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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20 Oct 2019 15:06
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: 20 Oct 2019 05:41

That sounds like a fun Saturday, Sara. I was out in the yard. Cut the grass, did the last fertilize, killed my lawn mower. Yeah, hit a rock I didn't see and it wouldn't start after that. I'm hoping that was the last cut for 2019 so I'll just wait until Spring to fix it. It already needed a new blade and an oil change anyhow.

Today I may clean the garage. We shall see. Weather looks decent but I'm a bit stiff from yesterday.

* pours a tea and stretches out on the couch *

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 19 Oct 2019 05:28

One winter later, he found out that raw damp, raw, bitterly cold wind straight off the Russian Steppes (or somewhere!) was a completely different ball game from the crisp dry cold of Canadian winter! There are different types of cold, after all!

People over here fail to realize how far North Scotland really is. When I was visiting Edinburgh and Glasgow this summer I was checking the latitude against Canadian cities and IIRC Glasgow was around the same latitude as Edmonton, the capital of Alberta, which is one of the coldest cities in this country. Southern Ontario, where I live, is positively balmy by comparison (Hell, we're balmy compared to Ottawa where my son lives). The only reason much of the UK isn't a frigid iceball like this country or Russia in winter is the Gulf Stream and other warm ocean currents.

I haven't been to St. Andrew's but I know that it's on the coast. My wife lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a couple years and winter there was a whole different ballgame than in Southern Ontario where I grew up. It was a damp, clingy cold thanks to the Atlantic Ocean. She also managed to be there for one of their worst winters up to that time (they've had some worse ones since but she came back to Ontario in '94). Snow up to our thighs or higher.

Now I need a hot tea to warm up. <img src="/images/emoticons/drunken_smilie.gif" alt="drunken">

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 18 Oct 2019 10:41

No to a unilateral designation of a wee doggo even one as sweet as Victor as the mascot!

Some, maybe many of us, are cat people, meaning cats rule OUR lives. No way we can bow down to the feline imperative for consideration.

<img src="/images/emoticons/icon_cat.gif" alt="cat"> is willing to share with Victor. Not so sure about Sara's monkey, though.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 18 Oct 2019 10:22


He's so cuuuuuuute. * pets the cute doggie * Kind of thought he was older than he looks there, or is this an old photo.

And thanks for the chocolate, gypsy. Yummy!!

Topic: Literary sites that actually PAY!
Posted: 18 Oct 2019 10:19

2-5. Escape Artists (Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Cast of Wonders, PodCastle)

Escape Artists is the publishing group that publishes all of its stories in audio and text formats. They are known for their genre podcasts and have a large following. Each publication has a separate focus. For example Cast of Wonders focuses on a young adult audience whereas Escape Pod only publishes sci-fi. The various publications pay $100 for full-length reprints and more for original works.

I used to listen to these guys quite a bit. Some really excellent stuff but I know they did a lot of "reprints" at that time, ie. audio versions of previously published stories, so I'm not sure how many originals they actually buy.

The full rundown of genres is:

Escape Pod - s-f
PseudoPod - horror
PodCastle - fantasy

8. Clarkesworld

Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction on a monthly basis. They pay very well. Read our full review here.

I know this one only by rep, but it's a good rep. I've probably read some reprints of stories from Clarkesworld that came up in Best of and Year's Best anthologies, but I've never read the site itself.

Topic: This or That
Posted: 18 Oct 2019 07:01

Autumn. Leaf-raking aside, Fall tends to be my peak time of year.

Halloween party or stay home and shell out candy?

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 18 Oct 2019 07:00

Good morning all! Nicer day here. Cool but the rain and wind have passed. Thanks for the nice Fall photos Fuzzy and Anna. My area has just started changing. A spell of warm fall weather and a late first frost delayed things (again, this makes two years in a row).

Hope all goes well with Victor. There's doggie treats waiting if he's okay.

* puts the kettle on and loads up a kettle with loose leaf Earl Grey *

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 17 Oct 2019 06:36

I have out a green bin for trash, a blue bin for recyclables, and a large paper bag for organic waste (leaves/twigs). L

Here in Canada, it's usually blue bin for recyclables, green bin for compostable food waste, and black bags or a plastic "can" for regular garbage. My city doesn't do the green bin program, though. Endless discussion about one, but it never happens.

In my city at least, yard waste (leaves and such) is done separately once or twice a month and uses, as you say, paper bags or other recyclable containers. You can also use a garbage can and they'll just dump the leaves and stuff into the truck and leave the can.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 17 Oct 2019 05:29

We had a heavy wind last night and its still pretty strong this morning. Knocked over both my blue box and my garbage can.

Still no word from my (potential) hire. Crossing fingers.

* pours tea and settles down with <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_cat.gif" alt="cat"> on lap *

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 16 Oct 2019 10:06

Yummy! Perfect to go with my after-lunch tea. Thanks!

I am currently waiting to see if a job offer is accepted. This will bring my team to 5, including myself. Twenty years ago, when I started the job, not only was I a one-man shop but I was also the company's first dedicated IT person. Prior to that, they were being supported by corporate IT (which itself consisted of only one or two people, and is now up to 10 or 12).

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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...

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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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