Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Story-Ventures into Unknown Terrirtory 52:70

Enchanted Typewriter Chapter Ten: Golf in Hades by

Summary: Non Spoiler

  • This is the Last Story in Ventures into Unknown Territory for 2012
    (God Willing We will Have more from this theme in 2013).
  • Genre: Comic Fantasy
  • Length: Six Pages
  • Summary: Boswell tells the author about the game of golf in hell.  The story is a comic fantasy, that is sure to bring a smile to any cantankerous face.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Story: Ventures into Unknown Territory 51:70

Beneath the Cellars of Our Town by Steven Millhauser _1998_

Summary Non Spoiler

      Length:15 pages
      Genre: Fantasy-Milieu
      Summary: This story describes the subterranean homesick blues.  I am not sure if this story takes place in an actual place, or it takes place in the back country of our mind.   Millhauser does not make this clear. The author focuses the story not on action or conflict resolution, but on describing a milieu (the physical or social setting in which something occurs or develops.)
      It would be far truer to say that they bear no relation whatever to any period of history, but rather exist as a place apart-a place from which to contemplate the town coolly, or even to forget the town altogether.

      I am searching within the back-steps of my mind, stumbling down the stairs, leading to my filthy cellar, because my mind is attempting to find conflict within my subterranean blues. For I discover that I am, just like the author, a pale amphibian.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Story: Ventures into Unknown Territory 50:70

Dream of a Strange Land by Graham Greene (1963).

Non Spoiler Summary

  • Length: fifteen pages

  • Genre: Literary fiction, thriller
  • Summary: A man with leprosy, in search of his Eden, finds it full of false mirrors and spinning roulette tables.  

Friday, January 27, 2012

Stories "Ventures into Unknown Terreritory" 49:70

Here There Be Tygers by Ray Bradbury (Published in  1951)

Non Spoiler Summary

    • Length: 13 pages
    • Genre: Science Fiction-Space Exploration
Summary: Space explorers find a planet that is a Utopia in which their dreams may come true. Bradbury asks should they publicize their discovery. Can they profit from a planet that is perfect?

As Mentioned...

I, Robot: What if?
One study commissioned by the UN found that “more books are translated into Spanish in a year than have been translated into Arabic in the past 1,000 years”8

William J. Bennett & Seth Leibsohn. The Fight of Our Lives (Kindle Locations 2070-2071). Thomas Nelson.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Stories "Ventures into Unknown Terreritory " 48.5:70

Impossible Dreams by Tim Pratt  (2007 Hugo Award Winner)

Check this one out and enjoy the pleasure of the unknown universe that might lay right behind a store that exists on another dimension.


I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Stories "Ventures into Unknown Terreritory " 48:70

Isaac Asimov, "I Robot: Catch That Rabbit"(1944)

Length: pages 82-110- (28 pages long.)
Genre: Science Fiction-Robot Adventures

Introduction Summary with No Spoiler

Isaac Asimov shows what happens when a pioneering lead robot named Dave has had too much strain on his leadership network. He commands his sub-robots to dance because he lacks the ability to initiate a proper response in an emergency situation.   In the discovery of the problem, the two engineers find themselves in a cave that has collapsed. Will they get out in time, before the air runs out?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Stories "Ventures into Unknown Terreritory " 47:70

How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaimon (2006)

Length: 11 Pages also available in Audio Download
Genre: Fantasy Hugo Award Finalist

Non Spoiler Introduction

Girls are foreign. Girls are especially foreign when the quest is to hook up with them at parties.  These girls are even more foreign than the confounding Janes who enter into our lives.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Stories "Ventures into Unknown Terreritory 46:70

Picture of Ship by


The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carrol (1874)  

Length: 291-307 in the Oxford Book of Narrative Verse.  

Genre: Nonsense Lyric Poem in a form of an adventure.

 Non Spoiler Summary

This story is a nod to all that travel is, where it is more fun to get lost than to stick to the route.  A blank map leads our way.

The hapless souls out at sea are searching for the snark and avoiding the Jubjub and Boojum that would mark certain discourteous disaster. Will they or will they not find their antediluvian Snark?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Stories "Ventures into Unknown Terreritory 45:70

Charles B. Cory  

Montezuma's Castle (1899)


Genre: Travel Adventure 

Length: Three Pages

Summary - No Spoiler
The tale is a retelling of an event that is told by the collector, and told to us by the author. The curiosity dealer goes into a cave in search of curios that he can sell to the curious.   The search for junk leads him to the edge of his life as he is betrayed by his assistant.  

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Stories "Ventures into Unknown Terreritory " 44:70

The Story is Named after a Ghostly Salamander.

The Road Out of Axotle by Terry Southern (Esquire 1962)

  • Length: 18 Pages
  • Genre: 1960's Beats (a quest)

One Sentence Non Spoiler Summary

Told in the first person, this story follows the travels of the narrator with two Cuban Nationals through an Odyssey of Mexico.    This story is an Odyssey with mythic proportions through the Minotaurs Maze. The unpaved streets of Mexico construct the maze.  The narrator hopes for a quest where he can loose himself for awhile and then get back home again; will he find his way out of the maze? 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stories "Ventures into Unknown Terreritory " 43:70

Image from bezalel instritute of Art. 

A Cat in the Rain by Ernest Hemingway 

(Link Opens up into a PDF File)
  •  Length: 2 Pages
  • Genre: Lost Generation, Romance, Hemingway

Short Summary-No Spoiler

A woman attempts to get the attention of her husband and grows tired of trying, so she must find a substitute for the missing piece that is in her heart.  But where can she find something she can pour her affections to, then she thinks she saw a cat in the rain.  Could the cat be a cure for her lonesome heart?

Protect IP Strike Please Write YOur Congressman

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stories "Ventures into Unknown Terreritory " 42:70

Requiem by Robert H. Heinline (1940)

Length: Seventeen Pages
Genre: Science Fiction-Space Travel-Romance

Short Summary-No Spoiler

Robert H. Heinline answers the question; "Can an old man travel in space?"

Movie Reviews: Only Sharing the Ones I Loved

Go to Review on Butler's Cinema Scene

Buck (2011)

Viewed on Netflix Instant Que (1.16.2012)also on Show Time (until 1.17.2012)
Genre: Documentary
Age Group Best: Highschoolers hanging in the parking lot to Old Men Playing Checkers
Length: 1:28:48

Short Summary-No Spoiler

Buck Branaman is a great horseman, who learned to harness his own pain from his abused youth, to train people how to treat their horses with love and respect.

"God had him in mind when he made a cowboy."

Monday, January 16, 2012

Stories: "Ventures into Unknown Terreritory 41:70

Pierce Arrow Automobile

Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald(Metropolitan Magazine in 1922)

  • Length: 5 Pages +
  • Genre: Lost Generation, Romance
Short Summary-No Spoiler
Dexter, A golf caddy has winter dreams of one day making it big on the golf tour; where he will be respected by his doings and is name will be known.  He obtains the privileged life, but a girl haunts him to follow the call to adventure.  Will the call still be there after his fortunes are made?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Stories: Ventures into Unknown Territory 40:70

Araby by James Joyce (1914)

Length - Five Pages
Genre: Irish Fiction 

Short Summary-No Spoiler
  A young innocent boy from Dublin yearns to write of an adventure that will capture the heart of his exotic neighbor.  The neighbor makes the writer dream of the Araby Market.  The events that happen in the market are found in the short story Araby by James Joyce.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Stories: Ventures into Unknown Territory 39:70

Adrian Berg, R.A. (b. 1929)

The Lake, Kew Gardens, Summer, Night 1984

Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf 1919

Length:Four Pages
Genre/Movements: Impressionism and Postmodernism
Short Summary with No Spoilers

 The visitors to Kew Gardens are reminded, by the gardens beauty, of their past affairs and dips into the eddy of love.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Stories: Ventures into Unknown Territory 38:70

Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

Length: 6 pages
Genre: Minimalism, Naturalism, Hemingway.

Non Spoiler Summary
  A man and a woman attempt to communicate in a situation full of still life tension, in a bar outside of Madrid Spain.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Stories: Ventures into Unknown Territory 37:70

A Drowning Incident by Cormac McCarthy (1960)

Length: Two Pages
Non Spoiler Summary:
A walk in nature reveals the story to be written; a life and death drama is played out.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2011-2012 Winter Short Story Festival 36:70

A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner (1930)

Length:9 Pages

Genre: Southern Gothic 

Non Spoiler Summary

Emily attempts to utilize her strength to keep her home, as it was when her father died.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Library Notes

Where do I get my photos?  I Google the art or quote, when a piece of wrtiing or media cites it.    I look at their art and find one that speaks to me.   Than I save it to my external drive.
  I hope to honor the artist by posting their art on my blog.  I hope to always give credit to the artist and their work on my page.   If any artist does not want me to share their art just let me know and I will remove it immediately. 

Thanks Gregory D. Rothbard

2011-2012 Winter Short Story Festival 35:70

Wake for Susan by Cormac McCarthy (1959)

Cormac McCarthy beautifully describes the setting:

Here in the graveyard, scrubby pines grew boldly within a circle of oaks and hickories.  The stones nestled secretively beneath the tangled honeysuckle.  They were moss-mellowed and weather-stained in that rustic way which charms lovers of old things.

The author makes me wonder when he writes, "it was a real year."  A real year compared to what years?  Are some years real and others not?  This sense of wonder sparks the need to listen for an answer to his thoughts.  He reveals that in 1834 a young woman died and that she was probably a lot like the author, on  the brink of something great.  1834 is not too long ago, but where is this woman's story?  The inscription in the rock, on top of her grave, silently witnesses her life.  
The reader finds here a need to know more about the people that shaped our present, by the work of their hands. I am excited to read his novel the Road, for he knows "the people" from where he grew up.
We are half way through the winter short story festival for 2011-2012.

Monday, January 9, 2012

2011-2012 Winter Short Story Festival 34:70

Prairie by Brian Evenson is a "Zombie Tale" of our Pioneer Past, when Pioneers had to do things that were often left out of the annals of history.
 Genre: Zombie Horror
Length: 4 pages

Library Notes

I am currently reading the Stand and now that this will take me a long time.   The book has a great following and one group of Stand fans twittered a version of the book.  It's rather cool, check it out now.  The site also plays a soundtrack that is connected to the book.

Geek Equations: Value of Food

So how do you figure out the value of something: Taste (T) divided by cost (C) equals value (V).   So if the taste is excellent but the cost is high the value for the customer is less. 

Seduced by an Ad

I love this ad check it out! It works on that primal level and actually makes me want to share it.  Amazing!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2011-2012 Winter Short Story Festival 33:70

The old strange man walks back and forth patrolling the small town.  Does anyone know where he came from? Does anyone know how long he has been on his patrol?  Why is he sentenced to check the doors each night?   He never says a thing but his presence is known.   The people say when asked about him; "Oh, him? He's the night watchman!"  The Night Watchman by David Braly is a fantastic tale of suspense that can be found in the Read All About It! (Source Book) edited by Jim Trelease.  

He had walked the sidewalks of Sawyerville at night for as long as anyone could remember.  He never hurried, never strolled, and proceeded in a slow but businesslike manner from one door to the next, turning each knob to make sure that every store in town was safely locked.  To think of Sawyerville at night without thinking of its watchman was impossible.

Note: Unfortunately this story is not available online.  

Friday, January 6, 2012

2011-2012 Winter Short Story Festival 32:70

A Suburban Fairy Tale by Katherine Mansfield

Mr. B. was a stout youngish man who hadn't been able—worse luck—to chuck his job and join the Army; he'd tried for four years to get another chap to take his place but it was no go. He sat at the head of the table reading the Daily Mail. Mrs. B. was a youngish plump little body, rather like a pigeon. She sat opposite, preening herself behind the coffee set and keeping an eye of warning love on little B. who perched between them, swathed in a napkin and tapping the top of a soft-boiled egg.

I love the description of the two characters in this short story.   A man stuck.  His wife a youngish plump little body comparable to a pigeon.   You can picture a little nest as they preen over little B.  This bit of fantasy blended with reality is a perfect illustration of the division between the "adult world" and the "world of the child."  It reminds me of a gathering of crows and the fact that I use to call these birds ca-ca birds, or short ca-ca.  Dad mom look at the cacas.   Its like an arma-dildo instead of armadillo.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011-2012 Winter Short Story Festival 31:70

Where is the Voice Coming From by Eudora Welty.

What caused a white man who lived and worked on Deacon Street in Thermopylae, Mississippi, to kill a black man who lives on the same street?  Eudora Welty captures the tension of people living on the edge of a changing world.   She shows why one might consider gunning down a forward looking brother.   The story is a nod at the biblical story found in Genesis between Cain and Able.  Am I my brothers keeper is the question that Welty posed.
So I reach me down my old guitar off the nail in the wall. 'Cause I've got my guitar, what I've held on to from way back when, and I never dropped that, never lost or forgot it, never hocked it but to get it again, never give it away, and I set in my chair, with nobody home but me, and I start to play, and sing a-Down. And sing a-down, down, down, down. Sing a-down, down, down, down. Down.

Eudora Welty on the Short Story.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2011-2012 Winter Short Story Festival 30:70

Alice Walker's The Color Purple  is the next book in our Library Book Sandwiched In Book Club.  Here is a short story by Walker titled Use.
  Alice Walker explores the people we watch on television, thinking we know them, but in reality they are strangers to us.   The viewer finds ways to exploit other people's stories to be amused.   The story  explores how we turn our noses down on people whom we think wear a mask of no regard,  but in reality they are gifted by talents of their own.

You've no doubt seen those TV shows where the child who has "made it" is confronted, as a surprise, by her own mother and father, tottering in weakly from backstage. (A pleasant surprise, of course: What would they do if parent and child came on the show only to curse out and insult each other?) On TV mother and child embrace and smile into each other's faces. Sometimes the mother and father weep, the child wraps them in her arms and leans across the table to tell how she would not have made it without their help. I have seen these programs.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011-2012 Winter Short Story Festival 29:70

Zora Neale Hurston—novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist—was known during the Harlem Renaissance for her wit, irreverence, and folk writing style. She won second prize in the 1925 literary contest of the Urban League’s journal, Opportunity, for her short story “Spunk,” which also appeared in The New Negro.

Zora Neale Hurston tells it straight as she saw it in Spunk her first published short story.  Hurston was a master as mixing folklore, true-life, and mid-Florida scenery into one mean picture.  Did she write of the American experience, or the AfraAmerican Experience?  I believe she writes of people neither white nor black, of a certain place and time, and that she goes beyond the limitations of classification. Enjoy the story for the story that is told, and find the connections where you may.
“Ain’t cher? Well, night befo‘ las’ was the fust night Spunk an‘ Lena moved together an’ jus‘ as they was goin’ to bed, a big black bob-cat, black all over, you hear me, black, walked round and round that house and howled like forty, an‘ when Spunk got his gun an’ went to the winder to shoot it he says it stood right still an‘ looked him in the eye, an’ howled right at him. The thing got Spunk so nervoused up he couldn’t shoot. But Spunk says twan’t no bob-cat nohow. He says it was Joe done sneaked back from Hell! ”

Monday, January 2, 2012

2011-2012 Winter Short Story Festival 28:70

Tennyson: The Lotus Eaters

The Lotus Eaters came and beckoned the sailors far from home, to a land of golden rays and pleasant weather all year long.   A place far from home.  A place we used to know.   One gets the sense of wanting this year to be better than the rest, time will tell if the year will blossom into a swell; new-year is like a cloud on the horizon full of weather that will either destroy the crops or make them prosper.
A land where all things always
seemed the same!
And round about the keel with faces
Dark faces pale against that rosy flame,
The mild-eyed melancholy
Lotus eaters came.
Okay, sorry for having two from Tennyson, but these poems must be dusted off and read again... I believe you will find them to be full of joyful moments.   I downloaded these poems from the Gutenberg Project under the title Six Centuries of English Poetry with commentary by James Baldwin. A short story must have the five elements of storytelling in order to be considered.  The elements are: 
  1. A story has a beginning middle and an end. 
  2. It has to have a sense of place.  
  3. It has characters/actors.
  4. It has to have an internal or external conflict.  
  5. The conflict has to be resolved.
Tennyson was excellent at telling stories through the structure of poetry.    

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011-2012 Winter Story Festival 27:70

Alfred Tennyson tells of a heroic heroine and Sir Lancelot's quest in this telling epic poem titled the Lady of Shalott. I love the setting that was created by this poets feel for England; you can feel the warm ground mixing with the cold morning sky.

(Part Four) In the Sotrmy east-wind straining,
The pale yellow woods were waning,
The brodad stream in his banks complaining,
Heavily the low sky raining
Over Toward Camelot;
Downs she came and found a boat
Beneath a Willow left afloat,
And round about the prow she wrote,
The Lady of Shalott.
The broad stream bore her far away,
The Lady of Shalott.

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