David Stone Writer

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.

David Stone - Writer, Cat Lover
Angel on my shoulder…

Try a sample chapter: Lucky To Have Her

Also in the family, fine art…

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….

Peter returns from service in Vietnam in 1970 and finds that nothing has changed. Except him. His family, friends, lovers, even favorite places are the same. He knows he can’t stay and survive, but what happens from there forces him into a secret life.
Ten years after the Summer of Love, Peter’s in San Francisco, searching for the magic or something just as rich and inspiring. He stumbles off to L.A. and makes a discovery that changes everythign.

The World’s LuckiestHappiest Man…

I thought I was the world’s luckiest man. Why wouldn’t I? The richness of my life, the experiences, the people I knew… all of it. I got almost everything I ever wanted. But I must also be The World’s Happiest… And as soon as I realized that, this book came to me out of nowhere, unplanned spontaneous, as if in a trance…

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.

Collected…

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…

Never saw myself as a skeptic, a debunker… until I was. The reception I got from digging into and reporting on the Law of Attraction operation took me off in a whole new direction…

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.”

Nonfiction:

Good question…

“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

These are just fun…

“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…?

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