About Mendalla


I've been an avid reader since childhood and have dabbled in writing throughout my life, with about 45 finished stories floating around on the 'Net. That interest in reading led me to a first career as a librarian before moving into corporate IT where I work today. 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:
19 Jan 2020 22:02
Reading, s-f, fantasy, movies, astronomy, physics, paleontology, theology, philosophy. Those are the big ones, There's more.
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: AC/DC, Arcade Fire, Kate Bush, Sarah McLaughlan, 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: 19 Jan 2020 17:52

Should have known Elizabeth would be kicking off the dancing. Happy Birthday, Larry!! Hope it's been a blast.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 18 Jan 2020 14:23

Just playing on the computer all day.

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I would rather be playing with one than fixing/upgrading one. Alas, I am the head techie at home much as I am at work.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 18 Jan 2020 14:22

Chores are done so I think it's time to watch Star Trek next generation

Probably my favorite Trek, even if I still love the original. The new Picard series seems intriguing but I suspect it will be more like Discovery than Next Generation in mood, which may or may not work for me. At least it brings Patrick Stewart back to Star Trek.

* pours a tea and settles in a corner *

Topic: Jan. 31 deadline - Timeworn Literary Journal seeking Historical Fiction
Posted: 18 Jan 2020 14:20

I like the sound of this. Maybe it's time to spread my wings a little. Right now, all my published fiction is on two sites (including this one). Doubt I can have something in time for this window since it closes January 31.

Topic: Henrieta_Fielding celebrates her birthday on tomorrow on Jan. 16. Help Cynthia celebrate.
Posted: 17 Jan 2020 15:47

Funny. A woman I know on another board had a birthday yesterday, too.<img src="/images/emoticons/laughing7.gif" alt="laughing6">

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 17 Jan 2020 15:45

Miss Purr the sweet resident kitty gets fished shaped kitty treats

Fish-shaped and hopefully fish-flavoured. <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_cat.gif" alt="cat">

Good evening. Another week over. Winter looms. We seem to have lots of sweets, but I've brought some savoury snacks. Sometimes those are better for evening munching (not to mention for those of with glucose issues). Tortilla chips with an assortment of salsas and other toppings. A big bowl of mixed nuts (with an allergen warning on the bowl). Wasabi and garlic roasted peas.

* starts the kettle and fills a pot with green tea *

Topic: How did you discover storiesspace.com?
Posted: 05 Jan 2020 12:22

I was in the process of trying to post Merchant Princess on the red side, and they suggested here because the violence was a little over the top. Long story short, it was too hot for here, too violent for there. I ended up making edits for both places while hashing it out, and they both ended up getting accepted.

I actually considered doing that deliberately with one of my stories (doing two version, one for each site) but never got the one for here done.

Topic: DenimAngel, dear Sara, it's your birthday tomorrow on January 3rd
Posted: 05 Jan 2020 12:20

I'm diabetic so I'll just let Larry scarf down that piece of cake. My sugars are a bit f-d up as it is due to vacation.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 05 Jan 2020 12:17

Wow. I have had to burn off "carry over" before but never that much in that short a time. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

Grey day here, but I've seen worse. Snow supposed to be starting any time, so the worse may yet happen.

Mrs. M and I are now back to being empty nesters after having our son with us for a couple weeks (one away on vacation in Panama, one at home). Probably won't see him again until the semester end in April. He is on a work term with a computer chip design firm so doesn't even get Winter Break this year.

Time for an afternoon tea. Orange pekoe with a wedge of lime squeezed in.

Topic: Challenge: The Moon
Posted: 02 Jan 2020 13:58

The latest, most excellent challenger... Miss Sara!


And it's a Scamp story to boot! <img src="/images/emoticons/hello2.gif" alt="hello1">

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Stories Published By Mendalla All Stories »

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...

Added 30 Sep 2019 | Category Supernatural | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 345 | 11 Comments

Spooky People

Spooky people come out to play. This is now your special day. Scare the other folks away. Spooky people play! Monster people come out to dance, Tonight will be your perfect chance. Caper, spin, stomp, and prance! Monster people dance! Witch-y people grab your broom, Soar up through the twilight gloom, Past the stars you're going to zoom, Witch-y people zoom! Halloween people this is...

Added 31 Oct 2018 | Category Poetry | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 378 | 5 Comments

Night of the Wind

The rider came swiftly towards Eversham. Keeping his horse at a fast trot, he reached the cluster of buildings that stood beyond the town’s West gate. Those buildings stood mostly empty and boarded up now that winter had arrived. During the summer, though, they were home to hundreds when trade caravans passed through en route to the mountain passes. Dev Jackelbury, Warden of Eversham, stood...

Added 13 Oct 2018 | Category Fantasy | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 502 | 9 Comments

On seeing the Light (re)born

I saw the light born and reborn this morning. From dark sea and dim horizon came a holy glow, A signal that night's rule was ending; A first, tentative announcement that light and life would indeed return from the underworld. That first dim glow grew brighter, and my heart quickened, Delighting in the light, celebrating the warmth and brightness that soon would be. Then it happened. In...

Added 15 Jan 2018 | Category Poetry | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 633 | 5 Comments

Voice of Ice

The wind gave a piercing howl, rattling the windows of Professor Jack Lange’s apartment. Jack lowered his book at the sound and stared out at the blowing snow. "Wow, what a storm!" announced the disc jockey on the radio as if he, too, had heard it, "If you don't gotta go out, don't go." Jack turned off the radio. The storm had given him a rare day to himself, so he wasn’t especially...

Added 29 Mar 2017 | Category Horror | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 877 | 9 Comments

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