Cleolinda
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Joined 07-02-03, id: 362895
Author has written 26 stories for General, General, Family, Love, School, Essay, Friendship, Humor, and Historical.
Just your basic struggling grad student trying to finish a novel. You can also find me at
http://www.dailydigest.net
http://cleolinda.blogspot.com
http://cleolinda.easyjournal.com
because I obviously haven't bitten off more than I can chew. Yet.

Direct URL for The Black Ribbon/Bennet-Jones Correspondence site: http://www.geocities.com/cleolindajones/contents.html

Please feel free to critique my work and suggest improvements or point out problems. Constructive criticism is always welcome, because I dig revising. I'm tough; I can take it. ; )

9/23: All right, a good bit of the first Black Ribbon installment is up here at FP, partly because I want to see how it looks, and partly because any suggestions anyone has for revision would be helpful, as this is going up on the site next Friday (10/3). Arrrrgh.

8/10: I think I may actually post a segment of the Bennet-Jones Correspondence here as sort of an exclusive, as I don't really have room for it on the web page. It's chapter 4 (Letter 3b), the Speedy Print notice.

I'm out of fiction workshop for now, and I'll be posting the revised stories soon. For the fall semester: a fiction workshop and a poetry workshop, plus a class on Yeats and Heaney. Should be interesting, and it'll all be posted here.

7/24: I'm way too excited about this. Just uploaded the first in a series of letters that will lead up to a story I want to serialize, "The Black Ribbon." You can see the last photographs of Mr. D. Everett Russell here at the Black Ribbon site (URL above). The next letter will come out August 1.

I've also uploaded the story I'm nervous about workshopping on Tuesday, "The Apple of His Eye." It's one of the Will & Claire stories that may end up going into my novel (sans a few visits from the Department of Back Story).

7/3/03: I've just finished uploading most of my finished, readable work (it's a surprisingly small selection. Sigh). I'm in a fiction workshop right now; I just revised "The New World" for my turn on Tuesday. I don't have much done on my nonfiction workshop project, "Havana January," because it became a lot longer and more involved than I thought it would be. So stay tuned for some new chapters on that one.

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wom'•an•ly • words reviews
An epic, experimental, self-indulgent dictionary poem. (Hey, consider yourself warned.)
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 1,033 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 12/13/2003 - Published: 7/4/2003
Smoke reviews
"In sleep now I lean against graffiti, a smoke Garbo-cool in hand..."
Poetry: Friendship - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 156 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/12/2003
I'm Losing You
"And in that prescient limbo I could only say 'I'm losing you,' as if straining to hear you on a cellular..."
Poetry: Friendship - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 211 - Published: 12/12/2003
On the Run reviews
My entry for National Novel Writing Month, in progress.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,361 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/1/2003
The Black Ribbon reviews
A Victorian doctor finds herself caught up in a series of mysterious attacks. Gothic, a little steampunk. Please R&R.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: M - English - Horror/Suspense - Chapters: 3 - Words: 28,536 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 10/21/2003 - Published: 10/13/2003
The Two Tickets reviews
"And outside the war cry of the eight o'clocks, denied entrance, went up like a great howl of rage: 'WE BOUGHT OUR TICKETS ON FANDANGO"
Fiction: Humor - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,955 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 3 - Published: 10/14/2003
The Bennet Jones Correspondence reviews
A series of letters leading up to a story I'm going to serialize called The Black Ribbon.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 12 - Words: 3,564 - Reviews: 1 - Updated: 9/7/2003 - Published: 7/24/2003
Famine reviews
" I wonder if she sculpts perfect meals for herself out there, too—round, voluptuous fruits and loaves and roots—and eats the wet clay whole."
Fiction: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 516 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 9/3/2003
The Apple of His Eye reviews
Will starts to worry that intimacy with his much younger wife will kill him.
Fiction: General - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,189 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/24/2003
August reviews
A short story that became the jumping-off point for a novel. Actually won a contest a few years back, but feels a little overdone now.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,917 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/6/2003
Letter to a Lost Acquaintance reviews
"You know I'm here, waiting for words to break ice and swim like salmon with tales of seven seas to tell."
Poetry: Friendship - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 300 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/5/2003
Patricide reviews
A student kills her father... in a manner of speaking.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 100 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/5/2003
Alone on the Longest Day
Very short poem trying to capture a moment in time.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 53 - Published: 7/5/2003
Havana January reviews
I spent a week in Cuba and lived to tell the tale. Multi-chapter work in progress.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 2 - Words: 6,155 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/3/2003
The New World
An amnesiac taken in by a police officer and his wife is strangely unconcerned that she can't remember anything.
Fiction: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,047 - Published: 7/3/2003
Debating an Apple
"Pare this new-ripened skin... apples were made to be eaten."
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 99 - Published: 7/3/2003
The Florida Odyssey reviews
"If heaven is tailored to the individual—and I believe it is—my heaven is on a mountainside. My family... prefers the beach."
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,413 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/3/2003
Passing Time with Magazines in Hospital
The speaker tries to "save" the animals she sees in hunting magazines.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 250 - Published: 7/3/2003
Beautiful Girl reviews
A short story about two characters in a May-December relationship; related to, but not yet part of, a novel I'm writing.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,382 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 7/2/2003
Elegy of Joy to a Dead Cat reviews
For some reason, dissecting a cat in high school became an almost spiritual experience.
Poetry: School - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 107 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/2/2003
Written on the Body reviews
The tactile impressions we leave remain like ghosts.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 118 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/2/2003
Constant Comment reviews
"You cannot threaten a thing tempered by fire, designed shatterproof, lifetime guaranteed."
Poetry: Family - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 562 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: 7/2/2003
Yellow Bird
"On the way to work, I saw a dead body."
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,130 - Published: 7/2/2003
NonAlcoholics Anonymous reviews
A poem about two characters from my fiction, Will and Claire, based on the style of Browning's "My Last Duchess."
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 798 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/2/2003
Ode to a Blue TShirt reviews
The speaker expresses gratitude to her husband's favorite shirt. Inspired by an ode Pablo Neruda wrote to blue socks.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 182 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/2/2003
Gringo Soap reviews
I wished I could have given something back after I spent a week in Havana.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 206 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/2/2003