Thomas M. McDade


Thomas M. McDade is a seventy-one-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.


Fuel Carrier
Price: Free! Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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
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
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.
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.
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 a 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: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
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
Price: Free! Words: 4,950. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
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: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
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: Fiction » 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: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
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.
Price: Free! Words: 4,640. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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.
Price: Free! Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » 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: Fiction » Poetry » Biography
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: Fiction » 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: Fiction » 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: Fiction » 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: Fiction » Poetry » Biography, Nonfiction
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: Fiction » 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: 6,140. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » 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: 4,190. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » 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.
Owen's Little Sister
Price: Free! Words: 1,880. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Tension at a high school dance for Newport sailor visiting shipmate's hometown.
Double Saw On Winter Prince
Price: Free! Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Unusual occurrences experienced at the Necks and Noses and Lincoln Downs Racetrack.
The Lord's Prayer
Price: Free! Words: 1,780. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A sailor, a woman, an ornery bartender, a race track and a bloodhound named Howitzer.
The Pleasure
Price: Free! Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
During a lunch of mushroom soup, ham sandwiches and chocolate ice cream, a family discusses a woman in a family way, a barroom and a race track.
Price: Free! Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sailor goes home for a weekend with a shipmate and finds himself in a rather eccentric household.
The Divine Digit
Price: Free! Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A man having a bite to eat at a diner before leaving for the racetrack is remembered by waitress serving him and not fondly.
The Flat Roofing Trade
Price: Free! Words: 2,440. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Man working in the flat roofing trade picks up a most alluring woman in Rip's Lounge.
Batman and Hat Rack
Price: Free! Words: 4,680. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Chicago lawyer falls for exotic dancer and she changes his dull life. Many of her colleagues add remarkable vigor to this tale.
Brother's Keeper
Price: Free! Words: 2,930. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A housepainter is confronted by the sister of his deceased best friend.
Spirit Casing
Price: Free! Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Religious
An ex-convict uses running and spirituality to remain on the "straight and narrow."
Diva Nudea's Gatsby
Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A mysterious woman and her nursing home friends take a liking to a college boy working as a janitor.
Thirty-One Big Bills
Price: Free! Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Biography
Thirty-one poems about a "colorful" housepainter I worked with one summer when I was young.

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