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While I'm Still Myself

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  41 reviews
A passionate December love affair. The meeting of an unexpected traveler. The consequences of protecting a young new acquaintance. A journey into an unknown past. In the stories of While I'm Still Myself, Jeremy Lane eloquently describes the life-changing impact of the brief encounter, showing that life and love are not shaped by an entire lifetime, but by the fleeting mom ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Tate Publishing
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Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading short stories from time to time, so I was happy to have won this book through LibraryThing's Members Giveaway Program. There are seven stories in this book that all tie-in together by the theme and book title, While I'm Still Myself. This phrase is uttered by a character in each one of these stories. Overall, I enjoyed most of the stories. My three favorites were: "The Reflection, Only Hers", "Shape" and "The Guest." I liked the writing style and the meaning inside each of the st ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Generally speaking, I’m not one for short stories. Or at least I haven’t been. This is the third (that I can think of on the fly) book of short stories I’ve read in the past 6 months (or so). And I’m starting to rethink my position on short stories. I like that, mostly, there are several pages that contain an entire story. No, the stories aren’t in the same level of depth as a full-length novel, but that’s OK. They’re satisfying in a different way. Plus, honestly, as a mother of three (the oldes ...more
Dana Burgess
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Whenever I start a book of short stories, I wonder what I will find. Many authors can't do justice to a story in this format and the result is more of an outline for a longer novel than a complete story. Jeremy Lane impressed me with his ability to tell the story. In almost all of the offerings in this little book, I was immediately invested in the characters and their predicaments. I even teared up at one point.

There are a few common themes that tie the stories together. All of the stories incl
Rebecca Emin
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in two days, which is pretty fast for me. What surprised me was, I got completely into it and carried it everywhere - I was reading stories while waiting in the car on the school run and while walking around the kitchen.

Jeremy Mark Lane has his head around what makes a good short story, that's for certain. Whilst I enjoyed all of the stories, I particularly loved the ones written from a young girl's point of view 'The Reflection, Only Hers' and 'The Pebblestone Five'. I would lo
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, fiction
"While I'm Still Myself" is a collection of short stories. Short stories are not something that I read too often. I feel like a lot of times it can be really hard to tell a full story in the amount of space that you have in a short story. You have to run a fine line between giving enough detail to keep the reader interested and keeping it compact. In this case, Lane fully succeeds. Even though short stories are not my preferred genre, Lane grabs you in right away from the first paragraph. You re ...more
Dec 03, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what it is, but I'm not a big fan of short stories. I dislike how precise and cut to the chase they all are, and I crave all the extra details that are usually lacking from them. And this book is exactly like that, but that isn't to say I didn't enjoy it. The stories are all sweet and interesting, and the only thing I wish is that they were longer. It was a very fast-paced read, and it was still enjoyable to me.
Jenn Ravey
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
In my book, there are many different types of short stories. You have the Raymond Carver/Flannery O'Connor sort, which are usually fairly long. On the other end of the spectrum are collections like Ben Loory's that I reviewed several months ago, where one story might be a single sentence. Jeremy Mark Lane's While I'm Still Myself is somewhere in between, and at 127 pages, it's accessible for those who love short stories or those who are interested in trying a collection for the first time.

Each s
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like short stories from time to time for a number of reasons. First, if I put down the book after I've finished a story, I don't have to worry about being lost when I pick up the book again because I'm beginning a fresh story. Second, if I'm not wild about a story, I have plenty of other ones (hopefully) in the collection to read, and one of those will probably strike me. That did not happen in this book.

What happened was this: I liked all of the stories. The author has a somewhat spare way of
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Blurb From Goodreads

A passionate December love affair.
The meeting of an unexpected traveler.
The consequences of protecting a young new acquaintance.
A journey into an unknown past.

In the stories of While I’m Still Myself, Jeremy Lane eloquently describes the life changing impact of the brief encounter, showing that life and love are not shaped by an entire lifetime, but by the fleeting moments with unexpected people in unexpected places.

My Review

What a great wee book. I am always wary about shor
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don’t enjoy short stories because I feel they are incomplete in more ways than one. They leave you wanting to know more with assurances that you would not get it. But I am in the phase of stretching my reading horizon so I was excited to read this book nevertheless. There are a lot of good things I have to say about this book; the first thing I noticed however was how well-written it was. There were no ad-hoc errors, visible flaws with grammar or more annoying mistakes of abruptness and spelli ...more
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, reviewed-2012
3.5 stars. Review originally posted on Feb 21, 2012 (Hands and Home Blog):

I usually tend to shy away from reading short stories as I find there is simply not enough exploration of characters to really make me care about what I am reading. I like to get to know who I am reading about and these details help me to become invested in the story.

What surprised me when I began reading While I’m Still Myself is that the focus was on individual moments, as opposed
Big Book Little Book
I am not usually a great fan of short stories. I always want to know more about the characters and their stories however I really enjoyed reading these! This set of stories focuses on the moments that change a person’s life, whether or not they want them to. After these moments, none of these people will be the same again, some for the better, some not so, but always they are changed. Those pivotal moments do make for interesting reading, and with these stories I was content to leave it at that, ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I must admit, I don't read short stories often, and Jeremy Lane demonstrates perfectly with his book of short stories, just exactly why I don't read them.
As soon as you start to read his stories you're hooked, and before you know it they are over and you're begging for more, just a few more pages, a few more lines, what happens next. Every one of his stories were well thought up and beautifully written. He certainly has a way with words, he lures you in and makes sure you're paying attention and
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This was another review request that I'm very glad to have received. Mr. Lane is an excellent writer whose stories are consistently strong throughout the volume and I enjoyed every one of them. They're all different, dealing with heavy and complex subjects such as the effects of a parents' divorce on the life of a child when he grows up, trusting a stranger, child abuse, etc., but this seriousness and the characters' desire to do something while they're still themselves unites these stories set ...more
Book Synopsis

A passionate December love affair.
The meeting of an unexpected traveler.
The consequences of protecting a young new acquaintance.
A journey into an unknown past.

In the stories of While I’m Still Myself, Jeremy Lane eloquently describes the life changing impact of the brief encounter, showing that life and love are not shaped by an entire lifetime, but by the fleeting moments with unexpected people in unexpected places.

My Thoughts

Short stories have always appealed to me as they
Richard (Bound & Determined...)
You know those books where everything that happens is very dramatic and very tragic? This is one of those books. And I wasn’t expecting that. From the cover to the synopsis, I had the impression that this was going to be a truly uplifting, even happy, book of short stories. Instead, what I received was the dark, depressing side of life, the parts of people’s lives that are character building, but I was left without the growth that results from these experiences.

I desperately wanted something goo
Alyssa Nelson
While I'm Still Myself is a good, quick read that has some lovely prose in it. I like how each short story focuses on a character meeting someone who changes their life in some way. It's a good topic to explore in the format of a short story and knowing that the story of these people won't last forever emphasizes the profound impact of this particular encounter. This collection deals with pretty much everything that is sweet and hard in life. Most of the stories deal with very sad things, but th ...more
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was asked to read this book. I don't know if I had a thought that this would be like a regular book or if it would be a book with different short stories in it. I was hoping that all these stories within this book would somehow come together. Well, I was disappointed. I decided to re-look at the e-mail that I received from Mr. Lane, I guess I misunderstood. I would like to make the review not from my thought of what I thought it was going to be to what it was actually meant for.

Mr. Lane has a
Oct 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
In the stories of While I’m Still Myself, Jeremy Lane eloquently describes the life changing impact of the brief encounter, showing that life and love are not shaped by an entire lifetime, but by the fleeting moments with unexpected people in unexpected places."

This anthology of short stories is set in a range of places and times, and provides plenty of thoughtful material. There's the Dad who meets his dying mother's old flame, who moves him to work harder on his failed relationship with his so
Annie Evett
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Beautiful prose, with the intent on disturbing the reader, Jeremy Mark Lane’s “While I’m Still Myself” is a collection worthy of gifting this festive season. His newest anthology of short stories challenges the reader to question their own perceptions of happiness and the what society expects its populous to invest in the sense of belonging.

He sensitively investigates the human condition, uncovering the most intimate moments, allowing the reader to share the emotional rollercoaster his character
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While I'm Still Myself
Jeremy Mark Lane

I have to say that I don't normally read short stories.  Not sure why...I just don't.
But I read and loved these. 

That Winter was the first one in this was a sweet sad story of falling in love with a stranger and its consequences.

The next story is called The Guest...this one caught me by surprise and I had to go back and reread it...I loved was fragile and beautiful.

There is a story...yet another lovely one...about a little girl who
Wendy Hines
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
While I'm Still Myself is a compilation of short stories that all have something in common - someone meets someone who changes their life. While each story has different characters, so you get to meet someone new each time, the purpose is usually different. It can be a sad story or a joyful one, but most of them will stick with you long after close the cover. Lane focuses more on what is happening then character development, which I found refreshing. So while I don't recall every single characte ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an e-copy of "While I'm Still Myself", compliments of author Jeremy Mark Lane via LibraryThing Member Giveaway program and appreciated the opportunity.

I will begin by stating that this compilation has re-kindled my desire to embrace short stories. The author's ability to capture brief "moments in time"have a profound impact... These connections are both subtle and everlasting, leaving a lingering emotional effect. While each story was stand-alone and unique, the title theme cropped up
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Opinion:
I loved every meaningful word of these short stories. I felt each story was a piece of fantastic writing that not only captured your mind but your heart. Jeremy takes us on a little journey with each one. Some of them hit home and you just couldn’t help but fall in love with these. I think each one of us could relate to at least one of the stories in the book. The stories were so beautiful that I just couldn’t help but reread them. I think everyone should have this one on their shelve
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Jeremy Mark Lane for sending me his collection of short stories "While I'm Still Myself". Short stories are not usually a genre I read but I am so glad I entered to win this book from LibraryThing. Each story in the collection is superbly written and involves a brief encounter between people that makes an impact in some way in their lives. Racism, child abuse and mental illness are addressed in ways that touch your heart and soul. One of my favorite stories involves a girl who runs ...more
Sophie Gonzales
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Read the full review at my blog.

One of my favourites was The Pebblestone Five, a tale about a group of neglected children. This is a daring story tackling an important topic, but it comes across so well and leaves so much hope for the characters that I couldn't help but love it.

However, not every story wowed me. That Winter and Round Bale left me feeling disconnected from the characters. Also, many of them finish rather enigmatically, which worked well with some but others seemed abrupt.
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read. Shocking to me that the author could hit home so deeply in so few pages. The emotion felt for characters I had just met was so strong. This is one of those books where once you read one of the stories you'll stick your finger in the book to mark your place and then stare off into space absorbing what you had just read, at least that's what I did.

Fantastically written, I very much look forward to the authors future works and can honestly say the only problem I had with the book
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
You know when it comes to short stories, the shorter they are the more I love them, so to me this was a great collection. The stories themselves didn't overlap each other at all and had different themes, although most of them dealt with chance encounters and how those can really affect your life.

My favorite story was "The Reflection, Only Hers," which deals with Annabel Shay who runs away from home after her mother is seriously affected my a mental disorder. Knowing that she herself will probabl
Stacey Donaldson
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The only thing in life that's guaranteed is change, but what if change forces you to become someone else?

While I'm Still Myself explores the topic of self-evolution, through the eyes of characters that are faced with life altering situations. From love to heartbreak, regret and justice, each story gives a different take on the title. Filled with a full range of emotion, this little book of short stories moved me to tears and subtly took me to the edge of anger.

Jeremy Mark Lane knows how to get
Aprile Mazey
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great set of short stories. A couple were very moving and I did get a little emotional. I like how the author writes. His words are clear and the emotion really comes through. My favorite has to be "The Reflection, Only Hers". I had to reread the ending a couple times to completely understand it but once I did sunk in just like it did for the girl staring at the mirror. "The Pebblestone Five" was an amazing story of bravery at an age that it should not be necessary. The stories are wel ...more
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Jeremy Lane is a writer living in North Texas with his wife and three children.

His work has been featured in many literary sites and journals, including MUSCADINE LINES: A SOUTHERN JOURNAL.

Jeremy's first collection of fiction, entitled "While I'm Still Myself", was published in paperback by Tate Publishing early in 2012. A second collection, entitled "Everything Beautiful: And Other Stories", is b