About Survivor


Friendship is important to me. I'm loyal to friends and family. I accept (almost) all friend requests.

Writing is a passion of mine. As is the theater. I was the first person to achieve the Omnium Badge, writing in all categories here, before it was even a badge.

I served as a petty officer in the Navy. I served as a staff sergeant in the Army National Guard.

I'm happy that so many have found pleasure in my poetry and stories.

My Bachelor of Arts degree is in English. That's helpful in writing, for sure. My real love in life was the world at large, including culture, history, geology, and anthropology. So I went ahead and finished a Master of Arts degree in Geography. I was able to use it for a period of time working in the Census Bureau, helping to create maps.

It's nice to know that I have published the most stories and poems here on our site. And I'm proud that my readers have made me the most viewed author here.

My username reflects the fact that I have been battling various forms and types of cancer since 28th Feb. 2015. I'm still here and will maintain myself as a fighter and winner for the forseeable future. I will survive.

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Writing, traveling, the theatre

One can easily see that writing has consumed a goodly portion of my time recently. Here on our site I have over 400 pieces.

The theatre has also given me a great deal of pleasure. I've made efforts to become a triple threat on stage. My last lessons were in ballet last fall. During the past five years I've appeared in seventeen plays and productions.
Favorite Books:
Pride and Prejudice, Roughing It, U.S.A., The Gate to Women's Country, The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks, Tales of the City, The Sand Pebbles
Favorite Authors:
Jane Austen, Mark Twain, John Dos Passos, John Hersey, Albert Camus, Sheri S. Tepper, James Tiptree, Jr., Raymond Chandler, Rex Stout, Donald Harington, Armisted Maupin, Richard McKenna
Favorite Movies:
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, April Fools, Oh What a Lovely War, Platoon
Favourite TV Shows:
Elementary, The Big Bang Theory, Masterchef, Corner Gas, Hell's Kitchen
Favorite Music:
Virtually all Baroque; Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann. Adult Alternative Rock, Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Soul Asylum, Florence + the Machine, Mumford and Sons, fun., Duffy


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Topic: Let's Count
Posted: 17 Oct 2018 20:38

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Topic: Winners of the Stories Space Dirty Martini 420 Competition
Posted: 12 Oct 2018 18:12

Just settled into a motel in Arizona. We're on vacation on our way to the Pacific coast. So proud of all the entries. Wonderfully done Paperboy, Welshdreamer42, and Ping. I'm so happy to be included in the honorable mentions with some grand pieces of writing.

Topic: Let's Count
Posted: 10 Oct 2018 10:31

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Topic: This or That
Posted: 09 Oct 2018 22:36

Art Museum

Do a job yourself until completion or supervise a newbie until they complete the job.

Topic: Ban the user above!
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Ban <img src="/images/emoticons/sign0024.gif" alt="sign0024"> for giggling every time I come online. <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_geek.gif" alt="geek">

Topic: Write a song title that describes the avatar above.
Posted: 05 Oct 2018 09:41

Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison

Topic: Let's Count
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Topic: 5-Word Sentence
Posted: 01 Oct 2018 19:43

Nothing to be upset about.

Topic: 5-Word Sentence
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Good enough for government work.

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Stories Published By Survivor All Stories »

Clam Beach County Park

Running at full tilt, all out, across the sandy shore for the very first time.  Unleashed and released and giving it all he has to complete the puppy race. The very first time will live in his canine heart and mind forever. Along that sandy, classic, ecstatic beach. The new memories are formed. New ones to add to the old. For when there are only memories that remain when one of us is gone....

Added 16 Oct 2018 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 99 | 8 Comments

Recommended Read The Little Bliss

Slowly rising. Slowly standing up. Slowly ascending, descending the stairs. Slowly and carefully. This is the way of the world for you now. And still the head is light. The sparkles are spinning, flying free. Up above the fray.  Leaning over, leaning down, forehead resting on your arms. Blood flowing back into your head. Surging out of your heart. Through your wretched flesh. A...

Added 11 Sep 2018 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 13 | Avg Score 4.92 | Views 166 | 12 Comments

Recommended Read The Hotline

"National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Project semicolon; please remember." A voice is pleading. "What did you say?" The question is uncertain. "National Suicide Prevention Hotline." A voice replies with more force. Hesitantly. "What is it?"  "One eight zero zero two seven three eight two five five." Again. "One eight zero zero two seven three eight two five five." Once more. "One eight...

Added 10 Jun 2018 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 201 | 7 Comments

Recommended Read Parlor Tricks

Uncle Jeff called them bear berries. That hadn't sounded right to Terrance. Now, so many years later, he recalled that long ago moment and curiosity finally lead him to search online. It didn't take long to find a picture of them. They were salmon berries. That was the succulent fruits he had found growing thickly and profusely on the briars out in the woods so long ago. He couldn't...

Added 26 May 2018 | Category General | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 190 | 5 Comments

Recommended Read Going Steady

Old enough to drive. Old enough to own a car. Old enough to go steady. The first Saturday after Jake Terwilliger turned sixteen he went to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get his license. He struggled a little with the written test, but he passed the driving part with no problems. It was a sunny spring day in the Ozarks. They drove his family's old '52 Ford during the test. Jake was used...

Added 13 Mar 2018 | Category Young Adult | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 334 | 7 Comments

Recommended Read Honky Tonk Bar

"We can dance if we want to." So that's what they did. They drove about an hour away to the nearest honky tonk. The music was mostly Texas two-step and foxtrot but the band got a little funky at times trying new things. They danced that night, having fun and enjoying each other's company. It finally came, a magic moment, when they were dancing and the crowd moved back. Formed a...

Added 09 Feb 2018 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 13 | Avg Score 5 | Views 419 | 14 Comments

Recommended Read Learning to Swim

The day was hot and muggy. Summer in the Ozarks. The creek flowed slowly, pooling quietly enough for the water skippers to stride over the surface. One could smell the apple scent they painted on the gentle breeze. The father held his son up, standing in the deepest point, hand on a skinny belly. The dog paddle was perfected. The rest of the afternoon spent learning that stroke. There...

Added 10 Dec 2017 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 584 | 11 Comments

Recommended Read We Have All The Time In The World

We have all the time in the world It is not denial But acceptance of a higher truth My eyes look upon you and know We will go on No matter what they say It is the only way to live our lives  To the fullest With each day that passes To live without seeing an end To love without crying again To laugh without doubting  And win We have all the time in the world      ...

Added 18 Oct 2017 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 418 | 8 Comments

Recommended Read Diana Discovers

It was the summer before her junior year in high school. Diana was unsure of what would happen. She was new here in this small town. Her parents had moved the family to this coastal area as soon as she and her brother had completed school. Now they were getting adjusted to living in a town that had the amount of people found on one block of her old home city. She still thought of her last...

Added 06 Apr 2017 | Category Romance | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 600 | 5 Comments

Editor's Pick The Copse

Calm Evening Brings quiet. Father Sun dies Darkening the copse As deeper night begins. Mother Gaia sleeps with us, At rest beneath the barren limbs Of leafless trees trembling in damp wind Foreshadowing new growth with promised spring. With  Morning Pleas ring out Beseeching both The shining Father  And fertile Mother Earth.  When will light and life return.  Gifts are offered on raised...

Added 16 Jan 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 15 | Avg Score 4.73 | Views 1,118 | 18 Comments

Stories Coauthored By Survivor


Strong heart is beating in a harmony, Each movement set angelically with pride.   So subtle that it matches musically, To center stage exquisite form does glide On pointe, on tiptoe, swaying with the tune The wind caresses, gently singing free. So calm her soul, like summer days in June But every step is like a storm tossed sea Behind sweet lips and eyes, typhoons may hide, With calmness...

Added 16 Jun 2017 | Category Poetry | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 740 | 8 Comments

The Bluebirds In My Heart

  “There’s a bluebird in my heart that Wants to get out, But I’m too tough for him, I say, stay in there, I’m not going To let anyone see You” Charles Bukowski     When loneliness became a part of me In such a way that others could not see. My heart forgot to feel, it hurt so much, And locked itself up tight against a touch.   The bluebirds came to...

Added 15 Sep 2018 | Category Poetry | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 131 | 5 Comments

eBooks Published By Survivor

Tastes Bitter, Tastes Sweet
Tastes Bitter, Tastes Sweet

Meet a new poet in this edition. Find various forms of poetry, including sonnets, haikus, traditional verse, blank verse and abecedarian. You will discover love poems, poetry about life and death, and...

Coffee For Me, Tea For You
Coffee For Me, Tea For You

A collection of diverse short fiction. It includes micro fiction, flash fiction, mysteries, science fiction, and general fiction. The author has spent his life around computers and is now using his personal computer to create varied styles of fiction for the reading public's...

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