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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17 Oct 2018 22:51
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: New Story - Strange happening on a winter night
Posted: 13 Oct 2018 06:42

I've had elements of my new story kicking around in my head for years. The setting, a couple characters, the basic timeline. What I was missing was any kind of real story or action. That came to me recently when, for reasons I'm not sure of, the concept of creatures that can command the winds hit me. Perhaps it was the recent tornadoes in Canada's capital combined with the recent hurricanes and typhoons in various locales. In any case, it proved to be the kicker I needed to finally get this story out of my head and on to the virtual page. Enjoy!

Night of the Wind

And the basic setting is one I have developed a lot over the years, intending to use it someday whether for an RPG or as a setting for stories. So expect to see more stories using it going forward. And, likely, some of these characters will be back, too.

Topic: Winners of the Stories Space Dirty Martini 420 Competition
Posted: 12 Oct 2018 18:04

Congrats to all. Oddly, Paperboy's is one of the ones I missed when i did my crash reading of the comp entries. Shall remedy that.

Topic: Hurricanes and Typhoons - are you affected?
Posted: 12 Oct 2018 18:02

Here in Ontario, we rarely get more than the odd tropical depression. We are simply too far from the ocean and they tend to fizzle long before hitting us. Hazel hit us back in the fifties but I only heard about it from my parents (I wasn't born for another decade). Now, tornadoes on the other hand, we're good for one or two big ones a decade. Ottawa, where my son goes to university, just got hammered by a pair of them a few weeks ago. His area was largely unaffected but he saw some of the destruction when he was out cycling the following weekend.

Topic: This or That
Posted: 11 Oct 2018 11:00

Immense love (but Immense wealth can buy me love, can't it?<img src="/images/emoticons/glasses10.gif" alt="glasses8"> )

Leave it to your kids or leave it to charity?

Topic: Song title that start, or in the middle, or ends with a day
Posted: 11 Oct 2018 10:59

Don't see this one yet. It actually includes all the days of the week in the verses but only Friday in the title.


Topic: Song title that start, or in the middle, or ends with a day
Posted: 10 Oct 2018 11:10


Topic: Would you rather?
Posted: 10 Oct 2018 08:16

Fried noodles (but that could vary)

WYR be able to fly like a bird or swim like a seal?

Topic: This or That
Posted: 10 Oct 2018 08:15

Depends on the job, but these days I tend to delegate a lot so supervise the newbie, I guess

Morning person or Evening Person?

Topic: This or That
Posted: 08 Oct 2018 06:21

Trent, IIRC (Oh God, it's been too long. Never got into Xanth myself but a high school/university buddy was a huge fan. I kind of gave up after reading Spell.)

Star Wars or Star Trek

Topic: Would you rather?
Posted: 07 Oct 2018 18:11

Gin rummy. Never been good at checkers.

WYR listen to jazz or pop?

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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 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 113 | 5 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 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 358 | 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 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 554 | 7 Comments

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