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Patrick F. Rooney

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in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The United States




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Patrick Rooney is an author of techno-thrillers and historical fiction. A native of New Mexico, he attended the University of New Mexico, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition, and New Mexico State University, where he earned a Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He subsequently earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from The University of Denver. He honed his writing craft while working as a software designer in the computer industry. He has written two novels. Patrick lives in Broomfield, Colorado, where his interests include playing and composing music, travel, yoga, and investment management.

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Patrick F. Rooney I have a couple of favorites.

Pip and Estella from Charles Dicken's Great Expectations. Pip's unrequited love for Estella, a young woman trained by he…more
I have a couple of favorites.

Pip and Estella from Charles Dicken's Great Expectations. Pip's unrequited love for Estella, a young woman trained by her wealthy, adoptive mother to treat men cruelly because of her own broken heart, is beyond Pip's reach, both socially and emotionally. Her beauty compels Pip to make himself a better man in the hopes that she will fall in love with him once he's a proper gentleman, even though she treats him badly. The complex nature of their relationship is one of the most interesting pairings in fiction.

I will also add Edmond Dante's and Mercedes in Alexander Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo as an interesting fictional couple. The strength of their love for each other even after several decades of separation including the time when she marries another man and has a son with him is inspiring. (less)
Patrick F. Rooney I don't get writer's block. Perhaps that's because life's challenges provide plenty of material to craft stories.
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Netflix's production of The Crown is extraordinary.

Every once in a while a television series comes along that seizes your imagination by the throat and won't let go. Seeing Downton Abbey was that way for me. I will put The Tudors and Breaking Bad in that category as well. I must now add The Crown to the list of stories that keep me enraptured episode after episode late into the night.

The writing, acting, costumes, and scenery are exceptional. And Read more of this blog post »
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Published on November 05, 2016 11:12 Tags: britain, british-royal-family, churchill, peter-morgan-history, the-crown, the-queen

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“Wisdom is being able to see the world for what it is, rather than what you want it to be.”
Patrick F. Rooney, The Angel of Innisfree

“Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.”
Dante Alighieri, Inferno

“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man's soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.”
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“Some people standby you in your darkest hour while others walk away; only a select few march towards you and become even closer friends.”
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“So does nobody care about Ireland?"
"Nobody. Neither King Louis, nor King Billie, nor King James." He nodded thoughtfully. "The fate of Ireland will be decided by men not a single one of whom gives a damn about her. That is her tragedy.”
Edward Rutherfurd, The Rebels of Ireland

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