About Rumple_deWriter


I have been a country grocery store clerk, oil field roustabout, infantry soldier, paper pusher, out-of-work, and a newspaper columnist. I am now trying to add published novelist to my resume. My short fiction has appeared in: WORKERS WRITE: Tales From the Clinic (SS anthology), NIBBLER, ABSOLUTE WRITE (newletter article) ROSE & THORN, DEADMULE, USADS, NEW WORKS REVIEW, CHICK FLICKS, MUSCADINE LINES, and LONG STORY SHORT. LSS also ran an excerpt of my second novel, WE DANCED TO RAY CHARLES, a coming-of-age love story that was named a Faulkner competition semi-finalist and a finalist by the Santa Fe Writer's Project contest.

edited to add: Since joining SS, 've lost all sight in my one remaining eye due to a detached retina. Could be worse. At least I no longer have to look at myself in the mirror each morning. Interests

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Topic: Thin Mints Secrets
Posted: 12 Feb 2018 05:09

I will not buy another box, until one of the little girl scouts can tell me, with certainty, just how many boxes of Thin Mints I need to eat before they start working...

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Topic: Calls For Poetry and Fiction Submissions
Posted: 05 Feb 2018 17:32

Here's a list of places to submit your fiction and poetry in the weeks to come. For more details and even more entries, check out the free, online newsletter of, Author's Publish.


ID Press: Crime

They want crime stories for this issue, but with a difference. They suggest one way to do it is by shaking up the tropes and layering the story with a different genre like science fiction, horror, mystery, war or historical. They welcome diverse stories and characters.
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Length: 2,000-5,000 words
Pay: $25
Details here.

Sword & Sonnet: An Anthology of Battle Poets

They want stories on the theme – fantasy, science fiction or horror. Stories must feature a woman or non-binary battle poet as a main character. The editors are looking for lyrical shimmery stories, epic fantasy tales, and gritty poetpunk. Stories could feature secondary, historical or contemporary settings. Translations are accepted.
Deadline: 1 March 2018
Length: Up to 5,000 words; ideally 2,000-5,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.

Litro Magazine: The Back of the Bus

They want short fiction, flash fiction and nonfiction on the theme. “The back of the bus is where the cool, popular kids sit … it’s the top of the social pecking order … but then there’s an older meaning, harking back to segregation … so what will this issue be? You show us.”
Deadline: 1 March 2018
Length: Up to 4,000 words
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Hex Gunslinger: A Weird Western Anthology
The editors want speculative, mysterious, and romantic weird western tall tales. Framed as an unearthed secret library years after the civil war, each story should hold the ethos of western expansion beginning in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase, and ending around the 1850s not necessarily restricted to a North American audience. This anthology is inspired by Preacher (TV) and Jonah Woodson Hex (the comic). They are also accepting a spotlight story, involving a person of color serving as an officer of the law (officially or unofficially) as a central element of the plot.
Deadline: 1 March 2018
Length: 1,000-1,500 words for spotlight stories; 1,000-40,000 words for others
Pay: $0.02-0.03/word for spotlight stories; $0.01/word for others
Details here.

Priestess & Hierophant Press: Darkness and Light

They want fiction and poetry on the theme, in the following areas: speculative, literary, esoteric works, fine artwork and cross-genre work. They lean towards dark and macabre, strange and illuminating, wicked and spectacular. All marginalizations, in work and author, are strongly encouraged. Read the guidelines for the aesthetic, editor preferences, and other details.
Deadline: 1 March 2018
Length: 3-5 poems, 2,000-3,500 words for fiction, up to 1,500 words for flash fiction
Pay: Anthology copy
Details here.

Iota Magazine: Mind, Body and Medicine

For their second print issue, they want to explore the theme of mind, body and medicine through art, literature and culture. They accept short stories, poems, life writing, memoir, travel writing, food writing and more. These forms can be combined, played with, deconstructed and all can be completely fictive – the editors ask for the writing to be bold and original.
Deadline: 1 March 2018
Length: 500-2,000 words for prose, up to 4 poems
Pay: None
Details here.

ChiZine: War on Christmas

This speculative fiction magazine is looking for stories and poems on the theme. They want deranged and demented stories and poems that snap back against all that holiday schmaltz. They lean toward the dark, the speculative (SF, fantasy, horror), the flat-out weird, the humourous. The editors also caution that there will likely be a lot of Santa stories submitted. They urge authors to think more widely, especially outside the white, Judeo-Christian canon. They are open to reprints.
Deadline: 4 March 2018
Length: 500-5,000 words for stories; up to 2 pages for poetry
Pay: CAD0.08/word
Details here.

Mslexia: Weather; Cooking

Twice annually the magazine seeks themed poetry and prose for the Showcase section (previously New Writing). There are two upcoming themes: Weather, and Cooking. They publish writing by women.
Deadline: 5 March for Weather, 4 June for Cooking
Length: Stories of up to 2,200 words, poetry of 40 lines and scripts of 1,000 words
Pay: £25
Details here.

Fundead Publications: Non-traditional Gothic

They want traditional literary gothic stories with a non-traditional spin. The main spin they want to see is non-traditional characters in this genre (they want characters who aren’t straight, white young cis women or straight, white brooding cis men). They do want large houses, brooding main characters or brooding in general if it works well in the story, well-researched literary stories with a pulp gothic feel and dark themes. No modern sci-fi, steampunk, splatter-porn, erotica, trashy-romance or cozy mystery. See guidelines for further specifications and editor preferences.
Deadline: 11 March 2018
Length: 6,000-15,000 words
Pay: $25
Details here.

Arachne Press: An Outbreak of Peace

This anthology seeks fiction and poetry celebrating the centenary of the end of World War I. They would particularly like to include something from each of the countries involved in WWI, not just the victors. It is up to the writers how they respond to the theme, and it doesn’t need to be specific to WWI. They find nothing to celebrate in war, and want a good balance for the book between appropriate commemoration of the dead, relief that it’s over and hope for the future. No erotica, horror, gore, sexist stereotypes, romance or chick-lit. Deaf writers may submit by video in BSL. Blind writers may submit audio files.
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Length: 1,000-2,000 words; poems up to 1,000 words
Pay: Royalties
Details here.

Force of Nature Anthology (working title)

Stories for this anthology should involve nature and the weird at their core, and is open to all fiction genres. The guidelines say, “At an ever-advancing tipping point, humanity persists in its war against the natural world. Running a trail of extinction and cutting down vast swathes of oxygen-producing forests, we breed at an alarming pace, overpopulating a planet we seem hell-bent on reigning in – but at what cost? …There is something inherently weird in our behaviour toward Nature. Two distinct energies, two conscious mentalities, humanity and the natural world find themselves at loggerheads. Can we be held accountable if – as part of nature ourselves – we are driven by the need for survival, the way all species are? And if the answer is no, should we not anticipate that Nature will do the same?”
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Length: 2,500-10,000 words
Pay: $0.07/word up to 7,000 words; $0.05/word for stories longer than 7,000 words
Details here.

SHANTIH Journal: Politics/Social Justice/Human Rights

They accept fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry that reflects the theme. The work should emphasize the current political moment. They are especially interested in work that reflects America’s moment of national and global crises. They want work ranging from the subtle to the overt, but which expresses the pain and strife caused by the obvious barriers confronting all those who seek personal, communal, national and global peace in an atmosphere that glorifies selfishness, greed, violence, supremacy, and domination of the powerful over the weak. They welcome underrepresented voices.
Deadline: 4 May 2018
Length: 1,000-10,000 words for fiction and nonfiction, up to 1,000 words for flash, up to 7 poems, 20 pages of drama
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Topic: Morgan Hawke: Advice for New Writers
Posted: 22 Jan 2018 08:16

Story Writing for BEGINNERS
by MorganHawke
* copied from the Morgan Hawke advice forum on Lush

So when you wanna write a story, where do you begin? With your PASSION!

Write what you KNOW & LOVE

What do you KNOW, really? What do you love to Do, to Study, to Think About, to Talk About...? Whether it's cave-diving, model trains, skate-boarding, sewing, horses,

mythology, ghost legends, or particle physics your passion is where you will find your most unique and powerful work.

Make a list of all the things you know well and all the things you've done -- seriously! Mythology, history, any retail jobs you might have had -- anything you might have

seen, done, or studied.

Sticking with your passions and your personal experiences also keeps you from making the fewest MISTAKES.

Case in point, someone who has never kissed isn't going to be able to write a kissing scene as well as someone who Has. Worst of all, someone with experience will know

IMMEDIATELY when the writer doesn't know what they're talking about. Once that happens, they're closing your story -- never to look at it again.

If you insist on writing about something outside of your personal experience, do your RESEARCH thoroughly. Google.com & Wikipedia.com are your friends!


Character Creation 101

The easiest way to make an original character is by modeling your character on one you already know.

Out of all the movies you have seen, what fictional character is most like what you need for your story? You want a movie or animated character because you need to PICTURE

your character as they move through your stories. This is ESSENTIAL for Active Writing.

Favorite characters I like to use:
- Trinity from the Matrix
- Keiffer Sutherland from the Lost Boys & 24
- Robert Carlyle from Ravenous and Plunkett & McLean
- Wolverine from the X-Men
- Sandra Bullock from Miss Congeniality and Speed
- Johnnie Depp from Sleepy Hollow and Sweeny Todd
- Selene from Underworld
- Riddick from Pitch Black

The trick is to change their names and appearance enough to disguise them while leaving their base character traits -- and dialogue style -- intact!

"Wait! Isn't using someone else's characters' Plagiarism?"
-- Only if the character still has the Same Name and the Same Physical Description. Change those and it's not. Think! If no one ever borrowed characters, there'd only be ONE

vampire novel in existence--and it wouldn't be "Dracula".

You should have THREE Main Characters to tell a whole story:
Proponent (Hero): The one trying to Keep things the way they are.
Antagonist (Villain): The one trying to Change things from the way they are.
Ally (buddy or lover): The one caught in the Middle, and usually telling the story.

-----Original Message-----
"But what if I only want to use two characters?"

Then use only Two:
Proponent (Hero): The one trying to Keep things the way they are.
Antagonist (Villain): The one trying to Change things from the way they are.

However, using only Two main characters will make it harder to tell the whole thing. Don't be surprised if a Third character sneaks their way in to help you!


Okay now that you have your Characters, you need to make a world to put them in.

The easiest place to put your characters is a place you already know. For all other places, there's RESEARCH. Google.com is invaluable for finding pictures of places you've

never been and journals posted by people living there. Find them and READ them.

If you're building a fantasy world, a historical world, or a sci-fi world for your first story, CHEATING is your best option.

There are a million and one Gaming Books and Gaming Sites featuring all kinds of historical, fantastical, and scientific data it would take you YEARS to uncover. Just make

sure you separate Fact from Fiction! And for God's sake, CHANGE what you Can! You don't need people screaming at you for copyright violation.

If you're determined to build your world from scratch, then here is the absolute best guide on world building there is:

Patricia C. Wrede's Worldbuilder Questions

Making your story HAPPEN!

Rather than make this complicated, let's go the simple route. Once you have all three (or two) characters, ask each one these Three Questions:

• Who am I and what do I do?
• What do I want?
• What is the worst thing that could happen to me?

Once you know the answers to all of these questions, you pretty much have your whole story.

• "Who am I and what do I do?" is your introduction.
• "What do I want?" is what puts your characters in opposition. Your hero has a Goal. Your Villain doesn't want them to have it because it gets in the way of their Goal.
• Your main character's 'Worst Thing' is the REVERSAL to your story dead center in the Middle.
• The Villain's 'Worst Thing' is the main CLIMAX close to the end. It's the turning point that allows your Main Character to win. The End.

Simple, ne?

So where do you begin Writing?

NOT at the beginning!

Open the story within one page of Hero meets Villain, (or Lover meets Beloved) with the story already in progress. Action scenes and snappy dialogue are the best hooks for

snaring your reader, but hints of Mysterious things yet to happen works well too. I also set the stage for the story about to begin with a few lines of Description so that the

reader can SEE everything as it happens.

The trick to not boring them is: Don't Tell them ANYTHING!

Give broad hints, but don't Info-dump. Use Dialogue to hint at clues to the secondary character’s back-story. This way you make the reader an eavesdropper who MUST read on to

find out, "What the heck is going on?"

The easiest way to keep your reader from figuring out what's going on -- and how your story will end -- is by telling the whole story from One POV (point of view.) MAKE the

reader discover from INSIDE your main character why this vampire hunted this particular guy down, and why he isn’t running in screaming terror. MAKE your readers put two and

two together and try to come up with the right answer.

Tricks to keeping your story SHORT!

Keep the number of characters to a Minimum!
The larger the cast -- the longer the story.

This is because each and every character you use must have their story problem FIXED by the end of the story. If you don't, you create a PLOT HOLE that your readers WILL

notice, and call you on.

Keep the Point of your story firmly in mind.
What are you trying to Show with your story?

Love Conquers All
Greed makes one Greedier
Love = Insanity
Love doesn't always mean Happiness
Love isn't always Nice
You Reap what you Sow
Destiny is a Bitch
You can't escape Yourself
A Snake will always be a Snake
Sometimes, Love means Letting Go
Sometimes, Love means Giving In
Appetites will find a way to be Filled
Revenge only brings Misery

In short, know what you want to say and how you intend to END the story before you begin!

Only put in what you intend to USE.
If it doesn't affect the Plot, the Characters or the Point of your story, you don't need it.

This includes Description.

In a short story, everything is pared down to the minimum, so you only need to describe the characters your character directly interacts with, and their immediate

surroundings, no more, but no less either. You want to make sure that your Reader can SEE what's happening, but you don't need to go into detail about every babbling brook and


Once you've finished your story, Read it OUT LOUD to yourself.
This will allow you to catch most of your mistakes before anyone else sees them.

• If you have to stop to take a breath before you finish a sentence -- the sentence is Too Long.
• If you have to read a line twice to figure out what you just said, so will your Readers. Any time you have to reread anything, something is WRONG.
• If you find your attention drifting from the story you are reading out loud -- so will your Readers.
• If you find yourself skipping parts to get to better parts -- so will your readers.
• If YOU don't find what you're reading interesting enough to keep reading, neither will your Readers.

In Conclusion...
Writing a story isn't all that hard or even complicated. It's what you put into your story that makes it complicated -- and uniquely yours.


DISCLAIMER: As with all advice, take what you can use and throw out the rest. As a multi-published author, I have been taught some fairly rigid rules on what is publishable

and what is not. If my rather straight-laced (and occasionally snotty,) advice does not suit your creative style, by all means, IGNORE IT.

Morgan Hawke

Topic: "A comment has been made on one of your stories"
Posted: 20 Jan 2018 09:04

Meredith, try sending this info to: Maggie (site admin), Gav or Nicola.

At the moment, the land of Lush appears to be having computer woes. This may, or may not, be related.

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Topic: Carina Press is Harlequin’s digital-first adult fiction imprint
Posted: 19 Jan 2018 09:41

note: Odds are the links will not work. If so, google, Carina Press, and check it out. RdW


Carina Press is Harlequin’s digital-first adult fiction imprint, publishing first in digital, and then depending on the numbers releasing audio and print versions as well. Unlike most of Harlequin’s imprints they don’t just focus on romance, although they are open to all subgenres of romance, including contemporary, paranormal, LGBTQ+, and science fiction. They also publish mysteries of all flavors—from cozies to thrillers, with and without romantic elements.

The same authors often write for them over and over again, which is generally a good sign. They are also open to publishing series. They are open to various levels of commitment too as they regularly have anthology submission calls, where authors can just submit a short story, usually to match a theme. At the top of their submission guidelines page there is even an option to sign up for emailed updates on their anthology calls.

Their submission guidelines are very detailed and you should read them carefully before proceeding. They also have a very helpful page called what the editors want, which was updated in the spring of 2017. You can learn more about the individual editors here. All submissions are made through the submission manager Submittable.

They say they respond to all submissions in around two months but based on feedback in this thread (which I did not read all 52 pages of), a longer wait period is to be expected. Carina Press is also very active on social media, and you can learn about all the places you can follow them here.


* Copied from the free, online, 'Authors Publish' newsletter.

Topic: Larry is, AWESOME!
Posted: 16 Jan 2018 18:15

Our very own, Larry F Nye, has been recognized as 'AWESOME' over on LUSH. Read this write-up by Sprite and you'll understand why the honor was so well deserved.

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Sometimes you just can't ignore the love - a lot of people have suggested that Green Man should get this award since I first mentioned it. A lot, and so, without further ado, here's what his fans, and he has many, have to say...

Larry (Green_Man) is a talented and prolific poet and author with 476 poems and stories to his credit, an incredibly generous donation of his time and talents to make Lush more attractive to our readers. His contributions to Lush over the years go far beyond that, however. He has also read and supported many other authors with generous and helpful comments, perhaps a word of praise here or a gentle nudge there, something any author (and especially we amateurs!) comes to appreciate as they polish their craft.

A good and loyal friend to many, he's built a strong following for his work and is always a friendly, insightful, and interesting contributor in the forums.

The first to achieve the still-rare Omnium Award for writing stories across all Lush categories, his energy is what first made the award necessary. In retrospect, we probably should have named it "The Larry". With eight Famous Stories and over a million (two million, maybe? math is not our forte'...) views on his works, he has brought countless hours of pleasure and entertainment to our members and visitors alike. Still furnishing fantastic fiction and prolifically publishing poetry (porn also works in the latter alliteration) Larry can often be found these days at Rumplations Honky Tonk & Cyber Bar. Stop by and say hello and let him buy you a drink... which surely anyone this awesome would be happy to do!

Congratulations Larry, and thank you for helping to make Lush what it is today by being awesome. Big Hugs

Topic: Five Calls for Submissions
Posted: 15 Jan 2018 12:51

Submitted for your consideration, five publications seeking a variety of writing with deadlines beginning in the middle of February.

As always, for more information, Google the publication's name and go to its 'How to Submit' section

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Smoking Pen Press: A Kiss and a Promise (working title)

They want romance stories for this anthology. The stories can be contemporary, regency, futuristic, paranormal, historical, fantasy, humor or any other kind of romance, except erotica.
Deadline: 14 February 2018
Length: 7,000-12,000 words
Pay: $25 or copies

Darkhouse Books: Libraries and Librarians

This anthology will feature cozy to cozy-noir stories featuring libraries and librarians. They accept reprints.
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Length: 2,500-5,000 words
Pay: Royalty split

Darkhouse Books: Sanctuary

For this anthology they want poetry, flash, short fiction, and creative nonfiction reflecting the theme of sanctuary, refuge, shelter, or asylum, from the perspective of those offering, seeking, denying, or destroying it. They are leaning towards the literary but all genres are accepted. They accept reprints.
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Length: Up to five poems and/or two prose pieces
Pay: Royalty split

Starbooks: The Power of the Paw

They want authors’ dog adoption or rescue stories, along with photos. With this anthology, the editors want to bring awareness and raise funds to support the organizations who help get dogs off the street, into ‘no kill’ shelters, out of abusive situations and shut down puppy mills. This anthology will be the first in a series; next up is Cats, The Power of the Purr.
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Length: Unspecified
Pay: Unspecified

Over My Dead Body! The Mystery Magazine

They publish a wide variety of mystery-related manuscripts, from cozy to hardboiled, and everything in between. They also accept nonfiction: mystery-related author interviews/ profiles and articles. Mystery-related travel pieces will also be considered. (For example: travel article about the Reichenbach Falls of Sherlock Holmes fame.) Query first.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: Up to 500 words for nonfiction; 750-4,000 words for fiction
Pay: $0.01/word for fiction; $10-25 for nonfiction

* excerpted from the, Authors Publish, free, online newsletter. *

Topic: A 'Next Up' Story Challenge
Posted: 14 Jan 2018 06:40

Something of a writing challenge has popped up on the main page. It's unplanned,unregulated, neither authorized nor sanctioned, and has a 100 word limit.

So far, there are three entries which should, imo, be read in sequence to best appreciate the sublime charms of the stories.

Anna May Zing, wrote the first one, 'Home Late'.

Ping jumped in with number two, cleverly title, Home Late 2. (just scroll up a bit to find it)

Kind of Heart made the latest contribution, 'What Was She Doing?' (keep scrolling up to find that gem).

The storyline concerns the misadventures of a certain mature lady who is unaware she's sitting buck nekkid on the upper deck of a London bus.

Anyway, go check it out, enjoy the reads, then make a contribution if you're so inclined.

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Topic: Perks of Aging
Posted: 08 Jan 2018 07:29

Here are some perks of reaching 60 or being over 70 and heading towards 80 and Beyond.

1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
2. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
3. No one expects you to run--anywhere.
4. People call at 8 PM and ask, "Did I wake you?"
5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
7. Things you buy now won't wear out.
8. You can eat supper at 5 PM.
9. You can live without sex but not your glasses.
10. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.

Topic: Recent 'Recommended Reads'
Posted: 02 Jan 2018 10:30

Here are six recent Recommended Reads for your post-holidays reading pleasure. The categories include:
Flash, Micro, Poetry, Supernatural, Memoirs, and Musings. I 'recommend' y'all check 'em all out. ;)

This link to the Recommended Reads list may or may not work:

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Bugsy's Revenge

Frank Danger has two choices: Think fast or die.

I was tailing the unfaithful husband of a neurotic client down a dark alley when someone slipped behind me and put a gun to my neck. I heard Bugsy’s voice and knew I had a problem. “Frank Danger, P.I.!” he said with a delighted baritone that rumbled like a dump truck. “Bugsy.” He laid a heavy mitt on my back and sent me staggering. Bugsy was a great guy. I thought the world of him. ... Read On ]

Added: 28 Dec 2017 | Category: Flash Fiction | Avg Score: 5 | Words: 957 | Tags: noir hardboiled detective private investigator pulp |



Learning to Swim

Still waters run deep

Added: 10 Dec 2017 | Category: Micro Fiction | Avg Score: 5 | Words: 100



We Have All The Time In The World
For my lover

We have all the time in the world It is not denial But acceptance of a higher truth My eyes look upon you and know We will go on No matter what they say It is the only way to live our lives To the fullest With each day that passes To live without seeing an end To love without crying again To laugh without doubting And win We have all the time in the world ... Read On

Added: 18 Oct 2017 | Category: Poetry | Avg Score: 5 | Words: 76 | Tags: poetry prose poem love poem |



The Therian: Chapter One

"Above all watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you."

Lily jerked awake, barely registering the chorus of the song playing on the radio, and the white noise sounds cars made while on the move. She was dreaming about running through the forest. Something was chasing her, and she was all alone. She shook it off and looked around to familiarize herself with the here and now. Next to her in the driver's seat was her Dad. His familiar bearded... Read On

Added: 22 Sep 2017 | Category: Supernatural | Avg Score: 4.5 | Words: 1,872 | Tags: werewolf lycan lycanthrope therian romance angst drama |



Learning to Fly

Dear Dad, I should have done this so much sooner but I am a procrastinator as you well know. Sharing my thoughts with you now is the very least I can offer. Soon you won't remember my words and perhaps not even my face. Fate is cruel, stealing your memories but leaving your body healthy and intact. From the time I was little I always felt safe with you. We had so much fun and not always... Read On

Added: 20 Sep 2017 | Category: Memoirs | Avg Score: 5 | Words: 391 | Tags: love memories parents family grieving |



Waiting for Irma

Nothing else to do

I'm sitting here in Southwest Florida, mere feet from the Gulf of Mexico. I live here. I've lived here for 30 years and have never been this scared. There is a storm coming. A huge storm. Hurricane Irma. She is 400 miles of catastrophic wind and will bring storm surges over 12 feet high. I feel like I am waiting to die. We all are. My family. My love. My life. Waiting. Why don't I head... Read On

Added: 09 Sep 2017 | Category: Musings | Avg Score: 5 | Words: 414 | Tags: adi rambling hurricane help! |

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Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch. 12, Love on The Levee

   The official plan, as carefully explained to all parental units, had called for Amy and Libby to share a motel room. The guys would stay with Mark’s roommate who was supposed to be in summer school. In reality, Mark’s roommate had just flunked out. And no one questioned that Bob and Libby would have the motel room to themselves. Once they were dropped off, Mark and Amy headed for...

Added 01 Nov 2017 | Category General | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 414 | 2 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 11, Journey South

  Alexandria, a small, nondescript city on the Red River in central Louisiana, is the symbolic checkpoint separating the state’s French, Catholic south from its Scots-Irish, Protestant north. In the pre-interstate days, a two-lane highway weaved its way south from town toward Baton Rouge. A picturesque, tree-lined bayou flanked one side of the road. On the other side were pastures and a...

Added 18 Oct 2017 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 4 | Avg Score 4.75 | Views 199 | 4 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 10, Moonlight and Revelations

 The phone wouldn't stop ringing. Amy, sitting at the table on the other side of the kitchen, eating a bologna-on-white-with-mayonnaise sandwich and heading into what she sensed would be one of the   steamier parts of,"The Carpetbaggers," tried to ignore the noise, though she couldn’t help wondering what had happened to her sister who always tried to beat everyone else to the phone. Jan...

Added 09 Oct 2017 | Category General | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 225 | 4 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 09, Darrell's Disaster

Delmar Bullock wasn’t impressed, not one little bit. The three young farts standing just inside the door to his storage shed didn’t seem good for much, most of all a Klan job. At first, they tried to act cocky like this was no big deal. But none of  ‘em said a word after seeing the cross he put together that afternoon. He wondered why Jack Boudreaux, who always worried about security...

Added 25 Sep 2017 | Category General | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 212 | 4 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 08, Boudreaux Family Values

  “Hey, good lookin’, what ya got cookin’ tonight?” At the sound of Darrell Ray’s cocky, teasing voice, Bebe gave him an unhurried glance. Then she took her time putting away an unread folder, turning off the fluorescent desk light and covering the typewriter. When everything was in order, she leaned back and met his gaze. It was way past the lumberyard’s two o’clock Saturday closing time....

Added 18 Sep 2017 | Category Drama | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 194 | 5 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 07, Summer Inactivities

  Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 07, S8ummer Inactivities   “I guess it’s about time we had that little talk.” Jake Cahill stood in the doorway to the crowded laundry room, watching his son pull clothes from the dryer. “Oh, I already know all about that stuff,” said Mark. “The stork brings the babies and leaves them under a cabbage leaf.” “So that’s how it’s done. And all this time I...

Added 07 Sep 2017 | Category General | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 178 | 4 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 06 Cards and Cuddles, pt 3 of 3

    All the ‘grown-ups’ were gone, but no one was interested in re-starting the card game. At Amy’s suggestion, the guys fixed something to drink while she grabbed some snacks. Provisions in hand, they went out into the warm night air on the screened-in back porch. To keep from attracting bugs, they left the lights off. Except for the glow from inside the house, it was dark. To no...

Added 30 Aug 2017 | Category General | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 181 | 5 Comments

Dancing To Ray Charles: Ch 06, Cards and Cuddles, pt 2 of 3

  The arrival of Amy’s mother, complete with an old photo album halted both their card game and the Interrogation of Willie. The invitation they had expected and feared, to join her on the couch, soon followed. When the migration ended, Willie and Amy were sitting on either side of her mother while Mark and Bob knelt and peered over them from behind the couch. The first picture Mrs....

Added 29 Aug 2017 | Category General | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 176 | 5 Comments

Dancing To Ray Charles: Ch. 06, Cards and Cuddles pt 1 of 3

      Hearts, as played by Amy, Mark, Willie, and Bob was as much a contact sport as a card game. They’d all been varsity athletes in high school, were still competitive, and hated to lose at anything, including cards. The current debate didn’t center on the game, however, but which album to play during the next hand.   “Okay, y’all,” said Amy, addressing Mark and Bob while collecting...

Added 28 Aug 2017 | Category General | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 185 | 5 Comments


  The drunken, rejected Romeo suddenly sitting alone at the karaoke bar croons to his departing, forever, girlfriend. “Well, I gave you everything I had But you left me sitting on my own Did you have to treat me oh so bad? All I do is hang my head and moan. Tell me why…" The 'just finally had enough’ Juliet pauses on her way out of the bar and his life to give him a last, wistful...

Added 14 Aug 2017 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 180 | 6 Comments

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