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James Salter

It's humbling to write about yourself and have it ridiculed.

{James Salter, The Art of Fiction}

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café


TaiwanThe Back Road Café is for people who like to write and like to read. In cafés around the world individuals sit over coffee thinking, reading, writing and watching the day go by. Groups of people converse, debate, laugh and set the world to rights. The Back Road Café is a place where people can think, write and converse.

This virtual café is where I share some of my own thoughts and work. Café Talk is my personal blog. Books is where you can find descriptions of books I and others have published. In Nonfiction and Fiction I will include a wide range of my writing.

The Back Road Café is not, however, just for me. In The Back Road Journal you are invited to submit your own work to share with others. If you are interested click Guidelines in The Back Road Journal to your left. Or, if you have a blog you would like to link to this site let me know in Contact in the main menu. In Back Road Blogs there are pictures and descriptions of other bloggers and their links. The site also features regular postings you will find in the Left Sidebar.

On Monday of each week I will post new material so read What's New below to see what the week offers.

The Back Road Café is unapologetically liberal and progressive.

Dale Rominger 

                                 What's New


Erika BisbocciErika Bisbocci continues with her stories of Namibia, this week in A Himba Village. She writes: " The one-street town of Opuwo is the administrative and political capital of the Kunene region and the heart of the Himba homeland. What it lacks in historical and architectural beauty, it more than makes up for with its colorful, intriguing and eclectic mix of ethnic groups." This is a great article, have a look.

{All the links to Erika’s Travels are located in the left sidebar, but to go directly to Erika’s blog click here. Also be sure to visit About Erika by clicking here. }


Deborah Streeter

Apparently Deborah Streeter is a lot braver than a lot of people. You know the feeling when you house comes alive with noise in the middle of the night. A lot of us, maybe most of us, though we won't admit it, will feel a little nervous or even down right scared. Here's what Deborah says in her column this week, Things That Go Bump in the Night: "If (as I firmly believe) our houses are not simply inanimate structures, but organic creations, more like bodies than just lifeless materials, then of course they will make noise. We all make noise." Indeed.

{All the links to Building Blocks are located in the left sidebar or to go directly to Deborah's column click here.} 


Dale Rominger

This week in Café Talk my blog is called The Art of Attractions: On Books and Writing. Despite the fact that my high school girl friend thought my unfinished novel about a post apocalypse world was absolutely great, today I realize "As I rush towards 70 years old (few years out still, but it seems to be steamrolling towards me at light speed), I can admit that which I could never have comprehended in my mid-twenties. I have a limited number of hours left to live my life, and some of those hours need to be wasted in an often futile attempt to fend off melancholy. My style may be lost to time." It's all about books, writing, and style.

{The link to Café Talk is located in the top main menu or to go directly to the page click here.}


Richard Leon

“Rolling plains of tall, drought-withered grass stretched out as far as he could see. Phatha hid in the shadow of a solitary tree near a shallow pit…” So begins the short story The

Hunter as Prey by Richard Leon. Richard, the latest in our growing collection of short story writers, started writing back in 2001 for Warpstone Magazine. Since then he has written web articles and developed his own Table-Top RPG series called New Gods of Mankind. Richard also developed several game applications and designed one called God Smite. Currently he is blogging and working on his first novel Rise of the Dragon Gods.

To read The Hunter as Prey click here.

To visit Richard's website, Metal Spark, click here

To find Richard on social media:

And to check out Richard's RPG (role playing game) Books, click here.


Kata Mlek

The Back Road Café is featuring Absolute Sunset by Kata Mlek, a must-read for fans of dark psychological thrillers. Kirkus Reviews describes the book as "A chilling modern fairy tale of post-Communist Poland." A review on Barnes & Noble says, “There is a certain level of shock value with the book, but it's not for novelty's sake. The book is disturbing and difficult to read, but to great effect. I don't believe I've ever read a book that sucked me in this quickly and then twisted my heart into knots. Sitting down and reading a book in one sitting isn't unheard of for me.”

From the book blurb we read. “Among the crumbling and stained apartments of the Millennium estates, a malevolent force torments a young girl with premonitions of suffering and death, but offers her a choice.” {Absolute Sunset is an intense novel, with serious themes and may not be  appropriate for young or sensitive readers.}

To read more about Absolute Sunset go to Books in the main menu or click here.

To go directly to Kata's short story Ordinary Life click here

To visit Kata’s website click here.
Twitter click here.
Facebook Page click here.


Susan DeFreitas

I’m very excited to welcome Susan DeFreitas to The Back Road Café. Susan has been writing since she was a child. She is now an author, editor and educator. Her first novel, entitled Hot Season, will be available this July. I look forward to featuring Hot Seasons once it has been released.

Along with writing both fiction and nonfiction, Susan also thinks, and writes, about the creative process itself. I’m pleased that she has agreed to publish her essay, On Learning (and Unlearning) How to Write Fiction, After My MFA, on The Café. She addresses what we must learn, and unlearn, to be good writers, and suggests we need to focus on Form, Pattern, and Fetish. Have a look. I think you will be glad you did.

To access , On Learning go to Nonfiction in the main menu or click here.
To visit Susan’s website, click here.
To visit Susan’s Facebook Page, click here.

And to join Susan on Twitter, click here


                   Short Fiction at the Café


 {All Short Fiction can be found in Fiction in the main Menu.}


Kata MlekOrdinary Life by Kata Mlek
What does it mean to always want an ordinary life?



Lionel NtasanoRecipe for an Escape by Lionel Ntasano

The death of a father leads a young man on a journey of identity and the discovery of a new home.



Gabrielle BarnbyJeopardy by Gabrielle Barnby.

Two couples meet at the train station on a hot Australian day. Liza and Delia board a train for Sydney and through conversations and memories things change forever.


E.J. Willis

A Short Tale from Falyncia: Refugees by E.J. Willis 



A story of fantasy, sword fights, kingdoms to conquer, a strong heroine, and protagonists you can love and antagonists to hate.



M.P McVeyThe Dark, Troubled Ground by M.P McVey.


There certainly is a strange sort of magic in Tucker, Ohio. It seeps out of the grass and flowers, traveling through the trees and the two rivers that trap this small town; a supernatural air of mystery. 



TDale Romingerhe Poetry of Being Human by Dale Rominger


Love, political strife, and the power of language in a story of two people meeting and falling in love in a the hothouse that was Central America in the mid 1980’s.  


Martha Goes to Paris by Dale Rominger


A satirical look at George W. Bush’s America. Over dinner Martha tells George she wants to visit Paris with her friend Peggy. Things will never be the same for either of them. 


                                        In the Archives



Roberta RomingerWhatever Next? by Roberta Rominger's. Roberta shares book reviews and thoughts concerning contemporary church life in the U.S. and beyond.

The link to Whatever Next? is located in the left sidebar or to go directly to the page click here.


James Lawer

Writings by James Lawer includes Jim's poetry and essays. 

All the links to James' writing are located in the left sidebar. Or to go directly to his poetry click here, his essays click here. 

Also, click here to visit James' website Earth-Centered Healing and Spirituality in New York City.


Kevin Brown 


A Dialogue with Dietrich: In Search of Church by Kevin Brown.

All links to A Dialogue are located in the left sidebar, or to go directly to Kevin's essay click here.


Gayle Madison

Soul Desire by Gayle Madison is a collection of reflections on love and the sacred nature of ordinary experience.


All links to Soul Desire are in the left sidebar, but to access the reflections directly click here.






Phil Nevard

Little Things Please Little Minds by Phil Nevard. A motorcycle pilgrimage through Northern Ireland with a helmet cam, a camera and a notebook.

All links to Little Things Please Little Minds  are in the left sidebar, but to go directly Phil's blog and photos click here.










Wilbert Sayimani

Jekanyika: Always Looking for a Home by Wilbert Sayimni.Jekanyika is a Shona word that can roughly be translated into English as “A person who does not settle in one place.” Here are Wilbert’s thoughts  as he left Zimbabwe and “settle” in England.

All links to Jekanyika are in the left sidebar, but to go directly to Wilbert's reflections click here.


Mike WalshMondrian and the Pursuit of Perfection by Mike Walsh. Reflections on the art of Mondrian.


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I begin this week's Café Talk, Gotta Keep Smiling, with these words: "It’s interesting how sometimes disparate events in your life come together to affect significant change. Sometimes it feels as if change has been let loose upon rational constraints  rendering the future more ambiguous than we would like to think it is." So the question is, what does a restaurant, a clinical nurse specials and a home study have on common?

{The link to Café Talk is located in the top main menu or click here.}