About My Site

Welcome to my story blog. I have 3 collections I hope you’ll explore.

  • I Recall = my original collection of autobiographical stories which are all told first person and kinda rowdy as a young boy might.
  • Fiction = my second collection sorted by story size;  from 30 seconds to about an hour each. I’ve got a story for your available time.
  • Coffee Shares = an ongoing weekend diary-style meet catch up about whatever is happening in our worlds.

On normal size screens, you will see menus for each. If you’re using your phone, you’ll see just a single [ MENU ] button to scroll through the whole list.

My “I Recall stories are autobiographical essays about growing up.  Yes, they are essentially memoirs but I promise you, they’re not normal ones. Most memoirs are boring data dumps, well, unless the author is someone so notable that even the mundane details of their lives become compelling.  I don’t think my life approaches that level of interest, but I do think there were lots of interesting things, even adventures, that happened to me that almost anyone could relate to and enjoy reading. These stories are designed to be entertaining.

That said, There are 80 or more and each one meets these guidelines:

  1. Short. 3000 words or less to result in 10 minute reads or less for most readers
  2. Autobiographical. Expect some playful  hyperbole, but these stories actually happened.
  3. Entertaining or moving somehow with no boring data dumps
  4. Written in first person and kind of rowdy, often told from the perspective of a very young boy trying to figure out the world or like two friends laughing over drinks
  5. Clean with almost no adult language or scenes. This is a family-friendly site.
  6. As visual as I can make them. I try to leave you feeling like you witnessed each story.

Fiction is my newest effort and these are exactly what you would expect. My preferred genre is simply credible human drama. I don’t write horror, or porn and prefer my writing to be uplifting and clean fun. This section is subdivided by story length. Publishers do this extensively so in this group, you can choose a story based on how much time you have. Currently I have lots of very short essays ranging from 30 seconds to 10 minutes that I think are worth reading. I do have a few others that are as long as one hour and vary in genre to include historical fiction or hard science fiction.

Coffee Shares are running weekly essays , all that have a tone of kicking back to catch-up with a good friend.

Each story or essay has a biography card and link, exactly as seen below, to bring you back to this page.  Click on it anytime and you’ll have my main menus above and this page to review for exploring my collection.

I hope you’ll stop by, wander through my virtual shelves and find something fun and compelling to read and enjoy.   Welcome!

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15 thoughts on “About My Site

  1. I hopped over to your blog after reading your comments about Deb’s story on Marsha’s blog. I thought what you said was very interesting and, hopefully, helpful (and said in a very kind way). Anyway, like Deb, I’ve recently started to write short stories – some of which I share on my blog – so I’m very interested in learning more about the craft. I look forward to following your blog and reading your stories.

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    1. Hi Janis, and your comment just identified you as a writer I’d like to know.
      Thanks for visiting my site.
      I’ve tried to make it accessible as a place to find fun stuff I’ve written.
      I’ll be around to return the favor soon.


  2. Loved the roadhouse stew story! We celebrated ‘Father’s Day’ at The Washoe House enjoying brunch outside. Eggs Benedict was fabulous. I’m pretty sure my dollar bill I stuck to the ceiling forty years ago is still there!

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    1. Hi Bonnie. I went there a couple of times to research out the story – such a history the place has. Hope you come check out some of my other stories some time.
      Thanks for giving it a read and letting me know.


  3. Hi Gary fun to read your about. You have worked in IT. I see, our eldest and youngest sons have done the same and have many household names under their belts from climbing the ladder .
    I am glad to have popped in here and will stay if that’s okay with you.


    1. Oh yes, IT has been good to me, but it was a very wild ride for a while. I spent some early years in a computer R&D lab, a few more as a field engineer, a bunch as a computer science educator (=so much fun) a manager of a customer support team for database technologies and now, I’m still in support but as a manager for high-end customers with mission-critical systems. It’s been a hectic, but fun life. I’m pretty close to retiring now and have recently learned that story-blogging is what I’ve wanted to do for several decades even if I have really only about 6 years of actual experience. I feel like a kid with a complex new toy which also lets me meet clever people from around the globe. I should have started this when blogging first became a thing.


  4. Nice to meet you, Gary! I love how you’ve organized your posts and descriptions, such a great way to introduce what we will find here in your space! I look forward to poking around and participating in coffee share posts with you in the future!

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    1. Hello John.

      You caught me at my desk tinkering with grammar rules because I still have so much to learn.

      Thanks for taking the time to read this little story. The 99-word challenge taught me so much last year and this one really came together nicely. It’s one that I’m very proud of, but still can’t read without wanting to make it better somehow – while not changing the word count of course.

      I hope you check out some of my other, and longer, efforts. But thanks so much for the kind feedback.

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