About Mendalla


I've been an avid reader since childhood and have dabbled in writing throughout my life. That interest in reading led me to a first career as a librarian before moving into corporate IT where I work today. My writing now consists of over 50 finished stories and poems floating around on the 'Net. I have lived in three cities over the course of my life, all within a couple hours travel of where I was born.

Scott Vaughan
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Somewhere amongst the trees, Ontario, Canada
Local Time:
13 Apr 2021 12:22
Reading, s-f, fantasy, movies, astronomy, physics, paleontology, theology, philosophy. Those are the big ones, There's more.
Favorite Books:
Favorite Authors:
H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, China Mieville
Favorite Movies:
Star Wars (original trilogy), Alien and Aliens, Blade Runner, The Quiet Earth, Dracula (1931) and the original Universal monster movies in general, Gojira/Godzilla : King of the Monsters (the 1954 original and the 1956 American re-edit), King Kong (1933 and 2005), Planet of the Apes (1966)
Favourite TV Shows:
MASH, Cheers, Star Trek (original and Next Generation), Dr. Who (classic and new), Monty Python's Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers, Twin Peaks, Archer
Favorite Music:
I have a broad, at times eclectic and eccentric range of tastes in music. Some particular favorite genres are opera, symphonies (esp. Beethoven and later), prog rock, early rock'n roll, jazz. I like a lot of musicals, but it's not universal.

Some favorite popular artists: Leonard Cohen, AC/DC, Arcade Fire, Kate Bush, Sarah McLachlan, Yes, Kina Grannis, Peter & Evynne Hollens (Youtube artists), The Moody Blues (and Justin Hayward, their lead singer, as a solo artist).

Some favorite composers: Beethoven, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Verdi, Gilbert & Sullivan


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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 13 Apr 2021 05:42

Scott, you should try golf.

Back when Mrs. Mendalla and I were dating, we playing 9 holes with two of my buddies who golfed. That was enough for us. Mrs. M is more into racket sports (she plays badminton and tennis in local clubs when there's no pandemic) and I am not much of an athlete unless you count cycling for exercise.

Kettle is on. Anyone else for tea?

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 16:43

Hello Everyone👋🏼

It's been a long time since I've been here and it's nice to still see familiar faces :)
Hope everyone is doing well :)

Greetings! Nice to see you. Not sure we've actually met before, but I love having new faces around the cafe.

* grabs a tea and some cookies *

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 11 Apr 2021 17:46

The Masters is led by Hideki Matsuyama being played live now. It is going to be a nail-biter I think. Matsuyama leads by 2 strokes at present through the 15th hole. If he holds it will be the sixth first-time Master's winner in the past 7 tournaments. I'm certain Ping is watching but there is no telling about that now.


And Matsuyama hung on to win by only one stroke. First Japanese man to win a major, though their women have picked up a couple. Will Zalatoris in second came close to becoming the first rookie to win the Masters.

Not sure if the courses are open around here or not, but probably not. I don't play myself so didn't really pay attention to that when the stay-at-home order went out last week.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 11 Apr 2021 13:45

I shall join Roland in the green tea. I will, however, raid the cookie jar for some pecan divines. My weight was up a bit but is back down to its usual (which my doc says is too high but whatever).

Having a blah day today so not really doing much. Cooler than it was but I'm not complaining. Yesterday was getting dangerously close to my heat tolerance level, which simply should not happen in early April.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 10 Apr 2021 10:26

Four days until Godzilla : King of the Monsters hits Netflix in Canada! Yeah, I'm behind on my monsters stomping each other movies. Still not sure when I'll get to see GvK. Cinemas are closed here now with the new lockdown.

Lovely day. Will get out later. Putting my taxes to bed first.

Got a pot of my wakoucha (Japanese red tea) going. Anyone for tea?

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 08 Apr 2021 15:47

Speaking of, any new members with oddly Ping-adjacent names that may or may not be coded messages from beyond?

Now I'm tempted to start registering random Ping-like names. But I am also too lazy to bother using VPNs or something to do it so Maggie would probably catch me based on IP address.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 07 Apr 2021 14:25

No GvK here. We are in a stay-at-home order now and HBO Max isn't available up here (Bell Canada owns the rights to most HBO stuff and runs their own streaming service for it which doesn't have the connection to Warner). However, Godzilla : King of the Monsters finally hits NF Canada next week so there's that.

Nice weather but I haven't been out yet today. Had work stuff going on. My wife is booked for shot 1 next week so I hope my turn is coming soon.

Time for some green tea and cookies to unwind.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 05 Apr 2021 13:28

Good news from Gill. I was chatting with my son and daughter-in-law last night and am starting to hope I can actually meet her in-person. They are coming down in May so he can get his all-season tires and she can visit her family for Eid (Ramadan ends May 15). There's a chance my wife and I will have had our first shot by then. Not so sure about the kids but we'll see.

Got some work done yesterday, including setting up the patio furniture. Might go work on the deck some days when weather is good. Alas, today did not qualify as showers moved late in the morning.

Tea and cookie time.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 04 Apr 2021 07:56

Only 60-61F here. Sunny, though, so my deck should feel warm. Planning to do some outdoor work this afternoon. How much depends on how warm it actually feels.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 03 Apr 2021 13:57

And Zilla-Kong still calls out from the movie theater!

GODzilla. "Zilla" is what the Japanese call that monster that the Americans mistook for Godzilla in 1997. Please have some respect for our kaiju rulers.

* scarfs cookies and makes a green tea *

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Musings of a Forgotten Deity

I have lived forever, Or so it seems to me, In my little temple, By the shining crystal sea. Some come in celebration, Some have come to sneer, Some have run in terror, I can be one to fear. My power is enormous, My mercy can be rare, Given to the wise folk, Calling me in prayer. But my world is fading, The magic in my heart Feels like it may leave me, I have played my part. My legend may...

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The Goodbye We Never Had

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Added 28 Jul 2020 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 19 | Avg Score 4.89 | Views 668 | 18 Comments

Lady in the Lake

I am slumped in a chair, staring at my newest painting. For over twenty-four hours I have been awake, painting in a near-trance for more than half that time. The painting portrays a scene not far from my studio, a shallow bay on Lake Madeline. A woman emerges naked from the water. An overturned canoe floats nearby. The woman’s name is Lily. Memories flood in. ***** Thunder rumbled in...

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Spooky People

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Night of the Wind

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Added 15 Jan 2018 | Category Poetry | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,012 | 5 Comments

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