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: 20 Aug 2019 06:30

Morning, y'all. Coffee's on and there's a plate full of Jalapino poppers for those needing something to kick 'em into gear.

Me, I've messed up, as usual. In a couple days, I'll be heading for the coast south of L.A. for my senior grandkid's graduation with a doctorate in physical therapy I'm told we won't be coming back to the desert until the following Tuesday.

That means cranking up some sort of 'dog and/or pet themed challenge will either need to be delayed or, much better idea, someone else needs to do all the heavy lifting while I'm AWOL. ;)

As for the contest, seems to me that if it is flash length, there shouldn't be any problem with it running along side of Anna May's 1500 word minimum 'Mooner'. IMO, checking first with her and Maggie would be a goodness.

Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 18 Aug 2019 10:48

Good coffee, Larry, mercy bucket.

All the recent talk here on SS about dogs got me to wondering if a short fiction 'challenge on the theme of dogs might appeal to a few folks. At the moment I'm thinking of a 1000 word 'Flash' maximum. Cats and other pets might also be included on this go-around or maybe a later, stand-alone 'challenge'.

Anybody got any thoughts?

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 17 Aug 2019 11:12

More floods? You folks up that way need to break the habit of flooding all the time. ;) Hang in there, Larry. The dry season is approaching, assuming it hasn't beenoutlawed.

Enjoyed your new 'Micro' -- as usual.

Think I'll try some of that coffee. Anybody else need a mug full?

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 15 Aug 2019 20:16


My first new SS story in some time has just been posted! Don't blame me. I'm just the writer. It's all the fault of Molly the Marvelous Mod who verified my pathetic pile of pitiful puppy prose doing business as:

The Tumultuous Tale of a Tormented Terrier

That's the bad news. The good news is it weighs in at a trim 324 words. That means that while reading my insult to good taste and the English language might be a trifle painful, it should be a quick read.

Checkk it out if you get a chance.

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 15 Aug 2019 12:34

Me, I meandered in here looking for some inspirations. No luck, of course, but coffee and dog stories are almost as good. Which reminds me, I've actually finished a story for SS. It's an expanded (300 wds) version of the story I told Verbal a day or two ago. It'll probably be submitted later today or maybe on Friday. Consider yourselves warned. ;)


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 13 Aug 2019 06:32

Morning, fellow 'Spacers'. Coffee's ready for serious sipping.

Verbal, Used to have a Yorkie who would patrol the backyard hitched to a long leash. The local rabbits had learned to precise range of that leash and would sit just beyond it to torment poor Puh-Pet.

Well, aint no dang rabbits gonna give any dog of mine a hard time, I decided. Next time that happened, I unhooked her leash. She was used to getting her head nearly torn off when she reached the end of her rope, so to speak. This time, what saved dem bunny wabbits was her tripping, stumbling and falling when no resistance was met. By the time she recovered, the rabbits had made their escape into the wooded lot next door. Mighty dog followed, of course, barking all the way, but that long leash trailing behind quickly became tangled in the underbrush.

And speaking of hard times, how'd the visit to the dentist go?

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 12 Aug 2019 06:23

Morning and/or afternoon, Ms C. This mug is filled to the brim with some of the Canadian coffee the mighty Mend had hidden away. Let's not tell him, okay?;)

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 11 Aug 2019 13:12

How y'all are? It's 95f here in the 'Valley of the Sun'. That's relatively balmy . Since the high is forecast as 102, this is something of a cool snap. Sara, how are things up on your mountain?

Ms C, you sure those weren't 'end of winter' temps from Australia and/or New Zealand? ;)

Larry, for years we had Yorkshire Terriers underfoot. One, Punkin', was mildly hydrocethalic. Whenever I walked the dogs (his momma, a beagle and a Golden Retriever) he would force his way to the front to be 'leader of the pack. Halfway through the walk, he would have rejoined the group. A bit later he would have fallen behind. By the end of the walk, our 'leader' was being toted by his designated 'quality of life support team' staffer', me. ;)

Think we need to start a new pot of Scott's coffee?

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 10 Aug 2019 09:33

Larry, do you ever take a mug of coffee along when you and the pup go 'parking'? ;)

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 08 Aug 2019 10:18

Hi ya, Larry. Sure hope the check-up goes well.

Have you started your 'Moon' challenge? I've decided to shelve my idea for a story about drunken college guys riding in cars speeding down an interstate while 'mooning' one another. ;)

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The Tumultuous Tale of a Tormented Terrier

The Tumultuous Tale of the Tormented Terrier Well, let me tell you, it was like this. Once upon a time, our humble hovel was being run by the daughter-unit’s pet, a small, cute, cuddly and constantly yapping Yorkshire Terrier that answered to the name, Puh-Pet, but only if she happened to be in the mood. She loved nothing better than people-food treats and patroling the backyard. Since it...

Added 15 Aug 2019 | Category Memoirs | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 157 | 8 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 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 350 | 3 Comments

Challenge: Linda Ronstadt -- RdW

“You guys are nuts.” The Skeptic was in rare form as the four men studied the petite singer flitting around on the dim stage.   “I mean, sure she’s cute, but in a small-town high school cheerleader sort of way. No way is she this smoking’ hot sex object you guys keep raving about. But…”   The Skeptic stopped as the singer approached the microphone stand. Waited for A bright spotlight...

Added 05 Feb 2019 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 739 | 8 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 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 327 | 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 283 | 5 Comments

All about the nice VA lady and a new iPhone

How’s by you, Grady Lee? Funniest thing happened yesterday. This nice lady from the Veterans Administration stopped by and said what I really needed, I mean with my having gone from hard of seeing to being blinder than any known bat, was one of those so-called smart Apple iPhones. I told her I knew a bit about the thing, how you made gestures to work it, and let her know I'd been...

Added 04 Aug 2018 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 14 | Avg Score 5 | Views 383 | 12 Comments

The New Patient

On a hot Friday afternoon in the summer of 1970, a young nursing student left work at the VA hospital, and hurried out to the nearby bus stop on First Avenue. The usual stop-and-go Friday traffic appeared to be stuck on stop. From the open windows of a gypsy cab came the sound of an all-news station. “In other national news, a Defense Department spokesman said 18,000 of the 31,000 US...

Added 28 Feb 2018 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 570 | 10 Comments

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 755 | 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 General | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 516 | 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 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 582 | 5 Comments

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