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When Beauty Rears Its Ugly Head by Bradley Postma A snapshot exhibiting the superficiality and simplicity of relationships in low... [3,728 words]
The Largeness Of Sound by James Tregonning This is a very black comedy of a short story. You must read it to find out what's so bla... [384 words]
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Blue by Margaret Li A noir telling of a psychiatric patient's perception of life... and death. [5,290 words]
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How You Look At It by T Q Cebula The story features a pompous, deluded and possibly insane young man who -- purely out of sym... [3,871 words]
Favorious by David Gardiner In the late Middle Ages, an obscure village seems to have witnessed a miracle. The ageing monk Favori... [4,769 words]
Fall Breezes by Justin Kile Love and Leaves. [1,242 words]
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The Wound by Amit Gupta A short story. [815 words]
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TITLE (EDIT)
Without Condition
DESCRIPTION
A free-spirited man struggles with his quest for true love as his life of drug addiction and strange women ultimately steer him toward his self-constructed destiny.
[8,232 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Literary Fiction
AUTHOR
Branson Storm
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
37 year old TEXAN. Desert recluse. Lover of vast space with no people to fuck it up, certain tobacco products, single malt scotch, politics, literature, beautiful women and all animals. My best friend is God. Please drive to the window...
[June 2003]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
chinatirange@hotmail.com
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (25)
At Church With Amy (Poetry) Visiting Amy's lonesome grave in the desert. [84 words]
Beyond The Realm Of Us (Short Stories) A look into the life of a young writer who is left to live with the ghost of his beloved soulmate who died at the hands of a serial killer. [4,530 words] [Literary Fiction]
Casa Cantina De Loco (Short Stories) Crazy man, his favorite poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, and a sexy young girl... Marshall struggles with the complexity of gaining a new, less experienced lover or exploring the true reason for his post-div... [4,040 words]
Chemo Pastry Party (Short Stories) Miles walks through a dream induced by the drugs of his chemotherapy. [1,096 words]
Evolving To Simplicity; Our Lack Of Human Evolution (Essays) A few thoughts on why our species is incapable of achieving peace at this particular time. My belief that it begins with one and with some insight into where I came from, I know that if I can do it, ... [5,571 words]
Gone And Forgotten (Poetry) Death can only kill the memory. [115 words]
Heather Dream 4,836 (Poetry) Another tease from the ghost of my soulmate. [131 words]
Idee Fixe (Poetry) She's caught in my head. [37 words]
I'm Psychotic And So Is My Friend Episode Six (Short Stories) From a collection of 'episodes' following two lifelong friends; one being obsessive compulsive, the other sadistically maniacal. [1,352 words]
Kirby & I (Poetry) A late night walk in the desert with my cat, Kirby. [117 words]
Kissing My Spanish Woman (Short Stories) The time I kissed a very beautiful, younger girl and found out the value of such a kiss. [1,970 words]
Leaving On (Poetry) Words to family and friends prior to departing for a life of solitude. [208 words]
Life On The Vine (Poetry) A question of one's place and when or if it will ever change. [117 words]
Miles J. Jax, An Early Day In The Life (Short Stories) This section is an early excerpt from my novel. It will hopefully give the reader insight into the calamity of a broken-hearted man with two true loves, Lauren and fishing. [4,566 words]
My First Ann Coulter Poem (Poetry) A poem about how I feel when watching and listening to the thoughts and ideas of the Constitutional Attorney and author, Ann Coulter. [162 words]
Now (Poetry) A poem asking one to acknowledge and be that which one truly is. [36 words] [Mind]
Pueblo (Poetry) Passing through a small West Texas town. [68 words]
Send Me (Poetry) A poem asking God for the reason of my life. [128 words]
September Dusk (Poetry) Reaction to desert sunset. [122 words]
Silence & I (Poetry) Discovery of who's in control in absolute solitude. [20 words]
The British Are Crying! The British Are Crying? (Essays) Editorial on the treatment of the 'detainees' at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. [1,239 words]
The Life In You (Poetry) - [90 words]
The Only Dream I Have Ever Won (Short Stories) This is actually a part of Chapter 7 of my novel in progress. The main character, Miles, is also the main character in the short story "Without Condition" (which is actually Ch. 2), only this time I ... [2,198 words]
Through The Valley (Poetry) A walk through the valley of darkness. [891 words]
Waiting For Heather (Poetry) A poem to my lost soulmate. [155 words]
READER'S REVIEWS (11)
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"Enjoyed this story immensely! It was real, sad and humorous all in one. Please submit more of your work. Thanks for writing with your heart - it definitely shows." -- Betty R., Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A..
"I hate to say this, but I can really identify with Joe, or at least he reminded me of myself several years ago. Maybe you could continue with the story (novel length, etc.), I'd enjoy experiencing the rest of his life. Well written Branson!" -- Jerry, San Diego, CA, USA.
"Very emotional story. I don't know whether to hate Joe or love him. I find myself doing both simultaneously. The brutal honesty in your writing is greatly appreciated. Like others who have reviewed your work, I would enjoy following the rest of Joe's life. I will be looking out for more! " -- Barry, London, Endland.
"Are you out of your mind? If so, it's working. I like the style of your writing. Concerning your inability to edit, that's what they make editors for - don't sweat it too much. " -- Craig Gerber, PA, USA.
"This guy is going places...He totally captured me! " -- J.Bryant, Atlanta, , USA, GA..
"Loved it! A bit strange, but exploding with reality. I especially enjoyed the struggle of humans being able to love unconditionally and you comparison to the animal kingdom. Good luck with you future! Susan E." -- Susan E., Houston, TX, USA.
"I read this story hungover. The story hit home with me, considering. I haven't stopped thinking about it. If your looking for a pick-me-up story this aint the one, but if you are looking for excellent writing which will take you deep inside the character, this is it! Branson does an excellent job. I am ready for a full length feature! Keep up the great work!" -- Colby, Cookeville, TN, USA.
"Dito! Didn't get a paragraph in and allready knew it sucked. so same review that "Beyond..." got... Wow! Who do you think you are? You suck. You're writing sucks. Your stories aren't even stories their just simple situations. Hell, anybody can do that. Try harder. It may help, but most likely won't. Sorry, man - Ijust dont get ya." -- Bryan, Seattle , WA. " -- Big "B", Seattle , WA.
"I can see that this is exceptionally well written. I don't agree with Bryan that "Hell, anybody can do that", very far from the case in fact, but I have a grain of sympathy with his feelings of dissatisfaction. The central character just isn't all that interesting, nor is there anything particularly likeable about him. I felt sorry for the unfortunate women who got involved with him (and to be honest he sounded so physically disgusting that I wasn't convinced they would). But my main reservation is the same as Bryan's, that the story doesn't seem to say anything or go anywhere. It's all technique and very little content. It would be fine as the beginning of a novel but as a stand-alone story it just comes across as a rather self-indulgent monologue from a Film Noir style anti-hero. With that much writing talent you could do a lot more. You just need a story to tell. " -- David Gardiner, London, England.
"ASTONISHING PIECE IF WRITING. To those out there who don’t get the ‘story line’ or ‘the ending’ or the point of this man’s work, you must read the story, not examine it. Just flow through his work, as it flows brilliantly I must say, and then set it aside. Think of how you feel. Think of how you feel about the characters and, most importantly, think about how you now feel about yourself. I know there are those peculiar ones out there that just wait for the explosion at the end, but this particular work, as I have discovered from roaming around this site, is actually the second chapter of a novel that has been “changed a bit” to make it a short story (see Branson Storm’s review of “The Go-Between” by David Gardiner. As a retired English Professor and fellow Texan, I want to make it clear that I am not just siding with one of my own on this one, Mr. Storm would not approve of this as shown clearly in his essay “Evolving to Simplicity; Our Lack of Human Evolution”, and neither will I. Some write to entertain others. Some write from necessity. The latter type of work usually affects readers emotionally, especially the more they reflect on a particular piece. There is a story in Mr. Storm’s short stories, as well as his previously mentioned essay and brilliantly honest poems – the story is reality, humility, openness and life. Literary fiction is not action, action, action; it’s a window into reality, most typically from the writer’s life experiences that often connect, in one way or another, with our own. Also, Mr. Storm, “Beyond the Realm of Us” was a beautiful piece. I hope to soon comment on it as well. Please post more of your work as quickly as you feel comfortable doing so for I await the intrigue. It’s interesting that I feel I’m beginning to know you even though we have never met nor spoken. I know I don’t have to say this, but keep writing from your heart’s necessity as it does affect the hearts of others, obviously mine as well. " -- Prof. Mark, Austin, TX, America.
"Well written. Looking forward to the novel." -- Bill S., New York, NY, U.S.A..

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STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
June 2003
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