Welcome to Stanley’s Tome on the Range.
Tome, tome on the range,
Where the adverbs and the similes roam,
And seldom is heard
A disheartening word,
And Roget’s will be open all day.
David Stanley grew up in a Catholic orphanage near Pittsburgh, and imaginative storytelling helped him survive his youth. He was in the Marines for four years, then spent the next twenty years traveling the country working a variety of jobs such as carnival hand, prospector, lumber-jack, carpenter, bicycle messenger and camp caretaker. Interspersed were extensive bicycle tours that took him across Arizona and up the northwestern coast, and wilderness backpacking trips to such places as Superstition Mountain and Grand Canyon. He has also worked as a substitute teacher and spent several years as a volunteer tutor in elementary after-school programs. Always an avid reader and thinker, his life and travels have brought him into contact with a variety of characters and situations, from which he has extrapolated an extensive array of dramatic fiction and a philosophical work, The Cybernetic Indian: A Case for Secular Morality. David currently resides with his wife in San Antonio, Texas.
Fireflies: A novella, with two shorter works.
Fireflies is taken from David Stanley's epic novel, Aggie Braga: An American Fable. Also included in this volume are a short story, The Baseball Thief, based on Stanley's experience as a boy in a Catholic orphanage; and My Prairie Guru, a reminiscence about his mentor, writer and painter, William Burford.