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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lost in the ozone west of Apache Junction, Arizona, United States
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29 May 2017 11:07
writing, sports, reading
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most of the good 'uns
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a bunch of the good 'un
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news and sports
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anything but rap and atonal


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Topic: INSPIRATION NEED/WANTED Help me please!
Posted: 28 May 2017 20:46

Sweat it not, Hayley. As you pointed out, your post might help others. With traffic being a tad slow, subject matter is way more important than any posting date.

Your post reminded me of "Writing Down the Bones" by, Natalie Goldberg, the world's only Jewish, Zen Master, writing coach...probably. In it, she gives some original suggestions for unblocking and freeing the 'inner' writer.


Topic: What are you reading at the moment?
Posted: 28 May 2017 20:31

Gil wrote: Rereading one of my favorite books.

Uh, huh. And that book would be? ;)

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Topic: Hello, it is I, Flavius Nonus Aeolus!
Posted: 28 May 2017 20:22

Hayley, it would seem the Flav-unit has come and already gone. (sigh) And I didn't even get a chance to ask about his views on dangling participles. ;)

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Topic: Maggie's Birthday!
Posted: 24 May 2017 17:53

There's a news flash, confirmed by a most reliable source (Face Book) that today is the birthday of our own:


Y'all might want to wish her a Happy Birthday and congratulate her on finally becoming old enough to drink in every state. ;)

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Topic: Updating badges to reflect reality
Posted: 24 May 2017 17:40

Anything that might boost traffic, story reads/comments and submissions would, imo, be a goodness.

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Topic: What are you reading at the moment?
Posted: 21 May 2017 14:51

Just finished, "The Girl From Venice" by Martin Cruz Smith. Highly recommended. In comparison to the brooding mysteries set in Russia, such as "Gorky Park" that he's most famous for, this is more an adventure tale with mystery/suspense elements set in Venice during the last weeks of World War II. There's even a 'love story' just below the surface. Check it out.

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Topic: Good afternoon from Regnadkcin
Posted: 18 May 2017 20:26

Reg is among us? And I thought the standards hit bottom when they let me slither in. Truth be told, my slithering days have long since departed. Still, I wish you a merry welcome, Reg, I really do, honest. ;)

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Topic: New Apple mobile o/s?
Posted: 25 Apr 2017 16:47

Came across this on, Apple Viz, a site for blind users of iPhone and other Apple products. This is a joke, probably. ;)

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Apple announced today that it will soon be releasing the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 10.4, nicknamed Good Buddy. iOS 10 4 Good Buddy contains numerous features meant to assist individuals employed as over the road transport drivers. For example, the maps feature in 10 4 Good Buddy now lists the name and menus for all the truck stops in the United States. All the chicken coops and cash registers along major highways are also indicated. iOS 10 4 includes a new application called Find the Bear which will pinpoint the location of both bears and bears in the air for the convenience of local truckers. This new mobile operating system also allows drivers to talk directly to Siri, without having to say the name of the mobile assistant. Instead, the Mobile Assistant now recognizes that individuals are talking to it when they conclude with the phrase Over. Siri will also repeat the last bit of spoken information if individuals speak the phrase 10 9! Finally, Siri has been intigrated with the find my friends feature and will allow drivers to locate other drivers simply by saying the drivers name, followed
by the phrase, What's your twenty Good Buddy! Look for ios 10 4 Good Buddy to roll out soon.

This is not an actual press release and, to the best of my knowledge, Apple is not planning on naming its next operating system Good Buddy. This is just something that came in to my head do to not enough sleep and to much caffeine!
Have fun reading this and, Feel free to suggest your own 10 4 Good Buddy features in the comments!
Have a great day.

Topic: Greetings, all, from Scott the Seeker
Posted: 05 Apr 2017 19:32

Scot, all I can do to welcome you is repeat the consensus of opinion when I first came dragging in the door: Well, there go the standards.

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Topic: DirtyMartini - Alan W. Jankowski - has passed away
Posted: 14 Mar 2017 18:39

R.I.P., Alan.

The world is a better place thanks to your being among us. Both you and "Dirty Martini" will be missed.


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On Warding Off Would-Be Witnesses

Becky  Lee Tyler had thoroughly enjoyed trying on the new lingerie with its sheer baby-doll top and ridiculously skimpy, matching panties. The special birthday present she’d ordered for her husband had just arrived. After an extended period of fiddling with the gossamer outfit, and trying out different poses in front of the bedroom's full-length mirror, she knew, just knew, almost for...

Added 17 May 2017 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 166 | 10 Comments

A Week in the Nurses' Dorm

A few week’s earlier, Gwen Kaplan had been struggling with the physical, moral, and emotional problems involved with having two men in her life at the same time. Since then her four-year romance with Johnny DeAngelo had come to an abrupt, dramatic, and non-negotiable end. As for the other man, the only one she now wanted in her life, he had been out of town for weeks. Not knowing when he’d...

Added 11 Feb 2017 | Category General | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 201 | 10 Comments

More Than Just a Kiss (prelude) Meeting in Manhattan

The short-haired brunette named, Gwen Kaplan seemed a little taller than most girls and a lot prettier. Her eyes were a soft, almost liquid brown, the classic bedroom eyes, and that smile of hers managed to be both innocent and yet, somehow, inviting.  On Monday, June 8, 1970, at 2:30 P.M., New York City time, Gwen Kaplan lost her concentration. While bent over the upturned face of a...

Added 13 Dec 2016 | Category Romance | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 167 | 5 Comments

Anything Might Happen

"What’s dat stuff on your face, mistuh? What is it?" Mark Cahill tried to pretend he was asleep. But the high-pitched young voice was penetrating, and persistent. His day had been filled with an early departure and a long, rough connecting flight that included two even rougher landings. Now this. And LaGuardia was over an hour away. Still, he could recognize defeat. With a sigh,...

Added 04 Dec 2016 | Category Drama | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 202 | 7 Comments

What Are Old Friends For?

She blew in like an aggravated F5 tornado, shouted, "Don't you dare say a thing,” slammed the door shut and slung her purse across the room. It ricocheted away from my bottom-weary couch, cleared off the end table, then teetered briefly at the edge before following the displaced debris onto the floor. Only the reading lamp survived, leaning drunkenly against the wall, shade tilted at a...

Added 22 Nov 2016 | Category Romance | Votes 15 | Avg Score 5 | Views 331 | 13 Comments

The Old Codger’s Canine Complaint

Now, I'm not complaining, you understand, but these foreign dogs I’m living with are crazy. I call those house-hounds 'foreign' because one is part German Shepard, another is a mix of French poodle and something else, while the other is probably, more or less, Tibetan. The problem is whenever the French guy sees another dog or any other animal, either alive or animated, on TV, he...

Added 08 Jul 2016 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 13 | Avg Score 4.92 | Views 204 | 11 Comments

Baseball Back When

The following meditation on the whoosification of modern baseball was sparked by a recent trip to a swanky, new, air-conditioned major league ballpark. Now don't get me wrong, all these ritzy new major league baseball parks are nice, I suppose, but playing baseball in the boondocks has a special ambiance all its own. Back during one of my inglorious days at old, Knotty Pine High...

Added 25 May 2016 | Category Memoirs | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 340 | 5 Comments

Last of the Southern Romantics

We both want, an old-fashioned, wide-screen, Technicolor epic romance, a real Bogie and Bacall number. Instead, what we got that night was two old friends so smashed they started making out at a levee party.  "What in the world were you dreaming about, lady?" Amy Marshall opened her green eyes, pushed back her floppy straw hat, and looked up at Mark Cahill, her life-long friend, the...

Added 25 Apr 2016 | Category Romance | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 170 | 6 Comments

More Than Just A Kiss: Part 11, Admission of Affection & Epilogue

In the summer of 1970, an engaged, Jewish, student nurse and a wounded Vietnam vet from the south met in a New York VA hospital. This chapter marks the end of the beginning of their story. Mark Cahill’s body tensed at the familiar, rhythmic click of Gwen Kaplan’s footsteps approached his room. Not for the first time, he flashed back to their fight the day before he left town to...

Added 18 Dec 2015 | Category Romance | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 281 | 5 Comments

More Than Just A Kiss: pt 10, Turning A Page

Outside, a scattering of forlorn leaves clung to the dark, wet limbs of trees bordering the deserted playground and half-empty parking lot behind the red brick apartment building. Cold, misty rain and swirling winds hastened the inevitable outcome of this doomed struggle. For Gwen, watching from inside her snug bedroom, it was a beautiful scene. The nasty, late-December weather had given her...

Added 14 Dec 2015 | Category Romance | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 215 | 5 Comments

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