Proof Cover_MicrotonesI am halfway through life. Been told by various people that I have lived several lifetimes in this one. If there is only one. Who knows? I think out of the box often. I’m an outsider. Also vegetarian. I like animals. Sometimes feel like one. I write about American themes: broken families, the downtrodden, homelessness, gay issues, racism, war, violence…you get the drift. I love to laugh, relish my friends. Have an incredible life. Flirt often. Be sweet. Love is all that matters. Listen deeply. You just never know. My book Flash Fiction Fridays is an anthology of 34 stories we read on National Public Radio and is available at Amazon. My new chapbook, Microtones, is available from Cervena Barva Press. It’s 24 prose/poems and is 7.00 plus shipping: The Lost Bookshelf Homepage You can read the first review of Microtones by Christopher Allen here: http://www.fictionaut.com/wordpress/2013/03/28/books-at-fictionaut-microtones-by-robert-vaughan/  ]]>

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