Thursday, July 14, 2011

26 comments:

Matthew MacNish said...

Oh Bryan. This is like the book garden or whatever that one was that you shared so long ago, but even better.

What a beautiful expression of your love for language, words, and stories. Thanks you!

Matthew MacNish said...

Thank not thanks.

Marsha Sigman said...

This is beautiful. I love every single word of it.

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Stories like this are the very reason why we write. Masterfully done, Bryan!

Matthew MacNish said...

This is starting to piss me off. Where the hell is everyone?

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

Probably playing beach volleyball somewhere while home from work with a "virus". :)

Matthew MacNish said...

This is what we get for blogging in summer. Well this and disgusting videos of fights between vermin.

I wish my job would just realize that summer is meant to be spent outdoors, daydreaming ... but still pay me for it.

Excellent response at NBs, BTW. I get the feeling that something Nathan said offended Patrick, and he certainly has a right to react any way he chooses, but I think he may have missed Nathan's point.

maine character said...

I thought it'd end with them cutting down the tree to make a book and start over, but I like this better.

It also reminded me of the start of A Farewell to Arms.

Suzie F. said...

Lovely, Brian. Thank you.

Kay said...

This was really great, Bryan!! I really and truly enjoyed it! Question: Is it set in the Dark Ages? Like when they were burning libraries all over the world? Just curious.

Awesome job, man. I need to stop by more often. You on facebook??

BIG HUGS! Miss talking to you, man!

K

Matthew MacNish said...

Petition: to get Bryan on Facebook (or at least Google +).

Sign below.

Matthew MacNish
Matthew Rush

LTM said...

It's raining books! No, that was so beautiful, Bryan! Thanks for taking the time to write it down and then sharing it with us. I loved the title, and I got all misty when you used it in the text. :o)

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

This is magnificent. You make me cry with these words. Happy tears, but still. :)

Matthew MacNish said...

Sign the petition, people!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Brian should skip FB and go straight to Google+. :)

Carolyn Abiad said...

Beautiful. It made me think of the chestnut tree outside my childhood library. They chopped the tree down when the library was renovated, but we took one of the seedlings and it's a big tree itself now.

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Carolyn Abiad said...

I have three ways to sign my name to Matt's petition. Do I count three times? ;)

Carolyn Abiad
CS Abiad
Carolyn Snow Abiad

Matthew MacNish said...

Counted. That's 5.

Lydia K said...

That was just beautiful! Book burning really hurts my soul, so this was just wonderful to read.

BTW, I loved the LOTR reference when you dropped by my blog. Boom, boom, boom.

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

I must admit, Google is a nice word...

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

And thanks for all the kind comments, everyone! It was nice to jump back into the flash fiction, as it's been a little while.

Matthew MacNish said...

You've got to check the "blogging the ring" label, Lydia. Or whatever it was called.

D.G. Hudson said...

Eloquent as always, Bryan.

I loved the imagery of the tree sprouting books. The story flows really well. It's amazing what you can fit into a short story.

I'm not on Facebook either, as there's only so much time in the day, and I have a few concerns with the security.

This story reminded me of the book called 'The Family Tree' by Sheri S. Tepper, but in that story the tree rebels against the humans that destroy our trees and other greenery. Your tree is nicer.

Keep writing, Bryan.

Hollister Ann Grant said...

What a beautiful story, full of sadness, wonder, and magic. You really touched me.

Matthew MacNish said...

This too?