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I am a single Dad, slowly learning how to raise two daughters by myself. I like to read. I like to write. I spend way too much time staring at the night sky. And a little too much time watching baseball. Anything else you'd like to know, ask. I'm not exactly an open book, but I like to talk, and I like to listen.

I have had a couple dozen short stories published. I've written two novels, but no one will buy them.

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Taking care of my daughters, mostly. Also, astronomy, writing, reading, camping, baseball. Good bourbon. Good conversation. Tilting at windmills.
Favorite Books:
Infinite Jest, All the Pretty Horses, Slaughterhouse Five, The Killer Angels, Beloved, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Lonesome Dove, The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Shining, Mystic River, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The World According to Garp, Where the Wild Things Are, The Cat in the Hat, The Haunting of Hill House, Wise Blood
Favorite Authors:
David Foster Wallace, Cormac McCarthy, Kurt Vonnegut, Ken Kesey, Toni Morrison, Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, John Irving, Charlie Huston, Megan Abbot, China Mieville, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Suess, Shirley Jackson, Flannery O'Connor


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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 01 Mar 2021 10:09

Good morning, Inspirators. I have the coffee on the stove along with the tea kettle.

The Padres had their first game of Spring Training yesterday against the Mariners. It was good to see Tommy Pham playing, coming back from being stabbed in the back in October. It would be nice to be out in Peoria, Arizona to soak up some of the spring training warmth and sunlight just like Victor is doing now on the futon.


You have a tough division this year. The Dodgers are kinda the new Yankees. I'm listening to the Mets game now, as I prepare to write. It's like seeing the first robin of Spring.

Say hi to Victor.

Not much else going on. There's a warming trend here, so all that snow is melting.

Coffee and snickerdoodles please.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 28 Feb 2021 12:50

flower hi everyone


I have fresh cookies today
*moves the old cookies to the emergency cookie tins behind the counter and filling the cookie jars to the tippy top with fresh cookies *
In Big Bird we have pecan divines, sesame seed tea cookies, raspberry hazelnut cookie and butterscotch marshmallow crunch cookies
In Cookie Monster we have snickerdoodle, butterscotch marshmallow crunch cookies, orange vanilla chip cookies and white chocolate coconut cookies
*giving the adorable mascots fresh water and treats *

Stay safe everyone!

FIRST DAY OF SPRING TRAINING! I watched an inning of Dodger's baseball this morning. I expect Sara's Braves to take the division, but my Mets and Elizabeth's Nats should be in the running too. I'm psyched to watch tomorrow's METS game.

Chill day today. Write/edit/critique. Talia is going to cut my hair today! I'm way more excited at this than I should reasonably be. Cheap thrills during the coronavirus. We're also waiting for Trump to speak, which should be interesting (you'll hear no politics from me beyond that). He's seven minutes late!

Enjoy your day everyone.

Coffee and a cookie please!

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 26 Feb 2021 11:37

It's epistolary fiction! I'm no mod, but that's fine in my book. I wrote one last year. Granted, it was about monstrous dragon-y things swooping down on a suburban neighborhood and exacting revenge, but still.

Hmm. Well, mine is really more in the form of a love letter so you can see why I'm confused.

Epistolary means made of letters, so I'm sure love letters would work for a love story. Try it!

More coffee! More cookies! Please.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 26 Feb 2021 10:02

Do unsent letters count as musings? Cause I wrote something and that seems like the right category but it's in the form of a letter so I wasn't sure.

It's epistolary fiction! I'm no mod, but that's fine in my book. I wrote one last year. Granted, it was about monstrous dragon-y things swooping down on a suburban neighborhood and exacting revenge, but still.

I did indeed reach THE END in the current story. I might take the leap and turn it into a novel now. Gonna take the weekend to mull it over.

In the meantime, coffee and a snickerdoodle would hit the spot. Snow is melting, baseball is imminent, and all is right with the world. At least for the next few hours.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 25 Feb 2021 09:47

Hi ya, Jeff. Good coffee, Larry. Now that all the excitement of getting my second covid vaccine shot, life has settled back down into the normal uproar interspersed with occasional outbreaks of tumult and shouting.

That's okay by me. With Larry's coffee, Sarah's cookies and Jeff's wit and wisdom life is good in Inspirations. ;)

Supposed to nudge 80f this afternoon. Think I'll take my coffee and cookies outside and wait for the hot time.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

I find you are such an upstanding gentleman (regardless of sly whispers) for not shouting out about your temperature today. And congratulations on that second shot and surviving the dread of the after effects. I think it has made you even more handsome if you don't mind me saying.

New you:


Bill is Hud? I can see it. Love that movie btw. The book too. Larry McMurtry. He gave me a stink look one time in his bookstore in Archer City, Texas.

It snowed five inches last night. Don't think we're due for any more today. Sorry, Sara. Here, you can have the sports section.

Chasing The End again today. I think I'm like 3 paragraphs away. Tune in tomorrow!

Thanks for the cookies, Sara. Coffee would be a blessing.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 24 Feb 2021 09:46

Thanks for getting the coffee going Larry.

My wife just woke me up in a panic over some computer issue. I calmly walked downstairs and fixed everything in like 2 minutes. So now I am the HERO of the day in this house!

It's a bright sunny day outside. Sadly, snow is supposed to be coming in soon. (Sorry Sara.) 3 to 5 inches.

Still trying to finish the story that will not end. Maybe today.

Coffee and a cookie would rock.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 23 Feb 2021 09:47

Good morning everyone. I'd love a cookie, Sara.

Spent most of yesterday writing, and hope to spend most of today too. I'm gonna sit down at the table with Larry and Bill and read the paper for a bit first.

I hope everyone is doing well. Could I have a coffee please?

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 22 Feb 2021 10:15

Thanks for the fresh cookies, Sara. I've just submitted a new microfiction for approval so I think Victor and I will take a nap.

Take care, folks.


Looking forward to reading the story, Larry.

After a bad sleepless bout Saturday night, I slept about a million hours last night. Feel good, if a little groggy.

Gonna try yet again to finish a story I tried to finish all last week. It just keeps getting longer (that's what she said) (sorry).

First Spring training game is 6 days away!

I'd love a coffee and a cookie.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 20 Feb 2021 12:21

If any baseball junky drops in, y'all let 'em know that the college baseball season is getting started today, though it will b fitfully for now.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Baseball junkie reporting as ordered, sir. We used to go to CSU Pueblo games. Now we are resigning ourselves to watching the Rocky Mountain Vibes, easily the worst team name ever. But the ballpark is close, and I love minor league ball, so I expect we will go. More importantly, the Mets are coming to Denver in mid-April, and I have already extracted a promise from Talia that we will go.

Coffee would be a winner.

Topic: This or That
Posted: 19 Feb 2021 14:43

James Patterson

Stephen King or Dean Koontz?

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