White said this on 02/03/2012 at 16:51 | Reply
Thank you. I was really struck by your writing, and especially the clarity. I shall return for more. Namaste!
anake goodall said this on 02/03/2012 at 21:54 | Reply
I’d like to follow you on Twitter.
hip-o-matic said this on 03/03/2012 at 06:53 | Reply
Good stuff. Thought provoking.
Alan said this on 04/03/2012 at 00:54 | Reply
This is the Real Thing. I have never seen a literature blog where people actually enjoyed reading, and I have never held out long on that kind of blog.
And I consider myself a first class reader. Even as a kid I knew when I was reading bad stuff. (My mom died, the priests were worried about my upbringing and gave me things like Ben Hur to read. And I must have been maybe 11 years old and thought “hmmmm”).
I am a good reader, used to the best things. The books I read are by now mainly Proust plus two that you would not have heard of, Machado the poet and the young Cela, plus the young Goethe. I wish I could learn them by heart! I know them really well. Kafka is too depressing and I cannot read him though I can see he belongs there too. Formerly my primary language was German. Now I can read in all four, but used to read only the Herald Tribune in English.
cantueso said this on 06/03/2012 at 07:57 | Reply
But I think your avatar is very ugly! Very!
cantueso said this on 06/03/2012 at 08:02 | Reply
you’re a writer of the highest order, please keep up the fine work
bbrouwer said this on 11/03/2012 at 20:07 | Reply
Great writing. Nice one!
irregularvoice said this on 13/03/2012 at 10:21 | Reply
Wow I love your work. You’re a great writer. You’ve just got yourself another subscriber. Keep up the good work.
ryan said this on 09/04/2012 at 13:34 | Reply
A most impressive and informative site that works really well on iPad. Am working now but will read in detail later this evening. Keep up the good work and best wishes to you from Ireland.
Gerard Hannan said this on 09/04/2012 at 13:40 | Reply
Simply: excellent writing, from imagery to turn of phrase.
Please keep writing. You have talent.
gabrielswharf said this on 09/04/2012 at 14:26 | Reply
I have found a new place to read, here. thank you.
train-whistle said this on 09/04/2012 at 23:09 | Reply
I like your stuff, a great and good surprise. Thank you for liking my article too
lostsambista said this on 10/04/2012 at 00:37 | Reply
Hey, thank you for liking my blog I have had a quick scan of yours and already I know its for me, the writing feels familiar, your have a sense of place. I will sit down and have a proper read but just thought I’d let you know that now. Good to be here
WESTOWN GIRL said this on 10/04/2012 at 13:27 | Reply
We like your work!!
All the best from Croatia,
CROATIAN CENTER of RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES said this on 10/04/2012 at 14:13 | Reply
Thanks for appreciating my posts about Victorian Gothic and Owen Jones. I am enjoying your writing – I have read Rehab and Smoking in Prague, its dark, its penetrating, its very interesting. Inspiring. Thankyou.
anitachowdry said this on 10/04/2012 at 15:15 | Reply
I loved the history of the book you acquired, and the process of chromolithography was really interesting.
asjellis said this on 10/04/2012 at 15:45 | Reply
I love your voice; your blog title jumped into my heart and gave me a crooked grin. YHow does one subscribe to your blog. I haven’t read it in depth, but a lively Raymond Carver comes to mind; Best of luck; I do so want to keep track of you!
sorrygnat said this on 10/04/2012 at 18:23 | Reply
Rock solid work. 100%
themesanddeviations said this on 11/04/2012 at 01:26 | Reply
This is excellent stuff, really really good ! Thank you for liking my “Frida Kahlo” post !Keep on writing such poignant words, and, for the record, I really like your avatar !
Best wishes from France !
Fashion Mayann said this on 11/04/2012 at 12:41 | Reply
The avatar I use is by a punk-rock, pulp artist from Detroit by the name of Niagara…. Her work is pretty cool, I think.
asjellis said this on 11/04/2012 at 16:53 | Reply
Your fiction is amazing – I could sit and read for hours (I’m running late to class as it is because of them). You capture the elements of human despair nicely; it makes each piece seem immelsely intricate, yet sturdily so. Thank you for sharing
Ms. Anthropic said this on 11/04/2012 at 16:48 | Reply
That’s very kind of you. I hope you got to class on time!
asjellis said this on 11/04/2012 at 16:57 | Reply
Thanks for liking my post. Your writing is fantastic!
homeonalake said this on 16/04/2012 at 01:27 | Reply
I love your writing, and I adore the blog title; best of luck
sorrygnat said this on 16/04/2012 at 19:37 | Reply
Thank you for liking my post on love! It really boosts the confidence! I’m new to blogging, so keep checking in with my WordPress and reading! I would love feedback from a great writer like you.
You’re words are tantalizing! Best wishes and happy writing!
L. A. Davis said this on 06/06/2012 at 19:38 | Reply
A wonderful and profound capture of something I haven’t heard in a long time. Thanks! And thanks for visiting my site!
mgert123 said this on 07/06/2012 at 05:31 | Reply
Thank you for your like of my post. I am very touched by your writing. You can capture a “feel.” Nice.
pamkato said this on 08/06/2012 at 18:36 | Reply
Thanks for liking my work. I’ve checked out your stuff – you should be published. You have a great astringent style.
pissingonmypistols said this on 08/06/2012 at 18:43 | Reply
Mr. Ellis, thank you for stopping by my blog. Your ‘like’ led me here, and what a lovely place this is. I haven’t yet had time to go through all your stories yet — you have a *lot* of them! — but I was thrilled to notice a quote from Simmel. I don’t often meet people who’ve read and liked him enough to quote him on their blogs. One of those delights of online socialising
Well, very nice to have ‘met’ you, and I hope you’ll keep dropping by my blog. I shall certainly be poking about here.
Priyanka said this on 08/06/2012 at 19:36 | Reply
I wonder what Simmel would have made of online interaction?
asjellis said this on 09/06/2012 at 00:12 | Reply
I read the cabinetmaker…..You’re good
ilikefrenchfrites said this on 09/06/2012 at 13:23 | Reply
Thanks for the like last week. And for that Simmel quote. I look forward to reading his thoughts on money, as I’m not a big fan.
birds fly said this on 11/06/2012 at 20:03 | Reply
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I enjoy reading them. Do continue… I will be back.
©@t said this on 14/06/2012 at 13:02 | Reply
Thanks for liking my last post on ynklings. Thanks too for taking me back, mentally to Berlin. I was there before the wall went down, and also exactly on the days people thronged through to the East and vice-versa. Looking forward to your next posts. Hope you follow me and my crazy prose pieces too on ynklings.
bondi2610 said this on 21/06/2012 at 18:53 | Reply
Thanks for reading Ruralspaceman’s blog. I really enjoyed reading Berlin Diaries – very atmospheric, sensual, ethereal writing that I lost myself in. More please.
ruralspaceman said this on 22/06/2012 at 09:54 | Reply
I like your style of writing.
George said this on 03/10/2012 at 05:15 | Reply
Thank you for liking my post, “I’m a Fraud”, on my blog! I am honored to have the admiration of a fellow writer! Your work is extraordinary and should be published!
I'mJustNotThatCrafty! said this on 09/03/2013 at 21:53 | Reply
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