About Survivor


The avatar is my headshot for A Chorus Line.

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
Last Visit:
26 Jul 2021
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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 26 Jul 2021 13:59

Is it still Moanday? it is? In the immortal words of Winnie-the-Pooh, "Oh bother."

Larry thanks for the set-up and for giving WG proper recognition and greetings.

I was a bit 'off my feed' this weekend. Just felt punky and out of sourts. On the other hand, it let me stay piled up in bed knocking off a couple historical mystery novels.

Next up could be an in-depth analysis of the news that the universities of Oklahoma and Texas will probably be moving from the Big-12 conference to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) wherr teams such as Alabama, Georgia and my beloved LSU Tigers roam. Yep that could be next up except most Inspirators don't care and I'm not sure how I feel about the whole thing.

With a second mug of coffee in one hand while the other is filled to overflowing with Sarah's cookies, I'll go over to the corner table, sit in a dry confy chair, and speculate on just what in the heck-e-darn is speculative fiction.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Bill, you know that my alma mater is the University of Missouri (Columbia) which was one of the founding schools of the Big Eight Conference. That one eventually became the Big Twelve, including Oklahoma and Texas. Then in 2011 Missouri left the Big 12 for the SEC. It was purely for monetary purposes to be playing in the conference that included Georgia and Alabama. I swore off rooting for Missouri from then on for several reasons. One has to do with tradition, and also, Missouri was not a Southern state in the civil war, it was part of the Union.

Oh, well. They all just go where the money is found.

Be good, folks.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 26 Jul 2021 06:28

Thanks for stopping by, WG. I will get some coffee brewing and put on the teakettle now. It's nice to have something to drink with Sara's cookies.


Topic: Let's Count
Posted: 26 Jul 2021 06:26


Topic: Let's Count
Posted: 25 Jul 2021 14:05


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 25 Jul 2021 06:26

The rain has been coming down since shortly after the morning birds began to sing. Now it will not stop pouring and Victor simply refuses to get out there and get wet. We will have to wait for a lull and quickly take advantage. Hush! It may have just stopped!

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 24 Jul 2021 06:31

It appears that we need some fresh coffee to be brewed. I will get that going now. The teakettle was out and ready. I believe the ladies may have used it for tea.

Nothing important to do today. Just watching out for the handyman to come by to put the roof on the pergola.


Topic: Let's Count
Posted: 24 Jul 2021 06:27


Topic: A Different Kind of Challenge
Posted: 23 Jul 2021 12:59

On our site's front page there are 23 stories/poems. I have read all of them. I have commented on 20 of them. I have scored 21 of them. One of them was my sonnet so I did not comment or score it. I am trying to keep up.

Have fun, dear Inspirators.


Topic: Let's Count
Posted: 23 Jul 2021 12:36


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 23 Jul 2021 10:39

Folks, I am happy to report that the Major League Baseball team at home in Cleveland, Ohio is now officially the Cleveland Guardians. They are dropping the old, racist name of Indians. Just as I had to inform dear Curious Annie concerning her story which referenced the Washinton Redskins the times do change. The Washington team became The Washington Nationals last year. It is really a good thing. Well, in my opinion, of course.

I'll have another cuppa java to celebrate.


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Story Competitions

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Journey On

The sun has risen over both our ways So many times apart, now we are one. No longer may we squander nights and days, You're my true love when all is said and done. Our twilight is not near, not coming soon, We'll laugh and cry, not let it come too fast, Our passions shared together 'neath the moon,  The future's where we'll live, not in the past. The journey will continue hand in hand,...

Added 20 Jul 2021 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 91 | 3 Comments

The Little Survivor

Victor's first act of survival was completed out of sight of his forever family. It must have happened sometime during the year or so he had been alive. But that history was lost in the mists of time. Puppy time is mistier than people's time. In any case, he was a stray. And he had been sent to the shelter to wonder what the whole thing was about. It was in the colorful days of October when...

Added 29 Jun 2021 | Category Memoirs | Votes 25 | Avg Score 4.96 | Views 230 | 24 Comments

When You Spoke My Name

You said my name, it felt so intimate as if you spread some jam upon my lips and then you licked it off. The loving way you said my name had felt as if you'd kissed my center of deep sensuality. As if the simple act of naming me had been seductive, lustful, and unleashed. And all the time it came so naturally, no pretense, clean and true, just giving me completely of your heart and...

Added 20 Jun 2021 | Category Poetry | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 117 | 6 Comments

Have We Met Before

The girl walks down the sidewalk from the direction of the school. She's familiar for some reason. You don't know her but she seems like someone you have known. Makes no sense. You stumble, then continue approaching. It's hard not to glance up. Girls hate when creeps stare at them. You pass, she speaks.  "I know you, Mister?" "Maybe." Soon you have left a diner and enter your apartment. ...

Added 26 May 2021 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 15 | Avg Score 5 | Views 153 | 15 Comments

Never Lose the Dreams

Parallel lives in parallel worlds, dreamscapes existing within ourselves. Beginning with the achievement of consciousness and continuing as life goes on. Coming alive each sleep time. More than one landscape of surrealism to pass along as we trek down our pathways of existence. We have met in these worlds, many times. Going on as long as we go along. Because, you know, we love us so.  Have...

Added 16 May 2021 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 108 | 6 Comments

It's Only Make-Believe

It may be only make-believe but real enough for us until the season's sighs can drift and melt our dreams' reality. A time for us to touch. Caressing bliss with every cat-like purr of vibrant trust. We move along the patterns of the grid that maps our place, our home within this world that lives expands and grows with every smile. It's only make-believe but still, it makes us free. Enough...

Added 10 May 2021 | Category Poetry | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 146 | 8 Comments

Only Now Do I See

It is a time I should remember well, the feelings special still when I recall. It may be true the thoughts of you are spread across the years and visions do not come to me as I would wish that they might do. If you should ever pass me by I'd know that you were one so pure, so precious in my life both then and now. A magic truth that will not leave my mind and still goes on remaining in my...

Added 04 May 2021 | Category Poetry | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 122 | 6 Comments

A Perfect Holiday

Dogs have perfect holidays. They simply need to take a drive across the landscape, stop somewhere, get out, and start investigating the situation. Any circumstance is fine by them so long as they get to discover new and promising terrain.  A vacation away from home. Something new. A place to get out and run. Full-speed and away. The family is on holiday and it can simply be a stop at...

Added 15 Apr 2021 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 159 | 9 Comments

Sharing Passionate Journeys

On life's poetic voyage, we discover friends who last as long as we please. We travel as far as we may. Watching the landscape of ambient scenery pass by. Hand in hand, friendships won. Most treasured confederates singing the songs of byways.  Pausing in discovered devotion, we fervently give of affection and joy.  This magic realm we know as anywhere. We dance with people we truly perceive....

Added 08 Apr 2021 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 113 | 7 Comments

Just Live in Fairyland

She lives there in your Fairyland of Dreams.  She'll be there when you seek her, never fear. Don't worry, you are playing love's sweet games, the ones that keep you living life's pure joy. We realize the trust we give to those we love returns to us in manifold degrees. So keep the partnerships we have sincerely touching in communion now. No doubt we understand the differing hopes out...

Added 04 Apr 2021 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 129 | 2 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 460 | 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 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 487 | 4 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 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,542 | 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 1,521 | 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 819 | 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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