About Roarke


I've been a professional artist and musician for over thirty years and I currently pursue a lifestyle of off-the-grid homesteading. I'm continuing life's journey, accepting and creating new challenges and living life more simply. I try to improve my powers of observation and perception everyday and also try to listen to my intuition more. Its important what you do with the time you have. I have earned a B.S. Educ. degree I am a professional fine and commercial artist I am a professional trumpet player, jazz, pop/rock, classical music I am a fledgling writer and blogist. I practice a self-sufficient, off-the-grid lifestyle

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Hail and lightning weren’t the only clandestine storm elements to worry about. Fragments of long ago collided planets and man-made satellites showered down upon a myopic world, proving even intelligent design could crumble. The night skies had turned to searing tracers of flame and red light while the days were chaotic with the sounds and movement of heavy war machinery. The only things...

Added 25 Oct 2011 | Category Science Fiction | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,129 | 1 Comment

Thing We Wanted to do in Chicago

My wife Sara and I always wanted to take a trip to Chicago. We lived in a small rural town out west in Wyoming and both had relatives we hadn’t seen in ages back in Illinois. During long distance holiday phone conversations, we’d make annual promises to travel back to the midwest and visit. For a long time my wife and I wanted to see the large metropolis of Chicago and all the other...

Added 24 Oct 2011 | Category Science Fiction | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,149 | 1 Comment


Harry tapped the Timex wristwatch his mother had given him with his right index finger; it was a gift for graduating community college and getting his associate degree in accounting. The florescent dial read 8:09 a.m. As he stood staring at the time, Harry was jostled carelessly by passers-by as they made their morning sojourns to work. He straightened his navy blue and maroon striped tie...

Added 17 Jun 2011 | Category Humor | Votes 43 | Avg Score 2.59 | Views 1,535 | 3 Comments

The Gift of Fire

The winter blew in quickly, a ravaging tempest of ice crystals. The city buildings stood lifeless as everything white was stained gray by exhaust. Closed down due to the storm, the invested towns-people didn't care, they didn't stay. Only the forgotten homeless had no where else to go and were left. They bundled their shrunken bodies, wrapped themselves in plastic and huddled in places...

Added 16 Jun 2011 | Category Supernatural | Votes 4 | Avg Score 4 | Views 924 | 1 Comment

A Nose by Any Other Name

It’s funny. It’s like I just snapped out of a day dream standing next to my two toned Ford Edsel, over-heated by the side of the road. For no rational reason, I had a mysterious urge to be going a million miles an hour, but as my luck would have it, my disabled vehicle was instead, motionless. I was physically at a dead stop, but my mind was still pulling at me, demanding immediate...

Added 19 Feb 2011 | Category Humor | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 863 | 2 Comments

Getting Angry: A Zombie World Diary

It's never just one thing, and that's what makes you angry. So angry you just wake up in the morning and want to kill something. Just like yesterday, and the day before that and the week before that. Just like the day when ashes rained and the water ran in the streets like burnt soup. The day you got angry when the reactors blew up. The day you heard the last news cast before the...

Added 10 Feb 2011 | Category Science Fiction | Votes 3 | Avg Score 3.67 | Views 1,809

Clinic Room Wraith

During a period of great change in my life, I developed two kidney stones and proceeded to pass them in consecutive years. I went to a city hospital’s free clinic with the second attack, where I found that even the pain of a kidney stone could be increased. It was in this pain and frustration filled subterranean medical arena that I encountered a wraith. This wraith took the form of a...

Added 09 Feb 2011 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 0 | Avg Score 0 | Views 855

The Power of Invisibility

You wouldn’t pay any attention to her because she was one of the unattractive invisible. But that was exactly her thing. A woman of the common masses. She didn’t party, didn’t go to church, didn’t rock and roll. She wore her coarse dark hair braided and left it unwashed. She balanced thick, clear-rimmed glasses on the pinched bridge of her nose. Across her narrow sloped shoulders she hung...

Added 08 Feb 2011 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,243 | 1 Comment

Sage Advice

The tropical island's wharf suddenly jumped to life as the long strides of the seasoned pilot sounded on it's sodden planks. A young port officer hesitantly approached the advancing aviator. "I've got time for everything else kid, but I don't have time for subtlety, and I sure as hell don't have time for eloquent prose," the tall ex air force captain stated while pushing past the younger...

Added 07 Feb 2011 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 19 | Avg Score 3.26 | Views 1,438

Just Punishment

“This is insanely bogus. Craziness. I’m NOT giving them my cell phone; they can pry it out of my cold dead hands.”  Wilson knew this was coming, Brittany had not listened, nor heeded any of his suggestions and now the court had handed down its verdict. He thought the verdict seemed a little harsh for a third time offender, but Brittany was still young at forty-seven and the court could...

Added 06 Feb 2011 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 943 | 1 Comment

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