Fuzz Wolf, [19.11.19 18:39]
Hey, I hope you don’t mind an out of the blue telegram.
I just finished reading Disappearance, and I really love it.
Madison Scott-Clary, [19.11.19 18:39]
No worries~ And thank you so much! That means a ton to hear @.@
Fuzz Wolf, [19.11.19 18:52]
You’re welcome. It just hit me in a lot of ways. I think everyone has probably had thoughts of just leaving their lives at times.
Madison Scott-Clary, [19.11.19 19:00]
Yeah, that was sort of the source of it. The MC didn’t really have a good, solid reason for it, and I don’t think I have one for those kinds of dreams, but they’re certainly there.
Fuzz Wolf, [19.11.19 19:04]
I have even less reason than or Aurora or the MC did. My life is actually pretty good, considering it’s 2019 and all.
I just get mopey sometimes. And then, sometimes I think it would be nice to just get in my car and just start driving on the interstate.
Fuzz Wolf, [27.11.19 15:04]
Just read You’re Gone. Fuck, that was good.
Obvious differences of course, but it made me think of my own grieving process after my mum died. Also cancer.
It’s okay. I’m okay now. She died in 2011. I still miss her, but goddamn that first couple of years was really hard.
Madison Scott-Clary, [27.11.19 15:23]
Oh gosh, thank you. That was kinda brutal to write, even if it was cathartic. Went through a lot of similar processes when my friend died - still am - and yeah, it can really tear one up
Madison Scott-Clary, [27.11.19 15:23]
Thank you, though. That means a lot to hear!
Fuzz Wolf, [27.11.19 15:25]
I hope you’re in a better place now. Losing someone is so hard. I don’t think people realize that till it happens to them y’know. It’s like a line in the sand of my life, the before and after.
Madison Scott-Clary, [27.11.19 15:30]
Oh yeah, definitely better over time! Though it’s hard to imagine a universe in which Sept 6 will ever be a good day :P
Fuzz Wolf, [27.11.19 15:35]
I always get down around October 4th.
I was really depressed the week leading up to it this year and my husband doesn’t remember the exact date, but I was like “I’m so down and I don’t know why.”
He asks “Are you sad about your mom?”
I look at the date, October 3rd.
He knows me so well.
Madison Scott-Clary, [27.11.19 15:59]
Yeah, it’s definitely a thing! I’m sorry to hear about your loss, though it sounds like you’ve done pretty well in moving on
Fuzz Wolf, [27.11.19 16:02]
I have, yeah. The worst part was the feeling that it happened way too soon. I was 35, she was only 57.
I thought I’d be her age before having to deal with losing her.
Now I can fondly remember the good times though. I’m glad I made time for her, called her every day, took her on road trips. I had a great relationship with my mother and I’ll always treasure that.
Mother’s Day ads are still tough to see all the time though.
Madison Scott-Clary, [27.11.19 16:23]
Yeah, for sure.. I imagine it’ll be tough when that time comes in my life, too, even if Mom and I aren’t as close as that.
Thank you for sharing, though. There’s a lot that goes into folks’ lives you never really hear about.
Fuzz Wolf, [27.11.19 16:25]
Among all the many reasons I love being a furry is how supportive everyone was during my mum’s illness and afterward. So many people reached out to support my husband and I. The community really meant a lot in a difficult time.
Madison Scott-Clary, [27.11.19 16:54]
Yeah, this community has saved me several times over ^^ glad it’s still around and going strong
Fuzz Wolf, [17.12.19 16:23]
I want to visit The Book and the Bean. 📚
Madison Scott-Clary, [17.12.19 17:33]
Yeah, I wanna meet Malina :D
Madison Scott-Clary, [17.12.19 17:34]
Also thank you for catching that!
Fuzz Wolf, [17.12.19 17:38]
[Respondo al Madison Scott-Clary]
I’m on that story now.
I used to have some OCD things and the description of Sélène’s thought process as she checked the kitchen was starting to make me feel anxious. 😅
Madison Scott-Clary, [17.12.19 17:39]
Rrrf, yeah, it’s deeefinitely a thing <.<
Fuzz Wolf, [17.12.19 17:41]
I used to do this thing where I’d have to click the door locks a certain number of times or I wouldn’t feel right.
I think that was during a pretty stressful part of my life. One day I kinda realized what I’d been doing and made myself stop. Feeling my chest get tight as I resisted.
You ever read a story that punches you right in the soul?
That’s me right now. I think I’m emotionally down for the count this evening. Brain overloaded from too much to think on and feel.
Yeah this same story is still holding onto me pretty hard. I really dunno what to do here, therapy isn’t till next week.
Not only do I have so much to think about now, but damn… I want to write something that powerful myself…
Oh gosh, I had this happen with Nate Powell’s Swallow Me Whole. Picked it up, and suddenly it was two hours later and I had a month’s worth of thoughts to unpack. I’m still digesting it.
First, checking that book out online it seems like something I want to add to my own reading list.
Second, I’m marveling that you of all people commented on this one. Seeing as how you happened to write what is so strongly on my mind!
Wait omigosh @.@ Which one?
Just finished up Restless Town, some of the stories struck a chord in a way I haven’t felt in writing for quite some time. I’ve been pondering so much these past few days.
Oh goodness! Thank you! It’s really nice to hear that folks are reading it and finding it affecting!
It absolutely was! In particular Disappearance and A Theory of Attachment were the heaviest hitters for me. I’ve got so much to figure out from them now.
Not that some of the others weren’t just wonderful too. Centerpiece was just plain marvelous!
Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed. It’s been interesting seeing which stories different folks enjoy more :3
I hope it gets in front of tons of eyes, honestly I’ll be sharing it as a must read with my friends. Because honestly, not only did the stories hit me hard but I think I learned some things on how to improve my own writing!
You’ve got quite a brilliant mind :3
It seems strange to call a book ‘gentle’ when it comes with content warnings, but this collection earns the title with a series of introspective pieces in which thoughts and feelings are slowly and carefully explored.
I love furry slice-of-life, and I love stories set in and around a single location - and what author wouldn’t like to visit coffee bar-cum-bookshop The Book and the Bean? Above all, I valued the sensitive, realistic portrayals of anxiety and depression. Sawtooth is a restful town as far as I’m concerned.
I should not be allowed to have books, nor have access to them.
I picked up a book FOUR HOURS AGO for a chapter before bed. I just finished the entire book.
@makyo_writes is to blame for this, and for making me sob like a pup and worrying my dog.
Seriously though: Restless Town is great and I really enjoyed it!
Except the horrible breakdown that lasted for most of “You’re Gone”. A very well done read. Thank you.
Oh noooo, the cursed “one more chapter”!
I suppose I should say I’m sorry/thank you! I hope it was net enjoyable? ^^
It was very enjoyable, and my tear ducts needed a good rinse anyway. :^)
rader 4:29 PM replied to a thread: Well, each chapter can be so many years in the future! Sure you can put breaks into your short story, but there’s only so many times people can see a short line between paragraphs and still follow.… I read one that was all text messages. From a single person. It was amazing. View newer replies
frances:bear: 4:30 PM And conversely something like GOT would be nigh impossible as a short story.
Dwale 4:30 PM Yeah, I mean, my short stories tend to have a lot of scene/time skips and no one’s complained about them thus far. Other stuff, but not those. (edited)
Linnea Capps 4:31 PM replied to a thread: Well, each chapter can be so many years in the future! Sure you can put breaks into your short story, but there’s only so many times people can see a short line between paragraphs and still follow.… I am about 100% sure we’ve read the same story and the author of it is in this chat View newer replies
Dwale 4:31 PM Mhm, GOT is an epic. I guess you could write a short story that was “epic” in a loose sense of the word, but can it really be an epic per se?
Makyo:fox: 4:32 PM Love me a good ergodic story. Stet, Pale Fire, S..
Dwale 4:32 PM Oh, all y’all talking about Makyo’s interactive story with the texts?
Makyo:fox: 4:32 PM (Granted I think only Stet is short…)
Linnea Capps 4:33 PM I mean, I thought that was likely it x3
FuzzWolf:wolf: 4:33 PM I enjoyed that one, although I read it in Restless Town so it wasn’t interactive in that form.
Makyo:fox: 4:33 PM Aw, yay!
Linnea Capps 4:33 PM (which was excellent)
Dwale 4:33 PM Yeah, it was a good story.
Makyo:fox: 4:34 PM Gosh, thank you all .///.
Apollo Hale 🏴🇪🇺 🔜 NFC 🇸🇪🇩🇰, [09.02.20 09:23] also i’m reading this on a train and it is taking all my energy to not cry
Apollo Hale 🏴🇪🇺 🔜 NFC 🇸🇪🇩🇰, [09.02.20 09:25] all these stories are really good and pulling on all sorts of different emotions
Restless Town is a collection of stories written by Madison Scott-Clary. Published in various anthologies and places, they all cover different themes, ideas, and lives of different people. A quick warning before we get onto the full review: many of the stories contain moments of sexuality among other themes that may be difficult for certain readers. All of these are mentioned in the book itself before you start reading which is a wonderful touch. For this review, I’ll give a short content warning before the mini-review of each story for the readers here. With this in mind, let’s get started!
There are a lot of ways to potentially learn some deep truths around oneself. One of the more mystical options could be through tarot cards. The protagonist of this story walks in to get a reading, or, to be more accurate, is led through reading the cards and what they might mean. A lot of meaning can be drawn from the art on the cards, and the protagonist walks out not only with a better understanding of themselves but also a person who can listen and help them on their way.
“Disappearance” - CW: Sex, Body Modification
What would life be like if you left everything you knew behind? Your name, your clothes, your car, everyone you ever knew, gone where you could never return? This story takes a look at what that might be like and the motivations someone might have to want to do so.
Sometimes after you read a full book you need time before starting the next to take in the enormity of what you just read. This short story packs in more of a punch than some novels I’ve read prior. If you bought this collection for this story alone, you’d have your money’s worth. Absolutely phenomenal to read!
This story is short and to the point so we’ll do the same for this part of the review. A walk a day keeps anxiety at bay, or so this fisher thinks. A good examination of emotions surrounding grieving and anxiety.
“Centerpiece” - CW: Sex, Bondage
From a purely analytical standpoint, this story is a marvelous examination of kink communities. It describes setting a scene, includes lots of consent checks, and is an excellent look at what sub-space is like.
From the standpoint of wanting a saucy story to read? By the end, you’ll be left shivering, wanting to see the whole scene play out only to be left with a tease. This is a perfect example of what adult writing should look like.
“You’re Gone” - CW: Death, Abuse, Medical
This examination of grief and letting someone go who has passed away is powerful. It puts the reader into this position powerfully by being written as if it’s through text messages. It makes it feel so real and immersed to the point where empathy becomes easier.
Be prepared to cry when reading this one. I know I did.
“Overclassification” - CW: Sex
An otter learns what life is like for those that don’t color inside the neat tidy lines they often covet. Sometimes all it takes is one person, one meaningful interaction, to change the way you view life. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and won’t say anymore to keep the surprises fresh. Make sure to read it!
“Acts of Intent”
I’m unsure if it was the unique writing style that cut the story up into flashbacks and current time in almost every other paragraph, but I had a harder time following this story. It seemed interesting, about an artist trying to bring a pyro art piece to life, but I couldn’t entirely figure out what was being drawn or the exact reason why.
This was the weakest story for me in the anthology, but to be fair all of the other stories were quite incredible, so it had tough competition.
“Every Angel Is Terrifying” - CW: Sex
This story follows a collie struggling to understand life and himself all the while battling against bipolar disorder. Like most of the stories in this anthology, the writing draws you in, giving glasses to witness what that life must be like through a lens of empathy. A powerful and emotional read with a hopeful ending.
“What Defines Us”
This story is told through a series of emails as a son talks to his mother about issues facing his relationship with his wife. They both don’t want a repeat of the past, how divorce ended up being with him as a young boy. As a Mom myself, reading this struck a cord, especially when they talked about how children react during divorces. A worthwhile read for sure!
“A Theory Of Attachment” - CW: Sex
This story looks at navigating a complicated relationship structure like polyamory while dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder. The intersectionality of mental health and polyamory isn’t something I’ve seen properly explored in a story before. Not to mention seeing such a frank and honest look at what the beginnings of a poly relationship can look like. It was refreshing reading something so different and approached so well.
I expect that I will be carrying these stories in my heart and mind for quite some time. While not as heavy on anthropomorphic themes as some books I’ve read, the characters that drive these stories forward are all vibrant and fantastic. Restless Town gets a recommendation from me for anyone that wants to deeply examine emotions and understand the world from a different perspective. These stories have so much to offer, I look forward to reading more works from Madison Scott-Clary in the future!
Apollo Hale 🏴🇪🇺, [26.02.20 13:01] [Respondo al Madison Scott-Clary] I forgot to say: I finished reading your book. Just, heck.
Madison Scott-Clary, [26.02.20 13:04] Hexham?
Madison Scott-Clary, [26.02.20 13:04] Uh
Madison Scott-Clary, [26.02.20 13:04] Heck?
Madison Scott-Clary, [26.02.20 13:04] Wtf is Hexham?
Apollo Hale 🏴🇪🇺, [26.02.20 13:04] You’re really good at writing pieces that draw emotion
Syka Bee, [26.02.20 13:04] it’s when you cook the pork with magic
Madison Scott-Clary, [26.02.20 13:05] [Respondo al Apollo Hale 🏴🇪🇺] Gosh! Gosh, thank you /)uwu(
Apollo Hale 🏴🇪🇺, [26.02.20 13:05] There were a lot of times where I’d just notice I was crying as I was reading along, but at the same time there were some pieces which left me really uplifted
Apollo Hale 🏴🇪🇺, [26.02.20 13:05] just a huge range of feels ^^;