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Location: Texas
Gender: Female
Born: August 14
Interests: Life
Member: Premier Author
Joined: March 2013
A native East Texan, former English teacher, intermittent history prof, constant writer, and frequent traveler, I am here to learn, practice, work, read, and interact with amazing people.

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vkmack: I live just an hour and a half north of Houston here in East Texas. While I am shattered as we survey the destruction of our community, region, and state, my heart is touched by the extraordinary heroism and sacrifice around me. Things here will never be the same: we will never be the same. But I hope and pray that we will come back stronger and more connected than ever before. We have all learned the hard way that we are, indeed, just "walking one another home."
Peace & Love,
Vista Kay
September 7, 2017 at 1:05AM
    DR DIP: I hope everybody regathers and bounces back from this devastating tragedy.
    My thoughts go out to you
    September 7, 2017 at 9:39AM

vkmack: When you are away for a lengthy period of time, you forget how welcoming fanstory can be. I wish I didn't have to work a day job, but don't we all?

<3 <3 <3
March 9, 2017 at 8:16PM
    rama devi: is a time vortex but also does prove worth it, in the long run. However, I spend less time here than I used to, in general...
    Welcome back!
    March 9, 2017 at 8:59PM
    vkmack: Thanks, Rama Devi. It's great to be back! Yes, I suspect finding a balance is key. For the first couple of years that I was here, I worked part-time, so I was tremendously involved. But that's not the case anymore.

    I do wish I had more time to read all the amazing things that are posted and respond in a more timely manner. These days, I'm working full time and caring for my elderly mom. I need an extra four hours in the day or--best case scenario--that four-day work week we would all love to have. 😊
    March 11, 2017 at 1:07AM

vkmack: It's been a busy summer, with family coming and going for vacations and our attempts to swim through the Texas floods. I haven't been here nearly as much as I had hoped, and I've missed it. :(
June 24, 2015 at 1:50AM

vkmack: I'm confused as to why writers are randomly using scare quotes or single quotation marks in their writing. These are only used to specify a quote within a quote. The most helpful manuals for writing are The Chicago Manual of Style and Strunk & White, The Elements of Style. The latter is the easiest and handiest.
Even a good website can be helpful for quick reference.
May 3, 2015 at 2:51AM

vkmack: After an absence of eight long months, I'm slowly inching my way back onto Fanstory. It's like taking a dip in a spring pool one tentative toe at a time. Please be patient with me. So much has happened and continues to do so. But it's nice to be here when I can. I've missed this Family.
April 26, 2015 at 7:22AM
    Michaelk: I know what you mean. I've only been away for two months and it feels like forever. Welcome back.
    April 26, 2015 at 1:34PM
    vkmack: You, too, Michaelk! Yes, a life without writing and Fanstory doesn't seem like much of a life at all. It's such a relief to be interacting with writers again! :)
    April 27, 2015 at 2:42PM

vkmack: I have been away for so long, and I returned tonight to find such wonderful news! Thanks for all of the congrats and kudos. I have such a fabulous family of friends here, and the Fanstory recognition is such an honor. Thanks to you all again. It means the world to me that you are such supportive fellow writers.
Please forgive the absence of over a week, but that bronchitis is finally gone. Thanks for being understanding.
You guys are SO great!
March 16, 2014 at 10:43PM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: Vista Kay, I have tried and tried to get into your story, "The Bargain", but for some reason it isn't letting me access it...???
    I hope you are well, my friend - missing you!
    May 15, 2014 at 1:48PM

FanStory wrote to vkmack: Congratulations! haiku (celestial pearl moon) won the contest "Haiku Poetry Contest"
March 13, 2014 at 12:10AM
    rama devi: Congrats!! :-))
    March 13, 2014 at 12:42AM
    Marillion: Congratulations!
    March 13, 2014 at 9:36AM
    humpwhistle: Hey, Vista Kay, nice going. satin sapphire sky is killer.
    March 13, 2014 at 10:43AM
    juliaSjames: Warm congratulations, Vista Kay.
    March 13, 2014 at 10:52AM
    Bayberry: I'm thrilled at this wonderful news, my friend. Your victory is well-deserved. :-)
    March 13, 2014 at 11:19AM
    Selina Stambi: So very well done, Vista Kay. Happy for you. Congratulations! xx
    March 13, 2014 at 11:47AM
    twinklepoems: Congratulations! Hope this helps your recovery!
    March 13, 2014 at 11:50AM
    Maria C.: Congratulations!Beautiful.
    March 13, 2014 at 3:22PM
    Lovewritingstuff: Hi Vkmack, I am so thrilled to learn about your winning! Many congrats. You deserved it so much. Loved it. Hope you're getting better.
    March 13, 2014 at 4:32PM
    rouskin: Congratulations !
    March 13, 2014 at 6:19PM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: Congratulations, Vista Kay! I am so very pleased to learn that you won! It's such a well-deserved win, my friend - a beautiful, perfect haiku!) (Hope you are feeling better - sending lots of healing vibes!!!) XX
    March 14, 2014 at 2:34AM
    judiverse: Congratulations on your haiku contest win with "celestial pearl." It was lovely. judiverse
    March 14, 2014 at 12:22PM
    bichonfrisegirl: Congrats Vista Kay! So very well deserved! Hope the nasty bug has left you, and that you are now breathing easier, dear friend!

    Keep well!

    March 14, 2014 at 3:58PM
    Lulube: Hey you!!! look what a disappearance for awhile can do. Congrats. you really deserve it.
    your bud
    March 15, 2014 at 3:59AM
    Just2Write: A lovely Haiku - So deserving of the win. Congratulations. Rose.
    March 16, 2014 at 1:32PM
    vkmack: WOW! I've been out of town, and I just opened up fanstory to find this amazing surprise. What a thrill! You are an awesome family of writers, and I'm proud to belong. Thanks for all of you.
    March 16, 2014 at 10:24PM

vkmack: I'm in bed with acute bronchitis, and, as the old joke goes, it's not so cute. Forgive me if I'm slow to read, review, and post here. I'm also lagging behind in messages. I've been fighting this for a week and have decided to surrender and focus on healing.
March 1, 2014 at 11:57PM
    nannabot: Awww, so sorry you're not feeling well. You just concentrate on getting well, and don't worry about us sweetness. I'll put your name down on my local 'absent Spiritual healing list' Lots more hugs from Maggy. xxxxxxxxxx
    March 6, 2014 at 10:17PM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: I KNEW it! I visited here a couple of times and haven't heard from you - I KNEW something was up! Feel better, and don't worry about us - big hugs. XXOO
    March 7, 2014 at 8:36PM
    vkmack: Thanks to you both, Maggy and Dawn. I over-extended, thought I was better, was WRONG, got worse, and am much better now. And that Spiritual Healing List did the trick, Maggy. Thanks. xoxo to you both.
    March 17, 2014 at 2:57AM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: Thinking of you and hoping all is well. Missing you!
    March 29, 2014 at 11:22AM

vkmack: "And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."
~Dr. Seuss

Merry Christmas!
December 25, 2013 at 5:14AM
    vkmack: Sunni! What a gorgeous Christmas Card! This is the first time I've been to my own profile since the holidays, and I feel like I got another gift. Thank you, Sunni. I'm taken aback. I may just sit and look at this for quite a while.
    I hope your New Year is a good one. You deserve the best ever!

    January 6, 2014 at 4:25AM
    sunnilicious: I was just thinking about you. Hope you've settled in to your new place and made friends with the neighbors.
    February 6, 2014 at 10:29PM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: Missing in action!!! Where are you? (hugs - missing you - hope all is going well, dear Vista Kay.)
    March 1, 2014 at 7:03PM

vkmack: I am moving to Austin on New Year's Eve, so the packing is intense right now, as is all the planning. Friends are trying to coordinate their time and energy to help, and I have storage concerns and am tossing and packing and dancing in panic as fast as I can. Please forgive me for being absent. I'd love to be here much more often and feel I'm missing so much. I'll work to catch up with the New Year.
December 21, 2013 at 1:42AM
    shelley kaye: as in texas? ew. i send my sympathies....

    December 21, 2013 at 11:24AM
    vkmack: Shelley, I've been in Texas for 51 of my 52 years (check the profile)! A decade and a half of those were in the wonderfully liberal and musical hippy land of Austin. I've just decided to go home! Excited, but busy.

    I think I'll survive. LOL

    Why ew?

    Why sympathies?

    I needed those months ago when I thought I was stuck here in the wasteland.
    December 23, 2013 at 2:50AM
    vkmack: Merry Christmas to you, too, Dawn! Hope it's fabulous!
    December 25, 2013 at 5:12AM
    sunnilicious: But New Year's Rockin' Eve' is gonna be on tv... I'd have issues if I were you. Happy 2014... Cheers!

    December 27, 2013 at 9:04PM
    vkmack: lol Sunni, you are hysterical. Well, I have issues anyway. Ask most people who know me. ;)

    Hope your New Year is rockin every day of the week!
    January 6, 2014 at 4:28AM

vkmack: Sunday night, I took a break from packing for the big move to Austin to make a treat with my mother, who was here for a visit. We made the Rugelach from the recipe Sunnilicious posted. I have to say that it was incredibly delicious. If you guys have not tried it, let me recommend it--and the story of the recipe as told by our sunnilicious--for the holidays. You won't regret it.
December 18, 2013 at 2:11AM
    Lovinia: I have Sunni's rcipe ready to make for Christmas Day. Sounds delicious and now you have confirmed it! I loved her story too. Kudos for Sunnilicious and her fab recipes and writing. Thanks to vk for letting us know. Merry Christmas and Happy Move! Hugs -Lovi xoxoxo

    December 18, 2013 at 5:23AM
    vkmack: Lovinia, I just heard from some friends who want more Rugelach! Hurry and make it; it's fabulous. Thanks, Sunnilicious! You rock!
    December 21, 2013 at 1:39AM
    vkmack: Love the hearts--but they are a lot smaller than yours, Sunni!
    January 6, 2014 at 4:28AM

vkmack: So sorry to see another Fanstory member go because people were childishly asking for votes and being bullies.

So sad.
December 7, 2013 at 5:53AM
    Debra White: Not again?? I hope they reported the culprit(s) before they decided to leave... shame for them to go because of other people...x
    December 7, 2013 at 7:07AM
    nor84: If we all reported such actions, then nobody would feel forced to leave. Tom would take action against the offenders.
    December 7, 2013 at 12:15PM
    Lovinia: So sorry to hear this..... I don't know who .... why are those with integrity leaving and the cheats and bullies remaining??
    I'm amazed at the ego of one who solicits votes and demeans others .... not on. Great of you to comment vk.

    Hi Debra, nice to 'see' you! lol Warmest regards - Lovi xoxoxo
    December 7, 2013 at 12:20PM
    rama devi: Sorry to hear that to. No idea who it as, though I am also leaving today...not for the same reason. I will continue to review as a standard member, though! Blessings, rd
    December 7, 2013 at 9:04PM
    vkmack: The writer did report the offenders (one of whom has won several contests), but she's decided to go anyway. People behave so immaturely. I'm baffled as to why behaving immorally over $100 is supposedly acceptable. I've only been asked for a vote once, and I just ignored the request. It never happened again, and I hope it doesn't. I will not hesitate to report a request at this point. The number of incidents has become disturbing. I know people who refuse to engage in the contests because they fear that kind of behavior. A contest entry is an investment, and we expect others to behave in an appropriate manner. Instead, they attack the other entrants and then request votes. That's such petulant and childish behavior.
    December 8, 2013 at 1:08AM
    vkmack: I guess I don't understand why we can't get along and "play fair."
    December 8, 2013 at 5:33AM
    Jade Lawson : Honesty is an expensive gift. Don't expect it from cheap people!
    December 9, 2013 at 4:20AM
    Titanx9: When people come on and ingratiate themselves with Tom, showing him how to do almost magically things with technology, I imagine it's difficult for him to see the culprit for the unprincipled cads they are....just saying....
    December 9, 2013 at 10:24PM
    vkmack: Thanks for the comments, you guys. But blinders are only necessary for horses--and then just during a fire. Immoral people hurt the rest of us, and I'm so tired of dealing with it. It's depressing. Can anyone explain why we should keep entering contests only to have cheaters win?
    December 9, 2013 at 11:53PM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: I have personally become so disgusted, I no longer enter prompts - yours was the only one in several months. I cannot imagine how this was not dealt with severely, since a complaint was made - it has given me great pause, as I have also complained at one time about possible unethical behaviour and received no response.
    December 10, 2013 at 9:15PM
    vkmack: Well, I was told that the offending parties were gone, but my information was incorrect. The member who was bullied is leaving, while the idiots who abused their membership are, apparently, allowed to stay. I'm not commenting on this again. My final word? If I'm asked for votes or discover plagiarism (And I was an English teacher; it's surprisingly easy.), I won't hesitate to expose the offending parties. Y'all have a great rest of the week. Peace be with you.
    December 12, 2013 at 2:38AM
    Jade Lawson : It was quite surprising to have won the story of the month, considering it was the first short story I ever wrote, and through a simple language. Anyway, it feels great to have winning without the need of cheating or plagiarizing. Regarding the cheating, well, we cannot say the same regarding the last winner of the past story of the month...
    December 12, 2013 at 5:57PM
    vkmack: Congrats on the win, Angel! You were very deserving! The story was incredibly touching and brave.
    December 18, 2013 at 2:09AM

FanStory wrote to vkmack: Congratulations on your third place finish in the Reviewing Competition.
November 23, 2013 at 9:08AM
    Silent1rose: OH YEA!! GO VISTA KAY!! :)
    November 23, 2013 at 11:31AM
    rama devi: Congratulations! :)
    November 23, 2013 at 12:50PM
    Tessa Kay: Well done. Congratulations!
    November 23, 2013 at 2:15PM
    vkmack: Thank you all for the warm congrats! How nice to have you check in. :)
    November 23, 2013 at 2:17PM
    Just2Write: Hey VK - Congrats on that third place finish on the Reviewing Contest. It is a lot of hard work to review well - Nice that you got some reconition for what you do. Rose.
    November 23, 2013 at 2:46PM
    Bayberry: Very much deserved recognition, my friend. What an uplift! :)
    November 23, 2013 at 7:31PM
    Dean Kuch: Congrats, VK...
    November 24, 2013 at 9:36PM
    vkmack: Thanks to you all again for your lovely thoughts and good wishes!

    This is such a wonderful family.

    November 25, 2013 at 1:08AM
    sunnilicious: It's never too late to be proud.... Congratulations!
    December 27, 2013 at 9:07PM
    vkmack: Oh, Sunni! Thanks so much!
    January 6, 2014 at 4:29AM

vkmack: Well, I'm back, but I'm seven pounds lighter. Wow. That was a real bug. You guys eat your veggies and drink some OJ.
November 18, 2013 at 6:04AM
    Silent1rose: Welcome back VK! I love OJ or Vita C. :P
    November 18, 2013 at 8:06AM
    vkmack: Thanks, Rose! Glad to be checking in and doing some reviewing. I'm taking my vitamins, like a good girl. ;)
    November 22, 2013 at 4:24AM

vkmack: I am recuperating from the flu, so I'm in and out of the fanstory site as I am able to sit at the computer. This was the worst bout I've had with the flu bug in a long time, and recovery is slow, but I'll be back in full swing as soon as I can.
I miss you guys!
November 12, 2013 at 3:20AM

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