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Palcewski's Novella Is Now Online

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Online literary magazine Unlikely Stories has just published my novella, "Precise, Literal, Unforgiving." It's about a guy's doomed, convoluted romantic involvement with a Philadelphia Main Line Ph.D. psychotherapist, who tells him, "My God, you are even more of a process junkie than I am!" Read all of it here.

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very haunting, but i like it.

Thanks, glad you did. She was a verrrry strange bird, as the British say...

Did you have a fabulous Bday? :D

What did ya do....

It was a fabulous day. Maestro drove me on his motorino to the other side of the island, to the library of the convent of San Antonio, where I photographed a painting of Vittoria Colonna by Jules-Joseph Lefebvre. Vittoria, a most famous Renaissance poet and friend of Michaelanglo, lived a long time in a castle here on Ischia. In the following days I'll be posting lots of images of the painting and other interesting things we saw in the convent.

By the way, I spent a couple years in Minneapolis...Hopkins, actually. One winter it went down to 30 degrees below zero, NOT wind-chill, but overall temperature. Six feet of snow outside. But I have fond memories of the place. Minneapolis is of the most squared-away cities I've ever lived in. Great cultural infrastructure. Plus there was (maybe still is?) Garrison Kielor, who used to broadcast on PBS....

Sounds like a grand time.... and I hope you are enjoying the warmth for us up here. :D

The Twin Cities (Mpls/St Paul) are a lovely place to live. I love having all the culture and ethnic diversity all around.

Yes Garrison Kielor is still doing The Prairie Home Companion Show from down town St Paul.... I really should get tickets to catch that some time.

(I have had a couple moments of eyeing him in person at the local food co-op.... great voice and very tall)

Take care.


Excellent, I was in need of some more reading material. :)

You know that I would never EVAH fail to acknowledge your need, whatever that might happen be, 'cause as a writer I aim to please.

(A long time ago my favorite author was Alberto Moravia, and I loved his title "Command, And I Shall Obey You." Unlike Freud, Moravia knew exactly what women wanted!)

As a woman who's read rather a lot of Moravia, I have to respectfully disagree with that. But perhaps this is because I read him when I was a young teenager and he taught me why it isn't what one wants!

You may be entirely right. I confess to a slight bit of irony in relation to his title, "Command And I Shall Obey You." Men learn quickly there's great benefit in bending to a woman's will. Which says nothing at all about what she really wants!

there is always something to learn...

Did I know that a woman requires at least 20 minutes of non-genital foreplay before she's ready?

OH! Thank you! *smile*

Re: there is always something to learn...

Maestro, I've been a student of this particular subject all my natural life, and I'm beginning to believe that 99 percent of what I think I know about it is merely part of an elaborate smoke screen women throw up to keep themselves hidden from scrutiny.

Re: there is always something to learn...

I entirely read the novel. And, that's happened when I'm enraptured, clicking the next button to continue till the end. What I think about your novel is hard to explain in English, I should translate italian words that are very difficult to find into a normal dictionary, but I'm able to resume them with one word: sublime. As regards the relationship you described, when we'll be together I'll tell you why you have said right in this quote of yours:Unlike Freud, Moravia knew exactly what women wanted! I assent to your statement.

I clicked and read...clicked and read....wondering what the ending would bring.


Oh that was good! Frustrating, annoying, sucking me deeper until, finally...she did it to me too.

Fantastic read! ~Deb

I'm glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for letting me know!

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