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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15 Dec 2018 22:29
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: 13 Dec 2018 12:35

Brought in a load of Christmas goodies for the coffee house crowd. Fruitcake, plum pudding, shortbread cookies, mincemeat tarts, and a big bowl of eggnog (with a bottle of rum handy to spike to taste). Candy canes, too, of course.

I'll be on vacation and mostly offline after today and possibly until after Christmas so I'm sending out an early and cheery "Merry Christmas" to all the SS gang. May all the hope, peace, joy, and love of the season be with you and yours!

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 12 Dec 2018 12:31

Just starting on my second cuppa java. I've been checking some statistics here on our site.

Did you know that only twenty people have written over a third of all stories here? About 9,560 stories have been posted here and those twenty busy little bees have contributed about 3,340 stories. That means some 820 authors wrote the rest, around 6,180.

Not only that, but there have been 290 of those writers who only published one story. That was all they wanted to post, I guess. But it occurs to me that may be why we have so few really active people here. So many simply told their one story and moved on. I do wish we could change that somehow.

Anyway, bottoms up with one more cuppa.

I wouldn't worry about the 290. Probably drive-bys without much to say. It's really the rest of the 820 that are the ones to focus on. And with some of those, the problem is likely divided attention. I have limited time for writing and I still write for other sites. I'd like to focus more on here but somehow my mind wanders into other realms at times. Perhaps in 2019 I'll shift my focus.

I do have a concern about the degree to which this sites seems mostly focussed, intentionally or not, on micro-fiction, short musings, and such. For someone like me who likes worldbuilding and developing his plots and characters, it doesn't always look that welcoming to longer works when you run down what's on the front page.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 12 Dec 2018 12:23

Sorry I'm a bit scarce. Was trying to finish a story before I go. Not for here, alas. I'm going to try to focus on this place in 2019 but I also said that about 2018. Anyhow, vacation starts tomorrow and we leave for our trip on Friday. Won't have Internet for much of the time so you'll have to live without your favorite ape for a week or so.

Kettle is hot, green tea is brewing.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 09 Dec 2018 07:30

Just a matinee performance today. Last night the grasshoppers missed their cue to enter. They're only around 5 or 6 years old. So they gave their performance after final bows. The audience got the whole show.

Grasshoppers. You can never depend on them, eh?

*pours another tea*

Topic: This or That
Posted: 09 Dec 2018 05:52

Shower unless I really need to relax.

Snow or rain

For gill, these are the movie/TV characters associated with each. All are adapted from the brand's comics:

Marvel = the Avengers movies and related (Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, Ant Man, Spiderman, et al) including the Netflix superhero shows (e.g. Daredevil). Next up for them is the animated Spiderman : Into the Spiderverse and Captain Marvel.

DC = Justice League, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the various CW superhero shows (Arrow, The Flash, et al.). Aquaman is next up for them.

Topic: What's your passion?
Posted: 08 Dec 2018 13:19

Engines, big, powerful noisy engines!

I used to live in Hamilton, Ontario, home of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. The treasure of that collection is one of the last flying Lancasters. Four Rolls-Royce Merlins. When that bird was in the sky, you knew it. I suspect that would fill your bill for big, powerful, noisy engines.<img src="/images/emoticons/glasses10.gif" alt="glasses8">

My passions:

SF/fantasy/horror media of various sorts: TV, movies, books, comics, etc.

Various topics in science: space, physics, dinosaurs and prehistoric life.

Music of many genres: opera, symphony, singer-songwriter, prog rock, jazz (some forms at least)

Topic: Bucket List
Posted: 08 Dec 2018 13:08

I travel a lot but there's still lots of places on Earth I'd like to visit. Southeast Asia, India, Australia, New Zealand, Spain (been to Valencia and Madrid but want to see more), some parts of China I haven't been to (my wife is Chinese so I have seen a fair bit of the country). I'd like to revisit a few places, too, esp. Paris and Rome.

Push my writing to another level and maybe get an actual novel or two out.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 08 Dec 2018 13:05

Never been a big ballet fan, really. Love the music to a lot of them, including The Nutcracker, but the ballet style of dancing itself just doesn't seem to turn my crank. Even modern dance, I find I prefer short, punchy pieces to long form works.

* puts on the kettle and digs out some green tea *

Topic: Storiesspace Avatar Pics
Posted: 05 Dec 2018 09:25


I could get behind this one for real. Now to find some of my own.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 04 Dec 2018 05:45

Sorting through fifty years worth of things in the attic triggered an asthma attack.

Never had to sort through an attic (my parents stash was in the basement) but I was a librarian in a previous life and had to oversee inventories. Books are powerful dust magnets, and we are talking pulling every single book out far enough to wand its barcode. I'm not hugely, immensely allergic to dust, but my nasal passages were in agony by the end of some days (I tend more to upper respiratory tract problems, so sinus infections and that sort of thing rather than asthma and bronchitis).

Morning tea. Nice English Breakfast today.

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So very delighted you are here. Have a wonderful time in the sun
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