About Survivor


The avatar is sometimes me.

Friendship is important to me. I'm loyal to friends and family. I accept (almost) all friend requests.

I served for four years in the US Navy. I served for nine years in the Kansas Army National Guard.

Writing is a passion of mine. As is the theater. In the past five years, I have appeared on stage in twenty-one plays, musicals, and shows.

My username reflects the fact that I have been battling various forms and types of cancer since 28th Feb. 2015. I'm still here. I will survive.

Relationship Status:
In a Relationship
bajo un árbol de álamo, Kansas, United States
Writing, traveling, the theatre
Favorite Books:
Pride and Prejudice, Roughing It, U.S.A., The Gate to Women's Country, The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks, Tales of the City, The Sand Pebbles
Favorite Authors:
Jane Austen, Mark Twain, John Dos Passos, John Hersey, Albert Camus, Sheri S. Tepper, James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon), Raymond Chandler, Rex Stout, Donald Harington, Armistead Maupin, Richard McKenna
Favorite Movies:
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, April Fools, Oh What a Lovely War, Platoon
Favourite TV Shows:
Elementary, Masterchef, Corner Gas, Hell's Kitchen, Detectorists, The Comedy Strip Presents, The Young Ones
Favorite Music:
Virtually all Baroque; Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann. Adult Alternative Rock, Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Soul Asylum, Florence + the Machine, Mumford and Sons, fun., Duffy


Date Joined:
21 Dec 2012
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Topic: Let's Count
Posted: 29 Sep 2020 18:47


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 29 Sep 2020 08:30

The coffee was good this morning. It seems to be much better when the weather begins getting chillier. I'm going to write a poem today. I'm not really presenting to many pieces now but I think it is time to get something done. I'm looking forward to more guidance for the competition starting soon.


Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Posted: 29 Sep 2020 08:19


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 28 Sep 2020 15:13

It's dinner time. Victor had his walk and his dinner already. I've made an appointment to see a new oncologist on Wednesday. This one specializes in radiation therapy. So we are getting that set up soon. I need to get it over with and move on.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 28 Sep 2020 06:11

Nice to see the coffee is ready. Smells good.

It is truly Autumn now. Quite chilly outside for me. I am already missing summer heat.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 27 Sep 2020 06:22

Good morning. The day is dark and dim outside. Must be a cold front moving over us. But it is not raining.

Victor has been walked and the coffee has been brewed. The tea kettle is plugged in for hot water.

Be well.


Topic: Announcing our CHEERS TO 10 YEARS celebration!
Posted: 26 Sep 2020 14:49

Well, I understand the length of the stories. Now I just need to know if there are any kinds of themes or categories we are supposed to be writing about or in. Or is it just anything we please? That would leave it pretty open.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 26 Sep 2020 07:46

Good morning, gang. The coffee is ready. The tea kettle is on.

It appears that I will be needing some radiation therapy to zap a spot on an adrenal gland that appears to be metastatic cancer. It should be done in the next few weeks. About 5 to 10 sessions over a two week period. That should take care of it one more time.

Lovely weather outside. The best kind of walking weather when it is in the mid-60s. I do hope we have a pretty Autumn this year.


Topic: Announcing our CHEERS TO 10 YEARS celebration!
Posted: 25 Sep 2020 10:39

This sounds like quite a challenge for us this time. I've never seen anything like it. Let's see how we can handle it.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 25 Sep 2020 08:14

Thanks for the java, Bill. I'm off to visit my oncologist soon to discuss a little spot on my CT scan.

Looking forward to the new writing contest here on our site. It should be a doozy.


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Story Competitions

Stories Published All Stories »

From a Distance

Her visage glimpsed above a balustrade And from a distance wonderment arose. Enchanting, pristine character most staid, Serenely dreaming, peaceful, at repose. Perhaps she is not tranquil deep inside, It might be true that passions roil within. Her face may not reflect all she may hide Repressed, unseen, proud fantasies therein.  The two of us might share supernal glee, Together we...

Added 27 Aug 2020 | Category Poetry | Votes 13 | Avg Score 5 | Views 157 | 11 Comments

Recommended Read Into the Night

Telephone poles whipped past her, each separate in her headlights but blurred and indistinct. The girl was traveling north. She drove the speed limit along the two-lane federal highway. Into the night she drove once more. Alone, heading towards the big city. The highway stretched out ahead and ghostly phantoms of imaginary treelines wavered in her peripheral vision alongside her...

Added 21 Aug 2020 | Category Drama | Votes 14 | Avg Score 5 | Views 235 | 13 Comments

Peen Goes to a Swimming Pool

Peen slipped through a gate in the wire mesh fencing, between pink oleanders, and out onto the deck of the swimming pool. He stood proudly in the simmering heat of the summer sun. His splayed feet were shod in sandals. He wore a cabana shirt dotted with green sea turtles. Added to that were Bermuda shorts in a purplish plaid pattern hanging loosely. A straw hat with pompom dangles completed...

Added 26 Jul 2020 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 24 | Avg Score 5 | Views 377 | 24 Comments

May We Return

May we return to the place, we've never been? I knew you once when we were young, you must have lived before. Yearning for a time when youth enveloped me in joy; were you there? It seems you must have been though impossible, to be sure. Not yet born. But living, alive, in my yearning for that time. Knowing the pleasures, the moods of sharing the precious times together. Browsing,...

Added 20 Jul 2020 | Category Poetry | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 172 | 10 Comments


A questing thought occurred with a restless glimpse across the arcade at her face. In the background, the rat-a-tat-tatt bing-a-bing-a-bing of the games surrounded what was a rather sedate and deeply pure entrance into a meditative state. One of internalization and winsome, drifting dreams. Simply put her facade exhibited a world inside that seemed to somehow beckon. What might one do to...

Added 05 Jul 2020 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 14 | Avg Score 5 | Views 237 | 13 Comments


An abandoned quarry. High-walled stone pit. At the bottom strolling through newfound friendship. Looking up, a bold climber's dream. "Let's do it! We can climb it." Overreachingly confident--young. One led the way. Not too difficult really. Foolish? The next followed. Shorter, smaller, smiling--at first.  One scrambled gaining the top edge, turned about. The other grimaced. So close....

Added 18 Jun 2020 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 14 | Avg Score 5 | Views 281 | 13 Comments

Flowers and Wine

Gifts were left upon your front doorstep. Flower bulbs to plant, then sprout and bloom. Bottled wine from vineyards near and far. The ones who know you best display concern. Their hopes and dreams, and smiling tenderness. The times require distancing today, but here is what you need to safely stay at home where nothing harmful may draw near. Necessities of life may be enjoyed, from...

Added 06 Apr 2020 | Category Poetry | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 264 | 10 Comments

Magical Deception

The only true beauty in her life. It shall always be a secret. Deception is the thrill, wonder, and exquisite pain she feels. She absorbs it each time surreptitious contact is made.  Complete and utter trust. Accepted and used. She lives in wonderment that she found it. Just for her. Just for them. To share. Only a dreamy fantasyland.  But more real than reality in the...

Added 16 Mar 2020 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 14 | Avg Score 5 | Views 307 | 12 Comments

Love & Affection Challenge - A Bibliophile's Sonnet

We walked a lane in Wales one morn in May Our eyes took note of blooms on shrubs quite near. We sniffed some sprigs near Hay on Wye that day, Each bush had scents and smells both clear and dear. A whiff was like old books on stands and racks,   Each big thick tome could match that scent so strong. And we had smelled a few in bins and stacks The smell was just the same, we were not wrong. ...

Added 17 Feb 2020 | Category Poetry | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 287 | 11 Comments

And When The Morning Comes

Do we know, can we see, will we feel what we've known, what we've seen, what we've felt. At the moments we knew, simply seeing, and feeling, that instant, most precious,  the most treasured point in our lives. For so quickly it seemed, all our times were as one,  but so short in the paths of the world.  Just a minute it took, that was all, then we knew, we could see what we were,...

Added 14 Jan 2020 | Category Poetry | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 244 | 5 Comments

Stories Coauthored

A Comedy

When I was young and loved humor Comedy was a movie that I knew  Where I would be laughing out loud While watching with glee the whole time Growing up, that belief had changed Comedy was a funny stage play Where you could watch people act While the ending was comically tragic Life has been sometimes like that It started with laughter and smiles But the ending was now so painful Even...

Added 26 Oct 2019 | Category Poetry | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 324 | 5 Comments


People are just like clouds That float above the sky Without real direction But beauteous from afar Winds can push us forward And then may push us back Might even be the ones That scatter us apart Sometimes they blow gently To make us into one Other times much stronger Thus breaking us in twain Sometimes there is darkness It makes it hard to see Even light in slivers Can barely...

Added 12 Oct 2019 | Category Poetry | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 325 | 5 Comments

The Wall

My closed fists keep banging on the wall. My lungs hurt so much from losing air. It's becoming hard to breathe. I never stop pounding even as I can see blood flow out from my bruised hands. My mind is in a panic and the fear starts to creep up through my whole body because I don't know how to swim and the wall is giving me no respite so I can get my breath. I have begun to feel weak...

Added 04 Feb 2019 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,418 | 6 Comments


Strong heart is beating in a harmony, Each movement set angelically with pride.   So subtle that it matches musically, To center stage exquisite form does glide On pointe, on tiptoe, swaying with the tune The wind caresses, gently singing free. So calm her soul, like summer days in June But every step is like a storm tossed sea Behind sweet lips and eyes, typhoons may hide, With calmness...

Added 16 Jun 2017 | Category Poetry | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,317 | 10 Comments

The Bluebirds In My Heart

  “There’s a bluebird in my heart that Wants to get out, But I’m too tough for him, I say, stay in there, I’m not going To let anyone see You” Charles Bukowski     When loneliness became a part of me In such a way that others could not see. My heart forgot to feel, it hurt so much, And locked itself up tight against a touch.   The bluebirds came to...

Added 15 Sep 2018 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 597 | 4 Comments

eBooks Published

Tastes Bitter, Tastes Sweet
Tastes Bitter, Tastes Sweet

Meet a new poet in this edition. Find various forms of poetry, including sonnets, haikus, traditional verse, blank verse and abecedarian. You will discover love poems, poetry about life and death, and...

Coffee For Me, Tea For You
Coffee For Me, Tea For You

A collection of diverse short fiction. It includes micro fiction, flash fiction, mysteries, science fiction, and general fiction. The author has spent his life around computers and is now using his personal computer to create varied styles of fiction for the reading public's...

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