David Stone, Writer
Fiction, Poetry, Journalism
About David Stone – Writer
An artist, a man, a failure, MUST PROCEED.E. E. Cummings
The Tiny Room
By the time I was 20, I’d read and loved a lot of e. e. cummings, Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, Carl Sandberg and many others, but I picked this line, not even one that came from a poem, as a phrase I wanted to live with.
It didn’t say, “Never give up.” It said, “You can’t.”
A lesson learned countless times, brokenhearted, out of money, betrayed, stuck with unhappy choices. But you have to get on with it.
Do your best, take the risks and enjoy the pleasures. The pleasures are far more numerous, as it turns out.
The consistent thing, throughout my life, from my first aborted teenage novels and poems, is words. Words put together make sentences, verses, paragraphs, stories and revelations.
Words, kept me sane and organized. They taught that they were nothing more than symbols, and symbols are conceptual, imaginary, dynamic. They are never real things but, for many, as close as they will ever get.
You can find all of my books and Kindle short stories on my Author Page. Every one includes a Read Inside feature. Look around. Maybe something will ring a bell.
What’s the latest…? Me vs EndOfTheFuckingWorld, Pennsylvania
Try a sample chapter: Lucky To Have Her
The Fine Art Shop @ Assorted Ideas treats images as equal to all other ways of expressing thought. Expand with creative, visual perception. We think in pictures, when we want. Variations don’t change the fact that we all share everything.
Some favorite fiction…
My most ambitious projects were always novels. In a novel, even though you hook into a world you know, you’re creating a universe in the mind of your reader.
That’s exciting because you go there too.
Here are a few favorites….
Luckiest… Happiest Man…
Some favorite poems…
My second love is poetry, partly I think, because almost nobody reads it, even though it can be the most intense, on point hit ever. It reaches in and pulls something out. Then, you make it into verses.
Odd though it may seem now, I started writing poems in my mid-teens. Can’t remember what made me start. It was just there, I guess.
Seemed an odd mix though. Baseball and poetry…
Funny though, I never wrote anything about baseball in verse.
Check out some free samples. My book is directly below.
David Stone Writer and Journalist
That said, at this writing, my main occupation is The Roosevelt Island Daily, a local online newspaper here in New York City of which I’m founding editor and publisher. I also recently launched a companion: Roosevelt Island News
This blog, into which I’ve consolidated all the others I’ve been managing, is a work in progress where I hope to extend the boundaries of free speech and awareness.
Having been disappointed with once promising article writing sites, like Squidoo, HubPages and Seekyt, I decided, as I have with so many other things, to make up my own rules to the broadest extent possible. WordPress lets me do that.
My books are on my Amazon Author Page.
Best seller, all time…
Publisher notes from my Amazon Author Page…
Originally from Binghamton, New York, David Stone is a New York City based writer of novels, nonfiction books, online content on several platforms as well as a hard copy journalist and reviewer.
He is the author of the Travels With George series of cat adventure and travel books that are illustrated by his wife, cat artist Deborah Julian.
“My novels spring from a backdrop of the revolutionary Sixties, when the sleepy Post War American conformity and contentment was blown apart from more angles than you can count – civil rights, Vietnam, modern art, beats, hippies and the counterculture. My main character, Peter McCarthy, had his most formative experiences in the Sixties. But then, the energetic decade fell into the disillusion of the Seventies. Peter navigates his way through and beyond.”
“I don’t know how to explain my nonfiction books, which I never expected to write. But there they were. I had to type them out and put them between covers. These were two of the most surprising, exhilarating experiences I’ve ever had.
The Cat Books
“I’m lucky to be married to an artist who loves travel and cats as much as I do. I managed to recruit her to make my stories of George and Billy’s travels come alive in full color (often funny) illustrations.”
What’s on the David Stone Writer blog…?
- Roosevelt Island Gay HistoryRoosevelt Island's little known gay history jumped out of the figurative closet, this week, at Joe's Pub. It's a musical. The … Read more
- Dear Mike Bloomberg, Buy This Election. Please.Dear Mike Bloomberg, buy this election. Please. The remaining Democratic field is mostly hopeless, and the leader, Bernie Sanders, is Trump's … Read more
- Roy Lichtenstein's Black CatRoy Lichtenstein's black cat… Roy Fox Lichtenstein is one of the most interesting and peculiar artists of the 20th Century. He … Read more
- Humorous Cat Art PrintsHumorous cat art prints… When you set out to write about cat prints with sayings, it makes sense to start out … Read more
- Edouard Vuillard's Office CatEdouard Vuillard's Office Cat… Visual artists invent worlds to put their work in context. Creativity spills into the world where you, … Read more