El Id

is a brat

Matt Paust

Matt Paust
Gloucester, Virginia,
December 31
Sorry - writer's block... BTW the "birthday" listed above is false. I prefer to keep that day private, but am not permitted to do so here, so I'm forced to lie.


FEBRUARY 16, 2013 11:31AM

What would Margaret Feike do?

[This was posted on Facebook]




A crowded United Airlines flight was canceled.  A single agent was re-booking a long line of inconvenienced travelers.

Suddenly, an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket on the counter and said, "I

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FEBRUARY 9, 2013 9:31PM

Hemingway Test – 24 (Shaping news)

Trueblood and Secord were still on the Beltway when Trueblood's smart phone interrupted their reverie. It was Doris.

C'mon back. Bart says the redhead's already talked with the wife.”


She's got the interview on tape. Wants to play it for you.”Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2013 11:14AM

Shout to the dead


[I wrote this Friday night but the snowstorm blocked our satellite server.]


My anal retentive, passive aggressive, narcissistic, atheistic dad would get this. He always said everybody's a little nuts. It went without saying he meant except him. Haven't missed him much until this momentRead full post »

JANUARY 15, 2013 12:58PM

Sacrifice, the revision!

Amazon has just released the newly revised Sacrifice, which is now available in the Kindle Bookstore for a buck.  I rewrote the prologue and went thru the entire novel, smoothing out prose and reconciling story glitches -- stuff I should have caught in the first published draftRead full post »

JANUARY 11, 2013 3:13PM

Finally got Sacrifice blurb right!

This is my third go at it.  Powerful learning lesson for me.  The first one was hackneyed, read like the late pitchman Billy Mays shouting on TV, second one was gimmicky and embarrasing -- it's still on the book's Amazon listing, but soon to be replaced by this one.  Hope youRead full post »



It was one of those incredible literary coincidences destined to reside in Wiki annals forever.  GV, who on a sour whim had stretched his writing chops just once in his life to post a "customer review" on Amazon, found himself seated on a bar stool next toRead full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2012 4:52PM

I feel the same as you, Margaret

But I sense they're still fighting to keep this place, trying to figure out how to transfer the database from the old platform to the new.  As long as there's hope I'll keep coming back.

I pledged to stay away until Dec. 19, which is Wednesday, so I'm breaking my pledgeRead full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2012 3:44PM

Keep the Community, Ditch the Site

Open Salon is a community that uses the OS website to stay in touch with a core group of people who enjoy writing and discussing all kinds of topics. We, the writers, are the community; Open Salon is only a platform. We believe the OS platform has becomeRead full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2012 6:21PM

When the buck stops (flash fiction)

truman desk

I saw surprise distort Albert's face when he appeared in the doorway that separated his office from what he called “the big office”. He was holding the morning mail pouch, which he ordinarily carries to my working office across the oval room where I sit now.Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2012 9:22AM

Too Old to Dream

I awoke this morning with an old, old song in my head. It was one I hadn't heard or thought of since I was a child. My parents loved to sing it together on our frequent drives in the car, our favorite family recreation. Their singing of itRead full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2012 9:55AM

Doubting Thomas (poem)


Do not go raging into that bleak night,

Old age should know frustration's not the way;

Float, float when all about you's losing light.


Wise men at their end know it be quite

Demeaning to our dignity to bray,

Do not embarrass others withRead full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2012 1:28PM

Finding Paddy ~ tribute to a hero

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A documentary video, Finding Paddy, has just been released commemorating New York City's most celebrated firefighter.

Capt. Patrick Brown died along with eleven of his men when the World Trade Center's North Tower crumbled into a pile of fiery rubble on the morning of Sept. 11,Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2012 9:40AM

Seat-of-pants novel writing


I made up the story that became my latest novel, Sacrifice, episode by episode. It worked pretty much the same way I used to string a serial story along for my daughter at bedtime when she was six or seven. Kept the same characters in play, maybe adding a newRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 9:04PM

Mystery solved!


I know what a half virgin is. The question had been nagging since I first saw the title of John Blumenthal's new novel Three and a Half Virgins. It nagged me all the way through the book until I finished it last night, and now IRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 9:45AM

Mitt seeks help from fellow GOPers

[This popped up on my Facebook page yesterday, so I decided to share it here.  I think Cranky wrote it anonymously.  Here's the site of origin:  Happy  Place]


What it would look like if Mitt Romney asked for campaign advice from his Facebook friends.

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Oh I know a gir-url, Samantha is her na-aaame, and since Samantha left me I've never been the sa-aaame...do-wah-wahhh do-do-wahhhh... You can hum along, but it wouldn't ease the pa-ain. I'm devastated. Shattered.  I couldn't give it away on 7th Avenue, even if I knew what I hadRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 9:18AM



'tis time I weighed in on "religion". I've been taking pot shots at it in comments for a while now, and Koshersalaami, whose decency, intelligence and judgment I respect greatly, took me and others of perhaps similar beliefs as mine to task, indirectly, in his most recent post, InRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 7:51PM

Three and a Half Virgins (Laura's tale)


In our last session you'll recall we had just begun reading John Blumenthal's new novel, tantalizingly titled Three and a Half Virgins. The deal was that I would keep you abreast of developments as I sipped my way through this literary dessert while you, in return, would rate and comment.Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 7:36PM

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow...


Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to frustrated rage. Out, out, with thy excuses!
OS is but a mindless spambot, a poor player,
That crawls and clogs its hour upon the/
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SEPTEMBER 9, 2012 9:13AM

OS under new management


This just in via PM from Tommy Tech Guy at OS Hq: 

The poet/philosphers have seized control of the building.  I've locked myself in the mop closet with only my laptop, a bagel and a box of apple juice, afraid to make a sound for fear I willRead full post »




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SEPTEMBER 3, 2012 9:48AM

Blu's Virgins - pre-review


Pretending. Pretending I'm the hottest damned literary agent in the Western Hemisphere and making inroads in the East. Inundated with queries, most of them referred to me by people I know or have heard of. Everyone querying me knowing my word alone will get them publishedRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 9:24PM

Con's-eye view of the Charles


I haven't quite finished A View of the Charles by Con Chapman – only two short chapters from the end – but I awoke this morning with a terrible sensation. I knew, without a shred of doubt, somebody else, some serious, really good reviewer, would post his or her takeRead full post »

AUGUST 31, 2012 8:59AM

We vote from the id


This started as a comment on a post by David Green I read this morning suggesting that key words will decide the election.  Green argues Republicans have been better at using simplistic language to tap into the instincts of voters. In this election, he says, the words GOPers areRead full post »