About Regnadkcin


I write short stories of a certain type. Fundamentally I am a beach bum, I rate high in cynicism, sarcasm, and insubordination. Those are my strong points.

I am no writer, but have a strong interest in short stories (think Ring Lardner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Welty) and would like to develop my skills in that area. I don't think I have a novel in me. My work is primarily fiction and seldom has much about me. However, places, events, and details often have a basis in fact and experience.

I am older, married, and love my dog. I struggle with work / life balance. I am a profound introvert and struggle in social situations where I have little in common with others. Catch me on my subjects, and I can talk all night.

I am a fan and student of history. Right now I am studying medieval English / European history. My Ren Name is, "Runs with Swords." I love to cook and to eat paring it with a good English Northern Brown Ale. Other beers are also good. Art and Architecture are a passion. I build art furniture and participate in most artistic activities. I survived cancer and am now cancer free. I continue to recover.

The scars don't show.

I write short fiction typically in the 1200 word range. Big on dialogue, low on description.

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Beach, California, United States
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15 May 2021 13:25
Books, Music, Futball (soccer), swordsmanship, beer making, movies (mostly foreign), mathematics, and guitar

Travel - I have been to 37 countries and hope to go to more. What photographs I take are when traveling.
Favorite Books:
East of Eden, A Confederacy of Dunces, To Kill a Mockingbird, Slaughterhouse 5, Mila 18, Water Method Man, Curtain of Green, The Great Gatsby, The Divine Comedy, The High Window, The Continental Op, Winesburg Ohio, Tales From the City, Mask of Apollo, it goes on and on...
Favorite Authors:
Hemingway, Welty, Steinbeck, Vonnegut, Lardner, Shakespeare, Wilder, Lee, Uris, Chandler, Fitzgerald, Faukner, Saki, Hammett, Anderson, and many more than it is relevant to list...
Favorite Movies:
To Have and Have Not, Spy Game, Maltese Falcon, Shaun of the Dead, Blazing Saddles, Top Secret, Das Boot, Charade, Hanna, Grosse Point Blank, Inside Man, Rock n Rolla, Sherlock Holmes, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Thin Man, Tender Mercies, the Great Santini, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Star Wars, Absolute Power, The Thomas Crown Affair, Ronin, My Dinner with Andre, Sleuth, The Fifth Element, The General, the Great Dictator, Ninochaka, Lullaby for Sinai, the Bourne Identity, The Seven Samarai, Ran, Rare Exports, etc...
Favourite TV Shows:
Not many.

Z- The Beginning of Everything, Homicide - Life on the Street, Jeopardy, Science shows...

I a not a fan of sitcoms or serials
Favorite Music:
The Clash, North Atlantic Oscillation, The Decemberists, Riverside, the Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, Social Distortion, Jesus and Mary Chain, Strokes, Blackfield, Opeth, Gillian Welch, Replacements, The Cure, the Alarm, Del Lords, Scruffy the Cat, Elvis Costello, Gaslight Anthem, Jethro Tull, any good orchestra playing Beethoven, Pink Floyd, Benny Goodman, Nina Simone, Katatonia, Opeth, Waren Zevon, We are Augustines, The National, Richard Thompson, Hank Williams Sr., Edith Piaf, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Leadbelly, Howlin Wolf, Tonic, The Joy Formidable, Poxy Boggards, Pete Townsend, Squeeze, XTC, Dukes of Stratosphere, The Dream Syndicate, etc...


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Pleiotropy - occurs when one gene influences two or more seemingly unrelated phenotypic traits

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Topic: Poetry challenge: Use the last line first.
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Lips together, another single taste
Palliative to the lonely soul
The trials of men and women
As they bear the struggles of life
Apart they long for another touch
Together they refresh their union

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Jeremiad - a long work, usually prose, where the writer laments the state of society with severe invection containing a prophesy of imminant downfall.

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Stout > trout

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Merit > timed

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Lazy - frenetic

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Dark Minds

Charlene and I weren't dating. Or were we? I just didn't know. What I did know is that I liked being with her. Maybe she liked being with me, too. We had an uneasy peace; I was desperately afraid of hurting her, she held back when things got too personal. She was far too nice for to be treated as a conquest. Anyway, that really wasn't my style. I was a bit afraid too. We spoke of books,...

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Morning Air

Morning was my favorite time of day, sitting with a good cup of coffee, listening, watching the world awaken. This Friday morning, I sat in the dunes overlooking the Pacific Ocean, my coffee cup in hand. I thought I would winter over in San Francisco by couch surfing with friends. The same friend had offered me a temporary job at her framing shop. I strove to get up and out of the house...

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A Better Man

I am sorry. There is little more that I can say. I was not the man you thought I was. In a better world, I would have loved you from afar, crying as I saw you pair up with another but seeing you happy. I have always known that I was different and not in a good way. You deserved someone who could support you and hold your trust. I, clearly, am not that man. Sooner or later, I drive everyone...

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I walked up from the Ventura River bottom where I spent the night. Nighttime in a homeless camp is very different, a strange mixture of camaraderie and distrust. Not unpleasant, but not great either. I was only interested in sleep without spending money. Short on funds, I decided that sleeping in the dry river bottom was better than an alleyway waiting to be rousted by the police.   ...

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The storm was building in the distance, but there were stars directly overhead. I had sat out enjoying the warm evening and marveling at the wind waves through the short grass prairie. Evening comes with a storm building to the west. The blanket I lay on was still warm from the afternoon sun, and the only sound was the wind rustling the grass. I had been hitchhiking my way up to Mitchell...

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Fishing Boat

"I need a job." The boat owner looked up at me for a long time. "Let me see your hands." I put the backpack down carefully against the pier and held out my hands. "You're no fisherman." "No, but I'm strong and work hard." The man looked at me as he took off his dirty Mariners hat and ran a dirty hand over the back of his neck. "You know mistakes kill you here." "Yep." "Well, my mate is...

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