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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writing, sports, reading
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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 13 Apr 2021 08:19

Morning to all, with a special 'Welcome Back! to Amelia. A blessing on Larry for today's setup and to Sarah for all those healthy and delicious cookies.

Just so y'all know, this is the last day I'll be pimping my new micro story, 'How I Broke My Nose Playing Chess at Church Summer Camp', probably.


While comments are the only things that really matter, I'd like to have it reach ten votes so there can be at least one story in the SS 'Top Story' list

Meant to stop by last evening but my senior granddaughter, her husband, and their soon to be among us daughter (aka, my second great-granddaughter,) took me out to celebrate the mother-to-be's birthday.

Coffee and cookies in hand, I'll now slip over to the corner table, grab a comfy chair and try to recall all my good deeds yesterday. ;)

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: HAIKU for You?
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 11:36

Because of their short length, haiku often find their homes in journals dedicated to the haiku form specifically, or to Japanese formal poetry in general. Following are 17 journals that want your haiku and other forms of Japanese poetry in English. Not all of them are open for submissions now, but most are.

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Haikuniverse is the partner website of The Poetry Super Highway, publishes one new haiku every day, and reads submissions all year.

Haiku Journal is a print annual with an online component. They want “all forms of haiku which follow the syllabic pattern 5/7/5.” They read no-fee submissions all year and pay writers a token amount.

Modern Haiku is a long-running journal of English-language haiku and Japanese forms that reads submissions all year for their print anthology, and they have sample poems from each issue on their website.

Shamrock is the online haiku journal of the Irish Haiku Society. They’re looking for haiku, senryu, haibun and haiku-related essays, and publish bi-annually with submission deadlines of February 28 and August 31.

Failed Haiku – A Journal of English Senryu is an online monthly journal looking for “senryu, haibun, haiga, rengay, sequences, and any other related form that is senryu based.”

Acorn is a biannual print journal of “contemporary haiku” that reads submissions from January-February and July-August. They’re looking to showcase “the individual poem and the ability of haiku to reveal the extraordinary moments found in everyday life.”

Haiku Commentary is a weekly publication of Japanese poems accompanied by multiple commentaries on that poem which is a unique twist on the haiku journal. They publish haiku, senryu, tanka, haiga, haibun, and shahai and read year-round.

Frogpond is the literary magazine of the Haiku Society of America. Appearing three times a year, they’re looking to publish “the best in contemporary English-language haiku and senryu, linked forms including sequences, renku, rengay, and haibun, essays and articles on these forms, and book reviews”

Heron’s Nest is an online quarterly journal of haiku that welcomes “both modern, freestyle haiku, and haiku that adhere to a syllabic structure of 5-7-5 with the inclusion of a seasonal reference.“

Poetry Pea is a print journal and podcast publishing haiku and senryu with themed deadlines.

Wales Haiku Journal is a quarterly journal of Japanese poetry forms, though currently they are limited to haiku and haiga. They read poems “on any theme or subject, but works that embody the nature tradition of both haiku and Welsh poetry are of particular interest.”

Mayfly is a bi-annual print journal publishing only 15 haiku each issue. They have deadlines of May 15 and November 15.

Bottle Rockets is a bi-annual print journal that is looking for “What we are looking for: haiku, senryu, very short haiku-like poems (no more than 7 lines), tanka, and cheritas. Nothing else. Please don’t ask.” Their next submission window is April 1-June 1, 2021.

Blithe Spirit is the quarterly print journal of the British Haiku Society, looking for “haiku, tanka, haibun, sequences, linked forms, articles, reviews” which reads email submissions year round.

seashores is “an international journal to share the spirit of haiku” that reads haiku and senryu for their biannual print issues with deadlines in January and July.

Sonic Boom publishes a variety of poetry and art with a major section called Paper Lanterns that focuses on Japanese formal poetry including senryu, haiku (all types including poemwords, found, parallel, and concrete haiku), tanka & kyoka, sedoka, cherita and gembun. Their reading period is in October.

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Copied from an article by, Zebulon Huset, in the free, online newsletter of, Authors Publish magazine (highly recommended) glasses8

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 12 Apr 2021 06:00

How y'all are? It's another Moanday Mourning. Sorry about that.

The coffee pot has been sorta cleaned and filled with whatever coffee Mendalla da Man left under the counter. Both it and the tea kettle were filled with artesian spring water then and put to work.

Sympathy to all who suffered through their baseball team's loss yesterday. That goes double for Roland since both Chicago clubs loss as did Sarah's Braves and Elizabeth's Nats.

BREAKING NEWS: It's been a long time coming but my first new story in ages is short, in fact it's Micro length. The following link may or may not work. If you get a chance, please check it out and let me know what you think.

Coffee's cooked. Me, I'm gonna fill my mug to the brim, grab me some of Sarah's cookies and go sit outside and wait for sunrise in a few minutes.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 11 Apr 2021 11:58

Howdy to all doody's and doodettes

I can't imagine anyone, especially sports fans, not enjoying the Musgrove story. Two more items I've come across about him and his family: They had/have season tickets to Padres home games and their home is about 15 miles from the ballpark.

Just so you know the age of miracles hasn't passed, I've just submitted my first story (a micro) in ages. Sympathy is extended to the mod who tries to verify that sucker. ;)

Lunch is served.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 10 Apr 2021 08:51

Mega-congrats on the Padres' no-hitter, Larry. I'll leave you the chance to tell folks a bit about Musgrove, the winning pitcher. Just for the record, with their first-ever no-hitter, the Padres' are no longer the only MLB team without a no-hitter. Brings back to my cankered mind memories of the early New Orleans Saints. ;)

A mug full of coffee in one hand and many cookies in the other, I'll step outside, grab a seat and fight off the morning doves going after dem cookies. ;)

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 09 Apr 2021 07:54

TGIF-type salutations. Things got a tad busy around here yesterday. That just happens to have been AFTER I left to go sip coffee, eat cookies and bemoan all the baseball losses. Just another example of the good judgement and taste of Inspirations customers. ;)

In fact, once I've finished yammering and the coffee's ready, I'll try a repeat on all that today. Who knows, it might increase both baseball wins and customers.
Hope everyone has a good to tolerable weekend. Supposed to be sunny a warmish 90 plus) out here in the Valley of the Sun. Y'all do the best you know how.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 08 Apr 2021 08:45

Morning, Inspirators. Mucho thankos to Larry (aka Friend of Vic) for this morning's setup.

With the Padres and D-backs both losing late games , yesterday became a day that shall live in infamy, a calamitous disaster erupting from a catastrophy, at least for Inspiration baseball fans; for best I can tell, everybody's team(s) lost. note: I added the (s) to teams since I've also been following the Yankees since the days of Mickey Mantle.

Time to grab a mug of coffee, some of Sarah's cookies and go sit outside and feel sorry for me and my teams. ;)

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 07 Apr 2021 08:21

Morning to Larry, Sarah, and any late-comers who show up seeking tea, coffee, cookies and/or conversation.

Commiseration is available to Sarah whose braves are now 0-4. :(
Meanwhile, the D-backs slithered to a 2-3 record thanks to an overtime win against the Rockies.

Time for coffee and cookies and talk about what was 'normal' once upon a pre-covid time.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: Calls for Literary Subs
Posted: 07 Apr 2021 08:03


There's a new list in the forum. While all previous calls for subs remain, the new list is for 'Calls for themed submissions. The really big news is all but one actually pay writers! Check 'em out.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 06 Apr 2021 08:21

Morning, to all who enter this scene of old world cuture and charm. ;)

Just posted a new list of themed calls for submissions and (drumroll) all but one mentions Money for writers. :)

Baylor won the men's college basketball title, leading all the way to beat previously undefeated Gonzaga,86--70. While I didn't have a dog in that hunt, following it explains my being even groggier than usual this morning.

But a mug full of Larry's beneficial brew and some of Sarah's cookies should be an aide to my alertness.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

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How I Broke My Nose While Playing Chess At A Church Summer Camp

  Way back when, a friend and I were sitting behind the wired backstop to the church camp’s dusty softball field, playing chess on a small travel board, while waiting for the game in progress to end. We had cleverly positioned ourselves so both of us could watch the softball game while playing the grand game of chess.  Then it happened.  Later investigations revealed a misplayed softball...

Added 12 Apr 2021 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 50 | 7 Comments

A Winter's Day

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Added 27 Dec 2020 | Category General | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 267 | 8 Comments

Commuting To An Unplanned Future

  “...and in local sports, the Mets and Yankees both dropped road…” Debbie Morris automatically switched off the alarm radio she’d carefully set last night to turn on later than usual and glanced at her wristwatch.  Satisfied she was now, as planned,  exactly ten-minutes behind schedule,  she nodded and went back to re-checking her hair and make-up. As usual, she didn’t like what she saw...

Added 26 Oct 2020 | Category General | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 214 | 8 Comments

Love and Affection Challenge: Buck's Bucks

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Added 24 Feb 2020 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 13 | Avg Score 5 | Views 516 | 11 Comments

Listening In The Rain

Listening In The Rain I'm a good listener; always have been. Especially here inside the cemetery—just sitting in my truck, listening to the rain, hearing it tell the story, and waiting for Holly. We don’t have nice winter weather around here, just cold and rainy. The only thing it’s good for is hunting, especially for deer. But I don't hunt—not anymore. Winter became my favorite season...

Added 30 Oct 2019 | Category Supernatural | Votes 16 | Avg Score 4.94 | Views 706 | 14 Comments

The Tumultuous Tale of a Tormented Terrier

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Added 15 Aug 2019 | Category Memoirs | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 664 | 10 Comments

Schemers Scheme

Newly polished toenails safely propped on the crowded coffee table, Darlene Barnes let out a long plume of cigarette smoke and waited for her friend to come back from the kitchen. Waiting in silence, however, had never been her 'thing'. The thirty-something bottled-blonde looked around at the empty doorway to the kitchen. "You know it's hard for me to believe you're this messed-up....

Added 13 May 2019 | Category Young Adult | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,069 | 4 Comments

Challenge: Linda Ronstadt -- RdW

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Added 05 Feb 2019 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,204 | 7 Comments

How To Be A Happy Hooker: musings on openings in literature

For the benefit of any unsuspecting reader, let me state now that this is NOT an article about how one might become a contented courtesan or smiling strumpet. Nope, not even a titillated trollop. Sorry about any confusion, honest. Truth be told, this assault on good taste and English letters is concerned with the fine art of creating attention grabbing hooks in the opening lines of your...

Added 18 Dec 2018 | Category Musings | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 676 | 7 Comments

Now and Forever

Now and Forever: a love story The dream was back--so were the eyes. They hovered in an angry sky just above the horizon, seeing everything but focusing on nothing. Amy knew those eyes—knew a time when they’d been filled with happiness and a love of life. But that had been before her brother came back from Vietnam. Young, naked, and skinny, she stood alone and vulnerable on a hill surrounded...

Added 14 Aug 2018 | Category Romance | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 640 | 5 Comments

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