H. M. Longo
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Joined 04-04-05, id: 468582, Profile Updated: 03-20-12
Author has written 46 stories for Fantasy, Humor, Humor, Romance, Haiku, Horror, General, Life, Historical, Essay, General, Sci-Fi, and Fable.

There is nothing more wonderful than written language.

A Note: I'm working hard on getting actually, honestly published. This means I won't be posting pieces here when I finish them, instead I'll be sending them out to innumerable magazines and publishers first. Anything that goes up here will either be too short or oddball to be sent to a magazine, or else it'll have garnered so many rejections that I get annoyed and want it to see the light of day. (November 2011)

A short biography: I'm still in my twenties and I go by the nom de plume of H.M. Longo. I like things historical and things poetic. My writing style (and my entire being, for that matter) is somewhat out of date. I'm one of those rare few who still writes with pen and paper.

. I sometimes emulate greater authors, but I've been influenced by so many that it's difficult to say where one author's voice ends and another's starts. I'm a bit of a linguist, a bit of a nerd, a bit of a historian, a bit of a hermit, a bit proud and I've a bit of a tendency to use the phrase "a bit" where "very much incredibly so" would be a bit more accurate.

I do not write one-shots; I never have and I never will. I occasionally manage a very short story, from idea to final draft, in one sitting, but it isn't a one-shot, it's a very short story.

A few of my favourite authors and poets are (in no particular order): Robert Louis Stevenson, J. R. R. Tolkien, John Keats, H. P. Lovecraft, Jules Verne, Bram Stoker, Lord Dunsany, Yuki Kaori, Cynewulf, John Masefield, John Donne, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edmund Spenser, Samuel Beckett, Vernon Lee, Raymond Chandler, Æschylus, Neil Gaiman, Thomas Mallory, Aleksander Pushkin, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Tom Stoppard, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Thomas Chatterton, Lewis Carroll, C. S. Lewis, M. R. James and many more which I'll list later as time and space permit.

I've also a taste for our old epics, including Beowulf, the Eddas, Das Hildebrandslied, Das Nibelungenlied, The Kalevala and every bit of Old Anglisc alliterative verse I can get hold of.

The first pieces I put on this website I wrote in 2005; that was some time ago -- expect the stuff here to be of vastly varying quality.

And with that I bid you enjoy my pieces (or do not enjoy them, if you are so inclined), I'd be obliged for comments either way. And I'm not at all adverse to readers pointing out my flaws, as long as they're not asinine about it. Don't inform me that my old limerick "sucks", instead have the decency to tell me why it "sucks".

If my punctuation, spelling or usage seems a bit strange but not quite incorrect, assume I have absorbed an archaism without realising just how archaic it is.

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Wings
Two short poetic prose pieces. This is an attempt at dark beauty and an experiment in style, I was trying to go back to the feel of my Dunsanian pieces without actually mimicking Dunsany. I believe it's a success on all counts. T for death & blood
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Horror/Poetry - Chapters: 2 - Words: 106 - Published: 1/5/2012 - Complete
How to Write a Story reviews
A short distillment of my fiction writing method; originally written for the benefit of a friend of mine, an 8-year-old aspiring writer.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 6 - Words: 1,439 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/4/2011
The Plagiarist
A short prose poem reminiscent of Dunsany and Wilde.
Fiction: Fable - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 366 - Published: 6/2/2011 - Complete
Forever, the Nocturnal reviews
Not for them the blazing colours of day and sunshine, but the unsullied clarity of stars and moon.
Fiction: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 253 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 4/25/2011 - Complete
I'll Only be Here a Moment reviews
The machine operates on time, and here where there is no time it is nothing other than a lump of a rather interesting carbon fabric, it does not even hum. I cannot return to time.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,336 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 2/19/2011 - Complete
On myself and authors reviews
Fifth chapter up: Kafka's Metamorphosis and hidden meanings. This is an ongoing collection of short pieces, some autobiographical and some more objective, about certain authors and my thoughts about them.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 5 - Words: 1,807 - Reviews: 1 - Updated: 1/7/2011 - Published: 7/7/2009
Power Outage reviews
I've always loved power outages. There was one last summer, and the when the power came back, I fired up the computer and typed this. Then I stashed it in an odd corner of my harddrive and forgot about it, and then just now I found it.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 95 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/3/2011 - Complete
Whisper reviews
This is a very very short bit I wrote a while ago. I've always thought it could be part of a larger piece, but anything I do with it lessens it. I've finally decided it can stand on its own.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 68 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 11/23/2010 - Complete
Darkness reviews
Absolute blackness. Darkness which can itself be seen, and through which nothing else can be seen." A short descriptive piece.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 205 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 11/23/2010 - Complete
From the Edge of What Is Not reviews
He came from the Woods, the twilit Woods at the edge of What Is. He came to the cities and told tales of the Wood from which he came." A short piece, almost a fragment. I think I've been reading too much Dunsany and Lovecraft.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Fantasy/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 346 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/11/2010 - Complete
Centuries reviews
This is not verse, instead it is meant to use cadence and sound and the visual quality of the words to convey an atmosphere which compliments the meanings of the words. Best viewed in a serif font such as Perpetua or Sylfaen. Forgive the lack of indents.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 51 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 8/1/2010 - Complete
The Poet and His Poem reviews
A poem in prose with no moral, no meaning and no intent aside from the obvious . If I had to say what this is about, I'd say "it's about art". Inspired by too much Oscar Wilde .
Fiction: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 432 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/16/2010 - Complete
Let Words Flow reviews
A short, self-referential piece about the writing process. The previous sentence sounds trite. This is a short poem, the only way to know what a poem's about is to read it. I heartily appreciate reviews, both negative and positive. Thanks.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 67 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 3/28/2010 - Complete
Each Loamèd Tear reviews
A very short bit of what might be poetry. I spent over a month refining this into what I hope is perfection. Yes, it is about someone, someone most of you know. Ask me and I might tell you. Feedback, both laudatory and unfavourable, is much appreciated.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 47 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 3/5/2010 - Complete
I weep for Adonais reviews
This is, to an extent, autobiographical. I shall let you decide for yourself to what extent.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: K - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 151 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 2/22/2010 - Complete
What is a novel but a dream on paper? reviews
A short Something which I dashed off the moment it came to mind. Just a few lines on such lofty matters as dreams, life and reality.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 59 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/16/2010 - Complete
Some Lines Worth Writing reviews
Every now and then I think of a sentence or a phrase that really should be a quote, but that I'm obliged to put my own name after. Many of them start as ideas for essays but never get written because I manage to distill the thought into a single line.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 392 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 1/16/2010 - Complete
The Dreams of Raymond Wighte reviews
Raymond Wighte dreams, that's what he does. And then the dreams stop. The first part of a projected novella. Never mind the genre tags, there weren't any that fit so I approximated it. Please note that any archaic spellings are intentional.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 759 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 12/23/2009
Theodwita reviews
Theodwita is an Anglo-Saxon word roughly meaning Historian or Loremaster;I tried to capture the essence of that idea. I'm not sure if it works or not, but I'm trying to set it to music anyway. I'm annoyed that there is no "Historical" genre tag here.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 100 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/12/2009 - Complete
Feathersorg reviews
Three pieces about Feathersorg the Penguin which I wrote in 2006. Each is a very different style, and all three are surpassingly silly.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 3 - Words: 1,028 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 7/4/2009 - Complete
Tapio: Spirit of the Forest reviews
A monologue concerning the woods. This needs some revision for style, but is resonably good as it stands.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Supernatural/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 565 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/3/2009 - Complete
Vignette of a Young Man on Inventing Something New reviews
This is an attempt to write a character who has almost nothing in common with myself. It's a first-person monologue and somewhat experimental for me. I think the writing style may have suffered because of the narrator, but it's still quite readable.
Fiction: General - Rated: K - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 915 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/17/2009 - Complete
My Sister Katrine reviews
A young man from the eighteenth century meets his sister from the twentieth. This story contains long, archaic sentences; the narrator is from the 1700's so I took some liberties with the style. I can't think of a title for this, I just changed it again.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,027 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/12/2009 - Complete
Valhalla Awaits
A short bit of narrative describing the aftermath of a battle from the point of view of one fallen in that battle. Inspired by the song "Perfection or Vanity" by Dimmu Borgir and written for the Livejournal group notemeetsletter.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 259 - Published: 5/29/2009 - Complete
Beowulf sets sail
A translation I did of a brief section from the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 226 - Published: 4/13/2009 - Complete
A somewhat true story reviews
This story may or may not be true. Likewise, it may or may not be hilarious. I can assure you, though, that is isn't very good.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 52 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 3/11/2009 - Complete
Once upon a time there was a horse reviews
One paragraph of silliness which I assure you is reasonably well written.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 71 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 2/19/2009 - Complete
A Story reviews
I was playing around stylistically and came up with a story told with the very minimum of facts. I apologize for the horizontal lines in the middle of the text, the system wouldn't let me use the quadruple line breaks I wanted.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 84 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 10/7/2008 - Complete
The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight reviews
A typical story, with a protagonist who realizes that his story is quite typical. Please note that the tense shift towards the end of the second paragraph is thoroughly intentional. Also note that my rating is not my intended audience but a RATING
Fiction: Romance - Rated: K - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 301 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/7/2008 - Complete
On Piecraft reviews
Pies are beyond awesome, they are one of the best things to ever happen to mankind. But Pies are not allways easy to obtain. Untill now. Now with this little dissertation even a kitchen phobic bachelor can make his own pie.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 754 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 11/19/2007 - Complete
A Sea Battle reviews
Viking dude battles a sea troll. Written in a high style while avoiding Latinate & French words, for some reason that made it be first person present tense. Definately not inspired by the AngloSaxon epic Beowulf or Metalocalypse's Murmaider at all
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 422 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 11/19/2007
Geardagum reviews
The result of sitting in the library reading Seamus Heaney's works instead of doing Calculus homework. Some random poetic lines - but not really a poem - dealing with my feelings about history and the events of the past.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 256 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/1/2007 - Complete
The Horror at the Castle reviews
A parody of H.P. Lovecraft. I used Lovecraft's style and methods for writing horror but used a silly subject. I think it's hilarious, read it and let me know what you think and please be honest. Updated summer 2009 to correct spelling and clerical errors.
Fiction: Horror - Rated: T - English - Parody/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 999 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 4/24/2007 - Complete
Shiny distraction reviews
A random bit of action. It involves a shiny distraction, a lot a insanity and charging with a sword.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 74 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 3/6/2007 - Complete
The Great Engulfer reviews
My couch eats all my stuff. This is the result of having a bit much coffee in me when it ate my phone.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K - English - Humor/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 264 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 2/13/2007 - Complete
It has ferrets reviews
A brief conversation between a warrior who is afraid of fish and nothing else and someone who is trying to dissuade him from going somewhere dangerous. Some grammar and usage slightly revised July 2009.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 136 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/5/2007 - Complete
Húron's Epiphany reviews
A single epic sentence of 119 words, most of those words kennings or adjectives. As with most of my pre-2009 work, the topic is silly. Updated July 2009, some slight changes made to the grammar and the character's name changed out of respect for Tolkien.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 135 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 2/1/2007 - Complete
Of Sleep And the Lack Thereof
This is poetic prose, I'm too respectful of the poets to try and pass this tripe off as poetry. It's just pretty words with no reason to them or subject behind them.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 290 - Published: 1/4/2007 - Complete
On a Piece of Lint I Found in My Coat Pocket reviews
Another bit of not-really verse, shamelessly aping the masters of verse. The result of hypercaffination and overtiredness. If I don't stop now I'll be as bad as the Vogons.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 129 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/4/2007 - Complete
To My Muse, The Lady Caffeine reviews
The result of reading Elizabethan Sonnets while drinking energy drinks out of a wine glass. It's not really a poem, just poetic prose. I like to think the words are quite pretty although the topic is just a bit silly.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 214 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/4/2007 - Complete
An Unspeakable Horror reviews
A description of an unspeakable horror from the depths of the sea, a parody of H.P. Lovecraft's style. It may be rated K, but that doesn't preclude it from containing Lovecraftian words such as "ichor", "pulsating" and "travesty".
Fiction: Horror - Rated: K - English - Parody/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 132 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/21/2006 - Complete
The random poet: A Haiku collection reviews
It has always annoyed me that so many English Language "haiku" are actually just a disguise for the fact the the author cannot write verse at all. My response was these lines of complete doggerel, but I like to flatter myself that it's amusing doggerel.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 190 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/1/2005 - Complete
She is Beautiful reviews
In 2005 I was being inundated with badly written romance, so I thought I'd try the genre myself. As with everything else from 2005, this is a parody of worst, or is it the best? sort.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 158 - Reviews: 6 - Published: 6/18/2005
Busted OR The TechnoMonk reviews
What would happen if a Monk got on the internet? This is a story about a boy who wants a Computer Science degree but his parents want him to be a monk.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 572 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 5/9/2005
There Once Was a Rabit Named Dot reviews
A little limerick I wrote years ago; 1999 or 2000, if I remember correctly , and the only one of my childhood pieces which I still have committed to memory. For simple humour I don't think I've surpassed this in the last decade of trying.
Poetry: Humor - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 30 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 4/17/2005
Runekaster reviews
The opening section of a novel-length fantasy which I may or may not finish. Written April 2005 and newly revised for grammar, usage and niceties of style July 2009
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,436 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/17/2005