About Regnadkcin


I write short stories of a certain type. Fundamentally I am a beach bum, I rate high in cynicism, sarcasm, and insubordination. Those are my strong points.

I am no writer, but have a strong interest in short stories (think Ring Lardner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Welty) and would like to develop my skills in that area. I don't think I have a novel in me. My work is primarily fiction and seldom has much about me. However, places, events, and details often have a basis in fact and experience.

I am older, married, and love my dog. I struggle with work / life balance. I am a profound introvert and struggle in social situations where I have little in common with others. Catch me on my subjects, and I can talk all night.

I am a fan and student of history. Right now I am studying medieval English / European history. My Ren Name is, "Runs with Swords." I love to cook and to eat paring it with a good English Northern Brown Ale. Other beers are also good. Art and Architecture are a passion. I build art furniture and participate in most artistic activities. I survived cancer and am now cancer free. I continue to recover.

The scars don't show.

I write short fiction typically in the 1200 word range. Big on dialogue, low on description.

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Beach, California, United States
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19 Sep 2017 11:42
Books, Music, Futball (soccer), swordsmanship, beer making, movies (mostly foreign), mathematics, and guitar

Travel - I have been to 37 countries and hope to go to more. What photographs I take are when traveling.
Favorite Books:
East of Eden, A Confederacy of Dunces, To Kill a Mockingbird, Slaughterhouse 5, Mila 18, Water Method Man, Curtain of Green, The Great Gatsby, The Divine Comedy, The High Window, The Continental Op, Winesburg Ohio, Tales From the City, Mask of Apollo, it goes on and on...
Favorite Authors:
Hemingway, Welty, Steinbeck, Vonnegut, Lardner, Shakespeare, Wilder, Lee, Uris, Chandler, Fitzgerald, Faukner, Saki, Hammett, Anderson, and many more than it is relevant to list...
Favorite Movies:
To Have and Have Not, Spy Game, Maltese Falcon, Shaun of the Dead, Blazing Saddles, Top Secret, Das Boot, Charade, Hanna, Grosse Point Blank, Inside Man, Rock n Rolla, Sherlock Holmes, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Thin Man, Tender Mercies, the Great Santini, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Star Wars, Absolute Power, The Thomas Crown Affair, Ronin, My Dinner with Andre, Sleuth, The Fifth Element, The General, the Great Dictator, Ninochaka, Lullaby for Sinai, the Bourne Identity, The Seven Samarai, Ran, Rare Exports, etc...
Favourite TV Shows:
Not many.

Z- The Beginning of Everything, Homicide - Life on the Street, Jeopardy, Science shows...

I a not a fan of sitcoms or serials
Favorite Music:
The Clash, North Atlantic Oscillation, The Decemberists, Riverside, the Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, Social Distortion, Jesus and Mary Chain, Strokes, Blackfield, Opeth, Gillian Welch, Replacements, The Cure, the Alarm, Del Lords, Scruffy the Cat, Elvis Costello, Gaslight Anthem, Jethro Tull, any good orchestra playing Beethoven, Pink Floyd, Benny Goodman, Nina Simone, Katatonia, Opeth, Waren Zevon, We are Augustines, The National, Richard Thompson, Hank Williams Sr., Edith Piaf, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Leadbelly, Howlin Wolf, Tonic, The Joy Formidable, Poxy Boggards, Pete Townsend, Squeeze, XTC, Dukes of Stratosphere, The Dream Syndicate, etc...


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Topic: Use One Word to Describe How You're Feeling
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Topic: What’s for dinner?
Posted: 15 Sep 2017 17:27

Pasta carbonara with edamame substituted for peas, caprese salad, and homemade lemon curd and raspberry creme ice creams.

(Date night)

Topic: What’s for dinner?
Posted: 11 Sep 2017 11:59

Grilled sliced steak over Isreali couscous, with asparagus and homemade ice cream.

Topic: Longest drive
Posted: 11 Sep 2017 11:55

Ventura, California to Omaha, Nebraska - 1775 miles (this summer for the eclipse)
Omaha, Nebraska to Seattle, Washington - ~1700 miles (a long time ago to meet a girl)
Austin, Tx to Wausau, WI - a while ago for a job and a girl
Chicago, IL to Fort Lauderdale, FL. - spring break

Many other ones of a shorter nature.

I hate road trips... please give me an airplane!

Topic: The Random Blurt Thread
Posted: 08 Sep 2017 16:48

How can you want to be neither awake nor asleep?

Topic: What’s for dinner?
Posted: 08 Sep 2017 16:44

Breakfast for dinner:

Smoked Salmon Benedict with homemade Hollandais Sauce with grilled asparagus

What wine do you serve for breakfast?

Topic: The wonderful lady Elizabethblack has a birthday soon - help me to make it a special day
Posted: 08 Sep 2017 16:20

Happy Birthday Elizabeth!

I wish you all the love, laughter, hope, happiness, joy, goid food, good drink, and good company you can manage.


Topic: What’s for dinner?
Posted: 04 Sep 2017 11:20

I don't cook pork much, so I thought I'd try something new.

Brined and smoked pork loin with mustard glaze, apple butter and shallot whiskey sauce, over rice pilaf and balsamic sauteed sugar snap peas.

Homemade French vanilla ice cream with blackberry swirl for dessert.

Topic: I am
Posted: 23 Aug 2017 12:43

I am ... a long way from home!

Topic: what would you like to hear first after waking up tomorrow morning?
Posted: 30 Jul 2017 08:58

I restrained myself from killing you in your sleep

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Open Road

I walked up from the Ventura River bottom where I spent the night. Nighttime in a homeless camp is very different, a strange mixture of camaraderie and distrust. Not unpleasant, but not great either. I was only interested in sleep without spending money. Short on funds, I decided that sleeping in the dry river bottom was better than an alleyway waiting to be rousted by the police.   ...

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Recommended Read Obituary

I wrote my obituary today. It feels strange to write that, a surreal experience to say the least. How does one take stock of his life? If it is by money and status, then I am very poor indeed. If it is by the number of his friends, then I again fail. Did I have the most toys? Take the best vacations. Drive the fanciest cars? Will people remember me in one hundred years? The answer to all...

Added 06 Jul 2017 | Category Memoirs | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 154 | 10 Comments


The storm was building in the distance, but there were stars directly overhead. I had sat out enjoying the warm evening and marveling at the wind waves through the short grass prairie. Evening comes with a storm building to the west. The blanket I lay on was still warm from the afternoon sun, and the only sound was the wind rustling the grass. I had been hitchhiking my way up to Mitchell...

Added 16 May 2017 | Category Drama | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 208 | 7 Comments

Fishing Boat

"I need a job." The boat owner looked up at me for a long time. "Let me see your hands." I put the backpack down carefully against the pier and held out my hands. "You're no fisherman." "No, but I'm strong and work hard." The man looked at me as he took off his dirty Mariners hat and ran a dirty hand over the back of his neck. "You know mistakes kill you here." "Yep." "Well, my mate is...

Added 12 May 2017 | Category Drama | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 200 | 10 Comments

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