Thomas M. McDade

Biography

Thomas M. McDade is a seventy-four-year-old former programmer / analyst residing in Fredericksburg, VA, previously, CT & RI.
He's married, no kids, no pets.
McDade is a 1973 graduate of Fairfield University.
He served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy.

tommmcd2000@yahoo.com

Books

A Fenway Fairy-Tale Ending
Price: Free! Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Urban
A fourteen-year-old boy on his inaugural visit to Boston's Fenway Park with his father finds there's more to Major League Baseball fandom than he bargained for.
Wite-Out Speckling His Fingers
Price: Free! Words: 3,340. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
This 3,205 word story concerns alarming details a man finds among his murdered father's personal effects that lead to painful recollections of youth and fling open the door for guilt suspicion and escape. This tale was previously published by the Scarlet Leaf Review and Punk-Lit Magazine.
Care for a Menthol?
Price: Free! Words: 920. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A young man recently discharged from the Navy heads to Colorado at the urging of a former shipmate who has enrolled in college there. During the bus trip, Jack Kerouac finds his way into this pilgrim's life. I am most grateful to Spank the Carp Journal, Ken Schweda editor, for first publishing this story.
She Left A Deuce Tip
Price: Free! Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Tom Wales finds more trouble tending bar at the Rathskeller in Virginia Beach (See "News Of Us Hitching" - preceding story).
News of Us Hitching
Price: Free! Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
This tale takes place in Virginia Beach in the sixties. Tom Wales works first at as a clerk at the Viking Hotel then as a bartender trainee at the Rathskeller Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge. Three women, one a cop, dramatically remodel his life.
Bianca's Napoli Bar
Price: Free! Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This story takes place in Naples, Italy. Central is a bar ruled over by a most interesting and feisty woman named Bianca. It is a sailor destination but for Tom McCall, a signalman on the USS Ramply (DD-810), this watering hole with a jukebox full of Country Western Music is much more than boozy relief from the rigors of shipboard life. For Tom this is a port call for the ages.
The Brick King
Price: Free! Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
An abandoned Federal Housing Project in Pawtucket, RI is the for a meeting between a grieving sketch artist / writer and a "most likely to succeed" fellow from childhood. The plot involves money as in blackmail and a woman.
With Clarence and Sonia at St. Sunday's
Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
This story is of the "coming of age" variety, specifically a father / son relationship and the methods a man will employ to initiate his boy to the "ways of the world and flesh" not taught in classrooms.Baseball, horse racing and most importantly pool are part of this bonding / teaching tale.
Lydia and Lofty: Drawing The Shade
Price: Free! Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Drastic changes in the lives of Lydia, Lofty, and Rustin due to Lofty’s auto and writing passions, a new hire at Hughie’s Diner and visitors from Rhode Island.
Lofty: A Recollection
Price: Free! Words: 630. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Lofty reminisces on the beginnings of his relationship with Lydia Cory that took place in a restaurant in Florida called the Fillet and Claw where Lydia waited table and Lofty washed dishes. Freddie the waiter figures prominently. Lydia's shenanigans and her popularity with diners figure also.
Lydia Lofty Hugie & Rustin
Price: Free! Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Lydia leave Florida for Barker's Leap, Massachusetts. Lofty soon follows. They work at Hughie's Diner and meet many interesting characters, Buff and Restin the standouts.Same Lydia and Lofty sketched in "Lydia: An Introduction" and "Lofty: An Introduction." This story stands on its own eight pages but why not take time to read the aforementioned titles?
Lofty: An Introduction
Price: Free! Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Get a better idea the of the Lofty sketched in "Lydia: An Introduction." Lofty's story stands on its own seven pages but why not take time to read the aforementioned title.
Lydia: An Introduction
Price: Free! Words: 1,440. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Lydia is a troubled and spunky waitress who falls for a dishwasher named Lofty who is obsessed with all the saints in heaven. Their relationship weathers many storms. Four stories featuring this quirky couple will be posted on Smashwords in days to come.
Mr. Silhouette-Head
Price: Free! Words: 3,060. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Inspirational
Can down-and-out Ronnie Layne but on the way up find redemption at the Life-You-Save Blood Bank or the Regulation Bar next door? Will the woman he meets help or hinder his recovery. Read more. Cheer Ronnie onward! Enjoy a cast of accompanying characters that will have you laughing as well as scratching your head.
The Overcoat Trio
Price: Free! Words: 2,190. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
This story's action is propelled by a displaced circus barker's love of expensive clothing. His obsession impacts not only his existence but the lives of his business partners, also refugees from the big top, one an acrobat the other a roustabout.
The Great Postal Escape
Price: Free! Words: 3,880. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Former dishwasher Jeff Gardener is confined to the one-star rated Crestwood House nursing home after suffering a paralyzing stroke. A nurse's aide named Diane is the one bright spot in his existence. Events in her life, combined with a pastime of his, impact his being and fate in eerie and fantastical ways hard to imagined.
Fuel Carrier
Price: Free! Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
An elderly man on the lam relives a thoroughbred racetrack day in New Hampshire. A mysterious auto trip follows. His curious return is a puzzle for all.
As Bob Dylan Said
Price: Free! Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Urban
(4.00 from 1 review)
This short story deals with metal, legal and illegal, light and heavy, as well as two men who collect it. Shuffles gathers the former, Jake deals the latter. A Bob Dylan lyric shows up at the forging of the partnership and accompanies the trip. Mysterious mother and daughter beggars complete the cast. Sit back, pop an Iron City brew.
The Catania Paper Bag Caper
Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Bill Dean, a sailor on the USS Ramply DD-810 strikes up a friendship with an oddball shipmate working in the scullery. Through the streets of Catania, Sicily, mysteries unravel and tangle for both men. This is not your typical drunken liberty port gob tale but there are of course, women, beautiful and unique and always Mt. Etna, observing.
Skydiving
Price: Free! Words: 1,340. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The Boss sends a worker on a mission and it's not to the corner store for a pack of cigarettes. (This story was once part of my Smashwords story, "Knucklehead the Cat."
Gazing at the Fifty Stars
Price: Free! Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
A most unusual event in a West Virginia tavern as well as country songs, patriotism and young love.
Buzzed
Price: Free! Words: 1,810. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
A teenage boy aspiring to become a jockey meets a couple of Housing Project kids that propel him into mysterious straits.
Knucklehead the Cat
Price: Free! Words: 3,330. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Tom Sellers, a sailor off the USS Mullinnix has been exchanging letters with Francy, a young woman he met through a USO pen pal program. They agree to get together when his ship visits Newport, RI. Her cousin picks up Tom up at the bus station in Providence delivers to him to her house in Lincoln. Her crafty younger brother entertains and an unexpected adventure follows.
Miss Lena Raven and Other Poems
Price: Free! Words: 6,630. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2016. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Fifty poems steeped the human predicament, displaying in diverse ways, its demons, saviors and whimsies. Stop by for a coffee at Andy's Diner or Laura's Luncheonette. A drink at the Canopy Club, taste Olympia's fromage. Fill your lungs with smoke in Sarajevo. Visit the Sleeping Giant and Castle Craig. Fall in love with Lena. The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety. --W. Somerset Maugham
Dogwood
Price: Free! Words: 4,950. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2016. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Forty poems of youth, loss, remembering and observations perhaps befitting this quote. The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart. -- William Butler Yeats
The Zippo
Price: Free! Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2016. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Twenty-Seven hard-hitting poems. Some "Morally objectionable in part" for all.
Ducks with Baguette
Price: Free! Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A yarn about an aspiring writer and actor up to no damned good!
Monograms, Cookies & Cigars
Price: Free! Words: 4,120. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
A chance encounter in a man-made pond drain between an injured teen and the girl of his dreams.
Mr. Sand Wedge
Price: Free! Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
A short story concerning two housing project kids, an outsider, fighting and the game of golf.
Detailing, An Alzheimer's Tale
Price: Free! Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
"Detailing" concerns a man going to visit his mother in a nursing home for the first time. He uses many measures to divert his mind from the situation and the guilt that hounds him. He revisits the past throughout his time with his uncommunicative mother.
The Jockey & the Photog Or The Creepy Little Trick
Price: Free! Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A short story revolving around a photographer's obsession with a thoroughbred jockey and a horse he rides named Prism. Bianca treats Jerry to adventures beyond his wildest imaginings. Join them for coffee at the Spoon Click Breakfast & Lunch and a cocktail at the Shanty Bright Lounge.
River Tints and Other Workplace Poems
Price: Free! Words: 14,630. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Eighty-Five poems about work: bookstore, supermarket, restaurant, house painting, landscaping, warehouse and factory labor as well as asphalting, school bus and truck piloting. Observations on the toil of others are also included, boxers and circus performers, for example.
The Painter & The Professor
Price: Free! Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The woman holding a house painter's check for work he completed uncaps childhood memories and surprises him with an odd notion or so.
Miss Inspiration and Other Sailor Poems
Price: Free! Words: 13,080. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Memories of Naval duty aboard the USS Miller, DE/FF-1091 out of Norfolk, Virginia and service ashore at the Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center, Dam Neck Virginia Beach, VA.
Ace This IQ Test
Price: Free! Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Chet has trouble with mom & her boyfriend as well as with kids in the Housing Project where he lives. Things aren't any easier at school. He's devised two plans of escape but just one will work.
Independence
Price: Free! Words: 4,640. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Shady shenanigans underway and ashore! The Ship is the USS Ramply, a Norfolk based destroyer operating with the carrier Roosevelt in the Mediterranean Sea. A Corvette loving Boatswain Mate, a singing Oregonian, a poet in love with a woman he met in Valencia, a Bostonian short-timer and a gambling coup provide the action and suspense.
Flags & Flashlights
Price: Free! Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
This short Twilight Zone like (I hope) story is about a mother / daughter relationship. The widowed mother is retired and obsessed with playing Daily Numbers. Her daughter works in a factory assembling flashlights. A length of service award and pocket calculator figure in the tale as does U.S. Navy. The deceased head of the family was a veteran.
Vehicles
Price: Free! Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Biography
A forty-five poem collection concerned with driving and the driven. The vehicles involved are mostly used and battered Chevrolets and Fords but there are appearances by other brands including Volkswagon, Pontiac, Plymouth, Buick, Studebaker and Cadillac. A dump truck and a couple of big rigs live here too. Speed, hitchhikers, accidents, fraud, reckless and irresponsible motoring are not strangers.
A Ditty Bag of Navy Poems
Price: Free! Words: 5,650. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Biography
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Thirty-five poems concerning my U.S. Navy days, Great Lakes Boot Camp, USS Mullinnix (DD-944) and SK "A" School, Newport, RI. Another batch is on deck covering my years at the Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia Beach, VA and aboard the USS Miller (DE/FF 1091).
Poem Bale Four Me and Sophia at the Track and Other Poems Regarding Horseplayer Luck and Lack of It
Price: Free! Words: 8,950. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Biography
Forty-three poems surrounding the Sport of Kings and the commoners it makes of many participants.
All Souls' Cafe and Other Poems of Sanctuary
Price: Free! Words: 9,300. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Spiritual
Fifty-two poems regarding mostly places and situations that folks in need of consolation, respite, companionship, action or libation seek.
Poem Bale Three Regarding Horseplayer Luck & Lack
Price: Free! Words: 5,000. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Twenty-Four poems about Thoroughbred wagering ups and downs and some of the colorful and smitten individuals involved.
9-Carat Baseball Poems: Roger Connor, Ted Williams and Others
Price: Free! Words: 10,480. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Biography, Nonfiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Fifty-seven poems reflecting my interest in baseball and those who played the game, major, minor and sandlot.
Primarily Poems of Prospect Heights, Pawtucket, RI
Price: Free! Words: 20,910. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Biography
Poems regarding ups and downs of growing up in a Federal Housing Project.
Poem Bale Two Regarding Horses Fast and Slow
Price: Free! Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Biography
Thirty-two poems regarding my many years of racetrack experiences and observations.
Block & Pierre
Price: Free! Words: 5,700. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Ups and downs in an unlikely relationship between an occasional Rhode Island thoroughbred horse trainer who is a full time barroom philosopher, and an unemployed waiter. The trainer's friends and acquaintances add to the appeal of this tale and the astonishment of the waiter.
A Dozen Sawed-Off Fictions
Price: Free! Words: 2,150. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Twelve pieces of sudden or flash fiction covering many facets of the human condition.
Weber O Lantern & Suefly
Price: Free! Words: 1,830. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
1) Harrowing account of a jailed war veteran and his son imprisoned elsewhere. A man visiting the vet makes the situation worse. 2) A sailor in a foreign port encounters a lady-of-the-night and St. Francis.
One Poem Bale Regarding Horses Fast and Slow
Price: Free! Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Biography
Twenty-five poems about thoroughbreds, racetracks, jockeys, trainers and gamblers.
Daddy Luck
Price: Free! Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Odd relationship between divorced textile worker and his precocious daughter.
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