About Mendalla


I've been an avid reader since childhood and have dabbled in writing throughout my life, with about 36 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
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22 Aug 2018 03:08
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: Poetry at School
Posted: 03 Jul 2018 07:04

We did units on poetry in English class over the years. Couldn't cite the years and poems or anything, but definitely did study poetry. Didn't have to learn much by heart in my day (1980s in Ontario, Canada), though. My Grade 12 English teacher (who, oddly, was German and also taught the school's German course) did make us do that for a speech of our choice from MacBeth (I chose the dagger speech).

Topic: Is poetry for the eye or ear???
Posted: 03 Jul 2018 06:54

I actually do like reading poetry out loud. Some modern poetry in blank verse doesn't scan well and is more suited to silent reading but most classical English poetry is definitely read aloud material. And Latin poetry, both in the original and in translation if the translation is done properly, is definitely for reading aloud. I took classics in university and am a fan of the Augustan poets (Horace, Virgil, Ovid, etc.).

Topic: How did you discover storiesspace.com?
Posted: 26 Jun 2018 11:29

As per the lovely lady above me, I learned about it through "red" and decided to join since I do have aspirations to write non-red material

Topic: World Around You in two words
Posted: 22 Jun 2018 14:09

Back hurts

Topic: the end is the beginning
Posted: 22 Jun 2018 14:08

alpha - astronomical

Topic: Alphabet Movies - A to Z
Posted: 22 Jun 2018 14:07


Topic: the end is the beginning
Posted: 22 Jun 2018 10:25

Two - omega

Topic: Alphabet Movies - A to Z
Posted: 22 Jun 2018 10:25


Topic: Last 2 Letters
Posted: 21 Jun 2018 17:56

lexicographer - ermine

Topic: Places Around the World
Posted: 21 Jun 2018 17:54

Guess where I'll be in may a month and a half? <img src="/images/emoticons/glasses10.gif" alt="glasses8"> (still working on the itinerary but my son wants to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway so we'll hit Roanoke at some point)

Edmonton (using the 'e' from Roanoke)

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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 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 308 | 4 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 4.33 | Views 488 | 6 Comments

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Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
04 May 2018 00:30
So very delighted you are here. Have a wonderful time in the sun
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Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
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Have a nice holiday Scott
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