Welcome! This is my blog, the online site I use to comment on political topics and whatever else happens to be on my mind at the moment. I also use it to post on issues of importance to the gay community.
I used to blog a lot more, but these days I’m spending my time mostly fighting the lies, slanders, and misguided policies of the dotard, aka Donald Trump. That’s not very easy to be honest and doesn’t leave much time for blogging or anything else.
I do try to post my favorite political cartoon of week every Sunday along with some personal commentary; at least that’s what I’ve been doing lately. In any event, feel free to poke around the site to see whether anything interests you. Suggestions for improvements are also welcome.
I like writing. For some reason I always have. Words can move people in powerful ways if you know how to write well and are motivated to do so.
Writing stories is still a third thing I enjoy doing. Usually I write stories about topics like right and wrong, hope and despair, good and evil, war and peace, virtue and vice, and growing up. Sometimes I even write about all of these things and more in the very same story 🙂
I try to avoid sermonizing in my stories, however. I prefer exploring those topics through the challenges my characters face in everyday life. That seems to be the best way to do it, at least to me, but hopefully the stories will encourage you to think about those things as well.
One thing you should know is that my stories feature characters who are young, gay, and sexually active. If it is illegal for you to read stories like that or you’re not into those kinds of characters or stories, consider yourself warned.
If that’s the case, this is definitely not the right blog for you and you shouldn’t be reading my stories.
I suppose it’s not surprising I would end up creating a blog given my interest in politics and writing. That I ended up with two separate but connected sites is a bit more unusual.
I named this site The Café Palermo after a fictional bar in the very first story I ever posted online. I called the story Connected and you can read it for free by clicking this link. The Café also makes an appearance in some of my other stories.
Although fictional the Café Palermo is based on a real bar in Washington, D.C. that used to exist but is no longer in business. Compared to the original, this blog is pretty tame. Worse still, you’ll have to provide your own food and drinks 🙂
Dancing and having fun are still permitted, of course, but I’m afraid we won’t be able to provide any of the other services you used to be able to purchase at the Palermo. In fact, it’s best not even to ask about those.
All of the stories I post online are free to read. If you do so, I’d appreciate hearing from you with any comments or suggestions you may have. Your comments could make a difference since I can only really improve as a writer if I hear from people like you; and it’s also the only reward I get for giving the stories away for free.
Here’s a little tutorial I wrote up about how to comment. Another way to comment, make suggestions or let me know what’s going on with you is by sending me an e-mail. There’s also a link for contacting me up above on the main menu.
Any information you provide will remain completely confidential and anonymous. I will not not give, sell or provide your personal information to anyone else under any circumstance. That’s a guaranteed fact, not one of Donald Trump’s alternative facts.
In any event, however you do it, I look forward to hearing from you.
Reading is fun. It can take you to places that you’ve never been to before. It can enlighten and uplift and take your cares away. That’s why I write stories. The Café Palermo Annex is the separate but connected web site where I post them online.
My inspiration for writing stories comes from Charles Dickens. I’m certainly not in the same league with Dickens as an author. Like Dickens, however, I serialize my stories and post them over many weeks rather than all at once.
There are advantages and disadvantages to writing this way. One advantage is that you don’t have to have everything done before you start posting. You can improvise along the way.
One of the disadvantages is that sometimes you end up including more material than you might if you were posting the story online as a single, finished, product.
That’s why I would like to rewrite my stories if I had enough time to do so. They could definitely be tightened up and made better. But once you’ve completed a serialized story, it’s hard for an author to carve up his own words.
You can know the changes you want to make, but making them yourself can be agonizing. Who wants to toss out material you’ve labored over for a long time?
Be that as it may, The Annex is where I actually post my stories online. Back when I put up this blog in 2011 I thought there was a good reason for keeping the stories separate from the rest of my writing.
I’m no longer certain that’s the case, but one advantage of having a separate site is that you can easily avoid the political commentary I only post on this site by hanging out at The Annex rather than here 🙂
Two other stories I’ve written are With Apologies Mr. Dickens and Stuffed. They’re part of what I call my Holiday Tales collection and are more seasonal in nature. If you’re wondering about that, think Christmas and Thanksgiving respectively.
My latest story, which I called Justice, tells the tale of what happens when the Chief Justice of the United States dies. It’s kind of a political thriller and an effort to write a story in a different way than I’ve done up until now.
You can read the synopsis by clicking on that title link above. Although some of my other stories are probably more interesting, Justice may be the best from a technical writing point of view; and I think the ending is pretty exciting as well.
KitKatKid is a pseudonym I chose before I started posting online and you’re still welcome to use that if you e-mail me.
These days I’m also going by Kit McKiernan because I’m trying to sound a bit more mature. I use pseudonyms because there are deranged people on the internet and they usually end up finding their way to this site somehow 🙂
The only important thing you need to know about me is that I like to write stories and let people read them for free. That’s why I set up this blog in the first place. If you like to read stories and mine are any good, that’s probably all we need to focus on.
Though you’ll probably learn a bit more about me if you pay attention as you go about reading my stories.
As you read one of my blog postings at the Café or one of my stories at The Annex, feel free to check out the galleries at each of the sites. They include some of the images I used to introduce a particular chapter or to highlight one of my blog postings originally.
The galleries are a way of making some of them available to you without forcing you to search through years of postings. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do, but check out this post before trying to access them.