Del Stone

Del Stone
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, U.S.
November 25
I am a journalist and the author of many works of fiction published professionally in the United States and abroad.

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Dear Best Buy:

 Guess what? I'm on vacation this week! Yay, me! No, I'm not going anywhere. It's a staycation. I plan to get done all the things I can't get done during a regular work week. For instance, tomorrow I go in for an eye exam. Wednesday it's a teeth-cleaning.… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2013 7:49PM

From done well to good enough

Recently the Chicago Sun Times fired its entire staff of full- and part-time photographers.

Management explained the decision this way:

“Our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We have made great progress in meeting this demand and are focused on bolstering our… Read full post »

Sorry,  but I'm out of here. Just tried to access some movie reviews my friend Mladen and I wrote and they're not available. I have no patience with this. Hope to see you guys somewhere else. Read full post »


This video has been floating around the Internet recently. Take a moment to watch it, then get back me.

There. Did you watch it? He makes a convincing argument, right?

His points - and there are two - are that (a) media coverage provides a tipping point for borderline sociopaths…

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One more post about Chick-fil-A and then I'll let it go, as everybody seems to be sick of it.

I recognize the leaders of CFA have a right to say what they think. It's a free country, and their right to speak their minds - even if I disagree with them -… Read full post »

Please allow me this moment of kvetching, which sometimes is the cheapest, bestest form of therapy.

 On the way home tonight I glanced into my rear-view mirror and saw a young man driving a battered old garbage scow about 10 centimeters off my bumper. If his steering wheel had been a… Read full post »

JULY 22, 2012 10:58AM

My one and only trip to Comicon

In the summer of 1994 I participated in the San Diego Comicon as a guest. It was to be my first and last visit.

My credentials hardly qualified me as a "guest." I went there largely on the coattails of cover artist Dave Dorman and his then-wife, Lurene Haines. I'd known… Read full post »

JUNE 25, 2012 8:44PM

The existential angst of walking

Most mornings I try to go for a walk. It gives me the illusion of exercise, and it gets my folds to jiggling. Jiggling folds are happier folds.

But after carefully studying my fellow walkers I've decided I'm doing something wrong. It's my low-tech approach to walking. I feel like I… Read full post »

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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla., U.S. – In breaking news from the Florida panhandle, a Fort Walton Beach man said Friday that for 12 ½ minutes, his house… Read full post »

JUNE 22, 2012 7:35AM

What goes bump in the night

Last night, about an hour after I went to sleep, I was awakened by a loud crash from somewhere INSIDE the house.

I lay there in the dark, paralyzed with fear. Finally deciding CSI Cinco Bayou would not burst through the door, guns drawn, I got up to investigate.

But I… Read full post »

There's a thunderstorm outside. I hear it rumbling in the distance. It sounds like my neighbors pushing furniture down their stairs. When the sun is fully down I'll see flickers of lightning and maybe I'll flinch - lightning always looks worse at night.


Mom was out walking the neighborhood. She's 85 years old and puts in 4 miles a day. Walking is good exercise for her. It keeps her mind sharp. It gets her out of the house and into the eyes of other people.

Sometimes, interesting things happen.

She was approaching a young… Read full post »

MAY 1, 2012 8:36PM

Vanity, thy name is Del

I don't consider myself a vain person, though once I refused to leave the house for a week after I accidentally shaved off an eyebrow (my first thought upon seeing my eyebrow lying in the sink was: Pick up that sucker and put it back on). But now I have a… Read full post »


Recently USA Today posted a story that, to skip to the high points, indicated more people were getting their news from social media sites like twitter and Facebook than they were from traditional news outlets.

You can read the report here.

I read this stuff and I don't laugh,… Read full post »


On Friday, March 16, I was shopping at a Target store in Destin, Fla. I was looking for a shower clock, and I wanted to see if Target still carried computers. My beloved desktop tower had developed a nasty habit of not wanting to boot up. As it was six… Read full post »

JANUARY 10, 2012 8:56PM

My 12-step program for driving in 2012

1. If you're behind me and don't think I'm driving fast enough, don't tailgate me. I'll likely slow down. I got a speeding ticket seven years ago and another ticket for running a stop sign in August 2011. Unless you're paying the fines and my jacked-up insurance, keep a couple of car length… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2011 10:24PM

Hello to my new master, the Nook tablet

My birthday is Nov. 25 in case you're wanting to send me money or a BMW (message me for the PayPal addy), but my sister was down from the Land of Strip Shopping Centers (Ohio) over the weekend and wanted me and the momster to have lunch with her at that… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 5:51PM

Penn State fired the wrong guy

I confess: I have no love of Penn State football.

I've always thought the Nittany Lions were overrated, and the cult of personality surrounding coach Joe Paterno annoyed me. Another coach achieved a superior record - John Gagliardi. Eddie Robinson, Bobby Bowden and "Bear" Bryant came close… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2011 1:09PM

My first house

I've worked at the same newspaper since graduating from college, which makes me a weird throwback to the disposable employment culture of the 2000s. For two of those decades I wrote a column - at first a lame attempt to co-opt Dave Barry's niche, and then, when I became angry, an… Read full post »

Good news! The family of a Texas man killed in the crash of a vintage airplane at a Reno air show earlier this year has filed a lawsuit against the pilot’s family, a mechanic, and the organization that hosted the event, which means even acts of God are actionable.

That’s one… Read full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2011 6:52PM

A review of 'The Thing'

“The Thing” starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. From Morgan Creek Productions and Strike Entertainment. 103 minutes. Rated R.

I sat down to watch “The Thing” with a degree of hope and not a few questions:

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Today Borders announced it would close its bookstores and liquidate its stock, thus joining a long list of printed booksellers who have shuttered their doors. In Fort Walton Beach a single chain bookstore remains, the Books-A-Million on Mary Esther Cut-Off. Destin offers a Barnes & Noble ac

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I've been dreading this day for three weeks and it's finally behind me.

Had my first colonoscopy this morning and the doctor says I'm fine. He removed one small - I believe he called it "inconsequential" - polyp which he doesn't expect… Read full post »

JUNE 29, 2011 4:48PM

Is rage the new black?

This really happened. Let me lay out the scenario for you.

I was on the eastern part of Yacht Club Drive heading west toward Eglin Parkway. I approached the intersection of Yacht Club and Eglin and entered the right-turn lane. Immediately to my right is a convenience store. To my left… Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2011 8:07PM

My flight aboard a B-24

Monday's crash of the Liberty Belle, a restored World War II-era B-17 bomber that landed in a field outside Chicago and caught fire, brought back memories of a flight I experienced over 10 years ago in a similarly restored airplane.

One perk of working for a newspaper is you sometimes get… Read full post »