Thomas M. McDade

Biography

I'm a sixty-nine-year-old former computer programmer. I'm married, no kids, no pets.
I'm a 1973 graduate of Fairfield University.
I served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy.

tommmcd2000@yahoo.com

Books

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.
Independence
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.
Vehicles
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
(4.00)
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
(5.00)
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 » Literature » 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 » Literature » 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.
Loveo
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 » Literature » 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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