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
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26 Aug 2019 03:25
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: 23 Aug 2019 06:44

G'day all. I am back for a bit after a nice tour of the UK and Ireland. Would do it differently next time, but still had a good time.

Congrats to your son, Helen. Always remember that we do get to take some credit for their successes if only because we kept them fed and clothed.

*pours a tea and adds a twist of lime*

Topic: TV Shows with great soundtracks
Posted: 05 Aug 2019 06:53

I always thought “The Flash” television series from the early 1990’s had a great soundtrack. Danny Elfman was the composer.

That was really Elfman's heyday as a composer. I find his recent stuff is getting a bit same-y and dull. And I loved that version of The Flash. Unfortunately, it predated the modern superhero boom so fizzled out pretty quickly. At least John Wesley Shipp (Barry Allan/The Flash in it) got another kick at the superhero can in the current Flash series, playing Barry's father in the main universe and an alternate Flash in another.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 28 Jul 2019 08:14

Warm and muggy here again. I'm sure we'll be looking back at this nostalgically come Feb. but for now, it's too *bleep*ing hot.

Brought some ice cream and frozen yogurt for the freezer. Assorted flavours. Help yourself.

*grabs an iced tea *

Once again pondering where to go with a sequel to Night of the Wind. I'm thinking more of a mystery around who was behind it all but haven't got all the pieces in place, yet.

Topic: TV Shows with great soundtracks
Posted: 28 Jul 2019 08:09

Loved the Tour of Duty soundtrack (already posted above). The original Battlestar Galactica had a fairly impressive orchestral score, at least for the pilot and the theatrical movie (which was just a re-edit of the pilot). After that, they tended to just reuse the material, much as they reused many of their fx shots over and over to save money. Derivative of movie scores of that period to some degree (esp. John Williams), but did its own thing enough to be interesting.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 20 Jul 2019 10:31

Made up a couple big pitchers of iced tea, one sweetened, one not. There's lemon wedges for those who like that in their tea. Hot and muggy here with rain looming. Thinking about story ideas for the moon challenge and trying not to melt.

Topic: Challenge: The Moon
Posted: 20 Jul 2019 06:37

As a longtime space geek, I am meditating on this theme. Even kicking around an idea. We shall see what comes of it.

Topic: 50 years since Apollo 11 - Where were you?
Posted: 14 Jul 2019 16:32

I was four and, to be honest, I don't remember much about Apollo 11. Later Apollos, yes, but not 11. Guess I was too young and not the space geek I eventually became.

Topic: 50 years since Apollo 11 - Where were you?
Posted: 14 Jul 2019 14:30

We are fast approaching the 50th anniversary of the first visit by humans to a world other than the Earth. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying a 3-man crew (Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong, Edward "Buzz" Aldrin) . On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the surface of the moon in the Lunar Module, making history and inspiring space geeks in my generation and generations to come.

Where were you?
What did it mean to you?

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 14 Jul 2019 14:23

Ape discover banana tea. Ape bring banana tea to Inspirations. Kettle is on. Want banana tea?

I actually did discover banana tea but didn't buy it. Doesn't sound like a flavour that appeals to me. Maybe someday for a lark.

More importantly, I biked to my FLTS (friendly local tea store) today. Got some exercise and refreshed my tea stash.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 30 Mar 2019 15:09

At least it does when they can stop talking about our dysfunctional government.

Isn't it nice to know your government isn't the only dysfunctional one? We have a couple scandals and an election brewing up here but nothing that could top what the US and UK seem to be facing daily.

Be careful with that reading in the boat thing. I've dropped a book or two into the lake where our cottage is located. Not good for them.

* pours a tea and settles in for a bit *

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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 284 | 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 412 | 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 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 543 | 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 5 | Views 742 | 8 Comments

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Thanks for your friendship
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Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
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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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