Bill Rayburn

Biography

Email: billrayburn3333@gmail.com

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Defining piece:

"The Dainty" -- a 12,000 word novella, set in 1969 Detroit: one day in an Irish Pub, and that day is Christmas Eve. The dysfunctional denizens of The Dainty plow through a fierce snowstorm, cocktails, and their personal baggage as Christmas Eve plays out before them.

I am currently at work on a memoIRISH-novel, 'Deadly Dominoes', a haunting, poignant look back on my family's checkered history. The compelling story of a Scots-Irish family whose patriarch brings them (mostly) crashing down, beginning with his one year stay in a Nazi POW camp in WWII in 1943, and culminating in his suicide 36 years later. The prologue, and first four chapters, are written and available upon request.

Many short stories of fiction, and essays on a variety of subjects, are also available.

Currently living in London, England.

Smashwords Interview

You are 53 years old. What has been the best year of your life?
Actually, that is an easy answer: 1998.

I had a little money from an inheritence, I was not in a relationship, I enjoyed my job at a weekly newspaper, and I decided to give a direct nod to my passion for romance and sentimentality and go to Paris, my first trip abroad.

Life was good. I had independence, autonomy (job notwithstanding). It was the perfect time for me to go to Paris.
And?
I finagled a month off and spent the entire month of April in Paris. Turns out the trip was much more of a soul-searching, contemplative journey than a vacation or pleasure trip.

As expected, I fell in love with the city. I had a flat in the 6th Arrondissement, very nicely centered on the Left Bank, and I walked everywhere which is far and away the best method to get a feel for any great city.

Ironically, I did very little writing in Paris. I was moved and inspired by so many things, I felt like every day I was a mirror walking down the street.

I have written some brief accounts and memoirs from that incredible month since, however.
Read more of this interview.

Books

Saturday Morning's With the Meat Cutter
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,590. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Enclosed is a short story entitled “Saturday Mornings With the Meat Cutter”, (approx.6700 words). A Yank’s recent move to north London finds him drawn to a local butcher and they discover a mutual love of dogs.
Coming Out: Why Staying in the Closet Causes Everybody to Lose
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 740. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2012. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Come Out, Come Out, Where-ever You Are. Freedom for yourself will extend, naturally, to others. The right move is the strong move, the unselfish move, and even the selfish move. Win-Win.
Abortion
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 820. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2012. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Trying to see both sides of one of the most volatile conundrums faced by man.
London versus Bolivia
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 970. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
A reflection on a life change that mirrors Butch and Sundance retreating to Bolivia.
Off With the King's Head (A Yank's First Foray Into a London Pub)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,730. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A Yank braves the daunting atmosphere of a neighborhood north London pub, with fascinating results.
Retreat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 870. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A friend retreats...should I follow? I lifelong friends loses his soul mate to cancer, and decides to retreat. Or does he?
Every Hole Is The 19th Hole
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,670. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A run-of-the-mill professional golfer goes up against Tiger at Augusta, with mixed results.
The Ass
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 490. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
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Thoughts on a favourite female body part. The ass has been made famous by J-Lo, Kim Kardshian, and Beyonce, but it can really be appreciated in its many shapes and sizes...
My Generation: Shall We Go Nameless?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 890. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
What do we call ourselves, those of us born toward the end of the Baby Boomer Generation. We are tweeners. Missed the 1960s....., the 1970s and 1980s were 20 years of cultural wasteland....where are we? WHO are we?
Men For Dummies: A Peek Behind the Curtain
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 940. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
What MEN want! A peek behind the curtain of the Wizard. It's not all about sex. Well, it's MOSTLY not all about sex. Men For Dummies.
Why Can't We Choose Love?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 910. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Where does love go when it's gone? The most elusive aspect of being alive. Some grab it and hold on, others never quite get a hold of it.
Imagine That: Eat, Pray, Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 760. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
How "chick" things can help men relate to women, and to the world, in a better way.
Does Anybody Remember Laughter?
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In a direct attempt at humor, the author imagines a poker game with five famous musicians.
Contradictions
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 740. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Man is nothing if not contradictory. We are all made up of contradictions. Sorting it out and wondering why it somehow became a negative label.
Color Blind
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,040. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A married woman (white) becomes pregnant, at a time when she cheated on her husband once, with a black man. As birth approaches, she finally confesses, but not to her husband.
Alpha Males
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 540. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
There are three types of Alpha Males, and none of them truly fit comfortably on a man.
Regrets
You set the price! Words: 940. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Musings on things we did, and didn't do, that will be with us forever.
Bullying
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Bullying, literally and figuratively, has been around forever. The Gay rights movement has brought it back to the front burner. Let's discuss it.
To Talk or Not to Talk...That is the Question
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 860. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Why most people should simply shut up.
Certainty
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Why ambiguity is good. And secularism is for thinkers, religion is for believers. And why and how fear drives most "certainties" in life.
Elitism
Price: Free! Words: 600. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Why the word, and concept get a bad rap. I did not embrace elitism, it embraced me.
We Choose Our Own Poison
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
A drinker defends to his dying day (better not be soon!) his right, his inclination, his desire, to drink. If you like this piece, then buy the next round, Mate.
Traversing the Serengeti of Our Heart
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 810. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Why do we let another person inside our heart? Is it for validation? To prove we are lovable? Thoughts, meanderings, harshness and warmth, as I cross the great desert of the heart.
Pressure
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 760. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Breaking down human toughness; why some have it, and other's simply don't. Some blink in the face of stress, others galvanize. Why? Are we ordained tough at birth, or is it a learned skill?
The Dainty
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 11,560. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A 12,600 word novella, titled “The Dainty”, set in 1969 Detroit; One day in an Irish Pub, and that day is Christmas Eve. The dysfunctional denizens of The Dainty plow through a fierce snowstorm, cocktails, and their personal baggage as Christmas Eve plays out before them.
Full Disclosure
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 620. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
How much of your hand are you willing to show? How soon? Is that fair? Honest? Why not flip all five over? Don't you then find out right away who's a "keeper", and who to kick to the curb? Saves time, you ask me.
Fear
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 400. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Who, what, when, where and why we fear. Trying to understand, acknowledge, and maybe even overcome, fear. The single most destructive and controlling psychological aspect of humanity.
Life Goes On....Are You Coming?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
How we deal with death goes a long way toward determining how we deal with our lives...
Meritocracy
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 620. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Thoughts on why greatness has become such a compromised, marginalized, and sadly, minimized part of our cultural mindset. Oh, and bastardized....
50 is the New 40
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 680. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Really? Are we expected to look ten years younger, because nowadays you can BUY your looks? I don't think so.
Forgiveness
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 800. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Musings on that most elusive, fluid and wispy of human endeavors... forgiveness.
Narcissism
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Ramblings on self absorption, and how it occasionally gets a bad rap...
Mail Boat's In
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 680. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
In defense of the good life; quiet time, books, music and cocktails...and a quite day or 300 to enjoy them all...
Boys in the Hoodies
Price: Free! Words: 1,640. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Topical rant on racial profiling and its inevitability, and how to work around it....
Keeping The Gay Issue Real
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 550. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Literature
Keeping it real with gay issues, and what it entails to bring them into the discussion we are all having...about everything.
Google It
You set the price! Words: 380. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Information is even closer than our fingertips...is that a good thing?
When The Smell of Death Surrounds You
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 760. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Addiction, substance abuse....suicide? The overland route? Why some may kill themselves more slowly than others.
Muhammad Ali and the Decline of Sportsmanship
You set the price! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Locating Ground Zero for the death of humility and sportsmanship. And a controversial Ground Zero it is...
Is Misanthropy a Choice or an Instinct?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 780. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Ruminations on the author's constant struggle with his fellow man.
Dream Weaver
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 820. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Dreams, like fog, can cloud your view, dissipate...and return...
Turtle on the Run
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 870. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Time to uproot roots, and move on...the author laments the past, and eyes the future...
You Can't Choose Your Family
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 840. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Since you can't choose your family, what if, for shits and giggles, you could? A fantasy.
Making Their Exit
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 910. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Anger
A man in flux watches as the people in his life peel away from the wreckage...
Every Garden Party Needs a 3-Legged Dog
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A black man is prompted by an outcast of the animal world, to join his white neighbors for a drink....
The Brass Ring
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A couples' surprise encounter at a Seattle coffee shop could lead places...
Uncle
Price: Free! Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Friendship
An uncle recalls a defining evening with a struggling nephew, who shares his name.
Daddy's Little Girl (grows up)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,300. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
A father, with the help of his wife, tries to figure out how to let his hot daughter grow up.
Fear and Loathing at the Urinal
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 730. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
A boy recalls the very first time he felt a violation of his privacy....
Paradise Without Sex
Price: Free! Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A writer living alone in Mexico pursues the perfect life...
The Thinking Man
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A man recalls a meteoric love affair with a shapely young lass that stood the test of time...in his mind. They would always have Paris.

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